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Quiet Resort-Living Guest House With Pool

West Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA, USA
  • Studio323 sqft
  • Bedrooms1
  • Sleeps4
  • Bathrooms1
  • Half Baths0
  • Minimum StayNone

1 Bedroom, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 4

Walking distance to shops, restaurants, movie theaters, the West-Side Pavilion mall, Trader Joe's, VONS, CVS, the LightRail (Expo Line) and a bike path to the Sta Monica beach or downtown LA. Also a 5 minute drive to UCLA/Westwood, and next to the 10 and 405 Freeways, 15 minutes from Beverly Hills, 20 minutes from LAX. You’ll love the peaceful "resort living" feel (with pool and outdoor lounge) and the standalone/privacy. Good for couples, adventurers, business travelers, and families.

The Space

The pictures say it all. You'll be staying in our guest pool house, a standalone and private structure. We will most likely be here - we live here all year long. You will be enjoying the guest house for the duration of your stay and you will only be sharing the yard and pool with us. The guest house is customarily used when our relatives and friends visit, so it's really cozy and setup for someone to live comfortably. It has a lot of light, breezy (no AC), and it's super quiet.

The guest house living area is open and spacious at 17' by 19' (5.1 m x 5.8m), or ~323 sq ft (~30 m2). It's an open space with a convertible couch, a work/desk area, a full kitchen, a dining table, a large fridge, and an entertainment console. Regularly it sleeps two, but it can sleep up to 4 people. However, if you are more than 2 you need to let us know so we setup another convertible couch. The convertible couch is very comfortable - really like sleeping on a regular bed. It can be setup as a double bed or two singles side by side (see pictures). We provide bedsheets, pillows and covers but you'll have to setup the bedding yourself unless you tell us upfront how you'd like it.

As far as outdoor amenities, there is a pool that you can use at your own risk (waiver needed, see rules), a lounge, and a table/eating outside area. We provide beach/pool towels and feel free to use the inflatable toys the kids leave lying around (but please don't destroy/break/damage them). The pool is heated from May to end of October at 82 degreed Fahrenheit (27.7 Celsius). We also have a wood pellet BBQ (Traeger) that you can use upon coordinating with us for availability (we provide the pellets). Outside areas will have to be shared/coordinated for use with us so we don't get in the way of each other, or we can share and make it a pleasant experience for all. Important! If you are traveling with young children or there are adults who can't swim, you need to let us know so we can put the pool safety fence in place.

Entertainment in the guest house consists of an LCD TV with a cable box with the same package we use (CNN, HBO, etc and onDemand) as well as a first generation Wii. The sound system is surround and it has a jack setup to the external line so you can connect your phone or iPod. We have two kids and as such, plenty of toys, board games, cards, etc you can borrow upon asking.

The kitchen has a sink with garbage disposal, a conventional oven and four burner stove, a microwave oven, a toaster oven, an expresso coffee maker (we provide the coffee), and silverware, cups, utensils, pots, pans, etc. We also provide two rolls of kitchen paper towels and some cloth kitchen towels. There is a full size fridge in the unit as well for your convenience (with freezer) and if it's too noisy it can be turned off at night. In the same area as the kitchen there is a round table that sits four, for you to enjoy your coffee or a meal you prepare.

The bathroom is nicely sized with a stand up shower, a sink, place to put your toiletries, a toilet and good lighting. We provide bath towels, shampoo, soap, hair dryer and, of course, we live here so we'll try to accommodate all reasonable needs and requests you might have. There is a washer and drier you can use in a room adjacent to the guest house, we will provide detergent but you'll have to coordinate with us for access and instructions of use.

There are some drawers for putting clothes and some hangers for a few pieces of clothing. Also, the working area has a 1GBit router for cable connection and a good sized desk and very comfortable office style chair. The window above the desk looks (North) into the pool and a nice big tree in our neighbor's yard. It's a great peaceful and bright place to get work done.

Guest Access

You can come in and out as if you were in a home of your own. Try to not make much noise (especially if coming in late). Access to the guest house is via the driveway and right across the yard.

