About this listing
Creative retreat, feels like a tree house with tree top view. Private Carriage House at back of garden property. Neighborhood is multi-cultural, middle-class, cul-de-sac ideally located for getting around LA. Off-street parking.
$129 per night max 2 - $25/night per each additional guest over 2. Min stay 3 nights, $750 per week, $1750 per month: check out 10am check in 3pm but flexible with pre-approval.
QUIET, CREATIVE SPACE, RARE CARRIAGE HOUSE - CLOSE TO EVERYTHING (Seriously -close to just about everything you want to see in Los Angeles!)
Why stay in a hotel or even a room in someone else’s home, when for the same price (or less) you can have complete privacy in an incredible space.
Location: Private and spacious carriage house which is centrally located in the Culver City/mid-Wilshire adjacent area of Los Angeles. 10 minutes from the charm of Larchmont Village and Paramount Studios, 15 minutes from downtown LA and 7 minutes to Beverly Hills or Culver City. Walking distance to Venice Boulevard which is serviced by major bus lines going east and west: bus stops within 1 block both directions. La Cienega for North/South buses.
Description: The carriage house is a large, unique 5 room and open-space style apartment located on the second floor with its own entry and porch overlooking a large flowering garden. When built back in the 1920's it was called a "mother-in-law" unit. It is completely detached from the main house ensuring total privacy and is located down a gated driveway (which is narrow so small cars only) with its own private and secure entry. The porch faces south and is covered in flowering Angel Trumpet and Maple trees.
My guests are ensured of their privacy and comfort. I like my guests to feel at home. I generally have a bowl of fresh fruit or goodies awaiting your arrival. I love hosting people of all ages and from all parts of the globe. I grew up in Yokohama, Japan and come from an Irish-American heritage, and appreciate all cultures.
• Lovely and comfortable Queen sized bed with fresh linens on arrival.
• Vanity room with hanging space, a chest of drawers and ample space for your bags. This room is also large enough to set up the Twin or Full-size AIR BED.
• All original tile bathroom with a shower (no tub), hotel size shampoo, conditioner, soap, body lotion and soft and fluffy towels and an iron (upon request) and ironing board are provided.
• The main area features hardwood floors and 18 foot ceiling, lots of windows so is bright and cheerful with amazing tree-top views. Click back leather-like sofa converts to sleep one (linens in linen closet). Also has desk area.
• The dine-in kitchen has a microwave, full size refrigerator, coffee maker, toaster-oven, hotplate, Cuisinart blender, cooking utensils, pans, plates, glasses, cutlery etc.
• Free broadband wireless.
• Heat, no air conditioning (generally not needed considering proximity to beach & coastal breeze, but I do have a fan for those rare heat waves that we get every now and then).
• Washer & Dryer, coin operated.
• Small car that doesn't block main garage can have off-street parking, otherwise easy street parking on a quiet street in front of the main house. If you are not comfortable backing out of a narrow driveway then plan to street park.
• Steam cleaned between guests to reduce allergens for those who suffer from seasonal allergies.
* I've lived here since 1993 and have found it to be safe. It is an urban, middle-class, family residential neighborhood.
• PLEASE NOTE THE FOLLOWING BEFORE YOU BOOK
I require a $200 refundable damage/security deposit and a one-time $75 cleaning fee (this price is based on a short stay of a week or less, longer stays require more time to get back in order & could increase the fee based on how you leave it) – both handled through Airbnb . If you have an extended stay (30 or more days) please note that you should expect to pay to have the cleaning woman come in to clean bathroom & floors (unless you're up to doing it) otherwise when you leave the cleaning costs would be more than $75 (it's based on time & longer stays are proving longer clean up).
To keep your Airbnb fees down the 14% LA CITY HOTEL TAX on stays of 29 days or less, is payable upon check in. Stays of 30 plus days fall under rental and do not pay the tax.
No smoking inside the carriage house - but you may smoke on the porch outside, or in any of the garden areas: we just ask that you not leave butts on the ground.
