About This Listing
Our amazing loft is spacious and fun and great for making food and music, working on your thesis, building works of art, and getting around with no car. In the best hood.
NO MORE AirBnB, sorry! See details in case we are looking for a roommate...
NOTE: We are not allowed to AirBnB, due to our landlord not being ok with it. So, this is just here to show pictures, reviews, etc. for potential roommates.
Awesome, quirky, unfinished loft space.
Four rooms are occasionally available, currently the "boudoir", the very last pictures in the set.
Long term only.
We live inside a giant old bakery. All the loft spaces were basically empty concrete areas cordoned off by walls, and ours, generally considered the best in the building, was made beautiful by former tenants: two set designers created the steel and wood platforms and the rooms on top of them, and an artist later turned one of them into a log cabin. It's really great. I've added a wine-wood table with a tree growing out of it, a new kitchen island, a hammock area, and a creative-hobby area.
We're in the Downtown L.A. Arts District, which is, in my opinion, one of the best neighborhoods, and right next to Little Tokyo and downtown, which are both full of amazingness right now. Our building is my favorite that I've seen so far around here, because of the people, the freedom of expression (it's a designated "arts building"), the cool units, and an incredible view of downtown LA.
Musical? We've got an upright piano and upright bass, and about a dozen other instruments you can use...
Location: Easy access to public transpo, plus some bikes are sometimes available. 3 minute walk to everything here (german sausages, coffee, bars, live music, korean bbq, creole food, pies, barber shop/record store - in one!). 5 minute walk to Little Tokyo (metro stop, supermarket, sushi, pharmacy, MOCA). 12 minute walk to downtown (everything) or Union Station (interstate trains and buses, airport access). Small sunny balcony, laundry in the building & bbq's, hammocks, and a perfect panorama of the downtown skyline.
The kitchen is giant and well set up, and we love to cook. It is an electric stove (I know, I know...) but it works great, and I'm in search of a way to get a gas stove working here.
The roof is kind of the most amazing thing about this place, even though it's already really special - especially since our neighbors are all cool and we bbq together up there any chance we get. Lots of architecture school grads/students, artists, musicians, a guy who builds robots...
Also, perfect if you don't have access to a car, because everything you could want or need is walking distance, and with metro/bus/bicycle you have access to everything else. The beach is even just a long bike ride down Venice Blvd!
With a car, parking is decent except when a movie is being filmed, and even then there's spots within 6 blocks always.
Anyway I'm looking forward to meeting new people and showing them (you) the town. After ten years in San Francisco, I didn't think I could love L.A. But lo! Also, that reminds me, we have a nice collection of Randy Newman records if you're so inclined.
Everything but our bedrooms.
Interaction with Guests
If we're around, we will cook food with you and take you out and all sorts of good stuff.
DTLA Arts District. A new bar/record store/gallery/restaurant every week right now. On fire. Walkable, chill, get here before it turns into Williamsburg, NY :)
Yes, and everything is walkable, so unlike L.A...
You may smoke on the patio or the (awesome) roof, you may play instruments before, say, 10pm, you may use the kitchen to your heart's content, and use our cooking supplies... you may carry trash or recycling down to the alley whenever you think of it (and feel like it), and you may clean up after yourself. That's about it.
Every Friday, Lisa Marie will clean your sheets and any clothes, if you leave them out in the morning.
I guess some cultural "rules". We have a general rule that if you make food for your housemates, they will happily join you in eating it and then do your dishes. Please use the space to be creative, putter around as you like. You can manipulate the stereo and play music to your hearts' content, and share your new favorites...
Bergen was a really nice guy, a great guide and a great host. He's pleasant to talk to and responsive to any questions we had. In my conversations with him it quickly became apparent that hes looked into the space and cares about the neighbourhood community, and sees us (the visiting Air-BNB'ers) as guests to that community, rather than annoying tourists or a chance to make a quick buck. He suggested a number of places around the neighbourhood that I'm glad we went to.
The apartment itself was nicer than his pictures would suggest. Its a huge loft with high ceilings and a very light-hearted artistic motif. As Bergen explained to me, its always a bit of an adventure finding the nearest light-switch.
The neighbourhood itself is known as little Tokyo and is very cool. The building is an old converted bakery in what used to be an industrial sector of LA. Its now gentrifying, but right now, before the Starbucks and Safeway's move in, its a very cool and cute japanese-theme'd community. Within 3 blocks there are about a dozen pubs, cafe's, and restaurants.
Bergen was a GREAT host. The apartment was exactly as described if not better. The area is really interesting and fun. Bergen was never short of brilliant suggestions of things to do and see. The apartment is full of intriguing things, especially musically! We've kept in touch and are playing music together a lot, which is great fun! He's also a great cook, cocktail maker, musician, conversationalist - a virtuoso! I wouldn't hesitate to stay here again, a great introduction to LA all round!
Absolutely loved my weekend here! My BFF and I were going to a music festival in Chinatown and I couldn't resist when I saw Bergen's log cabin located in a great area...next to my fav bar hurrhurr. I live about 20-30 min away from LA and practically come every weekend but it was nice taking our time, walking, and not constantly looking for parking.
Bergen did an awesome job making our stay as comfortable as possible and his living space is just as interesting as he is. Very chill and even invited us to brunch.
Some recommendations all walking distance away:
Nickle diner - Great breakfast and vegan options
Senor Fish - fish tacos
Shojin - vegan Japanese / sushi
Honda ya - yaki tori
Haru Ulala - yaki tori
Wurstkuche - Good beer on tap and their vegan sausage is decent
Bergen was so awesome! his space is one of a kind. Truly comfortable and welcoming. Great bed PLUS a jacuzzi. The view from the roof is not to be missed, personally liked drinking my morning coffee on the little fire escape. Bergen has a million interests and is always up to something. He was an incredibly gracious host and always informed me of fun things, my one regret was not having been able to take him up on more of them. His loft is a 10
Bergen was the most amazing host. I was in town for a food event, and new to the city. He showed me around the awesome arts district, all the while sharing great stories and conversation. His loft is spectacular and cozy, and a wonderful way to feel at home in an unknown place.
Safe location, easy to get to via car, bike or feet.
By far the best air b n b place to stay in downtown LA. Could not rave more about how cool, electric, creative and unique it was. The host is a fucking legend! We love him. If you want to experience an area that is up and coming go Arts District it rocks! Bergen is the coolest guy and we hung out quite a bit and had so much fun! Will be back definitely couldn't stay anywhere else really!
About the Host, Bergen
My heart is in San Francisco, but my body's currently in Los Angeles... fortunately, it's in this great neighborhood. Basically, I like making things/food/music, going on adventures and having a good laugh.