Unparalleled views, charming, private and serene.
About John Carter
Yoga teacher, design enthusiast and world traveler born and raised in Los Angeles! I love managing this property on behalf of my family. I love being pilates, or hiking daily is a must! I have traveled to over forty countries, and can't wait for my next adventure. My favorites are India, Syria and Thailand. I'm extremely organized, dependable and detail-oriented so rest assured I'll make sure you stay goes well. I'll be easily reachable throughout your stay should something arise.
Why John Carter chose Pacific Palisades
My family has owned this property for over 20 years. Prior to that, it was owned by a close family friend. My family has lived in the area since the early 1900s.
What makes this House unique
Everyone who steps foot in this house falls in love. It has more character and charm than any house I've seen. Having been built by a famous Hollywood set designer, many of the pieces in the home are parts from old Hollywood movies.
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
If your looking for a property that will become part of your vacation memory this is the one. If you don't like stairs probably should chose another. Only complaint is the BBQ grill need to be replaced or at least repaired.
Great place on ocean
The house was as advertised and so we were not looking for a hotel like environment but there were some things that really should be fixed. Oven is obviously leaking gas and needs to be fixed or replaced. Lights and switches need to be labeled and lights should have light bulbs. More towels and washclothes should be provided or let people know to bring their own. Small tho ha but would have made stay so much better. Small aggrevstions
Really stunning, offbeat property in great location
The location and charm of this property really can’t be beat. Everyone who stayed was enamored with it, calling it everything from a pirate ship to a hobbit house! I only ever left to go to the beach or the grocery store! There are plenty of shining reviews, so here are a few of the things I wish I’d known before coming:
Drawbacks were the 100-degree heat (no AC), finicky grill (flame kept blowing out, or maybe propane was low?), and the fact that there wasn’t a good place to walk the dog on the property or in the surrounding neighborhood. (We also couldn’t find a fire extinguisher, which should be available anytime there’s a grill.) Owner was quick to respond the few times we reached out so I’m confident the grill issues could have been resolved if we had wanted to ask.
A ceiling fan in the living room would have been appreciated, though oscillating fans were provided in all the rooms and the temps cooled down at night. The sound of the waves crashing outside our windows was a dream.
The bar downstairs is so quirky and cool, but it’s not very welcoming or comfortable to actually hang out in.
Fair warning: Don’t rent this house if you have trouble with stairs! There are half a dozen stairwells in the house itself, plus another six flights or so to get down to the beach.
All in all, an amazing escape!
Tremendously quirky, truly wonderful house with spectacular ocean views.
We all enjoyed our memorable stay in John's gorgeous home. The house is full of personality, with dozens of quirky details to be discovered. It feels very friendly inside, and the uninterrupted ocean views are unbeatable. Very short walk to the lovely beach. Stores, cafes, restaurants, hikes, Getty Villa, Eames House, Santa Monica and Malibu all within very easy reach by car. Recommended without reservation. An inspiring and special retreat.
Thanks Matthew. It was a pleasure hosting you!
Frustrated with a oven that did not function but the place was very nice
Thanks Aaron for the feedback about the oven. It has been checked and is working.
Funky House with A view
This house spoke to our love of creative environments and the sound and view of the ocean.
We enjoyed family gathering in the living room or taking walks across the bridge to the beach.
The house was a little challenging for those with any knee or hip problems getting down to the lower 3 bedrooms (the upstairs was only a few steps up). The kitchen was fairly well-equipped, but not what you might call up-to-date. There were some places on the property that they warned should not be visited for safety reasons. So we needed to try to figure out what to avoid.
John was very responsive to our needs and sent over his maintenance man to take care of any issues we had.
Overall we had a wonderful stay! We would highly recommend the house for those who are not expecting a pristine new building...we enjoyed the stained glass, the fun bar with interesting carvings the patio and the comfortable beds.
Thanks Leslie. I hope to host you again sometime.
The house is in the upscale residential community of Pacific Palisades. It's conveniently located just five minutes away from Santa Monica with the pier and 3rd Street Promenade shops/restaurants. Continue south a few minutes form Santa Monica to reach Venice Beach and the famous Boardwalk. Take Sunset Boulevard into Beverly Hills/West Hollywood/Hollywood (20-40 minutes) or drive just a couple miles north to Malibu. There's a grocery store VERY close to the house...about 1/4 mile away. It's also about 1/4 mile away from the Self Realization Fellowship spiritual center and the original Getty Museum.