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Set in Nature Yet Within Minutes to Civilization, Family Friendly

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Front door on the right opens to this warm eclectic space


Last updated: 03/19/2017
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  • Minimum stay:3 nights
  • Sleeps:4
  • Bedrooms:2
  • Bathrooms:1
  • Property type:House
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

About the Property


Once the home of Mickey Rooney, this Topanga gem is wonderfully situated for gentle ocean breezes in a'climate-perfect' area. Enveloped in natural beauty, with its own poetry at any time of day or year, it invites one to retreat in tranquil simplicity and comfort, yet within minutes to civilization.

Located 15 minutes from the beach and surfing hot spots, nestled in between Malibu (15 minutes,) Pacific Palisades (10 minutes,) Santa Monica (15 minutes,) and the Valley (20 minutes.)

The property is surrounded by a lovely fenced yard, harboring a growing orchard, an herb garden, and vegetable planters , crowned by a gazebo with a swinging couch and garden chairs. The main entrance opens to a rock garden with a fountain. Facing it is the front porch with cushioned wicker chairs providing relaxation at any time of day or night.

The house features a high ceiling with exposed beams, bamboo floors, and sage color carpet in the bedroom harmonizing Nature and hOMe. The space is well designed and enlightened by a warm glow recessed lighting system on a dimmer that creates even more special moments of relaxation. It has an eclectic feel with flavors of Asia, India, Africa and France, inviting simplicity and serenity.

It is proudly erected on a rugged canyon terrain, yet comfortable with amenities of modern life. High tech kitchen with country accents (see detail below,) central heating system, shower/bath, fireplace, home theater with DVD player, surround sound, wireless FIOS Internet. I am also happy to accommodate infants and toddlers needs.

You walk into a warm open space featuring various environments that blend harmoniously into each other: Living room facing the fireplace and a pull down home theater screen. On the right side is a beautiful armoire that opens into an office for the business traveler. It has a printer, scanner, shredder, and desk area. On the left is the dining area overlooking the herb and vegetable garden, growing orchard and gazebo.

From the dining area, you walk into a well appointed kitchen on the right. You should find everything you need and more: blender, juicer, food processor, bread machine, Fondue set, crepe maker, toaster, 3 types of coffee machine for the connoisseur (French press, drip, Presto electric,) tea pot, electric and stainless steel old fashion kettles. Cookery is included. Anything else you might need is probably there for the asking. The kitchen has two windows into the world of nature. It feels perched in the trees.

The kitchen door opens onto a red brick terrace, with two patio chairs and a small round table. There is a planter (with seasonal vine-type vegetables for your enjoyment) dividing the main house from the bungalow.

There are four dining areas: the front porch is facing east, good for breakfast, while the red brick terrace is perfect for lunch time; the gazebo is pleasant in mid afternoon for tea or coffee break; if you prefer to stay inside, the dining area has a large wooden table accommodating up to 6 persons.

The two bedrooms are on the right of the living room; across, is a full bathroom with a view from the shower and bathtub.

The first bedroom has a comfortable queen size bed with a Tempurvedic mattress and high quality pillows. One window has morning sun, the other the moonlight. It has enclosed shelves, a vanity area and a large mirror.

The second bedroom has a king size bed, which can also be configured with 2 twin size beds in an L bracket. A wall closet includes a rustic chest of drawer and a mirror.

Both bedrooms are bright and temperate, each window with a stunning view of nature. The maximum occupancy of 4. High quality linen, towels, basic toiletries are all included.

You can expect cleanliness, quietness, comfort, and beauty where nature and civilization work together.

The days weave a visual tapestry of trees and vegetation, including California Oaks, Olive trees, fern, massive boulders and wild flowers. The nights orchestrate a symphony of frogs and crickets, conducted by owls. A wide variety of wild life reclaims its territory beyond the wooden fence.

And sheltering it all, the sky will often dazzle the stargazer.

This is a good place to take a break from the city and the busy-ness of life, where you can be as secluded, and creative, and/or as social as you wish. It also offers a perfect balance between being active in the outdoors and still at home.

This is a well cared home and property. It gives me great pleasure to share them through HOMEAWAY/VRBO for short term vacations (up to 25 days.)
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Member since: 2013

Speaks: english, french, spanish
Response time: Within an hour
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 03/19/2017

Property Type

  • House
  • 800 sq. ft.

