About this listing
My Culver City home is a safe, comfortable haven away from crazy LA. Relax in the master bedroom's luxurious bed, share the house and cook in the kitchen, should you want to, or sample nearby ethnic eateries. You can connect with everything LA here.
Playa del Rey is the closest beach to me. Not famous, but with all the right things: waves, sand, sunsets, reataurants, volleyball, changing rooms. A 3 mile walk, or by bus, Uber or taxi.
My duplex is in Culver City, a safe residential area with loads of restaurants and public transportation a stroll away. I'm near major connectors and surface streets in West LA and close to Culver City's Expo Rail Station, which connects to downtown, Hollywood's Walk of Fame, the Convention and Staples centers and major attractions.
Being close to major roads is a bit noisy, but the master bedroom is a quiet sanctuary, thanks to thick stucco walls. Guests tell me how well they sleep on the queen size pillowtop bed with a Hungarian goose down duvet.
For a small extra fee, guests who wish separate beds can use a queen size double thick air mattress. It takes up most of the living room which gets more traffic noise, but many guests prefer its firm support.
K2 is my Bengal cat greeter, normally very calm and respectful. She loves to play with younger pal Punkin, a shy but playful tortiseshell. They can get a little rowdy, but not for long.
Complete access to the master bedroom. Share full kitchen, living room and modern bath with me as well as the laundry room off the patio, where you may smoke if you like.
I make coffee in the mornings, if you would like to share, just let me know. I have on hand supplies for a continental breakfast. Many guests do not eat in the morning. I have fruits and cereals on hand, if you wish. We can discuss what you like in the mornings.
Interaction with Guests
Happy to share what I've discovered about LA, or we can consult with my kids next door. They are wise, 16-year Angelenos with experience in acting and the Industry (films/TV/production). They advise with a smile - if they can get some time away from their three-year-old!
I am usually jogging or singing or flash dancing or practicing yoga, but am happy to answer questions or suggest restaurants or attractions when I am here. I try to let guests know when I will be home and appreciate knowing what your schedule is as well. You have your own key and can come and go as you wish.
West LA is cool and welcoming. Ocean breezes from Malibu to Santa Monica to Venice keep temperatures down and nightlife hot.
Culver City is a safe, friendly community; an excellent base for your LA visit. Walk to nearby restaurants and parks in balmy LA weather and enjoy the sunset from nearby Playa del Rey, accessible via a bike/jogging bath if you like exercise or Uber/bus/taxi if not. Only 10 minutes from famed Venice Beach, which is just south of Santa Monica.
I am an Uber driver and happy to ferry my guests to and from the airport or their destinations, including Disneyland, which is a bit of a challenge via public transportation.
Culver City is connected to the rest of LA via the Metro train terminal, which links to the city bus system that stops minutes away. Schedules are on line and easy to follow.
Park free on Globe Ave. or on Culver Blvd. For Friday morning street cleaning, park on Culver or on the next block.
LAX is 15 minutes away and taxis, Uber or shuttles easily available.
Other Things to Note
Downtown Culver City is an LA Foodie hotspot, and there are enough local ethnic restaurants to keep you satisfied for weeks. Downtown has live theaters, a movie complex and Sony Studios. There is shopping nearby at two major malls.
Note that Culver City banned plastic bags in January, 2014, so bring your own, borrow mine or pay 10 cents per bag.
I use the local YMCA, just a 5-minute walk away, for yoga, workouts and zumba. It's free for the first three or so visits.
Rent bikes nearby and pedal to the beach or to Sony Studios, where you can be in the audience for Jeopardy or other shows (get tickets online).
I run my BnB alone, and my check in time is at 4:00 p.m. You are welcome to drop off your bags, pick up your key and get an orientation on operating the light switches, which are your towels in the bathroom and how the key works. After that, you're free to leave and come back on your own schedule.
Cats are welcome, but sorry, no dogs. Please bring a carrier, food station and cat pan.
California is suffering a disastrous 5-year drought. Citizens are under mandatory water restrictions, so please limit showers to 5 minutes. If you need two a day, please make each three minutes. We use water sparingly in dishwashing as well. Thank you for your help!
We share the kitchen. I make coffee for everyone in the morning. If you let me know you wish breakfast, I leave out whole wheat bread for toasting and cereals for eating with seasonal berries from 8 to 9 . If you prefer, walk to our local coffee spot Tanners, just a block away with hot bagels, coffee and sidewalk seating. You have your own cabinet with cutlery and dishes. If you need space in the refrigerator, let me know. Everyone cleans up after themselves.
We love our beautiful, shady ficus trees, but they shed berries and leaves like raindrops. Shoes are not worn inside to protect the carpet. Thank you for cooperating.
The living room sofa is a double bed, or use the queen size, double thick airbed (guests love it :-) for a small fee.
I love to explore the exciting City of Angels from my home in Culver City. So far, I've flash mobbed, hang glided, standup paddleboard yogaed, tide pooled, slept overnight with the lions at the Safari Park and joined a ukulele band. If I can't advise you on where to go or what to do or how to get there, my son and daughter-in-law have lived here since 1999 and likely can.
I'm a freelance photojournalist and a dual citizen of Canada and the US. I moved to LA from Banff in December, 2012, to help the kids when they were fostering the son they adopted in 2015.
I am constantly grateful for the opportunity to share my guests' stories of exploring LA when they want, or give them peace. I practice mindfulness. My 2016 mantra is peace, which I really appreciate in the hectic spring and summer seasons.
K2 and Punkin (Punk) are my greeter kitties. They are friendly, if you wish.