About this listing
Beautiful PRIVATE TROPICAL Guest House in Topanga Canyon! Look up Cody Simpson's video, "Love" on You Tube for video of property!
1 NIGHT STAYS ARE $225/NIGHT. MSG 4 INFO, NO DISCOUNTS.
PLEASE READ ENTIRE DETAILS/LISTING BEFORE MESSAGING.
PLEASE READ ENTIRE LISTING/DETAILS FIRST BEFORE MESSAGING!
FYI I do adhere to all of my rules & guidelines! No exceptions!
ONE NIGHT STAYS are NOW AVAILABLE FOR $225 A NIGHT + $65 CLEANING FEE (message for more info - the 1 night charge is not negotiable).
Rules are: 2 guest maximum, No pets, no children of any age, etc.. The AirBnB app does not show what I do not allow, only what I do! Please check this listing on a desktop computer, so you understand what I do allow/do not allow before messaging. No parties/events/weddings on my property.
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Come relax up in Topanga & get away! 1 Bedroom Guest House located in the Heart of the canyon for nightly & weekly rentals! The entire property has waterfalls, ponds & a tropical themed environment. The guest house has 1 queen sized bed & can accommodate a maximum of two guests comfortably. There is also a kitchenette with mini fridge, stovetop, complete with coffee maker & filters, dishes/pots/pans & washer/dryer on site (the washer/dryer is for stays of 5+ days).
1 carport parking spot is available, along with extra parking along the road. The road is paved, but has no sidewalks alongside.
CELL PHONE & INTERNET:
Wireless internet is available, along with a cell signal booster. Reception can be spotty up in the mountains, and is not guaranteed; although most all guests have not had issues.
Topanga is a charming, countryside neighborhood adjacent to Los Angeles & very safe. I've lived here for over 30 years, and never had any issues.
My house is about 15 minutes drive from Santa Monica, 20 minutes from Malibu & 15 minutes to Woodland Hills, 30 minutes to LAX. Without traffic, I'm about 35 minutes from Hollywood, 40 minutes from downtown, 25 minutes to West Los Angeles/Culver City. To get a better idea of commute, I'm central in Topanga, so if you check a map for Topanga, CA & get directions from there, you'll be able to estimate distances.
ARE THERE ANIMALS ON THE PROPERTY?
No. I do not allow any animals in the guest house, nor are there any on the property (for those of you with allergy concerns). For those who need petsitting: LADogma is a great local option where dogs stay comfortably in a home in Topanga. Just look up "LADogma" for more info.
IS THIS A FAMILY RENTAL?
My rental is Adults Only - No children of any age allowed (including infants)! Due to a unique property structure, with many stone stairways, ponds, firepit, size of guest house, etc., I remain firm on my policy of (2) adult guests maximum per stay. Many families try to message me asking for an exception; but I do remain firm on this rule, due to liability & safety concerns.
I'm happy to host just parents for a romantic getaway, though!
There are several long flights of stone steps leading up to the guesthouse. This shouldn't be a problem for most people (and i'm happy to help with luggage), but if you have trouble with stairs, this may not be the place for you. I've had multiple pregnant women manage the stairs late in their term, but these stairs may also be a concern for pregnant women on bed rest.
Sheets are 100% cotton, 600 thread count - I use all natural laundry detergents, for those of you with allergy concerns! I also provide organic soaps, all cotton towels & robes. Please do let me know if you have allergies though, so I can be extra scent-sitive!
If you'd like this to be a surf getaway, I'm happy to loan you one of my boards with your security deposit acting as collateral! I have kayaks & stand-up paddle boards available for use - but note that you'll need a truck or SUV to get them down to the beach (I don't allow guests to tie the boards to a standard car, even with a roof rack - I don't want my boards to be damaged). I've been surfing & diving for many years locally, and would be happy to give you some pointers on location, etc..
If you are a photographer looking to use my property as a location for a shoot, please note that I don't include shoots as part of a "package" deal when staying at the guest house. If you try to sneak a shoot on my property, this will result in a negative rating and/or loss of security deposit!
