Why spend your time in a cramped apartment, when you can spread out in an entire home? With me, no less! Bask in the morning sunshine with coffee on the front porch or breakfast nook in the kitchen. How about a BBQ in the gorgeous back yard?
The master bedroom in my (gorgeous) Beverly Hills-adjacent Art Deco home, located in a very quiet residential neighborhood, will be your home for the duration of your stay. Live in the heart of the city while enjoying the quiet and comfort of a suburban residential neighborhood. No apartments and plenty of parking. No parking permits!
The master bedroom is your sanctuary. Sleep soundly in a new, incredibly-comfortable (hypoallergenic) California king-size bed or relax in the plush, over-sized, leather club chairs. Enjoy TV, DVD, 15 mps high-speed wireless Internet, and the (shared) bathroom (featuring a shower large enough to accommodate two and separate bathtub) is right next door. Enjoy full kitchen access with a lovely Art Deco breakfast nook. Espressos, lattes, juicer, etc. and a blender for smoothies and/or Margaritas. Forget Starbucks and Jamba Juice. Formal dining room and a designer living room features a fireplace, view of downtown, and 55-inch LED/LCD surround-sound, multimedia home theater. Do you prefer your martini shaken or stirred? A brand-new steam-cleaning washer/drier is available. Clothes all crumpled from traveling? The drier has a quick steam refresh feature. No ironing! Beautifully landscaped back yard for lounging, drinking, dining, even entertaining.
I live two minutes south of BEVERLY HILLS just off the ultra-chic, celebrity-filled Robertson Blvd (much more hip than Rodeo Drive, but close to there too if you like), CENTURY CITY, WEST HOLLYWOOD and (if you prefer locals to tourists) the newly-refurbished CULVER CITY filled with European-style sidewalk bars, restaurants, multiplex movie theater, and the intimate (Art Deco) Kirk Douglas Theater if you prefer drama. Have a drink in the historic Culver Hotel where the Munchkins slept and notoriously partied (hard) every night while filming The Wizard of Oz. (Ruby slippers optional.) You are 15 minutes, but usually less, from everywhere else whether it be the AIRPORT (want me to pick you up?), DOWNTOWN, WESTWOOD (UCLA), HOLLYWOOD, VENICE, or SANTA MONICA. Virtually all of LA's many museums and attractions are within easy reach.
My "Pico/Roberson" neighborhood is quiet, classy, eclectic and ethnically-diverse with small, intimate restaurants ranging from Thai to Vietnamese, Chinese (including Liz Taylor's favorite), Sushi, countless Kosher restaurants (including LA's first delicatessen), Kosher Mexican if you can believe that, authentic Mexican (duh!), French, Lebanese, bakeries galore, and even a hand-made ice cream and candy store. All are within walking distance. Elat, an unbelievable, multi-ethnic Middle-Eastern/Mediterranean supermarket is just up my street on Pico. (Great website!) Trader Joe's is five minutes away as is a more traditional Von's supermarket. Every Thursday, we have a terrific neighborhood Farmer's Market just a few blocks away featuring locally-grown produce.
A historically Jewish neighborhood (now ethnically diverse), countless synagogues are within walking distance, but so is St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church. And an Egyptian Coptic Church is right next door to an Indian Sikh Temple just a few blocks from my house. Talk about eclectic!
On the other side of Robertson is La Cienega's "Restaurant Row." Dining/theater options are limitless. Within minutes, you are cruising the historic Fairfax District: Little Ethiopia, Farmers Market, and The Grove's Shopping/Dining/Theater Complex. Cantor's Deli! How about The Laugh Factory or The Comedy Store on the SUNSET STRIP? I am in the center of it all and for the most part you can avoid LA's notorious traffic by sticking to surface streets or rapid transit.
I am one short block from a major bus line and minutes from LA's new rapid transit rail system. Subways in LA? Who knew? An inexpensive "unlimited" day pass whisks you to USC and Exposition Park, Downtown, Hollywood, both the San Fernando and San Gabriel Valleys, Long Beach (The Queen Mary) and all parts in between. Don't miss the Watts Towers! Link to Central Station, another of LA's many magnificent Art Deco palaces, and catch a train to San Diego (short walk to Mexico), San Francisco, or even Portland and Seattle.
Or forget rapid transit and LA traffic entirely! Bring (or rent) a bicycle! I am one mile from the Ballona Creek bike path which carries you straight to Marina del Rey's beach bike paths south through the quaint coastal cities of Hermosa and Redondo Beach to the Palos Verdes Peninsula (and light house), or north through Venice and Santa Monica all the way to Pacific Palisades. Return to the Ballona Wetlands and allow the afternoon ocean breeze to push you all the way home. LA Fitness' premier workout facility (including large swimming pool, sauna, and jacuzzi) is four short blocks away.
I have traveled all over the world primarily by bicycle and stayed in countless pensions and hostels. This is my way of giving back. What goes around comes around. LA is perhaps the Art Deco capitol of the world. I was born here. May I show you?
You have access to the entire house and all its facilities including living room, dining room, home theater, kitchen, laundry, garden in back, etc.
Interaction with Guests
My job is to help you see as much of the best parts of the city possible in whatever time you have. So for some guests, that means helping them with "almost everything" as far as what they see and do. For others, they may say, "We want to see "this" and I will suggest two or three things they may not have considered that is on the way or on the way back. I may also suggest specific things to see and do when they are "there." Or I can keep entirely out of your way, if you prefer. This rarely happens, but if you have perhaps been to LA before and already "know everything", then enjoy my home. Occasionally, especially for those too young to rent a car, I even drive people places that cannot be seen or reached by bus or train. I've gone out to dinner with guests and we've had big barbeques in my back yard. Once I took a visitor all the way to Joshua Tree National Park and showed her my favorite trails to hike. But for extensive things like that, I have to charge you.
