Quiet and safe in a neighborhood of single family homes and picket fences, owner/host in the front house accessible but out of your way, easy parking in front of the house, walk to great eateries, fastest wifi available, super clean every time.
Please contact us before requesting a reservation if you have any questions. NOTE: HOLIDAYS ARE GENERALLY OFFERED ONLY AT THE NIGHTLY RATE, BUT WE CONSIDER EACH SITUATION INDIVIDUALLY.
PRIVATE COTTAGE AWAY FROM STREET: We invite you to enjoy our prime "South of the Boulevard" location with the best of the walkable restaurants in a safe and quiet setting! A bright & clean, top quality private cottage studio with NEW HARDWOOD FLOORS, this 400 sq. ft. separate unit stands at the back of our garden about 20 feet from the main house.
NEIGHBORHOOD: Our picket fence, tree-lined neighborhood near Benedict Canyon Drive and Valley Vista Boulevard provides a safe and quiet respite where you can either stroll down to shopping and dozens of top restaurants or wander up to hiking and biking trails in the Santa Monica Mountain Nature Conservancy.
RESTAURANTS AND SHOPS: Please check our guidebook for just a small sample of the countless eateries within a five-ten minute walk including Starbucks two blocks away.
PARKING: Parking pass provided for ample parking right in front of the house, though you can easily walk to everything. Easy bus connection to the Metro.
HOUSEKEEPING: Weekly housekeeping & fluff 'n' fold included in addition to endless clean towels and high-thread count cotton sheets changed. Additional housekeeping available for a nominal fee.
KITCHEN: Your garden cottage boasts custom hickory cabinets, new maple counter tops & stainless appliances incliuding dishwasher, Jennair glass two-burner stove top, generous counter-top toaster and convection oven and new 11 cubic foot refrigerator with separate freezer and Keurig coffee maker. Dishware, flatware and cookware provided. Ample K-cups provide easy, delicious and virtually endless coffee, tea and hot chocolate.
BATH: The newly remodeled bath features over-sized glass and porcelain shower with instant hot water.
ENTERTAINMENT: 40" Samsung Hz Smart LED HDTV with premium Direct TV channels including annual NFL package.
FOUNTAIN: Mornings are especially beautiful as all windows of your private cottage either view trees or the garden fountain. Bird watch through the french door from the comfort of your mahogany queen sleigh bed.
OUTDOOR SPACE: The back garden is for you to enjoy, including a two-seat glider as well as a table and chairs on the sunny patio area. You can position the hammock in the sun or shade as you prefer and just enjoy the Southern California weather!
BEDDING AND LIGHTING: From the skylight, double-glazed windows and recessed lights on dimmers to the new latex mattress (hypo-allergenic with ideal firmness) & Tempurpedic topper, down pillows & duvet, this gem has been thoughtfully prepared for your stay, whether few nights or s few months.
IMMACULATE: We spend about four hours cleaning between guests from the ceiling fan to the remote controls and light switches right down to the baseboards. No mysterious bedspreads here; everything is freshly laundered including duvet cover and pillow shams. You'll find your cottage quiet, peaceful, private, and perhaps most importantly, squeaky clean.
HOSTS: As the owners we are mostly on site yet out of site and at your service when needed. Our goal is to earn your return visits, perfect reviews and referrals, so please let us know how to make your stay as enjoyable as possible.
Cottage Guests have, of course, access to the cottage as well as the driveway area in front of it and the immediate garden/patio area around the fountain.
Interaction with guests
I work from home and am easily accessible. Text is the fastest way to reach me as I'll see if it if I'm teaching and will be able to respond in the event of an emergency. Guests are welcome to contact me through email, phone or text. I do ask not to come to my door unless I'm expecting you as I may be in the middle of a lesson and will tend to assume it's a passing real estate agent or similar if I hear the doorbell without hearing from you first. You won't be bothered in back by solicitors, and I stay clear of the cottage during your stay unless you ask for my help with something.
No smoking, no drugs, no vacationing students, no guests not listed on contract. Quiet hours from 9 p.m. to 8 a.m., meaning nothing that our neighbor's are likely to hear from inside their homes.
NO PETS AT THIS LISTING: We love them but absolutely cannot allow pets in the cottage. If you arrive for check in with a pet without having asked permission, you will be turned away and forfeit your payment per our cancelation policy. If you bring in a pet without our knowledge, you will also forfeit your security deposit in it's entirety. I have to be able to guarantee to those with pet allergies that no pets have been allowed in the unit, including "hypoallergenic" dogs.
LAUNDRY: No direct access to laundry room. For stays of 7 nights or longer, free fluff and fold available with one day's notice up to three loads a week in addition to linens and towels.
A classically trained singer and vocal consultant for the past twenty-plus years, I'm so grateful that I was able to purchase this wonderful property from my family back in 1995. My mother owned it before me, and my grandmother lovingly chose it before her in 1961 when the Valley was just a bedroom community for Hollywood professionals.
I plan to live here for the rest of my years since I'm 50-ish and deeply rooted in the entertainment industry, but I love that this place feels like "the burbs" in so many ways... easy parking being a very nice example. There are literally a dozen top-rated places within an very short walk.
We enjoy meeting people from all over the world and enjoy the opportunity to continue to work on our language skills. We don't seek to provide the cheapest place to stay, but rather the best value possible. This space is essentially my "Barbie Dream Vacation Rental" without the pink or the plastic. Please don't make a reservation if you want to apply your purple glitter nail polish on the nice linens. DO grace us with your presence if you appreciate an unusually clean and safe place.
I believe that business must always be a win-win, exchanging value for value with both parties believing they are getting something well worth the expenditure.
We seem to attract as repeat guests either grown-up entertainment industry professionals or grown-ups who are visiting family in the area. If you're an expectant grandparent with unclear dates as a result of Mother Nature's capricious ways, please let us know as we may be able to accommodate your need for flexibility with your reservation.