About this listing
This turn-of-the-century home is warm and comforting. The décor is California Craftsman inspired, books in every room, souvenirs from my travels. Shops, restaurants, coffee shops are about a short 1/4 mile away. I have a nicely tuned upright PIANO.
The front porch is a nice place to sit and watch the world go by, your room 1st door on the right.
This home is soo interesting that CSI Miami filmed here for three days, Dexter was here for two days, and various student films have used the place for location filming. You will be using the bathroom used by famous actors :-)
Walk through the front door and turn right, you are in the avaliable bedroom. The bed is queen size and the mattress comfortable.The full bathroom ( shower, BIG ole'tub) is adjacent.
The home is one of the earlier Craftsman Style homes built in Long Beach and still has most of its original features. The kitchen is beautiful and you can use it, as long as you clean up after yourself. I've been told that this house "hugs you" when you come in.
You will awaken to the aroma of coffee, and chose to have breakfast in the dining room, or on the backdeck - or even the front porch, before heading off to your day of sightseeing. When you return you will find chilled wine and snacks, and most likely me to listen to your adventure tales.
Please be aware, this is a very old home,(built in 1908) I live with the windows and doors open all year around, so do not expect a super duper operating room sanitized environment,( if this is the most important thing to you, do not book with me) this is my home, that I love to share, not a hotel. My home is clean and cozy. It looks exactly like the photos, nothing hidden or changed.
Great restaurants and local favorites are close by. Many visitors enjoy the nearby Aquarium of the Pacific, walking along the boardwalk, walking on the beach, visiting the Japanese Gardens at CSULB, touring the Queen Mary. There are festivals and events all the time in Long Beach, I've probably volunteered for most of them.
I have two bikes that are available for guests to help you explore Long Beach and our bike trials that actually go along the beach :-) The bikes are kinda old so don't expect to enter any races with them.
You will be close to bus, train, and the LGB airport. You can walk to Downtown and the Beach. From LAX you can take a shuttle for about $30 to my home. A taxi ride from the LGB airport to my home is less than $20. You can park your car in my driveway. You can get to Hollywood, Universal Studios, downtown Los Angeles by public transport, and it is very affordable.
The room and home are spacious and welcoming. I love to spend time with guests letting them know about out great restaurants, and interesting things to see and do. I have menus from nearby restaurants, and sometimes discount tickets to local attractions.
The room can comfortably sleep two people, only.
I do have two couches that I can provide for an additional fee. No children or pets.
Sometimes my backyard is used for Charity fundraising events, you will invited to participate at no charge, often there is live music, and lots of food. If something like this is scheduled, I will contact you and give you fair warning !!
Guests have access to the entire ground floor, including the kitchen, front parlor with its nicely tuned upright piano, dining room with table that seats 12, library, front porch which gives a great visa of the neighborhood folk walking their dogs, back deck which includes seating area and tale that can accommodate 10, back yard with its ever changing population of birds visiting the little pond!
Interaction with Guests
I interact with my guests according to their desires, if they want to be left alone, I leave them alone. If my guests want tours, local restaurant information, grocery store information, help with their accent reduction while speaking English, all that is available, even involvement in Long Beach activities.
My home is two levels, I am generally at home upstairs, where my office, bedroom, my bathroom and private guest room are located. I will let you know if I will not be at home, I do have a neighbor/co-host who is available to you.
I love that my old neighborhood is fairly quiet, multi-cultural, safe to walk around or bike. My neighborhood is full of interesting architecture, it is the oldest Historic Neighborhood in the city of Long Beach. My multi-cultural neighborhood is very close to downtown and public transportation.
Yes, bus is a short walk, and one may connect with train easily. Parking is in my driveway, off the street. From LAX , if you have only one suitcase, it is easy to manage on the train, often I can pick you up from the Downtown Long Beach Transit Mall located at 1st and Pine Avenue. There are Airport Shuttles, and of course Taxi and Lyft.
