About this listing
Hello & Welcome!
Explore all that greater Los Angeles has to offer while based at my Santa Monica apartment. You'll sleep well and have a comfortable stay, be close to the beach, nightlife and all that LA has to offer.
My boyfriend Ibrahim and I welcome you. Come and go as you please with your own set of keys... make yourself at home, just as you would your own.
Guest Bedroom and Bathroom:
Queen size bed, plenty of closet, dresser and night stand space. Light-block shades & wood shutters.
Guest bathroom is immediately adjacent to bedroom and all yours. (Ibrahim and I use a different bathroom). Towels and bed linens provided and soap, shampoo, etc., available upon request.
Available for full use. Cereal, oatmeal, milk, juice, bread, eggs, and fruit typically available. Let me know what you prefer and I'll make sure to have them available.
Cook as much as you like. Stock the fridge with any preferred foods you'll want to use during your stay. (No metal utensils in pots/pans, cutlery must be hand washed, clean up when finished.)
Living Room / Dining Area:
Two comfy couches, basic cable TV, and wifi. This space is great for hanging out to plan adventures, get work done, or for curling up and relaxing.
For more information on what to do while visiting Santa Monica visit Wikipedia and search for "Santa Monica attractions and cultural resources". I'm also available to provide recommendations. Don't miss out on Venice Beach and the Venice Canals... neat places to visit.
Up to two youngsters may join two adults. Their sleeping arrangements can be made up on the floor next to the bed with couch cushions, pillows, sheets, and blanket... it is a workable setup.
Coin laundry available in building and nearby laundromat on Montana Ave. Laundry detergent and fabric softener are available. An iron and ironing board are also available. Personally, I frequently use Naki Laundry which offers same day laundry pick up and delivery service. Yup, they pick up and deliver laundry at my apartment door.
Los dos Gatos:
Sunny and Flash are extremely people friendly kitties and will want to greet and hangout with you. They are generally not allowed in the bedroom unless you say so. They don't have access to the bedroom when it's not being used.
Once booked, check out the "house manual" for wifi information and important notes.
Mi casa es su casa... Enjoy it like you would your own. Guests have access to the Kitchen, Guest Bedroom, Guest Bathroom, Dining Area, and TV/Living Room.
We'll likely be available to get you settled into your room and the apartment. If not, we'll tell you how to let yourself in and when we get home we'll give you the grand welcome tour.
Interaction with Guests
We interact with guest in varying degrees: We've had deep conversations, gone out clubbing, cooked dinner with and for each other, said hello in passing, or missed each other the entire time except for the initial check-in. We take it as it comes to the degree our guests want to engage or how our schedules interact. It's the guest's vacation ultimately and they make their stay with us what they want. Our job is to make sure guests feel welcome, are comfortable, and have the best experience possible while at our apartment.
The apartment building is part of a quaint residential enclave within short walking distance to restaurants and shops on Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica Blvd, and Montana Ave. Also within an easy walk are The Third Street Promenade in Downtown Santa Monica and Palisades Park overlooking Santa Monica State Beach & Boardwalk.
We love the neighborhood because it is quiet. It's far enough away from the thick of downtown Santa Monica's tourist locations but close enough to be a comfortable walk there as well as to the beach! We also like the neighborhood because it has everything within 3-4 blocks including a grocery store, regional public transportation, coffee shops, pharmacies, dry cleaners, and more.
Santa Monica's Big Blue Bus and LA's Metro Rapid bus service are extremely convenient. Both are available for travel to Downtown Santa Monica, Venice, LAX Airport, Hollywood, Downtown LA, and generally any point in between. Big Blue bus is only $1 and the LA Metro is $2. In 2016, Santa Monica will open a light rail line (tram/trolley) connecting Santa Monica to USC and Downtown LA.
Various freeways make it convenient to get from my place to other nearby cities including Hermosa Beach, Manhattan Beach, Long Beach, Pacific Palisades, Malibu, Pasadena, Huntington Beach, Camarillo, Van Nuys, Burbank, Glendale, and Newport Beach to name a few.
Other Things to Note
Parking is on-street and typically available within one or two short blocks. If parking late at night, it might be necessary to park 2-3 short blocks away. A guest parking permit is available for street parking which we have available for a $25 refundable cash deposit while the parking permit is in your possession. Street sweeping restrictions are in effect on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings; please take note when you park.
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Make yourself at home. Feel free to utilize the common areas of the apartment, including the kitchen... just ensure you leave things clean and tidy when finished. Please note, do not use metal utensils with pots and pans and hand wash pots, pans and cutlery.
Ensure cats are not locking into the bedroom or bathroom when leaving the apartment.
Quiet hours are from 9pm to 8am, meaning...
* Please keep noises to a minimum while walking in the building (outside of my apartment)
* Keep TV and music volume light so not to disturb neighbors.