Please mention any relevant photography in your message, as I would require that we arrange a shoot outside of AirBnB. I use my properties as locations, so a location fee would be required, along with standard insurance, etc..
If you'd like to take a few casual snapshots on my property for strictly personal use, that's fine.
BRAND NEW TIPI on property! For hanging out & lounging!
Also featuring: outdoor bathtub, indoor stone shower, wireless internet, satellite television, outdoor firepit, HD flat screen TV with DVD player, DVD library, microwave, toaster oven, stove top, mini fridge, kitchen with coffee maker/filters/tea, dishes & pots & pans, towels, shampoo & body wash, hot tub with crystal fireplace, BBQ, year-round springs & waterfalls, filtered water, tropical gardens surrounding guest house, large decks & patios, great views, outdoor bed for napping, hammocks, 1 car carport parking, & more.
Interaction with Guests
The guesthouse is a stand-alone unit, completely private & faces a large private lawn with private firepit (as shown in the photos). I do have a gardener, you may get a glimpse of; that's it. The hot tub is private use, from 10 am to 10 pm. I live on the property, remotely & away from view of the guesthouse, but am reachable by phone call. Many couples stay at my property for romantic getaways & sometimes I do not see them for the entire weekend, unless they call on me for assistance. Tenants who live on site will not interfere with your privacy, all amenities including lawn & hot tub are reserved for your use during listed hours.
If you call me, I will come down & start a fire or BBQ for you! I interact as little or as much as guests like - Some people like to spend their entire time secluded, and I only appear to give a property tour. Other people who have stayed hung out with me & we've had some BBQ & talked about life around the fire. My level of interaction depends on your preference!
FUN FACT: As featured in Cody Simpson's music video, "Love." (website hidden)
LOCAL POINTS OF INTEREST:
AirBnB does a great job of covering Topanga! Check out their location guide here: https://www.airbnb.com/locations/los-angeles/topanga
Topanga State Beach is an 8 minute drive & Topanga State Park is about a 5 minute drive. In Topanga, there are many hiking trails, some with eight thousand year-old Indian caves & waterfalls.
Mimosa Cafe is the village coffee shop, which is a 10 minute hike down the hill. Just across the way from Mimosa, there is a natural foods store & a little mini market. Santa Monica & Malibu are a beautiful 15 minute drive along Pacific Coast Highway.
Suggested local restaurants would be Inn of the Seventh Ray, Froggy's & Cholada Thai food. Great restaurants in Malibu are Geoffrey's, Nobu Sushi & Cafe Habana.
The closest large grocery store is a Von's Market, located on Sunset Blvd. There's also a natural foods market & deli in Malibu, named PC Greens. Additionally, a local raw smoothie & juice bar has opened recently, about a 5 minute drive from my place called Fresh in Topanga!
there is no public transit in Topanga Canyon -- you will need a car! The closest public transit is the MTA line 534, which runs along Pacific Coast Highway.
Two adult guests per guest house maximum (no children of any age allowed, this also means no infants) -- NO SMOKING OF ANY KIND anywhere on property, due to fire hazards/tenant concerns, no pets.
Washer/Dryer is for guests with stays of 5+ days. Please inquire if you are a longer-term guest about where laundry facilities are located.
Two night minimum stay, no pets. For a 1 night stay, please message me for further info. Those are available for $225 a night + a one time $65 cleaning fee. I am not able to go any lower on this fee.
If you'd like to invite 1 - 2 guests over, check in with me in advance. I have other tenants who live on the property & I'd like to be aware, in case one of them is concerned! Visitors (at my discretion) are allowed up until 10 pm; I only allow 2 people overnight in the guest house. I'm usually pretty chill about visitors, but this is not a "party" house; all guests are at my discretion. As for guests, please only invite people that you know very well & trust. For any visitors, you are responsible to impart them my property rules. You are responsible for your guests' behavior & any property damaged, lost and/or stolen.
Jacuzzi hours are until 10 pm. Please keep all noise levels low after 10 pm, to respect other tenants on property.
