PRVT STE w/lg deck! 97Walking Score

House - Private room · Rugby Dr, West Hollywood, CA 90069, United States
Tony
Your host, Tony
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The Space

LOCATION LOCATION LOCATION
This space is a private bungalow/suite offered in the BEST, most CENTRAL neighborhood in the fun part of the city. Yes, there are lots of listings that say that--but check the maps. There is simply NO better location if you want to be in the middle of it all but in a quiet, relaxing house. La Cienega at Santa Monica Blvd (near Melrose & Sunset Boulevards!)

97 WALKING SCORE!
Yes, this house gets a 97% rating on the walking score site (it rates your address and how close you are to historic & tourist sites, restaurants, shopping, etc) Seriously, it is in the middle of EVERYTHING, a few minutes walk to the World Famous Sunset Strip (Live Music paradise), Santa Monica Blvd ("Boystown"), La Cienega (L.A.'s popular , mile long "restaurant row" & Melrose (trendy shopping and our arts & fashion center) in the Heart of West Hollywood. We are the 4 Corners! Read my reviews: I take pride in providing an exceptionally clean, well-thought out, comfortable space that anticipates your needs. It's a space I'd like to stay myself at in other cities, especially if situated deep in the heart of the best locale.

THE HOUSE
House itself is an Architect's 1300 sq ft remodled 1940's home. You have the back portion, I live in the front portion. We rarely hear one another with only one small shared wall.

YOUR PRIVATE SUITE!:
The 350 sq ft "suite" is your master bedroom, en-suite bathroom, private bamboo garden & additional space in the garage-rec rm. (About the garage: Feel free to store your suitcases out here if you'd like to keep your room uncluttered. I've also started a shelf with spare towels, even more blankets, other extras you might want to borrow. Further, I've removed the couch and added a chair/desk. So if it's chilly and you don't want to use the big table on the patio, feel free to use this one.) There are Vaulted Ceilings of natural wood throughout your rental space, which is a fully furnished master bedroom with new, extremely comfy Queen bed (with a $200 memory foam topper), clean-crisp linens & comforter, highspeed WIFI (works on your patio too), 40" flatscreen tv with AT&T Uverse & ALL the premium movie channels, powerful central heat/a-c. Your modern, upscale en suite bathroom has the best water pressure you'll ever feel in a shower. My high capacity washer and dryer are in the common area, feel free to do a load or two (ask me to show you). Also any kitchen appliance you might need to borrow for your stay (blender, slow cooker, iron). Your suite has a brand new half fridge/freezer, large toaster oven (perfect for grilled cheeses, personal pizzas, roasted veggies, etc) and large microwave, along with cups, dishes, flatware, some complimentary tea and coffee to get you started. (There's a brand new Brita jug in your private fridge you can keep refilling. I also stock some condiments and ice too). Coupled with the extra large propane grill (feel free to use, ask me to help light first time) on your patio and you have a great, private kitchen! But With Trader Joe's supermarket across the street, you can buy all the fresh fruit, amazing cheeses and healthy-fresh prepared meals and affordable wines you'd ever want CHEAP! Brown rice Cali rolls, cooked turkey meatballs and chicken burgers, pre made sandwiches---skip the fast food if you want to be healthy? There's no reason to cook when you have a Trader Joes you can walk to. (LA Note: new "bag" law, you must bring your own bags to the grocery or purchase bags from them. So I always keep a couple canvas bags and some paper bags for you to use along the fridge. Take them with you when you go to Trader Joes or Pavilions Market.) There are also tons of fast food choices steps away, Fresh Corn Grill, Subway, 5 Guys Burgers, several pizza places... and lots of menus and guide books on the wood shelves to look through.)

YOUR PATIO
The gloriously relaxing brick patio with towering bamboo trees is a sunny spot with lots of shade too. The glass/steel 4 seat dining table and the grill are also yours to use if you want to BBQ. Double doors off your bedroom and the garage open to provide an homey, safe and private area to relax, grill, get a little sun, work or just otherwise hang. There's a hammock and two adirondack chairs too! Despite the great patio, with this neighborhood your time here will probably be limited as SO much to do. FAQ: Do I allow smoking? Yes but ONLY on this outside patio. There's a metal ashtray. Please keep the french doors shut while smoking to keep the room smelling fresh and clean. No incense or candles in rm pls.

