About this listing
One room guest apartment with kitchen, 6 doors from the beach, one block from the Venice fishing pier. The apartment is small but very efficient, usually quiet & comfortable for two. There is a new 14" microfoam mattress getting rave reviews!
Bed on a bright day (duvet covers vary). Bed is now a 14 inch microfoam mattress. To the rear & right: table, chairs, closet, wall heater and TV.
Free-standing (detached) 1 room guest apartment with kitchen & small private gated yard just 6 doors from the beach & Venice fishing pier. The apartment is small (220 sq ft inside, 100 sq ft outside) but very efficient, usually quiet & comfortable for two (there is one bed). Please note the size; the images & floor-plan show it exactly, which is small by American standards. Shops, neighborhood grocery stores, local farmer's markets, restaurants & Venice's historic canals are all in easy walking distance. Venice has different 'zones' from 'crazy noisy' near Windward Ave. to 'fairly mellow' near the fishing pier. The apartment is in the fairly mellow zone, but just 1/2 block from Ocean Front Walk which, in summer, is door to door entertainment (you can look up Venice Beach Oceanfront on the great_public_spaces website). The rest of the year OFW makes for a great long walk with a parallel bike path. Bike rentals are nearby.
THIS IS NOT A PARTY PLACE, nor is it a roomy place to gather with friends. It is part of our home, where our friends and family stay. Please respect that.
The hallmark of my hosting style is the offer of privacy. I am easy to reach and available if you need anything but, as travelers, my husband & I value privacy so that is what I try to provide.
We keep the apartment open to rent & for home exchanges when we travel, as well as visits from family & friends. It is efficiently outfitted with everything we could think of from our experiences as travelers and home-exchangers. As guests have inquired or requested, we have added amenities.
The kitchen includes a European sized fridge (10 cubic ft) with freezer,an oven w/a 4 burner cooktop, an electric kettle, toaster, coffee bean grinder, single-cup drip cones, a french press, a microwave as well as all kinds of cookware & utensils.
We provide a blow dryer, an iron & ironing board. We have various travel books & magazines listing local activities inside the apartment.
There are fresh sheets, extra pillows, wash cloths, bath & hand towels, as well as beach towels, large and small boogie boards (1 ea.), a beach umbrella & beach chairs.
The flat screen TV is very small but includes a DVR (for recording) and a subscription to HBO (as well as On Demand services).
Pets pass through the property, but the apartment has always been pet-free.
No smoking inside or in the courtyard. It's too close to our home. No pets or animals allowed; even service animals.
This is not the place for partiers to stay as it is part of our home. Please respect that.
Please note that there is NO parking space with the apartment. Street parking only. You can always find parking, but how nearby is variable depending on the time of year and day of the week. Venice is THE public beach for one of the largest cities in the world, so on beautiful weekends and summer beach days parking nearby can be challenging. Buses run frequently on nearby Pacific Avenue and Washington Blvd. to various locations in Los Angeles.
Please send a profile, request or questions through the "Contact Me" link before actually booking. I'll respond quickly and, if you've decided, click the "Book It" button. Thank you for looking!
We have a patio with table and chairs if guests would like to use it. We access our cars and bikes via the patio, so it is not strictly private nor do I clean it as I do the apartment. There are plenty of hand brooms around to sweep the dust away, which you are welcome to do.
Interaction with Guests
I will interact with you as much or as little as you like. Unless I hear from you, I will leave you alone. Please don't hesitate to let me know of any concern you have, no matter how small.
This is a friendly neighborhood. Our street is one block long. Permanent residents all know and watch out for each other, each others' pets and children. Neighbors can be helpful in a pinch, especially if you tell them you're a friend of Barbara's.
The 33 Metrobus goes from the Venice Traffic Circle to Union Station downtown. It's best to research your own public transport as there are new light rail lines and buses servicing them all the time. All local transport options have websites: LA Metro, Big Blue Bus and Culver City Bus.
Other Things to Note
Please check my online guidebook, which I add to or modify from time to time. I'm really picky about where I would recommend eating but there are plenty local eateries I don't list, with options that may be fine with you.
Please send a note with your request, so we have some idea who you are. The apartment is an extension of our home, but you may have as much privacy as you want. Often, we do not see our guests at all. We are friendly & available, but it's your call.
-No smoking & no pets. Please don't smoke in our courtyard or deposit cigarette butts in the apartment.
-No partying. It's just not our style. Please stay elsewhere if that's your plan.
-Please keep sand outside, as much as possible. Our drains are 100+ years old & there is no way to extract sand from drains.
-Please wash your dishes before you check-out.
-Please don't use white towels to wipe-up dirty stuff. I provide black hand-towels for that. I know it seems like common sense, and yet I have good reason to repeat it here!
-No parking spot comes with the apartment. Parking is not hard to find unless it's summer or a beautiful weekend. If you come to visit Venice, summer +/or beautiful weekends are the best times to stay put & do just that! Otherwise, on-street parking early in the morning & during the day, most of the year, is fairly easy to find. Everyone has always been able to find parking; it's just a matter of how close it is.
There is one queen-size microfoam bed which is the most comfortable bed we've ever owned & is good for a couple. We will give you a change of linens and towels every 5-7 days, or on request, if you are renting while we are in town.
Location, location, location, that is what is important to me in Venice, and Barbara’s place has just that. You can hop on your longboard (walk or bike), and reach the boardwalk in seconds. You also have the opportunity to live the typical Venice Beach life style since you are not in a traditional hotel (very important to me). I would recommend Barbara’s apartment to others looking for an easy Venice beach lifestyle, and an opportunity to feel like you are part of the community. Thank you Barbara and family!
As a first time user of Airbnb this was a great experience! Barbara's place is exactly as described. No problems with check in or check out. Instructions are very clear. There is anything and everything you could need during your stay! The location is perfect. Super close to the beach, buses, restaurants, grocery stores, ATM's etc. Noise around the private studio is very minimal.
The bed was super comfy. Had no trouble sleeping. Quiet and safe area.
Beach chairs / umbrella / cooler are also provided. (this was really appreciated and super convenient!)
Met and spoke with Barbara for a bit. She is very nice and friendly! Also met her cute little dog!
You will definitely enjoy staying here! Highly recommended!
We had a wonderful time. The listing was as described and the hosts were very friendly.
The bed was comfortable and everything we needed was there.
Все было отлично. Апартаменты очень уютные и чистые . Расположение превосходное пляж в 5 шагах.
Barbara's place is awesome and very well stocked! I was pleasantly surprised, and she's thought of everything. You could stay here a month and have everything you need, but I only got to enjoy it for a weekend. Five minutes from the prime spot of the boardwalk and stumbling distance from a couple of bars. Can't beat this listing!
About the Host, Barbara
We are both academics and artists. We live in the small house directly in front of the apartment. I am from DC/MD and attended Georgetown before transferring to UCLA (many years ago!). My husband is from Manhattan Beach and got his MFA from Cornell. He teaches at USC. We both adore California and we travel near and far as often as possible. We use our apartment for friends, family, foreign exchanges & airbnb rentals. We consider the apartment an extension of our home, albeit a very private one, & hope that visitors also feel at home.