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Mountains, Tropical Pool & Hot Tub only 10 minutes from the beach!

Bedrooms 1
Space 1,100 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

Retreat to Casa Portofino. Find solace for body, mind and spirit.

'A Place Away From Time' ~ In the Santa Monica Mountains above Malibu.

Relax in our beautiful tropical pool. ~ Let the cares of the world melt away as you soothe your soul in the hot tub surrounded by colorful gardens and beautiful mountain views.

Retreat to your inviting accommodations ~

THE COTTAGE - Feel snug and cozy surrounded by the natural cedar and redwood walls and beams of this charming 1100 sf home. Nestled beside a wooded mountain creek, the house has a quaint Loft Bedroom (w/ walk-in closet) which overlooks the living room through from the rafters of the 16' ceilings and out the arched picture window. Downstairs is a fully equipped kitchen (sorry no dishwasher other than you), breakfast bar, dining area with Tiffany style lamp, entertainment center and full bathroom. The sofa in the living room converts into a large queen-size bed so the house can accommodate four (4) people - five (5) with a roll-away..

CASA PORTOFINO SECLUDED LUXURY is located only 10 minutes from Topanga Beach on the Pacific Ocean, Topanga State Park hiking and horseback riding trails, and the Getty Villa; Only 20 minutes from Malibu, Santa Monica and the San Fernando Valley.

The community of Topanga offers professional theater (June - October), several restaurants and coffee houses, two grocery stores, post office, and many unique shops and galleries. Many in home services are available in Topanga, including massage, pilates training and yoga.

HIDE AWAY behind your private gated entrance;

ENJOY the myriad of amenities for self-indulgence, sightseeing and recreation.

ENJOY a place in which existence is positive, harmonious and timeless!

ENJOY a slice of Paradise.

ENJOY Topanga!

ENJOY the Secluded Luxury of CASA PORTOFINO!

More Details

Property Manager
Donald Pitts
Member since: 2009
Speaks English, Spanish
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
14 September, 2017

About Donald Pitts

My late wife, Jerrolyn, designed and developed this magical property over the last 37 years. With a degree in architecture from Harvard, she always designed award winning homes and offices.

I came to California on vacation from my law practice ten years ago and met Jerrolyn. The rest is history. As an artist, sculptor, construction & finish carpenter - to name a few of my areas of interest - I joined Jerrolyn in the development and design of Casa Portofino. I look forward to sharing our creation with you.

Donald Pitts purchased this cottage in 1974

Why Donald Pitts chose Topanga

Casa Portofino is perfectly situated on the seaward side of the Santa Monica Mountain Range and surrounded by the Topanga State Park which is filled with many miles of hiking and biking trails. The environment is remote, think Big Bear, but the property is located only 20 minutes from Malibu, Santa Monica and the San Fernando Valley and only 10 minutes from the Pacific ocean. I can think of no place I would rather be.

What makes this cottage unique

A timeless place to seek refuge from the world.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Fernwood in Topanga

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 1100 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00 / Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • pets considered
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • smoking allowed
Location Type:
  • mountain ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • near the sea ...
  • river ...
  • village ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking Off Street
  • Sofa Bed
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Lower Bathroom - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Lighted vanity Mirror
  • Full bathroom w/ tub and shower combination.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 5
  • Living Room - Convertible Queen Sofa Bed - 2 Sofa bed/Futon , 5' thick mattress topper makes this a bed of choice.
    Loft Bedroom - 2 Double Bed
  • * Single roll-away bed with memory foam mattress sleeps one.
  • Books
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Player
  • Video Library
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Barbecue ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Wood Decking
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair accessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Heated Pool
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Outdoor Hot Tub
  • Outdoor Pool
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • bay
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • diving
  • caving
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Catering Available: There are several restaurants in the canyon or in the valley that will deliver (Some deliver free and others have a delivery charge.).


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Mountains, Tropical Pool & Hot Tub only 10 minutes from the beach!
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Louisville, Colorado which is about 10 miles outside Boulder.

Tucked away gem with a great pool

  • 5 of 5

What a unique property! Topanga Canyon is tucked up above greater LA. It took us 55 minutes to get to Universal Studios, but only 25 minutes to get to the Santa Monica Pier. The house is small but the loft bedroom is roomy, the outside deck is peaceful and the pool/hot tub area is amazing. The kitchen is small and not updated, but met our needs for making breakfast and snacks. The owner is super friendly and helpful.

My husband and our 2 teen kids loved staying in this unique place with the fantastic pool. I hope we can return.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 22, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Enchanting! A magical sanctuary to unwind and rejuvenate the spirit

  • 5 of 5

Highly recommended. Secluded, quiet area yet close to the ocean, San Fernando Valley, and all that LA has to offer. Donald and company are all A+++ hosts and took very good care of us. An enchanting experience like no other!

  • Review Submitted: Apr 28, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Vancouver, WA

An aging property in a great location

  • 2 of 5

Topanga is a great location for a lot of activities. The property is a couple of minutes from Topanga State Park and a lot of wonderful hiking trails - you won't believe you are still in LA County. It is a 7-8 minute drive to the beach but to get to the nicer beaches in Malibu it is another 20 minutes or so north from there or more depending on which beach you wish to access. Topanga is close to the 101 which is good access into LA, Anaheim, Buena Park, Disney, Ventura, etc - so if you have a couple of those activities on your mind but don't want to stay there - this property is a good choice. We took advantage of a near by stable and took an hour long horseback trail ride. Our 6 year old daughter loved it and the views were wonderful.

