A+Rating~3 Rm Bungalow~BEST Locale!

House - Entire home/apt · Rugby Drive, West Hollywood, CA 90069, United States

Others say it but check the maps (see pics for map). Most central location on airbnb. Walking distance to Sunset Strip, Melrose Shopping & Galleries, Weho clubs, La Cienega's Restaurant Row!

The Space

Welcome! I've written what might be the longest description on airbnb. Part 1: The Suite Part 2: Calendar of cultural events you can walk to. Enjoy!
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A private SUITE in LA's BEST location for 25% hotel charge AND approx $20-50 less than other "whole home listings" here (and they're not even this central!) Read my reviews, I provide a very safe, central location. You don't need a car because of my 97 Walking Score, which is a huge rarity in LA but if you have one, there's easy, free parking. Borrow my bike too, gratis!

CAVEAT:
There is no accurate airbnb category for my listing. The "Private Room" category is shared space where guest just has a private bedroom but shares the bathroom with the host. My place is NOT like that! Here you have your own private area separate from me like you would in a hotel suite. In fact, a cozy hotel suite with a huge, tranquil bamboo patio is the best way to envision the space. There is just one shared wall between the front house (where I reside) and back house (your suite). This is a very private experience for the guest.
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Back to the Listing….
LOCATION LOCATION LOCATION
This space is a private bungalow/suite offered in the BEST, most CENTRAL neighborhood in the fun part of the city. Yes, there are lots of listings that say that but check the maps. There is simply NO better location if you want to be in the middle of the city but with a quiet respite to escape--the relaxing house on the sleepy, non-thru street. Just southwest of La Cienega & Santa Monica Blvds.

97 WALKING SCORE!
Yes, this house gets a 97% rating on the walking score site (it rates your address and how close you are to historic & tourist sites, restaurants, shopping) Seriously, it is in the middle of EVERYTHING! You can walk to:
1. World Famous Sunset Strip (Live Music, clubs, Sunset Plaza shops & dining)
2. Santa Monica Blvd ("Boystown," brand new city library, major bus routes, Trader Joes, CVS, etc)
3. La Cienega (L.A.'s popular, mile long "restaurant row" with best of the city!)
4. Melrose (trendy shopping and our arts & fashion center including world famous Pacific Design Center, which you can see from the street) in the Heart of West Hollywood. We are at the 4 Corners!

THE HOUSE
House itself is an Architect's 1300 sq ft remodeled 1940's home. You have the back portion, I live in the front portion. We rarely hear one another with only one small shared wall.

YOUR PRIVATE "3 Room Bungalow"
The 350 sq ft "Bungalow/Suite" is your master bedroom, en-suite bathroom and private bamboo courtyard/patio. You enter from the Westmount side, a locked door, then proceed through the garage, emerging to your private bamboo courtyard/patio. Your bedroom has french doors overlooking this. It's extremely private to just you, perfect place to enjoy a glass of wine before going out, or to get a little sun, or to otherwise chill. (Note about garage: Feel free to store your suitcases out here if you'd like to keep your room uncluttered.) The room has vaulted ceilings of natural wood, extremely comfy Queen bed (with a $200 memory foam topper), clean linens & comforter, highspeed WIFI (works on your patio too), 40" flatscreen tv with AT&T Uverse & ALL the premium movie channels, powerful central heat/a-c. Your modern, upscale en suite bathroom has the best water pressure you'll ever feel in a shower. My high capacity washer and dryer are in the common area, feel free to do a load or two (ask me to show you). Also any kitchen appliance you might need to borrow for your stay (blender, slow cooker, iron). Your suite has a brand new half fridge/freezer, large toaster oven (perfect for grilled cheeses, personal pizzas, roasted veggies, etc) and large microwave, along with cups, dishes, flatware, some complimentary teas, coffee & snacks to get you started. (There's a brand new Brita jug in your private fridge you can keep refilling. I also stock some condiments and ice too). Coupled with the extra large propane grill (feel free to use, ask me to help light first time) on your patio and you have a great, private kitchen! But With Trader Joe's supermarket across the street, you can buy all the fresh fruit, amazing cheeses and healthy-fresh prepared meals and affordable wines you'd ever want CHEAP! Brown rice Cali rolls, cooked turkey meatballs and chicken burgers, pre made sandwiches---skip the fast food if you want to be healthy? There's no reason to cook when you have a Trader Joes you can walk to. (LA Note: new "bag" law, you must bring your own bags to the grocery or purchase bags from them. So I always keep canvas bags and some paper bags for you to use along the fridge. Take them with you when you go to Trader Joes or Pavilions Market.) There are also tons of fast food choices steps away, Fresh Corn Grill, Subway, 5 Guys Burgers, several pizza places... and lots of menus and guide books on the wood shelves to look through.)

