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 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.
The place was really nice and had everything we needed. Great location a block from the beach. Sometimes parking was a 5 to 10min walk from the flat but the recommended street seemed nice and we felt the car was safe there.
Barbara was an excellent host. She was in regular contact to make sure we found the place and had everything that we needed. The studio is great and well equipped. Barbara has clearly thought about everything that a guest may need. It is located perfectly, just second from Venice Beach as well as shops and restaurants within a few minutes walk. We had a fantastic stay and would highly recommend staying here. Thank you Barbara.
My husband and I had a great weekend here. The location is very convenient to the beach and restaurants. The studio is small, but the space is maximized. It had everything we needed...comfy bed, tv, bathroom. We didn't cook but the kitchen is stocked. Barbara left lots of information for us to cover any needs during our stay. Would definitely rent this place again!
This location is perfect for people who want easy beach access. There are great coffee shops, restaurants and obviously the iconic Venice canals all within a couple blocks. Barbara is a great host that provided so many creature comforts within the apt that it felt like we were at our own home. If we get a chance to go back to Venice, we will definitely be staying here again.
Barbara's studio was awesome and felt bigger than advertised. It was warm and cozy and the use of space was great. The studio was very private in a central location. The studio was easy to access and has its own entry point. Literally less than a block to the beach and minutes from the Venice Boardwalk. Barbara provided beach chairs and towels which we used to enjoy our time at the beach. Parking was easy to find. Barbara was very helpful and responsive to any questions we had and recommended great places to eat. Also, directions and instructions were easy and clear. Barbara kept our privacy and was helpful when we needed her. Overall a great experience and would stay here again.
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.