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, dining room, library, front porch, back deck, back yard !
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 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, 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 fornt 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.
Dianne is an extraordinary person in every possible, the most positive way. So is her house and a palm-tree bird named Henry, who will welcome you before you even take the first step to Dianne's house. Dianne made me feel family-welcome since the moment she accepted my request - she answered all my questions in a blink of an eye, and shared with me her suggestions not only about my stay in Long Beach, but also about my further travel.
Thanks to her I felt in Long Beach like at home and had a possibility to experience its local spots, including El Taco Loco and Polly's. I am happy that after 4 days I can consider Dianne a friend who I hope to meet again soon.
If you want to experience all the above, Dianne's house is a must.
This was my first Airbnb experience and Dianne was a wonderful hostess. We felt welcome immediately and she genuinely enjoys hosting people. The room description is very accurate and the bed is really comfortable. The bathroom is right next to the bedroom. Both the bedroom and the bathroom came very equipped with a Keurig machine, snacks, towels, etc.
The house is very unique and the backyard is amazing. There are a lot of pictures around the house from Dianne's travels and those are really neat. We were attending a conference and it is roughly a 1.4 mile walk to the convention center but it is a very easy walk. Dianne also has bicycles for borrow in case walking is too much. She also gave us some wonderful restaurant recommendations around Long Beach and offered my husband, who was not attending the conference, a tour of Long Beach. Dianne also cooked us breakfast one day when we had more leisure with our morning and put out a cheese plate the evening of our arrival.
I would recommend staying with Dianne. You'll get a very unique property and a lovely host. I couldn't have asked for a better first Airbnb experience.
Dianne is a perfect hostess, she is kind, helpful, and very enthusiastic. Her house is great as well. We had many good time, and enjoyed a China New Year Party with her friends. It is a excellent memory for us, and we recommend it to everyone who wants a amazing lodging!
We did not get the pleasure of meeting Dianne but she still let us stay. The house is so adorable. So much charm. I would highly recommend staying here. It's like a quiet oasis amongst the hussle and bussle of LA. We really enjoyed our time there.
Exactly as described... turn of the century charm. I was made to feel at home immediately and Dianne wasn't at all bothered by my peculiar, jet lagged hours. I was made to feel at home and this was the perfect retreat at the end of a long day.
Dianne was extremely friendly and accommodating! She had some great stories and recommendations. The house had a ton of character and we really enjoyed it! We definitely recommend staying with her.
We appreciate this unique, historic home, full of character, and our visit with Diane. A great location, we would come back again.
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"