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
This is such a cool hidden gem! Just as the pictures show with so many fun treasures to find tucked away in the yurt! Every inch has a little touch of love! Incredibly clean and comfortable bed! Neighborhood was a little noisy at night but seemed relatively safe. We had a great time!
Absolutely loved staying in the yurt! It was super cozy, clean, and comfortable. I especially loved playing the organ and eating fresh figs from the tree right outside the front door. Carrick was great about responding to any questions I had, and checkin/checkout was super easy. Would definitely stay there again.
Carrick is a great host; very welcoming. Yurt is cool, comfortable and clean. Bathroom is also clean and rustic. Urban environment which is busy and close to some really great spots; whatever you need.
The yurt was amazing! Even though it is nestled in the middle of LA, being there made me feel like I was in the middle of the forest. It was a beautiful space to roam around and hang out. The outside shower was the best on a hot day. Even though we didn't meet Carrick until the very end he was super nice and greeted us like we knew one another for a long time. He also made himself available for anything that we needed. Thanks for having such a safe space to go to and relax, we loved it!
Carrick was so welcoming and a genuinely nice guy. The yurt was even cozier than it looked in the pictures, and even in LA summer, was very cool at night. This place was perfect for my Great Pyrenees mix, who definitely appreciated playing in the yard after a long car ride. The neighborhood was pretty bustling, but it still felt like a safe, relaxing place to rest. Highly recommended!
We loved the yurt!! Such a unique place to stay I would definitely recommend it if you're looking for something a little different. Carrick has added lots of little touches to make it very cosy and homely and has also provided a little info book with great local tips. It was awesome showering outdoors under the huge shower head looking up through the tree leaves.
If you haven't been to this area before I would recommend doing your research as it is at least 20-30 mins from the typical "hot spots" depending on traffic but we had a hire car so it was perfect for us! I'm sure Carrick would be able to provide any info you need and answer any questions if you're considering staying here :)
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.