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Lovely guest accommodations 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 dining and desk area.

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Beautiful linens in the very sunny bedroom with King bed; fresh flowers from the garden.

Beautiful linens in the very sunny bedroom with King bed; fresh flowers from the garden.

The Space
Accommodates: 2
Bathrooms: 1
Bed type: Real Bed
Bedrooms: 1
Beds: 1
Check In: 4:00 PM
Check Out: 11:00 AM
Room type: Entire home/apt


Cleaning Fee: $100
Security Deposit: $400
Monthly Price: $3400 /month
Cancellation: Strict


The Space

Beautifully appointed and charming 1 bedroom with King bed, 1 bath duplex situated on a gorgeous garden. Available for over 31 day stays per the City of Santa Monica, please inquire about our long term stays.

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, set in a central courtyard, 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, and in the common courtyard, 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!

Guest Access

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.
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 to help.. For European travelers without phones we suggest VIBER accounts to contact us on.

The Neighborhood

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.

Getting Around

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 the Getty (Villa or Museum) 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 and Blue Daisy is one of our favorite breakfast spots too! Too many wonderful things to list...

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House Rules

Please do not smoke on the property and please do not disturb neighbors! 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.

Stays of one more or more are responsible for utilities after $20 each. (Gas and electric.) Please be aware that the billing may not be done until after you depart).
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. ; )


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Safety Features
Smoke Detector
Carbon Monoxide Detector
Fire Extinguisher

31 nights minimum stay
Lovely, simple, uncluttered, neutral palette, hard wood floors and lots of sunshine are the hallmarks of the apartment.

Lovely, simple, uncluttered, neutral palette, hard wood floors and lots of sunshine are the hallmarks of the apartment.

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Santa Monica, California, United States
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