About this listing
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 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.
Dianne is a most enthusiastic and genuine host, who generously opens her living rooms, well-stocked kitchen and pleasant garden to guests. Her fascinating historic house is located a fair walk from downtown Long Beach, but close to the free shuttle bus.
Dianne's Turn of the Century, charming, humble abode was the prime spot to treat Silvia from Buenos Aires. It was more of a trek on foot to Pine Ave, Shoreline Village, the Convention Center and The Pike (we took the Free Passport Bus to the Queen Mary) but we welcomed the exercise and enjoyed the architecture on the west side.
The second day we wound up getting a scenic mural tour/ride by Ms. McNinch to Restaurant Row, and later live music and a send off gathering in Midtown. (We already stopped in Naples and Seal Beach)
Since I'm a local and know Dianne from Long Beach TV, the Grand Prix and being the "Go To" gal when I had an emergency in my own neighborhood, I knew Silvia was in exciting and safe hands at Dianne's place. P a l a c e .
Really. I close my eyes and imagine who lived in this area of Long Beach back in the day. Back when Elizabeth Taylor and Clark Gable partied at the Sky Room. Back before Hollywood became better known as Tinseltown.
The first time I saw Dianne's property I fell in love with it. The history. The sun. The shade. The porch. The piano. The alcoves and gathering places. Her photographs from around the world. The colorful mural across the street beckoning photographs.
Silvia's bedroom (pictured here) had it's own TV, wiFi, and it was fun watching Silvia learn to use that fancy coffeemaker! The bathroom was cute (even with water-conserving instructions), clean and most importantly, Silvia said she slept well and was comfortable in the bed.
Snacks and munchies were provided as a help-yourself but (our) schedules allowed us to have a scrumptious, home made country breakfast prepared by Dianne.
I Highly recommend Dianne McNinch as an AirBnB host and this quaint stay as 5 star, "off the beaten path!" As you will read in Dianne's Guest Book,. Silvia enjoyed her visit immensely. Thanks AirBnB for making it possible and Dianne for making it so special!
From the moment we arrived I felt as though we were staying with a dear member of our family. Dianne and her home are most welcoming and comfortable. The backyard is magical with a redwood, several tall eucalyptus trees, a pond and a fabulous porch. We had full use of the kitchen and enjoyed eating breakfast in the library on days when it was too cool to sit outside. Although parking was often available on the street, when not, it was great to be able to park in the driveway. Do let Dianne know your interests as she is a wealth of information. Be sure to check out the LA Maritime Museum and the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium in San Pedro where the suggested donations are $1.00 for seniors and the parking free or minimal!
Dianne has been a great host, she is a very interesting person and her hospitality is unparalleled. Her home is decorated with items from all over the world, each one with a story behind them.
Dianne took me on a trip of the city at night which I also enjoyed. Her garden is nicely decorated with a little fountain in the middle. It was great to finish some urgent work there.
I will come stay again next time I'm in Long Beach. :)
Dianne greeted us as though we were family, inviting us to feel welcome and comfortable in her home. I've never felt such warmth and friendliness despite never meeting her before, she respected our time and demonstrated concern for our well-being and enjoyment of LA. The home is exactly what I imagined reading from the posting, a wonderful classic home-away-from-home that one can only think to see in novels and movies. Elegant and beautiful, thank you Dianne!!
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"