About This Listing
The POD (portable outdoor dwelling), also known as Mela (apple in Italian) was built in 2009 and has been a sought after space amongst our friends and now the airbnb community. Incredibly cozy dwelling detached from the house and in our garden!
Beautiful portable outdoor dwelling (POD) located in the heart of Santa Monica. In the backyard of a 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom house located in a gorgeous garden. Beautiful and fully stocked cook's kitchen, and we have some amazing meals here! Gorgeous stone bathroom and lots of hangout space in the garden. Fire pit, tree house and yoga space. The POD features space for sleeping on the first level and/or a loft space. Very comfortable and relaxing space! It's comfortable to sleep at night during summer nights and it's warm in the winter as well. The house mates are worldly and super friendly crew that love meeting new peeps.
The location is very central! We are walking distance to the Promenade, the Pier, the beach is 1.5 miles away from the house, about a 25 minute walk. Venice Beach is 2.8 miles and a 45 minute walk along the lovely beach. Hollywood is easy to get to either by taking the famous route 66 via Santa Monica Blvd that is a block away from our house or taking the 10 freeway (less than one mile from our house). Hollywood is only 15 miles away. There are lots of amazing museums like the Getty, LACMA and so much more!
There is no smoking in the POD or the house but you can smoke outside if you dispose of your cigarette butts before you leave. Thanks for being a respectful smoker!
The main house with chef's kitchen, beautiful stone tiled bathroom with shower, living room with musical instruments, 3 patio areas, treehouse and the POD, of course!
Interaction with Guests
There are 4 permanent residents that live on the property. If any of us are in the house, we will welcome you with questions, sharing meals and recommending places to go. They may be other renters visiting us and you will get an opportunity to make more new friends...this has happened before at our home....many times! ;)
It's peaceful, safe and central. We are walking distance to the beach, close to the freeway, and buses. Tons of great restaurants in the area, the Pier, the Promenade, the best farmers market in the world, the mountains and so much more!
Very easy to get around, by foot, bike, bus, or car. We are a 15 minute walking distance to the beach, the pier and the Promenade (which has lots of stores, restaurants and movie theaters).
Other Things to Note
Permit parking on most of our street, please be aware when you arrive, tickets are $64. We have a spot in the driveway (if free please park there to unload) and parking passes will be available to you if you let us know that you will have a car during your stay with us.
We are a shoe-free home. Kitchen is fully stocked. You are welcome to cook and use spices/oil. We have a jar that you can put some $$ for what you use. We ask that you clean up after cooking. Keep sink empty at all times. We compost, recycle and conserve water. We don't have any pets nor do we rent to those that do (sorry). We are a very relaxed home and welcome guests warmly!
My fiancé and I had a great time staying in Guzel's lovely garden/ eco pod! We were traveling from Chicago to LA to scope out apartments and are so grateful for our unique experience staying here. The pod is super cool, and walking out into the beautiful garden every morning with butterflies floating around and the fresh smell of sunshine and flowers was the best. We drove almost everywhere since we were there to cover ground, but the area is easily walkable and everything from cafes to banks to salons is nearby. All the other house guests we encountered were great, too. We felt welcome to come and go as needed. Guzel left us parking permits for each day we were there and provided great communication even though she wasn't on the property until our last day. Glad we got to meet and chat, though :) Good Vibes!
We had the best experience staying in "Mela" and could not have asked for a better host. Guzel was welcoming and helpful and we got to experience a potluck/brunch with Guzel and her female friends in the beautiful garden. We can't wait to go back and stay with Guzel again!
Anton and I had a really great time at Guezel's house. The pod was very cozy and we slept really good in there. The house were located in a calm and safe area but still close to centre/beach. Guezel let us use her bikes which we appreciated very much! We would definitely recommend her place and would love to come back to beautiful Santa Monica!
guzel made my friend and I very welcomed, the first night she welcomed us and offered us dinner (since she had friends in town), unfortunately since we'd already travaled for 10 hours (Sweden) we declined and went to sleep. But before that she had a warm welcome and showed us around both the separate house where you shower, go to the toilet or store some of your food. Finally our onion, as we called it, was super cozy and it really grew in our minds. The beds are okey, notice pollution isn't that bad and the place had a good feeling of homeliness in it! The location is good too, it's a 20 minute walk to the beach and stores and there is a lot to do there. The area itself felt nice and safe, three was a couple of times when we woke up and heared sirens but that's to be expected in LA in my opinion. The only cons we had with our trip to LA and guzel is that was a bit to short (only three days before we kept going to Hawaii) and that there were a couple of insects in the pod (we're both a bit afraid of that haha)
Thanks for having us guzel and hopefully you'll be able to travel to Asia you too soon!
A wonderfully unusual experience in a beautiful garden; the pod was quiet, and comfortable. My grandson loved the urban camping experience. Everyone at the houes was respectful, we had privacy and we felt accepted. We did a lot of walking around and we were allowed to come and go as we pleased.
Guzel and the whole crew really made for a great first airbnb experience, and for a great first California experience. While this spot may not be the greatest fit for everybody, for the right people it's the best possible place you could stay. It's definitely where I'll be staying for my next Santa Monica adventure.
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About the Host, Guzel
I'm a lover of life! Love creating beautiful environments, fun times with friends and family, cooking delicious food, meeting new people and laughing till my stomach hurts. I'm an environmentalist and an activist. At our home, we compost, don't use chemicals to clean, nor do we use paper towels. Hand towels...so old school! I love traveling. My preference is to stay with locals and see their perspective. I also like staying in places for more than a week...preferably a few months to really get it's essence. I'm very laid back and don't get to stressed about stuff in life. Why stress....it's all going to unfold as it should!
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