About this listing
Beautiful & unique loft in historic art colony. Great central LA location. Quirky decor, vibrant patio garden & quiet yet colorful neighborhood. Private security, easy parking & on-site bar/restaurant. Please read full Description before booking.
For groups of 5 or more, you'll need to also book one or both of the other airbnb spaces in the same loft. Click "more" to see details under "Other Things to Note."
Your suite occupies most of the loft's mezzanine, and includes two 10 ft x 12 ft rooms: private bedroom with double french doors, comfortable queen mattress on platform bed, small desk, closet & dressing area; adjacent lounge has a full size futon bed (which can also be used as a couch), as well as multiple chairs & small tables for laptop use or hanging out. The lounge is open to the rest of the loft, with a lovely view off the balcony. The kitchen and bathroom are also located on the mezzanine. It feels almost like its own apartment, except that that the lounge is open to common areas, and other guests or I may also use the kitchen/bath while you're here.
Groups of 5 or 6 may also use a futon that can be put on the floor in the lounge, but ONLY with advance arrangement. Be warned: it does make the lounge feel a bit crowded. For a small extra fee, you can also use the large couch in the common areas downstairs.
Our loft is in one of the world's largest artist colonies with a great central LA location. It's one of the oldest buildings on the property, built around 1900, with a brick face, amazing vaulted wood ceiling, and a huge skylight that makes the space glow with natural light. Private outdoor patio area, with shade, a bar-b-que grill and lovely garden. Parking is plentiful and adjacent, and the entire complex is patrolled 24/7 by our own security team.
One last note: the space doesn't look exactly as it does in the photos as we are constantly building, renovating, adding lights, art and decor. It changes so often that we never seem to get to re-photograph! But it is always improving so I'm sure you'll be pleased with the ambiance of your space and the loft at large.
--- WiFi, plus printer/scanner on the wireless network
--- washer/dryer in the loft
--- full kitchen, including spices & basic condiments
--- dishwasher to make clean-up easy
--- bathroom with shower & tub
--- extra toiletries in case you've forgotten something
--- A/C in summer & cast iron fireplace in winter
In addition to the Suite & features above, you're free to use the following common areas:
--- upstairs: small dining area
--- outside: private patio with shade, bbq grill & lovely garden
--- by request and with permission: downstairs common areas as social space or work space (couch, large table, bar, sewing & crafting areas)
The suite is filled with books, DVDs, puzzels & toys, and even a hookah, all of which are available for you to use, peruse, or play with.
Interaction with Guests
All stays include "Arrival Concierge": I'll help you figure out how to get here from the airport (or however you're arriving), and spend an hour or so with you on your 1st day, to answer questions and orient you to the neighborhood & city at large.
I enjoy conversing with guests: sharing my extensive knowledge of LA, trading stories & ideas, and getting to know each other. I also have a good sense of when guests need less interaction, and make myself scarce when necessary.
I live in a private area of the loft, work from home and am often around quite a bit. I sometimes use the downstairs common areas for work and projects, though I always discuss such use to insure I can keep these activities from interfering with your stay.
I'm often available as tour guide/ taxi service in my 2006 Infinity for $15/hour plus gas//$0.25/mile. Or you might be able to convince me to take you on some adventure for just cost of gas, if I've got the free time and it sounds like fun! I frequently invite guests (especially solo travelers) when i go to parties, shows, underground bars, art openings and the like.
I'm also generally available to serve brunch by request, and have a reasonably complete menu of tasty & healthy breakfast fare. Items range from $4 to $10 and must be ordered the day before. If you're interested, let me know and i'll send you a menu.
FOOD AND SHOPPING:
Our onsite restaurant's a quick walk around the corner & offers morning coffee & pastries, plus lunch, dinner, late-night drinks and weekend brunch. Affordable prices, fantastic food & outstanding selection of craft beer on tap. Two awesome & historic eateries are about 1/4 mile away: San Antonio Winery & Lanza Bros Sandwich Shop. The nearby Lincoln Heights neighborhood is about 1/2 mile & provides access to groceries, shops, cafes & some of the best Mexican food in LA.