When you arrive you will have to knock on the main house's door or call us. Try to let us know with some advance notice what time you expect to arrive. There will always be a person here to welcome you (unless we agree/arrange otherwise) and while you are here there are always people in the house (kids, maid, etc) and we both work from home most of the time. That said, you'll get two gate and guest house keys for your use.

Attention: You must be ok with being on camera/recorded when arriving/leaving and when in the backyard. We have a security system that includes exterior cameras (only outside around the property - gate, driveway, main entrances, side of the house, etc) and it records 24/7.

Interaction with Guests

All of us love guests (even the dogs). We are always available to provide tourist advice, tell you stories about Los Angeles, moving to the US, studying here, our travels, our home countries, etc. If you need privacy when in the pool and yard we can always talk about when the best times are, etc.

Feel free to pet and even play with the dogs as they love attention and are harmless. There is really nothing they do of harm. They tend to get very excited and playful and sometimes people get scared. Needless to say, always be nice and treat them with respect and care. To note, if you don't like dogs (or have kids who are afraid) just let us know and we'll get them into the main house and out of the way for the duration of your stay. Same rules apply with our kids :)

We want this to be a great experience for all involved!

The Neighborhood

We live in a quiet neighborhood where people know their neighbors. It's mostly families that live here. This neighborhood is a very safe residential area with light pedestrian traffic because just a 2 minute walk up the street and you are at a brand new bike path (we can talk about letting you use our bikes). We customarily walk the dogs at night and our children go around the neighborhood with no problems or concern.

Just up the street, not more than a 8 minutes walk, you have Pico Blvd. This is a stretch that has a major shopping mall (West-Side Pavilion) with food court, movie theaters, some great standalone restaurants, stores (a lot) including big name brands. Along Pico starting at Military and eastward towards Overland avenue there are also a lot of street style stores, a couple ice cream places, and lots of restaurants: Thai, Korean, Sushi, Chinese, Brazilian, Deli, etc. And even a couple of bars and a night club. Speaking of food, we're also very close to the neighborhood called Little Tokyo, which is about a 5 minute drive or 15 minute walk away. There you'll find an even more active street with lots of Asian food stores, supermarkets, etc. Very active at night especially on the weekends.

See the getting around section for more details, but our house is close to just about anything you'd care to visit in LA: Sta Monica, Downtown Los Angeles, Beverly Hills, UCLA/Westwood, Sawtelle/Little Tokyo, Culver City, hiking trails, the Getty Museum, Venice Beach, Marina Del Rey, Malibu, Manhattan Beach, Hermosa, and the Santa Monica Mountains, two main freeways , LAX Airport, and DisneyLand.

Groceries, etc. There is a Trader Joes down the street on National Blvd, about a 10 minute walk away, and a VONS and CVS (and some burger and taco places) also about the same distance from here.

Getting Around

Parking is on the street and you will need a permit. We provide permits up to two vehicles for the duration of the stay only.

You'll be very close (within 5 miles, 3 km) to Beverly Hills, UCLA/Westwood, Sawtelle/Little Tokyo, Culver City, hiking trails, etc. Also within 6 miles (10 km) are the Getty, Venice Beach, Marina Del Rey. A bit further (at around 10 to 15 miles (16 to 20 km) are Malibu, Manhattan Beach, Hermosa, and the Santa Monica Mountains. We're also right next to the two main freeways if you're heading North or South, East or West. We travel for business often and LAX is about 20 minutes away (~7 miles) and Disney Land is around 45 minutes to 1 hour away (~40 miles, ~65km).

By Metro Light Rail: Two minutes walking distance away and you are at Metro Expo light rail line. Get on the train at the Sepulveda/Expo station and the train takes you to Sta Monica in about 20 minutes or downtown Los Angeles in about 35. If you head downtown there are other lines that connect to the Expo Line and will take you to Hollywood, the valley/Universal Studios, etc. A ride is about $1.75 and it lasts for transfers and trips up to 1 hour (but check their website and kiosks for specifics).