* Laundry room use is not available. On-site, coin-op laundry hours are 8am and 9pm only. (I have detergent available for you to use)
The sidewalk outside of the building is the designated smoking area.
Help conserve energy by turning lights off when leaving a room/apartment.
Jimmy's place is in a lovely safe neighbourhood and about 20 mins brisk walk to the pier. We enjoyed our 4 night stay here immensely as they made their home very welcome to us. Our room was very comfortable and it was great having a private bathroom. We felt much a ease although we didn't see much of our host, due to the fact we spent as much time out and about as we could.
Both Jimmy and Ibrahim were awesome! They were friendly and very helpful and I enjoyed sitting around and having a chat to them. Jimmy ensured he was at home to sort out my transportation to the airport, I really appreciated him reshuffling his plans to do that. The room/own bathroom were comfortable and equipped with all the basics a girl would need (eg. hairdryer, iron etc) without needing to ask them. The walk to the beach took about 10 min and was quite a pleasant walk. Highly recommend staying at this place.
We stayed with Jimmy and Ibrahim for 5 nights and had a great time during our stay. The apartment was very clean, tidy and was depicted exactly the same as seen in the pictures. The bed was very comfortable and it was handy to use the kitchen at our disposal. The location was great and it was easy to get to 3rd Street Promenade in Santa Monica. The neighbourhood was safe and clean. Jimmy and Ibrahim were very friendly, approachable and were always willing to offer suggestions on Santa Monica/LA sights to visit during our stay. We definitely recommend staying here and would stay here again if we were to come to Santa Monica. Thank you Jimmy and Ibrahim. P.S Special mention to their cats; Sunny and Flash who were extremely friendly.
We spent four very pleasant nights in Jimmy's well-organized, clean, and well-equipped apartment: very comfortable bed, private bath, warm welcome, lots of breakfast fixin's made available to us, and a great Santa Monica location. We were visiting our daughter, so didn't need area guidance, but Jimmy was very personable and interesting. Highly recommended!
We had a great stay here. The apartment is in a convenient location a close walk from everything in santa monica. Although we only met the hosts briefly they were fantastic with great communication throughout our stay and willing to help us out in any way. We would highly recommend staying here!
Jimmy e Ibrahim ci hanno accolto benissimo nel loro appartamento, sono due persone molto socievoli e disponibili.
In casa ci sono anche due gatti molto amorevoli a cui piace farsi coccolare.
L'appartamento è situato in una zona tranquilla di Santa Monica ma in 15 minuti a piedi si raggiunge la spiaggia e la promenade con in suoi negozi e ristoranti.
Consiglio il pernottamento presso Jimmy.
This was our first experience with Airbnb. Jimmy and Ibrahim made it great. The apartment was clean, our room was really comfortable and the bathroom is private. Plus, the position is optimal, just a few minutes walk to get to the beach or to the famous Third Street promenade.
Jimmy and Ibrahim were extremely kind, easy-going and gave us pleanty of helpful suggestions and advices for strolling around.
We definitely recommend this place. We hope to come back in the future!
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About the Host, Jimmy
I'll try nearly anything once; I am a 36 y/o adventurous spirit. Skydiving, bungee jumping, bridge walking, scuba diving, and rock climbing are just a few extraordinary things that pique my interest. I also enjoy road cycling and kayaking and have done one triathlon.
I bring warmth to those around me and extend myself when others need a hand. I believe attracting positive things to my life is a result of sharing my positive energy with others.
I've been dedicated to my career in public transit since the age of 5. My early affinity for public transit, as my mom says, developed when I was tall enough to see buses passing my house from the front window. Commuter trains passing 250 yards from the house weren't much help deterring me away from a tranait career either. From washing buses in 1997 to driving buses for 7 years until 2004, today I'm responsible for planning and scheduling bus routes and driver work pieces for West LA and Santa Monica. I have a BS and MS in Transportation Management.
I have two sibling kitties, born and rescued from Tijuana, MX that I've had since they were 2 months old. Don't worry, los dos gatos are the most friendly kitties you'll ever meet which our reviews confirm. Sunny & Flash love meeting people and enjoy making guests feel at home. I hope you don't mind an occasional cat on your lap; by all means give them a light nudge any time they get too close or comfy.
I've done a small bit of traveling in my life. At an early age, family vacations took me to Jamaica and Cancun and in more recent years I've been to Montreal, Toronto, London, Sydney, Tijuana, Mexico City, Cabo San Lucas, Puerto Vallarta, Hong Kong and China. Domestically, I've been to all of New England and the DC, PA, NY area as well as Chicago, Orlando, Denver, Dallas, Fort Worth, Key West, St. Louis, Seattle, San Diego, San Francisco, and Cleveland to spout off a few. :-)
It's been really great meeting many folks through this service and I look forward to meeting many more; perhaps you'll be next.
Cheers & safe travels,