Chaplin Historic Loft Cottage Cabin

Cabin - Entire home/apt · Hampton Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90046, United States

Charlie Chaplin built this enchantingly cozy historic cottage surprisingly near the biggest intersection at the most central point of the city. Equidistant to everywhere. And Rudolph Valentino called it home!

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Charlie Chaplin built this enchantingly cozy historic cottage surprisingly near the biggest intersection at the most central point of the city. Equidistant to everywhere. And Rudolph Valentino called it home!

The Space

[As external links do not show-up within this description or messaging system, simply search "Annie" + "The Shire" for feature articles about this space. Of the many Vimeo videos guests have made, a favorite is entitled "lee & vic // elopement"]
NEWS! Newly updated 'Guidebook' detailing convenient, famed and/or rare finds for all sorts of things around the city. Click the icon at the top left of your screen. [You will as well find physical tourist literature inside the cottage.]

In Detail:

One of the most notable gems in Los Angeles' vintage charm is this jungle-drenched grouping of cottages built by Charlie Chaplin in the 1920s as a very centrally-located village for his crewmen. This fairytale of a Shire has housed many familiar names over the years, from Marilyn Monroe to now-a-days Patrick Dempsey.

Giving the mood of a European get-away, the complex's architecture boasts hand-cut stable doors, wood beams, bespoke windows (some with large Tiffany stained-glass scenes), and medieval-style staircases with oxidized copper rooster wind-turns atop white-washed towers.

The village is tucked away behind a wooded gate on a tree-lined street a surprising few minutes from the hustle and bustle. There is one of every grocery store within three blocks, and to be in the grid of Santa Monica Blvd / Sunset / Melrose & Fairfax / La Brea is an unbeatable location as per proximity to anything. Public transit buses whiz down SMB every few minutes. Maximum twenty minutes of drive time to every corner of Los Angeles, too.

This particular second story wood-paneled loft has been called home by such greats as Rudolph Valentino, and with its ceiling beams, built-in nooks and bay window overlooking a fairy-lit courtyard, it has the feel of a Swiss chateau or Yosemite lodge.

-The QUEEN-SIZED BED has a removed-from-the-world feel with a window that overlooks gnome rooftops and exotic trees and palms
-The optional fold-out SINGLE COT can be set up near the windowseat and used as further sleeping space for those that like to wake to sunlight.
-There is one BATHROOM with a tiled shower and hand-built shelves.
-There is an OFFICE tuck reminiscent of a writer's retreat cove, and a unique decorative FIREPLACE filled with candle pillars to really cement the cozy feel.
-The KITCHEN is well-equipped for gourmet fun, with the exception of a microwave and dishwasher (we keep it trendily old-fashioned here).
-In place of a home TV, there are cozy historic landmark sports bars (Formosa, Jones) just down the block for any shows or games you might be used to watching.
-WiFi and street PARKING are of course included.

...If you have read the House Rules and are game to respect them and enjoy a relaxing stay, go ahead and book any open dates on the calendar.

Welcome to your hobbit cottage home!

Sleeping divy:
Queen Bed: Sleeps 2
Fold-out Cot (stored in closet): Sleeps 1

Commutes, outside of peak hours:
5-10 mins - Hollywood, The Grove, Theatre Row, Museum Row
15-20 mins - Los Feliz / Silverlake / EchoPark, Beverly Hills
20-30 mins - Downtown, Century City, Studio City, Culver City, USC, UCLA, Burbank Airport
30-40 mins - Santa Monica, Venice, Pasadena, LAX Airport
45-60 mins - Malibu

Guest Access

-free street parking (permit provided)

Interaction with Guests

Whether I am in town and taking care of all cleaning and needs-response myself, or out of town with a quick-response phone number and neighbor on-call for any in-person assistance that may be necessary, your keys are hidden for you to be autonomous with entry/exit, and most details about the cottage are very well explained with signs throughout the house. Should you want more host attention, just say the word! Otherwise I tend to think guests appreciate a more hands-off "this is your house while you're here" attitude. :)

The Neighborhood

You can't get more central in Los Angeles than West Hollywood. It is perfectly equidistant to every corner of the city, and has one or more of anything you'd need as far as necessities for anything errand-like.

Getting around

Santa Monica Blvd is the nearest cross-street, and is the main thoroughfare from one side of the city to the other. The buses are fast and convenient. There is as well a train stop at Hollywood & Highland, which is an ambitious walk, short bus ride, or even quicker cab ride away from your nearby big intersection of La Brea & Santa Monica Blvd.

Room type: Entire home/apt
Accommodates: 3
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1
Beds: 2
Extra people: $20 / night after 2 guests
Weekly Price: $800 /week
Monthly Price: $2887 /month
Cleaning Fee: $30
Check In: 4:00 PM
Check Out: 11:00 AM
Cancellation: Strict

Overall Guest Satisfaction

Check In
  • Great night! Beautiful space, thoughtfully decorated and just a real 'pure' feel to the entire experience. Annie was thorough and detail-oriented, which made the check-in/out process almost too easy. I know 'charming' is a word thrown around often on Airbnb, but that's exactly the way this place should be described. Definitely recommend it. The place's historical significance only makes it all the more impressive.

    July 2014
  • Annie was very accommodating and sweet! I didn't have to worry about lack of communication she was very clear on the directions and made it easy for us.

    July 2014
  • What an amazing experience! This hidden gem in West Hollywood had SO much historical charm. The host was so exceptionally helpful and welcoming that we immediately felt right at home. The extremely unique space was perfectly set up for guests, and the location was ideal for our weekend getaway. Never staying at a traditional hotel again!

    June 2014
  • Wonderful little place and a very thorough host. Little notes and signs are super helpful!

    June 2014
  • The place was as described. Walking distance of many convenient shops. As a warning to some. initially I thought the loft bed would be cool, but then found it slightly bothersome for me, when I had to climb down in the middle of the night to use the bathroom. (Just something to think about for others.)

    May 2014
  • I had a great time staying at Annie's loft/cottage cabin, and as I was careful to read the description before booking, it met my expectations. Although I did not meet Annie, she was incredibly responsive and provided plenty of information to make my stay a pleasant one.

    The loft is on the small side, so it's ideal for an individual or couple, and as the property is an historic one, the plumbing is vintage and the floors a bit creaky. The loft is quite charming though, and you really feel like you're in a small cabin.

    I arrived with a rental car and was surprised to find plentiful parking using the parking permit - even when I returned later in the evening. The wifi was good as well. The loft is centrally located in West Hollywood at the end of a very charming residential street, and there are lots of great shops, restaurants, and bars nearby.

    May 2014
  • The reservation was canceled the day before arrival. This is an automated posting.

    May 2014
  • The reservation was canceled 5 days before arrival. This is an automated posting.

    May 2014
  • The bungalow was really extraordinary and unique. I had a lovely stay and would stay again next time I'm in LA!

    May 2014
  • Annie was very quick to respond to my numerous questions before arriving. Everything was perfect upon arrival. The place is beautiful and I had a great stay! I recommend these accommodations very highly!

    April 2014
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I am an interior stylist, actor, dancer, singer, photographer and teacher. Having grown up in Chicago, I've since felt at home in many countries, cities, towns and terrains, and am proud to now be settling in California. Welcome to my ongoing idea of cozy!
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