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" Pioneer Plasma 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 my office is nearby.
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.
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!
Location was great. House was exactly as described. The porch and garden area are awesome! The alley was a little scary, but all was fine.
Christo was very responsive and helpful. Home is nice and cozy. We enjoyed our stay very much. The living room is small but the outdoor patio was wonderful. It is about 10 blocks from the beach but we are walkers so it was fine. Took us 30 minutes to walk to the pier. We had some problems with the TV but Christo came out to fix a bad cable. Overall I would come back to the cozy cottage - Christo was a great host!
I had a great stay at Christo's with two other guests. The home was described exactly as is and was a great place to stay. Highly recommended
The beach cottage was clean and bright, convenient to both Santa Monica and Venice Beach (with a parking spot!). The USB stereo hook-up was great for playing music from our iPhones, and the beds were very comfortable. Overall great value for a cozy place to stay in a great location.
This is our first trip with Airbnb and it was a major success due to Christo's place in Santa Monica. Our stay was 7 days (not long enough).
The house was nice and close to the beach just as Christo described. We were 7 blocks to the beach & we easily walked down to Main street for breakfast and coffee and then a nice warm/sunny walk to either Venice or Santa Monica beaches. Who knew this house is perfectly located between the 2 famous beaches, less than a 15 minute walk on the beach path and we could be at either beach. Perfect!
The house was very charming, have everything we wanted, private enclosed courtyard, private parking space, washer/dryer, full kitchen etc, too much to list.
Can't ask for a more centrally located house in L.A. by the beach. I think we'll be back for a longer stay next time.
Thank you Christo!
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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.