LOCAL PLACES: IT'S ALL WALKING DISTANCE:
FAQ: Is it quiet? YES!!!! You will be amazed. I'm on a quiet street so sleepy it belies it's proximity to Santa Monica Blvd (walk to Barney's Beanery/Trader Joes/CVS, Pavilions Supermarket, 24 Hr Fitness/5 Guys Burgers, Subway), the Sunset Strip (walk to Sunset Plaza, Equinox Gym, Whiskey, Viper Room, La Live), and Melrose (walk to the most popular coffee shop in the city--Urth Cafe, the new Weho Library, Weho Park-pool, tennis, Pacific Design Center (the new Red Bldg is amazing!). La Cienega is also a block away, with world-famous restaurants Fig & Olive (Obama held a fundraiser there), STK Steakhouse, Belmont, Norm's 24 hr diner, Ihop, kitchen 24, Dominos Pizza, etc. ALL of this is walking distance.

MISC:
Socializing is encouraged outside the home. I have neighbors and I like to keep the late night noise down. Please: no extra guests or visitors without prior discussion.

I'm very friendly and laid-back, if I have it you are welcome to borrow it and, unlike some listings, it's FREE!!! (bike? extra blankets? big sheet and extra towels for the beach?) Just return in close to it's original condition and I'm good. (Note the bath and hand towels with the blue stripe are "anything goes," use for beach, cleaning off makeup, cleaning up spilled wine or coffee, etc. If damaged, if lost or stained, no worries. But let's keep the new plush white towels in the room and only for bathing. No makeup removal pls. I replace linens as they wear out, but I'd hate to have to charge a guest for this. I've never taken a penny of security deposit, even when I could have, and don't wish too.)

WHERE WE ARE:
I am 15 min from the 405, 10 and 101 freeways (20-25 in rush hour). And the LA city busses have stops a few yards up on Santa Monica Blvd (2 min walk) or La Cienega (3 min walk). Local weho bus route on my street which will whisk you around the entire city for FREE,it goes up and down the Sunset Strip, Santa Monica Blvd and a little Melrose. I highly recommend riding it the first day to check out the most local sites. You'll be able to walk to most, but it gives a great, free "tour" overview! You don't need a car!

PARKING:
Super easy parking right in front of the house with the use of my city parking pass. (The only days to pay attention to parking laws is thurs and fri from 10-noon when there is alternate side parking for street sweeping. If you want to sleep in, just watch the sign when parking wed and thurs nights and you're fine. Or move the car by 10am and park anywhere. Sat-Wed no issues.) (Note: I will deduct $50 from your security if you fail to return the pass after your stay. This is the replacement cost the city will charge me when I have to get a new one for the next guest.)

THE SITES: Already mentioned the walking distance stuff on Sunset, Santa Monica and Melrose! Well, Hollywood Blvd is just a few minutes drive (or easy bus): Grauman's Chinese Theatre, Hollywood Walk (the sidewalk of stars), Hollywood sign, Kodak theatre (where the Oscars are held). My suggestion, hike Runyeon canyon to get a great view of the sign and also of the entire city. You can see the ocean on a clear day (and you'll also probably see several shirtless or scantily clad stars keeping in shape...extremely popular hiking spot. Featured on the show Entourage every other week--as was Urth Cafe, which is on my street! Park on Fuller off of Hollywood Blvd or Franklin. Free parking and then hike up.)

Universal Studios (theme park, tour and the "citywalk" outdoor mall are just minutes away by car. I am smack dab in the middle driving wise to MGM, Sony, Disney, Universal, Raleigh, Paramount, The Lot. CBS is 5 minutes, NBC and ABC about 15-20 min.
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SHOPPING:
Beverly Hills borders West Hollywood. Just a 5 minute drive away. (World famous Rodeo Drive, the Museum of TV, tons of shopping.)

Melrose btwn Fairfax & La Brea: Cheaper trendy clothes and shops.

Melrose btwn Doheny & La Cienega: Galleries & expensive, designer clothes & shops.

Melrose Place: super expensive shops. Great coffee shop called "Alfred's" right next to the Oscar de la Renta store. 4 min walk/Must see.

The Beverly Center & Beverly Connection (La Cienega/Beverly). Easy walk, but also easy cab or 2 min drive if planning on buying a lot. Every store you can imagine, the $$$ and the $. (A giant H&M, biggest Macy's and Macy's men store you've ever seen, etc.)

The Grove/Farmers Market: Check out the new outdoor mall they built around the world famous, original farmers market where Lucille Ball used to shop. Everything you can imagine , plus like shows, great movie theatre, outdoor fountain area.) This is about a mile away so def need a cab or car.

