About This Listing
This is a very special handmade cabin with an airstream, where people, plants, birds, praying mantis, dragonflies & butterflies, congregate to relax, find peace, inspiration and cleaner air whilst enjoying the central urban setting of Los Angeles.
Our slice of Southern California tranquility is a peaceful, hidden oasis with a pond, vertical garden covered bathroom, outdoor/indoor kitchen surrounded by edible fruit and veg. Our little ground level treehouse sits in the middle of Los Angeles, it's pretty much 20 minutes from everywhere... beach to the hills and yet watching the fish or turtle in the pond, it feels miles away from a city.
The house, which you will share with Mileece and Anaponika the cat, has 18 down 5 up wifi, giant SubZero fridge, the live keyboard player for Iron Maiden's vintage cooker and oven, a Toto washlet (I mourn being away from my heated seat), a hand-made stone shower and an 8 person handmade ash slab picnic table.
The room itself is actually in the Airstream and has a small desk, a dedicated closet and drawers for guests. The bed has a memory foam mattress a foot and a half thick, and if you turn on the bedside light, it illuminates a cocoon of stars so you feel like you are in your own private galaxy. The normal lights are one are 12volt hand-made ship style lights in case you want to do some reading etc. There's a sink with hot water, a composting toilet for night-time wee needs, and a large TV/Computer monitor to boot. And there's a PRIVATE for you outdoor shower made from original, downtown LA rail cobble stones, and very spa-ish so you can bathe in delicious warm so-cal sunshine...
We are five minutes from the Farmers Market/Grove on Fairfax and where there is a growing number of cafe's and Whole Foods and Trader Joe's all on the same corner. There are some really excellent coffee shops/eateries on Pico Boulevard, such as paper or plastic popping up, as well as on Fairfax just two blocks away, where nestled in between Ethiopian restaurants, you can find a wonderful rustic style bakery. There are also vintage antique stores as well as an Indian market and regular super market within walking distance.
Culver City which is teeming with bars and restaurants within a minute car ride away and Mandrake's, one of the coolest LA bars with projections, cocktails and dancing etc is easily bikable, as are all the fancy art galleries that cradle it.
We're also blocks (LA blocks) from Museum Row, a super cool cafe called Paper Plastic where you can get Intelligensia coffee, CBS, Melrose and places like Canter's Deli, The Mint and Molly Malone's.
Parking is free on the street, just half a block down from the house (same street, just the other side (south) of the cross st., Whitworth) - we might even have a car you can rent... !! And a couple bikes for those willing to brave the streets of LA on two wheels.
`Two showers, one indoor, one out, both handmade with natural rock, and a fancy `toto toilet. A beautiful outdoor seating area, a super kitchen/living room looking out onto the pond with mood lighting and most every amenity you might need!
Interaction with Guests
Depends on what feels (email hidden)uld be anything from not at all to a proper hang!
So central! You can be in all parts of the city in one day... Just around the corner are a couple of great coffee shops, the LACMA and Ethiopian restaurants with a super vintage shops.
Rule 1: There are no rules
Rule 2: There are some rules
Rule 3: We ask that you treat this house as you would your own.
Rule 4: Being the 4th rule, it makes sense to state that there is room for 4, so ask.
Rule 5: Be on the lookout for the fairies, they are always hiding phones and keys.
Rule 6: Water the plants, they'll thank you with free oxygen.
Rule 7: Sleep in, you deserve it.
Rule 8: οκτώ, 八, แปด, 8 is the only positive Fibonacci number.
Rule 9: Call, email, text, carrier pigeon. You need something, have a question, need a shoulder, we're there for you.
Rule 10: Knock, knock. Who's there. Rule 10. Rule 10 who. Rule 10 is the most important. 42.
AND ALWAAAAYS LOCK THE GATE!! Thank you!
This place was a really cool and a unique experience. It's just as described. The garden is fantastic and we were greeted each morning by a sunbathing turtle.
My one suggestion is that if you're arriving at night bring a small flashlight (you need to get the key from a small lockbox out front and then walk in through the garden) and familiarize yourself with the ample instructions ahead of time.
I would definitely stay here again.
This place is magical! A little oasis in the middle of LA. Alea has created such a beautiful and unique space. The airstream is so cute and very comfortable, and the garden is quiet and the perfect place to relax! Alea was out of town during our stay, but I never had a problem reaching her with any questions. I would definitely recommend staying here if you are looking for a unique and magical getaway!
I planned a one night stay here for a surprise birthday trip for my boyfriend and we both loved it! The pictures are an excellent reference for what it actually looks and feels like. The coy pond offers a nice tranquil sound throughout the night while you hang in the airstream or in the kitchen area. The space provides a perfect getaway from the city yet is in a great location for those who want to get out and explore their surroundings. We had such a good time that we even considered extending our stay another night, but we will definitely be coming back soon!!
Magical moments in this incredibly unique space. Mileece is an absolute genius and has created a wonderland, the fact that she shares it with people from all over the world is a testament to the remarkable human she is. Thanks M, you're all kinds of wonderful.
Alea's garden is beautiful. Otherworldly. It's the perfect retreat for one or two. The cat are fish are perfect company.
My experience while at Alea's was very private and hands-off — more than I had assumed! — but that made it very peaceful. Something I hadn't realized upon booking is that the little studio with a full bathroom and kitchen is also private. I thought that was shared! Rules were very clear and amenities were easy to find. I wasn't left needing anything. This is one prepared host!
I'd stay again in a heartbeat. Can I move in?
This was my second stay at this beautiful location! If you're going to be travelling to LA I highly recommend this little slice of paradise. Everything is exactly as described and actually exceeds all expectations. The outdoor shower is bliss.
Everything about Alea's place was amazing. It was a pleasure to stay. It was so very private and didn't even feel like we were in the middle of LA. The only negative is I never wanted to leave!
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About the Host, Alea
I'm an English/American artist and renewable energy ambassador, living in LA and Europe. We've built a home in LA and in France from a crumbling old farm. I'm compelled to share our spaces as they are there to be enjoyed and guests and friends have always made some of the most important contributions. I speak English, we cook, knit, read, apprentice gardener, and my mortise and tenon joints are not bad. The homes are tidy and pretty quiet, we've done a lot of messy work to make our home and now revel in our projects being finished.
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