About this listing
Malibu adjacent unique 2 bedroom gem set in the natural beauty of sprawling canyons, a short drive to the beach. Loads of vintage charm with tasteful modern upgrades, offering various environments where nature and comfort congregate harmoniously.
Once the home of Mickey Rooney, this Topanga gem is wonderfully situated for gentle ocean breezes in a "climate-perfect" area. Enveloped in natural beauty, with its own poetry at any time of day or year, it invites one to retreat in tranquil simplicity and comfort, while remaining within minutes to civilization.
It is located minutes from the beach and surfing hot spots, nestled in between Malibu (15 minutes,) Pacific Palisades (10 minutes,) Santa Monica (15 minutes,) and the Valley (20 minutes.)
The property is surrounded by a lovely fenced yard, a growing orchard, an herb garden, and a vegetable garden, crowned by a gazebo with a swinging couch and garden chairs. The main entrance gate opens to a world of its own with a rock garden a fountain. Overlooking the canyon, the front porch is an inviting space with comfortable cushioned wicker chairs and an artsy coffee table providing relaxation at any time of day or night. A majestic chime hangs there, capturing the soul of the wind with beautiful tones and resonance that you will hear throughout the bedrooms and living room.
The living room and dining area feature a high ceiling with exposed beams, bamboo floors, and sage color carpet in the bedroom harmonizing Nature and hOMe. The space is well designed and enlightened by a warm glow recessed lighting system on a dimmer that creates even more special moments. It has an eclectic feel with flavors of Asia, India, Africa and France, inviting simplicity and serenity.
The house is proudly erected on a rugged canyon terrain, yet comfortable with all the amenities of modern life. High tech kitchen with country accents (see detail below,) central heating system, shower/bath, fireplace, home theater with DVD player, surround sound, wireless ultra high speed FIOS Internet. I am kids friendly and happy to accommodate infants and toddlers, with a portable crib, high chair, rocking horse, oversize plush animals, foldable play tent and tunnel, books and other toys. The guest bedroom beds are also suitable for young children.
The front entrance door opens to warm open space featuring various environments that blend harmoniously into each other: Living room facing the fireplace and a pull down home theater screen. On the left is the dining area overlooking the herb and vegetable garden, growing orchard and gazebo. On the rights are beautiful doors to the bedrooms.
From the dining area, you walk into the kitchen on the right. You should find everything you need there, and more: blender, food processor, fondue set, crepe maker, toaster, French press coffee maker, tea pot, electric kettle. Cookery is included. If you need anything else, just ask, I probably have it. The kitchen features two windows into the world of nature, making you feel like you are perched in the tree ; and a glass door that opens onto a red brick terrace, with two patio chairs and a small round table. There is a planter (with seasonal vine-type vegetables for your enjoyment) dividing the main house from the guest house.
There are four dining areas: the front porch is facing east, good for breakfast, while the red brick terrace is perfect for lunch time; the gazebo is pleasant in mid afternoon for a tea or coffee break; if you prefer to stay inside, the dining area overlooks the herb and vegetable garden, the gazebo and beyond, up the hill.
The Master and Guest Bedrooms are on the right of the living room; across, is a full bathroom in beautiful earth tones with a view from the shower and bathtub.
The master bedroom has a comfortable queen size bed, and gorgeous cabinetry, on each side of a large mirror. The walls are the color of the sun which will greet you in the morning. Each window is dressed with high quality drapery and veil curtains. The guest bedroom has 2 twin size beds configured in an L bracket.
Both bedrooms are bright and temperate. Two large windows with a stunning view of nature provide ample ventilation.
The maximum occupancy of 4. High quality linen, towels, and toiletries are all included.
You can expect cleanliness, quietness, and beauty within and without - nature and civilization working together.
While the days weave a visual tapestry of trees and vegetation, including California Oaks, Olive trees, fern, massive boulders and wild flowers, the nights will host an entrancing symphony orchestrating frogs and crickets, conducted by owls. At night, a wide variety of wild life reclaims its territory beyond the wooden fence.
And sheltering it all, the pristine sky will often dazzle the stargazer.
This is a good place to take a break from the city and the busy-ness of life, where you can be quiet, secluded, and creative, and/or social, active and busy as you wish.
It is a well cared home and property, which I continue to enjoy sharing through AIRBNB with guests from all over the world, and I love to exceed their expectations.
Guests will have access to the yard within the upper wooden fence, including gazebo, side patio and front porch. The yard is in a canyon setting, with native plants and rock landscaping - ever changing with the season and climatic conditions.
