About this listing
Our unique 1913 Craftsman home is an easy walk to restaurants, shops, and Santa Monica and Venice beaches. We offer bicycles with the reservation for guests to explore our neighborhood and experience the best of the southern California lifestyle.
Our home is a classic Craftsman-style house built in 1913. It is Dale's childhood home and decorated with paintings by his parents and collectables from our travels. We are a five-minute walk to Santa Monica beach and even closer to Main Street, which has a variety of restaurants, boutique shops, nightclubs, pubs, and coffee houses. There are bicycles included with the reservation and available to our guests to explore Santa Monica, the pier, Third Street Promenade, Venice beach, Abbott Kinney Boulevard, and beyond.
The guest bedroom, which has a queen-size bed with high thread count linens, and guest bathroom both have garden views. The suite is on the first floor of our home and extremely private. Since we are located so close to the beach, the Pacific Ocean breezes keep the house cool and comfortable. Wifi is available throughout the house, garden spaces, and side patio. We provide a hairdryer, flat iron, robes, and bath and beach towels for our guests. There is also an HDTV flatscreen with DirecTV satellite service in the guest bedroom. Use of the kitchen, outdoor bbq, garden spaces, washer/dryer, and jacuzzi hot tub is also included with the reservation.
Our reservation rates are published here on the Airbnb website, but the City of Santa Monica collects a Transient Occupancy Tax (TOT) of 14% from Airbnb hosts just like any hotel or motel in the city limits. Unfortunately, Airbnb does not yet have a way to collect the tax through the website, so hosts must collect the taxes and then directly pay the city. When prospective guests make a reservation for "Historic Santa Monica Home by Beach," we will accept the request, and AFTERWORD make an alteration to the reservation THAT WILL INCLUDE THE 14% TAX. Guests must accept the alteration in order to be confirmed for the reservation.
Guests have access to all of the outdoor and downstairs indoor areas, which includes the living room, dining room, kitchen, garden, and side patio with jacuzzi hot tub. The second floor areas are for our private use only.
Interaction with Guests
We are both native Californians and have lived in Los Angeles for most of our lives. We'd be happy to help you navigate the city and get the most out of your stay in Santa Monica. We are always available to help our guests with questions and restaurant recommendations, but we also respect their need for privacy.
Santa Monica feels more like a neighborhood than a city. It is perfectly safe and we (and our guests) have felt comfortable walking or riding bikes around town at any hour of the day or night. There are concerts at the Santa Monica Pier in summer, weekly farmer's markets year-round, regular free movies on the lawn of the California Heritage Museum, gourmet food truck events, and all are within walking distance. Santa Monica is also home to the original Muscle Beach and has world-class shopping in downtown and along Montana Avenue.
We are located about 20 minutes from LAX, and Big Blue Bus and Metro bus lines are easily accessible from our house. The Big Blue Bus is efficient for travel to downtown Santa Monica and Third Street Promenade, Malibu, West Los Angeles, and Downtown L.A. If guests choose to explore more of Los Angeles (Hollywood, Universal Studios, Beverly Hills, Disneyland), they may consider renting a car or taking a sightseeing tour since public transportation is not the best. There is plenty of free street parking near our house for rental cars. Taxis are also readily available.
Other Things to Note
We'd like our guests to treat our house as they would their own home.
We have hardwood floors that can be damaged by sand, so please do a shake and a wipe down after a day at the beach :)
We generally leave walking shoes in the front entry of the house and sandy beach towels on the front porch to dry.
We have a curtain to the hallway to the guest bedroom and bathroom to offer our travelers more privacy. Please close the curtain when you're at home (so we know to keep the roar to a minimum!) and open it when you're out of the house.
We try to be considerate of people who are sensitive to scents by using unscented laundry detergent. We would appreciate it if you could use cologne and perfume with moderation.
That's pretty much it...if anything else comes up, we can figure it out when you're here ;)
About the Host, Dale And Paul
Hi, I'm Dale. I'm a landscape architect with my own business and my husband Paul is an editor at a technology company. We love to cook and travel and enjoy meeting people from all over the world.