About this listing
Enjoy the excitement of Hollywood and then return to Laurel Canyon where a quiet, clean, and comfortable apartment awaits you. The tranquil garden and pool are out your front door. Ideal for 1 or 2 and long term visits are preferred.
A cozy,private apartment with one bedroom, bath, full kitchen and sitting room. Nestled in the Hollywood Hills, Laurel Canyon Retreat offers a private entrance and patio with table,chairs and umbrella,a garden view and pool privileges.
The kitchen is equipped with microwave,coffee maker and toaster oven, Brita water filter, ironing board and iron in addition to stove and refrigerator.
The sitting room has Direct TV for HD TV, WIFI, access to landline for local and USA long distance calls if your cell doesn't get a strong signal in the hills and a dining area. Closets and bookshelves line the entry way.
The bedroom is separated by a pocket door and has a queen bed with 100% cotton sheets.
Bath has 100% cotton towels and shower. Basic toiletries and hair dryer are also included.
It is immaculate. Newly renovated and furnished. Decor is a bit sparse but makes it easier to clean. Carpeted throughout.
Minutes to Hollywood or Studio City.
Good walking street up to Mulholland Drive for spectacular view of the San Fernando Valley.
Public transportation is limited so a car is recommended.
Maid service is included for guests staying 2 weeks or longer. Welcome basket for weary travelers includes fresh fruit, juice, coffee, teas, cereal and snacks.
Occasional exceptions for well trained pets.
Your comfort and privacy are my main concern and I make every attempt to provide that.
If staying one week or more Laundry is available
Interaction with Guests
I am available to answer any questions or assist in any way that I can, but my privacy and yours is what I value most.
The canyon is still something of a wilderness and, in fact, we are a recognized wildlife corridor. Deer, coyotes, raccoons and skunks are abundant as well as oak and sycamore trees. The elementary school down the street provides a bit of traffic at pick up time and the Country Store has a great coffee wagon where locals meet and chat most mornings.
Being so close to Studio City and West Hollywood is a real convenience.
A car is recommended as only an occasional bus traverses Laurel Canyon.
Other Things to Note
Parking is at a premium in the canyon. My driveway is available as a last resort and that may require moving cars. In 7 years of renting the apartment it has never been an issue.
No smoking on premises
Respect the tranquility and quiet atmosphere
Recycle glass, plastic, paper
Registered guests only
Please attempt to leave the apartment close to the way you found it.
An additional cleaning fee may apply.
Sharon has been kind and considerate in my several visits to her home.
The photos of her property speak for themselves. It is beautiful and
I am hoping to return again.
I have stayed with Sharon a couple of times now, but have never written a review - the truth is, I really didn't want such a fantastic secret to get out. Never have I stayed anywhere in Los Angeles more relaxing, tranquil and in such a beautiful setting. This is the true lovely heart of LA - Wonderland Avenue up in the Canyon and Sharon's place is a refuge away from all the bustle of the city, though amazingly only 10 minutes away from Sunset Boulevard.
It is sweet, clean, quiet and with such an amazing host - Sharon - that we have become firm friends. I have lived on and off in LA for years, but I feel like this place was the one I was always searching for. Nowhere in LA quite has the magic of the Hollywood Hills, and Sharon's place is right in the centre of it, with a door leading out onto a beautiful garden, a quiet patio and a lovely pool.
I have been very happy here.
This is the perfect place for a couple to come or a lone traveller looking for magic and tranquility in LA. Or a writer… Or a first timer to LA. This is the place that you have in your mind when you think of LA, though are usually disappointed by a characterless hotel or apartment in the city. This is the opposite. By the third stay last week, I admit I felt more excited to see the apartment, than anything else in LA.
And Sharon is the perfect host - completely on hand if you need anything, but at the same time, absolutely un-interfering.
I regret deeply if this review causes this place to get so popular that I won't be able to stay there, but it feels like a disservice to Sharon to not say what a lovely apartment it is, and what a truly kind host she is.