The property features a guest studio with its own entrance gate and patio. It is separated from the main house by a planter with seasonal vine type vegetables. Although relatively close to each other, the two buildings offer complete privacy set in a world of their own.
Beyond the wooden fence is off limit.
There is a Coin Laundry up Topanga Canyon, on the corner of Ventura Blvd, Woodland Hills. No laundry facility is available on the premises.
Interaction with Guests
You can be as private or social with me as you wish. I am happy to help in any way that you may need.
Beyond the wooden fence is my private space where I have my office. It is undeveloped, I am often working on reconfiguring the shape of the earth there. Generally, you will not see or hear me unless you want to. I can guarantee complete privacy, yet availability if you need anything.
There are about 7 restaurants in towns including grill, fish, ethnic, spiritual, warm lively cafes and quaint boutiques, Farmer's Market. Also within short distance is Lake Shrine, a breathtaking meditation garden and lake with swans - one of Los Angeles hidden treasures. You can drive, ride, or walk through the Santa Monica mountain to get there! The Canyon is strewn with stunning trails to hike or mountain bike. Should you long for beautiful beaches and surfing hot spots, the ocean will be calling... 6 minutes away. There is a coin laundry up Topanga Canyon on the corner of Ventura Blvd, a dry cleaner in Topanga Center, 5 minutes away.
Besides local hiking and biking, you will need a car that you can easily park next to the lower gate. From the airport, you will drive north along the ocean, on route 1 (Pacific Coast Highway or PCH,) then take Topanga Canyon for about 8 minutes. This is a unique location nestled in the canyon yet with no “long and winding road to get to my door.”
Other Things to Note
Topanga is a small town within a large city: offering the best of both worlds, it shelters a spirited community in spectacular surroundings, to be explored by foot, bicycle, mountain bike, horse. Its privileged location by the ocean also provides a rich display of wild life (dolphins, seals, whales...) and opportunities for sea exploration, boating, surfing (one of the best surf spots,) kayaking, paragliding, swimming, or just walking. Even the simplest walk will reveal treasures from the sea, particularly at low tide, sunrise and sunset.
This is a place where time and space blend, where you can navigate at will between nature and civilization, mountain and ocean, social life and seclusion, arts and technology. You will enjoy both modernity and vintage charm, comfort and ruggedness, domestication and wilderness.
I look forward to making your stay at my Topanga House a truly enjoyable experience. Please read this Agreement including House Rules in full. You must understand and fully accept this Vacation Occupancy Agreement and the House Rules set forth for this accommodation. This Occupancy Agreement/House Rules is posted online, You are receiving it again with customized information, including your personal info, and wifi password.
In consideration of the agreements of the Occupant (“Occupants”), known as
Copy of US Driving License or Passport to be attached to this signed agreement
The Owner, hereby rents through (website hidden) her house (“Dwelling”) located at:
19501 Grand View Drive, Topanga, CA 90290
ACCOMMODATION: Two (2) bedrooms (queen size bed, twin size bed,) kitchen , living room including dining area, one (1) bathroom.
NUMBER OF GUESTS: Max adult(s,) child(ren.) NO PETS.
MAXIMUM OCCUPANCY: The property will not be occupied by more than 3 guests. No parties or events are allowed on the premises without prior approval.
OCCUPANCY PERIOD: From , 2014 to , 2014
CHECK-IN: On the day of your arrival, you may check in at 16H00 (4:00pm)
CHECK-OUT: On the day of your departure, check out is at 11H00 (11:00am)
at which time this agreement is terminated. Occupants, in consideration of Owner's permitting them to occupy the above premises, hereby agree to the following terms:
This is a SHORT TERM VACATION OCCUPANCY Agreement. The Owner has the right to change the locks and evict Occupants without court order once the checkout day and time are reached, or if the rent is past due. The Owner has the right to evict Occupants’ personal belonging upon and after the checkout day and time, or when the rent is not received. Once the reservation has been made from (website hidden), Occupants agree to this lease agreement and to the House Rules.
PAYMENT is to be remitted through (website hidden). Your reservation is not confirmed until payment is received and confirmed by (website hidden). Your Confirmation Code is:
MAINTENANCE, REPAIRS OR ALTERATIONS: Occupants acknowledge that the premises are in good order and repair, unless otherwise indicated herein. Upon vacating, Occupants shall deliver premises vacant and reasonably clean. In the event the premises are returned in condition poor enough to prevent Owner from re-renting to a qualified new Occupant, Occupants shall be responsible for rent lost as well as the cost of restoration of the Dwelling to the condition it was at the commencement of this Occupancy Agreement. Occupants shall be responsible for damages caused by his negligence and that of his family, invitees or guests.
