About this listing
The absolute most central place in all of LA, a bargain w/free parking where its a premium! In the heart of coveted West Hollywood, walking distance to Sunset Strip, Pacific Design Ctr, "boys town," 2 huge shopping districts & LA's "restaurant row."
Sun setting at dusk on your bamboo patio. Enjoy from view of this hammock, peace and quiet, all yours!
First, we are WEST of LaCienega! You want to be west of Fairfax at least, and we are a mile further west of that. Most of Sunset and Santa Monica's attractions are between Doheny and La Cienega. That's me!
Below is an extensive description of the neighborhood, the bungalow & a city guide of walkable Cultural Events (all occur steps from the bungalow!)
The Bungalow in the city’s cultural center; the convergence of arts entertainment, upscale shopping, world-famous rock clubs, world-famous “boys’ town, LA’s “restaurant row.” This insanely-central location is offered for half the cost of the area's hotels and less than other airbnb "whole home listings". You don't need a car because of my "98% Walking Score," which is a huge rarity in LA, not known for being “walkable." If you have a car, there's very easy parking with my preferential resident pass (which I provide gratis. The closest hotels Le Parc charges $40 per night to park & the Weho Ramada $25! ) Despite being inserted into the center of the city, the Bungalow’s on a cul de sac, so it's so quiet you'll have the best sleep of your life. Seriously, you'll awaken to birds chirping, not horning blasting.
Caveat: This house is divided into two parts. You have your own separate, private space like you would in a hotel. In fact, a cozy hotel suite w/en suite bath & a huge, tranquil bamboo patio is the BEST WAY to envision this space. There is just one shared wall between the front house (where I reside) and back house (your suite). This is a very private experience for the guest. My reviews attest to the privacy of your unit! I've checked some guests in and then never run into them again. Very private!
97 WALKING SCORE!
Yes, we get a 97% rating on the walking score site (it rates your address and how close you are to historic/tourist sites, restaurants, shopping) You can walk to:
1. Sunset Strip (Live Music, rock clubs, upscale Sunset Plaza shops & dining)
2. Santa Monica Blvd (LA's large "Boystown;" state-of-the-art new city library/pool/park; major bus stops; amazing Trader Joes market; giant CVS; full scale Pavilions Supermarket & tons of fast food & fast fresh. FroYo, Shakes, Burgers, 24 Hr Diner, 5 Guys, Pizza, Starbucks—- it’s all here walking distance!)
3. La Cienega Blvd(L.A.'s popular "restaurant row" with famous "Top Chef” restaurants like STK Steakhouse, Fig & Olive, Le Petite Bistro. Enormous Beverly Center mall—the fancy stuff— and Beverly Connection Mall—the discount stuff just down the road.)
4. Melrose Place & Melrose Blvd (Melrose Place is real. It’s a short street steps away with the fanciest boutiques in the city. And an amazing farmer’s market on sundays 10-2!) Melrose Blvd. is just south, and is LA’s arts & fashion center including world famous Pacific Design Center (giant Red Glass, Blue Glass & Green Glass Towers), state of the art new Library and the city pool).
The bungalow is uniquely positioned as walking distance to all of this. Other airbnb units cannot compare. And hotels are double my price. It’s that simple and a fact mentioned repeatedly in reviews.
Bungalow in detail:
Vaulted ceilings of natural wood, an extremely comfy Queen bed (with an expensive, premium memory-foam topper), clean-bleached linens & comforter (both replaced several times a year), highspeed WIFI, 40" flatscreen tv with Time Warner Cable with 400 channels inc HBO, Showtime, Epix, Starz, and effective central heat/a-c. Your modern, upscale, en suite bathroom has the best water pressure you'll ever feel in a shower. If the sign of a good hotel is a strong shower and amazing night’s sleep— this is the top!
Your suite has a brand new fridge/freezer, electric tea kettle, Keurig K-Cup brewer and large microwave, along with cups, dishes, flatware, always complimentary teas, often some K-cups & always a ton of assorted snacks to get you started. There's a brand new Brita jug with charcoal filter in your private fridge you can keep refilling from the sink. 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, hummus, and healthy-fresh prepared meals and affordable wines you'd ever want CHEAP! Brown rice Cali rolls, cooked turkey meatballs and cooked 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 canvas bags for you to use in your room next to fridge.) There are also tons of fast food choices steps away, Fresh Corn Grill, Subway, 5 Guys Burgers, Kitchen24, Tender Greens, several pizza places, gourmet shakes & frozen yogurt... and lots of menus and guide books in the wicker baskets on your shelves to look through.) There’s an iron and ironing board by the washer-dryer by main entrance.
