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Super Lovely, Beautiful Oasis Secret Garden Santa Monica

Bedrooms 1
Space 500 sq. ft.
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 31 nights


About the property

Amazing Jewel in the City, With Garden And Charm

At the back of Secret Garden Santa Monica and in a quiet residential block is this lovely, sun filled unit, with artisan Venetian plaster walls, hard wood floors, travertine in kitchen and bath, crown molding, recessed lighting, fresh linens, KING bed in bedroom, feather pillowed sofa, it's a hidden jewel. Your heart will melt when you step into this beautiful oasis with the sound of the fountain and gentle chimes. Also ask about our turn of the century cottage including private garden on the same beautiful land just blocks from the center of Santa Monica. www secret garden santa monica dot com has more photographs including under gallery where you can also see the cottage.

A perfect blend of yin and yang, masculine and feminine; a sunny, simple, sweet, completely uncluttered, cozy and quiet unit. Empty closets and chests for short term storage and full bath with tub. Two sided desk, with cable, wifi, Apple TV, HBO, garden views, super clean with plenty of charm. Our thirty one day or more stays are perfect for families of locals, scholars, writers, snow birds, transitioning residents, sabbatical, etc and those who know how to bide their time.

The masterpiece is the Tuscan inspired garden with over 500 flower blooming plants ranging from bougainvillea to sage, lavender, hydrangea and roses and nearly 2500 sq. feet of park-like garden. Perfect for having garden company with local friends or family and then to retire to your own unit. Close enough to downtown to make it easy to walk, far enough away to give a sense of peace; a veritable walker's paradise! Although not a Patrician address, it is a well nurtured, charming property created as a sanctuary and appointed with taste and care.

The garden is yours to explore and enjoy, although the large table is wonderful, a smaller table is around the corner on a path to the left for more intimate moments. Pick some thyme, sage or rosemary for cooking!

Wonderful coffee shops (Funnel Mill, Starbucks, and 18th st. Cafe), health food store (Co-op), Whole Foods, Vons, all just blocks from unit. Also just blocks from Tiffany's and Santa Monica Place, Third St. Promenade, Montana Avenue, yoga studios, movie theaters, and many of the best restaurants on the west side of Los Angeles, (Melisse, Jiraffe, Capo, Michaels, La Botte) as well as less expensive choices, (Fritto Misto, Mercado, Border Grill, Huckleberry's, Rustic Canyon). Just moments to the Broad Stage for cultural events and 5 blocks from 3 Vons markets and of course, blocks from the world famous Santa Monica pier, Palisades Park, the Pacific Ocean and Ocean Avenue, and Main Street for more upscale shopping. Close to Venice, Pacific Palisades, 25 minutes drive from Los Angeles airport, (LAX), a gateway to Malibu (20 minutes), downtown Los Angeles (25 minutes).

A private parking space as well or just walk or bike everywhere! Fit guests won't need a car! This unit is part of a duplex at the back of a courtyard garden property.

We love stays of 31 days or longer!

More Details

Cara Brown
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
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Calendar last updated:
June 2, 2017

About Cara Brown

We have lived in Santa Monica for several decades and certainly consider it home. It's a lovely place to live, close by the sea and in one of the least densely populated areas of Southern California, and the beach is a cooler place to live in the summer than our valley neighbors. While I handle our rentals, design, and paperwork, my husband is the construction and technical brain in the nuts and bolts department. Looking forward to meeting new people through this rental process!

Cara Brown purchased this apartment in 1999

Why Cara Brown chose Santa Monica

Our property is a few short blocks from downtown Santa Monica; close to a great health food store, (the Co-op), Tiffany's (!) and Santa Monica place, yoga studios, restaurants, markets, the library and great coffee shops. In a few years the new metro will be a ten minute or so walk from where we are and over all it's a place one can find excitement, happiness and tranquility, all rolled up in one. Walking, bike riding, rollerblading; all options for getting around and all in an area that has so much to offer so close by! Inspired by my travels to San Miguel de Allende, Mexico and Europe, we created our beautiful garden to reflect a place of beauty and peace and are excited to share it with travelers.

What makes this apartment unique

This property brings to mind the historic nature of the City of Santa Monica. The cottage on the property was built around the turn of the century as a beach cottage. (1900's) Per the City of Santa Monica we can only rent for 31 days or longer. At one time it was surrounded by groves and open space and had a clear view to the ocean (an elderly neighbor tells us). Over the century the other structures were built and as my husband is a builder we've been able to put a lot of love and attention into this private property that we love. This unit is our personal unit and has finishes that reflect that; modern upgrades. Also, it's an urban location with an un-urban tranquility. Close to some of the less corporate small businesses (Funnel Mill coffee shop, the Co-op Health Food Store, Bay Cities Deli, Yoga studios too numerous to list, Montana Avenue boutiques & dept. store, Real Food Daily - all blocks away) yet blocks from Tiffany's, Coach, Bloomingdales, Nordstrom's as well. Did I mention close to the beach and the pier? ; )

Guestbook comments from the owner

Our stay there was perfect! It was recommended through mutual friends and we were so happy that we found it. It is perfectly close to everything without being on a main street or being directly downtown. Very quiet considering it is just 5 to 9 blocks from downtown Santa Monica. Loved the Broad Stage; just 1 1/2 Blocks from there and recommend their small venue cultural events. There was a lot of love put into the garden and the home itself. It seemed like we were somewhere other in Tuscany! A definite must for a return trip!
Sep 2012
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Downtown Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 2
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 500 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 3
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 3 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • Full bath; new travertine in bath and floors.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 3
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
  • Feather comforter with duvet, organic cotton sheets, and embroidered summer blankets. New shades, and curtains. White and neutral colors. Very large closet and empty antique wardrobe. Hard wood floors. Very sunny and breezy.
  • DVD Player
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • 2 bicycles
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • bay/sound
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • festivals
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • equestrian events
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • ice skating
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing


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Super Lovely, Beautiful Oasis Secret Garden Santa Monica
average rating of 5.0 based on 26 reviews


  • 5 of 5

Extremely comfortable unit with concerned and gracious owners. Located near all attractions in Santa Monica.