Biking Around: there is a new bike path 2 minutes away that goes all the way to the ocean in Sta Monica. A bicycle ride to Sta Monica is 6 miles (each way) and it should take you 30 minutes to an hour depending on how fast (or slow) you want to take it. You can also walk or run there :). Marina Del Rey is also a great place to go by bicycle (around 6 miles, 10km each way) and it's where you can rent kayaks, paddle boards, and even sailboats to explore one of the largest man-made marinas in the US.

Also close by (20 or 30 minutes drive) is Malibu. Just hop on the 10 FWY (entrance 2 minutes away by car) and you'll be driving down to the PCH (HWY 1) and up the coast to Malibu along the Sta Monica bay.

By Bus: all bus stops you'd care for are on Pico, Sepulveda or National and they are also at about a 10 or 15 minutes walking distance away.

Owner

Jose daVeiga

Member Since 2016
Response rate:
100%
Response time:
within two days
Speaks:
english, french, spanish, portuguese, italian, Serbian
Calendar last updated:
Apr 16, 2018
About Jose daVeiga

Both of us (me and my wife) have been in LA for over 20 years. I'm originally from Lisbon, Portugal and she's from Belgrade, Serbia. We bought our house in 2008 and our pool guest house has been used by many friends, family members and people we've hosted since. Our family is also comprised of a 12 year old boy and a 8 year old girl. We also have two dogs, an English Springer Spaniel and a Tibetan Terrier. The kids and the dogs are equally friendly and playful as well as harmless :). We like to travel and have friends spread across all over the world. We both work in tech/IT and we both have degrees from UCLA. We also love to meet people and we love to keep up to date on what's happening in LA, so feel free to ask for sightseeing advice, museums, places to eat, etc.

Jose daVeiga purchased this Studio in 2008

Why Jose daVeiga chose Palms

We both went to UCLA and have lived in the area for 19+ years. When our kids got to school age we decided to buy in the neighborhood because we already lived here (down the street at UCLA graduate student housing) and because of the great schools. Since we bought it, the neighborhood has sped up in it's revival and activities. The stretch of Pico just above our street has completely changed and is now full of shops, a remodeled shopping mall, restaurants and bars. We also really enjoy the freedom the new light rail provides and the family oriented feel of the neighborhood, where we run into other families and know them. The pool and the open space nature of our house coupled with being 6 miles from the beach, 20 minutes from LAX, and two of main LA freeways, makes this a very convenient and pleasant place to live.

What makes this Studio unique

Our house is very open space. Including the guest house we rent. We always have guests because of the great LA weather and because we've decorated our house as true "Resort Living". By the way, we name our rental Guest House resort living because our friends and family named it so. When you stay here you'll be experiencing a great place with a pool and a true LA/SoCal living experience. Also, our house is very central. We're a hop from the beach, now we have a light-rail/metro at our door. We're close to UCLA, Beverly Hills, Sta Monica, Venice, Marina Del Rey, etc. It's a quick drive to and from the main LA airport.

Amenities

    • Internet
    • Air Conditioning
    • Swimming pool
    • Heater
    • Satellite or Cable
    • Kids Welcome
    • Washer & Dryer
    • Parking
    • TV
    • No Smoking

      Bedrooms

      • 1 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4

          Bathrooms

          • 1 Bathroom
          • Bathroom 1
            toilet, shower

            Theme

              • Away From It All
              • Family
              • Tourist Attractions

                Meals

                  • Guests provide their own meals

                    General

                      • Air Conditioning
                        Portable unit that is very well dimensioned for the size/area of the guest house.
                      • Clothes Dryer
                        There is a clothes dryer on premise that guests can use with supervision and coordination with owners.
                      • Hair Dryer
                      • Heating
                        There is a small heater in the guest house. Many of our relatives and friends have stayed here and the house needs very little heating and customarily only in December and January.
                      • Internet
                        We provide high speed wireless internet.
                      • Iron & Board
                      • Linens Provided
                        We provide a set for the beds. Please let us know if you want the sofa to be setup as two separate beds or a queen. We will provide linens accordingly.
                      • Parking
                        Parking is on the street and you will have to have permits you need to get from owners.
                      • Towels Provided
                        We provide a set of shower and hand towels for each guest, and a set of beach/pool towels as well.
                      • Washing Machine
                        There is a clothes washing machine on premise that guests can use with supervision and coordination with owners.

