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.
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 heavy partiers to stay as its part of our home.
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.
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.
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!
Venice Beach is a delightful corner of L.A. and so is the place that Barbara offers! Very pleasent and uncomplicated. A lot of helpful information were provided before and during the stay! Thanks a lot!
This is a really nice little apartment, very near the beach. We stayed for a few days and had a great time. We would definitely come back.
Barbara is an AMAZING host! We truly got the Venice experience staying at her cozy suite. The unit was just as described and the bed is THE most comfortable bed we've experienced, like sleeping on a marshmallow. Highly recommend staying here. Location is great as it is at the quieter end of the beach yet still near everything you could need. (restaurants / groceries). It was also quite quiet and private.
Barbara was a perfect hostess, full of local knowledge and ready to share information. The apartment was exactly as described, within walking distance of the beach, several restaurants, shops and more. We had a great stay and would recommend this place to anyone looking to visit LA.
Barbara was a great host!. Everything was just as described. Perfectt
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.
Great, local bar with great burgers and pool tables. Just around the corner.Washington Blvd Venice CA 90292-5123
Just around the corner!Washington Boulevard CA 90292
Remarkably well-stocked with wines in all price ranges and things that travelers might forget.Washington Boulevard CA 90292
Great coffee, coffee drinks, smoothies, freshly made sandwiches atmosphere. Local, casual hang out.Washington Boulevard Marina del Rey CA 90292-5124
Good fish curry! Romantic booths.West Washington Boulevard CA 90292
A well-stocked, friendly small market with most everything you need. Supplement fruits and vegetables at farmers market or Windward Farms.Washington Boulevard Marina del Rey CA 90292-5152
No rides, no restaurants; just a fishing pier, with fisherman, walkers and people enjoying the sunset.Venice Fishing Pier Marina Del Rey CA 90292
Traditional, old style Japanese restaurant. Good sushi, funny sushi chefs and friendly staff.Washington Boulevard CA 90292
Lovely walking paths next to unique houses. A nice way to walk between Venice and Washington Boulevards.Los Angeles CA
Very protected beach in the Marina with no waves or boats, in easy walking distance from the Venice Pier. Great for children or those not interested in vigorous water.Marina Del Rey CA 90292
Friday mornings, 7 - 11 AM. Coffee cart, fruit, vegetable and flower vendors. Congenial atmosphere and a very nice walk from our place through the canals.Venice CA 90291
US Post Office within walking distance.Grand Boulevard Venice CA 90291
Really good food, albeit small bites. Wood fired oven and crispy pizzas too. Good bar with craft beers. Patio seating with heat lamps.Windward Avenue CA 90291-4102
The best boutique shopping about anywhere. Intelligentsia Coffee Shop, Gjelina Restaurant, Scotch and Soda Clothing and Mystic Journey Bookstore, to name a few local businesses.Abbot Kinney Blvd Los Angeles CA 90291
Fantastic bookstore with a dedicated staff. Local atmosphere, a good inventory including some travel guides (local and beyond), a cat like all good bookstores. They will order any title for you.Ocean Front Walk Venice CA 90291-3605
Great food. Get there early or be prepared to put your name in and walk around for a bit.Rose Avenue Los Angeles CA 90291
The mother of all Whole Foods. Biking distance.Venice CA 90291
Several of my guests have signed up for lessons here and all have had a good time.Barnard Way Santa Monica CA 90405
Laundromat on Main Street, SM. Biking distance. Free WiFi and shopping/restaurants right outside the door.Main Street Santa Monica CA 90405
Amusement Park on the pier, an Oceanarium underneath it, free concerts in the summer. Easy bike ride from Venice.Santa Monica Pier Santa Monica CA 90401