Beautiful linens in the very sunny bedroom with King bed; fresh flowers from the garden.Lovely, simple, uncluttered, neutral palette, hard wood floors and lots of sunshine are the hallmarks of the apartment.
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Lovely guest accommodations just blocks from the center of downtown Santa Monica. An appreciated sanctuary garden with a courtyard fountain, meandering paths and over 500 floral plants throughout. Garden views from dining and desk area.

The space

Beautifully appointed and charming 1 bedroom with King bed, 1 bath duplex situated on a gorgeous garden, Secret Garden Santa Monica has been a labor of love and elegantly offers what is best about Santa Monica; moderate weather and close proximity to both the beach and the mountains and easy access to all points in Los Angeles. Popular with snow birds and families of locals...a rare find as I am usually booked ; ) and includes parking! I love to hear a bit about my guests during the booking process ; ).

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.
(also ask me about my cottage for rent )

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! Short blocks to the new Expo line; making this even more of a Walker's Paradise! Take the new line to Culver City, Downtown Los Angeles, etc! Lovely views along the way, too!!

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.

And 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.

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 - two locations; one on Pacific Coast Hwy, one with amazing Los Angeles City views in Brentwood, both about 15 minutes from home) Casa del Mar, the Fairmont (Fig Restaurant 50% off happy hour 5-6pm food and drinks) or Shutters Hotels for sophisticated cocktails (all gorgeous, world class and 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 walk to Blue Daisy (6th and Broadway) is one of our favorite breakfast spots too! Too many wonderful things to list...

As to the nature of 31 days or more I may require additional paperwork to be signed and agreed upon and confirmations of identification. As we partner with AIRBNB, they too understand that hosts may need information other than what is provided by their service. ; )
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The space
Accommodates: 2
Bathrooms: 1
Bedrooms: 1
Beds: 1
Check In: 4PM - 12AM (midnight)
Check Out: 11AM
Room type: Entire home/apt
Self check-in: Keypad

Amenities
Free parking on premises
Kitchen
Wireless Internet

Prices
Cleaning Fee $100
Security Deposit $400
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Sleeping arrangements
Bedroom 1
1 king bed

House Rules
No smoking
Not suitable for pets
No parties or events
Not safe or suitable for children (2-12 years)
Check in time is 4PM - 12AM (midnight)

Please do not smoke on the property and please do not disturb neighbors! There are usually 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, ; ).

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

Please do not put shoes on the bath mat, (clean toes only).

Of course, only nice people need apply and I will do my best to make a comfortable and happy stay for you! Although a parking spot is included 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 SANTA MONICA parking rules that are impossible to decipher. ; ) additional paperwork may be necessary to be signed by our guests…
And IDs may be asked to be shown. Airbnb understands that we have some local requirements that we comply with. ; )

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Jane User Profile
September 2017
Cara's place is a lovely, quiet hidden gem in the middle of Santa Monica. You'll think you were transported to a garden haven with lovely smells, hummingbirds and a very comfortable apartment. Cara responded to my questions and comments very quickly. There was an unusual heat surge while we were there but she made sure the place was open and cool with a fan for the bedroom (no AC in the unit). Lots of amenities, access to so much and yet it felt remote.
Cara User ProfileCara is a superhost.
Response from Cara:
Hi Jane! Thanks again for your stay! You both are really sweet folks and we were really happy to host you at our property!
September 2017

Gwen User Profile
August 2017
This was a great location and the apartment was perfect for what I was looking for. Their courtyard area is beautiful and peaceful. Very attentive hosts too.

Carol User Profile
August 2017
What a fantastic 5 weeks we spent in Santa Monica! Cara was fantastic. Always responded quickly. The place is in the perfect location to get everywhere on foot. The garden is the most peaceful place in the whole city. I can't wait to return. Thank you for a wonderful summer vacation!!!
Cara User ProfileCara is a superhost.
Response from Cara:
Carol, you and Dean are amazingly lovely people. I feel like we have so beautifully connectedly and have added friends to our tribe. Thanks so much for staying with us!! xoxo cara & lori
August 2017

Russell User Profile
July 2017
Cara is a wonderful host. Quick to respond and help. What a great experience. Certainly highly recommended.

Antwuan User Profile
July 2017
This place is amazing, my fiancé daughter and I loved it. Its in a nice neighborhood surrounded by tons off stores, restaurants, and close to the beach, but when your home you still feel secluded in the garden which was amazing. The bed is super comfy, and the home is fully furnished. There is a co op market just up the street if you want to stay in and cook. Communication was great from prior to booking all the way through the vacation. i highly recommend staying here.

Kwok User Profile
May 2017
We had an exceptional stay at Cara's place over the Memorial Day weekend. It was in a great location, within walking distance to the Promenade and beach, but also in a quiet neighborhood that made for a very relaxing stay. Cara also provided us with thoughtful extras (i.e. water, chocolate, coffee, etc.), and the communication prior and during our stay was excellent. I would recommend that anyone looking for a relaxing, convenient stay in Santa Monica and visit to L.A. should contact Cara immediately. Thanks again, Cara!

Ram User Profile
May 2017
I have stayed at Airbnb's at a number of cities ranging from New York to Thailand and hands down the most tranquil and the best place I've stayed at EVER! 15 minute stroll to the beach, the garden is beautiful and the apartment is spacious. Better bang for your buck that any hotel out there any day!
Cara User ProfileCara is a superhost.
Response from Cara:
Ram, you were a delight to host, thanks so much for the fabulous review, we really appreciated your stay!
May 2017

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Cara User ProfileCara is a superhost.

My husband and I are blessed to have recently acquired a vacation home in beautiful Three Rivers, California at the entrance to the Sequoia National Park and we love sharing it with visitors, please stop by on your way through California! We have lived in Santa Monica for several decades and certainly consider it home as my parents met on Wilshire Blvd in the 1940's and played on the pier and the beaches here early in their marriage. Eric is an East Coast transplant and other than Sequoia isn't heading east again any time soon. Santa Monica is a lovely place to live, close by the sea and 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. The new metro is a ten minute or less walk from where we are which is super cool 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. Santa Monica is both a small town and a major worldwide destination: truly remnants of the past at an intersection with major change. Cannot live without aesthetics, modern technology and ideals, (shared economy understanding) the Golden Rule, and flowers!! 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


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