Stunning garden 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 1 bedroom with King bed, 1 bath, rental upper; more a duplex as it only shares one kitchen wall with a single quiet neighbor.
Stunning garden property with rural charm situated just blocks from downtown Santa Monica, central to markets, restaurants, theaters, yoga studios, and 12 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 upper 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, Netflix, and Huluplus, 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, Starbucks, and 18th St. Cafe), health food store (Co-op); all just 3 - 6 blocks from unit. 9 from 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, La Botte) as well as less expensive choices, (the Golden Mean, Real Food Daily, Pono Burger, Fritto Misto, Mercado, Border Grill, Huckleberry's, Rustic Canyon). 1 block from the Broad Stage for cultural events and 5 blocks from Vons and of course 12 - 13 blocks from the world famous Santa Monica Pier, Palisades Park, and the Pacific Ocean. 4 minute drive to Montana Avenue, and Main Street for upscale shopping. Bikes are usually on the property to borrow. Close to Venice, Pacific Palisades, 25 minutes drive from Los Angeles Airport, (LAX), gateway to Malibu (25 minutes), downtown Los Angeles (25 minutes).
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. 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. Infrequently we don't get to meet our guests at all as their flights have come in late or early and the guests are busy during their stay. 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 by email or phone. 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, several in fact, within walking distance. Avis is at 11th & Broadway.
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 upper 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) and occasionally a small family may stay. (2 adults usually but 3 people max)
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. ; )
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.
Are you looking for a place to stay that is tranquil, beautiful and restorative? Then you have found the right place!! The apartment is fully stocked with amenities that you would not even find at a hotel and the garden is magnificent-a perfect place to enjoy my coffee every morning. Cara is delightful and responsive to any needs. The location is great--close to wonderful restaurants, stores and cafes, and a short walk to the beach! I plan to book for next year...if not before!!
We had such a wonderful in Cara's beautiful house in Santa Monica! Cara was so welcoming when we arrived, gave us some great tips about the area and made us comfortable and excited for our stay! Her apartment was gorgeous, clean and in a perfect location - a 10 minute walk to trendy restaurants, shopping, the grocery store and the beach/pier. We can't wait to return to Santa Monica and hopefully stay in this beautiful little oasis!
We had a great time visiting Santa Monica and this apartment overlooked Cara's garden bursting with flowers, herbs and birds. It was in a good location for walking to the beach and shops and the king size bed put our bed at home to shame. We will be back!
We had a very pleasant stay. The house was perfect for what we needed. The hosts were always available and helpful. The condo is very quiet and organized. It's also a very safe area. This place really helped us regain energy to start 2015 with full power.
Thank you for the comfort we experienced.
Juliana and Frederico.
São Paulo, Brazil.
Great little apartment in good area with beautiful, relaxing garden. Within walking distance to the beach.
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 a great health food store, (the Co-op), 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! I have been co-owner of several clothing and jewelry boutiques over the years, in fact, we had a Montana Avenue boutique for 20 years and four other retail stores including a Third Street Promenade boutique, one in the Malibu Country Mart, as well as Studio City and Venice Beach. A designer at heart, we've loved creating a beautiful place for guests. Inspired by my 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 rentals, design, and paperwork, 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