FAQ: Do I allow smoking? ONLY on this outside patio. There's a metal ashtray. Please keep french doors shut while smoking to keep the room smelling fresh and clean. No smoking, incense or candles in room please (a safety issue, battery candles provided.)
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. You will awaken to chirping birds after the BEST SLEEP OF YOUR LIFE!
FAQ: Parking? There is FREE & EASY parking right in front of the house with the use of my city parking pass (which is free to you. Just return it to avoid the replacement fee. And note there is street sweeping once a week. Thurs 10am-noon one side, then Fri the other). All area hotels charge for parking-- $25-40 per night-- so my safe-free parking is quite the deal!
FAQ: Can I host an event here? This question is coming up more frequently now, as it's become popular to rent airbnb listings for parties. This is not the place for that.
FAQ: Can I have visitors? I prefer not. If you have a friend who wants to visit and spend the night, the second person fee would kick in. (You can settle this with me directly but please notify me in advance. I can sometimes get an extra parking pass for your friend if I know before you arrive. I will do this for free, but please pay the extra person fee upon checkin.)
FAQ: Can I bring a dog? I’ve started approving this for very short term stays only. Often it’s more about my dogs versus yours (they’re so friendly they want to play play play.) There is a $15 per night fee (payable upon arrival), and you must discuss this at the time of booking where you describe your dog and disposition. It’d be easier for me to deny this but as I have two rescues myself, I know how challenging it can be to find affordable places that allow dogs. Just, please, don’t leave them caged in the room all day long. This city, especially West Hollywood, is surprising in how many places you can bring your dog. It shocked me. My bank, nail place, barber, hardware store— and of course any restaurant with a patio.
In summary, 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 and cooler with ice packs for the beach?) Just return it in good condition please. I’ve never held back security after nearly 200 guests. My goal is for you to have an amazing trip and use whatever I have to ensure that. Just respect my home and belongings and we are aces.
I am 20 min from the 405, 10 and 101 freeways. And the LA city busses have stops a few yards up on Santa Monica Blvd (East-West: 2 min walk) or La Cienega (North-South: 3 min walk). Local weho bus route on my street which will whisk you around the entire city for FREE (see pic), it goes up and down the Sunset Strip, Santa Monica Blvd & 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!
Already mentioned the walking distance stuff on Sunset, Santa Monica and Melrose! Well, Hollywood Blvd is just a few minutes drive (or easy bus): Mann's Chinese Theatre, Hollywood Walk (the sidewalk of stars), Hollywood sign, Kodak theatre (where the Oscars are held). My suggestion, hike Runyon Canyon (dog friendly) 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.) I also love the drive down Sunset to the beach. Amazing view overlooking the ocean! California Dreamin'
Universal Studios (theme park, tour and the “Universal 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 20 min.
Beverly Hills borders West Hollywood. Just a 5 minute drive away. (World famous Rodeo Drive, the Museum of TV, tons of shopping.) You can walk to fancy Melrose Place (really upscale boutiques) and, further down, The Beverly Center (though might have to cab it back if you buy a lot.) The equally fun/fancy Sunset Plaza shopping is right up on Sunset Blvd. Walk there, cab it back.)
Melrose btwn Fairfax & La Brea: Cheaper trendy clothes and shops. (Drive)Melrose btwn
Doheny & La Cienega: Galleries & expensive, designer clothes & shops. (Walk or drive)
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.) (only drive if you plan on buying tons. It's so close, I'd walk.) Right across in a discount mall: Beverly Connection. Ross, Target, TJ Maxx, 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--so drive.
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. (easy walk up the hill and with parking on Sunset being so tough, I'd suggest walking or cab.)
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. No open flame candles/incense in room.
