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Luxury Retreat 3 Bed/3 Bath Spanish Home

Bedrooms 3
Space 2,200 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 10 nights


About the property

3 Full Bedrooms, 3 Full Bathrooms, Sleeps 6

Spectacular Santa Monica residence featured in magazines, beautifully furnished. Usually rented, long term, (which is welcomed) to people in the entertainment industry, so EVERY comfort and amenity is provided to make you feel you're in your perfect home away from home.

3 bedrooms, 3 full baths (one with a steam unit), sunny eat in kitchen, convection double ovens, Thermador cooktop, brick and Spanish tile, granite counters. LR with original 1920's rare wood beam ceiling and full library, flat screen, cable, HBO, Blu ray, DVR, stereos.. Separate office on outside deckin backyard. WiFi throughout property. Enclosed, secure, beautiful and spacious property.

Flowering gardens with fruit trees, in front patio, and backyard, Weber BBQ, outside heater. Walk to SM parks and children's playgrounds.One mile to famous SM Beach and Pier, Bergamot Station's Art Galleries, 3rd St Promenade, boutique shopping, all markets. Walking distance to Whole Foods and weekly Farmers Market, Close to movie theaters and strolling to top restaurants and outdoor cafes along Montana Ave.

All you need to bring is your toothbrush!

More Details

Susan Baraz
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 18, 2018

About Susan Baraz

I'm from NY originally and have a place there as well, Once a NY'r always a NY'r. I'm a photography consultant, Director of Photography for a high level resource for photo assignment work, called AtEdge, Chair of the largest Fine Art benefit, Focus on AIDS, and I'm Co-Chair of the 'Academy Awards' of Photography called"The Lucie Awards", I curated the UN Climate Change COP21 exhibition in Paris-and in Mexico City. My property has beautiful paintings and photography all around, Nothing makes me happier than being able to surround myself and others with wonderful works of art.

Susan Baraz purchased this house in 1976

Why Susan Baraz chose North of Wilshire

The house has every detail designed and decorated to provide a warm and inviting feeling for it's occupants.

My Dad was a decorator in NY and I guess I have the 'bug' as I enjoy making a place feel like 'home'. This wonderful house absolutely does! I've kept the original, 1920's, wood/wood beam ceiling in LR, wood burning fireplace, as well as the beams in dining room and other rooms original details that are rare to find today. I've kept with the feeling of this exceptional Spanish home. It's been in magazines and the garden in front is picture worthy-back too.

What makes this house unique

I've only had long term renters who were in entertainment business, directors and writers, therefore they're used to having it all-so the house is fully equipped for every need. It's not ever been sparsely decorated as most income properties. This is a true HOME, wood burning fire place, top of the line appliances, and completely enclosed so that children can't wander off. Patios surround it, and the French doors open on to them and inner court. Backyard has a fantastic environment to lounge, cook, pick fruit from plum, fig trees. and have fun BBQ's with guests. There's a room on seated deck for an office, painting place- sanctuary.. A tranquil enclave to call home in this residential neighborhood, but it's surrounded by all that makes living in Santa Monica exceptional, from it's parks, to boutiques, markets, to top restaurants and the SM beach!

Guestbook comments from the owner

"Wonderful family home"

My family and I came from UK, having directing a movie for several months in la, and walked into a house with,

not only everything we needed right there, but stunning decor, a feeling of warmth, light and familiarity, that made us feel as if we belonged. It was home!

The front outside garden, is breathtaking, but secure as front patio is enclosed. We have 2 young children,

who played happily and constantly in it, as well as a lovely backyard and deck.

We had film clients over for BBQ's, and generally made this wonderful place our own very quickly, for those months.

The home is located near absolutely everything, including walking to Whole Foods, or to my favorite restaurant, on Wilshire.

Many, many visits the Beach, the marvelous children's playgrounds and parks nearby, made this an incredible place to work (wifi, internet),

and relax and indulge in the good Santa Monica life, in this spectacular home we found.

