About This Listing
Stunning guest quarters just blocks from the center of downtown Santa Monica. A lovely and appreciated sanctuary garden with a courtyard fountain, meandering paths and over 500 floral plants throughout. Garden views from inside the unit.
Still new to AIRBNB! Beautifully appointed and charming 1 bedroom with King bed, 1 bath; more a duplex as it only shares one kitchen wall with a single quiet neighbor. Available for over 31 day stays per City of Santa Monica. Shows like an upscale, curated stay...
Stunning garden property with rural charm situated just blocks from downtown Santa Monica, central to markets, restaurants, theaters, yoga studios, and just a ten minute walk to downtown and then just blocks from the beach! Considered a Walker's Paradise location by third party raters.
At the back of what many describe as Secret Garden Santa Monica is this lovely 500 sq foot unit. With Venetian plaster walls, hard wood floors, travertine in kitchen and bath, crown molding, recessed lighting, fresh, new linens, King bed in bedroom, feather pillowed sofa, it's a hidden jewel. A perfect blend of yin and yang, masculine and feminine; a sunny, simple, sweet, uncluttered and quiet unit. Empty closets and chests for short term storage and full bath with tub. Two sided desk, with wifi, Apple TV, cable and HBO, and garden views, super clean with plenty of charm.
The masterpiece is the Tuscan inspired garden with over 500 flower blooming plants ranging from bougainvillea to sage, lavender, hydrangea and roses and nearly 2500 square feet of park-like garden. Perfect for having garden company with local friends or family and then to retire to your own unit. Close enough to downtown to make it easy to walk for fit guests, far enough away to give a sense of peace.
The garden is yours to explore and enjoy, although the large table is wonderful, a smaller table is around the corner on a path to the left. Cut some fresh flowers and pick some thyme or rosemary for cooking!
It's a walker's paradise; wonderful coffee shops (Funnel Mill, Groundworks, Starbucks, and Peets), health food stores (Co-op and Whole Foods); all just blocks from unit. Walk to Tiffany's and Santa Monica Place, Third St. Promenade, yoga studios, movie theaters, and many of the best restaurants on the west side of Los Angeles, (Melisse, Jiraffe, Capo, Michaels, as well as less expensive choices, (the Golden Mean, Real Food Daily, Pono Burger, Fritto Misto, Tender Greens, Mercado, Border Grill, Huckleberry's, Rustic Canyon). Just blocks from the Broad Stage for cultural events and from Vons, Whole Foods, and the Co-op and of course just blocks from the world famous Santa Monica Pier, Palisades Park, and the Pacific Ocean. A few minutes drive to Montana Avenue, and Main Street for upscale shopping. Close to Venice, Pacific Palisades, 25 minutes drive from Los Angeles Airport, (LAX), gateway to Malibu (25 minutes), downtown Los Angeles (25 minutes).
Perfect for those on sabbatical, snowbirds, writers, or transitioning travelers!
New on the short term rental market. Permit for parking available AND a parking spot as well, or just walk, bus, bike everywhere! Fit guests won't need a car!
Guests love the garden!! It's truly a special plus while living so close to a major city center. They have access to the garden; there are two spaces to enjoy, the large table in the garden and a smaller one past the table coming from the back to the left. Guests can wander freely through the garden. There's a great parking spot too, in the back and laundry, and BBQ for warm summer afternoons/early evenings when the sun still is up.
Being quiet and discreet is important here and not bothering neighbors or others assures a respected space for all. It is important to keep a low key and respectful profile. However by all means let me know immediately if there is some way I can make your stay more comfortable!
Interaction with Guests
Sometimes if timing is right I get to meet and interact. Other times my husband will connect as he is frequently taking care of things on the property. I always love meeting travelers and hope to always meet and introduce our garden property. It's all very intuitively set up and we are always available as we live on the property, too. For European travelers without phones we suggest VIBER accounts to contact us on.
Proximity to all is the major plus about our neighborhood and our garden property is a quiet oasis minutes from downtown. Santa Monica is a world class city and a wonderful beach community. That's a nice combination and it's all easily accessed from Secret Garden Santa Monica. While it's not a Patrician address, this property has been gently nurtured and this and its garden set the tone for a restful and enchanting stay.
The best way to get around Santa Monica is walking, (I frequently walk day or evening safely), bike riding (day time), taxi, (wearing heels?) or car. There is a rental car agency, within walking distance.
Other Things to Note
Too many things to do in Santa Monica to list. One nice thing is to plan to go to Casa del Mar, or Shutters Hotels for sophisticated cocktails (both gorgeous, both world class and both favorites) and also the Lowes Hotel for a day pass to their gym. It's affordable, elegant, has a pool and steam room, and ocean view. Also Doug at the salon there is a great hair stylist and reasonable priced. Santa Monica probably has more yoga studios than any place in the world (lol) and the Getty Museums are both close. The Annenberg Community Beach House is definitely worth visiting and has a public pool, right at the beach and the little cafe there called Back at the Beach is always a nice easy beachy breakfast place! Too many wonderful things to list...
