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Beautiful California Craftsman- Steps to Beach

Bedrooms 4
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 6 nights

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Minimum Stay
3 - 6 nights


Ocean Park House Rental Photos and Description

House, 4 Bedrooms + Den (See Description), 2 Baths, (Sleeps 12-14)

Steps from the warm sands and magnificent Pacific Ocean in Santa Monica. 4 bedrooms/2 bath.

The first floor Master Bedroom is bright and airy. French doors open onto a large wooden deck and over looks the garden as well as Ocean.

The room has a full entertainment system, TV, Wireless, as well as ceiling fan and standing closet. Second Bedroom is easily converted from Kids room to Guest Room to Writer's Studio (a few of our guests have written books here).

Open living and dining area accommodates large families or cozy small ones. Warm yourselves by the original Sandstone fireplace....

The 2nd story has 2 bedrooms and a TV room that can convert to a sleeping quarter making 5 bedrooms total. There is a min-kitchen upstairs as well so the units can be separated to form two distinct apts.

* the upper apt can be rented on its own.

The house was originally a single family. it was converted into two diff’t apts – one apt on each floor and we have now brought it back to one single family (upstairs and downstairs). However there are still elements from the two apt layout. We can rent the two bedroom apt upstairs on its own ($1600 per week) or the entire house. Its really great for large families or multiple families vacationing together.

To be clear.....

downstairs: master suite (with King size bed, french doors that open to upper outside deck) , full kitchen, great room (dining/living room w. TV), second room with Full size bed and mini bunks

Upstairs: 2nd master (king size bed), additional room with twin size bunks and a Queen size bed., den/tv room, office area, small european-style kitchen

Air Quality or Allergies: We are just off the Beach. The wind off the ocean keeps the air quality incredibly clean. The ocean emits enormous amounts of Fresh Oxygen. We have kept our house free of Mold as well.

A short walk gets you to wonderful 'mom n' pop' restaurants, boutique shopping, wine bars, ice cream, panini sandwiches, Health Food Store, coffee shops. Eclectic Venice Beach is also a walk away with its craft booths, incense vendors, painters and colorful street performers. Also very close to trendy '3rd St Promenade' with retail chain stores (Abercrombie and Fitch, The Gap, etc) and Movie Theaters, Jazz clubs, Bars, Discos, etc. Disneyland, Magic Mountain, Universal Studios, Hollywood are a car ride away but not close enough to feel like you're caught in a tourist trap.

This is an old turn-of-the-century home. It's not 'perfect' - that means if your kids happen to make a crayon drawing on a wall - we're not worried, just clean up. The house is over 100 years old so there is some natural wear and tear. But we did a complete renovation (inside and out) when we purchased in 2000. The house is completely kid safe and protected. This is not a 'party house' - we want you to have a wonderful visit but if you plan to have loud parties, this isn't the rental for you. Street parking only with preferential parking pass. We welcome you to have a friend stop by to look at the house or we can send more info/pix if you like.

A very nice young couple occupy another apt on the property. You will probably never see them as they have their own entrance down a separate side of the house. They are warm and wonderful and very quiet.

Keywords: ocean view, beach, water, sand, disneyland, santa monica, charming, venice, shopping, surfing, ocean, marina, boating, sunset,

More Details
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Member since: 2011
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
November 6, 2016

About The Owner

Family of 5. Very healthy. Wife is a teacher. i make documentary films

The Owner purchased this house in 2000

What makes this house unique

The house is situated in a very safe environment. Neighbors walk around regularly with their dogs and kids. Its a bit like the West Village or Haight Ashbury neighborhood only much more quiet. Its a great for teens who want their 'freedom' but still make you feel like they wont get in too much trouble


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(7 traveler reviews)

Beautiful California Craftsman- Steps to Beach
average rating of 5.0 based on 7 reviews

Amazing Place and Location!!

  • 5 of 5

I can't say enough good things about this property and its owners. It was the perfect place for our family meet up to visit my sister and brother-in-law and their new baby (who also stayed in the house). The owners (and the property manager) were amazingly hospitable and welcoming. The house was roomy, warm and had a perfect, relaxing family feel. My kids (2 under 5) loved the bunk beds and Curious George books. My two year old even slept in a bed for the first time the whole week with no problems (which I attribute to the good karma of the house).

The location is perfect, perfect, perfect. As an East Coaster, I like walkability which is hard to come by in LA but this house was a block away from Main Street which has coffee shops, ice cream places, restaurants, nail salons, shops and a lot of other cool stuff. It's also walkable to some cool places in Venice and a very short drive to Abbot Kinney, the 3rd Street promenade, etc. It was also very close to the beach and walkable to the Venice Boardwalk (where we rented bikes) and the Santa Monica Pier (about a mile or so North). There was even a playground on the beach about 5 minutes away from the house.

