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Come and RELAX in the Serenity of the Zen Home near the Beach, LAX & LMU

Bedrooms 3
Space 2,100 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

Accommodations: 3 Bedrooms w/Queen Size beds + 2 Convertible bed(s), 2 Baths

This Private and Secluded Zen-like 2000 sq ft. 3 bedroom, 2 bath 2 story Home is in the Exclusive Beach neighborhood of 'L.A's Best Kept Secret', Playa del Rey, centrally located to the South Bay Beaches and LA's glamorous city. Enter behind a private gate and journey into this quiet and safe, lushly landscaped tropical refuge. Eastern artifacts, Buddha's, a gurgling fish pond, birdbath, rock garden and a teak bench serenely escort you into this special house, furnished for comfort and healing energy. If you are looking to 'PARTY' this is NOT the home for you. Maximum occupancy is 6 guests.

This unique home is perfect for vacationing families looking for rest or 'LA'S hot action' that's just minutes away.

The clean straight lines of Architecture, inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright, has high wood ceilings and powerful crossbeams. Floor to ceiling glass in the Living Room and Formal Dining area create a spacious and airy setting in this loft style home. Relax, release, and chill out on the Futon Style Loungers.

Dine 'alfresco', year round, on sumptuous local fresh seafood or BBQ your favorite culinary delights from nearby Bristol Farms, the famous gourmet food shop. Let the Southern California sunshine energize your day during breakfast in the Formal dining area that accommodates 8 on the Cherry Wood Asian Dining table. Custom Tile Counter top seats 4 more with bar stools. Sip an espresso, gourmet tea, smoothie, or fresh squeezed lemonade from the tree in the garden. KEURIG single cup coffee/tea dispenser, Toaster, Coffee Maker and Blender are all included with the Full Kitchen.

Ascend through the carpeted 'Low-Rise' stairwell with high ceilings, bamboo-screened windows and Asian styled architecture lighting. A bamboo plant and more lush decorations lead the way to the 2nd floor restorative rest area.

The Master Bedroom has wall-to-wall sliding Shoji Screens. Close them for privacy or open them to the Living Area below or dreamily gaze through the huge glass windows into the Zen Garden. Rejuvenate on the comfy Queen Size Bed. The Master Bath has shoji doors and windows, double sinks, a glass shower stall, and 2 large closets with sliding full length mirrors that make dressing a pleasure.

Enjoy the California Sunset and a partial view of the Pacific Ocean from the front upstairs Bedroom that sleeps 2 on a Queen Size Bed. The Bamboo-screened front wall of glass overlooks the semi-private park directly across the street. Mirrored closets here as well.

For your comfort and enjoyment, read, sip some coffee, wine, or tea, or even take a nap on the Private Balcony of the rear bedroom that sleeps 2 on a Queen Size Bed also with mirrored closets and a 32' Flat Screen TV.

Soothe yourself to a candlelight bath in the decorated FULL Bathroom behind Bamboo-screened windows of the second floor.

Enter through Sliding Glass Doors from the Living Area or walk the plant covered latticed path on the side of the house to the sanctitude of the green-growth covered Hi-walled Back Yard. Relax and Lounge in the backyard under the shade of tall trees surrounded by more lush tropical plants, or feed the squirrels and watch the hummingbirds as they flutter throughout the Zen Garden.

More Details

Donna Leigh
Member since: 2007
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 13, 2018


Playa del Rey House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 2100 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Near The Ocean
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Bottled Water
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking On Street
  • Shampoo
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen
  • **2 Additional Convertible Full Loungers in Downstairs Living Area
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Games for Kids
  • Music Library ...
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Deck / Patio
  • Large Cooler
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Patio
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • 8 garden chairs
  • 3 beach chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • racquetball
  • rock climbing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Relax and lounge in the backyard under the shade of tall trees surrounded by more lush tropical plants, or feed the squirrels and watch the hummingbirds that visit the Zen Garden and Birdbath. Two blocks away is a 1 mile scenic walking path overlooking the Ballona Wetland Wildlife Reserve, one of the last protected open areas in Los Angeles. The path has a panoramic view from Malibu to the famous 'Hollywood' sign. Sleepy Beach town Playa del Rey, is minutes away from all the action. This house is a 20 min walk to the Beach and in town which offers coffee shops, postal office, dry cleaning, nail salon and several type of different restaurants from upscale to casual dining. You will also find a baseball diamond, basketball courts, children's playground, beach volleyball and a huge park connected to the Venice Canals that is home to numerous ducks and wildlife.


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Come and RELAX in the Serenity of the Zen Home near the Beach, LAX & LMU
average rating of 4.965517 based on 58 reviews


  • 5 of 5

We stayed for a long weekend at the Zen House. Donna was easy to work with, quick to respond and very accommodating. The house itself was just as nice as the photos. Pictures can't capture the landscaping and quiet neighborhood. The house was very well stocked with any incidentals you might need. We would definitely stay here again.

