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Cottage and Private Garden

Bedrooms 1
Space 350 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 31 nights


About the property

An elegant cottage in the middle of a Secret Garden, just blocks to everything!

The cottage is back on the market after one long term guest took it for a year and a half! Endless charm and unique garden make this property highly desirable !! Perfect for transitioning guests! And our specialty is hosting the parents of locals!! Parking! Our garden property cottage is a well loved and adorable space; and it books up well in advance. This home has turn of the century charm and is perfect for work/play/retreat/life/etc. Now surrounded by a truly magical garden it's a one bedroom with a King size bed, and although small it has its own private front garden space and eating area that helps it feel expansive for its size. It's a stunning garden property with rural personality situated just blocks from downtown Santa Monica, central to markets, restaurants, theaters, yoga studios, and again just blocks from the beach! And a coveted and dedicated parking spot for a compact car! Considered a Walker's Paradise location by third party raters. One guest called it "like living in a magazine." This address is a well-located, well-nurtured, historic and romantic property; with wifi, HBO and cable it is a perfect space for writers, snow-birds, and other folks who know how to bide their time. Popular with return visitors since 1999 it's reputation as a wonderful home is well established. This cottage is freestanding in a central and beautiful garden and also has a private garden of its own. The location is perfect for fit guests who enjoy walking only 4-12 blocks to anything one has come to Santa Monica to enjoy. Sunshine, beach, shopping, great restaurants, markets, farmer markets, the main library, yoga studios, etc. It's a fabulous launching pad to all places in Southern California, the Getty Museums, the Pacific Ocean, Venice Beach, Malibu, Marina Del Rey, the Santa Monica Freeway, Beverly Hills, Disneyland, Hollywood, the Valley, etc. While not a Patrician address it is a super clean, uncluttered, simple, charming living space in a magical garden that presents tranquility, safety and peace.

As far as reviews please check my other listings for 60 - "5"star reviews on the same property.

I am a discreet presence on the property, occasionally working in the garden, or fussing with this or that. You won't even know I live there. ; )

Everything is here, or super close to here. In spite of its proximity to the city center this property is a quiet oasis with an enchanting vibe. Your time in Santa Monica can shape up however you want it to; after work or play, plenty to do here or with side trips via car to all kinds of places, even a quick trip Vegas or San Francisco.

Please be aware that for monthly stays utilities over $20 for each utility (gas and electric) are the responsibility of the guest. (mostly to encourage conservation.) Additional information may be requested as well as other agreements signed.

More Details

Cara Brown
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 7, 2017

About Cara Brown

I have lived in Santa Monica for several decades and certainly consider it home. It's a wonderful place to live, close by the sea and in one of the least densely populated areas of Southern California and a much cooler place to live in the summer than our inland neighbors. I have become a passionate advocate for vacation rentals and think it's a shame that hotel lobbies have partnered with affordable housing folks and housekeeping unions (strange bed-partners) to create an all-out assault on a process that has been embraced by millions and millions of folks around the world. Our taxes should be put toward affordable housing and homelessness and responsible and considerate management of our own vacation rentals should be key. Please Speak up and Stand up for Vacation Rental Rights whenever you can!

Our property is a few short blocks from downtown Santa Monica; close to a great health food store, (the Co-op), two Whole Food Market's, two Vons, 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 happiness and tranquility. Walking, bike riding, rollerblading; all options for getting around and all in an area that has so much to offer so close by! A designer at heart, I have also made baby steps in real estate investment and especially love Santa Monica. 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. Looking forward to meeting new people through this rental process!!!!! Godspeed on your journey!!!! xoox

Cara Brown purchased this cottage in 1999

Why Cara Brown chose Downtown

Close to all, in the line of beautiful city improvements, yet still residential, and blocks from a zillion restaurants and shops, and blocks from the water!!!

What makes this cottage unique

This is a one of a kind property and as it is the size of a small park it's been a dream realized to create a beautiful garden and sanctuary for our guests, birds and plant life.

Guestbook comments from the owner

I am reluctant to tell you about this place, because I want it all to myself. But, because Cara is so nice, I will. How does "Perfection" sound? Gorgeous and tasteful decor, every inch. Bright. Fabulous garden. Relatively quiet especially in the evening for such a good location. So many thoughtful details, like proper, sharp kitchen knives, soft TP...just overall delightful.

December 2013
Dec 2013
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Nearest Airport
10 Miles
Nearest Barpub
0.4 Miles
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
Nearest Train
0.5 Miles
Light rail coming to the neighborhood soon
Nearest Motorway
0.5 Miles
10 (Santa Monica Frwy)
Nearest Restaurant
0.3 Miles
Michael's (French, one of So. California's best)
Nearest Ski
90 Miles
Big Bear
Nearest Beach
0.8 Miles
Santa Monica
Car: not necessary

Everything is here, or close to here. In spite of its proximity to the city center this property is a quiet oasis with an enchanting vibe. Your time in Santa Monica can shape up however you want it to; after work or play, plenty to do here or with side trips via car to all kinds of places, even a quick trip via plane to Vegas or San Francisco or stay right here at home, if you are a fit person just walk, drive or taxi everywhere.


Downtown Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 350 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • Not suitable for children
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , tub
  • Updated bathroom, new vanity and toilet, Kohlers fixtures, claw-foot bathtub and shower.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
  • Sunny bedroom with custom painted walls, black out shades and a King size bed with organic cotton sheets.
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • coin laundry
  • festivals
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • golf
  • jet skiing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surfing
  • wind-surfing


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Cottage and Private Garden
average rating of 5.0 based on 6 reviews


  • 5 of 5

The cottage and the host, Cara, were absolutely perfect. The cottage itself is cute, well-decorated and peaceful; it is in a perfect location to access Beverly Hills and Culver City (as I had to for work), and it is also an easy stroll or bike ride down to the boardwalk. Cara went out of her way to make sure I was taken care of. She ran out to purchase a hairdryer for me after the one for the cottage went missing. After I left, she sent me a skirt I had left behind... and she even refused my offer to cover the shipping. A++. Thank you so much!

  • Submitted: Sep 7, 2014
  • Stayed: August 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $400
cleaning fee $100

Rates are subject to change until a reservation is booked. Full refund for cancellations made 60 days before arrival. For stays of 31 days or more utilities are paid until 20 dollars per utility (gas and electric) and billing may be delayed. Paid maid service bi weekly is necessary (once a month) Additional $100.00 due upon cleaning for outside maid service.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 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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