About This Listing
We are dog friendly and proud of it! There is a dog door and we ask that you keep your dog indoors on Monday afternoons when the gardener comes. The bed is a double bed with gel foam top & heated mattress pad in winter
Warm and gracious hosts, married couple Ellen Snortland and Ken Gruberman have a guest suite with private entrance, ample street parking, WiFi, HD cable, DVD player and kitchenette, in their romantic 1920s Spanish home in Altadena, the charming foothills of Pasadena.
Dog friendly with doggie door for your beloved pet. The bed size is a double bed with gel foam top and heated mattress pad in the winter. The room has both a ceiling fan, Honeywell portable air conditioner and DeLonghi space heater so you'll always be comfortable.
Altadena is a beautiful and cozy community adjacent to Pasadena. Close to the Rose Bowl, Old Pasadena, Gamble House, Huntington Library, downtown Los Angeles, Fuller Seminary, Jet Propulsion Lab, Carnegie Observatory, Norton-Simon Museum, Institute of Domestic Technology (check their calendar for classes that may be in session during your stay), within walking distance of the Mariposa Creamery! We are within easy driving distance to Universal City, 6 Flags, and the LA County Arboretum, Hollywood, Burbank. You can walk to the heads of wilderness hikes and much, much more.
Mass transit is doable, and the charming shopping area of Altadena with its "home grown" charm harkens back to another time.
Perfect for tourists and snowbirds from Northern climes; e.g., guests from Norway, North Dakota, Minnesota, South Dakota love it!
Ellen and Ken have extraordinary add-ons:
Need coaching for a book project? Ellen is a professional author coach. Want to shop in Mexico but are not bold enough to drive yourself? Ellen lived in Mexico for years and can drive you and take you shopping. Have you always wanted to migrate your PC to Apple but are intimidated? Ken is the Tech Daddy, a certified Apple consultant and there’s an Apple Store in Pasadena. Want tile mosaic lessons? World famous mosaic artist, Leigh Adams, is standing by to give lessons. Want a gourmet Frida Kahlo/Diego Rivera style meal? Ellen & Ken can host it for you.
Add-on menu and prices available by request and subject to availability
Laundry. We request that you set an appointment for laundry with at least an hour's notice.
Interaction with Guests
Hardly at all.
It's a homey, curious and eclectic neighborhood. It's full of tiny houses and also great estates from the turn-of-the-last century. We have all sorts of services within walking distance; restaurants, banks, grocery stores.
Buses are close and will hook a traveler up with the trains to other parts of LA County.
This is a non-smoking facility; if you wish to smoke, please do so outside. Thank you!
The kitchenette doesn’t have space for a lot of staples; also, our local ordinances do not allow for a stove. While we’re sure you are not going to be whipping up a Thanksgiving dinner, we have provided enough equipment so you can make good meals. Regarding the Zojirushi Electric Skillet, the Cuisinart Convection Oven and Toaster, and the Sanyo Microwave, please consult the User’s Guides in the bottom drawer on the right side of the sink for proper operation and cleaning tips.
Please check with us before you go out and buy, for instance, one-use-only condiments or a bag of sugar. We have lots of things that are silly for you to buy if we can supply it. That includes kitchen gadgets, food staples, tinfoil, serving pieces, etc. Let me know if you want us to leave the item for you on the counter or table while you’re out or how you’d like us to get that to you.
There is a fruit picker outside next to the lime tree. Help yourself to limes and oranges. We have lemons on the property, usually year ’round. Let Ellen know if you want some lemons.
If we are making too much noise, or there’s something bothering you or something you need, let us know immediately. You can either speak to us, send an email, or text or call us. Ellen’s email address is (email hidden) and Ken’s is (email hidden); Ellen’s text / cell number is (phone number hidden), Ken’s text / cell number is (phone number hidden). Also, while Altadena is generally pretty quiet, we have provided ear plugs in the top drawer of the bed stand closest to the outside, should you need them. If you don’t like the sound of the running water in the fountain, you can either shut it off at the switch to the right of the front door to the suite, or use ear plugs.
We don’t provide daily maid service since this isn’t a hotel. However, if you are here for an extended amount of time and want to have us contact a housekeeper, we’ll be happy to do that. The housekeeper we use charges $40 for the thorough cleaning of the guest suite. Let us know your preferred time and we’ll arrange it, and you can leave payment for her on the kitchen table in the suite.
Our garbage service comes early on Friday mornings. The black receptacle is for regular garbage; the blue can is for recyclables including the normal stuff: cans, bottles, all plastics.
You’re welcome to do laundry. Just give us advance notice and we’ll do the necessary dog-wrangling so you won’t have to deal with cold noses and possibly dog annoyance.
We do have dogs as we noted in the Airbnb profile. If you decide you want to interact with our critters, let us know. (When Ken and I travel, we long for doggie time so we won’t think you’re weird if you’re like us.) Otherwise, we’ll be as strict as we can about keeping them away from your space. Likewise, we request that you be careful about always closing gates on our property.
If you have a dog, we need to set a time where we can introduce our dogs to yours. They should have a great time playing but the first “contact” is important. Please note that you have your own doggie door to the right of the human door.
This is a small, private place with a small garden. At first, it looked a bit dark inside, but when we found all the light switches, there was plenty of light. The garden has a fountain and a table with chairs and umbrella, making a nice place to sit. There is more than enough equipment to make breakfast. When the coffee maker stopped working the second day, it was replaced with a new one right away. There was a small binder of information on the table telling how everything works. Ellen, whom we only saw briefly once when she provided additional towels, prefers to text. This works just fine once one gets used to it. There is a small closet for hanging one's clothes. I found that I had to be careful on the whimsical odd-shaped flat walkway stones, but anyone not having balance problems would be just fine. One parks on the street, which is broad enough and quiet. We would stay again when in the area.
We had an amazing stay at Ellen's place. There's so much attention to detail in the suite it makes you feel at home from the first minute. Really easy to park in the street. The bed is so comfortable and I particularly loved the decoration. Will definitely stay here again when I come back to LA. Thanks Ellen!!!
The best experience we've had so far with air bnb! Beautiful and cozy accommodations. We felt at home immediately and the courtyard was a lush, quiet retreat for us each day to relax after a day of driving around LA - which can be a stressful experience. We are from Portland and are not used to the traffic culture in LA. We also appreciated the thoughtful reminders around the room to help conserve water. It was reassuring to know we were renting from conscientious like-minded people. We will most definitely rent this space again.
Lovely setting, lovely little suite, clean and comfortable. The hosts could not have been nicer!
This host has 74 reviews for other properties.View Other Reviews
About the Host, Ellen
I have been hosting people with love and joy for decades! I love Mexico, Africa, China, folk art from all over the world, great food, books, theater, wonderful conversation and giving people what they want and need when they travel.
We also have a dog door if you can't stand the idea of traveling without your dog. While we have some house rules about dogs, if your dog is a good guest, we want them with us! For an extra fee, we'll even watch them, feed them and let them play with our dogs while you go to Disneyland all day long.
The bed in our guest suite is designed for readers. You don't even have to get out of bed to shut off the lights when you're reading into the wee hours.
Do you need an escape to finish your thesis or your book? We just might have the right solution for you. You tell us what kind of office chair you need, and we'll rotate in the style that you want so you can hide and write all day.
My husband, Ken Gruberman and I, are people folks but we also are privacy people and know how to leave guests alone.