We arrived late on the 24th of December only to find out that we had to adjust the toilet.
Apparently the plumber had put a new liner in and the toilet flusher had not been adjusted properly. Fortunately my husband worked on the system and while it didn't work for a couple of days he was eventually able to get it working properly.
There wasn't any water pressure in the bathroom sink so washing up, brushing teeth and shaving all had to take place in the kitchen.
We went to make a coffee and there were coffee grounds with a lot of mould. We guessed that it had been sitting there for several weeks. Sharon did come down and remove the mouldy coffee but did not wash out the pot!
We left a day early and Sharon, while friendly, tried to reassure us that her cleaning lady washed all the glasses and silverware but the bathroom issues left us disappointed in this Laurel Canyon ''Retreat''.
Fran and her husband arrived Christmas Eve for what I hoped would be the ideal holiday for them. Their son and family live up the street. During the booking conversation I offered to show the apartment to her son for his approval. This never happened. Unfortunately, Fran made no mention of any difficulties until day 3 of her 5 night reservation. I received lengthy texts filled with false accusations and disgust. Later that same day, Fran texted that she and her husband would be leaving a day early and requested a refund. I, in turn, asked that all further conversation be conducted through Airbnb Help Center. I removed the coffee filter immediately which was an unintentional oversight by both my professional cleaning person and myself. A French Press coffee maker seated next to the offensive electric coffee maker was ignored. I alerted my handyman immediately who assured me that all was functioning in the apartment before they arrived and when he
checked after their departure. He did, however, raise the water pressure in the bathroom sink. My previous tenant vacated December 7 and made no mention of any difficulties with either the toilet or sink.
The morning of their departure I received a text asking if I would like to speak to them before they leave. I responded with all conversation should be through Airbnb. Fran took the liberty of coming up my backstairs demanding that I walk through the apartment and assure her that she would receive her deposit. I told her if she left the apartment as she found it there would be no problem and I have never withheld the cleaning deposit. She continued to threaten and bully until I closed my backdoor and walked away. She insisted that as a Canadian her standards were higher than mine.
This is my first negative experience after 2 years of hosting some of the loveliest people on the planet.
The reservation was canceled 59 days before arrival. This is an automated posting.
My stay at Sharon's home was overall a good experience. It is clean, comfortable and quiet. I didn't actually get to use the pool due to my fall visit, but it is lovely nonetheless. The home is located very near an elementary school, therefore parking & traffic can be tricky during peak school hours. This is easily circumvented by adjusting the timing of your comings & goings (like everywhere in the area). I was drawn to this property by the mostly positive reviews and I was not disappointed.
It is a great value and I look forward to returning.
Accomodations were lovely and thoughtfully appointed, beautiful peaceful pool, and charming and gracious hostess! Will be returning for sure! Also: perfect location--15 minutes from my work in the Valley and 10 minutes from fun in West Hollywood! Great experience!
We stayed 4 days/nights in Sharon's Laurel Canyon retreat and could not be happier. The location is unbeatable (and tranquil as advertised) - nestled in the Hollywood Hills, yet minutes from Ventura Blvd, the Farmer's Market, Thai Town, Sunset Blvd, and the rest of Hollywood. Despite the central location, we slept to the sound of crickets chirping every night and Sharon's place is perfect for a couple, with its gorgeous pool and secluded atmosphere.
Sharon is also an incredibly gracious host, allowing our elderly dog to freely roam her beautiful property during the day while we were hanging out at the beach.
We look forward to returning and cannot recommend Sharon's place enough!
About the Host, Sharon
Born and raised in LA and know almost every nook and cranny! Food, music and how to avoid traffic are my fortes. Educator, anthropologist, oral historian and world traveler. This property has been a refuge for me and I would love to share it with visitors. Enjoy the LA scene and retreat to a small slice of heaven for rest and rejuvenation. It's all here.