Cozy EP Garden Cottage with Parking

House - Entire home/apt · Echo Park Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90026, United States

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BEAUTIFUL ECHO PARK GARDEN COTTAGE
with gourmet kitchen with upscale fixtures, modern bathroom with steeping tub, cozy comfortable bedroom with queen bed and adjacent well-appointed work space. One queen size Aero Bed air mattress and/or 2 twin size air mattress and bedding for extra guests. Our location is within walking distance to everything Echo Park has to offer. This Home is available for short or long term stays. Please ask about special month and longer pricing. ALSO each stay includes some of these yummy choices for your self-serve breakfast- organic fresh eggs with a baguette or panini roll, or greek yogurt and granola with fresh fruit of your choice, or fresh baked bagels and cream cheese from the best local bagel maker. Read on for news about coffee!!

LOCATION, LOCATION, etc........
The Cottage is located in a unique area of Echo Park, on Echo Park Avenue. In this area, small shops are sparsely interspersed with residential buildings. This creates an interesting “walking corridor” between Chango’s Coffee House at one end and Fix Coffee House at the other end of Echo Park Avenue. For Yoga and Pilates enthusiasts you don’t have far to go. Yogala and Pilates and Art are just steps away. If you need a hair cut, the Echo Park Salon is also our neighbor. If you are a hiker, Elysian Park is a 10 minute walk from our front door. Elysian is the oldest and one of the largest parks in Los Angeles. Because this park was originally designed as an arboretum, Elysian's mature trees provide shade for many of the hilly trails that weave and wind throughout the park. This wonderful, tranquil green area in the heart of our community will provide the hiker with gorgeous and varied views of downtown Los Angeles and our local mountains from the tops of its many hills. Be sure to pack your hiking boots!

GREEN STUFF
Do you want to go green and car-less on your trip? You can catch a bus to anywhere by walking about 125 feet from our door. Buses arrive approximately every 20 minutes. We are about 15-20 minutes by bus to Union station, where you can catch a ride on our many transportation options, as well as the “Fly Away” option to LAX. Convenient, no? If you are traveling by car, then we are at the crux of your entry into the LA highway system. We are surrounded by the Santa Ana (5), Hollywood/Ventura (101,) Harbor/Pasadena (110), and Glendale (2) Freeways which will get you to your destination if you choose your timing wisely to avoid gridlock!
Hey, speaking of Green, we compost, recycle and save our rainwater for the plants, not the street gutter. Yay! I hope to be getting our garden going soon so you will have fresh veggies in the spring.

ABOUT OUR SPACE
The Garden Cottage is an intimate, cozy, well appointed space. The kitchen has a five burner commercial style stainless steel range, hood and dishwasher. There is
a cd/radio/ipod system for your use while you are working in the kitchen. In the complement of chef's tools there is a Waring Pro waffle maker, a pancake griddle, a Cuisinart blender, and a Champion Juicer. The most recent addition is a new set of stainless steel pans. For Java fiends, I have provided a "pour over" funnel and filter coffee set up and also a French Press and a coffee bean grinder along with locally roasted beans for that fresh brew, first thing in the morning. If you want someone else to brew your coffee, I encourage you to take a short walk up or down the Avenue, and have a taste of some of the best local roaster coffee available anywhere! .
A small dining area that is suitable for two, is tucked into a corner of the kitchen which overlooks the garden and courtyard.
In December..............you can pick fresh oranges (which are pesticide free), from the tree in the garden. These oranges are our year end gift from the sunny climate and they are as big as grapefruit. Of course we have a new orange juicer for juicing those babies!
The Cottage has maple hardwood floors in the living room and bedroom/office and 12" x 12" white matte tile in the kitchen, bath and walk in closet/laundry room.
This home is also equipped with wifi and a small flat screen TV with blue ray disk player in the bedroom area which is hooked up to Uverse. The office area has a very large desk and a color printer. (There is a small fee for printer use to cover maintenance and ink) You will have ample room to work here. I have also provided a few office supplies for your convenience.
The windows are dual glazed, and the heating is infrared, zone heating which provides heat for the areas you need without drying out the air.
The bed area has a brand new firm queen mattress, and a “Tempurpedic” type gel foam topper. If you prefer the firm mattress without the topper, please advise me at the time of booking and I will be happy to remove it. The comforter is hypo allergenic. For more than 2 guests there is one queen size Aero bed air mattress with bedding. Recent guests have said it was very comfy. In addition we have just added 2 twin size air mattresses with bedding to account for the different possible sleeping needs of 3 guests.
If you need to retreat and restore, then our bathroom is the place. The deep tub has an attached seating area and handheld shower and you can adjust the lighting to match your mood. The heat on demand water heater will supply all the hot water you desire.
Adjacent to the bathroom is the walk-in closet and laundry room. The laundry has a washer and dryer so you can pack light and avoid extra luggage fees. You provide the soap you prefer. The closet area has plenty of room to store your luggage and lots of shelving and hanging area for your clothes.
If you want to stay for a couple days or a month or more you are all set up.
The garden area is mature bougainvillea, interspersed with citrus fruit trees and bird of paradise. I just designed and built a beautiful and unique redwood gate that creates privacy for the courtyard and the garden. The courtyard is paved with a herringbone red brick design. Watching over the garden is a very large fruitless Mulberry tree, and close by is a large slender black walnut tree. In the center of the courtyard is a small steel fire pit. Because of our amazing Southern California weather, most of the year, you will be able to dine in the garden area which has a glass top table, umbrella, and four swivel chairs. I've created a circular seating area around the Mulberry tree, out of an ancient Ash tree that was cut down recently in Echo Park and cut into large stump type chunks. They encircle the Mulberry and I have seating pads for all of them. It's a lovely hang out area. You will find a beautiful old candle stand nearby to enhance the atmosphere in that setting at night.
I have provided electrical outlets all around the garden for computer service, so the outside area is ready for work or lounging.