I've used VRBO many times and this was one of my best experiences. I don't think you can ask for a better location for a vacation in LA. And you can't ask for a nicer, more responsive owner. If you want to stay in a place that makes you wish you lived in Santa Monica, this is the place. I would highly recommend!

  • Submitted: Aug 18, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: :) blushing. Thank you for your kind words. We put a lot into this house and when we read things like your review it makes it all worth it. We're so glad you had a great vacation - please come back
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Amazing property!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed here in 2015 for nearly 3 weeks and couldn't have been happier with the location or the facilities. We celebrated a birthday, an anniversary and the 4th July and experienced the best of Santa Monica and the beach within easy walking distance of this property. It was well equipped and laid out and was very sociable for nights in as well as accessible for tourist trips during the day. Would definitely come back!

  • Submitted: Jun 4, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Location. Home. Hospitality.

  • 5 of 5

Me, my fiancé and my three teen children spent a week in the Lauer house in Santa Monica. The house is worth the trip in itself, and the hospitality and graciousness of the family made us feel as if we were in our own home. There were five of us and there still was plenty of room for a couple more. We all had our own space. The house is an exceptional charm, appointed wonderfully, and the location by the beach in Santa Monica is hard to beat. The family makes you feel like you are in your own home, and there is so much activity going on in that area which makes it great for a family - PCH, Santa Monica beach, the pier, so many restaurants, the 3rd Street Mall etc. And it is very close to LAX...We will definitely try to stay there again on our next trip back (from Florida). It was definitely the best VRBO experience we've had (and we've had several).

Thanks again Andy and all.

  • Submitted: Jan 15, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Very happy to have you. Please come back anytime and thank you for the very kind gift. You left the house in wonderful condition and its appreciated. We put a lot of time and energy into making sure you have an awesome vacation - your kinds words make the effort with it. :)
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Charlotte, NC

Christmas in Santa Monica

  • 5 of 5

Our family enjoyed our California Christmas! We picked a perfect spot to call home for a week. The house had plenty of room for friends and family with a great deck and back yard. Main Street has some super cool places and being able to walk there (and to the beach!) was a huge plus.

  • Submitted: Jan 7, 2015
  • Stayed: Dec 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: it was a pleasure having you and thank you for leaving the home in such good shape. you'll always have a home in Santa Monica
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Wonderful feel to house well located in Santa Monica

  • 5 of 5

Dear Lauer Family – thank you for opening up your home while we came into the area for a family wedding. We were very comfortable, loved the location, learned more about eco-friendly living (hope to take back some learnings to Indiana) and enjoyed looking at your pictures and imagining your family laughing and playing and living here as we did. Thanks again!!

"Thank you Lauer Family for letting us use your house – a lovely easy place we enjoyed while here for my brothers wedding. Your family looks lovely and we tried to keep our footprint gentle. The wedding and family time your house allowed us to have wonderful and will be treasured. Many Thanks Again! ."

  • Submitted: Sep 3, 2013
  • Stayed: Jul 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Santa Clara, CA

Fun location, cosy house

  • 5 of 5

We had a great time at your house. Thank you so much. We enjoyed the short walk to both the Santa Monica beach and Venice beach, and cool Main St. My husband especially loved the local coffee shop (Espresso Cielo) just down the street. This was a great way to see our daughter who was living in the dorm at UCLA for the summer. And we were so happy that we were able to bring our puppy to stay as well. He enjoyed the charming backyard.

We felt comfortable and cosy during our stay. We especially appreciated the nice kitchen, the wireless, the lovely Master bedroom, the beautiful deck. If we are back in Santa Monica we would definitely stay at your home again and we would absolutely recommend it to others.

Thanks again!

  • Submitted: Aug 22, 2011
  • Stayed: Aug 2011
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Likewise, it was nice to have you. come back soon and a thank you again for the books = our children are cherishing them.
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Nearest Airport
8 Miles
Nearest Beach
150 Metres
santa Monica
Car: recommended

Unique handcraft items sold daily on Venice Boardwalk - a close walk from the house

Farmers Markets close by on Sat and Sun


Rates & Availability

Ocean Park House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Dec 23 2016 - Dec 27 2016
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
6 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

cleaning $175
Property Damage Protection $59
Refundable damage deposit $200
Pet Fee $50

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.
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Ocean Park House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Location Type:
  • Ocean View
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace
  • Wood Stove
  • Catering Available
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 14
  • King size beds (1), Queen size Beds (1), Double Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (1), Child Beds (1), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1), Bunk Beds (1)
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • VCR
  • Video Game Console
  • Video Games
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • live theater
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • racquetball
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing

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