About this listing
On a quiet Venice street this contemporary self contained architect designed guest house is ideal for a couple or the business traveller. Set in a secluded back garden of the main residence, with a koi pond outside the sliding glass pocket doors, its a tranquil and safe setting with plenty of free on-street parking, just minutes away from the beaches and nightlife of Venice. And yes, we have a couple of bikes you can use (your responsibility and liability of course) !
Whole Foods is half a mile away, Abbott Kinney Blvd with its restaurants, bars and boutiques is also very local. We are also just ten minutes from LAX, and Santa Monica and Malibu are just up the road. A couple of blocks away there is also a large golf course and a park with tennis and basketball courts. The beach is an easy bike ride away, where there is over 30 miles of coastal bike path, as well as Venice Boardwalk. There are several bus routes on Lincoln Boulevard, three blocks away.
The tree shaded bedroom has cork floors for quiet comfort, a firm, queen size bed , plenty of closet space and a sliding wood panel door for privacy. The bathroom has spectacular floor to ceiling frosted windows and tiles, a shower, toilet and sink, towels, linens, iron, etc., and in the main room there are full kitchen amenities - four ring gas stovetop and electric oven, small counter height fridge with freezer, microwave, plates, utensils, etc. WiFi internet, iPod connection, HD TV are included and washer and dryer facilities are available. Entrance is from the driveway gate, independent from the main house. This is a NO SMOKING house, check in 3pm, check out 11am.
We want your stay to be as nice and relaxed as possible so you can enjoy the best of both worlds - yours and ours!
strictly no smoking inside. Please respect quiet residential neighborhood after 10pm. No pets. Babies up to 6 months are OK, but we are not child-proof or child safe (koi pond).
These rates are for personal use only. If you wish to use this as a studio for photography or otherwise please state your intent ahead of booking and we will consider it.
Communication with Derek leading up to our arrival was great and very efficient. Derek met us when we arrived, showed us around the house and very clearly explained how everything worked. We were made to feel very much at home and Derek was exceedingly warm, friendly and welcoming.
The house is located in a very residential area which was fine with us as we had our own car to get around. It's only a short drive to Abbot Kinney road and Venice Beach which I suppose could be within walking distance for those wanting to get a bit of exercise. The house itself is very modern and has all necessary amenities including a comfortable bed, a great shower and a spacious living room and kitchen. The Wifi was not working extremely well and we had a bit of a tough time getting a strong connection. This wasn't a major issue for us as we didn't spend a great deal of time in the house, but others may want to check with Derek to see if the connection could be improved.
Overall, it was a very satisfying stay and Derek was a wonderful host. I would overwhelmingly recommend staying here!
Derek is a gracious host with an incredible apartment. Upon arrival we instantly felt at home when Derek was ready and waiting to show us around the apartment. Before letting us to enjoy our vacation he asked if there was any question we had or anything we needed and told us not to hesitate to contact him with any future questions about our stay or places to visit. He is a great man with a great accent!!
As for the apartment, it is stylishly decorated with all applicances/utensils you'll need. All living areas were extremely clean and the bathroom even had some shampoo/lotion in case we needed it. The apartment is very roomy and comfortable to lounge around in if that is what you are looking for as well as very centrally located in the city. I read from previous reviews that there were bikes that were available to use if we wanted, which made short trips to the beach or to the store very easy and convienent!
All in all Derek and his Air BnB is a wonder place to stay and will definitely come back to next time I'm in Southern California!!
Derek and Sylvia have a fantastic place and are wonderful hosts. The air bnb is in a nice neighbourhood and provided us with everything we could possibly think of while on our month-long trip around the States.
We enjoyed using the bicycles to ride around the area!
Derek was a wonderful host from the moment we arrived to the minute we left! Derek was very responsive and helpful, especially when it came to recommending things to do in the city. The guest home was beautifully designed as well as very clean and spacious. The large sliding doors provided large amounts of sunlight and fresh air. The home is fully equipped with everything you would need, including a kitchenette, TV and bikes for personal use. This home is conveniently located--being only a few blocks from Venice Beach and the Santa Monica Pier.
We could not have asked for a better stay. Derek and Sylvia were such kind and warm souls who really made our stay in Los Angeles a memorable one. Derek and Sylvia are bright and charming individuals who made us feel right at home.
I would highly recommend anyone and everyone to stay at this guest home. I know I'll be visiting again!
We spent 5 days here, we strongly recommend it!
Derek and Silvia are wonderful hosts. It's a quiet and nice area, we didn't have to worry about ourselves or our car. All the time we could come and go as we pleased. It's a very modern, fresh and comfortable house and interior decoration!
As we came from Sweden we appreciate that it was a lot of IKEA furniture ;)
Thank you Derek and Silvia, you made our first week in the US amazing! And Ollie of course!
Rickard and Sonny from Sweden.
We had a great stay and felt very welcome and comfortable. The house is very relaxing, clean and well designed. We enjoyed using the bikes and checking out Venice beach. We would stay here again!
Derek welcomed us warmly. The guesthouse is simply a blast and we spent a great time there. Everything was perfect. Will definitely try to book again in case I stay again in the LA area. Than you Derek!
About the Host, Derek
british born, lived in SoCal for 33 years. Professional photographer and well known musicologist and broadcaster. Sense of humor required in communications serious or otherwise. Married to Sylvia, a Preschool Director and photographer who shares a love of music, nature, film, politics, food and a nice cup of tea.