About this listing
Very private whole apt. for leisure/work: Short walk from the Grove (shopping), CBS-TV City (HBO shows), Farmer's Market (biz hangout), mid-Wilshire (museums). Short drive from studios like Paramount, Fox, Universal; downtown; Beverly Hills borders.
Bedroom features wall sconces with dimmer, glass block skylight, custom recessed bookshelf, wicker nighttables, west-facing window.
Quiet, private, furnished, first-floor, mid-'20s, flapper-era, Spanish-style bedroom villa--with own front door and unique address. Features renovated kitchen and bathroom. Equidistant from Wilshire's Miracle Mile, Beverly Blvd., Melrose Ave., Fairfax Ave. districts; walkable to landmarks like the Grove, Farmer's Market, CBS-TV City, Pan Pacific Park, even Cedars-Sinai Medical Center (please search those terms to learn more about the immediate area, which is on Hollywood's southwest border, and is also known as Mid-City West).
Apartment has its own, exclusive front door, street address and mailbox and you receive a permit for City of L.A. street parking, which is available directly in front of house.
Off the living room, there is a large, front-facing, fully private, tree-hedged, paver-stone patio (good for open-air dining). Apartment is updated with new paint, hardwood floors; fully-equipped, sunny, eat-in kitchen; a laundry-room with full-size washer-dryer separates; again, the new patio, with 9-foot umbrella (and again, it's great for al fresco dining, entertaining); a walk-in closet; an Italian queen-sized bed with French linens; a new 42" LCD TV with DirectTV (cable includes movie channels); a custom cream-colored wicker rocker; a blonde-wood rocker with white-cotton cushion; a long desk, desk chair, generous shelving, and a robust and reliable WiFi system.
Five- to 15-min. trip to famous sites such as Universal Studios Hollywood, Hollywood Walk of Fame, Grauman's Chinese Theater, Hollywood Bl. & Vine St. Also a short walk to funky and/or elegant shops/eateries on Melrose Ave., Beverly and La Brea Blvds.
Your short five-minute walk to the Grove or Farmer's Market will be highly rewarding (adjacent to the Grove, Farmer's Market is a casual showbiz meeting place with produce stands and ethnic food stalls). It's a short walk, too, to other high-end cafes/shops, offering kosher and ethnic cuisine. Or for foods to prepare or ready-to-eat meals to take away, walk to close-by Whole Foods, Trader Joe's, Erewhon, and Ralph's foodstores.
Take two-block walk to Pan Pacific Park with its hiking trails, Holocaust museum, free fitness center and adult pool. Need health care or emergency help? It's only a five-minute, two-mile car trip to Cedars-Sinai Hospital & Medical Center.
A car is not essential due both to the central location and public transit nearby at Gardner/Beverly (connects notably to Metro subway station at Vermont/Beverly). But if a car is still desired, nearest Hertz Rent-a-Car office is a 12 min. walk away (.6 mi); nearest Enterprise Rent-a-Car office is a 13 min. walk away (.7 mi). Zip car station is also nearby.
Hang your hat at our welcoming house to avoid those busy, difficult hotels-motels during your extended L.A. stay-- whether you're here as a working professional or your own "Travelartist Diva," seeking to savor L.A.'s eternal summer.
Parking? Yes, there's on-street permit-parking directly in front of the villa, viewable from indoors, day and night. At night, the street is illuminated by several high-intensity LCD street lamps. Host provides permit, returnable w/key at end of stay.
Public transit? Yes. Metro bus stops on Beverly Blvd. only two blocks away, a 2-min walk. Metro bus stops on W. Third St., about four blocks away, a 7-min walk. These give access to Metro bus lines going east to downtown and west to Beverly Hills, Westwood, West LA and Santa Monica, etc. Useful Metro bus #14 going east at Gardner/Beverly connects quickly to Metrorail station at Vermont/Beverly. From there, visits to the various areas, whether Hollywood, Downtown, or even Exposition Park (the California Science Center--via #754 bus) possible and take about 25-40 min. Taking the bus the other way, west, first, gets you to a number of north-south buses (207/217) at Beverly/Fairfax, and onward in about 40 min to places like Getty Center in West LA/Brentwood. Metro "Rapid" buses are express buses also available to the Westside. Please utilize (website hidden) Maps, of course, before using system. Also, plan on visiting a number of places within an area such as Hollywood or Downtown, since it's mostly feasible to visit only one of those areas per day.