Owner will make every effort to welcome Occupants in person and hand them the keys on the arrival day. Should Owner be unavailable or should Occupants arrive late, the Dwelling will be unlocked and one (1) set of two (2) keys will be left on the kitchen counter. Similarly, upon leaving at the end of their stay, Occupants shall hand the keys back to Owner or leave them on the kitchen counter, should Owner be unavailable.
Should Occupants lock themselves out of the Dwelling and be unable to gain access through their own resources, they may call a professional locksmith or the Owner to let them in, and will be responsible for damages if any. Occupants shall be responsible for the cost of the locksmith and also to provide the Owner with new keys if the locks are changed. If Owner is called upon to let Occupants in, there will be a $50.00 charge. To avoid such situations, it is suggested that Occupants hide the key in a place of their choosing.
CLEANING FEE is included in the Occupancy Fees for final cleaning, after Occupants vacate. If Occupants desire cleaning of Dwelling during their stay, there is a $35.00 cleaning fee per time. This fee Includes laundering of sheets and towels. Occupants shall keep and leave the Dwelling reasonably clean and in good order. Dirt and other mess requiring excessive cleaning and/or more than the four ( 5) hours between your check-out time and new Occupants’ and check-in time, will be charged at the rate of $35 per hour.
UTILITIES: Utilities are included for reasonable standard use. Occupant s shall note that Los Angeles is in a state of “serious drought,” and are requested to be mindful in their water consumption.
LINEN AND KITCHEN SUPPLIES: Owner will provide linens and towels, as well as starter paper products and some basic cooking supplies. Once used, Occupants are responsible to purchase what they need.
LAUNDRY There is a fabulous Coin Laundry at 5360 Topanga Canyon Blvd (corner of Ventura Blvd) Woodland Hills, CA (phone number hidden). No laundry facility is available on the premises. Should Occupants hand wash their clothes, Occupants agree to use only eco-friendly products.
CANCELLATION POLICY: This SHORT-TERM VACATION OCCUPANCY AGREEMENT does not expire until the date indicated on first page. Owner will agree to the early termination on the following conditions: 50% refund up until 1 week prior to arrival, except fees. Please review the Strict Policy provided by airbnb.
RELATIONSHIPS: This Vacation Occupancy Agreement does not establish a landlord-tenant relationship, disregarding the length of the occupancy that Owner has agreed (website hidden)'S FEES: In any legal action to enforce the terms hereof or relating to the premises, regardless of the outcome, the Owner shall be entitled to all costs incurred in connection with such action, including a reasonable attorney's fee. Occupants acknowledge all attorneys’ fees shall be classified and billed to Occupants as “added rent.”
ACKNOWLEDGMENT: Occupants hereby acknowledge that they have read, understand and agree to all parts of this document, and all parts of the House Rules, and have received a copy of both.
The House (“ Dwelling”) is on a property featuring a Guest House. Occupants and their guests agree to abide by any and all house rules, whether promulgated before or after the execution hereof, including but not limited to rules with respect to noise, odors, disposal of refuse, no pets, parking, and use of garden, and gazebo.
Occupants (“You”) shall further agree to the following:
You shall REMAIN WITHIN THE UPPER WOODEN FENCE surrounding the property.
NO SMOKING: You acknowledge that smoking is prohibited within this Dwelling and on the property. (A fee of $100.00 for odor removal will be charged for no compliance.)
Agreed with terms x________________________
NO OUTDOOR FIRES of any kind, NO OPEN FLAME are allowed. Topanga is an extreme fire hazard area.
Neither You nor your guest will use ILLEGAL DRUGS on the property.
PET POLICY: Pets are not allowed inside the Dwelling or on the property. If pets are inside units, or on the property, it shall be cause for immediate termination of the Rental Agreement without refund.
TRASH REMOVAL: Please keep your trash clean and neatly tied. A blue can for recyclables, and a black can for trash are located by the lower gate of the property on Grand View Drive. Trash collection is on Wednesdays.
UTILITIES: Please turn off lights and heater when not in use.
SEPTIC SYSTEM: You shall not flush any paper products, including but not limited to wipes or towelettes of any kind, hair, cotton balls, etc. in toilet. ONLY natural waste and light TP. Instead, please use the waste basket provided.
