"The Lookout" overlooks the entire "Abbot Kinney District," the trendiest section on the Westside.. An upper duplex, studio unit with a clever layout that makes it perfect for one or two people. "The Lookout" consists of the rear, lower portion (plus a "pop-up" loft bedroom with an adjoining deck) of 'Charlie Chaplin's Old House,' an iconic, 1913 California Craftsman. EVERYTHING IS PRIVATE, private entry, private outdoor space, private secure on-site parking, automatic garage door opener, personal code keypad door entry, WIFI, washer-dryer, kitchenette with microwave, sink, garbage disposal and refrigerator (no stove), travertine bathroom, king size bed, Tempurpedic mattress, 55' HDTV, 12'x20' deck with director chairs, director table and canopy overlooking Abbot Kinney Boulevard adjoining the 'pop-up" loft bedroom. It's the best location imaginable and only 6 blocks from Venice Beach. "The Lookout" provides the best combination of affordability, location, comfort, convenience, access and security of any vacation rental in Venice.
Unique Studio Overlooking the Abbot Kinney District
- Calendar last updated:
- Dec 2, 2018
About Don Tollefson
I reside in Venice and I'm referred to as a neighborhood developer. When I purchased the property in 1979, my friends thought I was crazy. Back then, Venice was a high crime, blighted area with little prospect of improvement. Now, everyone says I'm brilliant!. The truth is, I was simply lucky. The one thing I've learned over the years is if you have your choice between smart and lucky, take lucky.
Don Tollefson purchased this Studio in 1979
Why Don Tollefson chose Venice
This is a classic, 1913 California craftsman sitting on a promontory that protrudes (actually encroaches) out into California Avenue. Because of it's architecture and site, the property has become an local landmark. I always felt it was just a matter of time before the Abbot Kinney District would take off. I waited and waited and waited and waited. Finally, a few years ago it started happening. Today, the Abbot Kinney District is the trendiest section on the Westside. And Venice is becoming one of the top vacation destinations in the world. And it's only 6 blocks from Venice Beach, part of the largest, continuous, dry sand beach in the world.
What makes this Studio unique
The combination of comfort, convenience, security, and affordability within perhaps the most unique, useable, small-space layout possible. Best of all? One, secure, onsite parking space with an automatic garage door opener. Check out the video.
Check-in: 3:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM
Canceled bookings will not receive a refund
Love the Lookout
The Lookout was great. Walked to shops and beach. It's simple, clean and is in a perfect spot. Nice for one person or a couple. The balcony/patio is fantastic. Quite small but perfect for my needs. I highly recommend it.
Absolutely in love with the Look Out. A 20 second walk to Abbot Kinney-a mile long strip of LA's fashion and food. The property was very clean and the layout is perfect for 1-2 people, with a king size bed and a couch. It has a safe place to lock your bikes or car in your own outdoor locked garage area. The outside patio was our favorite spot to catch rays and watch the crowd at Abbot Kinney. We cannot wait to come back-this would be the only place we will stay from now with our trips to Venice, CA. 5 stars!!
Michael, thanks for a great review. You're the first vacationer ever to mention the patio as a great place to hang out. Everyone else in the past has mentioned the deck. Thanks for this. Don
A gem in the best area of Venice
First time staying at ‘The Lookout’, it won’t be the last !
Don is a master at providing comfort, convinience, efficiency & friendship. The location of The Lookout is probably the best in Venice. You literally are in the best location for Abbot Kinney. Additionally, the type of stores located within a 1-5 minute walk, are all you need. Self discipline is needed, as home made ice cream at the Salt & Straw plus Abbot Pizza are two of the ‘best in category’ i’d yet to find in L.A.
Pros: Location-security-parking-washer & dryer-refrigerator-views-huge TV-spacious patio with ultra comfortable reclining lounge chairs & table with separate set of chairs-affordability (best value-really should cost more considering comparable prices)
To sum up my experience, total relaxation & happiness !
Side note ; Don is a professional at anticipating, delivering & making sure every last detail of your visit is managed correctly. He is the definition of a hands on operator, passionately thinking of ways to improve his properties & providing local knowledge.
Truly had a most enjoyable stay & look forward to returning !!
Thanks Bill for a sensational guest review. You neglected to mention that you stayed nearly 3 months during which time we became quite good friends and your review is highly prejudiced. Aside from that, I hope you return some day for another extended vacation.
4th time here!
Always a treat to stay at the Lookout! It's easy, efficient, private and an ideal location. The consistently maintained property and place as well as noted improvements attest to the wonderful owner.
Thank you Susan for an on point guest review and for being a 4th time vacationer at "The Lookout." Nothing emboldens a guest review as convincingly as an incorrigible "repeat offender." Please vacation here again.
Great location, perfect for one or two people. Great owner.
Thanks Steve for taking the time to submit a Guest Review. I hope you return from time to time.
Ideal location, has everything you need.
The super convenience of this location plus the fun of the rooftop terrace for people watching made a great combination. The bed is very comfortable for sleeping and lounging. My husband was able to really enjoy watching football on the big screen TV. We will be back !!
Thank you for a great guest comment. I'm super pleased with how well "The Lookout" functions for a small space. Your comment accentuates just that.