YOUR COURTYARD/PATIO
This is the "third" room, an "outdoor" dining/living room. In LA you really can take advantage of an outdoor space during the day 12 months a year and at night about 10 months a year. The gloriously relaxing brick courtyard/patio with towering bamboo trees is a sunny spot with lots of shade too. The glass & steel 4 seat dining table and the grill are also yours to use if you want to BBQ. Double doors off your bedroom and the garage open to provide an homey, safe and private area. There's a hammock and two adirondack chairs too! Despite the great patio, with this neighborhood your time here will probably be limited as so much to do, so much to see.

FAQ: Do I allow smoking? Yes but ONLY on this outside patio. There's a metal ashtray. Please keep the french doors shut while smoking to keep the room smelling fresh and clean. No smoking, incense or candles in room please.

LOCAL PLACES: IT'S ALL WALKING DISTANCE:
FAQ: Is it quiet? YES!!!! You will be amazed. I'm on a quiet street so sleepy it belies it's proximity to Santa Monica Blvd (walk to Barney's Beanery/Trader Joes/CVS, Pavilions Supermarket, 24 Hr Fitness/5 Guys Burgers, Subway), the Sunset Strip (walk to Sunset Plaza, Equinox Gym, Whiskey, Viper Room, La Live), and Melrose (walk to the most popular coffee shop in the city--Urth Cafe, the new Weho Library, Weho Park-pool, tennis, Pacific Design Center (the new Red Bldg is amazing!). La Cienega is also a block away, with world-famous restaurants Fig & Olive (Obama held a fundraiser there), STK Steakhouse, Belmont, Norm's 24 hr diner, Ihop, kitchen 24, Dominos Pizza, etc. ALL of this is walking distance.

I'm very friendly and laid-back, if I have it you are welcome to borrow it and, unlike some listings, it's FREE!!! (bike? extra blankets? big sheet and extra towels for the beach?) Just return in close to it's original condition and I'm good.

WHERE WE ARE:
I am 15 min from the 405, 10 and 101 freeways (20-25 in rush hour). And the LA city busses have stops a few yards up on Santa Monica Blvd (2 min walk) or La Cienega (3 min walk). Local weho bus route on my street which will whisk you around the entire city for FREE,it goes up and down the Sunset Strip, Santa Monica Blvd and a little Melrose. I highly recommend riding it the first day to check out the most local sites. You'll be able to walk to most, but it gives a great, free "tour" overview! You don't need a car!

PARKING:
FREE & EASY parking right in front of the house with the use of my city parking pass. (The only days to pay attention to parking laws is THURS & FRI from 10-noon when there is alternate side parking for street sweeping.

THE SITES: Already mentioned the walking distance stuff on Sunset, Santa Monica and Melrose! Well, Hollywood Blvd is just a few minutes drive (or easy bus): Grumman's Chinese Theatre, Hollywood Walk (the sidewalk of stars), Hollywood sign, Kodak theatre (where the Oscars are held). My suggestion, hike Runyeon canyon to get a great view of the sign and also of the entire city. You can see the ocean on a clear day (and you'll also probably see several shirtless or scantily clad stars keeping in shape...extremely popular hiking spot. Featured on the show Entourage every other week--as was Urth Cafe, which is on my street! Park on Fuller off of Hollywood Blvd or Franklin. Free parking and then hike up.)

Universal Studios (theme park, tour and the "citywalk" outdoor mall are just minutes away by car. I am smack dab in the middle driving wise to MGM, Sony, Disney, Universal, Raleigh, Paramount, The Lot. CBS is 5 minutes, NBC and ABC about 15-20 min.
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SHOPPING:
Beverly Hills borders West Hollywood. Just a 5 minute drive away. (World famous Rodeo Drive, the Museum of TV, tons of shopping.)

Melrose btwn Fairfax & La Brea: Cheaper trendy clothes and shops.

Melrose btwn Doheny & La Cienega: Galleries & expensive, designer clothes & shops.

Melrose Place: super expensive shops. Great coffee shop called "Alfred's" right next to the Oscar de la Renta store. 4 min walk/Must see.

