If you want to 'party” this IS NOT the place. If you want to just 'crash' it might be, but if you want to be able to RELAX and FEEL AT HOME, like or love to cook, read books (900+), watch movies (over 2,500+ movies & TV shows, 6 3D movies with 3D glasses), listen to music via Alexa on an Amazon Echo Dot (2nd generation plus guide book with instructions), Amazon Music Unlimited (tens of millions of songs to choose from) through Bose surround sound speakers and feel like you are REALLY at home with lots of amenities and attention to detail THIS IS DEFINITELY THE PLACE. It's the front half of a duplex on a residential street that was just completely remodeled, even completely re-wired, and most of everything is new (except some furniture) I live in the back half. Cooks gardens outside the kitchen; fresh herbs, aruglua & some lettuces.
I’ve had a difficult time explaining what it exactly is to my friends as there is nothing I know of like it. Here’s the genesis of the concept; I traveled a lot in the wine biz (20-40 weeks a year for a long time) and I got so tired of hotels (from okay to top notch), lobbies, parking hassles, lousy coffee & tea, hotel TV, no refrigerator, no way to prepare any food, having to eat out every night etc. Relaxing, escaping or unwinding on the road was hard to do in the sterile atmosphere of hotels. I wanted a place like "home" where I could relax and be comfortable, have a fridge for keeping the wines & food, a place to prepare it and ideally have the potential to entertain clients, friends or reps in a home like environment (6 max without my permission). I took some ideas from the top hotels & from B&B’s, but no matter where I stayed I very rarely got my 3 basic essentials to start a good day: a good night’s sleep on a good mattress with good pillows and sheets, the right temperature and fresh air; a good shower; and great cup of coffee or tea without having to leave my room to get it or pay room service prices, are all of those are here plus much more.
How I addressed my 3 basics for a good start:
For the bedrooms:
Queen beds with a new Sealy Posturepedic Memory Foam with cooling gel; high quality and thread count cotton sheets, flannel in the colder months; comforter & blankets as needed. Choice of 2 pillows from: Hotel Collection Hungarian Down (1 ea, $300+ retail per)– Firm for side sleepers or Medium for back sleepers; Memory Foam Hydraluxe Cooling; Nova Foam Memory Curve or Down Alternative (2). Temperature: Windows (3 & 2); ceiling fans; the wall heater is just out the bedroom doors, an electric blanket is available as is a room fan. Nights are normally comfortable, it’s 2.5 miles to the ocean.
Delta Lahara 2 in 1 shower head with good water pressure; Noritz tankless water heater so you will never run out of hot water; Charisma bath sheets & towels and a towel warmer (1 at a time). There is a choice of robes and slippers in the bedroom closet.
The morning wake-up:
Organic Whole Bean Coffee: You tell me what type of coffee you like & it will be here with a Cuisinart Supreme Grind Automatic Burr Mill to grind the quantity you choose however you like it. There are 7 ways to make ground coffee; Mr. Coffee 12-Cup Programmable Coffeemaker, La CafeTiére French Press, De'Longhi Retro BAR32 Espresso and Cappuccino Machine, Melitta Pour-Over Single Cup Brewing Cone, Hario V60-02 Ceramic Coffee Dripper, Primula stainless steel stove top espresso maker and a Willow & Everett Cold Brew Coffee Maker.
Pod Coffee & Cappuccino: Nescafe Dolce Gusto, I have Cappuccino, Caffé Americano (House Blend) 100% Arabica & Chococino (Hot Chocolate, no coffee) but I will get whatever your choice is.
I will also get whatever sweetener and milk or cream that you want .
Tea: I have a choice of 6 whole leaf teas some organic; an immersion tea pot; electric & stove top tea kettles. I will also get your choice of tea if I don’t have it.
Other: Fresh juice oranges from the Santa Monica Farmers Market with a Cuisinart Pulp Control Juicer provided. Fresh farmers market eggs will also be provided if desired or protein bars or cereal with bread bagels or muffins of your choice.
For unwinding and relaxing:
TV: Direct TV with HBO, the 1st bedroom has a 46” Sony & the living room has a 55” Vizio 3D TV. The living room has Bose Acoustic Mass 6 speaker surround sound. I will record on the DVR any shows you would like to see if you let me know in advance in either or both rooms.
Movies: You will have a choice of over 2,200 movies to choose from that I own & will provide you like a local Netflix from the list you give me. The list is on my website on the amenities page. There is a blu-ray player in both the living room(3D) and bedroom.
Books: About 500 in the house, lots of cookbooks and food & wine related, fiction, non fiction, sports, many award winning etc. There are clip on book lights in the night stands. The list is on my website on the amenities page.
