Malibu Hideaway, Santa Monica Mtns.

House - Entire home/apt · Encina Rd, Topanga Canyon, CA 90290, United States
Your host, Olga
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The Space

Close to it all, yet worlds away... This hidden cottage is perched atop a glorious bluff on a 23 acre gated mountaintop estate overlooking the lush Santa Monica Mountains. Escape down the country lane into complete privacy and serenity, yet be less than a mile to restaurants, entertainment, yoga and stores. Hike in 10,000 acre Topanga State park or take in the many nearby beaches. Shop the high-end boutiques of Malibu or Santa Monica, enjoy glorious sunsets and misty mornings or bike the hundreds of miles of trails of Topanga State Park straight from the front door. Horse riding facilities, theater, surf lessons, kite boarding, artist studios, seasonal festivals, Docent-led nature walks, miles of beaches all within 30 minutes of studios and Hollywood.

The Cottage has full kitchen, dishwasher and laundry.
2 bedrooms, one bath. The bath has a large tiled shower and laundry. Huge living area opens to a private park-like back yard with fruit trees and views. The cottage is bright and bathed by the sun through the huge windows.

Watch the sunset under beautiful ancient Oaks and Pepper trees. Buy fresh produce, jams and baked goods at the weekly Farmers market. Fall in love with the LA lifestyle.

The Neighborhood

First some random things we like to do in LA with kids:

Ride bikes on the path in Santa Monica - rent them from the shop near the pier and ride them all the way to Venice beach (if you are really ambitious you can go as far as Manhattan Beach)
or, for a more of a canyon work out, rent them from Topanga Creek Bycicles (phone number hidden) and join one of the weekend group rides that start from the shop. Very strenuous, but amazing.
Farmers market on Sundays in Santa Monica on Main St. - super fun, good food, music, people watching
and don't miss our own Farmer's Market on Fridays at the Inn of The Seventh Ray from 9-1
Go to the pool at Annenberg Comminity Beach House (eat breakfast at Back on The Beach, swim, read by the pool, run on the beach) or Calabasas pool if it's cold at the beach, it is sure to be hot in Calabasas!
Griffith Park observatory in Hollywood - short hike or drive right up, cool views of the city
Take a scenic drive on PCH to Neptunes Net for seafood, eat there or take to go and walk to the beach for a picnic, watch the sunset.
LA Zoo - it's all the way in Griffith Park (45 min away), but the zoo is very cool, the elephant exhibit is awesome.
Disneyland - 1.5 hours away, "The Happiest Place on Earth" ;) (I hate it)
Legoland - 2 hours away, great for little kids, the Small Town USA is cool (all the major cities made out of Legos), but an older kid will be bored unless a huge lego fan.
Universal Studios Hollywood - on the lot, has rides (the new Transformers ride)
Take a ferry or a boat to Catalina Island - several cool hotels and restaurants
Santa Barbara Zoo 2 hours away - much smaller than LA, but we like going there for the day, I love Santa Barbara
Laguna Beach Tidepools - go at low tide, amazing

Here is my beaches and hikes breakdown:

Easy and close: Topanga Beach
You can Park on PCH, facing south: turn into American Apparel, then get back on PCH and park along the PCH, walk down.
Great tide pools at low tide, my kids love it, great for boogie boarding between Chart House and the Life Guard House, great surf spot, but rocky, have to be a good surfer.
We usually get fish tacos from Reel Inn or Thai Food at Cholada Beach Cusine (our favorite) right across the street.

Great classic Cali beach with wide breaks and big waves: Will Rogers(Palisades) or Zuma(Malibu). Great long breaks, perfect for boogie boarding can be crowded on weekends.

Best beginner surf spot: Malibu Lagoon, you can even rent a board right there. Food across the way at Malibu Country Mart

Santa Monica beaches are great too, but can be crowded during weekends, we like Annenberg Comunity Beach House, it has great facilities, pool, showers, Back On The Beach Cafe. Parking is $8, pool is about $5 a person.
All Santa Monica beaches have food on the beach at Perry's cafe.

Great secluded beach is at Leo Carillo, it's a bit far (45 minutes), but really nice, pack a picnik or eat at Malibu Seafood or Neptune's Net, bot a great for steamed or fried seafood (will be busy on weekends) .

