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My boyfriend, my parents and I rented the Hacienda over Christmas 2018 so that we could be near my brother's family, but have some independence and room to host meals, etc. This house made the holiday very special for us! We hope to be back in future years.
-- Views. Most of the house has unobstructed views of the San Gabriel Mountains. We were fortunate that our trip coincided with a full moon -- watching it rise over the mountains was magical.
-- Proximity to Hiking. The listing understates it, but this house has direct access to a large network of hiking trails that runs from Whittier to La Habra. From the Western side of the trails on a clear day, you can see the Pacific/DTLA/Hollywood Sign. The ascents/descents are steep and invigorating. We considered the trails an amenity of the house.
-- Unique property. They don't make 'em like this anymore! The house was built in the 1930s and it is remarkable how much of the original craftsmanship has been retained/restored (original doors, windows, kitchen, etc.).
-- Ample space. The house has grand proportions and guests can sprawl out comfortably. E.g. kids can entertain themselves in the great room (or the turret!) while adults enjoy a peaceful dinner. Renovated bathrooms with soaking tubs add a relaxing touch.
-- On-site support. We never actually met the property manager (Michele), but she was very helpful and responsive. She even got us wine glasses for Christmas Eve dinner!
Cons, depending on what you're looking for:
-- Distance. The location was perfect for us, but may not be if your goal is to visit LA tourist attractions. That said, the charming town of Whittier (with surprisingly good restaurants) is a short drive, and attractions like the Huntington Gardens are ~30 minutes.
-- Bedroom furnishings could be upgraded. Mattresses (other than in the Master) don't match the quality of the rest of the house.
-- Kitchen equipment. The kitchen is larger than many NYC apartments, but it's not equipped as a "chef's kitchen." If you're cooking for a small family, you'll be fine. There's a good gas grill, which helps. But we arrived to find no wine glasses (in California!), and some basic items were oddly missing (e.g., colander, large serving platters, large cutting boards). A modest investment could improve this quickly.
-- Vertiginous drive. You don't get views like these in LA without hairpin turns. Fine for me, but my parents (in their 70s) would not have been comfortable driving at night