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Charming, rustic, furnished one bedroom mountain cottage

Bedrooms 1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 30 nights

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Minimum Stay
30 nights

About the property

Cute, 550 sq ft, recently remodeled cottage in a bucolic, friendly neighborhood. 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 about two months from January 1, 2017 until Februay 28, 2017 and then again from May 28, 2017. Discount may be applied for stays exceeding six weeks.

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, single offstreet parking space.

The outside garden of our little casita is surrounded by lemon, orange and grapefruit trees. Help yourself. Feel free to plant addittional herbs or vegetables in our back garden.

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.

More Details

John McElligott
Member since: 2015
Speaks: english, french, Japanese spoken
Response time:
Within a few days
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Calendar last updated:
December 1, 2016

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 Los Angeles County

Tomiko fell in love with this "Hobbit House" with its compact charm, mountain view and hummingbirds. 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.


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(1 traveler reviews)

Charming, rustic, furnished one bedroom mountain cottage
average rating of 5.0 based on 1 reviews

Delightful mountain cottage--peaceful and clean

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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!

  • Submitted: Jul 4, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
35 Miles
Nearest Barpub
0.5 Miles
Lucky Baldwin`s
Nearest Golf
1.5 Miles
Altadena Golf Course (public)
Nearest Train
1.5 Miles
Sierra Madre Villa (Gold Line)
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
210 FWY
Nearest Restaurant
0.5 Miles
"Wisteria"/"Corfu"/"Only Place In Town" & "Thai"
Nearest Beach
39 Miles
Santa Monica & Venice
Car: necessary

Although a car is highly recommended, Sierra Madre 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

Sierra Madre Cottage Rental Rates

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30 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $500
Cleaning $50

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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Sierra Madre Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 450 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 3 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • Marble floor and walls with manually operated venting skylight. Grab bars around shower/tub for safety.
  • 1 Bedroom, 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.
  • Television ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
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 Sunday evening concerts in the park in 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.

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