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Urban Retreat with Stunning Gardens Near Santa Monica, Venice and Hollywood

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,500 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

Beautiful & Peaceful Hideaway!

Our newly available, 2 Bedroom, 2 Bath Spanish Tiled Jewel is private, lush and minutes to Hollywood, Venice Beach, Beverly Hills, Downtown attractions and the world famous Grove and Farmers Market. This rustic home w/ Terracotta tile, porch swing, Plasma TV, and bamboo garden is the perfect secluded, urban gettaway!

This historic Spanish home has a full kitchen with all the amenities. The historic PicFair neighborhood is filled with local farmers markets, fantastic restaurants, museums and a quick drive to the best Los Angeles has to offer; including Venice and Santa Monica Beaches, the Staples and Convention Centers, Beverly Hills and West Hollywood; which offer some of the best shopping and dining experiences in the world. A foodies delight! The home has full cable and hi-speed Wifi and 2 super comfy bedrooms with separate baths with full tubs; as well as beautiful common area with a surround sound home theater. But the highlight of the home are the gardens and meditation areas. Landscaped by renowned landscape artist, Matthew Brown, the Bamboo surrounded, private gardens are lush, relaxing and energizing. The Saltio Tiled front porch has a vintage porch swing overlooking the garden and the meditation area has a firepit.

The house is located at the end of a quiet street next to a school which is sometimes active with playing children which we enjoy.

Laundry Room, Separate Home Office, Hi-Speed Wifi, and plenty of parking.


The sweet Picfair neighborhood is a Los Angeles Gem. Great restaurants, including the Famous Sky's Tacos and Bloom are walking distance and the Grove and Farmers Market are a mile up the road.

Easy Train and Bus Access, but the location is central to Hollywood, West Hollywood and the Beaches.

More Details

John Wineland
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
July 26, 2017

About John Wineland

I am an avid VRBO user and now landlord. I now live in Santa Monica and love LA.

John Wineland purchased this house in 2007

Why John Wineland chose Central LA

This is such a great space due to the proximity to everything cool in LA and the peaceful quiet. The neighborhood is filled with great restaurants and haunts and is close to the Grove and Museums.

Guestbook comments from the owner

The neighbourhood was really nice and quiet. It was ten or fifteen minutes to EVERYTHING (hollywood, beach, silverlake etc) but on a really nice quiet street with great parking,

The house was bigger than we expected and really comfy. Lindsay and John were both SO SO helpful during our stay.

The garden and hammock are really lovely too. We were really happy!
Dec 2013
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Mid City House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 1500 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • pets considered ...
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • cinemas
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • shopping
  • walking


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Urban Retreat with Stunning Gardens Near Santa Monica, Venice and Hollywood
average rating of 4.65 based on 25 reviews

It was older but quaint, and the neighborhood was quiet and friendly

  • 5 of 5

We had a nice stay, the house is a little warmer than we are use to but, we had a great time.

  • Submitted: Jul 8, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
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Brookline, MA

An Oasis in LA

  • 4 of 5

My husband and I spent eleven happy weeks in this property to escape the Boston winter and help out with a new grandchild. It suited us. Situated at the end of a dead end street, it is in a quiet mid city neighborhood. An elementary school stands next door and weekdays are punctuated by the sounds of schoolchildren at play. Ample parking is available nearby. The private, fenced in yard served us well. We relaxed on the porch swing or hammock whenever we got the chance. Our little Pomeranian and grandchildren delighted in that space, full of flowers and humming birds.

The furnishings are not new, but worked for us. The living room boasts an enormous flat screen tv. The dining table accommodates eight. Both beds are very comfortable, but the second bedroom has a curtain instead of a door into the bathroom. Water pressure in the showers is great and there's ample hot water. The kitchen could use more cookware and small appliances, but we were able to make dinner for 5-8 people nearly every night. A decent Von's supermarket is .7 of a mile away. A short walk down the street brings you to a delicious Mexican hole in the wall, a good nail salon, a gas station, and an excellent dry cleaner.

We rent through VRBO all around the country visiting our five grown children and their families. Our sojourn here was enjoyable.