The owner is very nice and met us on the property and showed us the home at the start of our stay.

The property itself has aged A LOT since the pictures were taken. The pool is well cared for and clean (unheated in April) but the lounge chairs are falling apart and need to be replaced. If lounging on the chairs in the sun is something you are looking forward to, you might want a towel to lay on - so bring your own, because not too many are provided. The hot tub was broken down when we were there and we were told we would receive a partial refund on the stay - that never materialized.

The house itself is also in need of a top to bottom refresh. A lot of the wooden floor boards are rotting and tiles in the bathroom are stained. The faucet handles are worn and stripped which means they only shut off under intense pressure and are impossible to attenuate properly in the shower from hot to warm for a comfortable shower. Bed linens were adequate but towels provided were quite old, frayed, and not all that clean feeling.

A washer and dryer is only available in the owner's property - but he does literally have 20 dogs which for us made it not even worth asking to come over to utilize. This did shift our vacation such that we used the beach less often since we didn't have access to a washer.

This was our 3rd spring break trip to the Santa Monica Mountains in 4 years. I wouldn't seek out this property again but Topanga is a worthy place to stay!

  • Review Submitted: Apr 17, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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lovely, magical place

  • 5 of 5

The owner was awesome, despite the fact that His wife and the developer of this place was very ill in hospital. Privacy was perfect and the photos do not do this place justice. These owners are truely wonderful people and are very generous and lovely hosts. Get Well soon J. !

  • Review Submitted: Oct 2, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great place to relax and get away

  • 5 of 5

Great place to relax and get away. The location of the property makes it so it stays cool even during the middle of the summer, with ocean breezes coming in throughout the day.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 18, 2013
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
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Terrific Place in one of the best locations in LA

  • 5 of 5

My kids love the water. Let's start there. This place has one of the nicest private pools at any place we have ever stayed. It is beautifully landscaped, inviting and well appointed. The hot tub is great too. We stayed at the larger guest house (at Don's suggestion) which has the best access to the pool. His suggestion was most welcome. We ended up planning our days around when the pool deck would be sunniest as it was early in the season.

Moving on from the pool, the house itself was comfortable and had everything we needed, Decor I would describe as funky, quirky and provided interesting topics of conversation for the kids. Giraffe's are part of the theme you will be waiting to discover on your own. The kitchen was small but well equipped for cooking and dining in, which we did most of the time for dinner and breakfast. We made ample use of the gas grill by the pool.

The master bedroom was large and comfortable, right off the kitchen. Living areas included a separate dining area and very comfortable living room with TV/DVD/VCR available (and used with Don's patient instructions). Downstairs the in-suite laundry was a great perk. The second bedroom where the kids (8 and 10) stayed was a nice cozy room with garden access. The bed was a pullout which was fine for the kids, but sharing the house if it was two couple, it might not be as suitable.

As for the owners, Don and Jerri, they could not have been nicer. They were themselves a true "California experience". They like to chat and are very proud to share their home with you. They live in the main house on the property. And there could not be a more perfect marriage of residence and personality. Felt a bit like a Ray Chandler novel in a very good way.

An example of Don's thoughtfulness happened before we even arrived. He knew we were arriving late after a flight from the east. He also knew that things up the canyon close quite early. Putting two and two together he asked if we would like him to have a pizza delivered and ready for dinner when we got there. He did and it was exactly what we needed. Of course there was wine too, because they welcome all guests with a bottle - Don will ask preferences (white, red, sparking) before you get there.

All told, staying with Don and Jerri is a great experience close to the heart of LA but nothing like staying in LA. I would love to stay again with the kids as they love LA and this was a perfect base.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 18, 2013
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
20 Miles
Nearest Barpub
1.5 Miles
Abulita's Mexican Restaurant
Nearest Ferry
15.5 Miles
Catalina - Marina Del Rey Flyer
Nearest Golf
7 Miles
Woodland Hills Country Club
Nearest Train
20 Miles
Van Nuys Amtrack
Nearest Motorway
5 Miles
Topanga Canyon Blvd. and PCH
Nearest Restaurant
1.7 Miles
Inn of the Seventh Ray
Nearest Ski
75 Miles
Mt. Baldy
Nearest Beach
5 Miles
Topanga State Beach
Car: necessary

Other Activities: Boating, horseshoes, shopping, kayaking, wildlife viewing, health/beauty spa.

Pool is shared with estate owner.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cottage in Fernwood, Los Angeles area

Rental Basis:
per property
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My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £17 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

Cleaning Fee £55.51
Additional Guest Fee £14.8 per person per night
Pet Fee £37
Damage Insurance £58.47

The posted Rental Rates are for the CREEKSIDE COTTAGE and are subject to change without notice.
The Pool is heated in the summer season only. Additional charge for heating pool during other seasons.
The Hot Tub is heated year round.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
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