My neighborhood is very safe. residential (no apartments) and extremely diverse. It is historically Jewish and there are still many Jews here and many temples withing walking distance. My next door neighbor is a couple -one Jewish, one Christian, and above them is a family from the Philipeans. Next to him is another very nice woman originally from England. My neighbor across the street is African American (a grandmother), and next to her is a choral music conductor/professor at USC married to an administrator in the Beverly Hills school district, and next to them is another professor (UCLA) who specializes in Native American music. I even have a neighbor from Iceland.
It is always best to have a car in LA, but I am centered between two streets with major bus lines to get you almost anywhere as well as our new light rail system.
Other Things to Note
No matter how long you stay, you will wish you had more time. Everyone who leaves tells me this. There is much to see and do.
My rule is you make yourself at home and treat my home as your home. So clean up after yourself, please. Take care of the furniture, dishes, cookware, etc. Four-night minimum. My furniture is extremely high quality, so please, please, please take good care of it. No smoking. Quiet time after 10:00 p.m. Be friendly and courteous to others. Have fun!
I am very flexible when it comes to checking in or out depending on your flight/transportation and you can leave your stuff if the room is not ready if you arrive early. Just let me know.
Randy was a great host and really helped me see the essential parts of LA in the limited time I was there! His extensive knowledge of the history of LA also helped me to get a sense of how LA grew as a city. I enjoyed the stay and everything was as advertised. Will definitely recommend Randy and also look forward to heading back again!
Randy is just the best host everyone wants to have. He actually makes you feel at home away from home. He is always helping you to make things easier and to solve any inconvenience. As we are of those few people who do not know how to drive, Randy drove us everywhere in LA and showed us the city gems.
From the beginning of the trip it was clear Randy would not be an ordinary host but an outstanding one, he received us in the bus station with a sign with the name of our 6 years old daughter, what made her happy.
Chelsea -our daughter- spent a wonderful time with him, they watched TV together, painted, played, he told her stories and taught words in English. Randy is a former teacher and was really patient even when Chelsea became very demanding. One day Chelsea was very tired and decided to stay with Randy, who offered to look after her while we were doing a sightseeing.
The house is as pretty as the pictures show. It is cozzy, comfortable, well decorated in a stylish art deco and clean. It is located in a quite and safe neighbourhood. Besides Randy allowed us to circulate into the house with complete freedom and as being all a family, sharing the table for breakfast, lunch or dinner.
We should point out the kitchen, it is very luminous and with a stain glass bow window that gives personality; the china and cutlery are complete and clean, the express coffee machine is great and the refrigerator huge.
As we are a family we rented two rooms, the Master Bedroom for us and the guest room for Chelsea; both rooms are big, comfortable, clean and have spacious closets and wardrobes, the guest room has an adorable vanity.
From our experience, we think It is a highly recommendable place for a family to stay in LA.
We enjoyed great moments together with Randy, e.g. having drinks in the hotel where Marilyn used to live, having facial in Beverly Hills, meeting the basketball player De Andre Jordan of LA Clippers, and having lunch at Canters deli (the most traditional of LA).
We keep the best memories and hope to come back to Randy's house.
Lidia, Roberto and Chelsea.
Randy's house is a great art deco. Beautifully decorated, extremely clean, and a good location. I went to LA for business, and I'll definitely look to stay again. Randy is an amazing host, helpfull and Kind. I strongly recommend you stay at Randy's place.
Bed is big and comfortable, hot showers start a wonderful day. Randy is a cool host, super easy-going and gives you plenty of good advices about travelling Los Angeles. He gives me space, which is great. Always fun taking to him because he's just so knowledgable about Los Angeles and even the world! Will definitely come back next time!
Randy的房子非常棒，他位于一个非常高尚的小区，几分钟车程就到达 griff observatory. Belverly bill等LA 必去的好地方。 这是一个绝对值得推荐的家。Randy非常热情的给予你游览的建议。
Great house, hospital Randy,highly recommended!
Oh my god. Randy, Randy, Randy. This is a very special, kind and uplifting person. The bed is AMAZINGLY comfortable, the blackout curtains a dream, the internet fast, and the TV great. The place is close to Culver City, a hub for restaurants and public transport. But all this pales in comparison to our host Randy. Randy is highly knowledge in LA and its history, which really enriched our experience. He sat down with us and helped us plan our short trip. We also went out for dinner to Cafe Gratitude with Randy and had a next level chat. This guy is the best and without him, we would have gone away thinking LA was too complicated and touristy, but instead we cannot wait to return, and when we do, we will definitely be trying to stay with Randy again.
Randy was a wonderful host. He made everything so easy. I would definitely stay here again.
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I am single and very easy going. I love music, particularly "world music", read The Atlantic pretty regularly, and am having fun with Netflix. I am (or at least was) a great world traveler. I've stayed in more hostels than you can count. In fact one day I'd like to run my own hostel in some enchanted corner of the world. Airbnb will be my " personal hotel/luxury hostel." Virtually all my traveling was done by bicycle between 14 and 17 miles per hour. Leaving the Alps from Southern Switzerland (St. Moritz) into Northern Italy (Milan)? A little faster. OK, a LOT faster.