Craftsman Gem Sparkling Between Mountain & Ocean


Entire residential home hosted by Isabelle

  1. 4 guests
  2. 2 bedrooms
  3. 4 beds
  4. 1 bath
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Malibu adjacent unique two bedroom gem set in the natural beauty of sprawling canyons, a short drive to the beach & hiking trails. Loads of vintage charm & tasteful modern upgrades. Of particular enjoyment, a large dining table inviting warm gatherings, a cast iron wood burning hearth disclaiming cold winter nights, quaint antique rolling furniture, an oversized crash bag to cocoon amidst a sea of pillows & a front porch with a view where nature and comfort congregate harmoniously.

The space
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 house is proudly erected on a canyon terrain, surrounded by a lovely fenced yard, a growing orchard, an herb GARDEN and vegetable planters, crowned by a gazebo with a swinging couch and garden chairs. Adjacent to it, sheltered by a towering olive tree is an OUTDOOR FITNESS area with a punching bag, an inverter table, and hammocks to cool down or read.

A walking in the yard is an olfactory journey amidst lavender, scented geraniums, mint and native plants. While the front porch is dedicated to The 2 Bedroom Gem Between Mountain and Ocean guests, the enjoyment of the BACK YARD may be shared with guests of the “Pristine Bungalow Nestled in the Topanga Woods” if present.

As you open the main entrance gate, you will be greeted by the soothing sound of a FOUNTAIN peeking through a rock and succulent garden. Against the canyon backdrop, the FRONT PORCH will further invite you to decompress and leave behind all reminders of stress and hectic days before escaping into the home. During your visit, its spacious solid wood cushioned patio furniture will call you to relax any time of day or night. Guests may enjoy majestic chimes on the property offering an ever-changing rendition of climatic conditions, sometimes soothing, sometimes passionate. Their fury can be tamed during the Santa Ana winds.

Transitioning into the home, the front door opens onto an inviting collection of interdependent environments that blend harmoniously into each other. The house plan embodies simplicity in form and honesty in construction, with a bank of windows inviting natural light, and entertaining a happy relationship with the surrounding nature.

The LIVING ROOM and DINING AREA feature a high ceiling with exposed beams, and gorgeous wooden frame around all doors and windows. It is a well-designed space, with wall-to-wall mirrors that speak of both space and coziness. A recessed lighting and various accents lighting systems shed a warm ambiance on the moments you will spend there. It has an eclectic feel with subtle flavors of Asia, India, Africa and France, inviting simplicity and serenity. The stunning vintage maple flooring with natural patterns adds a pristine and refined feel the house.

Without competition with electronics, the WOOD BURNING HEARTH stands its ground as the focal point of this room and is only rivaled by the FRONT PORCH, in a secure a visual connection. With an intent to maintain this area as a sanctuary for conversation, reading, and socialization, media equipment and computer space are gracefully concealed in the armoire, integrating a dedicated office space, as they give way to a large crash bag strewn with a plethora of comfortable pillows to cocoon, or watch movies projected on the wall.

And yet, echoing the organic feel and simplicity of this cozy universe, you will find comfort with all the amenities of modern life. High tech kitchen with country accents, central heating and air conditioning system, shower/bath, 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, or a low bed, high chair, books and other toys. The pullout twin bed in Bedroom 1 is on a pop-up frame that can be used low - suitable for young children, or popped up to connect to the other twin bed into a king size bed.

No words can pay homage to the spacious solid wood dining table that clads the DINING AREA. Overlooking the garden, it is flooded with natural light, and claims its identity as the "GREAT GATHERER" incorporating seating from four to six people.

The dining area merges into the KITCHEN on the right featuring two windows into the world of nature, with a perched in the tree feel; the glass door dressed in a subtle Indian veil opens onto a red brick terrace, with two patio chairs and a small round table where you can enjoy the afternoon sun while watching the wild life in the yard. Two large planters with seasonal vine type vegetable or native plants create a natural barrier between the house and the bungalow.

In keeping with its original nurturing function, the kitchen is well appointed and proposes ample stone countertops, modern cabinetry, and high-quality large capacity appliances to help in meal preparation, cooking and refrigeration, keeping its traffic from dirty to clean to storage at a minimum. There, you will find everything you need and more to hone your culinary techniques or bake, if so inspired: baking stand mixer, blender, food processor, juicer, rice maker, yogurt maker, ice cream maker, crepe maker, vegetable steamer, slow cooker, pressure cooker, fondue set, toaster, French press, drip coffee maker, Nespresso, tea pot, electric and old fashion gas kettles. Cookery is included. If you need anything else, just ask, I probably have it

Its location adjacent to the exterior entrance and outdoor terrace, establishes a seasonal and climatic flow to enjoy your meals al fresco, while bridging the gap between urban and country life, vintage and modernity. The herb garden will easily find its way to spice up your meals.

With the "Great Gatherer," there are four dining areas: the front porch -facing east, is enticing for breakfast, while the red brick terrace may inspire lunchtime; and the gazebo call for a mid afternoon tea or coffee break.

On the opposite end, TWO COZY BEDROOMS on the right of the living room claim their relaxing ground. Continuing the dialogue with the outside, both bedrooms are temperate and well ventilated, with natural AC most of the year. Central AC will kick in if needed during the hot summer months. They rely on the integration of direct light that flows in through two large windows, and back out through purposefully placed mirrors, while inviting in a panoramic view of the landscape, to create small spaces that live large. Comfortable mattresses with TempurPedic foam toppers are dressed with high quality organic bedding, all encased in natural bamboo protectors that eliminate allergens, bacteria, and dust mites. Together, they are fully dedicated to your sleeping and relaxing needs without any interference.

The FIRST COZY BEDROOM has a twin size bed, with a pullout bed on a pop up frame, that can transform the two twins into a king size, offering the option to request one of the 4 configurations: king size, OR one twin day bed, leaving space for a study/reading room, OR two twins in an L-shape at the same level, OR two twins in an L-shape at different levels to accommodate young children. It is crafted with gorgeous cabinetry, on each side of a large mirror. A sunny faux finish add a warm and homey feel to the room, with subtle artwork seemingly emerging from the walls. Windows are dressed with high quality drapery and veil, as well as pull-down shades

The SECOND COZY BEDROOM also offers a stunning view of the canyon from its comfortable queen size bed. There is a small recessed closet housing a country style dresser behind soft veils. A simple white color palette brings out accent cushions and the warmth of the wood framing door, windows, and closet.

The maximum occupancy of 4. I can provide a fourth bed in the form of an air mattress for the living room if need be and upon request.

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. A wide variety of wild life reclaims its territory beyond the wooden fence, which is not accessible to guests. And sheltering it all, the pristine sky, free of light pollution, will often dazzle the stargazer.

This is not an Ike- clad-for-profit-only rental, but a unique, charming and well cared for home and property, 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. It is ideal 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.

What this place offers

Mountain view
Public or shared beach access
Free driveway parking on premises – 2 spaces
TV with Amazon Prime Video, Netflix
Air conditioning
Private patio or balcony
Security cameras on property

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Where you’ll be

Topanga Canyon, California, United States

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.

Hosted by Isabelle

  1. Joined in August 2012
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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.
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 mai…


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During your stay

You can be as private or social with me as you wish. I am happy to help in any way I can..

Beyond the wooden fence is my private area where I have my office and creative space. 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 offer you complete privacy, while remaining available if you need anything.
You can be as private or social with me as you wish. I am happy to help in any way I can..

Beyond the wooden fence is my private area where I have my office and creativ…

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Checkout: 11:00 AM
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