If you want to go to a restaurant on the beach:
Paradise Cove (Malibu) is our favorite, but its all the way out there, so we make a day of it, you can grab a great beach spot, buy drinks and chill. Save your restaurant receipt, then parking is only 3 dollars (otherwise $20)
Back on the beach Cafe (Santa Monica) we love it for breakfast, we'll park, eat breakfast, take our bikes for a nice long ride on the beach toward Venice beach or go to the pool at Annenberg Community Beach house, or go to the beach right there, waves are nice for surfing or boogie boarding.
Gladstones (at Sunset Blvd), is good for happy hour or brunch
Lobster (Santa Monica) is good for lunch or Happy Hour without kids

Great family hikes in the area:

right from the house:
Trippet Ranch to Santa Yanez Falls (3.5m)
Trippet Ranch to Eagle Rock (2m)
Musch trail to Musch Camp (2m)
Trippet Ranch to Highlands (7m)

Red Rock (2 m away)
easy hike for kids, caves and stone faces to climb)

Back Bone Trail (1 m away)
Great hike all the way up to saddle peak

Tuna Canyon Hike (2m away)
great views of the ocean, cool stone labyrinth at the top

Solstice Canyon (25 min drive)
Cool ruins, watherfall, scrambling on rocks

Summit to Summit (2 m away park on Old Canyon)
cool views of the valley, very easy for kids, can take bikes


3rd St promenade and Santa Monica Mall (best outdoor mall ever, all the high-end brands but also lots of street performers, good restaurants and shops) lunch spots:don't miss the Market (the Curious Palette) on the third level, we also like Sonoma Wine garden for lunch or La Sandia (3rd floor)
Rodeo Dr (have lunch at The Beverly Wilshire on the terrace) the famous Rodeo Dr shopping, I love Planet Blue (also on Montana Ave and in Malibu)
Malibu Country Mart: love Maxfield at Malibu Lumber Yard also Salvation is good for casual surfer stuff (don't miss my favorite gelato shop next door: Grom) Lunch spot: Cafe Habana, I love it. Cafe Marmelade for brunch. Howdy's sucks and is expensive.
Motana Ave: I love that street, that's where my yoga studio is, so I am there a lot. I like LF, which is really fun clothes and they have good sales, but only twice a year. Lots of other cool shops on Montana. Best Coffee in Santa Monica is there too: Caffe Luxx and Primo Passo lunch spots:R&D, Cafe Montana
Abbot Kinney Ave. my favorite shopping street, super cool shops. And it has my favorite restaurants: Lemonade and The Local is great for lunch.
Brentwood Country Mart - I love Calypso, James Pierce and Roberta Roller Rabbit, Farmshop is really good for lunch or breakfast and other gourmet stuff to go.


Nobu Malibu $$$$ - best sushi in Malibu
Moonshadows Malibu $$$ - love the vibe, could be a bit of a scene on the weekends, but best place for a sunset drink
Malibu Seafood $$ - can be crowded on the weekends
Neptune's Net $$ - can be crowded, but worth it if you like fried seafood (but not a healthy choice!!!)
The Old Place Cornel $$$- awesome atmosphere, next door to Cornell winery, great brunch and dinner, closed for lunch I think
Cooge's Cafe - $$ good breakfast
Marmelade Cafe -$$ great lunch and breakfast
Paradise Cove - $$$ great beach spot, save your food receipt for parking discount
Duke's and Jeoffrey's - $$$$ fancy brunch
Beachcomber at Malibu Pier $$$ - I like the setting, good food, nice for brunch
Fish Grill $- great fish tacos, cheap
Sunset cafe $$ near Point Dume - great for a sunset drink and dinner

Canyon Gourmet: best specialty shop in town, hands down. Great ice-cream, wine, cheese, etc. Try the salted caramel ice cream sandwich:))))
Saddle Peak Lodge $$$$ - very interesting menu, wild boar, antelope etc cool atmosphere
Cholada Beach Thai $$ - we eat there a lot, best Thai food around
Reel Inn by Topanga Beach $$ - another fried seafood place, good for an afternoon pitcher of beer and shrimp on the patio after a day at the beach
Topanga Fresh - $$ great juice bar and organic shop, raw chocolate and more
Abuelita's - $$ mexican in the canyon, great atmosphere, nice back patio, kids can roam. Fish tacos are great. Charles is my favorite bartender, know how I like my margaritas.
Canyon Bistro - $$$ best food in the canyon, great for brunch, lunch or dinner, with kids or without, good wine list. I love their sea bass with risotto
Inn of The Seventh Ray $$$ - very romantic, awesome brunch, good raw and vegetarian option.
Pat's Topanga Grill $$- great breakfast and lunch, Pat is awesome.
Waterlilly Cafe $- really great sandwiches, coffee not my favorite, good quiche
Mimosa $ - best coffee in the canyon
Rocco's $$ -so-so food, but Pizza and Salad is good and they will deliver.

