A completely furnished bedroom in beautiful Pasadena. It's perfect for guests visiting from out of town, people looking for more permanent accommodations in the area, short term students, business people in town for work or a convention.
The house was built in 1923. Many of the details of the house have been preserved, but some things have been upgraded and modernized over the years. There are no two houses alike in the neighborhood. We are fairly laid back and relaxed here. Enjoy the tree lined streets of Pasadena.
The room has great cross ventilation and lots of daylight throughout most of the day. I can set up one or two twin beds or a twin bed and a queen size air mattress. There is a desk, end table, two dressers (newly added), closest with shelves and hangers, ceiling fan, chairs, and an AC in the room. Bedding and towels are provided during your stay, but please bring your own toiletries. There are also complimentary post cards available on the desk.
The backyard farm offers seasonal organic produce and views of the mountains nearby.
Breakfast is included. I usually have something that is grab and go style on hand, along with foods you can easily prepare or serve yourself. I almost always have a cereal or two, eggs, coffee, tea, oatmeal, toast, muffins, quiche, fruit, and breakfast pastries to choose from.
If you have a car, you should park in the driveway between the hours of 2 am and 6 am to avoid a ticket. One parking spot in the driveway is included in your stay. If you bring more than one car, there are nightly permits to park on the street for $3, with discount rates for week and month long stays, or free nighttime parking a few blocks away.
When you book the room, you are booking it for yourself and your guests. I do not run my airbnb rental like a hostel, where it could be just you one night and then you and two strangers the next. So if you book it for just you, you've got a private room. Book it with a friend and it is just the two of you.
WiFi and an Ethernet port are accessible in the room and from most of the property. The password to get on the internet is located on the bulletin board on the desk.
There are two shelves in the bathroom cabinet and two baskets in the shower area for you.
I have recently upgraded all of the plumbing to copper pipes. The water flow is much improved.
You have access to most of the house including the laundry room, kitchen, living room, porch deck, front yard, farm, and BBQ.
There is room in the fridge for you to store food.
Interaction with Guests
I often work from home, and I'm always available if you need a food or attraction suggestion. There are also guide books, maps, and flyers on the desk.
I'm currently on chemo and have blocked out the worst weeks from my calendar. I have a compromised immune system, so I am being extra careful. The treatments are supposed to get worse each round (every three weeks), so I am not booking things too far in the future until I can better predict if I will be able to clean and prepare the space, or will need to reserve the room for a care taker.
I have the best neighbors. Everyone is friendly and helpful. We have periodic block parties to get to know each other better. There are lots of food options within walking distance, bus lines near by, and little mom and pop specialty stores, too.
There are small independent grocers and a Von's to buy ingredients within walking distance. Restaurants and desert makers are within one to three blocks with a wide array of cuisines.
If you arrive at LAX, taxis could run about $80 each way. I recommend taking the Flyaway Shuttle to Union Station, the Metro Goldline to Allen Station and taking the 686 bus to Washington, for about a total of $10. Keep in mind that the bus and Goldline do not run at all hours though.
Another option is Super Shuttle or any of the other shuttle companies that offer airport to your location for about $25 each way and run all day and night.
Once here, there are two main bus companies that operate in Pasadena. The ARTS buses are only 75 cents each way with free transfers to other ARTS buses and 25 cents for a transfer to other bus companies. The buses stop running around 8 pm and do not operate on Sundays and some holidays. MTA (Metro) buses and light rail, such as the Goldline, run later at night. Each trip is $1.50. A day pass is about $5. I have three TAP cards to use on the Metro, which makes traveling easier. Metro can take you all over LA County. These buses run every day. Holidays get treated as Sundays.
Both bus companies are included in (website hidden)'s maps trip planner and have stops located about a block away from my house.
Other Things to Note
If you are checking out colleges and trade schools, Pasadena has tons of them. We are very proud to be the home of Cal Tech, Art Center College of Design, University of Phoenix, William Carey International University, Concept Design Academy, Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts, Fuller Theological Seminary, Pacific Oaks College, Capstone College, The Language Institute, North-West College, Providence Christian College, College of Health, Los Angeles College of Music, and International Theological University. Pasadena is also very close to Occidental College, Glendale Community College, Glendale University College of Law, Platt College, Everest College, DeVry University, and Pinnacle College. And there are even more colleges I could list within 20 miles of my home.
We're also home to JPL, The Huntington, Norton Simon Museum, and many other museums.
Smoking is permitted outside only. Ash trays are available on the porch. Please be courteous to the house, myself and the neighbors. Because the floors are so new and nice, if you spill anything on the floor, please wipe it up immediately. If you use up all the water in the Brita pitcher, kindly refill it. Thank you!
Kay is very hospitable. She made me and my friends very welcome and feel at home!
What Kay has listed is what you get and so much more!!!
Host like Kay makes AirBnB an awesome experience!!!
Kay was really over and above what one could expect. With AirBnB I've come to expect a pretty awesome experience... however Kay was absolutely incredible.
The house was very quiet. I slept like a rock.
Through the stay Kay became very much a friend... and at the same time its like we had known one another before.
Thank you Kay for an excellent stay, and how helpful you were!!
Kay was as nice and as helpful as she could be. She was very knowledgeable about the area and what to see. For example, I would not have visited Griffith Observatory had it not been foe her suggestion. Fantastic! The beds in our room were unusually comfortable and Kay was very thoughtful about having some breakfast already prepared. The location was ideal for us as we came for the Rose Bowl and the Tournament of Roses parade.
Kay was a great host and very knowledgeable of Pasadena and the surrounding areas. I would recommend her to anyone.
I felt very welcome here. The house, garden, and neighborhood were even nicer than described! Kay made me feel at home and was always considerable, thoughtful, and full of great suggestions for things to do in the area. I wouldn't hesitate to stay here again.
The neighborhood is quiet and very nice. If you are working near by it's great but I don't think there are a lot of touristy things nearby. I had a car which I parked in the driveway. Walking distance to a number of Armenian and Greek bakeries and a major food store. Enough decent inexpensive restaurants nearby.
Kay is very nice, artsy, does gardening and composting, that sort of thing. She has a somewhat relaxed attitude about maintenance, but everything works, including kitchen stuff, bathroom, etc. Nice area on front porch for hanging out, not a lot of space inside other than the room. Bed was fine, and room very quiet at night (even in daytime, really). Shower not up to hotel standards, but it functions.
Kay was very welcoming and accomodating. Her place was very convenient to various locations and I had a wonderful stay!
I'm an artist, curator, embroidery designer, and costume designer. I have a mini farm that I started to not just save money on organic produce but to also, cut down on the pollution caused by importing food from far away places like Chili. I spend most of my days toiling away in the studio or the garden. I love this town. There lots of stuff to do and see. It's quiet and safe. And there are so many trees, it really stands out from other cities.
I love to bake and cook when I get the chance. Often there is fresh bread baking away at my house.
I am currently doing chemotherapy so, I have good and bad weeks. Because of my compromised immune system, I am very selective at this time of who and when I have guests stay with me. I take all sorts of precautions to protect myself and others after each chemo treatment. I'm also blocking out the super icky days from being available, so I don't inconvenience anyone. Even on my good days, I get fatigued easily, so I have to pace myself and avoid certain tasks. On my great days, I am running around with my head cut off, trying not to fall further behind.