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 :-) It is quiet and comfortable for working or relaxing.
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 exclusive 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 table that can accommodate 10, back yard with its ever changing population of birds visiting the little pond! There are 5 gyms within walking distance, about 8 blocks.
Interaction with Guests
I maintain separate,private living quarters on the second story. 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.
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, Lyft and Uber.
Other Things to Note
Amenities: shampoo, conditioner, body wash, lotion, sunscreen, nail polish remover, hairdryer, iron, hangers, closet, drawers. Desk that has room for a lap top.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.