                        Kitchen

                          • Coffee Maker
                            We love this coffee maker so much we take it with us when we go on road trips :) makes expresso and regular coffee and can also froth milk
                          • Dishes & Utensils
                            We provide a set for each guest (forks, knifes, spoons, cups, glasses, etc). Cookware, etc.
                          • Kitchen
                            Kitchen is fully equipped except it has no dishwasher.
                          • Microwave
                          • Oven
                            Gas oven.
                          • Pantry Items
                            We only provide coffee. Of course, we live in the property all year long and we're likely to be here when you rent, so feel free to ask for anything you might need (cooking oil, butter, eggs, etc)
                          • Refrigerator
                            Full sized refrigerator in room
                          • Stove
                            Four burner gas stove.
                          • Toaster
                            There is a toaster oven that also can be used to cook certain items (aside from toasting bread :)

                            Dining

                              • Dining
                                There is a dining area inside with a table and chairs for up to 4 people. Outside there is also a dining/eating area that sits 6 but will have to be coordinated with owners.
                              • Dining Area
                              • comfy seating for 4 people

                                Entertainment

                                  • Books
                                    We probably have many types of books for all ages. You can borrow any of ours as long as you return them :)
                                  • DVD Player
                                    The entertainment console has a DVD player.
                                  • Games
                                    We can provide some board games or playing cards upon request.
                                  • Satellite / Cable
                                    There is full cable TV provided, including HBO, Showtime, CNN, ESPN, Fox Sports, etc.
                                  • Stereo
                                    The entertainment console has a stereo system with surround sound, including an AUX line with a jack setup for you to connect your ipod/phone/etc.
                                  • Television
                                    There is a 50" LCD television in the room
                                  • Video Games
                                    The entertainment console in the room has a first generation Wii. Our kids have some Wii video games you can borrow.

                                    Outside

                                      • Bicycles
                                        We have two bicycles that guests have borrowed. One is a mountain bike and the other is a cruiser. We live next-door to a bike-path that is a 30 to 45 minute bicycle ride to Sta Monica.
                                      • Deck / Patio
                                        Please see pictures and rules about using outdoor area.
                                      • Outdoor Grill
                                        There is an outdoor wood bbq you can use upon coordinating with owners. We provide the wood pellets.

                                        Pool / Spa

                                          • Heated Pool
                                          • Private Pool
                                            Please read rules regarding pool usage. Our pool is heated to 82 degrees F from May through to end of October.

                                            Attractions

                                              • cinemas
                                              • marina
                                              • museums
                                              • restaurants

                                                Leisure Activities

                                                  • boating
                                                  • outlet shopping
                                                  • paddle boating
                                                  • scenic drives
                                                  • shopping
                                                  • sight seeing
                                                  • walking
                                                  • whale watching

                                                    Local Services & Businesses

                                                      • ATM/bank
                                                      • Babysitter
                                                      • fitness center
                                                      • groceries
                                                      • massage therapist

                                                        Sports & Adventure Activities

                                                          • rock climbing
                                                          • basketball court
                                                          • fishing
                                                          • golf
                                                          • hiking
                                                          • jet skiing
                                                          • mountain biking
                                                          • pier fishing
                                                          • racquetball
                                                          • cycling
                                                          • roller blading
                                                          • sailing
                                                          • scuba diving or snorkeling
                                                          • surf fishing
                                                          • surfing
                                                          • swimming
                                                          • tennis
                                                          • wind-surfing

                                                            House Rules

                                                            Check-in: 3:00 PM

                                                            Check-out: 11:00 AM

                                                            Cancellation Policy

                                                            100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.

                                                            9 Reviews

                                                            Wonderful4.8/5

                                                            Latest reviews

                                                            My third visit and another enjoyable stay

                                                            Deborah S.