STRONGHOLD CLIMBING GYM:
Need a workout? This brand new gym is within the complex, a few blocks walk from the loft. A $10 day pass gets unlimited access to yoga classes & exercise equipment. For $20/day, you get all that plus rock climbing!
THE ARTS COMPLEX:
An extraordinary community & nexus of LA culture: 15 acres, 14 buildings & 300+ artist-only units, in an industrial zone converted to artist lofts in the 1970s. Since then, thousands of artists have contributed to its creative ambiance & lush gardens: an oasis of beauty & friendly smiles in the busy hustle-bustle of LA. It's also extremely safe: the complex is patrolled 24/7 by our own security team, and its 2 entrances are either guarded or locked at night.
Just about any type of art workshops can be arranged on-site or at nearby Big Art Labs. There are also photo studios, darkrooms, metal shops for jewelery or large-scale welding, performance & rehearsal spaces, and other arts facilities available for reasonable rental fees, both on-site and nearby. There's even professional cooking classes!
-- Under 2 miles: Downtown-LA, Chinatown, Union Station, LA State Historic Park concerts & LAC-USC Medical Center.
-- About 3 miles: Little Tokyo, the Arts District, LA Convention Center, Echo Park, Dodger's Stadium.
-- About 10 miles: Hollywood or Pasadena.
-- About 20 miles to the beach.
WITH A CAR:
Parking's plentiful & available directly in front of my loft. We're located in the middle of LA, with convenient access to the 5, 10, 110 and 101 freeways, and just a few miles down Main St. to the heart of downtown.
VIA PUBLIC TRANSIT
Less than 1/4 mile to the #76 bus line, which goes to Union Station or downtown LA in about 15-20 min. So you know: LA's public transit isn't great; no matter how close you are to a bus or train stop they just don't easily go everywhere, and many routes are slow. But given that, we're in a good spot for transit-- just 2 miles to Union Station, from where you can take Metro train lines to popular locations around the city (Hollywood, Universal Studios, Pasadena, or Exposition Park) or Amtrak trains across the Southwest & West Coast.
Getting here from LAX airport is easy: the $8 Flyaway bus goes non-stop to Union Station & I'm usually available to do Union pickup & return for $10. I also charge $10 for rides to other points nearby, including Downtown-LA, Little Tokyo, the Arts District, Echo Park, etc. Cabs via Uber or Lyft cost about the same as what I charge, if I'm not available.
Other Things to Note
--- Groups of 5 or more will need to also book the Treehouse and/or Treehouse Cellar at an additional cost. Both are within the same loft; see here:
--- Exceptions may be made for groups of 5 or 6 but only if you stack exceptionally well; if you think this applies to your group, please explain why when you contact me.
--- Groups of 7 or 8 will be required to book all 3 spaces.
Please contact me if you are confused about which spaces you need to book or what the total price will be.
-- Please send me your travel details as soon as you book. Standard check-in time is 3pm. I can usually accommodate early arrival, however you MUST contact me at least 48 hours before your check-in to make arrangements (or as soon as you book). Check-in before 11am or after 11pm may require additional fee.
-- Standard check-out is 11am. I can usually accommodate late check-out; however if I have another guest arriving I may need to ask you to move to the common space, where you can hang out in comfort until your preferred departure time.
-- Please make sure the number of people in your reservation is correct. Additional guests added when you arrive or during your stay will be charged double the normal rate for extra guests.
-- No parties of any kind; exceptions may be made for groups that book the whole loft, BUT WITH PERMISSION ONLY. For others: If you'd like to have a visitor or 3 that's fine, but you also must ask permission first.
-- Please communicate your needs & plans. If I can make you more comfortable in any way, or if you have issues/problems with anything in the loft, tell me so I can make amends. Also, if you let me know your schedule, I can plan my activities in the loft accordingly for everyone's convenience.
-- Be respectful & considerate of other guests. Clean up after yourself, especially in the bathroom and kitchen. If you come in late or leave early, please be as quiet as you can, especially when closing the door or climbing the stairs.
