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Stunning Craftsman Home Near Beach with Private Patio, Free Bikes & Lemon Trees

People7
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms2
Space 1,300 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 1 - 3 nights

Overview

About the property

2 Bedrooms with Queen beds+ Queen-size sofa sleeper + Queen Airbed

Our fully furnished 2-bdr, 2-bath 'Beethoven's Retreat' vacation rental accommodates up to 7-8 guests and is the ideal vacation home for a couple, a family or business group. This 1200 sq-ft gem has been a 'top pick' on several vacation rental websites and is decorated with an eye for historical detail, with hardwood floors throughout. Situated on the lower floor of our historic California Craftsman duplex, its airy layout features 2 large bedrooms (one with skylights & loft), each with their own beautifully tiled bathroom (main bath has a Jacuzzi tub) and plenty of closet space. High-speed internet (6 megabyte speed!) with Wi-Fi and cable TV are included. The home also has central heating and air conditioning. Our large living room leads into our adjoining dining room (seats up to 8) and to a full sunny kitchen with all amenities (stove-top range, broiler, microwave, large refrigerator, dishwasher, disposal, and breakfast table) looking out onto our backyard garden with lemon and orange trees.

ALSO, PLEASE ENJOY OUR YOUTUBE VIDEO FEATURING BEETHOVEN'S RETREAT (paste the following link to your address bar in your browser):

http://youtu.be/IRaXvuu872M

OUR BACKYARD: The Retreat has its own terra-cotta patio framed by colorful bougainvillea and our beautifully green and flowering backyard gardens with fountains and fruit trees (a real hit with the hummingbirds!). After a day of sightseeing you can relax on the back patio, pick a few lemons from our tress and make our own 'secret recipe' lemonade for a delicious salute to your day. Or, rustle up dinner on our charcoal barbecue, with all supplies provided. We also offer a laundry cabina in the backyard, with washer and dryer and complementary detergent and softener.

OUR NEIGHBORHOOD: Our lovely street and neighborhood is far less congested and noisy than properties right on the beach -- and you don't have to spend 20 minutes hunting for a space to park (as you do by the beach) -- WE OFFER FREE RESERVED OFF-STREET PARKING as well asCOMPLIMENTARY BIKES to ride to the ocean or explore the neighborhood. The BUS TO THE BEACH stops right at the corner, just steps from your door.

We are just minutes from Venice and Santa Monica Beaches and the famous Venice Canals, which are directly down our street. Venice Beach is a 20 minute walk, 10 minutes by bike. Cinemas, cares, shopping and freeways all within 5 minutes. The Santa Monica Pier and Promenade is only 9 minutes by car.

More Details

Property Manager
James Ulmer (Owner), Boneshia Perri (Property Manager)
Member since: 2008
Speaks English, French, German, Italian, Czech
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
27 July, 2017

About James Ulmer (Owner), Boneshia Perri (Property Manager)

Entertainment journalist, author and filmmaker. Harvard College graduate. Passions include film, piano, literature (Shakespeare especially), Italy and travel. Speaker of English, Italian, some French and German.

James Ulmer (Owner), Boneshia Perri (Property Manager) purchased this house in 2001

Why James Ulmer (Owner), Boneshia Perri (Property Manager) chose Los Angeles area

A TERRIFIC AREA where the traffic and parking is not nearly as congested and stressful as at the beach traffic yet is only minutes away from the ocean. We're also very convenient to the cafes, cinemas, boutiques and shopping of the wonderful West side. A great location in what is already a world-class 'destination location.' Lovely backyard and charming front porch, too!

What makes this house unique

Free off-street parking -- a hard commodity to find in the beach area! Complementary use of 3 bikes to ride to the beach or explore the neighborhood -- or simply take the beach bus on the corner. Peaceful and quiet backyard terra-cotta patio (with charcoal BBQ) framed by bougainvillea and fountains looking out onto our lovely backyard garden and fruit trees. Complementary high-speed (6 megabyte) internet & Wi-Fi & 42' cable TV. During your home orientation after you arrive, James can also serve as your 'virtual concierge' to help you plan your stay in LA.

Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Mar Vista in Los Angeles

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Self-catering
Housekeeping:
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 1300 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 7
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach View
  • Mountain View
  • near the sea
  • Ocean View
  • town
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Shampoo
  • Sofa Bed
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
Kitchen:
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Jacuzzi , Heat Lamp
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Heat Lamp
  • Master bathroom features Italian tiling with jacuzzi tub & shower. Second bathroom, also with Italian tile, show and tub, adjoins second bedroom.
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Master Bedroom - 1 Large Double Bed
    Guest Bedroom - 1 Large Double Bed
    Living Rm Sofabed - New queen sofabed - sleeps 2
    Living Room Airbed - New electric-inflatable double airbed - sleeps 2
  • Master bedroom comes with large wardrobe closet and adjoining full master bath, complete with jacuzzi tub. Recessed lighting, french doors. Second bedroom has small closet and vaulted ceilings with skylights, and adjoining full bath.
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Video Library
Outside:
  • Bicycles ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue ...
  • Patio
  • Terrace
  • veranda
  • 1 bicycles
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Jacuzzi
Attractions:
  • arboretum
  • bay
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • laundrette - not serviced
  • forests
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • library
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • Horseshoes
  • Miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • Shelling
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • Basketball Court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf pass optional
  • hiking
  • Hot Air Ballooning
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • Parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • Racquetball
  • rafting
  • Rock Climbing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • diving
  • ski
  • snorkelling
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • bay fishing
  • caving
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing

Reviews

Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
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Stunning Craftsman Home Near Beach with Private Patio, Free Bikes & Lemon Trees
average rating of 4.7922077 based on 77 reviews
New Orleans
5

Home away from home

  • 5 of 5

From the time we arrived at Beethoven’s Retreat until we left (after a lovely drink with James, the owner), we were blown over by the hospitality and the hominess of this vacation rental. It was everything advertised and then some — full kitchen with a lovely view of James’ delightful backyard and gardens, comfy beds, lovely art on the walls, interesting library plus the conveniences of a great hotel. The bus to the beach was just one minute walk from our front door but we preferred using the bikes so we could explore the area. Lots of nearby cafes and shops, too! After a day of making our way through LA traffic to all the touristic sights we all we relieved to come home to such a special place.