Do not start any fires or BBQs without my assistance. Call me when you'd like to light a fire or start a BBQ. No candles, incense or open flames of any kind unless approved by me.
If you'd like to take a few casual snapshots on my property for strictly personal use, I'm fine with that! If you are a photographer, blogger, etc., please read below.
If you are a photographer looking to use my property as a location for a shoot, please note that I don't include shoots as part of a "package" deal when staying at the guest house. If you try to sneak a photo shoot for something professional/published on my property, this will result at very minimum a negative review!
Please discuss in advance photography that is not for private personal use. I use my properties as locations, so a location fee would be required, along with standard insurance, etc..
Darrell's place is just magical. Especially the garden at night. Everything was perfect and very well organized. We won't forget the two night we spent my boyfriend and I in the Pirates of Caribbean Getaway. Darrell's vintage store too was the most beautiful and furnished we've ever been. Thank you for everything!
We used this beautiful studio as our last stop on our honeymoon.. It was rewarding to arrive at this beautiful property.. First impression I was really pleased, not only was it easy to find and locate, it was pleasently charming when we arrived with everything being clean and tidy with the instruction for entry easy. Darrell the owner of the property said hello and reminded us if we needed anything to let him know showing us how to use everything and showing us around the property.
The studio had good simple cooking facilities. The studio as a whole is beautifully decorated and a lot has gone in to each detail. The grounds are well maintained and simply wonderful, it's like a tropical paradise.
Parking as very easy and we parked right outside.
We really enjoyed our stay here, and hope to one day come back!
Darrell's place is one of a kind. He has spent many years to create a piece of Hawaii in Cali. The cottage is small but the kitchen is equipped with everything we needed for a shorter stay.
The location is great. Not far from the beaches in Malibu. We had no problems finding the place.
Darrell is very helpful and gave us many valuable tips on good restaurants etc.
The only disadvantage we can think of is the lack of AC during hot summer days.
Darrell's place is literally amazing ! All the property is full of totems, waterfalls, wood sculptures and statues, lights, which makes it even more fabulous at night. We could enjoy the outside Jacuzzi at night and also cooked our dinner in the fire .
We could not dream of a more perfect place for our 1 year wedding anniversary getaway. You should definitely stay at least 2 days to enjoy the whole property!
We had an amazing stay. It was like a paradise, the gardens are incredible, super secluded. The house is really homely and Darrell was really helpful when we wanted suggestions of where to eat or needed to know how to work various things in the house.
Darrell ist sehr zuvorkommend und unkompliziert. Die Unterkunft hat unsere Erwartungen voll und ganz getroffen! Es ist genau der richtige Ort, um nach der Mega-City LA für eine kurze Zeit zu entspannen. Sehr empfehlenswert!
What a dream ! Before arriving to Darrell ' place we would have never imagined to to find such an amazing place a few miles from LA
Darrell ' s creation of an enchanted site is really incredible, waterfalls, totems and statues of various origins disposed everywhere in the property with a lot of taste and imagination inside and outside the house itself and even an outside jacuzzi ! At night the place is magical with lights in the tree
Darrell is a very nice host ready to give you some tips ré restaurants beaches hikes etc
Our only regret we stayed 4 nights and would have loved to stay longer
About the Host, Darrell
I'm Darrell -- native to California, I own an antique & vintage clothing store in Topanga Canyon. I enjoy spending time surfing, spear fishing, diving, snorkeling, traveling, storytelling & generally spending time outdoors. I also enjoy a good movie -- my favorite is the Indiana Jones trilogy & Avatar.
I've lived in Topanga Canyon since the 70s & have spent many years creating an environment where I want to spend as much time as possible. I love visiting any place tropical & wanted to live in Hawaii, but decided to create my own tropical escape here. My place is like a combination of the Swiss Family Robinson & the Pirates of the Caribbean ride at Disneyland.
I enjoy meeting people from all over & I often host small BBQs with my tenants who also live on the property. I'm an easy going host & live in a treehouse on site, so I'm available if you need anything! If you'd like to share a meal or hang out around the fire, I always enjoy hearing stories from new people.