                                                            I've now stayed here three times, and will be back again next time I'm in LA. The guest house is comfortable and convenient, with a terrific location and playful, cuddly dogs. Even when it's not warm enough to swim in the pool, it's lovely to have a quiet patio to relax, read, and have coffee. The hosts are super nice and responsive.

                                                            Sweet Slice of Cali

                                                            Rene A.

                                                            I arrived at the guest house a little after 3pm to a cool studio event though it was 90+ degrees outside. That was very thoughtful and pleasant to arrive to. I did a walk through to get familiar with everything that was in the space and be aware of the surroundings. I was happy to see the pantry was stocked with spice & the basics to make full use of the kitchen. The bed, as requested was set up as a queen size with pillows. Instructions were left for everything in print on the table in addition to the email sent prior to our trip. The dogs were so sweet and cute, my son fell in love with them right away. The pool was very nice and everything was nice and quiet. for the most of our trip.

                                                            Jose was very helpful with suggestions of surrounding area basics, dining and shopping ect. Everything was accurate to the descriptions, even more pleasant. The studio has a both a back and front entrance ( bathroom leads to workshed). Everything was in working order & when an issue came up it was handled right away, even when I was locked out ( thanks, Jose! ) We didn't see much of the family while we were there however when we did, everyone was really sweet. Overall our stay was great, I would book again & recommend to anyone visiting the area.

                                                            Owner's Response:

                                                            Hi Rene, Thank you so much for the review! We're so happy you had a pleasant stay. Your son is so smart and was so sweet....and I am sure Boris (the smaller dog) is already missing him :) We would love to have you and your son back! Cheers!

                                                            Relaxing pool home

                                                            Sally M.

                                                            This little guest house has a quaint family atmosphere. The owners were lovely as were all of the family members including their two furry four legged ones! I enjoyed a peaceful swim in the larger than usual pool. It is a easy commute to Santa Monica, Beverly Hills, and Hollywood. If you enjoy the simple lifestyle of futon living and family this is truely a perfect spot and a bargain at that.

                                                            Great location, great people!

                                                            Steve M.

                                                            The house was great. It is centrally located to downtown, the beach, Beverly Hills, the valley, and others. The owners are friendly and very helpful. The room gets warm during the day (in summer), but cools off easily with the included fan. The shower has great water pressure (as noted by a previous commenter). The bed is a futon, but is certainly comfortable enough. I stayed several weeks and would stay there again.

                                                            Highly recommended!

                                                            Location and parking

                                                            Ana M.

                                                            It is a comfortable and spacious guest house that has a full kitchen and a full size refrigerator. The beds are comfortable. The guest house is conveniently located on the West side of LA. The dogs are very friendly. The street has plenty of parking (Jose provides parking permits), which is very important because it is often difficult to find parking on the streets of LA.

                                                            Lovely spot to stay and relax

                                                            Deborah S.

                                                            We thoroughly enjoyed our stay here and would definitely come back. Jose and his kids were friendly, responsive and accommodating. The guest house was quite comfortable for the two of us, and we appreciated being in a quiet residential neighborhood. The patio was a serene and relaxing place to eat breakfast and read, and the pool is a wonderful amenity. And the two family dogs are delightful! The location was ideal for us, and while we didn't take advantage of the Metro line this trip, we certainly will on our next visit because it is so close and convenient to the guest house. We'll be back for sure.

