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Charming California Bungalow

Bedrooms 2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


Minimum Stay
3 nights

About the property

House, 2 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 2 Baths, (Sleeps 4)

Are you coming for vacation? Or are you going to be here for work? Either way this house is ideal. It is located in a prime Santa Monica location just six blocks from the beach.

The home is a short distance to both the Third Street Promenade and Main Street where you will find amazing shops, restaurants, and weekend farmer’s markets not to mention some over-the-top people watching. For more people watching and sidewalk entertainment Venice Boardwalk and the Santa Monica Pier are also close by. Being close to the beach, you will be able to enjoy great surfing, biking, sailing, and incredible sunsets. If you are here for work, there is a major freeway a short distance away. From there you will be able to get to downtown Los Angeles in just 25 minutes (traffic permitting of course).

The house is a charming, 1920’s, California Bungalow with a sun porch that looks out on the fenced in front yard. But if you do not want to merely look out on the yard, you can enjoy dinner at the outside dining table. Or you can get some work done with the help of the wireless Internet access. When you enter the house you will walk through the sun porch into a relaxing living room. Not only is it a great place to relax, watch TV or read a book but it also has a convertible sofa for additional sleeping. Each bedroom has a queen-size bed and plenty of closet space. The kitchen has all of the necessities including a microwave, dishwasher, and plenty of dinnerware. And for eating inside there is a cozy dining room just off the kitchen. For added convenience a brand new washer and dryer were just installed. And (VERY exciting) we have just remodeled the 2nd bathroom and spruced up the kitchen with new floors and paint! So now there are TWO full baths.

There are two off street parking spaces.

This house is on the same property as VRBO# 88630. The houses are totally separate so you can be as connected or independent as you like. It's a perfect arrangement if you have a big group coming for a wedding or graduation. The two houses combined can accommodate 8-10 people.

**Please be aware that I DO NOT use the VRBO calendar, so please contact me directly for availability.

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Deirdre Lightfoot - SM
Member since: 2005
Speaks: english
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December 7, 2016


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(48 traveler reviews)

Charming California Bungalow
average rating of 4.7708335 based on 48 reviews

Perfect Family Getaway

  • 5 of 5

We came down from San Francisco to LA to visit family for a few days. We had our 11-year old son with us.

The house is almost 100 years old and has tons of charm (claw foot tub in one bathroom). The details in each room were charming and thoughtful with each room painted in different colors with comfortable furniture. The house, kitchen and bathrooms were clean. The house had everything we needed - blankets, laundry, lots of towels, fast wifi, dishes, pots, pans, hair dryer and coffee maker (most important!).

The house is private but still close to the beach and restaurants. We walked to the beach playgrounds and the Santa Monica Pier every day, which was fun for our child. We were able to park easily due to the parking spot. There were great restaurants on Main Street (a block away).  Dog Town Coffee is a must.  We even ventured a little further away to get sandwiches at Bay Cities (per a friend's recommendation). 

Important to us - the house and neighborhood were quiet at night and we were able to get good sleep. .

The location really worked for us. We went to a hip Venice Beach restaurant one night and drove twice a day to our relatives in Pacific Palisades (13 minutes!).

The owner introduced herself to us and was helpful with restaurant recommendations and ideas for us to do with our kid - thank you for that.

We had a car with us. But, we needed to take Ubers a couple of times, and there were many drivers available to us close by. So, that was a nice unexpected perk.

We will be renting this house again!

  • Submitted: Dec 31, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Springfield, CA

Charming and comfortable house!

  • 5 of 5

This house is so comfortable and well decorated. It is unusual to have a vacation rental with so much charm. It is incredibly well decorated and appealing. The sunroom is delightful. The location is incredible - a 10 minute walk to the beach and the beautiful winter sunsets. The owner did everything she could to make sure we were comfortable. I love this spot and highly recommend it.

  • Submitted: Dec 27, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Small cottage

  • 2 of 5

Benefits: good location - easy walk to: the beach, Main Street (for great coffee at Dogtown), Santa Monica and Venice. The house was clean upon our arrival. The kitchen is a good size, well equipped with all appliances in good working order and a good size kitchen table. A SMART TV - good reception etc. Off-street parking.

Drawbacks - unfortunately we thought these outweighed the benefits. The house is very small, very old and in need of repair and refurbishment. One bedroom has the MOST uncomfortable bed - like sleeping on a marshmallow - and the room is so small you can barely walk around to the other side of the bed. Lighting is so dim we needed a flashlight in the evening. The other bedroom had a makeshift closet behind a curtain which was falling down. The shelving was falling apart. Everything was old and worn out - the towels, sheets, blankets. Erratic hot water in the (very old) shower. We have stayed in several other rented places and the furnishings and state of this house was the most disappointing.