PARKING- Yes! We have it!!
If you know Echo Park, you know we have a parking challenge, so you will be happy to know- We have off street parking for two cars. Wahoooo, pretty rare!!

INVITATION
So what are you waiting for? This is your invitation to enjoy and explore our unique hilly bohemian corner of the world. Did I mention we have the best local IPA brewery around? We also have all manner and types of wonderful restaurants (including vegan and vegetarian). Shops and entertainment are WITHIN WALKING DISTANCE. You are a short bus ride to all that downtown LA, Hollywood, Universal studios, Hollywood Bowl, Pasadena, Burbank and more have to offer. Let me know if you have any questions and how I can be of service to you. We welcome your visit!

Due to LA City taxes, all guests staying less than 30 days must pay a 14% transient occupancy tax (another word for a hotel room tax) to the city upon or before check in. This is the same tax you pay in LA hotels and all airbnb hosts have to forward it to LA City Finance Office each month. airbnb has no facility to collect the tax at this time, so I will accept a cash payment or a travelers check/money order upon check in. Feel free to call airbnb support to confirm this and read the following excerpt-
CITY OF LOS ANGELES OFFICE OF FINANCE
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The following is an excerpt from The Tax Information Booklet for LA Municipal Code regarding Transient Occupancy Tax (Hotel Tax)
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Transient Occupancy Tax
Article 1.7, Chapter 2, of the Los Angeles Municipal Code imposes a tax on each transient for the privilege of occupancy in any hotel. The tax imposed shall be at a percentage rate of the rent charged by the hotel owner and/or operator and shall be remitted to the Office of Finance, effective January 1, 2005, on a monthly basis, due on or before the 25th day of the month following the close of each calendar month.
A transient is defined as:
A.Any person, other than an individual, who exercises occupancy or is entitled to occupancy by reason of concession, permit, right of access, license or other agreement, for any period of time, or

B.Any individual who personally exercises occupancy or is entitled to occupancy by reason of concession, permit, right of access, license or other agreement, for a period of 30 consecutive calendar days or less.

Room type: Entire home/apt
Bed type: Real Bed
Accommodates: 3
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1
Beds: 1
Extra people: $35 / night after 2 guests
Minimum Stay: 3 nights
Weekly Price: $865 /week
Security Deposit: $500
Cleaning Fee: $60
Check In: 4:00 PM
Check Out: 11:00 AM
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Cancellation: Moderate

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  • Staying at Stephanie's rental was like staying at the home of a friend. Stephanie supplied coffee and bagels and made us feel extremely welcome! The home is immaculate and appears to be recently renovated. The home has a wonderful peaceful feel to it. We also enjoyed the outdoor area, sitting out there at night with a glass of wine and in the morning with our coffee! We will (and already have) recommend this Garden Cottage to anyone looking to stay in the area! Stephanie is a gracious hostess, and easy to work with!

    April 2014
  • We had a great stay - highly recommended.
    The house is wonderful, extremely clean and has all the amenities and accessories you can think of.
    Stephanie was a great host, showed us where everything was, gave us tips about the neighborhood and stocked the kitchen with breakfast ingredients for us t use.
    We felt immediately at home and had a wonderful stay.
    Thank you Stephanie for welcoming us into your home.
    best,
    Gil & Tomer

    April 2014
  • Stephanie was the sweetest and did everything to make my mother's stay comfortable. The place is absolutely great!!!
    Thank you Stephanie! We'll be back! :)

    February 2014
  • I loved staying at Stephanie's place. She was an amazing host and super helpful. Her space also works well if you are a photographer as she has a studio space in the back and ample yard space.

    January 2014
  • I stayed at Stephanie's and it was a fantastic choice. I ran into some car issues on the way to LA and had to change the check-in times a couple times and she was very accomadating with it. The house was meticulous and comes with all the ammenities that you would have gotten at a 5 star hotel (hair dryer, shampoo, towels) and more (printer, washing machine and dryer, free home-grown oranges outside!). She left some great recommendations of what to do and where to eat around the neighborhood so it was very handy. The place is perfect for one person or couples. The mattress lacks support but it's something i can live with but can be a problem for people with a problematic spine. Overall highly recommend and would definitely return when in LA again.

