About This Listing
A 2 bedroom 1 bath upper unit of a duplex that sits high above the trees in tranquil Mt Washington with a deck that feels as if perched in a tree. A cat and dog have lived on this property… just in case you have allergies.
The house was built in 1923 and sits high up in the trees of Mt Washington. There is a wonderful deck to sip espresso or a glass of wine while listening to the sounds of the canyon. The deck feels as if it is built into the giant rubber tree that grows in front of the house. The overall feeling of our home is warm and funky with a dash of bohemia. If you are looking for an immaculate air tight place with central air... our place is not that place. The house has a great deal of character which will be great for some folks and not for others. If you like the sounds of birds and a feeling of being inside and outside at the same time, you will feel right at home at the treehouse.
Because the house sits up high...one must climb a series of steps to reach the house. I failed to mention this when I first listed the house but my lovely airbnb guests brought it to my attention. So... just in case climbing steps would present a problem for potential airbnbers please note that there are approximately 40 steps to climb (see photos). The house is the upper unit of a duplex. Below the house is a smaller one bedroom apartment which is occupied by a tenant. Each living space is very separate and private.
The master bedroom has a queen size very comfy bed. The kid's bedroom has a bunk bed. (see photos) Both bedrooms have French doors that open up to a hillside backyard. There is a small patio area outside each room.
LIVING & DINING ROOM
The living room also has a day bed... so the place can comfortably sleep 5 people. The dining room table has a top that comes off and turns the table into a bumper pool table. Take a trip back in time to the 1970s!
The bathroom has a small clawfoot tub as well as a shower. The tub is a little funky because it’s not built into the bathroom. The house did not have a tub so I bought the small clawfoot tub and put it into the shower.
Kitchen is (almost) fully equipped...sorry no microwave. We do have an espresso machine. And grocery stores are a 5 minute drive. Or a 15 minute walk. On Tuesdays there is a Farmer's Market that is one stop north on the train.
No air conditioning... but 3 ceiling fans and another portable fan. Los Angeles almost always cools off at night so the house stays pretty cool.
Yes we have wifi and a pretty decent CD collection of music and books on CD... but sorry no TV.
Trendy York Ave in Highland Park is a 5 minute drive. If you happen to be here on a second Saturday of the Month, you must check out York Ave Second Saturdays. China Town 10 minutes. Pasadena 15 minutes, Silverlake and Echo Park 10 minutes. Beaches 30 to 90 minutes depending on traffic.
Cell reception can be a little sketchy in the canyon but there are spots in the house where reception succeeds if you use Verizon or Sprint. ATT and T-Mobile do not work at the house. I do have a landline that can be used for incoming calls, and outgoing calls may be made via an internet application.
There is a cat and a dog that live at this house so if you have allergies to felines or canines, probably not a good fit for you. Sadly, we no longer have a guinea pig ( as mentioned in a review) Our dog, nor our cat will not be on the property during a rental period.
PARKING & CAR RENTAL
Parking is on the street. We may also have an automobile available for use which we rent on relayrides.
Guests have access to the entire house. A kitchen completely stocked with pretty much everything you need… except a microwave. We do have a toaster oven! There is a backyard but it is a hillside backyard and is in a state of transition. You are welcome to explore it but it's bit wild at the moment. Fun place to play with kids.
There is a washer and dryer… let me know if you need access to it.
Interaction with Guests
If you need help navigating Los Angeles or need some suggestions on places to visit I am happy to assist! There are some beautiful hikes in the neighborhood… all you have to do is walk out the front door. I will follow your lead in interaction but I do tend to stay fairly busy. Let me know what you need.
The neighborhood of Mt Washington is known as the poor man's Bel Air. A very quiet residential neighborhood in the hills. Close to downtown Los Angeles and to amazing canyon walks that make you feel as if you have left Los Angeles for some distant countryside. A slice of heaven in a major metropolis! And check out our reviews for what guests have discovered in the area.
The Treehouse is walking distance to the Goldline, a train that connects to the metro system of Los Angeles as well as the bus lines
Other Things to Note
In the hot summer months ants can be a problem in Los Angeles. Avoid an ant invasion by keeping the place clean, not leaving open food out. We also have lots of wildlife in the neighborhood. Don't be surprised if you see raccoons, opossums, skunks and coyotes.
And cell reception is iffy. Verizon works in the house. ATT and T-Mobile do not. I think Sprint works in spots. There is a landline for incoming calls and one can use (website hidden) voice or (website hidden) to make outgoing calls with the landline.