The Beverly Center & Beverly Connection (La Cienega/Beverly). Easy walk, but also easy cab or 2 min drive if planning on buying a lot. Every store you can imagine, the $$$ and the $. (A giant H&M, biggest Macy's and Macy's men store you've ever seen, etc.)

The Grove/Farmers Market: Check out the new outdoor mall they built around the world famous, original farmers market where Lucille Ball used to shop. Everything you can imagine , plus like shows, great movie theatre, outdoor fountain area.) This is about a mile away so def need a cab or car.

Sunset Plaza: steps away on Sunset Blvd (just head north up the side streets). Amazing shops and restaurants with a view of the whole city. Just a few yards west will be the rock and roll sunset. But the part by La Cienega is the fancy side. Easy 5 min walk. Great cafes, excellent people watching at the base of the hollywood hills. This is where Equinox gym is as well.
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DRIVE DOWN SUNSET TO THE BEACH!
It's a gorgeous drive to the beach winding down Sunset Blvd until it deadends at the Ocean (world famous Pacific Coast Highway to be exact. Fantastic view! The drive is about 20 to 25 minutes. Take a left at PCH and head to Santa Monica and Venice. Take a right and run into Malibu. Great day trip--go for lunch and stay for dinner, drive back after rush hour=very happy guest.

I'm happy to give directions, etc. and answer any questions you may have. I've lived in the neighborhood for 24 years and know my way around pretty well.
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FINAL CAVEATS.POLICIES
1. Please ensure front door locked--the lock is such that you have to relock once you unlock to enter.
2. Smoking outside only--on your private bamboo patio. No open flame candles/incense in room.
3. Leave room as you found it, except for the obviously-used bed and bath linens.
4. Turn off lights/tv when you leave the room (solar and timer lights will illuminate your return.

WEHO FITNESS
There is a city pool at the park (quick 5 min walk) and also one at the local gym . I clicked gym because there are literally 10 within walking distance, if you count the mass chains (24 hour fitness-across street), Crunch, Equinox) as well as boutique gyms where you buy just a class or two ("Flywheel" Yoga/Spinning, "Train," etc) which can be great for visitors. Weho park, where they hold the annual try pride, also has boot camp, basketball courts, etc.

Note: This is a 2 bedroom house with 2 full bathrooms. THE SUITE I am renting out is the master bedroom with en suite bathroom and the private bamboo garden pictured. So your private space would be your bedroom, the patio and your en suite bathroom. (the first group of pics all the way to the one of the "map". I use this listing to do whole house sublets a few times a year; that's why the other pics are here.) Also, the view from your window is NOT the view of sunset blvd--it's to your bamboo patio. But ALL those city pics I posted are within 5-10 minutes WALK! Yes, that close. Just so I'm clear up front.l)
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Below is a list of Annual Special Events Just Steps Away from House. Go to the city website for actual dates. (airbnb won't let me post the link.)

OSCARS / February
While the Academy Awards ceremony may take place in Hollywood (Kodak theatre at Highland and Hollywood--great afternoon sight-seeing trip), all the action really happens in West Hollywood. Winners descend upon West Hollywood for exclusive after-parties like the Elton John party at the Pacific Design Center (the giant Red, Blue and Green glass buildings) and Vanity Fair’s annual soiree held at the Sunset Tower Hotel (SOHO house). Several other viewing parties that raise money for a good cause are held all within walking distance from each other (The Abbey throws a great "gay" one).

WESTWEEK / March (you can walk!)
The Pacific Design Center hosts West Week, an internationally-recognized design trade event that welcomes thousands of design professionals each spring. The event includes top industry keynote speakers, showroom programs, book signings, exhibitions, product launches and the annual ‘Stars of Design’ ceremony. Experts discuss and present such items as trends graphic & interior design, urban landscape, photography, contemporary art and architecture. Highlights of the event include programs hosted by Architectural Record, Elle Décor, House & Garden, and Metropolitan Home. (This is like a cultural fair, all the shops and galleries serve wine, people walk from place to place. Great vibe. Melrose between Dohney and San Vicente--only one traffic light to the west.)