  • Submitted: Mar 10, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Kalamazoo, Michigan

The Perfect Vacation Rental!

  • 5 of 5

You know you have found the perfect vacation rental when after a month it feels like home and you don't want to leave. The location is great. You can walk to the beach, to the grocery store and the 3rd Street Peomenade in minutes. The apartment itself is spacious, extremely clean and well appointed. And then there is the garden. What a great place to eat, read, relax and just commune with nature. The owners, Cara and Eric, made us feel at home making sure we knew we could contact them with any problems we might encounter. I would definitely recommend this property to friends and family and would not hesitate to stay here again if we return to Santa Monica.

  • Submitted: Nov 13, 2015
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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New Zealand

Secret Garden. Santa monica

  • 5 of 5

We really enjoyed our 4 night stay. Great hosts and to have such a tranquil setting so close & handy to everything in Santa Monica was just amazing. Easy walk to the beach. The quiet accommodation had a special rustic simple charm laid back atmosphere. Don't change anything. It was just brilliant for us

  • Submitted: Oct 13, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Secret Garden is top

  • 5 of 5

First of all the host Cara is a great host, Eric as well. The personal interaction was also very enjoyable. It is located in a nice and peaceful garden to enjoy. The house was really, really clean and well maintained, although it's a little older. Amenities were plenty.Also very easy to walk around in Santa Monica., so location is good.

I would certainly recommend this property to everybody and my wife and I certainly will go back next time in Santa Monica.

Jos & Marleen - Belgium

  • Submitted: Oct 1, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Melbourne, Australia

Relaxing Garden Apartment

  • 5 of 5

We stayed for four nights in Cara's apartment and loved it. The location is great and Cara was there to greet us and gave us some good tips. The apartment was spotless and came with everything we could need, but the best part was the relaxing courtyard garden, perfect after our busy time in NYC. We will definitely return.

  • Submitted: Aug 1, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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A wonderful lovely place to stay

  • 5 of 5

We spend a wonderful time in this lovely apartment with its beautiful garden. The property was very clean and equipped with all things wie needed - and even a lot more. Cara has a wonderful feeling for making her guests comfortable and feeling at home immediatly (fresh flowers, coffee tabs and other nice or useful things). Thank you, Cara, for the list of recommendations. We tried the Hosteria del Piccolo and we loved it. We will defintely recommend this lovely apartment.

  • Submitted: Jul 6, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
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Nearest Airport
15 Miles
Nearest Barpub
0.5 Miles
Nearest Motorway
0.5 Miles
10 (Santa Monica Freeway)
Nearest Restaurant
0.5 Miles
Melisse, Rustic Canyon, Hillstones, R & D cafe
Nearest Ski
90 Miles
Nearest Beach
0.8 Miles
Car: not necessary

I am not a big mall kind of person but Santa Monica Place has a wonderful and elegant food court market place on the top floor, unlike any I have seen. There are wonderful morning, lunch as well as dinner places up there. Even al fresco dining surrounded with olive trees at Sonoma Wine Garden. I love the beach at the restaurant called 'Back at the Beach' cafe, on the sand just a little down PCH, because I like the services there when you need them, if you're planning on a day at the beach. Besides that there is Will Rogers beach and the #10 life guard station is a great place to swim and check out the wild sea life and not far up the coast. Great hiking all around our Santa Monica Mountains. Shutters Hotel is a great place to have a drink or listen to some piano music. Casa del Mar right next door to Shutters is a great place to eat sushi and have a drink, both world class hotels right on the water. Walking to the pier in the summer and enjoying the free summer Thursday night concerts, bringing a picnic and some hidden wine and sitting on the sand is a lovely evening. For the ambitious ride up the boardwalk on bikes to Venice or for the really, crazy ambitious down to Hermosa Beach or up to Malibu; that's a full day of sunshine and exercise! There are cultural events at the Broad Stage, and movies, and yoga or just take a beach walk or a stroll on Palisades Park. Plenty to do as well as to use it as a base for all kinds of short trips (San Francisco, Vegas, San Diego) all good and possible for one hour or less flights and an overnight stay and back the next day). There are all the other places to check out; The Disney Hall, the Hollywood Bowl, Universal Studios, Disneyland, etc but those are day trips and for the most part in areas you want to leave at night. Beverly Hills, as the crow flies is quite close and an easy jaunt if you avoid traffic hours. Don't forget the Getty Museaum, close to Santa Monica, and the Getty Villa, a must! (call first same day reservations necessary! Happy to help travelers as traveling has always been a passion. God Speed on your journey and looking forward to meeting you!


Rates & Availability

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31 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $100
Damage Deposit $400

Monthly rentals must pay utilities, electric and gas after $20 for each utility. Also we get our guests started with paper products and items such as shampoo, soap, garbage bags, etc but after that the guests must replenish. We can also introduce you to a trusted maid service but we do not offer it directly ourselves. A quick clean is $50; more entailed cleaning (no laundry of personal items) $85. Extra person $20 a day.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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