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy 4
  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:


  • Children Welcome:

    Property enclosed by a wooden gate within which all tenants are requested to remain. Canyon setting, children need to be supervised. ...moreless

  • Non Smoking Only:

    Smoking is prohibited inside the dwellings, on the property and on the road. Topanga is an extreme fire hazard area. ...moreless

  • Pets Not Allowed

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


  • Long-Term Renters Welcome
  • Wheelchair Inaccessible

Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4, Beds for 4

  • Bedroom 1: 1 queen

    Facing South East, bright and airy, dimming lights...moreless

  • Guest Bedroom: 2 twin/ single, 1 child bed, 1 baby crib, 1 sleep sofa /futon

    2 single size beds in an L-bracket...moreless

  • Both bedrooms are Feng Shui-ed, providing balanced energies, bright and airy. The guest bedroom has 2 twin size comfortable beds and box springs in and L-braket configuration. All bedding is of superior quality and fitted in hygienic anti-allergic, anti-parasite encasings....moreless

Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom

  • Bathroom 1: toilet, combination tub/shower

    Water energy balanced with earthy colored tiles and towels...moreless

  • Bathroom with a view.


  • Books
  • DVD Player:

    Home theater, large pull down screen above the fireplace. DVD library available....moreless

  • Music Library:

    small library available...moreless

  • Stereo
  • Toys:

    I will be happy to share toys request...moreless

  • Video Library


  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Autumn Foliage
  • Botanical Garden
  • Caves
  • Churches
  • Coin Laundry
  • Festivals
  • Library
  • Live Theater
  • Playground
  • Pond
  • Restaurants
  • Waterfalls
  • Winery Tours

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Laundromat
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Beachcombing
  • Bird Watching
  • Eco Tourism
  • Horseback Riding
  • Horseshoes
  • Paddle Boating
  • Photography
  • Scenic Drives
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking
  • Whale Watching

Location Type

  • Mountain View:

    Sprawling canyon view with ocean breeze...moreless

  • Near The Ocean:

    3 miles down the canyon to the ocean (Topanga State Beach)...moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Ice Skating
  • Mountain Biking
  • Mountain Climbing
  • Mountaineering
  • Paragliding
  • Pier Fishing
  • Rafting
  • Roller Blading
  • Sailing
  • Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
  • Surfing
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Water Skiing
  • Wind-Surfing


  • Dining:

    Lots of good solar energy pouring onto the dining table overlooking the herb and vegetable garden...moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 4 people


  • Air Conditioning:

    Mobile A/C unit. Generally not necessary, sea breeze flowing through....moreless

  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating:

    Central heating system...moreless

  • Parking:

    Street parking available by the lower double gates or across the street. All four wheels need to be within the white line drawn on the road. ...moreless

  • Telephone:

    Landline available upon request for domestic calls only....moreless

  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine:

    Laundry machine not accessible to visitors, but I can offer one load of laundry a week for tenancy over 30 days. ...moreless


  • Coffee Maker:

    French press coffee maker and Expresso machine...moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils:

    Wide array covering your needs. If you need something that you cannot find in the house, please ask, I probably have it. ...moreless

  • Dishwasher:

    Brand new Bosch to be used only when fully loaded. Los Angeles is in a constant state of severe drought....moreless

  • Kitchen:

    Earthy tones with artistic accents, combining modernity and vintage charm. Fresh and uplifting, good lighting....moreless

  • Microwave
  • Oven:

    GE Profile, metallic, self cleaning for the serious cook: precision of a gas cooktop coupled with the evenness of an electric convection oven...moreless

  • Pantry Items:

    Basic cooking and paper items...moreless

  • Refrigerator:

    GE Profile with bottom pullout freezer with ice-maker, lots of space...moreless

  • Stove:

    GE Profile, smooth cooking surface, gas range...moreless

  • Toaster


  • Bicycles:

    possibly up to 4 bicycles can be made available upon request, including bike rack....moreless

  • Deck / Patio
  • Kayak / Canoe:

    I can put you in contact with a local friend who can take you Kayaking...moreless

  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Lawn / Garden:

    Canyon setting, no manicure garden, small orchard, vegetable and herb garden...moreless



Write a review 5
from 9 traveler reviews
Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Nov 19 - Nov 30, 2017
3 night min stay
Dec 10 - Jan 1, 2018
3 night min stay
My Standard Rate
3 night min stay
$1,400 $5,000

Rates are based on 2 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest

* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

Additional information about rental rates


  • Cleaning Fee $175
  • Taxes Not included

Owner's cancellation policy:

100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.