ART & DESIGN WALK / March (you can walk!)
The Art & Design Walk held in The Avenues district showcases the latest in interior design, fine art, fashion and cuisine on the streets of Melrose Avenue, Robertson and Beverly Boulevards in West Hollywood. Visitors will find a sophisticated environment, unique displays and live entertainment taking place in many of the areas 300 businesses including art galleries, interior design showrooms, fashion boutiques and eateries. The Art & Design Walk is the perfect chance to explore and stroll through the galleries and enjoy food or wine as offered by individual stores. For more information about this year’s Art & Design Walk visit (this is similar to the event above, same locale.)

RUSSIAN CULTURAL FESTIVAL / May (you can walk) Russian Cultural Month in West Hollywood is a month of unique, family-friendly events celebrating the rich culture and the heritage of the over 300,000 members of the Los Angeles region’s Russian-speaking community. The culmination of Russian Cultural Month is the Russian Cultural Festival. The Festival is free and includes a day of entertainment, music, food sampling, Russian crafts, jewelry and more.

LA GAY PRIDE / June (one block north. seriously)
West Hollywood is proud of its dynamic gay and lesbian population and it shows at the annual Christopher Street West GLBT Pride Parade and Festival! The two-day festival is the largest on the West Coast, celebrating diversity and culture with booths, dance tents, food, exhibits, and performances. The parade on Sunday draws over 300,000 to Santa Monica Boulevard where Grand Marshals in the past have included Cyndi Lauper and Paris and her mom, Kathy Hilton. Visit the weho wbesite for more information on Gay Pride in West Hollywood.

OUTFEST / July (at the DGA on Sunset at Fairfax, 5 mins) With attendance of nearly 40,000 people, the Los Angeles Gay & Lesbian Film Festival (OUTFEST) is the largest film festival in Southern California and the region’s largest gay & lesbian arts event. Since 1982, Outfest has presented more than 4,000 film and video titles for audiences of well over half a million people. Many West Hollywood venues are host to after-parties and celebrations throughout the screenings and activities.

SUNSET STRIP MUSIC FESTIVAL / August (yes, walk up! They block off Sunset Blvd for the day. Like Coachella but on the strip in the middle of the city!)
The Sunset Strip Music Festival was created to commemorate the music history of the Sunset Strip. The weekend-long festival takes place at music clubs up and down the strip – the Viper Room, The Roxy Theatre, Whisky A-Go-Go, House of Blues, Cat Club and Key Club all participate by hosting bands. A street festival takes place on Saturday, closing a portion of The Strip for performances on outdoor stages.

WEST HOLLYWOOD BOOK FAIR / Late September (walk!) The West Hollywood Book Fair was founded by the City of West Hollywood as a means of encouraging reading, writing, and literacy and to heighten the community’s awareness of books. Visitors are encouraged to join more than 300 authors, 100 exhibitors, and 25,000 guests as festivities include an eclectic group of authors, poets and entertainers from a variety of genres. Participate in interactive activities hosted by exhibitors, enjoy theatrical performances, slam poetry, book signings and diverse programming for all ages! Authors for the event have included Carol Channing, Bill Maher, Christopher Rice, Heidi Fleiss, and other celebrity guests. Visit (website hidden) for more details.

AIDS WALK LOS ANGELES / October (walk up)
A fundraising event for AIDS Project Los Angeles (APLA) and other AIDS service organizations across LA County, the AIDS Walk begins at the Pacific Design Center in West Hollywood with over 25,000 people walking 6.2 miles to raise money for this very important cause. Founded by four friends in 1982, APLA is a community-based, volunteer-supported organization with local, national and global reach. Visit (website hidden) for more information.

WEHO HALLOWEEN PARADE 10/31 (walk 10 feet! really) The largest Halloween street party in the world happens in West Hollywood, located in the Los Angeles County Region. Each year, more than 500,000 people take to the streets of Santa Monica Boulevard to enjoy the craziest, most eccentric costume creations ever. The big draws of the evening are the Halloween Costume Contest and crowning of an Honorary “Queen of the Carnaval.” Visitors can also expect fantastic live entertainment, food vendors, pumpkin-carving contests and children’s activities throughout the week previous. Admission is free and the event starts at 6 PM and runs until 11 PM.

Guest Access

Washer and dryer available. Shared foyer and front patio. The back bamboo patio off your bedroom is for you (and sometimes my dogs. But I never use your back patio when a guest is here so it's private for you.

Interaction with Guests

Only when you desire it. I've had guests here for two weeks I literally saw only on checkin and checkout. Others stop by the kitchen every day for guidance. I'm fine with either.

