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 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 of artists 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 3 permanent residents that live on the property. If any of them 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).
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 expect that you clean up after cooking. Keep sink empty at all times. We compost, recycle and conserve water. We are a very relaxed home and welcome guests warmly!
Smoking is permitted outside near the fire pit in our beautiful garden!
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.
Guzel was very welcoming and accommodating. If you're looking for a unique experience in Santa Monica, I'd strongly suggest booking the yurt. I met so many great people while I was there and became part of the community at the Giving Garden. Thanks, Guzel!
My time at Santa Monica, although short, was great. Guzel's roommates were super welcoming, and the Eco-pod was ideal for us.
What a wonderful place to stay in Santa Monica. Inspiring and vibrant people welcomed us very kindly. Guzel was super helpful in feeling home immediately. I would recommend this place to anyone who loves making rich encounters and experience a special and lovely way to live in Santa Monica.
This is an amazing and special place -- so glad I stayed here and got to meet Guzel. I was gone most of the day and primarily used the yurt to sleep, but it's in a beautiful backyard that I wish I'd spent more time in.
My husband and I stayed in here for three nights and it was perfect! We never had the opportunity to meet Guzel face to face but she was great to deal with through email/text message -- she answered questions and shared lots of information about where we were staying. When we arrived, she left more information for us and a parking pass to help make our stay easier. The owner of the home and other tenants were also fabulous and very fun to chat with. As for the the Pod, it was such a unique place to stay. It was very cozy and in a beautiful garden. A must for any nature loving person to stay when they go to Santa Monica. The home is also beautiful with a huge kitchen to prepare food. It was about a 15 minute walk to the beach/pier but very easy to get around. We would definitely recommend staying here and we plan on hopefully going back ourselves!
Great. Friendly people. Felt welcomed. Everything was great. Exactly as described. The pod is a wonderful place to stay.
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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!
Our communal house consists of artists that are living the dream. It's a very special household indeed. Hope you get to be here during one of our gatherings....you will meet the creme dela creme of LA! ;)