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16 Miles
Nearest Golf
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10 Miles
Nearest Train
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6 Miles
Nearest Motorway
Interstate 101
1 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
128 Miles
Nearest Ski
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Owner info

Year Purchased: 2012

About the owner: Born and raised in France, I am a linguist, love all languages and cultures. I practice yoga, hike, dance, write. I love the homes I have created for myself, enjoy maintaining them and am constantly beautifying them for myself and all who visit. The house if private on a two lot property. I live on the second lot beyond the wooden fence surrounding the rentable area, and am quick to respond if needed. As my guests, you might enjoy special details within my homes and property. It is a joy to share the beautiful surrounding I live in and lifestyle they afford. My last big voyage was a two month journey through Nepal, India and Sri Lanka with my youngest daughter living in Australia, an exotic mother-daughter reunion.) Now planning a family reunion in my natal south of France with my three children and two grandsons. Since I started hosting , I have enjoyed guests from various States and countries; the world coming to me in this way, and being part of Los Angeles where all cultures are represented, I feel I don't need to travel that much anymore. Hosting is a creative expression for me, spanning the fields of service, interpersonal relations, cultural exchange. I have enjoyed visitors from China, Sweden, Spain, France, Germany, England, Switzerland, and the United States.

Why the Owner Chose Fernwood, Topanga, CA, USA:
This is a unique property in that it is small yet well designed, with many different environments, both inside and outside. It is centrally located and easily accessible - no long winding canyon roads to contend with - completely surrounded by nature, and in the climate perfect part of the canyon. The house is modern with loads of vintage charm. It has the best of all worlds: canyon setting, yet close to the ocean; secluded, yet within minutes to civilization. It invites a healthy lifestyle in an eclectic community. The house is simple, comfortable, tastefully designed, and well-cared for.

The Unique Benefits at this House:
When you walk through the gate, you are in a world of its own. There is a lovely fence all around providing privacy. The gazebo with swinging couch and chairs, growing orchard, herb and organic vegetable garden expand your living experience. The main room features a home theater with surround sound, state of the art receiver, DVD player and projector with HDMI technology to plug your laptop, as well as business amenities/ workspace when opening the armoire door. Temperate climate with a gentle sea breeze in the summer. Quality wind chimes offer an ever changing rendition of climatic conditions, sometimes soothing, sometimes passionate. They can be tamed during the Santa Ana winds.

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Speaks: english, french, spanish
Response time: Within an hour
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 03/19/2017

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  • Front door on the right opens to this warm eclectic space

    Front door on the right opens to this warm eclectic space

  • Home theater screen halfway down

    Home theater screen halfway down

  • Fireplace, oriental accents.  Doors to bedrms on the right, Saraswati in between

    Fireplace, oriental accents. Doors to bedrms on the right, Saraswati in between

  • Front porch, wind chiming through

    Front porch, wind chiming through

  • Master bedroom, Vanity area with closets

    Master bedroom, Vanity area with closets

  • Guest room sleeps 2 in comfortable single beds

    Guest room sleeps 2 in comfortable single beds

  • Westside.  Closet draped with veil, pastoral chest of drawers

    Westside. Closet draped with veil, pastoral chest of drawers

  • Dining room facing herb garden, open kitchen on the right

    Dining room facing herb garden, open kitchen on the right

  • Well Appointed Kitchen opening to the back yard

    Well Appointed Kitchen opening to the back yard

  • Living room flowing into dining room overlooking herb garden

    Living room flowing into dining room overlooking herb garden

  • Extra sitting/sleeping area, 7 ft long couch

    Extra sitting/sleeping area, 7 ft long couch

  • Sunny Master Bedroom, queen size bed, writing area with a view of the mountain

    Sunny Master Bedroom, queen size bed, writing area with a view of the mountain

  • Queen size bed, artwork emerging from the right wall.

    Queen size bed, artwork emerging from the right wall.

  • Eastside.  Morning sun, pull down blinds.

    Eastside. Morning sun, pull down blinds.

  • 6 drawers under bed to keep the room uncluttered

    6 drawers under bed to keep the room uncluttered

  • Modernity with pastoral accents

    Modernity with pastoral accents

  • Front Porch with morning sun

    Front Porch with morning sun

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