About This Listing
When a friend is thinking of moving to Los Angeles, people make sure to bring them to my house. The yurt is the most compelling part of the conversion experience. Nestled among 30 fruit trees on a half-acre lot, it's classic bohemian California.
Staying in the yurt is definitely "glamping" (a more luxurious version of camping). If you usually like to stay at the Marriott, this rustic spot may not be right for you. Once inside, you wouldn't guess that you're only a few miles from Hollywood and Downtown Los Angeles. A yurt is the Mongolian version of a teepee, invented by nomads in the steppes of Central Asia. Unlike the traditional version, this yurt sits on a raised platform with hardwood floors, windows, and modern amenities. The circular room is 16 feet in diameter, and the conical roof has a skylight directly over the bed. The setting is a rural oasis in the middle of the city: the yurt sits on a half-acre lot which it shares with a 1920's farm house (where I live), a little red barn (where my friend Morgan lives), and a little mobile chicken coop (where our three chickens live). Sitting by the antique wood-burning stove, you can occasionally hear a train go by. There are several hammocks hung around the yard and a firepit that's great for campfire sing-alongs. Just outside the yurt are some mature fig trees, a lemon tree, an avocado tree, and an orange tree (to name a few). Ten steps across the yard is the outdoor bathroom with a toilet, sink and outdoor shower. You stand on rocks from the LA river beneath a giant "raincan" shower head that is big enough for two. Above you are tree branches and the sky. The tankless water heater allows infinitely long hot showers.
PHOTOGRAPHERS: I love having photoshoots in the yurt, but it will be a separate fee. Just ask!
--Internet (Wifi and hard-wired)
--Electric Tea Kettle, French Press, Toaster Oven, Tea and Coffee
--Fruit from the fruit trees (seasonal)
--Swamp Cooler (eco AC)
--Outdoor table, chairs and chaise longue
Interaction with Guests
My interaction with guests will be minimal. Although I may bump into you occasionally, we'll give you as much privacy as we can. Since I live in another house on the property, I'm always around if you need anything.
Glassell Park is a sleepy gem of a neighborhood about three miles from Silver Lake and Echo Park, four miles from downtown, and four miles from Hollywood. It's part of a vast, hilly, residential area that includes Eagle Rock, Mount Washington, Highland Park, and South Pasadena. If you head northeast, you can wander for hours through the narrow winding streets without hitting a freeway. It's in the process of gentrification, but is still extremely diverse, with lots of authentic Mexican and Salvadoran food. There are some awesome bars (Verdugo Bar and Los Candiles), and one of the best brunch places in L.A. (Lemon Poppy Kitchen). There are several great parks. Elyria Canyon has some short, beautiful hikes. Rio Los Angeles and Glassell Park Recreation center have tennis and basketball courts, an outdoor pool (open year-round), soccer, baseball fields. One of the most beautiful spots in the neighborhood is the L.A. river, which in the section closest to us is still wild. It has truly great bird-watching, a ten mile bike path, and just this year opened for kayaking! Griffith Park and Elysian park are also just across the river. If you aren't familiar with L.A., the East Side (where we are) has really been blossoming lately, with downtown, Silverlake, Echo Park and Highland Park dominating on the nightlife and foodie fronts.
My house is a couple blocks from buses that go all over the city, and just two miles from the Lincloln/Cypress Gold Line Subway stop. It's close to the 2, 5, and 110 freeways.
Other Things to Note
Note: I recommend you bring flip flops and a bathrobe for the walk to the outdoor shower.
--No smoking inside the yurt.
--Try to keep noise to a minimum
--Don't hesitate to text me if you have a problem/concern/question
--If you want to have more than a couple friends over, just ask
--If you want to use the fire-pit, please let me know so I can set it up
Excellent! We stayed her with our 3 yr old. He's still asking for the hammock!. Many thanks!
Carrick was laid back and really kind. He was quick to make us feel at home in his lovely place. We really loved the yurt and would stay again any time we needed a place in LA.
Carrick lives on the property within shouting distance of the yurt, and he was home when we arrived. The welcome and the intro to the yurt was brief and simple as he allowed us to settle in for ourselves, let us know he was available if needed . The yurt itself is just as described on the website and photos are accurate. The "glamping"description is apt ,The yurt is very well done, the bed quite cozy, the outdoor shower fun, fan for warm weather, coffee etc were all nice amenities. The yard really does offer a "natural "space feel with fruit trees and a relaxed , outdoor vibe. We followed the suggestions for dining found in the guest book and had two really great inexpensive meals at restaurant/ cafes within a ten minute drive of the property. The middle eastern food at Dune was excellent. Really enjoyed the stay at the yurt and found Carrick to be a friendly, available, welcoming, easygoing host. We would highly recommend the Yurt as a nice "alternative" rental option while in this part of LA.
The yurt was cozy, charming and everything we were looking for. It's in a great location close distance to lots of things to do and easy street parking. Only got to meet Carrick once but he was super friendly and helpful and gave great suggestions on the area. The yurt itself has almost everything you'd get in a normal hotel/apartment stay and the bathroom felt like an indoor one. Definitely recommend for anyone looking to try something new on vacation.
Beautiful and unique listing with the most comfortable bed ever! Very easy check-in. Thanks so much for being a great host, Carrick!
The yurt was so, so cool. I don't really know what else to say about it except that I want to live here! Despite the fact that you're semi-roughing it, it was extremely cozy - great bed, quiet, peaceful. Loved the decor. The outdoor shower was fun, and the I don't think I've ever felt more relaxed than I was lying in the hammock under the lemon tree. Really special spot and I would recommend it to anyone.
The neighborhood is pretty laid-back, but you're a quick car ride away from some more happening areas if that's what you want. I did get to meet Carrick before I left and he was super friendly, giving me suggestions on things to do on my last day, and he didn't even get mad when I broke the carafe for his french press :) All in all, the best airbnb experience ever. I'd stay again in a heartbeat. Thank you Carrick!
About the Host, Carrick
Songwriter/artist/producer based in LA. I'm from a big, outdoorsy, East-Coast family. I studied visual art and filmmaking at Harvard University. When I'm not working on music, I like hiking, camping, biking, tennis, skiing, gardening.
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