  • Submitted: Apr 26, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect for post-surgery convalesence!

  • 4 of 5

My sister and I stayed at this cottage for 2 weeks following ankle surgery at the nearby Cedars-Sinai facility. It was just what we needed for the first two weeks until the doctor gave me permission to return home. The house is fully equipped with all that you need for a stay of that length. While the house is old, it's in reasonably good shape. There is plenty of playful noise from the adjacent school yard during the week days, but during the times that matter it is very quiet and feels very safe. There was a bit of noise in the mornings from the guests in the adjacent studio overtop of the garage relaxing on their patio right next to one of the bedroom windows, but that can be handled by making sure they are aware there are also guests in the house. Lindsay was always responsive to our requests and even was able to get the locksmith to come next day when we experienced a problem with the front door lock. A couple of problems that are likely to be fixed soon are the dryer that actually burned some of our clothes (so we resorted to line drying which normally works very well in dry SoCal) and the running toilet that others have mentioned. It's not a very interesting neighborhood as far as walking goes, but it's very easy to access everything you need by car and free parking is always available right out front.

  • Submitted: Nov 6, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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The property was as listed on the website; clean and well maintained

  • 4 of 5

The house was on a quiet street, However, there was a school at the end of the block. Good news was that there was not through traffic on the block; and the students only took recess once a day (it appeared)

Quiet area with a swing on the front porch and made the evenings nice, just cool enough to enjoy a nice beverage and have conversation. We took Uber to many of the places we went to and they always found the house. Additionally, a walk to a main boulevard for several nice restaurants (Vegan, Soul, Hispanic, American) took us about 15 minutes, which helped to increase our appetites and also helped as we walked back to the house after eating. Everything you need is at the house in case you forgot personal items, everything was clean and available if you needed to wash clothes, use internet and the cable TV.

Brian and Mom

  • Submitted: Nov 1, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Los Altos

Very well equipped, every amenity, centrally located, Nice garden with a hammock for relaxation.

  • 5 of 5

John and Lindsay are extremely generous with what they provide. The property has internet, cable TV, air conditioning, and a washer and dyer. Desktop computer in the office with guest access privileges with a printer that proved handy for printing tickets to events. Kitchen was exceptionally well equipped with dishes, utensils and condiments. There is a nice garden in the front that walls off the property from the neighborhood providing lots of privacy.

The property is close to all attractions in LA.

We had a wonderful stay and would certainly stay here again on our next visit to LA.

  • Submitted: Aug 31, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great LA rental in the heart of it all

  • 5 of 5

My daughter, my husband and I stayed at this home for a week in March of 2016. The home was very cute and well taken care of. The front yard with the porch swing and the hammock was perfect and we spent many an evening with a glass of wine, relaxing in the hammock and watching the huge California squirrels frolic in the trees. As you approach the home, the neighborhood is a bit questionable, but we never felt unsafe. The first day we could not manage to get the TV working and Lindsey was so helpful and nice. She came out herself the following morning to fix it, which we really appreciated. The home was clean and ready for our arrival. Our security deposit was promptly refunded.

The very best thing about the home is its central location. We were never more than a half hour from destinations, even with LA traffic. There are many restaurants close by and several grocery stores within a mile or two. For the price, the location, and the space, you just can't beat it.

A few cons - there is a neighbor that lives in very close proximity, above the home office advertised in the listing. It wasn't really a problem, except for some noise very late one night that woke my husband up, but it is worth noting. The front bedroom could really benefit from some better privacy shades because of this. There is a school right next to the house which did not bother us as it was spring break when we visited, but I can imagine the kids and bells would be heard from the house during the regular school year. We had a lot of trouble with the wifi, but we never restarted it as was suggested in the instructions, so that was probably our fault. Finally, there are no sharp knives nor frying pans in the kitchen which was inconvenient, but we worked around it.

Overall this rental is a very good value. We would highly recommend. Thank you for making our trip to LA worry free.

  • Submitted: Apr 4, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $75
Additional Guest Fee $50 per person per night
Damage Deposit $300

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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