About this listing
The airy and comfortable room faces a yard that is bordered by Star-Jasmine and surrounded by lush greenery. The quiet tree-lined Oasis is amid the bustling Wilshire-La Brea distric, with shops, restaurants and public transportation just steps away.
Welcome to my home! It is a 92-year-old, 4 bedroom house that I have been bringing back to life from its "tear down' condition. It is now a light and airy space with lots of warm ambiance and a vibrant, creative "work-in-progress" atmosphere that improves with every guest's visit. I have been incredibly lucky to have had amazing and wonderful guests many of whom have remained long-term friends. Before Airbnb I hosted International students of all ages and nationalities for several years. I take pleasure in providing a friendly and comfortable retreat for my guests.
The guest room is clean and airy with lots of greenery right outside the window. Free maid service is available for short-term guests upon request and there is free Internet.
The back yard also has a porch for relaxing, and there is a fire pit for enjoying our beautiful California evenings, or having dinner under the Magnolia tree. The house is great for entertaining, and guests often invite friends to join them here.
Part of Hancock Park, the area is one of the best in Los Angeles. It is centrally located with buses that go everywhere. An east-west bus is just one half block away, and a north-south bus is three blocks away. Within short walking distance, too, are shops, restaurants, cafes, drug stores, markets (including Trader Joe's) and parks. LACMA and "The Grove" are 17 minutes away by foot. The entire area is a lush, park-like Oasis in the middle of our bustling Metropolis. People stroll, jog, ride bicycles and walk their dogs in all hours of day and night. This area is one of the safest in LA.
I am a retired teacher and spend much of my time in volunteering, socializing, writing and, occasionally, teaching little fingers to play piano or a small harp. A miniature Schnouzer (Winston), lives with me, and loves having people in our home as much as I do. He also gets along with other dogs and cats. He and I would love to have you share our warm and friendly, albeit humble, abode, and look forward to your inquiries and feedback.
Best to you in your quest . . .
Irene & Winston
Guests have access to the rest of the house, including kitchen, yards (backyard has a deck and a fire pit), laundry facilities and use of baby grand piano.
Interaction with Guests
While I love to interact with my guests, I am also respectful of the guest's need for privacy or solitude.
The neighborhood is beautiful. While my home is not a mansion, it is part of the famous "Hancock Park" that houses many Embassies, a home for the Governor and another for the Mayor. Prince William and Katherine spent 3 of their honeymoon days just a block for here at the British Embassy. The President and Mrs. Obama stayed in one of the mansions just steps away. People walk here at all hours of day and night. It is one of the safest neighborhoods in the LA area.
There is a bus that goes directly to downtown LA, and as far as Roberstson shopping district. It passes by "The Grove," Farmer's Market, Pan Pacific Park, and Beverly Center. The Wilshire bus goes downtown and back as far as the beach, and passes LACMA and UCLA. The LaBrea bus goes directly to Hollywood. All are just steps away from the house.
Other Things to Note
My personal space is in the upstairs area where I spend most of my time writing. Occasionally, when the spirit moves me, I will play the piano, but will always make sure that it does not disturb anyone. I do not always cook, but when I do, my guests are welcome to join me. My son, who lives in another building, visits me often and shares dinner with my guests and myself.
In my home I ask for courtesy and respect toward everyone. Not a neatfreak myself, I would appreciate not having to clean up after anyone else (i.e. dirty dishes, personal trash in common areas, etc.). No yellin', loud music, heavy drinking or drugs. Smoking outside only. Long stay guests are asked to participate in chores (such as taking out the trash without being hounded). Guests of guests are OK as long as you let me know. I ask that guests turn off all lights and electronics when not in use. There is a serious water crisis in Southern California right now. Per the Governor's request, I also ask that guests use water sparingly by limiting showers to 5 minutes, once a day. Everything else is negotiable. I expect my guests to leave refreshed and enriched for having been here, as my home is your home. Thank you very much for your inquiry. Happy traveling!