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Mark was born & raised in Western Kentucky. Wes was born & raised in Ventura County California. We love to travel, garden, we love the symphony, opera, animals & enjoy meeting new people from all over the world.
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The room was very nice and quiet. It had a small refrigerator which I appreciated as I did need it. Mark was warm and friendly and filled me in on things to know about the house, the beautiful cats. I was attending a conference at the Anaheim Convention Center, so I only needed a place to sleep for one night. The good sleep on the comfy bed was great!
I found my room cozy and charming and the bed very comfortable. The house and garden are very well-tended. Amenities included a well-stocked kitchenette in the closet and fresh fruit. Mark was a very attentive host - when I mentioned feeling cool he provided a heater that solved the problem.
Our stay at Mark's suite was simply amazing. The room was beautifully decorated and clean and so is the bathroom and the rest of the house. The bed is comfortable with some nice sheets and pillows. The two cats are absolutely the sweetest! The location of the place is very convenient to drive to and is close to many stores and places to eat. It is very quiet at the house and Mark was always just a text away if we ever needed something. We also got to try some of the fruits that Mark left us in our room which was freshly picked from their backyard and it was delicious! Thank you so much for welcoming us in your home. Will come back and recommend!
Our host, Mark, was there to greet us upon arrival. He welcomed us into his home and promptly showed us to the guest suite.
The room was very comfortable (that bed was HEAVEN!) and nicely decorated. He had all the comforts of home available to us such as fresh water, ‘fridge, microwave, drawer space/closet, nice big bathroom with an awesome shower and our own personal lock code for the door. We brought our own but he did available shampoo, soap and blow dryer.
There are two cats but I only got to meet the big fluffy orange one. I mention this because my wife IS allergic to cats but had absolutely no problems whatsoever. She takes Zyrtec when she knows she’ll be near cats but the point is that the suite area was immaculate, sparkling clean with absolutely no fur or cat box odor.
We were exhausted each night when we returned to the suite and pretty much went straight to bed, but there was plenty of reading material available to us, DVDs (playable on the computer monitor) and free wifi for our tablets.
The neighborhood is nice and quiet, the other homes on the street are also well maintained (you can tell you’re in a good neighborhood) and we were easily able to park in front of Mark’s home.
We actually live in the Pasadena area, but had a big family party weekend happening in nearby Cerritos and didn’t want to have to drive back and forth late at night. This was a perfect option for us!
This was our first airbnb experience and we are hooked. I highly recommend staying in this Lakewood suite and we’ll definitely book with Mark again when we need to stay in the area.
My partner and I were so grateful to return to Mark's guest suite for the second time in 2014! As before, we again felt so appreciative of Mark as a welcoming and gracious host to us and thankful for his peaceful guest suite as a place we could easily and comfortably retreat into after over two weeks of exhausting travel. We were still traveling but we felt like we were home! We look forward to coming back again.
Mark and Wes's home was immaculate and beautifully decorated.
The area is safe to walk around and close to Disneyland and other theme parks with a good mall, shops and restaurants nearby.
Mark and Wes were really helpful and made us feel like we were in a home from home.
Would definitely recommend this to another air bnb convert!
You two are the BEST! Safe journey home & come back anytime.
I had a great 1 night stay with Mark. The only thing wrong with it was that I didn't get to stay longer! His response time was amazing, he was great with communication, and he fit me in with pretty short notice. You can tell that Mark has traveled because of all the little touches an experienced traveler appreciates. Like a carafe of water in the room, (for drinking, tea, or coffee), and a lamp for reading on BOTH sides of the bed, an alarm clock with giant numbers i can read w/o my glasses on! Plus the ceiling fan lets you customize the room temp to your liking.
Having the small appliances in the room (toaster, frig, microwave, etc.) is SO handy, and I love book case headboards, so quick and handy to stash my glasses or e-reader, for quick retrieval. Everything was clean and tidy. If their listing hadn't mentioned that they have cats I'd never have known (no tell-tale cat box odor).
I didn't need the free WI-fi or the computer in the room, but it's great that they are available. They have photos and mementos of their travels displayed that made me want to hear all about their adventures. Not to mention bookcases full of travel books that one could spend hours on. And next time I hope to coax Mark into playing his lovely grand piano, or maybe just letting me listen to him practice. If you play he's got a big music library.
Street parking was easy, and I felt perfectly safe in the quiet middle-class neighborhood with the night time cricket serenade. The front porch is shady with inviting looking chairs that I didn't have time to check out. Maybe next time. Obviously I hope to stay again!
Thank you Lisa! We look forward to more visits from you in the future!
Mark's place was wonderful. The room is cozy and well furnished, and the mini-kitchen in the closet was perfect for our two week stay. Mark made sure we always had fresh fruits and veggies from the garden every morning. The house is very quiet, we could barely hear Mark and Wes when we were in our room, and the neighborhood is equally peaceful. If you open the windows up, the only sounds you'll hear at night is the fountain outside and the crickets.
Mark was extremely accommodating, we arrived a day late and stayed a week longer than we originally booked. We'd love to come stay again!
Briana, you two were incredibly kind, clean & quiet. We're so glad you enjoyed your stay here with us...best to both of you.
The accommodations of the facilities were excellent, and fully met or exceeded all of our expectations. Mark was extremely polite and helpful and provided useful information about transport and dining in the local area. The neighborhood was pleasant and quiet as well as being very easy to navigate.
The overall experience with Mark was overall phenomenal, and he did a fantastic job of making us feel welcome and comfortable. He himself was an extraordinary and wonderful person to talk to, and it was great of him to take time out of his day to make sure we were doing well. Mark's listing comes at nothing less than than the highest recommendation from me.
Chris: You & Alex were the perfect guests...you're both welcome back any time...keep in touch & thanks sincerely for the great review.
Peaceful, tranquil and fabulous! My daughter and I stayed for 4 nights and it was perfect. The room is beautiful and silent, with a view to the garden. At night you can hear the fountain and crickets. The bed is so comfortable and has the most amazing sheets. Mark is a gracious host and made sure we had everything we needed. He is easy to communicate with in person, by text or email and responded immediately.
The décor of the house is fantastic and it is clear that each piece, whether furniture, art, or decoration was hand picked with a fabulous story behind it. The fresh blueberry cream cheese was great and so refreshing, and the coffee stole my heart. Being from Seattle we are coffee drinkers and Mark’s coffee is the best! I drank everything he put in our room. If I lived in California I would come stay as often as possible. I’ll be watching for bargain tickets so I can come back to this peaceful retreat.
Was a pleasure to host you & your sweet daughter...please come back any time!
Mark was lovely and very polite. Clean and respectful of the apartment and the neighborhood. It was a pleasure to meet him and I would really recommend him to all hosts.
Definitively hope to see him once more.
Mark & Wes were fabulous guests! Very respectful, open minded and interesting to talk to. Incredible how many languages Mark is speaking. We had much communication in advance and everything went easily.
Thanks again for the wonderful passion-fruits from your garden and also for the great pistachios !!
Having recently stayed in Mark's Guest Suite I know that visitors will experience exceptional hospitally from Mark and stay in a comfortable bedroom with a private bathroom. As visiting Australians, Mark met us at the airport and was a great source of information about the tourist attractions of Southern California, even arranging a visit to the Hollywood Bowl for us. I would highly recommend Lakewood's premiere guest suite.