DEL REY: BEACH LIVING AT ITS BEST 1

House - Private room · Rosy Circle, Los Angeles, CA 90066, United States
Johnny & Mark

Beachy bed, breakfast and bikes!

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We're in a prime location on the Ballona Creek bike trail, just minutes from Playa Del Rey, Marina Del Rey, Venice, Santa Monica and Silicon Beach.

Your host, Johnny & Mark
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Beachy bed, breakfast and bikes!

Featured in http://www.airbnb.com/wishlists/secret-gardens!

We're in a prime location on the Ballona Creek bike trail, just minutes from Playa Del Rey, Marina Del Rey, Venice, Santa Monica and Silicon Beach.

The Space

Live like a local! We don't mind last-minute bookings, and if we can accommodate you we will and a delicious breakfast is always included!

Alors, Johnny parle un excellent français y habla OK español (para un chico blanco). Mark taler perfekt dansk, og OK norsk. Wir sprechen OK deutsche.

We have 2 guest rooms in our designer solar-powered eco-friendly house in Del Rey, close to Marina del Rey, Playa del Rey, Venice and and Santa Monica, both with a river view and you'll also be able to see Santa Monica, the Marina, Century City and the Mountains. If you need both rooms (we can handle up to 5 in a pinch), please be sure both are available (here's the link to our other room: https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/593991 ). Both guest rooms share a full bath upstairs and a 1/2 bath downstairs.

This listing is for our larger guest room with a comfy queen bed for 2 (152.4 cm x 203.2 cm). Pricing is for one person per night; an additional person is $20 per night and weekends are slightly higher. Check-in is 3 PM and checkout is 12 noon but these times are flexible within reason; we'll try our best to accommodate you.

You'll enjoy a REAL complimentary seasonal vegan breakfast for you both with coffee, tea and juice, and which often includes avocados, tomatoes, cucumbers, melon, cream "cheez," hummus, bagels, breads (often homemade), an assortment of jams and fresh fruit.

The rooms share a full bath with nice products and cushy towels. In addition to the breakfast spread (check out the picture) you’ll get super-fast wi-fi, access to light use of a printer, premium streaming TV (HBO, Showtime, Netflix, Amazon and over 300 channels), laundry and the use of our beach cruisers all at no additional charge.

Guest Access

Our house is your house!

You’re free to hang out by the fire bowl and swap stories, pick some tiny heirloom strawberries in our front yard organic urban farm or just do your morning emails or read the LA Times in the backyard with the tinkle of our pond in the background.

You're also welcome to cook meals yourselves if you like, as we have a pretty large kitchen--sometimes we cook with guests and eat together family style--but whatever works for you. We even have a second BBQ for our non-vegan guests. And don't worry: we're non-judgy, non-preachy vegans, and if it's cocktail night and you're around we'd love you to join us.

Not in the mood to cook? Want to stay in for dinner? Let us take care of everything and have family dinner and drinks with us and experience Johnny's amazing vegan cuisine (if our schedule allows). To cover our costs we ask $15 for dinner only and $20 for dinner and cocktails/wine/digestifs.

Interaction with Guests

We are very fortunate to live in a beautiful area with great weather and you’ll be sharing our home; we never host when we ourselves are travelling. We love to show people why we love LA and we’re here to help you, and we want you to have the best time possible. We also realize everyone likes their privacy, and we're told by guests in their reviews they think we have a great balance of interaction and privacy in the house.

The Neighborhood

Our house is in Del Rey and we’re super-close to the beaches, and there’s also easy access to all attractions in Los Angeles. Del Rey is an area with great choices in nature, culture, restaurants and shopping. We’re also less than 15 minutes to LAX but without the airport noise (it's a $25 cab ride).

We're right across the creek from the famous Ballona Creek Bike Path and it's an easy, fun ride to the beaches at Playa del Rey, Venice, Marina del Rey and Santa Monica and we have 2 beach cruiser bikes to loan (you'll need to provide your own safety gear (so please bring it with you) and sign a release before you take the bikes out).