I've had 1 guest have an issue with the wireless; could be their skills because none of the rest of us had a problem during the time he had a problem, but wireless is wireless so if you live & die by being connected to the internet you should look into net zero or one of the personal-go-with-you providers. Mine is a home bandwith not commercial.
No pets please - I do my best to provide an allergy free unit.
I require photos and profiles from all guests - I will not process a booking without this.
You will have access to the garden, main patio and the BBQ Grill. Feel free to eat at the table on the patio or read a book on the glider by the pond (currently drained while LA suffers drought).
You have access to the laundry room with coin operated washer & dryer.
Interaction with Guests
Because we are in separate houses on the same grounds I have some guests that once they check in I hardly see them, others who spend time on the patio we see a bit more of each other. Some guests I see a great deal of & we do things together; anything I'm going to that I think might interest a guest I let them know if they would like to join me they are welcome to. Some guests are here to finish a writing a script or to shoot a movie and need privacy and they get it. I'm easy going, and I treat people as I like to be treated.
This neighborhood is quite safe for being urban & the cul-de-sac is an unexpected touch of suburbia. It's a quiet street, multi-cultural, and easy to connect to the various neighborhoods of LA.
Bus stops are within walking distance. The LA Metro has a station about 10 blocks away. Uber and Lyft are plentiful or taxi if you want to pay more.
HOUSE GUEST BOOK IN UNIT
Be respectful of the property.
Clean up after yourself - washing dishes is not part of the cleaning fee. Any stay beyond 14 days will require additional cleaning fee & I will set up cleaning with my cleaning lady otherwise look at a move out cleaning fee of $200 depending on condition.
No smoking inside the house.
To keep your Airbnb fees down the 14% LA CITY HOTEL TAX on stays 29 days or less must be paid in cash upon arrival. Stays of 30 or more days are considered a rental by the city so are not subject to the tax.
This is either your vacation or you're here for work/school and I want you to have the best experience and environment to meet your needs.
I have a house manual in the unit to answer any questions you may have & give you as much information as I have to help you enjoy the area.
Judalon was an amazing host! The listing was very clean and tidy for us when we arrived and Judalon was very accommodating! There were snacks available to us as well as many toiletries! Which was perfect because I always forget something. She answered calls and texts right away and even left us 2 cards! She is incredibly sweet! She was very busy keeping up with some kittens she was fostering, so there were a ton of cats around the property (my boyfriend counted 15 during feeding time), but we love cats and they were never in the way or trying to sneak inside. Judalon's personal pet cat is so sweet and adorable, he loved the attention I gave so if you love cats as well that's just a random bonus :) But if you are allergic the home didn't have any cat hair or anything, but there were definitely cats roaming the property!
Jordan, thank you for being so observant and appreciating the little touches. I'm sad to inform you that 2 of the kittens didn't make it, and the other two are now with a foster parent that has more experience. I don't know if I mentioned it to you, but I'm allergic to animals, both dogs and cats, so it is odd that I should become involved in their rescue and welfare when I bought this house. With all my neighbors being dog owners my animal-free yard was a refuge and the upside for me was they got rid of all the mice, raccoons, and opossums! When they ran out of natural catches for food I felt obligated to feed them, but as I have begun this trap-fix-release project I notice the male cats are leaving. The experts say I will end up with a significantly reduced "Lions Club" and I wonder if Suki will miss them or not as he seems not to interact with them.
Anyway, it was a delight having you and Andrew here and you are welcome back any time. I also appreciate how clean you were -- the cleaning person complained that the previous guest hadn't bothered to wipe up a single spill, or crumb or jelly smear and she walked into a mess of ants. And the crazy thing is they listed a complaint against me for bugs they caused. So, Gladys was appreciative that you didn't leave food waste all over the kitchen. Thanks!
Judalon herself was very nice and welcoming. Unfortunately, the Carriage house did not do it for us. It's a great, old and charming house, however, the bed was not good. It was squeaking and it was uncomfortable. We also had loads of flies (and a cocroach) sharing the place with us... There are many stray cats in the yard and the first night we had problems sleeping because one of them meowed all night long.