Other Things to Note
Amenities: shampoo, conditioner, body wash, lotion, sunscreen, nail polish remover, hairdryer. I even have extra toothbrushes if you have forgotten yours. The bathtub is extra big and perfect for a bubble bath, or just use the shower for a quicker clean.
The inside of my home is non-smoking. There are ashtrays on the front porch and the back deck. Playing musical instruments is great, as long as the neighbors do not complain. Pets are not allowed. This home is not suitable for toddlers, or very young children, too much stuff down low. Generally, guests must be respectful and mannered. However, lively conversation,drinking, laughing, having a great time is wonderful.
My son and I had a wonderful time in Dianne's house. Dianne was so kind and prepared some toys for my son and he loved them. Staying in there, You can feel that the house has its own history and stories, and it is a rare opportunity to be able to have such feeling about something. Dianne is a person full of positive energy, I am so touched to hear her stories and how she feel about life. This is an unforgettable memory and I truly cherish it. Thank you Dianne!
Diane was sweet lady. She welcomed us with smile. Even though we left earlier than our expected checkout date because we were not adapted to the environment (opened windows) we enjoyed our stay.
Yes, Won Jun is correct. My home was not a "fit" for his and his girl friends expectations. It is an old, very old house, and windows and doors do not close tightly. I also live with doors and windows allowing air to flow through my home, as natural airconditioning. I know they will find more modern construction more of a fit.
Diane made my stay a "5 Star" experience in all respects, will stay with her again upon my next visit to Long Beach!
We used Dianne's home and it was everything we expected and needed it to be! A very charming home, with lots of character and unique details. Thank you.
Carming neighborhood and home! Dianne did everything right when it came to welcoming us to Long Beach. While she wasn't there when we first arrived, she made sure to let us know that we were to make her home our own as soon as we set foot within her home, and we felt comfortable doing just that! Personal touches throughout our couple of days spent there added to an already lovely setting for our stay - from wine in the evening to a shared breakfast on her back porch the first morning after our arrival. Would return without hesitation as we loved everything about Dianne and her lovely accommodations.
Dianne was a wonderful host. She was very warm, friendly, and easy to talk to. She provided us with tons of great tips on things to do and/or places to eat. Unfortunately, when we arrived a transformer had blow near the downtown area. There were a few blocks on downtown Long Beach without power. I had a prior engagement and was pressed for time. Dianne graciously offered Gary and I a quick dinner, so I could make it in time. We really appreciated her flexibility and hospitality. She also made an amazing breakfast the next day! Honestly, this is one of many ways she made Gary and I feel welcomed. We both really enjoyed our stay and would strongly recommend it to others looking for a place to stay.
Dianne was a very sweet and caring host. Although she was unable to accommodate us for the evening, she set us up in a nice nearby European boutique hotel in Long Beach (everything paid for except for parking). We did get to tour her lovely home that featured everything in her listing exactly as pictured/stated, and she gave us treats before we headed to the hotel. We will definitely see if she is available the next time we're in Long Beach.
About the Host, Dianne
Being an A I R B N B host is something I truly love. II enjoy listening to the stories of my guests, and sharing the interesting parts of my city of Long Beach. Those that visit my home always want to move in, it is comfy and lovely. The backyard is rustic and great for outdoor dining, always chilled wine in the fridge, just waiting to be enjoyed outside, or by the fireplace.
Whatever type of food you are looking for, I know where to find it in Long Beach and have probably dined there. Cinema is close by, and love the "big screen" experience.
I have been told that I am an interesting person and I have had the opportunity to travel to many parts of our globe, as a volunteer and/or tourist. I look forward to accepting the invitations issued to me by my guests, there are so many places I have not yet visited.
I love to read, there are plenty of books to enjoy in my home. I enjoy cooking as well as food prepared by others :-)
All of the years of my adult life have involved "volunteering" - I have wide ranging interests, historic preservation, National Disaster Red Cross, international education, the arts still and lively, wine events, and whatever is of interest to me at the present time.
A favorite quotation:" Do not forget little kindnesses and do not remember small faults"