THE WIFI ACCESS CODE is:
PARKING: You can park your car by the lower wooden gate or across the street or on Webb Terrace, as you prefer.
ACKNOWLEDGMENT: You hereby acknowledge that you have read, understand and agree to all parts of this document, and have received a copy.
I look forward to your visit, and hope that you have a wonderful vacation here in Topanga.
Occupants Signature: Date:
We really enjoyed our stay at Isabelle's cottage; my favorite feature was the patio with mountain views. It was perfect for sitting and enjoying my morning tea in a serene setting.
We had a wonderfully relaxing stay at Isabelle's cottage. It was the perfect location for us: Surrounded my California Oaks and Mountains. So close to the beaches which we took advantage of and went to Malibu almost every morning right after breakfast. The house had lovely, conscious little details everywhere. We had the Sun coming in our window early in the morning which wakes us up and we love it because we are early birds! The lovely sounds of the chimes right outside the house was also very soothing to listen to. The house was consciously decorated... My favorite little detail was the hanging quartz... In the morning as the sun hits it, rainbow rays would appear in the house. :) The kitchen was well equipped and we had cooked many meals there. Would love to go back!! Thank you Isabelle and your lovely conscious hOMe. :):)
I cannot say enough how much I enjoyed my stay here. Isabelle is a perfect host. Homemade bread and cheese awaited me after a long day of travel. Her home is well kept and extremely clean. She was helpful with recommendations and was always available if I had any questions.
I wanted to come to a place in CA that gave me access to the main LA area but yet have a quiet place to make my art and enjoy nature. Topanga was the perfect choice. The view of the canyons was a perfect way to be quiet and create my artwork. It is amazing to watch the fog roll in or wake to perfect sunlight. The property is a quick drive to the ocean and it benefits from the breezes that come in and cools down in the evening and makes for perfect temperature during the day. I loved being able to drive to Malibu, Santa Monica and other places in LA - just a perfect location to get away from it all yet still be within 10 minutes of anything you need. I will definitely head back and have already sent recommendations to friends to stay here. Nothing better than to be welcome by a gracious host and to stay in a place known for its music and arts.
We liked our longish weekend stay at Isabelle´s place a lot! She was very flexible with our early arrival and had even arranged a lot of toys and a special bed and a highchair for our toddler :-) This is a place to go, if you`re looking for a countryside place to stay, but near LA/ Santa Monica. The only thing that worried me at first was the traffic at Topanga Canyon Road. It´s not recommended to go there with a stroller or by bicycle (at least if you not familiar with the road and traffic). But Isabelle very nicely offered me to borrow her bike rack!
The carrot cake and chai latte Isabelle had made for our arrival, were super yammy!
My family and I (on vacation from the UK) felt privileged to stay at Isabelle's place over Christmas. The house was truly magical and beautifully decorated with Christmas ornaments, a tree and fairy lights. Isabelle was a charming hostess making us feel perfectly at home and even providing tasteful Christmas gifts under the tree - which the children loved!! On arrival there were home-baked cookies and fruit waiting for us - which again the children enjoyed!
The location of the house is excellent being both peaceful and 'away from it all' and also convenient located for the beach (a few minutes by car) and LA attraction (e.g. Universal Studios 40 minutes by car). Best of all was the 'secret canyon trail' which Isabelle showed us on our first day!
The facilities were all first rate and added to the luxury feel of the surroundings!
I definitely recommend Isabelle's 'gem' to everyone and hope we can return again some time!!
Our stay was great! The house is in an excellent location and fully stocked. The master bed was indeed INCREDIBLY comfortable. Thank you Isabelle!
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About the Host, Isabelle
Born and raised in the south of France, I am a linguist, love all languages and cultures. I practice yoga, hike, dance, write. I love the homes I have created for myself, enjoy maintaining them and am constantly beautifying them for myself and all who visit. In the process I have developed a network of professionals with personality, integrity and competence that I am happy to hire when needed. Although I can guarantee you complete privacy, I am usually around if you need anything and am quick to respond. As my guests, you might enjoy special details within my homes and property. It is a joy to share the beautiful surrounding I live in and lifestyle they afford. I Recently spent two months traveling through Nepal, India and Sri Lanka with my youngest daughter (booked a few nights in Jaipur through airbnb, met a really cool host!!) Since I started hosting , I have enjoyed guests from various States and countries; the world coming to me in this way, and being part of Los Angeles where all cultures are represented, I feel I don't need to travel that much anymore. Hosting is a creative expression for me and I love to exceed my guests expectations.