The house in not a party place but perfect for folks looking to relax in pleasant surroundings. Please clean up after yourself and leave the place as you found it. And... be polite and courteous to neighbors in our very close knit community.
I am cool with 2 Adults and two kids for the listed price... but more than two adults will cost extra. Thanks!
Lisa expressed thoughtful care for our needs and comfort before we left home and throughout our stay. She called, left messages, and checked in with us to ensure that we had everything we needed, with our questions answered and our minds at ease. We enjoyed the lovely welcome basket she left for us, with items such as coffee and tea, fruit and bars, selected according to our preferences. We especially enjoyed spending time on her tree-top front porch, overlooking the street but with wonderful privacy thanks to the stately tree. The neighborhood was densely populated (yes, this is LA, so no news here) but relatively quiet, and we even walked at 9:30 at night with no problems; we also managed to find street parking each night. We would happily return should we travel to LA again. Recommended!
Lisa's treehouse is lovely. My mom and I were very happy to stay there over the thanksgiving week. It's cozy and has a lot of tasteful character. The giant tree in front makes it feel almost like you are staying in the jungle. Turtle, the cat, is very friendly and loving. The house is nice and quiet, too, set up a ways from the bustle of main streets. Lisa was a great hostess, too, leaving us plenty of fresh fruit and croissants for breakfast.
The tree house had lots of character. We were really looking into the branches of the tree from the front porch. . That also means there were several steps to the third level and front door. It was fine for our ability but maybe not for someone with mobility issues. It was a quiet neighborhood with friendly neighbors. Lisa and her daughter shared their wonderful home with us and we enjoyed it.
We chose to stay in the treehouse because it was close to my parent's house. It's a cute little place with a hipsterish look. The only two downsides of the treehouse; the stairs, they were a little bit steep and for me that I had ankle surgery was a bad choice. And also the bathtub, it wasn't secured to the ground so it wiggled a lot when taking a shower. You will also need to feed the pets (guinea pig and cat), so if you are allergic to any of them, this little place won't be for you.
Good communication with Lisa!
This host has 22 reviews for other properties.View Other Reviews
About the Host, Lisa
I'm a single mom, just turned 53. Have a daughter who is 7... yes I started a little late! I work in the film business in Los Angeles, CA. Orginally from North Carolina I have traveled all over western Europe.. been to Bosnia, Serbia, Greece, Jordan, Egypt, Mexico, Costa Rica, Argentina, Brazil & Chile. I practice Kundalini yoga and enjoy lively conversation while sharing a good glass of red wine. English is my native tongue but I speak a fair amount of Spanish.
A local recreation center, walking distance from the treehouse, with a playground. Kundalini yoga classes for $2 on Monday and Wednesday mornings at 10:30.W Avenue Los Angeles CA 90065
Train Station for the Goldline
Get a mani and a pedi for 15.00! Ive been going here for 15 years and love Lovely Nails!North Figueroa Street Los Angeles CA 90042
A fantastic dive bar with lots of local color and sometimes live music.... no bowling though.
Local place to have breakfast with a Latino Vibe. Fresh baked goods, coffee, etcNorth Figueroa Street Los Angeles CA 90042-4201
On Tuesday afternoons, great place to buy fruits and veggies, have dinner and make a night of it. Jumpy house for the kids and other fun stuffMarmion Way Los Angeles CA 90042
Lovely local cafe with baked goods, coffee and tea. Has a play area for small childrenYork Boulevard Los Angeles CA 90042-1714
Fun local coffee jointNorth Figueroa Street Los Angeles CA 90065
Lots of fresh veggies, some organic. Great gluten free section. Organic meats. Wine and beer. Toiletries as wellEagle Rock Boulevard Los Angeles CA 90065
Great dive bar turned hipster bar with pool table.North Figueroa Street Los Angeles CA 90065
Great economical Mexican food... and close to Footsies open very lateNorth Figueroa Street Los Angeles CA 90065
Cool place for Mexican food. Reasonably priced. Kid friendlyColorado Boulevard Los Angeles CA 90041
A wine store (beer too) with a tasting room/bar. On Wednesday nights there is no corkage fee. Buy a bottle and drink with friends for an economical night out!Colorado Boulevard Los Angeles CA 90041
The original Trader Joes. Groceries, beer, wine. Great place to stock up on food and drinkMission Street South Pasadena CA 91030-3037
Delicious food, right near the train station in South PasadenaMeridian Avenue South Pasadena CA 91030