Getting around

We're in a safe, upscale residential neighborhood, so you'll have the most fun if you drive and have a car. We can sometimes help out with transport if our schedules allow, or you can walk to the bus, but seriously: it's LA and public transport really sucks. RENT A CAR. We have parking in our driveway if your car doesn't leak oil (if it does you'll need to park around the corner as there is no street parking on our street overnight).

Using our bikes is a great way to get around and the Ballona Creek Bike Trail will take you to the beaches without exposing you to much car traffic, but bear in mind they do need to be shared with the other guests and the bikes need to be back before it gets dark.

Guests that don’t drive get around very well with the peer-to-peer ride sharing apps Lyft and Uber and it often can be similar in cost to renting a car, but car rental is always best. Hey it’s L.A. and the car is king!

Other Things to Note

PLEASE, IF YOU'RE NEW TO AIRBNB: Before you inquire and you're new with no feedback you'll need a fully-developed and verified profile, and please read the entire description. Everyone needs a clear, current and identifiable picture (it's best if you're a couple or travelling with a friend to have a pic of you both). Also, If you're traveling with someone, we need to know who they are and a little about them as well. Hey, it's our home. Please see https://www.airbnb.com/help/article/67

We have 2 well-behaved dogs: Sigi, our senior (who we adopted from Robert DeNiro, believe it or not), and Wolfgang, our goofy 5 year-old. They are a part of our family, so please love dogs. As we already have 2 dogs, please, NO PETS, (we've tried it and visiting animals are just too confusing for them).

If we're booked please check with our neighbor Dee who's literally across the street; she can handle parties up to 7 and will consider stays of 1 month or more. https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/564078

Room type: Private room
Bed type: Real Bed
Accommodates: 2
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1.5
Beds: 1
Extra people: $20 / night after the first guest
Security Deposit: $200
Cleaning Fee: $20
Check In: 3:00 PM
Check Out: 12:00 PM (noon)
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Cancellation: Moderate
Pet Owner: Dog(s)
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  • Expect an extremely clean living space when staying with Johnny and Mark. J & M were great hosts and had a great breakfast waiting for you in the morning. Very friendly and willing to accommodate additional needs you may have. J & M want you to be comfortable while staying at their beautiful home.
    Thanks guys, I'll definitely be back!

    July 2014
  • Tuvimos una excelente estadía en la casa de Johnny & Mark. Los anfitriones son bárbaros, están en todos los detalles para que te sientas cómodo. Desde el primer contacto con ellos ya nos dieron información relacionada con nuestro viaje y cuando llegamos también nos informaron sobre L.A., lugares a visitar, cenar, etc. La casa es divina y super limpia, el barrio tranquilo, el desayuno es completo y la verdad que te hacen sentir como en tu casa. No importaba la hora siempre estaban con buena onda para atendernos y charlar. Nos hospedamos 2 días y nos quedamos con ganas de quedarnos más días, no solo para conocer más LA sino para compartir más días con Johnny & Mark que son unos anfitriones super recomendables.

    June 2014
  • We had a lovely time in this gorgeous house. Mark and Johnny were super hosts, (It's true about the languages, they do speak them and like to practise them) their dogs are super charming (We fell absolutely in love with the fierce looking one) and the garden lovely and peaceful! We can deeply recommend a stay here if you are one or two people.

    June 2014
  • Mark and John were very friendly hosts, with great tips on where to eat or where to go. The location was good, and the parking spot at the driveway was very helpful. The breakfast was also delicious. I would recommend this place to any of my friends.

