Topanga Eclectic Warm Modern Apt

Apartment - Entire home/apt · Old Topanga Canyon Road, Topanga, CA 90290, United States
Your host, Karen
16 Reviews
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The Space

On a 4 acre property, nestled amongst 250 year old oaks, beside a seasonal creek, sits this wonderful apartment. Attached to a larger home, but with it's own separate entrance, one enters first into a large open kitchen with high vaulted ceilings. Large custom steel windows on most every wall bring the outdoors in. And the surrounding landscape is full of life. . . one shouldn't be surprised to encounter rabbit deer squirrels frogs hawks woodpeckers owls bluejays hummingbirds raccoons coyotes bobcats and even a company of parrots who frequent the nearby trees. Enjoy the large wood deck overlooking the seasonal creek, the massive picnic table out back or crawl up into the hills and enjoy the local trails or some of the 10,000 acres of nearby parkland all about Topanga Canyon. You'll also find a 7 x 14 foot trampoline, large floating daybed, even a circus hoop about the property. Landscape lighting and strings of commercial lights make for wonderful nighttime gatherings.

If you have never experienced radiant heated floors, you are in for a treat. . . hand finished heated concrete floors throughout ensure that you will always be the perfect temperature. The new queen size bed is a serta gel foam mattress... wonderful to sleep on. The kitchen is stocked with a new set of cuisinart all clad stainless pots and pans and plenty of basics to get you started with any meal. You'll find a nice array of spices, sugar, flour etc. Pick up fresh veggies and such at our local farmers market on Fridays (just 2 miles away) or a more robust market on Saturdays in nearby Calabasas.

On a more practical level there's a new washer and dryer under the main house at your disposal. In the living room there's a large flat screen TV if you desire to watch the tube, make use of the high speed internet service everywhere, or play music through the available Sonos system. Cell phones don't work in many areas of the canyon, including this one, but there's a dedicated phone line for your use.

PHOTOGRAPHY AND FILM: with the exception of OBVIOUS personal family and friend snap shots one might take while on vacation, there is to be NO filming or photography shot on the grounds without prior asking. Photo and Film Shoots are priced differently and a deal must be worked out with the owner beforehand. Please write with questions.

Room type: Entire home/apt
Bed type: Real Bed
Accommodates: 2
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1
Beds: 1
Security Deposit: $250
Cleaning Fee: $60
Cancellation: Moderate
Pet Owner: Dog(s)
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  • Karen is a sweetheart and her place is awesome! I brought my 7 year old son and he LOVED the trampoline, acrobatic bar and tipi. I highly recommend this funky little hideaway.

    June 2014
  • karen's place + the surrounding property were amazing! we loved spending the afternoon there and found it peaceful and serene. karen was very easy to deal excellent host! thanks again!

    April 2014
  • Karen's place in Topanga is magical. The architecture and it's setting in the property are very special. Staying in the apartment is a unique artistic experience and my only regret is not having more time to enjoy and explore as I was on a work trip. Karen made me feel at home and relaxed and most everything you could need is here!

    March 2014
  • Karen's guesthouse is a unique and beautiful space. The kitchen is an ideal place to cook and eat. The location is extremely central and Karen herself is a friendly and easygoing host. Would come back!

    March 2014
  • Awesome place in Topanga. Cozy bed. Firepit. Hiking and mountains all around. Karen even let us use her indoor grill that was not a part of our unit to make steaks. What else could you ask for? Great place to stay and get out of the city for a few.

    February 2014
  • Karen's place is beautiful and we loved our stay. She welcomed us to this hidden artistic retreat. The home she designed is art. Loved the big glass windows to see the trees. We had a peaceful refreshing stay and hope to return sometime soon.

    February 2014
  • Karen's place is absolutely magical. When you walk through her hand-crafted gates, it's like you're walking into a preternatural oasis that somehow just appeared in this naturally carved out valley in Topanga Canyon. Upon arrival, we were greeted by our lovely host Karen, and then she, her daughter, and gorgeous dog showed us around the property. The apartment had everything you might need to cook, relax, take in a movie, or just read a book. It's laid back, artsy style was right up our alley, and we absolutely loved checking out all the little details, most of which were built by Karen herself. She also told us how to get to the Topanga Canyon state park where there are excellent trails to explore, and which happens to only be a 5 minute drive from the property. Sadly we were only in the area for one night, but Karen's property would be reason enough to return to Topanga for a much longer stay. We could not have been happier with our choice to stay there.

    January 2014
  • My wife and I stayed at Karen's place for 3 weeks, and we loved it. Karen was very gracious, her daughter was delightful and charming, and we were welcomed with open arms. We were often delivered fresh bread, and topical reference books that had come up in discussion. Never did we feel intruded upon, but it was comforting to have a like-minded ally as a neighbour, full of practical wisdom and advice about the 'hood. The space itself is beautiful, and well maintained, and the surrounds will take your breath away. Topanga Canyon, and the people that live there, is a special place.

    December 2013
  • Karen's place is simply magical.

    The previous person who took the unauthorized liberty of filming on her property was writing (bad) fiction. I almost want this place to remain a secret so I can come back again( this was my 2nd time)

    It's beautiful, restorative and designed with such craft and care.

    Karen is a beautiful host. This is( I have stayed in many AIRBnB) places is an extraordinary property. Thank you.

    November 2013
  • Had a divine stay at this rustically modern and very comfortable apartment in Topanga. The architecture is unique and inspiring and the clean design is just what I needed to unclutter my mind for a couple of days. The kitchen inspired me to cook up some delicious meals and is stocked with nice appliances and all the right accouterments. Topanga was a treat, a unique and peaceful area so removed from the busy-ness of LA. Great hiking and views from the Red Rock park just up the road. My dog kept me company and loved it, too!

    November 2013
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Designer and Builder of often large Beautiful Useful Metal and Wood Objects... many windows door gates shelves in my house were built by me.
I have lived and traveled in quite a few worlds… lived in Madrid and NYC, on a boat in Alaska, Santiago for a short bit, all over LA, and have visited many more. My daughter, Ezra, our dog BoBear and I much enjoy having people come and share the land with us. Topanga is incredibly special place… a unique bohemian enclave you won't find anywhere else in Los Angeles, possibly the world over. A nice mixture of hippy and now yippy, outbackers, healers, artists, even some survivalists. You can be a hermit or involve yourself in the art, music, restaurants and events happening all about town. As for us, we are social creatures who are here if you need us but are just as happy to allow you to enjoy the property and surrounding land in peace. Ezra goes to school and I design and build fabulous, functional pieces from metal and wood (many of the architectural elements you'll find around my house were built my me). My business partner and I work out of our shop about 1/2 mile from the house where we alone build all of our works by hand.
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