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If you just want to 'party” this IS NOT the place. If you want to just 'crash' it might be, BUT if you want to be able to relax and feel at home, like or love to cook, read books (730+), watch movies (over 1,600 + 6 3D movies with 3D glasses), listen to music (36,000+ songs) and feel like you are at home with lots of amenities and attention to detail this is definitely the place. It's the front half of a duplex on a residential street that was just completely remodeled, even completely re-wired, and most of everything is new (except some furniture) I live in the back half.
I’ve had a difficult time explaining what it exactly is to my friends as there is nothing I know of exactly like it. Here’s the genesis of the concept; I traveled a lot in the wine biz (20-40 weeks a year for a long time) and I got so tired of hotels (from okay to top notch), lobbies, parking hassles, lousy coffee & tea, hotel TV, no refrigerator, no way to prepare any food, having to eat out every night etc. Relaxing, escaping or unwinding on the road was hard to do in the sterile atmosphere of hotels. I wanted a place like 'home' where I could relax and be comfortable, have a fridge for keeping the wines & food, a place to prepare it and ideally have the potential to entertain clients, friends or reps in a home like environment. I took some ideas from the top hotels & from B&B’s, but no matter where I stayed I very rarely got my 3 basic essentials to start a good day: a good night’s sleep on a good mattress with good pillows and lsheets, the right temperature and fresh air; a good shower; and great cup of coffee or tea without having to leave my room to get it or pay room service prices, are all of those are here plus much more.
How I addressed my 3 basics for a good start:
For the bedroom:
Queen bed with a new Sealy Posturepedic Memory Foam with cooling gel; high quality and threadcount cotton sheets, flannel in the colder months; comforter & blankets as needed. Choice of 2 pillows from: Hotel Collection Hungarian Down (1 ea, $300+ retail per)– Firm for side sleepers or Medium for back sleepers; Memory Foam Hydraluxe Cooling; Nova Foam Memory Curve or Down Alternative (2). Temperature: Windows (3) open to driveway; ceiling fan; the wall heater is just out the bedroom door and an electric blanket is available as is a room fan. Nights are normally comfortable, it’s 3 miles to the ocean.
Delta Lahara 2 in 1 shower head with good water pressure; Noritz tankless water heater so you will never run out of hot water; Charisma bath sheets & towels and a towel warmer (1 at a time). There is a choice of robes and slippers in the bedroom closet.
The morning wake-up:
Organic Whole Bean Coffee: You tell me what type of coffee you like & it will be here with a Cuisinart Supreme Grind Automatic Burr Mill to grind the quantity you choose however you like it. There are 6 ways to make ground coffee; Mr. Coffee 12-Cup Programmable Coffeemaker, La CafeTiére French Press, De'Longhi Retro BAR32 Espresso and Cappuccino Machine, Melitta Pour-Over Single Cup Brewing Cone, Hario V60-02 Ceramic Coffee Dripper, and a Primula stainless steel stove top espresso maker.
Pod Coffee & Cappuccino: Nescafe Dolce Gusto, I have Cappuccino, Caffé Americano (House Blend) 100% Arabica & Chococino (Hot Chocolate, no coffee) but I will get whatever your choice is.
I will also get whatever sweetener and milk or cream that you want .
Tea: I have a choice of 6 whole leaf teas some organic; an immersion tea pot; electric & stove top tea kettles. I will also get your choice of tea if I don’t have it.
Other: Fresh juice oranges from the Santa Monica Farmers Market with a Cuisinart Pulp Control Juicer provided. Fresh farmers market eggs will also be provided if desired as will protein bars, cereal, bread or muffins of your choice.
For unwinding and relaxing:
TV: Direct TV with HBO, the bedroom has a 46” Sony & the living room has a 55” Vizio 3D TV. The living room has Bose Acoustic Mass 6 speaker surround sound. I will record on the DVR any shows you would like to see if you let me know in advance in either or both rooms.