So reluctant to leave, but we know where we belong, when we need to return. We miss it!
Oct 2013
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North of Wilshire House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2200 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 8 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , tub , shower , separate tub and shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower , large shower with tiled bench and steam unit with timer
  • First bath with single sink and glass enclosed tub/shower Hall bath has double sinks, separate tub and newly tiled glass enclosed shower Master bath has double sinks, large glass enclosed shower with tiled seat plus a steam unit for heated spa bathing.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Master bedroom has Cal King size bed Guest has Full Size bed 2nd Bedroom has twin which opens into a second twin bed. Sofa in Living Room has brand NEW never used Queen sleeper bed. Cribs are available
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis ...
  • 1 bicycles
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Sauna ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • racquetball
  • rock climbing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
This house has never been listed on this site as it's used for mostly entertainment professionals. It's near to all shopping, markets, movies, beach, galleries, transportation, restaurants, but the house is a world away inside. Very home-like feeling warm and inviting.


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Luxury Retreat 3 Bed/3 Bath Spanish Home
average rating of 5.0 based on 14 reviews

Beautiful home in a beautiful peaceful neighborhood! Home away from home!

  • 5 of 5

My kind of house! It is very cozy, comfortable and so peaceful. I felt as if I were at home. Thank you, Susan, your kindness meant a lot!

  • Submitted: Nov 11, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A place to call home! Wanted to stay longer.

  • 5 of 5

A house doesn't get more "cosy" than this. A beautiful lush green rear garden with plums and figs. This part of Santa Monica is for real families. Primary School a stones throw away, middle school a short bike ride away, Douglas park; one of LA's most beautiful parks with public tennis courts is a short walk away. A big wholefoods around the corner. Lots of cafes, places to eat and unique shops within a few minutes Drive. Just far enough from the hussle and super dense living of the super popular Santa Monica beach front areas like 3rd st or the Pier it's all so accessible while living in a beautiful neighbourhood. It's a super friendly place to ride bikes and it was always a delight to ride down Washington to the waters edge and see the breathtaking views ; Malibu to the right and Santa Monica Pier to the left; we would usually head left and join the path along the beach riding under the pier and ending somewhere near Venice (muscle) beach.

It's was so easy to be a Tourist and in a few minutes return to a "home".

We can't finish the review without mentioning our host. What an amazing and accomplished person! Always answering every question and doing everything to make our stay ( of close to a year ) as comfortable as possible. We will miss our host as much as the home.

Immediate neighbours were also very friendly with our children looking forward to their visits

If your looking for a home and a holiday experience this is a super place.

Big thanks to our host.

  • Submitted: Sep 16, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dearest Bornstein family, After almost a year's stay, the house and I miss you! Thank you for your gracious review and being the kind of a family who immerse themselves in their surroundings and make use of all that's special about Santa Monica,(LOTS!) including it's people. You relish life and impart that zest in your children. Well, the fig, lemons, and plum trees are laden with fruit, and my pickers are back in Australia. Can we get a workers visa and have them return? Sending you MUCH love, and again, thanks for stating the facts in such a delightful, and enticing way. I look forward to your visiting (you've left a neighborhood WAY too tranquil now) or vice versa, as Australia is on my, ever narrowing, bucket list. xo Susan, or as your delicious Suri would say: Snoozan
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Beautiful house, great location in Santa Monica

  • 5 of 5

We had a memorable stay in this lovely home, 4 adults and a 3 year old. The lovely, spacious house is very comfortable, well equipped, full of interesting art and feels like a home rather than a rental. The garden is beautifully laid out, peaceful, with space to relax and a lovely shaded eating area with barbecue. There is also plenty of space both inside and out for children to play.

The house is in a very quiet street, close to both Montana up market shops and the lovely Douglas park with children's playground by Wilshire and near to Wholefoods.

Susan was extremely helpful, friendly and responsive to every need, particularly for Leo, our 3 year old, who was very impressed! Thank you Susan for a lovely holiday.

