About this listing
**THIS SUPERHOST IS ANTI-TRUMP**Everyone is welcome here. I do not support the current President of the United States.
One room guest apartment with kitchen, 6 doors from the beach, one block from the Venice fishing pier. The apartment is small efficient, usually quiet & comfortable for one or two. Queen 14" microfoam mattress.
1 room guest apartment with kitchen & small private outdoor storage 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. My home does not fall under ADA jurisdiction. Apologies for 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.
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.
-The place is small! I am perfectly up front about that, including a drawing of the floor plan that shows the room dimensions. Be aware of what you need to be comfortable. Clearly, a lot guests love the size.
-The shower is compact. It could be very uncomfortable for a larger, in any dimension, person who likes to move around in the shower.
-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 can be hard to find during summer, holidays or a beautiful weekend. If you come to visit Venice during busy periods, it's best to plan to see the local sites. There is regular, frequent public transportation to Santa Monica where you can access the light rail system. Uber, of course, is very popular. 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.
Cancel up to 5 days before your trip and get a full refund. Cancel within 5 days of your trip and the first night is non-refundable, but 50% of the cost for the remaining nights will be refunded.
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.