Front door at the top of a (slightly steep) drivewayBedroom 1 with queen bed

Entire home/apt

8 Guests

3 Bedrooms

5 Beds

Entire home/apt

8 Guests

3 Bedrooms

5 Beds

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About this listing

Our 3-bedroom house is a lovely spot to call home for your stay in to the Echo Park/ Silver Lake area. With 1,500 square feet, you will have plenty of room to relax after exploring this awesome city. We also have a large backyard full of fruit trees, a swing, and a deck to enjoy the bright Los Angeles days and mild evenings. Our house is eclectically furnished and ideal for families traveling with children (we have three!)

The space

This is an airy and spacious 3-bedroom furnished house on a tranquil street in the Echo Park enclave of Elysian Heights. Minutes to the shops and restaurants of Silver Lake and 10-15 minutes to downtown and Hollywood attractions.

Enter your cheery yellow door into the open living room, with skylights, wood laminate and tile floors, window A/C unit, 2 full bathrooms, Wi-fi, flat screen TV with free streaming movies and TV, and laundry area. Comfortable queen size bed in rear bedroom, huge West Elm sectional couch. Through a small playroom you'll find a full kitchen and formal dining room, bedroom with king size bed and children's room with twin bed and crib, with cool Central A/C. We have additional air mattresses (twin and queen sized) so the sleeping option arrangements are somewhat endless.

This is our family home and we have enjoyed sharing it from guests from every corner of the world. We love our neighborhood and think you will too.

It's is a wonderful place to land for new transplants to LA, those here on temporary work assignments, or tourists, especially families.

Driving distances to popular LA attractions:
Griffith Park: 10 minutes
Hollywood Walk of Fame: 16 minutes
Universal Studios: 17 minutes
Burbank/Bob Hope airport: 22 minutes
Museum Row/ LACMA: 29 minutes
The Grove/Farmers Market: 30 minutes
Los Angeles Int'l Airport: 37 minutes
Santa Monica Pier or Venice Beach: 42 minutes
Disneyland: 58 minutes

Guest access

Our entire home is open to you during your stay, including the multi terraced backyard. Please eat all the fruit you can pick! No "gym" but we also do have a stationary exercise bike :)

Interaction with guests

There is a front house with permanent tenants, and this is the rear house and is private and self-contained. We'll be traveling in July and August-- hence renting out the home- but will have a trusted substitute host to check you in and we are almost always available online and delighted to answer questions or if anything comes up during your stay. We like independence when we travel, and give that to our guests as well.

Other things to note

We do deeply appreciate when guests tidy up a bit when they leave.

The space
Bathrooms: 2
Bedrooms: 3
Beds: 5
Check In: 12PM (noon) - 2AM (next day)
Check Out: 12PM (noon)
Room type: Entire home/apt
Self check-in: Lockbox


Extra people: $20 / night after 5 guests
Cleaning Fee: $50
Security Deposit: $250
Weekly Discount: 10%
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House Rules
No smoking
Not suitable for pets
No parties or events
Check in time is 12PM (noon) - 2AM (next day)

No smoking and no drug use tolerated.
Out of consideration for our guests with allergies, we do not allow pets.
This is a residential neighborhood & your walkway passes by a bedroom; when coming and going at night, please keep noise to a minimum. This is our home and we love to share it with other travelers and families!



Cancel up to 7 days before your trip and get a 50% refund plus service fees back.

Safety features
Smoke detector
Carbon monoxide detector
First aid kit
Fire extinguisher

1 night minimum stay

43 Reviews

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Peter User Profile
August 2015
The host canceled this reservation 7 days before arrival. This is an automated posting.

Elizabeth User Profile
March 2015
Melissa was a very responsive host, both before and during my stay! The apt wasn't clean upon my arrival, but Melissa quickly arranged a cleaning service and extended it throughout my two month stay. The apt. was quiet and comfortable, with an easy commute to the downtown area and Pasadena. I would happily stay at this apt again!

Shaadee User Profile
January 2015
Melissa was a great host, very helpful and responsive. The neighborhood was great and quiet. The place was pretty much as described. Our only criticism was with the cleanliness of the apartment - we had to clean the floors and take out the trash on our arrival. The couch and curtains were also a little smelly.

Zara User Profile
November 2014
Melissa is an excellent host. She was friendly, accommodating and communicative- she even put an extra desk in the property at our request. The apartment is on a quiet street and has everything you need (including a great washing machine and dryer). Ideal for those who want to stay in the heart of East LA- walking distance to Sunset and a number of great restaurants. Overall Melissa and Ryan made us feel very welcome and we would definitely return!

Randi User Profile
October 2014
My family was in town for a wedding and chose to stay here instead of a motel. I am really glad we did! This lovely apartment with the sunny yellow door was bright and sunny inside with a wide open living room with a really comfy couch, small fully equipped kitchen and separate bedroom. It is in a lovely quiet neighborhood in a very hilly section of the city, far enough away to seem apart from the hustle and bustle of the city but close enough to be convenient. Melissa is a wonderful hostess who suggested nearby places to eat. She and her family live on the property but you hardly know they are there. I would definitely recommend this place to anyone looking to crash in LA be it for a few days or a longer period. Definitely beats a motel!

Linda User Profile
October 2014
Melissa was very welcoming & ready to help if anything was needed. The apartment was well kept , has a comfortable bed & is equipped for a comfortable stay. The walk up to the apartment was steep & a bit difficult to use if you are an older person. We were glad we chose this B&B for our visit.

Hiroko User Profile
September 2014
My parents were very pleased with their stay at the Echo Park Retreat. Only five minutes walking distance from my sister's house, they felt at home and found comfort in this safe and quiet neighborhood. If weather had permitted (not at an extremely rare LA heat of 104F), they would have walked around the neighborhood for a nice morning and evening exercise. From just up the "steps", you can see the beautiful L.A. downtown skyline! The location of the Retreat was quite ideal. Only short drive to downtown LA, sunset strip, hollywood, korea town, griffith park, dodger stadium, pasadena and as well as the magic castle (free invitation from the Host!). If renting a car, there's an ample parking on the street, but a covered parking space was also available if requested. The Retreat was very spacious, clean, quiet, and fully equipped. Whenever my parents had a problem or a question, the Host/Hostess was polite and quick to respond. Privacy was not an issue either. Since my parents were out most of the day, they relaxed and enjoyed themselves in the evenings at the Retreat. Especially with amenities like Wifi and entertainment connection (netflix, hulu, vimeo, youtube etc), they were able to occupy themselves without feeling uncomfortable and bored. The place truly felt like Home to them. My parents are looking forward to returning again the next time they visit my sister and her family. Thank you Melissa & Ryan for taking good care of my parents during their stay; making them feel at ease like they were at their own home!

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Los Angeles, California, United States · Joined in May 2011
Melissa User Profile

Journalist, Oakland native, magician's wife, and mom of 3.

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