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.
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!!
Dianne is such an elegant and nice lady! It's been such a pleasure staying in her sweet and comfortable house. We arrived late in the midnight due to the flight delay, but Dianne stayed up and waited until we get there and gave us a really warm welcome. The breakfast was also so perfect in her lovely yard, and she shared a lot about her wonderful experiences hosting guests from all over the world. I particularly love her sweet sweet decorations in her house, and everything was just so delicate and organized. Anyway if you want to relax in the long beach, you won't regret staying at Dianne's!
We had the most charming stay with Dianne. She was sweet and thoughtful and treated us like her guests! We really enjoyed Long Beach and her home. Everything was perfect - our room, breakfast, the bikes, the location.
Замечательный милый дом, очень уютный. Есть парковочное место у дома. Милая хозяйка, которая отнесется к вам как к своим родственникам. Отличный завтрак! Большой, хороший задний двор.
Dianne hat uns sehr herzlich empfangen und wir haben uns gleich sehr wohl gefühlt in ihrem Haus. Die Fotos bilden diese gemütliche Unterkunft orginalgetreu ab. Win hatten ein sehr nettes Gespräch am ersten Abend mit Dianne. Leider könnten wir nur zwei Nächte hier verbringen. Es war unsere erste airbnb-Erfahrung und hätte kaum besser sein können!
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"
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