Movies: You will have a choice of over 1,500 movies to choose from that I own & will provide you like a local Netflix from the list you give me. The list is on my website on the amenities page. There is a blu-ray player in both the living room(3D) and bedroom.
Books: About 500 in the house, lots of cookbooks and food & wine related, fiction, non fiction, sports, many award winning etc. There is a clip on book light on the night stand. The list is on my website on the amenities page.
Computer: There is ASUS Book Vivo (touchscreen net) book in the living by the electrically reclining leather couch and free WiFi for any of your devices.
Music: 35,000+ songs are on the computer in the Amazon Cloud Player with several playlists to choose from; you can just put it on shuffle on any playlist or I will create a playlist for you by artists, genre, style etc. that reflect your taste. The music can be played through all the Bose surround speakers or just the ones near the TV via Bluetooth. There is also am Unplug portable Bluetooth speaker that will play in the kitchen, bathroom, bedroom or front porch if you choose. The complete music list on my website on the amenities page.
Lighting: Ambiance and mood were the leading considerations, so all of the lights in the house are on Lutron Diva dimmers except the ceiling fans which have a different dimmer for the lights. The bar, dining table and living room all have Besa glass hand blown fixtures. The Living room has 5 sconces and the dining table has a globe pendant (no overhead lighting), the bar has pendants but no direct downward light. The kitchen has “canned” very bright LED’s in the ceiling and small amber hidden LED’s under the cabinets.
Flowers: There will always be flowers in the bedroom, living room & on the dining table and/or the bar. All from the farmers market or the garden outside, orchids when in season and almost always non fragrant unless requested otherwise.
Front porch: There is a Jack Post Patio Glider with tables on each side for you beverage of choice and/or ashtray.
Cooking: The complete list of cooking tools and equipment is ???? There is a Brinkman dual BBQ grill outside the back that has both a charcoal and a propane side with a burner. There is a lettuce and herb garden outside as well that will change with the seasons, I will try to keep the listing current. Right now, I just replanted the lettuce and cilantro, there is basil, rosemary, chives, garlic chives, savory, lemon savory, oregano, Cuban oregano, Greek oregano, thyme, lemon thyme, curly & Italian parsley, dill, peppermint, spearmint, chocolate mint, sage, pineapple sage, apple mint, orange mint, epazote, arugula, wild arugula, medicinal aloe vera (for burns), marjoram & Provencal lavender.
Ice Cream: I will stock the freezer with a pint of your favorite (locally available) ice cream.
Bar et al:
Glassware (6ea); Spieglau red & white wine glasses, Govino stemless wine glasses, Champagne flutes, Schott Zweisel Tritan double rocks glasses, Schott Zwiesel by Charles Schumann Cocktail Cup Tritan martini glasses, Authentic British Tulip Beer Glass with Imperial Pint Etched Seal. There are also Beer Essential glasses (4 each labeled in the corner kitchen cabinet); Classic Pint, IPA, Saison & Porter. There is a decanter on the bar shelf.
Tools etc: Charles Schumann’s recipe book American Bar, bar tools, shaker a bottle trivet on the bar shelf. In the top drawer just out of the kitchen there is; an Oggi Wine opener, waiters corkscrew, foil cutter, wine charms made for the house by my friend Barbara, a Vacu-Vin pump & corks, a Brookstone wine preserver, a champagne stopper and a soda stopper (my preference for sparkling wine).
Ice: All from filtered water; Cubed or crushed from the freezer door, 2 Tevolo King silicone ice cube trays (6 each per tray 2” square cubes, 12 tota), 6 Tevolo Ice Spheres (2.5” round spheres) and 9 natural soapstone “On The Rocks Chilling Stones” in the freezer which can be used to shill any beverage without dilution.
Beer: There will be a 2 Sierra Nevada Pale Ales in the fridge.
