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L.A. & Pasadena just minutes away!

Sierra Madre, CA, USA
  • Cottage500 sqft
  • Bedrooms1
  • Sleeps3
  • Bathrooms1
  • Half Baths0
  • Minimum Stay30 nights

Leafy, suburban hideaway. Charming, rustic, furnished, one bedroom ery close

Cute, 550 sq ft, recently remodeled cottage in a bucolic, friendly neighborhood near L.A.. State of the art a/c and heat. Perfect for researchers/interns at JPL, CalTech, Huntington Library, City of Hope, Huntington Memorial and Arcadia Methodist hospitals. Preferably, the home will be rented out for any thirty day period June 6 through August 31, 2018.

Bright and airy with natural ventilation, a/c and heat. Fully equipped kitchen wifi, all util. included. Full bathroom, washer/drier, private outdoor shower, fenced garden with patio and single offstreet parking space.

Enjoy dinning in the sun filled outside garden of our little casita surrounded by flowers, lemon, orange and grapefruit trees. All vegetation is programmed for slow drip irrrigation, so no worries there!

Three minute walk to hiking trails, 15 minute walk to downtown Sierra Madre restaurants, shops and public transportation. 45 minute drive to Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), Santa Monica Beach, Disneyland or Universal Studios. 20 minute drive to Old Town Pasadena, Gamble House, Norton Simon Art Museum. 10 minute drive to Santa Anita Racetrack.

Minimum thirty night stay. This is within the guidelines of Sierra Madre`s Municipal Housing Code.

There is no television.

Non-smoking , shoes off indoors, no pets and no parties.


John McElligott

Member Since 2015
Response rate:
Response time:
within a few hours
english, french, Japanese spoken
Calendar last updated:
Apr 20, 2018
About John McElligott

The owners are John and Tomiko who love mountain hiking, ocean fishing and travel extensively often for three months at a time. John is a retired instuctor in international education and Tomiko is a retired international tour escourt.

John McElligott purchased this Cottage in 1992

Why John McElligott chose Sierra Madre

Tomiko fell in love with this "Hobbit House" with its compact charm, mountain view, hummingbirds and proximity to Los Angeles and Pasadena. Sierra Madre is one of the safest towns in L.A. county. In front of our home we enjoy sighting coyotes, deers, and an occasional bear.

What makes this Cottage unique

This cottage was originally built in 1927 as a weekend mountain cabin. One can still observe some of the original tiny cabins in the neighborhood. You can walk a few minutes to the historical Mt. Wilson Trail and museum. This hiking path was first cleared by General George Patton`s grandfather, Benjamin Wilson, and later improved by Harvard University for the mule drawn transport of the new observatory telescope to the top.


    • Internet
    • Air Conditioning
    • Heater
    • Fireplace
    • Kids Welcome
    • Washer & Dryer
    • Parking
    • TV
    • No Smoking


      • 1 Bedrooms, Sleeps 3
      • Bedroom 1
        1 double
      • Bedroom 2
        Glass sliding door exiting to the garden patio
      • One bedroom sleeps two as part of a U shaped open floor plan with kitchen, dining, and living area. The other bedroom has a twin bed, chest of drawers, clothes rack and sliding glass door to exit to the garden patio area.


      • 1 Bathroom
        • Marble floor and walls with manually operated venting skylight. Grab bars around shower/tub for safety.

        Location Type

          • Downtown
            Downtown Sierra Madre has numerous restaurants and cafes with outdoor dining
          • Mountain View
            Situated at the foot of Mt.Wilson within the San Gabriel Mountain Range.


              • Sports & Activities
              • Tourist Attractions


                  • Guests provide their own meals


                      • Linens Provided
                        Two sets of linens are provided for both beds.
                      • Air Conditioning
                        State of the art, very quiet remote controled ac available
                      • Fireplace
                        Due to safety issues and local seasonal smog control, use of the fireplace is prohibited.
                      • Heating
                        The wall mounted unit has both remote controled electric heating and ac.
                      • Internet
                        Can not live without being on line. No television provided.
                      • Clothes Dryer
                        Gas operated and works fine, despite its age. We always hang our clothes on the outside line unless it is raining.
                      • Parking
                        Off street parking for one car.
                      • Telephone
                        Please use your own cell phone.
                      • Towels Provided
                        Three sets of face, hand and bath towels are provided.
                      • Washing Machine
                        Old but dependable...please do not overload.
                      • Wood Stove
                        Please do not use either the indoor or outdoor stoves.