  • Review Submitted: Feb 22, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Happy as Clams

  • 5 of 5

Our family of six stayed at this wonderful home for three nights and and we were delighted by our choice — the house is spotlessly clean, comfortable beds, fully-stocked kitchen looking out over a gorgeous little backyard, and bikes for us to ride around and see the neighborhood (loved the Venice Canals!) We can’t thank the owner, James, enough for his recommendations of what to do and see, and anytime we had a question he or Boneshia, his property manager, were available to help us out. We were able to relax and truly feel like “home away from home” on this vacation, and we will certainly be returning on our next trip tout West. Thank you also James for the lemonade recipe — the lemons from the backyard tree were delicious! Ross and Sara Tanzer

  • Review Submitted: Jul 4, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2017
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Tampa, Flirdia
3

Nice cozy cottage feel

  • 3 of 5

Jim was a great homeowner and hostess, and I am sorry that I didn't get to meet him in person. The home had all the amenities that we needed in the kitchen which was very helpful. The air mattress deflated the first night, and Jim was very prompt in getting us a new one right away the next morning. This was very helpful. While the home does accommodate 6 people, just know that depending on the ages of your children, it might be a small home for 6. We have 4 kids, and three of them are adult size. Other than this, the home is very nice. We also enjoyed having the bikes to ride to the beach as well as the bakery and grocery store within walking distance. Thank-you Jim for keeping the home very well furnished and the yard so nice.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 12, 2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

So great!!

  • 5 of 5

Stayed for my son's wedding.... such a perfect place!!

  • Review Submitted: Jun 1, 2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Love Shake

  • 5 of 5

Very nice and well appointed home with craftsmen style furnishings. Fantastic Cali backyard with serenity and beautiful landscape draping into the environment from above.

Love it

  • Review Submitted: May 1, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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SAME TIME NEXT YEAR!

  • 5 of 5

LOVED this house and how much James the owner made us feel totally at home. Loved the nearby and the Venice Canals with all the ducks and canoes.... Happy to take a break from all the driving in LA and go biking with the bikes James made available to us. Truly a gem, we consider the Retreat a home to come back to again and again. Thanks James!

  • Review Submitted: Apr 5, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Location

Nearest Airport
9 Miles
LAX (Los Angeles Int'l Airport)
Nearest Barpub
0.3 Miles
Too many to count, but James Beach is great
Nearest Ferry
0.5 Miles
Nearest Golf
1.5 Miles
Penmar Golf Course
Nearest Train
2 Miles
The NEW Expo Line is only 10 minutes away
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
405 Freeway, 10 Freeway, 90 Freeway
Nearest Restaurant
C&0 Cucina & over 20 cafes in walking distance!
Nearest Beach
1.5 Miles
Venice Beach and Santa Monica Beach
Car: recommended

HOURS OF FUN IS JUST MINUTES AWAY! We’re located on a treed residential street in the area of Mar Vista where Santa Monica, Venice and Marina del Rey all meet...

From our lovely 2-bedroom home it's just 5 minutes to the freeways, 6 minutes to the famous Venice Beach and Venice Canals, and 9 minutes to the Santa Monica Pier and Santa Monica Promenade.

Top-flight restaurants, cinemas, supermarkets, golf course, parks and the Abbott Kinney antique shops are only 4-minutes away.

And if you drive down our cross street (passing a convenient supermarket and Costco shopping center) you'll arrive at the fabulous beaches of Santa Monica and Venice in less time than it takes to stroll around the block.

Other activities: shopping, theatre-going, concerts, boating, parasailing, shelling, wildlife viewing, health/beauty spa, horseback riding,

Golf: The gorgeous Penmar Golf Club is just a half-mile down our street.

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Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Mar Vista, California

Rental Basis:
per property
Manager accepts payment in:
USD
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
 
Summer
15 May 2017 - 15 Sep 2017
2 night minimum stay
£533
for 2 nights
From
£223
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add £30 per night, per additional guest
 
Thanksgiving
20 Nov 2017 - 27 Nov 2017
3 night minimum stay
£808
for 3 nights
From
£241
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add £21 per night, per additional guest
 
Holiday
15 Dec 2017 - 2 Jan 2018
3 night minimum stay
£808
for 3 nights
From
£241
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £21 per night, per additional guest
 
My Standard Rate
1 night minimum stay
£301
for 1 night
From
£215
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add £21 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

Cleaning fee £76.75 + Tax
Refundable Damage Deposit £230.25
Tax Rate 12.0%

A $300 security deposit is required to reserve Beethoven's Retreat, fully refundable within 5 days of checkout. All rates are for up to 4 guests. $25/night for each additional guest, Maximum 7 guests. There is a $100 cleaning fee. We accept Paypal (through which you may also use credit cards), personal or business checks (from U.S. bank accounts only), cash, FOREX wire transfers (for overseas guests), or travelers checks. All taxes are included. No smoking and no pets please. Unfortunately we cannot offer any refunds once a booking is made. We strongly suggest clients procure travel insurance before booking, such as InsureMyTrip or Travel Guard, In order to avoid any cancellation fees. Call us up and inquire about our special deals.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

Cancelled bookings will not receive a refund.
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