Nestled just a 10 minute walk from the beach in the trendy Ocean Park neighborhood of Santa Monica, this cottage is the perfect house for a Westside stay. Completely remodeled in 2010, the cottage makes for a comfortable home away from home.
Unlike the beach bungalow front house - one of the original beach houses of this area that maintains much of the original building's charm and character - the back house was completely remodeled by us in 2011. And until our family recently outgrew the cottage (and it's too far away from Erin's school in Huntington Beach), it was a comfortable place for our family to live and prosper. It's now the perfect getaway for the business traveler or leisure vacationer ... or anyone in between.
We're located 15 minutes (by car) from LAX, and 7 blocks from the beach, or 10 minutes (by foot). We're a mile away from the Santa Monica pier and just across the street from a large supermarket. Whole Foods is just up the street for you foodies.
The lushly landscaped side yard leads up to a pergola patio area where lunches and dinners are free and easy. Santa Monica is the land of outdoor living, and this shaded area is a comfortable free air living room.
Inside, the cottage has new hard wood floors through out, with the exception of the marble in the bathroom. We've cathedral led the ceiling of the main room, and that has given the cottage an open and airy feeling.
The house is equipped with Hi Speed Verizon FiOS to keep you connected to the world.
The kitchen is fully equipped as any kitchen would be, with a serious gas stove, full-size late-model Samsung refrigerator, an energy efficient Bosch dishwashers, and a two compartment porcelain sink. We've prepared many a meal here, and any cook won't find themselves lacking.
The living room boasts a 50" Samsung LED Television and in-wall surround sound. I'm a film person, so I designed the room to watch movies in the way I like. I'm pretty sure you'll find the experience pleasing with the full complement of cable channels, including HBO.
The master bedroom has a comfortable queen bed and large hanging closet. It's a great place for a good night's sleep.
The second bedroom has a double bed and more closet space. It's a perfect place for another couple or to stow the kids.
The aforementioned marbled bathroom has a tub for bathing, along with the usual amenities.
The cottage comes with a cherished parking spot out back, and the property is fully gated off front the surrounding neighborhood - not that one needs to be, as the area's quite safe.
There's a washer and dryer in the laundry hutch just outside the house, so you'll never need to worry about clean clothes.
Erin and I stay rather removed from our guests other than to say "Hi!" We used to live in this house, but have since moved to Long Beach, a short trek down the pike. We're close enough to handle any situation, of course, and we're just a phone call away.
We only book this house through AirBnB, so if it's available to book here, it is. No need to re-confirm with us.
We have a combination lock on the gate (you'll get details after you book) that'll allow you to arrive whenever you need to.
We hope you'll find the cottage as comfortable and cozy as we have for the past few years. We'd welcome you to our cozy cottage.
Check in is 4 pm; Check out is 11am. We're flexible on the check-in times, when we can be. Let us know if you're arriving at a strange time, and we'll try and accommodate.
If you've taken the keys from the lockbox to get into the house, please return the lockbox keys to the lockbox immediately after you've entered the house; you'll find other keys inside.
Please be mindful of the house - please treat it with the love we've given it.
No smoking in the house, please.
The beach cottage was exactly as described - very lovely and cosy. The check in was so simple and we felt right at home.
Our stay was great and I would thoroughly recommend Christos place.
My family and I loved this vacation cottage! It was absolutely perfect for us. We could easily walk to the beach for relaxing afternoons and the grocery store was literally across the street. We had a great time discovering unique shops and eateries on Main Street.
The house itself was the perfect size and we enjoyed the patio every day! I noticed Christo had toys and a pack-n-play ready for anyone who had little ones. That in itself is very thoughtful!
Great spot with an awesome location. Back yard was awesome, we grilled out there. Short cab ride down to the water and attractions, could even walk if you're feeling adventurous.
Christo was a great host and the beach cottage was exactly as advertised! We felt like we were close to everything and the cottage had everything we needed. The first night we got back to the cottage late and were pleasantly surprised with walkway lighting and lovely string lighting over the patio awaiting us. We would definitely stay here again!
We were very happy with our stay at Christo's beach cottage! It was very cozy and the location was great :)
The check in was very easy and we enjoyed our stay here, we would definetely stay here again sometime!
Christo's place was as described and we are really glad we chose it. The outdoor space was delightful and we really enjoyed being able to sit outside having breakfast. There was plenty of inside space too and the beds were really comfortable. Despite Christo's detailed instructions we did struggle a little bit to find the house as it is tucked away in an alley. We found it difficult to leave this place and the warm Santa Monica sun!
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We're a happy little family - Erin, Hudson, and me. We used to live in the bungalow, then the cottage, but don't anymore. Erin's a middle school teacher, I'm a documentary filmmaker, and ... Hudson's a kid.