Other stuff of note:
There is an Everpure H-1200 water filtration system under the sink that comes out of the small faucet in the top of the sink (it’s labeled) for room temp water or cooking and it also filters the water to the fridge & freezer (which filters it again). The tap water isn’t that bad but this is much better and you don’t have to buy bottled water.
Appliances, Cabinets etc. (All are new):
Thomasville cabinets with brass silverware pulls
Granite counter tops, bar and mantle
Burnished Straw Plank Cork Flooring with a Chef's Design Ultra Comfort Gel Mat by the sink
Frigidaire Gallery Counter Depth Side by Side Refrigerator in Stainless Steel
Frigidaire Gallery Gas Range in Stainless Steel
Broan Elite Range Hood in Stainless Steel
GE Spacemaker washer & dryer
Kenmore Dishwasher in Stainless Steel
Kohler Stainless Steel commercial sink 33x22
Moen Motion Sensor single Handle pull down faucet (motion sensor currently unplugged so people that aren’t familiar with it don’t get a surprise burst of water. Your choice, on or off)
Waste King 1 HP continuous feed garbage disposal
Moen soap dispenser (dish soap)
Sharp Insight 24” drawer(pull out) microwave in stainless steel
Umbra hands free motion sensor hand free soap dispenser (hand soap)
iTouchless Deodorizer Touch-Free Sensor 13-Gallon Automatic Stainless-Steel Trash Can
Comfortable leather swivel bar stools
Henckels Bellasara 45 piece 18/10 stainless flatware set (service for 8)
Henckels International stainless steak knives (6)
Ginsu Chikara Stainless Steel Knife Set with Bamboo Block (Ginsu, who knew? Great knives, Consumer Reports Best Buy) Henckel 5 Star available on request
36,000+ songs on the ASUS notebook in Amazon Cloud that play through the Bose system or via it's own speakers. I will make a playlist just for you if you give me an insight into your musical tastes....moreless
1800+ top movies & TV shows. Every Oscar Best picture back to the 40's & most of the top 100 movies on most lists. A really good collection of many genres, lots of classics & Amazon Prime streaming....moreless
No, being 3 miles from the ocean it's usually cool except a few days a year. There is a an exhaust fan that pulls out the hot air thru the ceiling, ceiling fan in bedroom plus portable fans if needed....moreless
Really comfortable leather power reclining sofa, hardwood floors, Bose surround sound, 3D TV, Direct TV w/DVR, Blu-ray player, bookcase, rug, chair, coat tree, wall sconces, leather couch/day bed....moreless
6 ways:Mr. Coffee 12-Cup Coffeemaker-La CafeTiére French Press-De'Longhi Retro BAR32 Espresso & Cappuccino Machine-Primula stove top espresso-Hairo V60 Ceramic Coffee Dripper-Nescafe Dolce Gusto (Pod)...moreless
Sedona Hand Painted Ceramic Dinnerware, Henckels Bellasara 18/10 stainless flatware set (service for 8), Very good knives, Sur La Table & Cuisinart cookware + every other gadget & tool you could want...moreless
Newly remodeled professional style kitchen, Thomasville cabinets, cork floor, fully stocked with great equipment, not big but efficient, I truly don't believe there is a kitchen that could offer more...moreless
By kitchen door, vertical lettuce garden, herb garden & flowers. Flower garden by front porch. The front yard currently looks like #@*! it's weeds & dead. The next project is to redo the front yard. ...moreless
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Quiet residential neighborhood with plenty of parking, shopping, markets & restaurants within 1 mile. Close to freeways, major roads & highways so it's easy to get anywhere. The beach is less than 3 miles and extends many miles north & south. Golf course & driving range at the end of the block with a park with a pool in the summer next to it. LMU, LAX are very close as well. El Segundo, Manhattan Beach, Hermosa Beach, Culver City, Venice, Marina Del Rey, Playa Del Rey, Santa Monica, Westwood and West LA are all with 10 miles.