Kitchen amenities? Yes, these include basic stoneware, silverware, pots, pans, glassware, containers, appliances, etc.
House stays cool? This part of L.A. sufficiently inland and elevated that the installed ceiling fan & A/C unit are rarely needed. Villa stays cool on the hottest days--five windows open to and admit the daily, southwesterly, offshore breeze. Coastal L.A.'s climate is very cool and dry, with low humidity, few bugs. Patio's French door, tall side windows openable.
Is the area safe? Yes, residents freely use the sidewalks and streets at night, but not noisily, to reach their cars and attend parties and get-togethers, which are common. Front patio and street parking in front of house bathed in beams of light from bright LCD streetlights steps away. House has own exterior lights, barred windows, and deadbolt locks.
On-site agent-manager? Yes. Professional agent-manager lives in a sister house a few doors down the block. The agent is available 24/7 by phone/email or live to assist with maintenance, cleaning security, emergencies and guests' other needs.
Is area "hip"? Yes, it's a hip combination of quiet/private, on the one hand, and metropolitan/cosmopolitan, even touristy, on the other.
Food stores nearby? Yes, again, you'll be able to take a short walk to multiple Ralphs, Trader Joe's, Whole Foods, and Erewhon food stores nearby.
Close subway station? Besides Vermont/Beverly, there's Hollywood/Highland, site of Kodak Theater and film industry's annual Academy Awards ceremony.
Earthquake hazard? No. House has withstood all L.A.-area tremors/earthquakes for many decades without damage. Its foundation lately serviced and rebolted to the frame during 2014 and 2015.
Personal, private front door and unique address; off the living room, a fully private outdoor dining patio; off the kitchen, a personal laundry with full-size separate washer and dryer.
Interaction with Guests
Agent-manager on-call a few doors down--24/7, by phone, email or in person--to assist with maintenance, cleaning, security, emergencies, guests' other needs. A manual for the house, including house rules and guide to the neighborhood, is provided upon check-in.
On Hollywood's southwest border, also known as Mid-City West, near Wilshire's Miracle Mile, Beverly Blvd., Melrose Ave., and Fairfax Ave. districts. A short walk to major high-end shopping (Grove), food shopping (Farmer's Market, Whole Foods, Trader Joe's, Erewhon), About two blocks from CBS TV City and Pan Pacific Park (please search those terms to learn more about immediate area).
Both Metro buses and the brand-new citywide Metrorail system available nearby. Metro bus stops on Beverly Blvd. only two blocks away, a 2-min walk. Metro bus stops also on W. Third St., about four blocks away, a 7-min walk. These give access to Metro buses connecting to Metrorail trains--whether going east to downtown or west to Beverly Hills, Westwood, Culver City, West LA and Santa Monica. For example, very useful Metro bus #14, going east at Gardner/Beverly, connects quickly to Metrorail station at Vermont/Beverly. From there, visits to the various areas, whether Hollywood, Downtown, or even Exposition Park (the California Science Center, via teh #754 bus) can easily be taken (taking about 25-40 min). Taking the bus west, first, gets you to a number of north-south buses (207/217) at Beverly/Fairfax, and onward in about 40 min to places like Getty Center in West LA/Brentwood. Metro "Rapid" buses are express buses also available to the Westside. Please utilize (website hidden) Maps, of course, before using system. Also, plan on visiting a number of places within an area such as Hollywood or Downtown, since it's mostly feasible to visit only one of those areas per day.