                          • Coffee Maker
                            Manual drip coffee with plastic cone and some paper filters provided
                          • Dishes & Utensils
                            You are all set to go!
                          • Kitchen
                            You will love our maple cabinets, German tile counters, with wide, deep sink.
                          • Microwave
                            Ready to heat up or defrost.
                          • Oven
                          • Pantry Items
                            Help yourself to whatever you find, oil, salt, sugar, etc.
                          • Refrigerator
                            Set a few steps away in the laundry room, this large split door fridge has an automaic ice maker and filtered water dispenser.
                          • Stove
                            Four burner gas operated stove and oven.
                          • Toaster
                            oven toaster available


                              • Dining
                              • Dining Area
                              • comfy seating for 3 people


                                  • Television
                                    Not provided.


                                      • Deck / Patio
                                        There is a fully enclosed patio with garden. Help yourself to whatever herb or vegitables you like.
                                      • Lawn / Garden
                                        The house is surrounded by lemon, orange and grapefruit trees...when ripe, help yourself. Set up with programed slow drip irrigation system ...no worries!


                                          • Long-term Renters Welcome

                                            Pool / Spa

                                              • Communal Pool
                                                There is a city operated year round heated pool at the Recreation Center about 20 minutes away on foot. Lap swimming and lessons available.

                                                Onsite Services

                                                  • Massage


                                                      • arboretum
                                                      • churches
                                                      • festivals
                                                      • health/beauty spa
                                                      • library
                                                      • live theater
                                                      • museums
                                                      • playground
                                                      • recreation center
                                                      • restaurants

                                                        Leisure Activities

                                                          • bird watching
                                                          • walking
                                                          • wildlife viewing

                                                            Local Services & Businesses

                                                              • ATM/bank
                                                              • fitness center
                                                              • groceries
                                                              • laundromat
                                                              • massage therapist
                                                              • medical services

                                                                Sports & Adventure Activities

                                                                  • basketball court
                                                                  • cycling
                                                                  • hiking
                                                                  • mountain biking
                                                                  • mountaineering
                                                                  • swimming
                                                                  • tennis


                                                                      • Wine tasting weekends at the Bottle Shop...free Sunday evening concerts in the park in summer...live theater at the Playhouse....numerous restaurants and cafes many with outdoor dining. Docents at the Mt.Wilson Trail museum are eager to explain the history of the town Saturdays between 10 and 12 a.m. Early each Saturday and Sunday morning, perhaps more than a thousand bicyclists and hikers pass through the town and most stop for coffee and snacks.

                                                                        House Rules

                                                                        Check-in: Flexible

                                                                        Check-out: Flexible

                                                                        Cancellation Policy

                                                                        100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.

                                                                        1 Reviews


                                                                        Latest reviews

                                                                        Delightful mountain cottage--peaceful and clean

                                                                        Michael D.

                                                                        This is a beautifully renovated, very clean, charming little cottage up high in Sierra Madre, with a back patio that has views of the mountains. The neighborhood was quiet, it felt very safe, and the neighbors were friendly but not intrusive. The house itself is delightful, small but comfortable, and the AC worked well when we needed it (though most nights it cooled off nicely, and jasmine perfume filled the house when we opened the windows). When we were there, there were tomatoes, flowers, oranges surrounding the house (the gardens have an automated watering system). The kitchen was stocked with everything we needed (note: no TV in the house but we really liked that) and you are a short drive from a grocery store, pharmacy, a great bookstore, etc.. The local restaurants if not great are good (Sierra Madre is sleepy and feels like a small town), there are nearby trails and parks, the public library is lovely (especially for young kids), our older daughter took swim classes at the local public pool--making life very easy for the month we stayed there. The owners and the property caretaker were very accommodating and easy to reach. And, we found it very easy to get out to the Huntington, Santa Anita, the Norton Simon, and you can jump on the 210 with ease. In short: highly, highly recommended!


                                                                        Sierra Madre, CA, USA

                                                                        Although a car is highly recommended, Sierra Madre has bus connections reach Pasadena and downtown Los Angeles. Amtrack rail station (Union Station) is easily reached by either bus or the Gold LIne light rail.

                                                                        Rates & Availability

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                                                                        Property # 757939