                                                            Location

                                                            West Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA, USA

                                                            The Neighborhood We live in a quiet neighborhood where people know their neighbors. It's mostly families that live here. This neighborhood is a very safe residential area with light pedestrian traffic because just a 2 minute walk up the street and you are at a brand new bike path (we can talk about letting you use our bikes). We customarily walk the dogs at night and our children go around the neighborhood with no problems or concern. Just up the street, not more than a 8 minutes walk, you have Pico Blvd. This is a stretch that has a major shopping mall (West-Side Pavilion) with food court, movie theaters, some great standalone restaurants, stores (a lot) including big name brands. Along Pico starting at Military and eastward towards Overland avenue there are also a lot of street style stores, a couple ice cream places, and lots of restaurants: Thai, Korean, Sushi, Chinese, Brazilian, Deli, etc. And even a couple of bars and a night club. Speaking of food, we're also very close to the neighborhood called Little Tokyo, which is about a 5 minute drive or 15 minute walk away. There you'll find an even more active street with lots of Asian food stores, supermarkets, etc. Very active at night especially on the weekends. See the getting around section for more details, but our house is close to just about anything you'd care to visit in LA: Sta Monica, Downtown Los Angeles, Beverly Hills, UCLA/Westwood, Sawtelle/Little Tokyo, Culver City, hiking trails, the Getty Museum, Venice Beach, Marina Del Rey, Malibu, Manhattan Beach, Hermosa, and the Santa Monica Mountains, two main freeways , LAX Airport, and DisneyLand. Groceries, etc. There is a Trader Joes down the street on National Blvd, about a 10 minute walk away, and a VONS and CVS (and some burger and taco places) also about the same distance from here. Getting Around Parking is on the street and you will need a permit. We provide permits up to two vehicles for the duration of the stay only. You'll be very close (within 5 miles, 3 km) to Beverly Hills, UCLA/Westwood, Sawtelle/Little Tokyo, Culver City, hiking trails, etc. Also within 6 miles (10 km) are the Getty, Venice Beach, Marina Del Rey. A bit further (at around 10 to 15 miles (16 to 20 km) are Malibu, Manhattan Beach, Hermosa, and the Santa Monica Mountains. We're also right next to the two main freeways if you're heading North or South, East or West. We travel for business often and LAX is about 20 minutes away (~7 miles) and Disney Land is around 45 minutes to 1 hour away (~40 miles, ~65km). By Metro Light Rail: Two minutes walking distance away and you are at Metro Expo light rail line. Get on the train at the Sepulveda/Expo station and the train takes you to Sta Monica in about 20 minutes or downtown Los Angeles in about 35. If you head downtown there are other lines that connect to the Expo Line and will take you to Hollywood, the valley/Universal Studios, etc. A ride is about $1.75 and it lasts for transfers and trips up to 1 hour (but check their website and kiosks for specifics). Biking Around: there is a new bike path 2 minutes away that goes all the way to the ocean in Sta Monica. A bicycle ride to Sta Monica is 6 miles (each way) and it should take you 30 minutes to an hour depending on how fast (or slow) you want to take it. You can also walk or run there :). Marina Del Rey is also a great place to go by bicycle (around 6 miles, 10km each way) and it's where you can rent kayaks, paddle boards, and even sailboats to explore one of the largest man-made marinas in the US. Also close by (20 or 30 minutes drive) is Malibu. Just hop on the 10 FWY (entrance 2 minutes away by car) and you'll be driving down to the PCH (HWY 1) and up the coast to Malibu along the Sta Monica bay. By Bus: all bus stops you'd care for are on Pico, Sepulveda or National and they are also at about a 10 or 15 minutes walking distance away. To sum it up. you can walk around the neighborhood to go to stores, restaurants, movies, groceries, etc. You can venture a bit further and check out UCLA, Westwood, Sawtelle (Little Tokyo). You can bike ride on the bike path all the way to Sta Monica. Or you can take the light rail also to Sta Monica or Downtown and even transfer to other lines and go as far as Universal Studios. There are also buses that take you further but for that we tend to recommend Uber or Lyft. Otherwise, if you have your own car. We're at a very central place and pretty much everything around you'd like to visit is less than an hour away (except of course, depends on the crazy LA traffic and time of day). Other Things to Note We hope you enjoy staying so much, you might not want to leave :)

                                                            Rates & Availability

                                                            Additional information about rental rates

                                                            Cleaning Fee
                                                            $45
                                                            Additional Guest Fee
                                                            $50
                                                            Tax Rate
                                                            14%
                                                            $132avg/night
                                                            9 Reviews
                                                            Wonderful 4.8/5
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