    June 2014
  • Staying with Mark and Johnny was fantastic! It feels a bit like staying at home - that is if your home was a beautifully remodeled house with a lovely breakfast prepared for you every morning. Interacting with them both before our stay was quick and efficient, and very enjoyable while we were there. They have AirBnB hosting down to a science, without ever making it feel impersonal or rushed. They were helpful and attentive and a lot of fun to hang out with. and their two dogs are just adorable.
    The area is safe and ideally located, close to the beach and the 90, so you can get anywhere in LA.
    I would stay with them any time I got to LA again, and we wished we could have stayed longer!

    June 2014
  • Johnny and Mark were fabulous hosts. Really friendly and helpfull for anything we asked.
    The location is juste great to enjoy LA with their amazing beach bikes!!!

    June 2014
  • Johnny and Mark were the perfect guests, their place is really beautiful with lots of character, and mostly the room and bathroom were spotless and very comfortable
    great experience

    June 2014
  • This has to be one of the best places I've ever stayed in. I will be booking well in advance when I go back to LA.

    John is a truly welcoming host that made us feel completely at home. The bed was incredibly comfortable and breakfasts superb and filling. It was like staying with a gracious friend.

    May 2014
  • Thoai and I had a great stay with Johnny and Mark. The house is as lovely as the pictures, the bed was comfortable (slept like a rock with the window open). Johnny and Mark are excellent hosts . . they are professional and great company. They know Hollywood and recommend great places to visit, excellent eateries for the vegan and the carnivore. :-)

    The property is located in a quiet neighborhood, close to the ocean and many of the places you'll want to visit. The landscaping is as peaceful and (website hidden) the hosts.

    We will visit them again and highly recommend. Thank you, Johnny and Mark, for sharing your home with us.

    May 2014
  • I could not be happier or more impressed with my experience staying at Johnny and Mark's beautiful home. The house is in a very nice, centrally located neighborhood and is wonderfully decorated inside and out. J&M were the best possible hosts and made sure to go above and beyond for me and all guests. The room I stayed in was very private with a nice view of the canal. Outdoors feels like a European courtyard, with fish pond, rock fire pit and gravel pathways. Indoors, the tasteful yet eclectic decor gives a warm charm and a sense of comfort.
    I feel my stay was worth so much more than the price I paid, especially with a delicious breakfast at the table every morning.
    I would never stay anywhere else in LA - this is it! Thanks J&M for making my stay so pleasant.

    May 2014
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We're Johnny and Mark, a super-fun, committed (21 years and counting) and married gay couple in our early 50s. We live on Ballona Creek in Del Rey, 3.5 miles from the gorgeous Pacific Ocean. We share our beautifully and recently renovated home with our 2 hilarious and well-behaved dogs, Sigi and Wolfgang (we hope you love dogs) and you're welcome to join us on one of your daily local hikes. We're right on the famous Ballona Creek Bike Path; you can grab one of our beach cruiser bikes and head out to the beach at Playa Del Rey or to the Marina, Venice, Santa Monica and Manhattan Beach. We have 2 beautiful guest rooms, one with a queen-sized bed, the other with a double bed. We can sleep 4 comfortably and if you're more we can figure something out. Both rooms share a private bath and have premium streaming cable TV with HBO, Showtime, Netflix, Amazon and super-fast wifi. We're a non-smoking vegan household, but smoking is OK outside and non-vegan food items are OK too. We may be vegan but don't worry: we're tolerant, non-judgy and non-preachy vegans. Explore Los Angeles (you'll always do best if you rent a car) and let us insiders point you toward some of our favorite places such as Marilyn Monroe's crypt, the best views of the Hollywood sign, the stores where the studios sell their wardrobe collections, plus other places only real Angelinos know. We love our city and want you to live with us as a local, and that means if you're around there'll be drinkies on cocktail nights (Mark makes a mean vodka martini!). Of course, breakfast is always included. Our home is your home. Johnny parle un excellent français y habla OK español (para un chico blanco). Mark taler perfkt dansk, og OK norsk. Wir sprechen OK deutsche.
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