Lounge Teepee Exterior (not for overnights, guests sleep in guesthouse in first photo)Front of guesthouse at night; shown with daybed.
Entire home/apt
2 Guests
1 Bedroom
1 Bed
1 adult
0 children
Ages 2 - 12
0 infants
Under 2
2 guests maximum. Infants don’t count toward the number of guests.
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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 on 1 night stays. Weekly & Monthly rates available, rates depend on season -- please inquire for long term stays.

Rates vary per season & day of week -- please enter dates in calendar for pricing, rate as shown on listing is base rate!


The space
Accommodates: 2
Bathrooms: 1
Bedrooms: 1
Beds: 1
Check In: 3PM - 10PM
Check Out: 11AM
Room type: Entire home/apt


Extra people: No Charge
Cleaning Fee: $75
Security Deposit: $200
Cancellation: Strict
Weekend Price: $195 / night


The space

Hello! Welcome!

Please read my entire listing before messaging, as I have comprehensive coverage for most all questions! Additionally, I do adhere to all of my rules & guidelines! No exceptions!

Rules are: 2 guest maximum, no pets, no children of any age, no visitors during your stay, 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.

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). Unit does not have A/C, but has ceiling fans in the bedroom, along with sliding glass & screen doors in each room allowing for ventilation.

1 carport parking spot is available, along with extra parking along the road. The road is paved, but has no sidewalks alongside.

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.

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.

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.

Guest access


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

As the property is shared with other guests & sound carries in the canyon, I want to maintain an atmosphere of privacy & tranquility. Therefore, I do not allow visitors during your stay. The guesthouse is reserved for 2 people that I meet during check in, otherwise, please refrain from visitors.

The guesthouse is a stand-alone unit, private & faces a large lawn with firepit (as shown in the photos). I do have a gardener, you may get a glimpse of and/or myself maintaining grounds. The hot tub is reserved for your use, from 10 am to 10 pm (other tenants have their own hot tub). 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 & aside from check in, I sometimes I do not see them for the entire weekend/they do not see anyone, unless they call on me for assistance. All amenities including lawn & hot tub are reserved for AirBnB Guests during listed hours; but know that you may see an occasional person who will not disturb you.

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 welcome 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!

Cell reception is poor in the canyon (as mentioned), so I only accept phone calls from guests who are staying in the guest house. It helps ensure that I'm able to address your questions readily & easily.

The neighborhood

FUN FACT: As featured in Cody Simpson's music video, "Love."

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!

Getting around

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.

Other things to note

As Topanga is rural, I request that guests be aware & keep tidy while staying at the guest house by cleaning up garbage, wiping up food crumbs & keeping dishes clean. This helps me prevent raccoons from getting into dishes that are left outdoors, and to control ants or flies. I do have the occasional ant issue in the kitchen after untidy guests leave dishes & food lying out, but I address the ants continually. Ants are a seasonal issue in Topanga, only coming out for the warmer months.

Please note that there is the rare local power outages in Topanga, due to it being a rural town & there being different weather conditions up in the hilly canyon area. I've only had a handful of power outages in the last few years, so they are not frequent or cause for concern unless there is turbulent rain storms or rolling weather related blackouts.

House Rules
No smoking
Not suitable for pets
No parties or events
May not be safe or suitable for children (0-12 years)
Check-in time is 3PM - 10PM.

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.

Due to my property size, I am unable to host events. Do know that if I catch guests breaking any of my rules, I will contact AirBnB immediately & the reservation will be cancelled. No visitors are allowed during your stay, due to keeping my property a private tranquil place for other guests. If I catch a guest trying to throw a party or sneaking people onto my property, I will contact AirBnB & cancel the reservation immediately.

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 a non-negotiable rate of $225 a night + a one time $75 cleaning fee.

Per AirBnB rules, the person who booked must show up to check in & be one of the people staying overnight. I cannot host people other than who booked! This is due to liability concerns with AirBnB.

Jacuzzi hours are until 10 pm. Please keep all noise levels low after 10 pm, to respect other tenants on property. I will flash the lights a few times if you are in the jacuzzi past 10 pm, so you'll have a gentle reminder that it's time to depart.

JACUZZI ETIQUETTE: Please ensure you are clean before taking a jacuzzi by showering in the outdoor shower just next to the jacuzzi. NO BUBBLES, FOAM, LEAVE IN CONDITIONER, BODY OILS, LOTIONS, ETC.. Please ensure you do not lotion or put anything on your skin just before getting into the jacuzzi, as this leaves a residue in the water as well. It takes me half a day to clean the jacuzzi out if you have any product on your body or hair & it gets really foamy!

Call me when you'd like to light a fire or start a BBQ. Do not start any fires or BBQs without my assistance. 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, cancelled booking & ejection from my property! This is a serious matter, as I require liability insurance, etc. for shoots.
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..

Safety features
Smoke detector
Carbon monoxide detector
First aid kit
Safety card
Fire extinguisher

2 nights minimum stay

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Topanga, California, United States · Joined in April 2012


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.

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