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Best Combination of Affordability, Location, Comfort and Convenience in Venice

Bedrooms 1
Property type studio
Minimum Stay 0 - 6 nights


About the property

Unique Studio Overlooking the Abbot Kinney District

"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.

Don Tollefson
Member since: 2008
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 9, 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.


Venice Studio Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • studio
  • floor 2
Building Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • non smoking only
  • Budget
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 2 people
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
  • Bedroom/sunroom with 360 view of Venice and the 'Abbot Kinney District.' Adjoining 12x20 foot deck
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible


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(12 traveler reviews)

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Best Combination of Affordability, Location, Comfort and Convenience in Venice
average rating of 5.0 based on 12 reviews

A gem in the best area of Venice

  • 5 of 5

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)

Cons: NONE

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 !!

  • Submitted: Sep 22, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: 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. Don
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4th time here!

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: May 17, 2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: 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. Don
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  • 5 of 5

Great location, perfect for one or two people. Great owner.

  • Submitted: Mar 28, 2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Steve for taking the time to submit a Guest Review. I hope you return from time to time. Don
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Ideal location, has everything you need.

  • 5 of 5

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 !!

  • Submitted: Jan 19, 2017
  • Stayed: January 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: 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. Don
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  • 5 of 5

What a great find! So close to shops and restaurants. The lookout is clean and comfortable. The washer and dryer come in very handy. The rooftop terrace is amazing complete with lounge chairs to enjoy the sun. A comfortable walk to the boardwalk and beach. Bike rentals are across the street. Would highly recommend and I will be back!!

  • Submitted: Nov 28, 2016
  • Stayed: November 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for a great review Shari and thanks for mentioning that you enjoyed the deck. Come again soon. Don
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Visit Number Three!!!

  • 5 of 5

Another terrific stay at the Lookout...such a superb value and ideal location! The effortlessness and familiarity really made it feel like home which made my stay even more productive and enjoyable. It's so nice to return to such a trusted place that has everything one needs and everything else so close by and lots of new finds since my last visit. Great to linger outside on the terrific deck and enjoy the cool breeze after a hot day in LA. Really quite a treasure! Thank you, Don!

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Date of arrival

April 12, 2016

  • Submitted: May 31, 2016
  • Stayed: April 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $175 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $500
Pet Fee $175 + Tax
Tax Rate 14.0%

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund