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Pasadena Cosmopolitan Casa

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,300 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights


About the property

House, 3 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 6)

Spacious 3 bedroom, 2 bath 1920s Spanish Revival home with a worldly ambience. View of the San Gabriel Mountains.

Hardwood floors in bedrooms, living and dining rooms. French encaustic tile floors in kitchen and sunroom reminiscent of those in Cuba and Brazil. White hex-tile floors in both bathrooms.

Full kitchen including coffee machine, expresso machine, blender, veggie juicer, citrus juicer, coffee grinder, and microwave. Custom kitchen cabinetry.

Floor heater between living and dining rooms. Oil space heaters in all bedrooms. No central air conditioning. AC wall unit in the dinette. 8000 btu. Cools the dining and living room nicely. Fans in all bedrooms, and ceiling fan in the living room.

Summer days can be very hot. The nights are cool.

All three bedrooms have full-sized beds, and towels and sheets are 100% cotton. Sleeps six.

Detached laundry room with washer, dryer, two deep sinks, and sturdy folding table. Solar dryer=clothesline in backyard. Go Green.

Off-street parking for two cars. Private backyard is ideal for outdoor dining and conversation. The front porch is a nice place to lounge with a book and a cup of coffee or wine.

Pasadena is centrally located because we are close to the mountains, the beach, the airport, and downtown LA. We are home to Jackie Robinson, Julia Child, Eve Bunting, and numerous other illustrious scientists, radio personalites, artists, musicians, dancers, and actors. Old Town Pasadena is full of restaurants, cafes, bookstores, and shops including an Apple Store.

There are countless opportunities to enrich and enjoy life here because we are a multicultural city. Read: good music, good food, good dancing and good art.

Keywords: home, three bedroom, house

More Details

kathleen diener
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english, french, german, spanish, portuguese, dutch
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
August 11, 2017

About kathleen diener

I'm a retired teacher, avid traveler, and a grandma of three.

kathleen diener purchased this house in 2001

Why kathleen diener chose Pasadena

I bought my home in Pasadena because I love Pasadena! It has the feeling of a town, but has the amenities of a cosmopolitan city.

The architecture is notable, the trees are stately, and the mountains are quietly majestic.

I love the fact that so many cultures are represented in Los Angeles.

What makes this house unique

Southern California has a Mediterranean climate. Our winters are mild. The sun shines a lot. In the summer, the days are hot, and the nights are cool which is great for sleeping.

My house has a cosmopolitan ambience because I seek to create beauty in restoring and adorning the house. The house reflects an international spirit that is welcoming to all.

It is minutes away from a hike in the mountains, Old Town, Cal Tech, Walt Disney Concert Hall, the beach, the airport, Huntington Library, coffee houses, restaurants, museums, and numerous venues for live music and dancing.

Restaurants abound: Thai Ethiopian, Cuban, Brazilian, Mexican, Korean, Japanese and Chinese because these people are Los Angeles!

The Korean spa is a real relaxer. Chinese foot massage, too!

The green aspect: there are two Toto low-flush toilets, a compost pile, a clothesline, and a bike. The walls in the master bedroom and kitchen are plastered with American Clay which has no VOCs. I have a peach tree, lemon and pomelo tree, and a baby apricot tree. The neighborhood is full of fruit trees.

It is not uncommon to see skunk, raccoon, possum, hawks, parrots, hummingbirds, and wrens.

This is what makes my home in Pasadena unique and inviting. It is an urban home with a rural flavor.

Guestbook comments from the owner

I stayed in Kathleen's delightful house with elderly family members, and we loved our stay. Kathleen has a beautifully decorated house, fully furnished in all respects and with wifi that is easy to use. Parking is inside her gate. We used all three bedrooms and were very comfortable sitting in the living room with additional family members. It was quiet enough to record stories for the family. The kitchen is fully stocked with whatever you need to prepare meals, and we had a lovely breakfast in the sunny dining alcove with her nice linens. A 3 ring notebook tells you about local places to buy food, eat or have fun, and there is a pile of guidebooks, too. Thanks, Kathleen.
Jan 2013
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North Central House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1300 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Adventure
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace
  • Gas Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , bidet
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Queen size Beds (3) They are actually Full Beds.
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • alternative lifestyle
  • arboretum
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • mountain biking
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • snowboarding
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis


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Pasadena Cosmopolitan Casa
average rating of 4.733333 based on 17 reviews

Wonderful and Unique Home!

  • 5 of 5

Kathleen was so nice and accommodating, we had a great time staying in her home. Everyone in our party commented on the awesome decorations and furnishing from around the world that add such great charm and personality to every room. The location was great, it was perfect for us to get in and out of downtown, and the Rose Bowl. We would definitely stay there again!