Santa Monica/Venice:
Gjelina on Abbot Kinney in Venice $$$ - my all time absolute favorite, need rezzies a week in advance
Wilshire Restaurant $$$ - awesome patio, great bar/drinks, tasty local food, one of my favorites
Inteligentsia Coffee $$ best coffee in Venice
Lemonade - $ great for lunch if you are in Venice
Erwin Hotel - $$ great rooftop bar, perfect for drinks on a hot day (will get cold after sunset, they have heaters, but still cold)
Blue Plate Oysterrette $$$ - love this place, great oyster selection, good beer on tap
Boa Steackhouse - love their ceasar salad, great drinks.
Blue Plate on Montana $$ - good breakfast
The Huntley Penthouse $$$ - great for drinks at sunset, awesome views, turns into a club at night
Locanda Portofinno $$$$ - Best Italian on Montana Ave.
Georgio Baldy $$$$ - famous italian restarant in Santa Monica Cnyn. (not my fave)
Cafe Delfini - $$$$ Great Italian in Santa Monica Canyn.
Urth Cafe $$ (Santa Monica) - great coffee, good breakfast and lunch, great if you want to spend some time on Main St.
Robata Bar $$$ - excellent robata, good drinks
Sugarfish $$ - excellent sushi - lunch
Katsua $$$ - fun, excellent sushi, can be a scene
James beach $$$(Venice) - famous fish taco
MStreet Cafe $$ - love the brunch here
Cha-Cha Chicken $$ - Carribian, jerk chicken. My kids ask for it every time we go to the beach in Santa Monica
Koo-Ka-Roo $ - great cheap option for feeding kids:)


Rosenthal - our favorite, right at the bottom of the Canyon on PCH, great wine, awesome patio in the back, music on weekends.
Cornell Malibu - great atmosphere, lots of local wines, the restaurant next door (The Old Place) is really good
Sip Malibu (further up in the hills) - lots of local wines, cool space, great vibe
Malibu Family Wines - music on weekends, great property

Room type: Entire home/apt
Accommodates: 4
Bedrooms: 2
Bathrooms: 1
Beds: 2
Extra people: No Charge
Minimum Stay: 2 nights
Weekly Price: $1500 /week
Monthly Price: $4500 /month
Cleaning Fee: $80
Check In: 4:00 PM
Check Out: 11:00 AM
Cancellation: Strict
Pet Owner: Dog(s)

Overall Guest Satisfaction

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  • The "Hideaway" is even more lovely than the photos. And the property is spectacular. We couldn't get enough of the views! I loved sitting outside and enjoying a glass of wine in the late afternoon. Olga and her family are the warmest, most generous hosts. Olga shared her citrus with us so we could make fresh juice in the morning! Topanga is wonderful--we loved Mimosa Cafe, the playground, and the farmer's market--and Topanga State Beach is very close. We loved our week!

    March 2014
  • This place is so beautiful and relaxing to the last detail. Olga was such a pleasant host to deal with and everything was just as I'd hoped it to be. Thank you so much for sharing the space!

    March 2014
  • Great stay! Very beautiful, peaceful, convenient location. Super friendly hosts. Unbeatable weather. Must go / highly recommended for both long and short breaks away from crazy cities!!!

    August 2013
  • This location is so perfect for a family it's hard to describe. So beautiful and so relaxing! Great place for kids. Unbelievably beautiful views and you can walk right from the house to many great hikes including some to a labrynth and some to waterfalls. The hosts were fantastic. Shared lots of great tips about local restaurants, hot spots, outings, hikes, beaches, etc.

    We loved these perks: High quality cookware (all clad pans, good knives), four outdoor sitting and eating areas all with different views, a bbq on the back patio, and loads of closet space. Very comfy beds. Board games.

    No bath tub and no microwave, FYI.

    Our three day vacation had me more relaxed than I've been in a year. Thank you so much Olga! We will definitely be back!

    March 2013
    Response from Olga:

    I can definitely add a microwave! We haven't had one in years and it hasn't occurred to me! Thanks for the tip! Please come back soon:)

    March 2013
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