We never met the owner and correspondence with her was erratic. A week after requesting a plumber to fix the flushing mechanism in the second bathroom - there was no plumber. The week we stayed did cross over Thanksgiving but we were told the plumber would be there on Monday and by the time we left the following Sunday there was still no plumber (or perhaps he came but did not fix the problem - no communication so we would not know). We never found the book to explain about the house (e.g. when to take out the garbage etc. ).

We have tried to give a balanced view - there are some positives but more negatives in our opinion.

  • Submitted: Dec 8, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I was very surprised and disappointed to receive this review. The truth is the house is very old… almost 100 years to be exact. But that’s part of the charm in renting a California Bungalow. They also tend to be smaller but that’s why I put the square footage (1,000 sf) on the listing. At no time have I ever been misleading about its size. The bedrooms are exactly as they appear in the pictures. There is not room to dance around but they are roomy enough to move comfortably. Re dimness: each bedroom has a ceiling light and a lamp on each side of the bed. I checked and all were in working order. The bed in this room does have a memory foam topper. It is softer than a traditional mattress but it gets many compliments. I guess it’s just a matter of personal taste. The closet in the second bedroom is not “make shift”. It's a large closet with plenty of room to hang clothes and shelves for storage. There is a curtain instead of a door but we chose that because we like the look. I’m not sure where the “falling apart” shelving was. I checked in every room (including the kitchen and living room) and found all shelves to be sturdy. New towels, blankets and sheets are purchased often. We donate all used linens to the local homeless shelter on a regular basis. The only reason I can figure that the hot water was “erratic” would be if multiple people were taking showers at the same time and/ or the dishwasher or washing machine were on as well. I did not meet Fran and her family while they were here. I was unable to meet them during their stay due to their late arrival time and my being sick with the flu. I sent instructions how to get in. (This is actually quite common.) I did get a text from Fran on Friday or Saturday that one of the toilets was not working. The first appointment I could get for the plumber was Monday morning and informed her of that. It’s a plumber I use frequently and told them to call me if there was no one there to let them in. I never got a call from the plumber and no other correspondence from Fran that it hadn’t been fixed. I assumed that everything was taken care of. That was my mistake. I should have followed up. There is a booklet but it is not critical to your stay. I gave instructions about garbage in the move-in email.
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Sweet, comfortable home in perfect location

  • 5 of 5

We stayed in Santa Monica for the month of February and this home was just what we were looking for. The location is perfect and the house and property are well maintained. It's an easy walk to a beautiful beach and to downtown Venice or Santa Monica. The owner is lovely and could not have been more friendly or helpful. We have already rented for next year.

  • Submitted: Mar 6, 2016
  • Stayed: Jan 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great house in a great location!

  • 5 of 5

My group of 2 couples spent 1 week in this house while vacationing in Santa Monica. This small yet charming house is located in a very nice area in Santa Monica. The house is easy to get to from LAX (about 8 miles from the airport) and is located on a quiet street off of the main street. It is located in a perfect location with quick access to the beach and Santa Monica Pier. There is off street parking for 2 cars, which is very convenient. The house that we stayed in had 2 bedrooms and 1 bath, which was very comfortable for my group. There was even a separate laundry room available for us to use which was great! The owner was awesome and available to answer any of our questions. If I return to the Santa Monica area, I would definitely stay here again!

  • Submitted: Sep 11, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Ann Arbor, Michigan

Great Hideaway near the beach

  • 5 of 5

A great beach getaway for the family in a quiet and beautiful neighborhood. The house is within walking distance to the beach which means you can just walk to about any amenities the area has to offer. The off-street parking is a plus since we did a lot of sightseeing around.

  • Submitted: Mar 5, 2015
  • Stayed: Dec 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
7 Miles
Nearest Motorway
0.5 Miles
10 Freeway
Nearest Beach
0.5 Miles
Santa Monica Beach


Rates & Availability

Ocean Park House Rental Rates

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3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $500
Cleaning Fee $150

We do not offer a monthly rate during the summer months.

A $1,000 deposit is required to reserve the house. Your remaining balance and cleaning fee are due two months before your move-in date.

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Ocean Park House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1000 sq. ft.
  • Family
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
  • Queen size Beds (2), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) The couch in the living room converts to a twin bed.
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • boating
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • surfing
  • swimming

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