Year Purchased: 1963
About the owner: My mom & grandparents bought this duplex and I now live in the back unit. I love music, food, wine and was an avid golfer and played in college. I was in the restaurant business and then in the wine business for over 25 years before retiring to spend time with my mom for 5 years before her passing. I cook for fun, friends and family, I have catered parties and cooked meals for a week at a time for a couple in Montecito when I lived in Santa Barbara. I know the city well and the surrounding areas & will gladly assist in any way I can with whatever you would like to do or wherever you want to go.
Why the Owner Chose Westchester:
Easy to get almost anywhere including Malibu, Beverly Hills, Hollywood, downtown LA, amusement parks, shopping, restaurants, movie studios, many beaches and museums. Easy free parking with everything here for a very comfortable, relaxing and enjoyable stay whether it's for business, pleasure or a combination of both.
The Unique Benefits at this House:
It redefines the business & vacation rental guest experience with personal choices, luxury appointments and amenities. You have complete privacy and everything you need to enjoy yourself already here plus concierge like service if you desire. I provide fresh fruit, eggs, butter, Harry's Berries strawberries in season and oranges for juice from the farmers market, bread, coffee & tea choices (with 6 ways to make coffee including espresso), your choice of dairy products and sweeteners for it, ice cream & cookies plus a fully stocked pantry. Free WiFi with high speed internet and an ASUS touchscreen netbook for you use. Completely remodeled just to be a vacation & business rental with great attention to detail. Almost everything is new, incredible kitchen with EVERYTHING, herb garden, 3D TV with 3D glasses (more available), Bose surround sound, lots of amenities that you won't find other places unless they cost a whole lot more. Westchester Golf Course is at the end of the block with a park just on far side of the golf course. Shopping and restaurants within blocks. I will gladly help you plan your trip, make suggestions or reservations, for wherever you want to do, eat or see. I also have a GPS you can borrow that has traffic is programmed to take you 'home' from anywhere.
Leather couch reclined, sconces off, ASUS notebook & remotes left,Logitech on rt
Chair,Coat tree,Euro style leather couch/convertible bed, stereo,DVR&3D Blu-ray
Dining table set for 2, water glasses, flutes, red & white wine glasses
Living room bookcase with sconces off, wall heater on right, hardwood floors
Frigidaire Gallery fridge w/ice & water, iTouchless trash can washer & dryer
Thomasville cabinets,granite counter/backsplash,'drawer' microwave, range & hood
Bed, makeup mirror & alarm clock on left, ceiling fan with lights above
Mirror,closet w/robes,slippers, hangup steamer steamer,bookcase, weather station
Tiled shower/Delta Lahara 2 in 1 shower head with good water pressure, towels
Brinkman Gas & Charcoal BBQ, herb & flower garden left of kitchen door
Vertical lettuce garden, herb garden just right of kitchen door
Front porch,Jack Post glider facing W (sunsets),tables 4 beverages &/or ashtray
Couch with sconces on
Fireplace Vizio 55' 3D TV, Bose speakers underneath, dining table for 4 on right
Dining table unset for 4, sides pull out to seat 6
Bar with lit pendants
Dishwasher, Kohler commercial stainless sink, Moen pull down faucet
Metro shelving w/cookware, small appliances etc., pantry cabinet on right
Bedroom dresser, Blu-ray player, Direct TV DVR, Sony 46' HDTV, full mirror
Bedroom ceiling fan, FireX Hardwire Interconnectable 120-Volt Smoke And Carbon Monoxide Voice Alarm with Battery Backup
Shelves & photos above toilet in bathroom
Kitchen/back door herb & vertical garden right, BBQ & herb garden left
Glasses from left; rocks, martini, flute, white & red wine, decanter behind them
Front,next project! Pavers 12' on left 4 parking, fence/waterwise plants/gravel
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