Louise, I'm so sorry the bed was not comfortable for you. This is the first time anyone has said it wasn't comfortable, and it's only a 3-year-old mattress and one of the main brands with pillow top. I guess beds are not a one-fits-all. What I am more upset about is the flies and wish you'd have told me during your stay, so I could have fixed it with the bug guy coming to spray. This unusual heat we are having along with the drought has brought on a season of bugs we've never seen, or not seen in any quantity until this summer. I also have all new screens being made as a previous guest damaged them all -- don't even ask, I never got an explanation! The feral cats in the neighborhood I am doing something about; I've started trapping and getting them fixed. I do provide ear-plugs in the sundries basket because having been a professional traveler I know that every new environment is a potential sleep challenge and since I can't control dogs barking, cats meowing, car horns or any other sounds of life in a city providing sleep masks and ear plugs is my only answer to those issues. Most of the time it is quiet, and I am so sad that we must have been having a full moon or something during your visit because this is absolutely the worst review I've had, and even worse than the impression it gives future guests is the fact that you didn't have a wonderful stay and that really upsets me. I do hope all your future stays are ideal, you're a lovely couple. All the best to you.
We stayed at Judalon's Carriage House for two weeks, and it was a very pleasant experience. Judalon makes every effort to make her guests feel at home, and get the "5-star experience". The place is very clean and quiet, and very well kept. Judalon is super nice and friendly, but never bothers her guests, and respects their privacy.
What a wonderful experience. The carriage house was everything we expected and more. Very central location for me and my family to hit all of the tourist attractions in LA and Santa Monica. The home was inviting and clean and ready for our arrival. The host had plenty of snacks and goodies which were so welcome after a long drive. And the home was at the end of a long drive and surrounded by trees and a flower garden.. which made it quiet and very nice to sleep with the windows open all night! A great stay. Thank you Judalon!
Very accommodating host. She goes out of her way to make you feel welcome and answer questions. The place is perfect for someone visiting LA for short term work stints, with a little writing alcove that I loved. Only downside -- if you're a light sleeper, the neighborhood dogs and cats can sometimes be a bit noisy at night, but Id say this place is definitely worth it for the price.
Thanks so much, Joey. We have always gotten the feedback that this was a space that encouraged creativity. Yes, I think the spring weather had the neighborhood dogs and cats staying out a bit later than usual, thankfully it's not all the time. Again, welcome to LA and I'm glad you and your wife were able to find your new home so quickly. My best to you.
The place is perfect and Judalon is the perfect host, she thinks about every small detail so you feel like home.
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About the Host, Judalon
I'm a writer and like most creative people I do many things. My passion for travel lead me to become a travel host for a travel club. I'm a nationally certified EMT for movies and TV, and if that isn't enough I'm also a professional supervised child visitation monitor.
I grew up in Yokohama, Japan where I was a model/actress. I was under contract to Buena Vista (Disney) and when the movie Snow White came to Japan I became Princess Snow White for 2 years traveling all over Japan for the film. It was my favorite job because I went to children's hospitals and orphanages with truck loads of gifts. It taught me that giving is joyful and fulfilling. I once was fluent, but too many years of no one to speak with it's now a lot of work for me to put a sentence together.
I love travel, photography which is a hobby, and I've had the good fortune to have my photographs published in 3 books. Love treasure hunting, cooking, reading, movies, exploring other cultures and am open to new experiences and adventures. I love tropical destinations, but must say Alaska's Inside Passage and the Grand Canyon are two places no one should live without seeing. I have many favorite books and must confess I'm a Harry Potter fan! Movies...Yep, love the romantic comedies! As far as the 5 things I can't live without: love, compassion, honesty, family and good health.
I'd say that I am basically a shy, private person and while I love people I don't drink or smoke so wouldn't say I'm a party-girl. As a host I'm pretty easy going. My spaces are all separate houses on one property so everyone has a lot of privacy and often we don't see each other unless one initiates a face-to-face meet. I'm the sort of person that if I have a party I certainly would invite my guests. I try to accommodate others; I had a guest who left this tux for me to return... he didn't even give me a review and I went out of my way quite a bit. I suppose that would be my pet peeve; people who are not appreciative when others extend themselves. Fortunately, most people are gems and a delight.