Computer: There is ASUS Book Vivo touchscreen netbook in the living by the electrically reclining leather couch, free high speed WiFi.
Music: 35,000+ songs are on the computer in the Amazon Cloud Player with several playlists to choose from; you can just put it on shuffle on any playlist or I will create a playlist for you by artists, genre, style etc. that reflect your taste. The music can be played through all the Bose surround speakers or just the ones near the TV via Bluetooth. There is also am Unplug portable Bluetooth speaker that will play in the kitchen, bathroom, bedroom or front porch if you choose. The complete music list on my website on the amenities page.
Lighting: Ambiance and mood were the leading considerations, so all of the lights in the house are on Lutron Diva dimmers except the ceiling fans which have a different dimmer for the lights. The bar, dining table and living room all have Besa glass hand blown fixtures. The Living room has 5 sconces and the dining table has a globe pendant (no overhead lighting), the bar has pendants but no direct downward light. The kitchen has “canned” very bright LED’s in the ceiling and small amber hidden LED’s under the cabinets.
Flowers: There will always be flowers in the bedroom, living room & on the dining table and/or the bar. All from the farmers market or the garden outside, orchids when in season and almost always non fragrant unless requested otherwise.
Front porch: There is a Jack Post Patio Glider with tables on each side for you beverage of choice and/or ashtray.
Cooking: The complete list of cooking tools and equipment is on my website. There is a Brinkman dual BBQ grill outside the back, both a charcoal and a propane side with a burner. There is a lettuce and herb garden outside as well that will change with the seasons,
Ice Cream: I will stock the freezer with a pint of your favorite (locally available) ice cream.
Bar et al:
Glassware (6ea); Spieglau red & white wine glasses, Govino stemless wine glasses, Champagne flutes, Schott Zweisel Tritan double rocks glasses, Schott Zwiesel by Charles Schumann Cocktail Cup Tritan martini glasses, Authentic British Tulip Beer Glass with Imperial Pint Etched Seal. There are also Beer Essential glasses (4 each labeled in the corner kitchen cabinet); Classic Pint, IPA, Saison & Porter. There is a decanter on the bar shelf.
Tools etc: Charles Schumann’s recipe book American Bar, bar tools, shaker a bottle trivet on the bar shelf. In the top drawer just out of the kitchen there is; an Oggi Wine opener, waiters corkscrew, foil cutter, wine charms made for the house by my friend Barbara, a Vacu-Vin pump & corks, a Brookstone wine preserver, a champagne stopper and a soda stopper (my preference for sparkling wine).
Ice: All from filtered water; Cubed or crushed from the freezer door, 2 Tevolo King silicone ice cube trays (6 each per tray 2” square cubes, 12 tota), 6 Tevolo Ice Spheres (2.5” round spheres) and 9 natural soapstone “On The Rocks Chilling Stones” in the freezer which can be used to shill any beverage without dilution.
You have a choice of one of the following: beer, wine, sodas or sparkling water.
Other stuff of note:
There is an Everpure H-1200 water filtration system under the sink that comes out of the small faucet in the top of the sink (it’s labeled) for room temp water or cooking and it also filters the water to the fridge & freezer (which filters it again). The tap water isn’t bad but this is much better and you don’t have to buy bottled water.
Appliances, Cabinets etc. (All are new):
Thomasville cabinets with brass silverware pulls
Granite counter tops, bar and mantle
Burnished Straw Plank Cork Flooring with a Chef's Design Ultra Comfort Gel Mat by the sink
Frigidaire Gallery Counter Depth Side by Side Refrigerator in Stainless Steel
Frigidaire Gallery Gas Range in Stainless Steel
Broan Elite Range Hood in Stainless Steel
GE Spacemaker washer & dryer
Kenmore Dishwasher in Stainless Steel
Kohler Stainless Steel commercial sink 33"x 22"
Moen Motion Sensor single Handle pull down faucet (motion sensor currently unplugged so people that aren’t familiar with it don’t get a surprise burst of water. Your choice, on or off)
Waste King 1 HP continuous feed garbage disposal
Moen soap dispenser (dish soap)
Sharp Insight 24” drawer (pull out) microwave in stainless steel
Umbra hands free motion sensor hand free soap dispenser (hand soap)
iTouchless Deodorizer Touch-Free Sensor 13-Gallon Automatic Stainless-Steel Trash Can
Really comfortable swivel bar stools
Henckels Bellasara 45 piece 18/10 stainless flatware set (service for 8)
Henckels International stainless steak knives (6)
Ginsu Chikara Stainless Steel Knife Set with Bamboo Block (Ginsu, who knew? Great knives, Consumer Reports Best Buy) Henckel 5 Star knives available by request