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, shelf, 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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
|Room type:||Private room|
|Bed type:||Real Bed|
|Extra people:||$15 / night after the first guest|
|Weekly Price:||$320 /week|
|Monthly Price:||$1025 /month|
|Check In:||3:00 PM|
|Check Out:||12:00 PM (noon)|
The room was well-kept, clean and accommodating. Kay was a very nice and gracious host. She was very clear in letting me know the location of all my necessities right away.
I stayed at Kay's place for about 5 days while I organized permanent housing for a new job in Pasadena. Kay was an extremely hospitable host, and always ready to help. I highly recommend her.
I stayed at Kay's place for about a month. I loved staying at her. Kay was a very nice and sweet host and roommate. She prepared a lot to welcome a guest like me to her house. She gave me enough room to store my stuff in both kitchen, bathroom, and room. She gave me a lot of info about the area since I was new to Pasadena. She was a sweet friend to me as well while I was there. Overall, I was very happy to stay at her place. It felt like I was at home. I would go back to her place if I need a place to stay again later and I would recommend her place to any of my friends who are visiting LA area. Oh, one last thing, she makes awesome quiche!
Kay is an excellent host! Friendly, responsive, hospitable, and very helpful. Her house and charming garden have lot of character. Location is very quiet and safe. You can use public transportation around Pasadena and Gold line metro to downtown. Would recommend to anyone who travel to Pasadena!
Kay is a great hostess and I absolutely enjoyed my stay in her place. Neighborhood is safe and quiet, plus a lot of stuff to see around in Pasadena. But if you don't have a car then you'll have to worry about local bus schedule :)
Great location; off-street parking; Kay is a wonderful host. Room is clean and spacious.
Over all, Kay Howell is a very warm and charismatic host and friend who is easy to live with. She was willing to go out of her way to help us get familiar with the local area, offered tips on how to save a few buck here and there with local sales, and makes a great quiche! Her house is located in a quiet and friendly neighbourhood, and a short public transit ride from the downtown area. The room she offers is a cozy fit for 2 people, with a pleasant porch area to sit in and take in the mountain view.
That being said, the cleanliness of her house was something we needed to get used to; some areas are in need of some serious TLC. If it wasn't a vast collection of old fliers getting in your way, it might be a pile of unwashed dishes, or dust and dirt that has naturally accumulated anywhere there isn't constant foot traffic.
That being said however, I'm grateful to have spent the time I did with Kay Howell. I recommend staying with her to anyone who is looking to travel to the LA/Pasadena area!
Great host. The breakfast included is no joke. It was quiche for me and she is a very good cook.
Information about location itself: very quiet, almost no thru traffic which is very hard to find in a neighborhood here in LA. The room hasn't get hot due to positioning of shade from trees in the neighborhood and there is even an air conditioner in the room as well.
Kay was a joy to stay with. She's bright, well-rounded, and was very fun to chat with. She also opened her place to me with essentially zero advanced notice. Thanks Kay!
Very friendly, laid-back host. She has a wealth of knowledge about gardening in small spaces and has her own garden to demonstrate some of the principles! Comfy house; the room has everything you'd expect; I liked the desk built into the wall. The front porch is a great place to relax. The house is on a very pretty, quiet, modest street. Breakfast was basic, but I'm sure could have been more elaborate if I had requested it. Overall a great experience!