-- You're free to use the kitchen as much as you wish. However, please ask for guidelines & overview before using. Also, since sound carries from the kitchen throughout the loft, all use must be between the hours of 9am to 11pm, unless by special arrangement//request. Please see the House Manual for more details regarding use of cooking tools and etc.
-- No pets, no children under 12, no teens without responsible guardian.
-- Smoking inside is limited to non-tobacco products only. Cigarette smoking should be taken outside to the patio. Luckily the year-round pleasant weather makes this easy!
-- Please look at the House Manual once you've booked as we've put a lot of helpful info there. If all else fails: read the signs and labels about the house: they'll help you figure out where to find things, where to put things, how things work, etc.
-- Honesty is the best policy. Smiles & good times are obligatory! :-D
Isa went above and beyond to make my stay enjoyable. The loft was clean and comfortable and she went out of her way to help me find my way around and to find great places to eat and see things of interest locally. She is a good person and great host. Thank you Isa!
As soon as we got to the community we felt we belonged there. If you appreciate the mind of an artist or are one yourself you will feel at home here instantly. It has an energy that nurtures that creative soul. After the first week we were going to move on to another Airbnb somewhere else but loved it there so much we decided to stay longer. Its a quiet environment perfect for getting work done and also there are lots of friendly artists perfect for learning new things and connecting. Great escape in the sweet suite.
Really friendly host in a cosy loft in proximity to downtown. Although not necessary, it is great to have a car when in LA as things are usually at distance. My first airbnb experience, it was a great stay at Isa's.
The sweet suite is a delightful retreat. This space exceeded my expectations for how I would rest and work (phone reception, wi-fi access). I highly recommend Isa's outdoor garden, a wonderful communal space.
Isa is an affable, thoughtful host with intriguing knowledge of her neighbourhood and LA. When I arrived, she was kind to invite me along for a farmer's market trip, which was an enjoyable welcome (back) to my childhood memories of the city. Throughout my stay, she was approachable while being supportive of my need for solitude.
I would choose to return here before considering another place to sojourn downtown. Keep in mind: the location is ideal for access to highways.
She introduced herself , made us feel very welcomed! Gave us a great tour of her place. Offered us tones of information about the are and things that we could go do if we were interested. Great communication!
I can't say enough about how great it was staying at Isa's! We didn't want to leave and can't wait to go back. Isa was so helpful, had great recommendations on where to eat, how to get around traffic where possible, and was just very accommodating, and thorough overall. We stayed in the Sweet Suite, very spacious room with ample space for luggage, very comfortable bed, and cool art. The entire loft was like a museum full of great art. Clean bedroom, bathroom and kitchen, everything you'd need is there if you choose to cook. On a personal level, we gained so much knowledge just from being there, Isa shared so much wisdom with us and.. we learned how to compost firsthand! The artist community there is awesome, the neighborhood had a great energy and vibe, with easy access to the freeways, downtown LA, and more. All in all it was a wonderful experience that we'll never forget and I would highly recommend to anyone!
Isa was a great host and very accommodating. The place was very cool, the bed was comfortable and everything was super clean.
Would definitely come back!
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About the Host, Isa
I'm an artist, entrepreneur & teacher. I've lived here 9 years & am very knowledgeable about LA, especially regarding underground & off-the-beaten-path adventures. I'm from New York, went to college in Indiana for a degree in theatre, then to Arizona for my MFA in Intermedia. I've taught college courses and presented performances, lectures & workshops across the US & Europe. More recently I became involved in costume design & wearable technology; now I run a small fashion company making "upcycled" clothing & fashion accessories. I'm a geek of many stripes & clown on occasion. I love to cook & I'm a master of hot sammiches, with 2 trophies from the 3rd 2nd Annual Grilled Cheese Invitational to prove it (seriously, i'm not making that up!). In addition to art, fashion & food, I also love gardening, yoga, music & good conversation.
I'm well connected to a number of art & culture scenes around LA, and happily share my knowledge and contacts. Let me know what you need or want to do here, in our space, arts community, or LA at large, and I'll help you figure out how to make it happen. If you're an artist, love the arts, or are just curious about what artists do and how they live, this is a place that will welcome you with a unique creative energy that you're unlikely to find anywhere else.