  • Submitted: Jul 6, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Pasadena Gathering 2016 - EXCELLENT

  • 5 of 5

We thoroughly enjoyed the Cosmopolitan Casa. Such nice decor and very, very comfortable. The kitchen is a good size with everything you need to fix those family meals. The dining table was the same. Enough room for our family of six and guests dropping in. Everyone commented how they felt right at home. We all agreed we had restful sleep in the comfortable, warm bedrooms. We lucked out when we found this jewel conveniently located in the middle of everything and within three miles of most of our destinations. We have not one complaint. We will definitely return. As for Kathleen, what a nice host. She was waiting for us when we arrived and showed us around the house, then answered all our questions about the area. She had a nice little binder with tips on where to dine, grocery stores, etc. That proved to be very helpful. We were delighted when night time came and we found the Christmas lights on outside. We were having a belated Christmas with family from other countries and the lights outside added to the ambiance and made it an extra warm welcome to all. Thank you, Kathleen. Your Cosmopolitan Casa was perfect and met all our family's needs. As I mentioned above, we definitely recommend this property to our friends and to you if you are looking for a good-sized, yet not too big of a home.

  • Submitted: Jan 14, 2017
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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nantucket, ma

Comfortable and Colorful Home

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at this colorfully decorated house for 10 days during the Thanksgiving holiday. It is in a neighborhood great for walking. The local architecture and landscaping is fun to view. The house has all the needed amenities - large couch, extra chairs, large dining room and separate kitchen. The three bedrooms are outfitted with comfortable beds and both bathrooms are modern. We spent most of our time at our daughter's near by house, so we didn't use the outside space, although it appeared very pleasant. The house is heated via one very large vent in the living room. It does a good job in the shared spaces, and space heaters ensured that the bedrooms were toasty during a couple of cool nights. A breakfast nook for 3 or 4 was especially nice with great light and a view of the neighborhood. A car would be helpful for grocery shopping and for getting into town, although the area is well served by Uber. The home owner was very responsive to all our inquiries. We'd definitely stay here in the future.

  • Submitted: Nov 29, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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House was much older and tired looking than in the photos

  • 3 of 5

Although the owner was delightful, the property was a bit of a disappointment. The house was much older and rundown than the photos suggested.

  • Submitted: Nov 17, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Quiet, comfy living

  • 5 of 5

My parents and I stayed here for 11 days so I could have major surgery at USC, and it worked wonderfully for us. The easy flow between rooms allowed me to move around well with a walker, but the layout also afforded plenty of privacy -- helpful since my parents are divorced! My mother valued the en suite bathroom in the back (white) bedroom, and my father liked being able to tuck away peacefully in the front (rose) bedroom. I stayed in the middle (sage) bedroom, giving me easy access to both of them, and to both bathrooms. (Note that there's a door directly from the middle bedroom to the back bedroom, so there's not total privacy between those two rooms.) The kitchen is spacious and easy to work in, and there's a little spot to eat in there as well as a breakfast nook, a huge dining/working table, and an outdoor table with an umbrella. We made heavy use of the washer/dryer in the garage and the TV with Netflix, and we took a lot of walks around the quiet, friendly neighborhood. Because of my condition, we didn't see many sights, but we did love the Huntington Botanical Gardens. I've been to plenty of gardens, and the Huntington is the most magnificent I've seen -- by far!

Everything was as described, and Kathleen was helpful and communicative before, during, and after. And she was completely lovely and forgiving about the fact that we accidentally broke her coffee pot!

  • Submitted: Jun 4, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Seattle, WA

Charming, comfortable, clean!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed in this sweet home for a weekend in November. It was the perfect time to visit Pasadena - sunny, but not overly warm. The house was very clean, and absolutely adorable. It had an older home charm, and hip and artsy decorations. The three bedrooms and two baths were perfect for our party of 5 people. We especially loved the dining room area, which had a fantastic large rustic table. We spent most of our time in the house sitting around this table together. The neighborhood is lovely, with many tree-lined streets and a short drive to downtown Pasadena.

  • Submitted: Nov 4, 2014
  • Stayed: Oct 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
17.3 Miles
Burbank (Bob Hope) Airport
Nearest Golf
2.4 Miles
Brookside Golf Course and Altadena Golf Course
Nearest Train
2.5 Miles
Gold Line Metro
Nearest Beach
28 Miles
Santa Monica Beach (Ocean Park Blvd)
Car: recommended

Cosmopolitan Casa is minutes away to top attractions including the Rose Bowl, Old Town Pasadena, the Norton Simon Museum, Pacific Asia Museum, Pasadena Playhouse, Huntington Botanical Gardens, Santa Anita Racetrack, and the LA Arboretum. Fifteen minutes away is LA Zoo, Griffith Observatory, and the Autry Museum. Twenty minutes away is Hollywood: Hollywood Bowl, Hollywood and Highland: Avenue of the Stars, and Pantages Theater, and Walt Dsney Concert Hall. Thirty minutes away are the beaches: Santa Monica, Venice, and Marina del Rey. Forty minutes away are Disneyland and Knotts Berry Farm. Pasadena is home to JPL, Cal Tech, Art Center, Fuller Seminary, and PCC. Mix business/study/ research with pleasure, and stay at a well-appointed home that reflects the owner's nomadic spirit.


Rates & Availability

North Central House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Rose Parade
Dec 28 2017 - Jan 2 2018
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $110

e-checks price or personal check is same as listed. Add 3% if you use a credit card.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.