  • Submitted: Oct 19, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Marcie for taking the time to write your experience at the Zen Home. We look forward to your next stay with us!
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Wow! Too wonderful!

  • 5 of 5

Donna’s attention to detail shines in every room of this lovely home. What a treat for my family as we visited my brother in LA. Each morning and evening we loved having ‘our house’ to go back to for rest and relaxation. The garden is beautiful. The decor is peaceful. She has left nothing out that you might have forgotten...scissors? Lint brush? Umbrellas? Coffee? Cotton balls? Even a lovely welcome basket of delightful snacks! If there was a score higher than 5, I would leave it. Thank you for the hospitality!

  • Submitted: Feb 26, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Anne for your kind review! We are SO thrilled you and your Family enjoyed your stay. We welcome you and your Family back to the Zen Home anytime!
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  • 5 of 5

Everything was perfect, except we didn’t stay long enough! Hope to return in the summer to enjoy dinner out back. Lovely, well-equipped place. Thanks.

  • Submitted: Feb 26, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Theresa! We hope to have you and your Family stay longer at the Zen Home the next time around!
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  • 5 of 5

Had a wonderful relaxing time at the Zen house. Nice open floor plan worked well for our family.

  • Submitted: Dec 19, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Cheryl- so happy you and your Family enjoyed your stay. We hope to have you again as our special guests at the Zen home!
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Beautiful, Truly Peaceful Home

  • 5 of 5

I cannot say enough about the Zen Home. I took my father, 84 yo, on his "Bucket List" trip to California. He has dementia. I wanted a well-kept, clean, organized and peaceful setting for our trip. All of my expectations were exceeded! Donna's home was exquisite. Every amenity was thought of and provided. I literally should have only packed clothes since everything was provided including a wonderful array of toiletries--not simply travel sized items, huge supply of very nice linens and towels for every bed and bathroom, fully stocked kitchen, all types of beach supplies (nice chairs, mats, coolers, etc).

The patio area was amazing and reminded my father of home--large, peaceful with lots of gorgeous plants, fountains, waterfalls, etc. Above the patio, is a lovely balcony with reclining chairs, tables to share a morning tea or evening glass of wine. The kitchen was extremely clean and organized--and well stocked with a variety of seasonings, K cup coffees (even Starbucks since Donna learned that I enjoyed this brand), bottled water, blenders, even reusable grocery bags for our trips to Ralph's (where I met and had a conversation with a well-known celebrity in the checkout line!). I felt so at home. I locked myself out of the property one day and Donna immediately sent her husband over to reset the lock.

Beautiful beaches, close by (Manhattan was my favorite); a neighborhood park, within walking distance, great restaurants only a few minutes drive away. Airport only a few miles away. Offstreet parking... I could go on. Oh, and the welcome basket with healthy treats on the counter was appreciated after a long flight! I would recommend the Zen Home to anyone who enjoys an upscale stay in a stress-free, peaceful environment. Thank you, Donna!

  • Submitted: Oct 11, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Perfect !

  • 5 of 5

Booked and travelled from the UK, Donna was a dream to deal with, very professional and very quick to respond.

Two of our family came direct from the UK and were jet lagged, whilst two of us were on CA time already. House was spacious enough to be waking up at different times without disturbing each other.

We found the house exactly as described on the website, including the great 'welcome pack'.

Great location in a very nice and quiet neighborhood. Would not hesitate to return when in LA again.

  • Submitted: Oct 10, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Car: necessary

Minutes away Championship Beach Volleyball, 20 min walk to the Beach or 8 min Bicycle Ride, Semi-Private Park

Time to desired locations:

-LAX - 8 min

-Manhattan Beach (World Championship Volleyball) - 10 min

-Marina del Rey (Fisherman's Wharf, Cruises, Restaurants, Shops, Movies) - 5 min

-Catalina Island - 27 miles available by boat

-Venice Beach (Famous Venice Boardwalk - 'Muscle Beach', Snake Charmers, Street Performers, Sidewalk eateries...seen in countless movies, TV, music videos) - 10 min

-Santa Monica/Malibu - 20 min

-Beverly Hills - 30 min

-Hollywood/Studio City - 40 min

-Big Bear Mountains (Winter skiing, summer hiking and boating) - 90 min

-Palm Springs - 90 min

-Disneyland - 45 min

-San Diego Wild Animal Park - 2 hrs.

Other Activities: Boating, Snowboarding, Wildlife Viewing, Health/Beauty Spa, Shopping, Kayaking, Snowmobiling, Miniature Golf, Cross Country Skiing, Basketball Court


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $175


Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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