Sunset Plaza: steps away on Sunset Blvd (just head north up the side streets). Amazing shops and restaurants with a view of the whole city. Just a few yards west will be the rock and roll sunset. But the part by La Cienega is the fancy side. Easy 5 min walk. Great cafes, excellent people watching at the base of the hollywood hills. This is where Equinox gym is as well.
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DRIVE DOWN SUNSET TO THE BEACH!
It's a gorgeous drive to the beach winding down Sunset Blvd until it deadends at the Ocean (world famous Pacific Coast Highway to be exact. Fantastic view! The drive is about 20 to 25 minutes. Take a left at PCH and head to Santa Monica and Venice. Take a right and run into Malibu. Great day trip--go for lunch and stay for dinner, drive back after rush hour=very happy guest.

I'm happy to give directions, etc. and answer any questions you may have. I've lived in the neighborhood for 24 years and know my way around pretty well.
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FINAL CAVEATS:
1. Please ensure front door locked--the lock is such that you have to relock once you unlock to enter.
2. Smoking outside only--on your private bamboo patio.

There is a city pool at the park (quick 5 min walk) and also one at the local gym (2 min walk). I clicked gym not because I have one, but because there are literally 10 within walking distance, if you count the mass chains (24 hour fitness, Crunch, Equinox) as well as boutique gyms where you buy by the class (Up Dog Yoga, Train, etc) which can be great for visitors. it takes you right through Beverly Hills, Brentwood, Bel Air, Pacific Palisades, etc.

Note: This is a 2 bedroom house with 2 full bathrooms. THE SUITE I am renting out is the master bedroom with en suite bathroom and the private bamboo garden pictured. So your private space would be your bedroom, the patio and your en suite bathroom. (the first group of pics all the way to the one including my dog. I sometimes use this listing to do a whole house sublet.) Also, the view from your window is NOT the view of sunset blvd--it's to your bamboo patio. But ALL those city pics I posted are within 5-10 minutes WALK! Yes, that close. Just so I'm clear up front. I get a 5 star ranking for communication--lol)
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Below is a list of Annual Special Events Just Steps Away from House.

OSCARS / February
While the Academy Awards ceremony may take place in Hollywood (Kodak theatre at Highland and Hollywood--great afternoon sight-seeing trip), all the action really happens in West Hollywood. Winners descend upon West Hollywood for exclusive after-parties like the Elton John party at the Pacific Design Center (the giant Red, Blue and Green glass buildings) and Vanity Fair’s annual soiree held at the Sunset Tower Hotel (SOHO house). Several other viewing parties that raise money for a good cause are held all within walking distance from each other (The Abbey throws a great "gay" one).

WESTWEEK / March (you can walk!)
The Pacific Design Center hosts West Week, an internationally-recognized design trade event that welcomes thousands of design professionals each spring. The event includes top industry keynote speakers, showroom programs, book signings, exhibitions, product launches and the annual ‘Stars of Design’ ceremony. Experts discuss and present such items as trends graphic & interior design, urban landscape, photography, contemporary art and architecture. Highlights of the event include programs hosted by Architectural Record, Elle Décor, House & Garden, and Metropolitan Home. (This is like a cultural fair, all the shops and galleries serve wine, people walk from place to place. Great vibe. Melrose between Dohney and San Vicente--only one traffic light to the west.)

ART & DESIGN WALK / March (you can walk!)
The Art & Design Walk held in The Avenues district showcases the latest in interior design, fine art, fashion and cuisine on the streets of Melrose Avenue, Robertson and Beverly Boulevards in West Hollywood. Visitors will find a sophisticated environment, unique displays and live entertainment taking place in many of the areas 300 businesses including art galleries, interior design showrooms, fashion boutiques and eateries. The Art & Design Walk is the perfect chance to explore and stroll through the galleries and enjoy food or wine as offered by individual stores. For more information about this year’s Art & Design Walk visit (this is similar to the event above, same locale.)

RUSSIAN CULTURAL FESTIVAL / May (you can walk) Russian Cultural Month in West Hollywood is a month of unique, family-friendly events celebrating the rich culture and the heritage of the over 300,000 members of the Los Angeles region’s Russian-speaking community. The culmination of Russian Cultural Month is the Russian Cultural Festival. The Festival is free and includes a day of entertainment, music, food sampling, Russian crafts, jewelry and more.