Please do not smoke on the property and please do not disturb neighbors! This unit is more a duplex than an apartment as it shares only the kitchen wall with a single, quiet neighbor. There are only single quiet neighbors usually in each of the houses near us as well who I always hope won't be bothered or a bother, ; ). The cottage is now available for stays (of more than one month).
Of course, only nice people need apply and I will do my best to make a comfortable and happy stay for you! If you park on the street make sure it's on OUR side of the street out front with our parking pass (watch out for street cleaning day) and be aware of some crazy parking rules that are impossible to decipher. ; )
Lovely, simple, uncluttered, neutral palette, hard wood floors and lots of sunshine are the hallmarks of the apartment.
Such a lovely, peaceful retreat off a quiet street in Santa Monica. The beach was a 30 minute walk, and shopping was a short walk away. The apartment was charming, very clean and comfortable. A good place for me to stay while attending my conference, and a great price considering the cost of hotels and meals out.
The garden was really beautiful. I spied one of the tenants practicing yoga in the morning. Wish I had time to do the same!
Ceci fut ma première expérience avec Airbnb et je suis vraiment ravie. Cara est une hôte exceptionnelle, très accueillante et accommodante. L'appartement, correspondant parfaitement à la description, est très agréable et confortable. Le jardin est sublime et très reposant. L'appartement est très bien situé dans Santa Monica et à distance raisonnable de la plage et des commerces que nous pouvions rejoindre à pied. La voiture est obligatoire à L.A. et le parking est un véritable plus. Le quartier est résidentiel et très calme ce qui est agréable après une journée de visite dans la région de L.A. Nous avons passé un très bon séjour chez Cara et nous relouerons surement chez elle lors de notre prochain séjour à Santa Monica.
Fantastic apartment with lovely garden (complete with hummingbirds) in a great location with good access to Santa Monica and Venice. Cara was a wonderful, helpful host that made arrival simple and the stay care-free. Highly recommend her listing for anyone visiting Santa Monica.
I'd never used a service like AirBnB before, so at first I was a little bit concerned that my experience at Cara's place would lack the professional touches provided by a hotel. What I realized the moment I crossed the threshhold was that this was far better than a hotel. I felt instantly comfortable because of the home-like environment. The place was exactly as advertised--clean, quiet and convenient to everything I wanted to see in Santa Monica. The gorgeous garden was a huge plus. My local family members who visited were very impressed.
I'd definitely recommend this place and would stay there again the next time I'm in Santa Monica.
We spent 4 enjoyable nights at this lovely, well-situated property, and recommend it highly! The indoor space was beautifully comfortable and the garden enchanting! We received a warm welcome and farewell. We hope to have the good fortune to return ;).
I cannot say enough about Cara and what a warm welcome I received! From the moment I walked through the beautiful garden and was greeted by her cheerful smile and gracious presence, I felt at home! She and her husband have created a very charming and special place tucked away in a quiet neighborhood only a few blocks from the ocean. Cara was so generous with her time in sharing with me her favorite places to check out in Santa Monica.
About the Host, Cara
I have lived in Santa Monica for several decades and certainly consider it home. It's a lovely place to live, close by the sea and in one of the least densely populated areas of Southern California, a cooler place to live in the summer than our inland neighbors. Our property is a few short blocks from downtown Santa Monica; close to several great health food stores, the Co-op and Whole Foods, Tiffany's (!) and Santa Monica place, yoga studios, restaurants, markets, the library and great coffee shops. In a few years the new metro will be a ten minute or so walk from where we are and over all it's a place one can find happiness and tranquility. Walking, bike riding, rollerblading; all options for getting around and all in an area that has so much to offer so close by! A designer at heart, we've loved creating a beautiful place for guests. Inspired by our travels to San Miguel de Allende, Mexico and Europe, we created our beautiful garden to reflect a place of beauty and peace and are excited to share it with travelers. While I handle our guests, my husband is the construction and technical brain in the nuts and bolts department. Looking forward to meeting new people through this rental process!!!!! Godspeed on your journey!!!! xoox
One of the best FRENCH restaurants in California, super close.
Close and yummy breakfast place, and to go food, avoid on the weekends, too busy.
Best market for organic and NONGMO foods.
Crazy ridiculous fresh bread, European meats, cheese, super close, really popular, to go food to die for.
Outdoor patio, authentic Italian food, great brunch, just 6 blocks away.
Food that's living and healthy, super close, vegan.
Four blocks of massive shopping...and restaurants on 2nd and 4th......
Best view of the coast high rise restaurant, sexy place to have a drink; the Penthouse.
Iconic pier, super close, just over a mile away.
Best gorgeous hotel on the sand, elegant and world class, restaurants, bar, site seeing.
Fave super close restaurant on the sand; just up PCH a mile or so, great parking lot, public pool, super cute restaurant.
Must see, a true jewel, a rare find in any beach city to have a public pool on the sand.