Other Things to Note
Please search Grove, CBS TV City, Pan Pac Park, Farmers Market and Cedars-Sinai for more information on the immediate neighborhood. The apartment is designed for double-occupancy. A third guest, especially a loved one or friend-in-tow, may stay for a few days at no charge by prior arrangement. After a few days or so, the host may elect to charge an additional nightly charge for the third guest. For gatherings or events, guests and their invitees should be limited in number--for example, dinner on the patio for six persons in total.
Agent-manager on-call a few doors down-- available 24/7 by phone/email or in person-- to assist with maintenance, cleaning, security, emergencies, guests' other needs. A manual for the house, including house rules and guide to the local area, is provided. Additional cleaning is of necessity included for stays typically lasting ten days or motr.
Redone, sunny eat-in kitchen has new ceramic tile, new floor tile, new plumbing and all-new appliances,
We could not have asked for a more perfect host or beautiful place to call home for our week in LA! It is exactly as described! We were greeted personally and with a big friendly smile and a tour of our home away from home which was such a warm welcome. Clean, spacious and we loved having a large kitchen to make some of our meals and laundry right in the house :-) The location was central to everything for both walking and driving to some of the outlying areas. So sightseeing all the hot spots is easy to fit into even a busy schedule. The street is quiet and a relaxing way to end busy days. Bill was always accessible by email or phone and quick to respond with any questions we may have had. Thanks for the great stay, our experience was 11 out of 10!! :-)
We stayed in Bills apartment for one week and he was an excellent host. The neighbourhood felt very safe and was within walking distance of the grove, melrose avenue and much more. We were able to park our rental car just outside the apartment all week which was very convenient.
We would recommend Bill and his apartment to anyone visiting LA.
Bob was extremely friendly and helpful, we absolutely loved the apartment. The location was perfect for us as we prefer the melrose/fairfax area and hollywood boulevard/sunset was very close by uber, about $5 cab ride? The apartment was much bigger than it looks, really quiet area had absolutely everything we needed for a fortnight stay, we were made to feel extremely welcome. Thankyou again and see you next year!!
It was a very nice apartment. The location was perfect and the host was very helpful.
Had a fantastic 2 weeks in the apartment. Great host. Well equipped and very clean and bright. Well located, close to Hollywood Blvd area and just a short walk to Melrose Ave.
Absolutely fantastic apartment in the best area of Los Angeles. The apartment is exactly like the pics but bigger in real life, and it is so light and airy. Bill, the manager was a delight to deal with, a very friendly man. The area is just fantastic, my husband and I have been to Los Angeles 4 times now and living like a local was great. An area where we felt safe, lots of shops, bars and restaurants. I can't recommend this apartment highly enough and if we return to Los Angeles I would definitely stay there again.
I would recommend this spot to anyone. It was just as it looks in the photos (bigger even) and vey comfortable. The location was fantastic. Easy to walk or catch a ride anywhere you needed to go. Lots of street parking was available while I had a rental car. Bill was great. Always quick and eager to answer questions or take care of any minor issues I had. I would gladly stay here again the next time I'm in town. Thanks again Bill!
About the Host, TravelArtist
Writer, Hollywood. Att'd Goucher, BU. Veteran travel writer. Authored guidebooks on Los Angeles and other cities. Staff editor, travel trade magazines, going to travel agents. Now strictly freelance. My elevator speech: I market destinations--cities, counties, countries; their hotels, resorts, attractions. Have to say, in all my travels, there's no place like L.A. Especially now, with true mass transit. There's also no place like my second house, used by my guests. These include, lately: Eddie, a currency trader and budding actor from London, who utilized local acting/writing workshops; Jack, a medical informatics consultant from Plano, TX, with work at Cedars-Sinai Hospital; Tommy, a Texas Tech senior from Lubbock, TX, majoring in the fashion/retail trade, interning this summer at a Sunset Bl. clothier; and Matt, a musician from Brooklyn, who finished up a lengthy project at a Beachwood Canyon studio. The house is quite conducive to a fun-filled, productive stay. I look forward to welcoming you!