3. Leave suite as you found it, except for the used bed and bath linens of course.
4. Turn off lights/tv when you leave the room (timer lights will illuminate your return.)
5. Socializing outside the suite please.
There is a city pool at the park (quick 5 min walk) and also one at the local gym . I clicked gym because there are literally 10 within walking distance, if you count the mass chains (24 hour fitness-across street), Crunch, Equinox) as well as boutique gyms where you buy just a class or two ("Flywheel" Yoga/Spinning, "Train," etc) which can be great for visitors. Weho park, where they hold the annual try pride, also has boot camp, basketball courts, etc. I spin at a studio called Cycle House walking distance at Melrose/La Cienega (soon to be a reality show! Ugh!!)
Below is a list of Annual Special Events Just Steps Away from House. Go to the city website for actual dates. (airbnb won't let me post the link.)
OSCARS / February
While the Academy Awards ceremony may take place in Hollywood (Kodak theatre at Highland and Hollywood--great afternoon 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.
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.
You have your own PRIVATE hotel suite here! Once you get past the front entry way (where the laundry is) you won't see me. Your bedroom with kitchenette, big bathroom right in the suite, and the expansive, private bamboo patio out your french doors. More a hotel experience than shared house. Noise level is low, probably similiar to a hotel. There's one shared wall between your "back" unit and my "front" unit.
Interaction with Guests
We only see one another if you need me, then you knock on my kitchen door on the main house. Otherwise, after checkin we may never run into one another your whole trip!
You can walk to:
La Cienega "Restaurant Row"
Pacific Design Center & galleries boarding it.
West Hollywood Park and Pool
World-famous Sunset Strip
about 10 gyms, fancy boutiques to 24 hr fitness (the E! reality show Hollywood Cycle is my spin place, on Melrose and West Knoll)
I'm right off La Cienega so that's the best airport road (it runs nearly directly to LAX.) FREE Weho city shuttle will take you around the 2.1 mile parameter of our little "city within a city." (bus stops in my pics, right across street.) The big city bus runs from downtown to the ocean, the bus stop is right up on Santa Monica, 1 bl north. I also provide free parking (other hotels charge $25-40 a night!) with my resident's pass, if you have a car.
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.
****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.
***EMAIL ME DEPARTURE AND ARRIVAL TIMES!!!
Please email me your approx. arrival time & also your departure time too. It's fine if it changes, just keep me in the loop. It's easier for you if I'm here to check you in, give key and pass, etc. I can usually work around your schedule. Email is preferred as I may have several guests that month plus the future months. Email helps me stay on top of it all. I am VERY prompt to respond!
**Check in: 1pm or after**
**Checkout: 10am or before**
Late Checkin is anything after 9pm. Please mention this at time of booking, as there may be an additional fee. I can work around nearly any time you need to check in (I've even let those that fly in early drop their bags off then go to breakfast until the current guests check out and the room is cleaned. (K-24 is a 24 hr diner on SMB, Urth Cafe is a great spot on Melrose/Westmount.) Anything I can do to make your trip easier, I'll do my best.
****Sometimes by ADVANCE request, I can allow a visiting dog with an extra fee, but only on VERY short-term stays (1-5 days). Non-refundable pet fee is $15 per day and due at checkin. (25% of local kennel boarding.) This is also assuming your dog is potty trained and you'll be responsible for any damage that might occur.
Specific directions are in the listing, as well as how to enter the property (hint: Westmount side gate). 99% of guests give a timeframe for arrival (updating via email, or text, if it changes radically) and just show up at the correct entrance. This is appreciated! There's no need to call when coming here unless you have a serious issue. No calls after 9pm please. We will arrange your checkin if it's later than that, beforehand (super easy.)
*****SMOKING is outside only, metal ashtray on table. I don't mind what you smoke as long as it's not a cigar and it's outside with doors shut. If it's inside, it will go through the shared house vents (hint hint.)
****Final Note: I want you to feel taken care of here, that you had an clean, insanely centrally-located house in a very safe, fun, area. In a room with sheets that don't feel or look 3 years old, on a solid, comfy bed and luxury hotel-worthy TV channel selection. Just help me not go into your security deposit by leaving the room neat with removal of all personal items upon departure.
Any concerns please let me know. I am constantly updating and revising the space and listing per my treasured guests' constructive notes. You can tell from my reviews, I care about your experience here. Thank you. And have an amazing stay!