LA GAY PRIDE / June (one block north. seriously)
West Hollywood is proud of its dynamic gay and lesbian population and it shows at the annual Christopher Street West GLBT Pride Parade and Festival! The two-day festival is the largest on the West Coast, celebrating diversity and culture with booths, dance tents, food, exhibits, and performances. The parade on Sunday draws over 300,000 to Santa Monica Boulevard where Grand Marshals in the past have included Cyndi Lauper and Paris and her mom, Kathy Hilton. Visit the weho wbesite for more information on Gay Pride in West Hollywood.

OUTFEST / July (at the DGA on Sunset at Fairfax, 5 mins) With attendance of nearly 40,000 people, the Los Angeles Gay & Lesbian Film Festival (OUTFEST) is the largest film festival in Southern California and the region’s largest gay & lesbian arts event. Since 1982, Outfest has presented more than 4,000 film and video titles for audiences of well over half a million people. Many West Hollywood venues are host to after-parties and celebrations throughout the screenings and activities.

SUNSET STRIP MUSIC FESTIVAL / August (yes, walk up! They block off Sunset Blvd for the day. Like Coachella but on the strip in the middle of the city!)
The Sunset Strip Music Festival was created to commemorate the music history of the Sunset Strip. The weekend-long festival takes place at music clubs up and down the strip – the Viper Room, The Roxy Theatre, Whisky A-Go-Go, House of Blues, Cat Club and Key Club all participate by hosting bands. A street festival takes place on Saturday, closing a portion of The Strip for performances on outdoor stages.

WEST HOLLYWOOD BOOK FAIR / Late September (walk!) The West Hollywood Book Fair was founded by the City of West Hollywood as a means of encouraging reading, writing, and literacy and to heighten the community’s awareness of books. Visitors are encouraged to join more than 300 authors, 100 exhibitors, and 25,000 guests as festivities include an eclectic group of authors, poets and entertainers from a variety of genres. Participate in interactive activities hosted by exhibitors, enjoy theatrical performances, slam poetry, book signings and diverse programming for all ages! Authors for the event have included Carol Channing, Bill Maher, Christopher Rice, Heidi Fleiss, and other celebrity guests. Visit (website hidden) for more details.

AIDS WALK LOS ANGELES / October (walk up)
A fundraising event for AIDS Project Los Angeles (APLA) and other AIDS service organizations across LA County, the AIDS Walk begins at the Pacific Design Center in West Hollywood with over 25,000 people walking 6.2 miles to raise money for this very important cause. Founded by four friends in 1982, APLA is a community-based, volunteer-supported organization with local, national and global reach. Visit (website hidden) for more information.

WEHO HALLOWEEN PARADE 10/31 (walk 10 feet! really) The largest Halloween street party in the world happens in West Hollywood, located in the Los Angeles County Region. Each year, more than 500,000 people take to the streets of Santa Monica Boulevard to enjoy the craziest, most eccentric costume creations ever. The big draws of the evening are the Halloween Costume Contest and crowning of an Honorary “Queen of the Carnaval.” Visitors can also expect fantastic live entertainment, food vendors, pumpkin-carving contests and children’s activities throughout the week previous. Admission is free and the event starts at 6 PM and runs until 11 PM.

****I have a parking pass which is free for your use, but I deduct $50 from your deposit if you forget to return it. That is my replacement cost with the city (they charge a lot so residents don't lie about losing them to get lots of extra passes). It's good 24/7 with exception of street sweeping.

****I provide are battery operated, they look very real and do the trick. Someone tried to light them once. Just turn them over and flick the switch. But NO open flame candles in the room please. NO incense, NO smoking in the room please. On the patio is fine. But the room is smoke free.

****There's a large electric blanket and an extra comforter available, just ask. There are premium memory foam pillows on your bed, along with a great memory foam mattress topper. There are a couple feather pillows too, should you prefer that like me and some polyester if you have allergies.

Other Things to Note

****I have a parking pass which is free for your use, but I deduct $50 from your deposit if you forget to return it. That is my replacement cost with the city (they charge a lot so residents don't lie about losing them to get lots of extra passes). It's good 24/7 with exception of street sweeping.

****I provide are battery operated, they look very real and do the trick. Someone tried to light them once. Just turn them over and flick the switch. But NO open flame candles in the room please. NO incense, NO smoking in the room please. On the patio is fine. But the room is smoke free.

****There's a large electric blanket and an extra comforter available, just ask. There are premium memory foam pillows on your bed, along with a great memory foam mattress topper. There are a couple feather pillows too, should you prefer that like me and some polyester if you have allergies.

