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THE MOUNTAIN MERMAID - Rustic Elegance Rural Bliss

5.0(24 reviews)SuperhostTopanga, California, United States
Entire house hosted by Bill
6 guests3 bedrooms6 beds3 baths
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An architectural gem with lush gardens and sweeping mountain views. Beauty, warmth, and serenity are the prime amenities of this bucolic retreat. Built in 1930 as a country club, it went on to become one of Mickey Choen's LA gambling houses, then a gay club, and later the infamous Mermaid Tavern. By the 1980s it was a shipwreck in slow motion with shards of plaster sloughing off like glacier-ice into the sea. Now, fully restored, the Mermaid is ready for you to make some history of your own.

The space
Available for overnight stays through Airbnb. Most filming projects, weddings, memorials, retreats, workshops and events are only booked directly with the owner because they tend to be more complex involving special written agreements and cancellation policies inconsistent with Airbnb .

The $2,500. day rate is for a group of 6 or less staying overnight. Everything else (photoshoots, filming, workshops, retreats, memorials, etc.) is individually priced depending on use, numbers of days, numbers of guests, numbers hours, and other considerations.

Please read Listing and House Rules below before you inquire.

• LOCATION - In Topanga Canyon, the celebrated vortex of art and eccentricity. Minutes to urban Los Angeles, yet seems a zillion miles away.
• NATURE - Surrounded by thousands of acres of the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area, the largest urban park in America
• GRAND SCALE - 7,000-square-foot architectural gem on several acres of rural bliss.
• DROP-DEAD GORGEOUS - Candy for the eyes, and food for the soul. Beauty is perhaps the prime amenity.
• AMBIENCE - Great vibe, intimacy and warmth.
• MOUNTAIN VIEWS
• FRESH AIR
• LUSH GARDENS with meandering pathways, fountains everywhere and lots of vintage outdoor furniture.
• WILDLIFE - A Certified Wildlife and Butterfly Habitat. Peacocks roam, bunnies hop about, bees buzz, and hummingbird drink from the fountains helicopter-style.
• SPECTACULAR GREAT ROOM with 16-foot high truss-beamed ceiling, grand staircase, and original hardwood maple floors.
• THREE BEDROOMS - The Siren Room, Mountain Room, and Tower Room.
• 3 EN-SUITE BATHROOMS, beautifully appointed.
• BIG FIREPLACE in the Great Room to warm the soul.
• EXTERIORS - Patios, Verandas, Balconies, and Decks.
• BIG CLASSIC SWIMMING POOL - 20’ X 40’, three to eight feet deep with deep azure bottom.
• OFF-STREET PARKING - If you visit, please park inside the front gate, not on the neighborhood streets.
• PHOTOGENIC - A favorite location with photographers and filmmakers for decades.
• NOTORIOUS HISTORY
The property was originally developed in the early 30s as the Sylvia Park Country Club. In the 40’s it was reinvented as a gambling house run by the infamous gangster, Mickey Cohen. In the 50’s it was reborn again as The Canyon Club, a gay nightclub owned and operated by a former vice cop. Other assorted identities include American Legion hall, boarding house, theatre, and a celebrated artist’s haunt called The Mermaid Tavern that featured world-class chamber music and more.
By the late 1980s, the place was an exercise in deferred maintenance, a shipwreck in slow motion listing precariously, with a crumbling foundation, a checkered past, and an uncertain future. In 1989, a local artist with a passion for old houses and history bought the property, moved in with the rats, bats, and one feral cat, shoveled the horse manure from the floor, and began a 25-year journey of rebirth and rehabilitation.
The Mountain Mermaid is now a horticultural retreat for the rejuvenation of mind, body and spirit, and for the preservation of our natural, architectural and historical heritage
The rest is history.

Guest access
GUEST QUARTERS: Guests have the exclusive use of all of the grand rooms from the country club days -- the spectacular 1,500 square-foot Great Room, the spacious dining room and amazing kitchen, 3 bedrooms with 3 en-suite bathrooms, patios, roof deck, balconies, pool, backyard, front yard, and side-yards.

Other things to note
Visitors often remark about the Mermaid’s beauty, warmth, and soothing vibe. The location is filled with a irreplaceable array of antique furniture and fixtures. The owner wants guests to thoroughly enjoy their time here while simultaneously being respectful and protective of its furnishings, surfaces, plants, and serene environs. Guests are asked to keep the volume of their voices and music moderate. Volume levels can be increased inside if all the doors and windows are closed. Guests are to be discreet during their stay so as not to disturb, annoy, endanger, or interfere with the quiet enjoyment of the neighbors and other guests. Sound levels are at the sole discretion of the owner or residing manager.
An architectural gem with lush gardens and sweeping mountain views. Beauty, warmth, and serenity are the prime amenities of this bucolic retreat. Built in 1930 as a country club, it went on to become one of Mickey Choen's LA gambling houses, then a gay club, and later the infamous Mermaid Tavern. By the 1980s it was a shipwreck in slow motion with shards of plaster sloughing off like glacier-ice into the sea. Now, fu… read more

Sleeping arrangements

Bedroom 1
1 queen bed
Bedroom 2
1 queen bed
Bedroom 3
1 king bed

Amenities

Free parking on premises
Breakfast
Kitchen
Wifi
Pool
Cable TV
Indoor fireplace
Dedicated workspace
Iron
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Topanga, California, United States

The rural-residential neighborhood has a charming, friendly, laid-back, small-town vibe. Super close to town, yet seems like a world apart. Guest's say they can't believe they're in LA. Five minutes to Topanga center's restaurants, coffee shops, grocery stores, and post office. Ten minutes to the beach. Ten minutes to Woodland Hills and Ventura Boulevard with every urban amenity. A hiker's paradise. Walk out the door and hike or mountain-bike all the way to Ventura county, West LA, or the ocean over the famous Backbone Trail.
The rural-residential neighborhood has a charming, friendly, laid-back, small-town vibe. Super close to town, yet seems like a world apart. Guest's say they can't believe they're in LA. Five minutes to Topanga…

Hosted by Bill

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Long-story-short, I was born in Los Angeles, love art, houses and history, grew weary of working for others as a commercial illustrator, so became my own boss reclaiming and preserving old buildings.
During your stay
OWNER’S QUARTERS are on the lower basement level. Owner travels frequently, and may or may not be on site during your stay. Guest quarters do not overlap the owner’s quarters. Your peaceful enjoyment of the location is of utmost importance, and your privacy will be totally respected. Owner or manager will be available if you need anything.
OWNER’S QUARTERS are on the lower basement level. Owner travels frequently, and may or may not be on site during your stay. Guest quarters do not overlap the owner’s quarters. Your…
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House rules
Check-in: 3:00 PM - 12:00 AM
Checkout: 11:00 AM
Self check-in with lockbox
No pets
No parties or events
Smoking is allowed
Health & safety
Committed to Airbnb's enhanced cleaning process. Learn more
Airbnb's social-distancing and other COVID-19-related guidelines apply
Carbon monoxide alarm
Smoke alarm
Security Deposit - if you damage the home, you may be charged up to $5000
Cancellation policy