    January 2014
    Stephanie
    Response from Stephanie:

    Hey Sean! Thanks so much for the thoughtful and detailed review of your stay at my cottage and for bringing your opinion about the bed to my attention. As always all guest input is greatly appreciated and helps me achieve my goal to provide the best service and comfort possible to all of my guests during their stay with me.
    Here's some information that I hope will clarify why the bed may feel like it "lacks support". I spent a lot of time considering what would be the best type of mattress to provide for the cottage given the wide range of preferences and needs of guests for their sleeping accommodations. On the advice of some of my friends with chronic back and hip problems and after doing a lot of "in store" and "online" research I decided to install a new "Tempurpedic" type, body heat sensitive 4" topper mattress on top of a new firm mattress and box springs. The "topper" responds to the heat of the body and conforms to it thereby giving support to the whole body while preventing pressure on hip, shoulder and ankle joints. While the combination of the firm mattress and topper is supposed to give support without undo pressure, I can imagine that the "topper" may give the impression (no pun intended) of softness and lack of support if one is not used to this type of mattress style. The good thing about this system is that the topper can be easily removed if a guest prefers a very firm mattress feel. Because of your input I will be sure to bring the "bed" information to the attention of my future guests and encourage all guests to let me know in advance or during their stay as to which bed configuration would be most comfortable for them. Thanks again for bringing this to my attention! I look forward serving you in the future!

  • Our stay at Stephanie's place was great! The cottage is really cozy and Stephanie was a wonderful host.

    September 2013
  • I just got back from staying almost 10 days in Stephanie's cottage and I miss it greatly - and I miss Stephanie, too! I couldn't have been welcomed more warmly. Stephanie bent over backwards to help me, and her cottage is simply immaculate - tastefully designed and decorated and incredibly clean and inviting. Loved every aspect of my stay - the patio, the kitchen, the bedroom, the wonderful bathroom, the designated parking, the neighborhood... I'd come back in a heartbeat. And so look forward to planning my next trip. A million thanks for everything, Stephanie.

    August 2013
  • Everything about Stephanie's cottage was perfect, inside and out!
    The space worked well; light and airy and beautifully organized and clean.The kitchen was fully stocked with tools for cooking. Stephanie was thoughtful and considerate without being overbearing.
    I was in LA for 12 days for a daughter's wedding and the cottage proved to be a quiet haven from the busy preparations.
    I have hesitated slightly to give the place such high praise only because I run the risk that it might not be available when I want to book it for a return visit to LA!
    If you choose to stay here, I think you will be delighted!

    August 2013
  • The Echo Park Cozy Cottage was a great place to stay. Stephanie is extremely organized, friendly and helpful. The cottage is efficient and comfortable. Had a great time in LA visiting neices and nephews, babies and extended families. We recommended Airbnb and Stephanie's cottage to many people. We'd do it again in a heartbeat.
    Kate & John

    July 2013
  • This is a gem! Stephanie's charming and immaculate cottage is central to lots of sites in LA. My sister and I spent six nights as we toured 11 local universities. The cottage has everything you need for comfort and Stephanie is full of ideas of fun things to do in the Echo Park community and beyond. The off-street parking was terrific. After sitting outside until 11 pm without any bugs in the cool night air many nights, we did not want to come back to sweltering DC. I encourage folks to use this cottage!

    July 2013
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Licensed General Contractor,Cabinet Maker, Realtor, Community Organizer, Preschool Teacher
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I moved to Echo Park in the 1970's. At that time, as a 20 year old single parent I was looking for a multi-ethnic, multi-cultural area in which to raise my spunky little 4 year old son. I was searching for a community of intelligent, socially and politically conscious people. It was my hope that through community, we could resolve some of the critical and challenging issues of the day and hopefully create a better world for our children and ourselves. Yep, I was a serious Idealist. To me, there was no other option. The world had to change for the better and I wanted to be a part of changing it! In Echo Park and Silverlake I found what I was looking for and a lot more than I could have ever imagined. I found an eclectic and amazingly vibrant, creative and committed group of people who became my friends and community. Because of the support I found here, I was able to become a better parent, a community organizer, cabinet maker, and a general contractor. We accomplished some really cool and wonderful things together, like preventing Elysian Park from becoming a freeway pass thru, creating an affordable and amazing childcare center, law (email hidden)-op called "The Food Conspiracy" (where we "conspired" to provide low cost food to our community), a local paper "The People's Echo" and lots of other wonderful stuff. In addition, we had a hell of a good time and some amazing parties! Speaking of good times, the fun side of me is passionate about art, music, roller blading, cross country and downhill skiing, kyaking in calm waters, an occasional white water raft trip and creating wonderful feasts of delicious vegetarian food. I'm seriously interested in straw bale construction and green building, yoga. community and meditation. My family, friends and animals are the most important of all interests in my life. So that's my story. I hope I will have a chance to learn your story too sometime soon! If you are new to our little bohemian corner of Los Angeles, bienvenidos my friends! I hope you have a wonderful visit! By the way, what I didn't know when I came here in the '70s, was that Echo Park has always had a very rich and diverse cultural as well as political history. I encourage you to visit the Echo Park Historical Society's website (website hidden) where you will find a plethora of fascinating historical material.
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