I highly recommend the house and hope to return again when next in Santa Monica.

  • Submitted: Aug 19, 2015
  • Stayed: July 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I just wanted to say, "Thank you" for your kind, lovely and gracious review. It is only matched by those same words applied to your family. You were all such a delight to meet, so interested, and took such relish in exploring and enjoying, not only what the home offered, (books, art, backyard,"figs"), but the SM area surrounding it. Leo is SO ADORABLE I can understand wanting to give him the world on a platter. I have 2 little 3 yr old girls waiting in the wings, though they're older (by two weeks). Happy everyone got a chance to celebrate his birthday at the house, but also had an opportunity to celebrate being together! Again, thank you for such a wonderful review. I welcome seeing you all again, as you have a very inspiring, joyous family dynamic. Warmest regards!
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London visitor

  • 5 of 5

Coming from a very cold and wet London I was totally delighted with the amazing house here in Santa Monica. The house is in a beautiful and quiet street. The house itself could not have been bettered. The decor was perfect, the garden private and beautiful. I have found my home from home here in LA. I only hope it is always available for me when I travel to Los Angeles.

  • Submitted: Feb 19, 2015
  • Stayed: January 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Tucson, Arizona

Great stay!

  • 5 of 5

We just finished spending two months at this house, and our stay was fabulous for many reasons. First, the location cannot be beat. It is close enough to the beach to walk or ride a bike (less than two miles) but far enough away that you avoid the congestion and horrible traffic of the beach. It is also in a beautiful residential neighborhood that is a short walk to the shops on Montana. Second, the house is great. We really enjoyed the beautiful garden area and the spacious accommodations. We had guests stay almost every weekend, and it never felt crowded. Third, we liked that the house had the charm of a lived-in home, rather than the feeling of a sterile rental. And it was stocked with everything you might need from cooking spices, to scotch tape, a stapler, and laundry detergent. Finally, our host Susan was fabulous! She thought of every detail, recommended restaurants, and even e-mailed us a coupon for on! We felt like it was our home, and that was due in large part to Susan's welcoming and warm attitude. We give this place our highest recommendation, and if Susan ever wanted to sell it, we would buy it.

  • Submitted: Aug 14, 2014
  • Stayed: June 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Delightful house in Santa Monica

  • 5 of 5

I was delighted with my stay in this charming home. The property is a delight with both a pretty front garden, deck and large well planted private garden to the rear. The interior has been thoughtfully decorated and the feel of a family home whilst being very smart. All the rooms sport interesting and exquisite art works giving the interior an exceptional feel unlike some blander holiday properties. Everything one could need is catered for and I could happily had stayed for a year. The property and yard are spotlessly clean. Santa Monica is packed with fabulous restaurants and cafes and the beach is nearby.

The owner Susan is wonderful, happy to help and advise and great fun.

I would thoroughly recommend this lovely home to all my friends and work colleagues.

  • Submitted: Jun 29, 2014
  • Stayed: April 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
10 Miles
Nearest Barpub
0.1 Miles
Wilshire Blvd or Montana Ave
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
I-10 and I-405 FWY
Nearest Restaurant
0.1 Miles
Surrounded by top restaurants
Nearest Beach
1 Miles
Santa Monica Beach

Less than a mile from the famous Santa Monica Pier, beach, and boardwalk; 3rd Street Promenade with movies, strolling, and restaurants, beautiful Montana Ave. with it's exclusive stores and dining; walking distance (2 blocks) to Whole Foods-short drive to ALL markets, Just a few minutes away from Bergamot Station, which houses 65 of the top art galleries in the US. Brentwood Market, with shops and fantastic restaurants and boutiques on Montana Ave as well as Wilshire Blvd both one block away. Farmers Market on Wed. Sat. and the residential neighborhood is one block away from parks and tennis courts.




Additional information about rental rates

cleaning fee $175

Seasonal RATES for Holidays and Special Events as well as the number of people may result in HIGHER rates to apply.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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

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