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

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


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.

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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:
Calendar last updated:
23 September, 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.


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

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
  • 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
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • 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
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Video Library
  • Bicycles ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue ...
  • Patio
  • Terrace
  • veranda
  • 1 bicycles
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Jacuzzi
  • 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


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New Orleans

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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A beautiful home in a fantastic location!

  • 5 of 5

The house was perfect for our family! We loved the charming antiques, the location, the local bakery, the gorgeous relaxing garden, and how clean everything was upon arrival. We truly cannot recommend this house highly enough. If we ever return to L.A., we shall definitely stay here.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 30, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great place to stay with extended family!

  • 5 of 5

We came to Santa Monica for our son's wedding and could not have had a better place to stay! We stayed with our two daughters in Beethoven's Retreat. My husband's siblings stayed upstairs in the other condo, and my brother and his wife stayed in the cottage. We all were together and enjoyed the courtyard, but everybody also had their own place. The kitchen was well equipped and it was very convenient to have laundry available. We would definitely stay there again and highly recommend it. Ease of rental, bottle of wine to greet us, and Boneisha was available quickly by text to answer any questions!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 30, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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We didn’t want to leave!

  • 5 of 5

As finicky travelers who travel a good deal and have high expectations in return, both Laura and I can truly say that this rental exceeded our expectations and then some. If you you want a quiet home in a quiet neighborhood for a good night’s sleep, the Retreat is perfect and the beds super comfy. We had two cars and James was kind enough to let us use the long driveway for both as the other space wasn’t being used. The beach is close and convenient, plenty of restaurants and cafes within walking distance, and as a bonus there are two lovely orange and lemon trees in the backyard to “harvest” for your afternoon drinks on the quiet backyard patio.The home is extremely well stocked and full of eye-catching details and artistic touches, and we felt very “homey” whenever we arrived back from a busy day sightseeing. James is a terrific host, very communicative, and Boneshia the property manager was always available if we had any questions. We can’t recommend this spot enough and have already booked our next stay. Thanks again James..

  • Review Submitted: Aug 20, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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San Francisco


  • 5 of 5

This house was perfect for our family. It was clean, well decorated and spacious. We like to cook, so we appreciated that the kitchen was fully stocked with pans and cooking utensils. The beach is not very far by car, and there was off street parking (we are from SF, so we were thrilled). There is a washer and dryer in the back next to a gorgeous side yard that was loaded with birds. A bottle of wine was even waiting for us when we arrived! If you want a place that feels like home: stay here!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 17, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Granite Bay, CA


  • 3 of 5

Was just okay. Would not stay there again I don't think. Was a bit sticky, meaning it's in need of some cleaning and paint touch ups. The beds were comfortable, kitchen cute but no paper towels or napkins. We knew there would be folks above us but not behind in the converted garage as well. No big deal, really. Everyone was very respectful and quiet.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 6, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: To our guests 'anonymous,' we can honestly admit complete bafflement as to why Helga thought there was anything 'sticky' about the house -- both the lovely kitchen and two Italian-tiled bathrooms were thoroughly scrubbed and cleaned as they always are for our guests. Perhaps the problem may have been that we could not abide by every request (presented more like demands) that came almost daily from the family -- alas, we cannot refill rolls of paper towels every day when they are taken for use on the beach, or the request that we add a premium channel on cable because they wanted to watch a TV special the first night... When folks have concerns we try immediately to accommodate them, but occasionally some seem resolved never to be satisfied, regardless of how much attention and service we provide. Helga, we'd be happy to take you out for drinks if you return to the beach area to show you a happier time!
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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 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.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Mar Vista, California

Rental Basis:
per property
Manager accepts payment in:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
20 Nov 2017 - 27 Nov 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add £21 per night, per additional guest
15 Dec 2017 - 2 Jan 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £21 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
1 night minimum stay
for 1 night
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add £21 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

Cleaning Fee £74.08
Additional Guest Fee £18.52 per person per night
Damage Deposit £222.24

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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