Room type: Private room
Bed type: Real Bed
Accommodates: 1
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 2
Beds: 1
Weekly Price: $700 /week
Monthly Price: $2379 /month
Security Deposit: $150
Cleaning Fee: $60
Check In: 1:00 PM
Check Out: 10:00 AM
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Pet Owner: Dog(s)
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  • This place has an amazing location, really close to everything on Santa Monica Blvd but still on a quiet street so you can have a good rest. Parking was never an issue for any of the days I was there as I found a spot close to the property every single time I came back. Tony was a great host and never had a problem with him or his awesome dogs! I would not hesitate to return here the next time I come to LA.

    March 2014
  • Wonderful cottage--just as described…….Host most gracious and accommodating…most helpful…Location fantastic…Bottom line---yes I would return and certainly recommend it ...

    December 2013
  • My first airbnb experience, and couldn't have been better! Tony was a wonderful host. The space was exactly as described. Very quiet, private, lovely. His dogs were super cute. And the location couldn't be beat. Very happy to stay here another time!

    July 2013
  • Tony's suite is sweet!

    You have your own bathroom with an amazing high-pressure shower-head. The space comes with a nice comfortable bed and a relatively large flat screen TV with an array of channels- for those who care to unwind and indulge after your day(s) of sightseeing. The best part is you are walking (like right down the street) distance to one of the best Cafes on the planet. Cafe Urth! Organic teas and coffee and an array of healthy meals.

    One of the biggest assets comes in the form of privacy and respect. I appreciated that immensely- especially since I was (am) on a meditative practice were NOBLE silence is required.

    I met his dogs briefly and they are truly lovely- cute and caring.

    Tony kept constant communication through e-mail and offered many of his amenities (i,e. bike, kitchen) as a reminder.

    Highly recommend staying with Tony!

    July 2013
  • Great private suite, perfect location, and a very friendly host. Doesn't get much better than this!

    April 2013
  • Tony is a awesome host, and is very accommodating to whatever you may need during your stay. Tony's place is very clean, comfy, great shower and very comfortable bed. Well equipped, lots of closet space, designed all in good taste. The private entrance is a plus, its so peaceful and quiet. I love the area and Tonys place is lovely, and too boot Tony allows/loves dogs! I highly, recommend staying there, I would certainly stay there again!
    Thanks for everything Tony!

    April 2013
  • I really liked Tony's place. It was very clean, the bed was comfy and felt very private.

    It is very centrally located and walking distance to Urth Cafe one of my favorite places in LA. Tony is a very polite host. I would stay there again!

    November 2012
  • great place , great guy... perfect location...

    October 2012
  • I had a very good experience with Tony and would recommend it to anyone. The location and condition of the house is excellent - walking distance to many great shops and restaurants in West Hollywood and very central for all of LA. Tony is a great host and keeps the house in perfect order and very clean, neat, and was great help with local tips, parking, and anything else to make you feel confortable (even helped my with washing and keeping the room clean). The room, bath and private patio are very well maintained, clean and spacious. The shared kitchen is super well equipped and clean. I had a really good experience and will totally recommend staying with Tony.

    May 2012
  • I stayed at Tony's place twice. Tony is a great host - very friendly and welcoming. The room was super comfortable with its own large bathroom. Everything was very clean and with plenty of room, which make me feel at home. This place is in a great location in the centre and nearest to all the shopping centers, 24 hour gym and great resturents. Tony was always very quick to respond to any questions or requests I had. I would definitely stay with him again and I will highly recommend his place to all my friends and family visiting LA.

    May 2012
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Guy in my 40's, a writer who works partially from home, so I can often be flexible, with notice, on checkin and checkout (pending other reservations.) I have two small rescue dogs, but they stay to another side of the house for the most part (they're never allowed in your rental space except the patio area, so your room is dander free. But severe allergies or those with dog phobias might want to book elsewhere. Respectful and friendly. I'm happy to point you to the sites, and some only locals know about. Or you can just go your own way every morning, explore the city for pleasure or work, and have a great, safe, friendly place to sleep or rest. For guests I especially welcome world travelers and anyone on business or vacation. This is NOT for longterm visitors nor for those looking to entertain within the unit. You have total privacy here and can come and go as you wish. The only time we run into one another is in the front door entryway, which is set off from both our parts of the house. You're an adult, I'm an adult, what you do is your business. Just as long as you're respectful and turn off lights, lock the front door, don't leave towels mildewing on the wood floor, treat the rental as it's someone's home and not an anonymous hotel, we will get along great! Literally had 50+ great experiences to date!
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