About this listing
Plenty of space for 5 people: two bedroom suite with den & bath, 1 bedroom & private bath in luxurious home with gourmet kitchen, resort like grounds, pool & spa. Just inland from Malibu, close to Hollywood, Beverly Hills, UCLA, Pepperdine, Westlake
Welcome! Our teenagers are off at college and our beautiful home feels empty. Why not make our home your vacation dream? Here are some of the reasons you will love your stay with us:
o Up to three bedrooms available, lots of space, privacy and comfort
o Large downstairs bedroom with study area and private full bathroom. Wonderful queen size bed, memory foam topper. Luxury brand, high thread count linens (Frette etc) Comfortable for two guests
o Spacious 3 room upstairs suite can sleep 3 comfortably: two bedrooms, teen room and private full bathroom. Bedrooms are furnished with twin beds and one trundle
o Fabulous location- Mediterranean designer home, gated community in prestigious Calabasas neighborhood
o Elevation of 2500 feet means it is 10 to 15 degrees cooler here than surrounding neighborhoods
o Easy freeway access
o Local lake, hiking, beaches 15 minutes away
o Beach chairs, beach towels available
o Public golf courses and tennis facilities nearby
Spectacular outdoor living area, pool, jacuzzi garden, and built-in barbecue. Resort like, serene surroundings
o Wireless internet throughout property
o Fresh brewed coffee every morning, lemons anytime from our tree
o Gourmet kitchen
o Laundry room
o Beach towels and beach chairs available for trips to the beach
o Tennis /basketball courts
o Ample parking
Interaction with Guests
Friendly, experienced hosts to provide directions and recommendations.
Calabasas has a lot to offer; the Commons is a quaint, upscale shopping plaza with a multiplex movie theater and several restaurants. Many celebrities live nearby and are often seen around town, at Starbucks, or at the weekly Saturday morning farmers market in Old Town Calabasas. This part of town has a flavor of the old west and hosts historical landmarks, including an original stage coach stop and the notorious Sagebush Cantina.
Nestled in the Santa Monica Mountains, nature is out the front door, with great hiking, mountain biking and motorcycle riding all around, including famous Mulholland Highway. Other local points of interest include UCLA, USC, Cal State Northridge, Pepperdine University, the Channel Islands and Catalina Island. Public golf and tennis facilities are nearby. Most sightseeing venues are close and easily accessible; the 101 freeway is only 2 miles away: Malibu beaches, surfing and shopping are just 12 miles away, Universal Studios 22 miles, Hollywood 25 miles, Beverly Hills 25 miles, Downtown 30 miles, Santa Monica promenade and Beach 30 min, LAX 32 miles. Take a day trip to Disneyland, California Adventures or check out Laguna Beach. Or head to Santa Barbara (60 min) Ojai (45 min) and Santa Ynez wine country (90 min - where the movie Sideways was filmed) and maybe stop at the outlet stores on the way.
Public transportation is limited, car recommended
We are pretty easy and happy to have you. Just a few simple requests:
o Have fun, please let us know if there is anything we can do to help make your stay more enjoyable
o We live in a gated community, an entry pass will be waiting for you at the gate when you first arrive.
o No smoking on property, indoors or out
o No pets other than our two dogs
o Kids must be supervised in the pool and jacuzzi at all times
o Please clean up the kitchen, pool patios or barbeque when done
o Please take the linens off your bed on your departure day
We booked the same day that we arrived. And it was like a paradise for us. Joanne and Gary and 2 lovely dogs makes us feel like home. We needed some days to relax and it was the perfect place.
The area Calabasas is very nice and Joanne told us everthing we needed to know about where to shop, where to eat etc.
You have a private room with you own bathroom, and you can use the kitchen and garden/pool as much as you like. You have to visit this place. Better than all the hotels we ever tried.
We loved our 5 day stay at Joanne and Gary’s beautiful house in Calabasas. From the outset, Joanne was really responsive in emails, and offered lots of help with directions to the property. They could not be there when we arrived but made arrangements for a friend to show us the house so we felt really at home from the start. The accommodation is every bit as lovely as it looks in the photos- we were particularly amazed by the garden and pool area which is spectacular. The beds are really comfortable, the bathrooms well equipped and we had loads of closet space. It was particularly great for our teenage children ( aged 18 and 15) who had the use of a whole area to themselves, with their own sitting room and bathroom. We obviously shared the kitchen with Joanne and Gary, but they were amazingly generous and accommodating of our needs- and were also happy for us to use their outdoor grill area. It’s clear that hosting really means something to Joanne and Gary, as they made so much effort to ensure we had a great time- helping us to plan days out with great tips that a tourist in LA would not know, and even loaning us beach chairs. The property is in a really good location to enjoy both central LA and the beach areas around Malibu, but it was nice to come back to such a welcoming home at the end of a busy day. If you are looking for a genuine family welcome and superb facilities- don’t hesitate to book, you won’t regret it. Thank you Joanne and Gary for everything you did for us during our stay- it made for a brilliant end to our holiday. Oh and special thanks to Zeke and Riley, their lovely dogs, for all the fun and games!
Where to start? We LOVED staying at Joanne and Gary's! They are the most kind, warm and considerate couple you will meet in LA! Their place is the PERFECT spot: just a short drive from the beautiful Malibu beaches and LA is not far away. If you don't want to go out then just hop into the pool or jacuzzi, play fetch with Zeke or have a cold beer in their lovely garden. Definately a place you don't want to miss!!
LOVED staying with the Busasnky's! They were incredibly nice, had a gorgeous house in Calabasas, and were very welcoming and helpful on giving us advice of places to go to. They really make you feel like you're at home. They have 2 super friendly dogs and a gorgeous pool/hot tub in the backyard that you're able to use. I highly recommend having a car rental as they do live in a gated community in the valley and if you wanted to drive down to Hollywood or downtown you'd definitely need a car to get around. I'd keep an eye out on the high traffic rush hours aswell; it'd be good to plan ahead. Calabasas itself is a gorgeous community and I highly recommend checking out The Commons, as well as Toscanova (italian restaurant).
All in all, beautiful and comfortable place to stay, you definitely wouldn't regret it. I'll definitely be staying with them again next time I'm in LA :)
Joanne and Gary are wonderful hosts, as are their two chilled out dogs! The house is really special, in a private gated community in Calabasas. If you would like recommendations, they can give you lots of information. It felt very comfortable (as was the bed!) to be staying with them and would definitely stay again when in LA! Highly recommended.
We had an absolutely fantastic stay at So California Vacation Retreat.
The house was clean and well maintained. My kids and I had our own space. They were upstairs with their own bed rooms bathroom and a great sitting/play room. I was downstairs with my own private bedroom and bath.
The back yard is beautiful with lovely landscape a pool and a Jacuzzi which we enjoyed very much. The location of the house is great. It is in a gated community with tennis and basketball courts. I felt very comfortable allowing my kids to walk to the courts by themselves.
As for our hosts, Joanne and Gary, they really do go above and beyond to accommodate you. Joanne thought of everything to make our visit wonderful.
Our stay at this property was overall excellent.
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About the Host, Joanne
From New York, live in Calabasas (Los Angeles). Love to hang out with my family- college age twin kids and husband; travel, meet new people, learn new things. We enjoy hosting airbnb guests, its like traveling without leaving home. Not working so much now, but using my professional skills to help not-for-profits create strategic marketing and fundraising materials, and work on other community projects.