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A Cozy Get-away For Two In Topanga Canyon. We are Pet Friendly.

Bedrooms 1
Space 425 sq. ft.
Property type studio
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

Studio Suite, close to Hiking Trails and The Beach.

The Great Room is suited to a couple. It has privacy and a beautiful view of the mountains and surrounding hillsides. The bathroom features a double-sided cedar-lined shower fit for a king & queen. There is a cal. king sized bed, a flat screen TV, and a small kitchenette area. Outside there is a fountain, fireplace, swimming pool and jacuzzi. Or sit under the pergola and enjoy a glass of wine while you enjoy the view. From the property you can roam for miles on the many trails of the Santa Monica Mountains. Or take a quick drive down to the beach. Great for outdoor lovers.

Julie Howell
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english, italian
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 7, 2017

About Julie Howell

My husband and I are now 'empty-nesters' with a big property to share. Our home and swimming pool and jacuzzi are all solar powered. We live in the house above the great room and have had a lot of friends and family stay there. They love it and so will you. You'll feel right at home.

Julie Howell purchased this studio in 2006

Why Julie Howell chose Topanga

We bought this property because of the spectacular views and the surrounding nature. We've since started a vineyard on the property and are enjoying watching that grow. This is a very serene/spiritual location. It's suited to people who love the outdoors.

What makes this studio unique

We love our place because of the sweeping mountain views, the swimming pool, jacuzzi, the gardens, and the solitude. There are no street lights, no street noise, just the occasional sound of coyotes, frogs, and crickets.


Fernwood Studio Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • studio
Building Type:
  • building
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 425 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 3
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Village ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 3
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Bicycles
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Tennis
  • 1 bicycles
  • 9 garden chairs
  • 6 beach chairs
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Car Available
  • Massage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • golf
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • parasailing
  • rock climbing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing


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A Cozy Get-away For Two In Topanga Canyon. We are Pet Friendly.
average rating of 4.891892 based on 37 reviews

Quite respite to renew my spirit!

  • 5 of 5

This is a beautiful place to spend a few days by yourself or for a couple. I was there with my little Westie who is enjoyed the surroundings as much as I did.

  • Submitted: Apr 8, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Very special place

  • 5 of 5

I loved this stay. The garden and all the special nooks with views of the sunrise and foothills was so peaceful. The garden and rockery is beautiful. The hot tub was a nice place to be in the evening. It was a little cool in April to swim, but I did it once. The bed was so comfy and the double shower was a great showering experience. My only complaint would be the kitchen is not great for cooking a meal. But it was not advertised as such. It has no stove, just a microwave and the meal preparation dishes are limited. David was a very pleasant host. Sunny the dog was always there to greet us, then go on his way. I hated to leave this place and would love to stay here again.

  • Submitted: Mar 31, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nice basement apartment get away

  • 4 of 5

My husband and I had a great time at the vacation apartment. I say apartment because it is a basement apartment that has just enough space for the two of us. The host provided plenty of movies to watch and books to enjoy. We did use the hot tub which was excellent but it was too cold for the pool. There was a nice view from the a deck that you walk up to that we drank our coffee on one morning. Overall it was a good experience.

  • Submitted: Jan 30, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Faith, I'm glad you enjoyed your stay even though the weather has been extremely wet & cold for us. It was so nice to have you! I do have to point out that I'm very clear about the pool being solar heated, so clearly January wouldn't be the month for that. The hot tub is our only solace in the winter months. Also, the apartment is not in a basement. It is on the ground floor with two sets of French doors that let in a lot of natural light & beautiful views of nature. Basement implies underground as I'm sure you know. Finally, it is advertised for only two. I am sorry if you were in any way disappointed. We've had so many wonderful experiences with our renters & we'd like to keep it that way. That's why I keep the price low & I don't promise anything that's not here. I hope you had a wonderful anniversary! Best, Julie
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The property was great

  • 5 of 5

Nice mountain getaway deep in the canyon

  • Submitted: Oct 16, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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The Great Room is on a beautiful property away from the hustle and bustle.

  • 4 of 5

The Great Room is a cozy little one room studio in the walkout basement of the main house. It has a semi-private walkout patio with access to the property. The pool and Jacuzzi are well maintained and a cool respite from a warm day. David and Julie and very sweet and friendly as are their two dogs who will greet you as you come and go. We enjoyed our stay and the drive up the winding roads was not as difficult as we thought it would be.

  • Submitted: Aug 18, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A slice of California paradise !!

  • 5 of 5

Topanga Canyon....offers the most stunning views of California. Julie and David have created, quite possibly, the perfect oasis.

The views from their property are breathtaking. My wife and I sat outside many nights enjoying wine and taking in the beautiful landscape as well as the hardscape created by Julie and David.

The hot tub was amazing after a day full of exploring. We would jump back and forth from the pool, 83°, to the hot tub, 102°. Though we did not see Julie or David, their assistant Debbie made sure we had everything we needed and more.

Topanga is close enough to Santa Monica, Malibu and Los Angeles but far enough away from all the hustle and bustle. A short drive north to Calabasas for breakfast at the Blue Jam Cafe, a delicious start to our day. Do not miss out on this gem.

This will be our forever California home away from home. Can't wait to come back.

PS: Thank you for the wine upon our arrival. We did not realize it was personalized for us until our last night. We thought it was part of the decor.

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  • Submitted: Aug 13, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear John, Your review almost made me a good way. Your experience is exactly what we are aiming for. Thank you for your kind words & we hope to see you again soon! Best, Julie
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Nearest Airport
20 Miles
LAX or Burbank
Nearest Barpub
2.5 Miles
Nearest Golf
8 Miles
Malibu, Balboa,many others
Nearest Train
9 Miles
Nearest Motorway
7 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
3 Miles
The Canyon Bistro; Inn of the 7th Ray
Nearest Ski
120 Miles
Big Bear
Nearest Beach
6 Miles
Car: necessary

We live in the beautiful and infamous Topanga Canyon. There are sweeping views of the mountains and with just a little hike a view of the ocean as well. We have outdoor theater at the Theatricum Botanicum, activities at the community center, and a beautiful new library. Anyone who like mountain biking, hiking, getting away from it all belongs here. You can bike/hike for miles straight from our house (no driving required. Or take an eight minute drive and you're at beautiful Malibu beach, where you'll find restaurants, shops, and more. We are also twenty minutes from Santa Monica, which has many activities including the 3rd street promenade, a beautiful farmers market and a brand new shopping mall.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $75
Additional Guest Fee $50 per person per night
Pet Fee $20

we can handle events. Just let us know what you'd like to do.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.