The Neighborhood

Best, most central neighborhood with an incredible 97 walking score on that website that rates them. Local west hollywood shuttle (free) and bigger city buses all have stops steps from the house. I also often have coupons for Lyft and Uber, taxi services. Just ask.

Getting around

Local west hollywood shuttle (free) and bigger city buses all have stops steps from the house. I also often have coupons for Lyft and Uber, taxi services. Just ask. Feel free to borrow my bike and helmet FREE (just make sure you lock it properly while out.)

Other Things to Note

****I have a parking pass which is free for your use, but I deduct $50 from your deposit if you forget to return it (my replacement cost with the city.) It's good 24/7 with exception of street sweeping.

****The candles I provide are battery operated, they look very real and do the trick. (Someone tried to light them once.) Just turn them over and flick the switch. But NO open flame candles in the room please. NO incense, NO smoking in the room please. On the patio is fine. But the room is smoke free.

****There's a large electric blanket and an extra comforter available, just ask. There are premium memory foam pillows on your bed, along with a great memory foam mattress topper. There are a couple feather pillows too, should you prefer that like me and some polyester if you have allergies.

Room type: Entire home/apt
Bed type: Real Bed
Accommodates: 2
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1
Beds: 1
Extra people: $20 / night after the first guest
Weekly Price: $649 /week
Monthly Price: $2400 /month
Security Deposit: $150
Cleaning Fee: $50
Check In: 1:00 PM
Check Out: 10:00 AM
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Cancellation: Strict
Pet Owner: Dog(s)

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  • Tony's place was great -- perfectly set up and very well located. Tony himself was friendly, efficient, and generous -- and he even set me up with some taxi coupons. Would definitely stay here again!

    April 2014
  • Super cute and cozy place! Prime location, tony was great and very hospitable.

    April 2014
  • Tony was a great host ! He was friendly and helpful he even offered me his bike to loan. The apartment is perfect if you travel alone. The garden is awesome.
    Thanks

    Andreas

    March 2014
  • Arrived late in the day and Tony was very helpful getting into the place. Place was clean and definitely worth the price.. would stay there again.

    March 2014
  • Everything was exactly as advertised. You can not beat the location. It was the perfect place to stay and I can not wait to go back. Tony was an amazing host.

    March 2014
  • A private,quiet, clean and comfortable oasis in the middle of bustling West Hollywood. On top of that this location just can't be beat with Santa Monica Blvd and all its cafes, restaurants and other shopping spots(even a Trader Joe's a few blocks away!) Tony was very helpful and hospitable but respected my privacy. I hope to come back here again in the future and would certainly recommend it to my friends! Thanks Tony!

    March 2014
  • Tony is delightful! He was warm and welcoming, flexible and helpful. His place is indeed set up differently and he describes it well. His pics are accurate. The location is great. The dogs are cute and friendly. He made parking a breeze, and I really appreciated it after a long day of travel. I will stay there again!

    February 2014
  • The room was very clean and location was ideal. I barely saw Tony, when we did cross paths he was very pleasant and his dogs very friendly.
    The room is definitely for somebody looking for a quieter and more relaxed stay in West Hollywood.

    February 2014
  • A great place to stay! Couldn't be more conveniently located, very comfortable and EASY parking thanks to the guest permit.

    January 2014
  • One of the best locations in LA. Walking distance to great shopping restaurants and night life. Had no trouble with street parking and the space itself is clean and cosy with a very comfy bed! Tony is an excellent host, helpful and friendly. Will definitely return..

    January 2014
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Guy in my 40's, a writer who works partially from home, so I can often be flexible, with notice, on checkin and checkout (pending other reservations.) I have two small rescue dogs, but they stay to another side of the house for the most part (they're never allowed in your rental space except the patio area, so your room is dander free. But severe allergies or those with dog phobias might want to book elsewhere. Respectful and friendly. I'm happy to point you to the sites, and some only locals know about. Or you can just go your own way every morning, explore the city for pleasure or work, and have a great, safe, friendly place to sleep or rest. For guests I especially welcome world travelers and anyone on business or vacation. This is NOT for longterm visitors nor for those looking to entertain within the unit. You have total privacy here and can come and go as you wish. The only time we run into one another is in the front door entryway, which is set off from both our parts of the house. You're an adult, I'm an adult, what you do is your business. Just as long as you're respectful and turn off lights, lock the front door, don't leave towels mildewing on the wood floor, treat the rental as it's someone's home and not an anonymous hotel, we will get along great! Literally had 50+ great experiences to date!
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