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Laurel Canyon Cottage Gem

Bedrooms 2
Space 900 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

2 Bed, 1 Bath Newly Remodelled Home - Multimillion-Dollar location and VIEWS!

Bright, spacious, private and romantic traditional craftsman (and former home of musician Neil Young!), built in 1924, fully updated by the interior designer owner with every luxury you could ask for. Enjoy peaceful canyon views from every room and the sunny private deck, all a stone's throw from Sunset - the BEST location in LA.

A spacious, bright, classic Laurel Canyon home on over 10,000 square feet of private land. It's bright, peaceful and a real retreat, carefully decorated throughout by the design-obsessed owner. The house is secluded and incredibly relaxing, yet closer to the action than most central apartments. The eye-wateringly expensive 5 star hotels and amenities of the Sunset Strip and West Hollywood are less than a mile away, and two minutes' drive/ twenty minute walk takes you to a great outdoor shopping complex with a Crunch gym, Starbucks, Trader Joe's supermarket, drugstore, health food store, a variety of restaurants, Burke Williams (a fantastic day spa), boutiques and a Sundance cinema showing all the best independent movies.

There are several beautiful hikes you can do right from the doorsteps, from a leisurely stroll to something more challenging! A short walk around the neighborhood (or even at the end of our street) provides some unbeatable views across the whole of LA, all the way from snow-capped mountains in the East to the Ocean on the West side.

The house itself is incredibly relaxing with a wonderful peaceful vibe. The enormous custom sofa is made for lounging in the huge, bright, open plan living room / kitchen with French doors that open onto the secluded deck overlooking the entire canyon. The 55' TV above the fireplace has surround sound, and portable wireless speakers that work with iPhones/ any bluetooth device to allow you to listen to music anywhere in the house or garden. We also have an Xbox with games and a huge Blu-Ray collection if you're that way inclined….

The expansive master bedroom has a newly vaulted cathedral ceiling and hotel-beating pillow top queen bed. Windows on all sides give fantastic, unrestricted, never-want-to-leave views across the canyon that are a joy to wake up to. (Full blackout blinds shut out the light when required, however!) The smaller second bedroom is next door to the master with a wonderful cosy vibe and brand new super comfy full-sized double bed.

The idyllic sun-filled upper deck has outdoor dining, sofas and a brand new 5 burner gas grill, perfect for low-key dinners, enjoying the beautiful California weather and great canyon views - you can even spot deer on the hillside right next to you. A pergola overhead and outdoor curtains provide shade when needed.

A car is useful but by no means necessary, you can walk ten minutes to the famous celebrity-filled Italian restaurant Pace, and the local country store and deli (it feels like walking into the 60s, yet provides everything you could possibly need, including fantastic coffee, pastries and green juice!), or walk 20 minutes to Sunset, Starbucks, supermarkets, cinema, gym, The Comedy Store and larger stores. Uber and Lyft are super cheap and plentiful in this area.

Important note: we are on a septic system, so it is ABSOLUTELY VITAL not to put anything down the sink, and also nothing in the toilet other than toilet paper. Anything else will result in a very messy and costly plumbing problem! The house and hosts thank you :)

Guests have their run of the entire house. Please be aware there are only two bedrooms, but the house can sleep 5 with the sofa bed in the living room.

This is my home, I love Laurel Canyon/ West Hollywood and am very happy to answer any questions and provide recommendations for all the best things to do in LA - it's a wonderful neighbourhood and I look forward to sharing it with you.

Laurel Canyon is a historic creative hub full of artists, musicians and filmmakers - everyone from Harry Houdini to Joni Mitchell and Jim Morrison has lived here (in fact this house used to be home to Neil Young), and the area continues to be a celebrity favourite for its wonderful peaceful vibe, colourful history, fantastically inspiring views and perfect location. You will still spot them everywhere you go…! Despite the exclusivity of the area, it still has a wonderful relaxed and friendly atmosphere - a real community unlike any other in Los Angeles. Aside from that, you really feel in the middle of nature (deer and hummingbirds sometimes hang out in the garden), yet you are right on the doorstep of everything going on in LA. The location really is absolutely unbeatable.

Uber or Lyft are probably the best way to get around if you don't have a car, and don't like walking up hills! You can walk 10 minutes down the road to the famous Laurel Canyon Country Store for fantastic fresh coffee, pastries, a deli and all your basic groceries (they also deliver if you're feeling lazy, as does everywhere in LA!), and try the restaurant Pace next door for the best Italian food in the city. If you don't mind a bit of effort, it's around a 15-20 minute stroll down to Sunset and larger shops (the walk back up is a bit less leisurely, but the views are distractingly great!).

More Details

Member since: 2015
Speaks English, French, German, Spanish
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
19 August, 2017

About Sarah

Hi, I'm Sarah, a British writer and designer now based in LA. I travel a lot for work and love to share my home with visitors to this beautiful city, and hopefully share everything that's great about it!

Sarah purchased this house in 2014

Why Sarah chose Los Angeles area

This house has been lovingly redesigned throughout, and is the perfect place for relaxation, inspiration and creativity all whilst being a stone's throw from everything LA has to offer: restaurants, shopping, nightlife, beaches, hiking, music, cinema, celebrities, and so much more besides....

What makes this house unique

The privacy and sense of nature, peace and relaxation, coupled with the incredibly central location are really unbeatable, and hard to find in any other city in the world. I certainly know you can't find hummingbirds and deer wandering outside your window in central London, in any case!


Nearest Airport
8 Miles
Nearest Barpub
0.1 Miles
Nearest Golf
4 Miles
Wilshire Country Club
Nearest Restaurant
0.1 Miles
Nearest Ski
85 Miles
Mountain High
Nearest Beach
10 Miles
Santa Monica or Malibu
Car: recommended

The house is in the best location in Los Angeles, in the famous Hollywood Hills, in Laurel Canyon - renowned for its vibrant music scene in the 60s and 70s, and home to legends from Harry Houdini to Jim Morrison, Joni Mitchell, Neil Young and many, many more. The area is steeped in history and the Laurel Canyon Country store still retains this unique 'hippy' vibe, it's one of the few remaining 'real' neighborhoods in LA. The area is a haven for wildlife, and yet you are less than a mile from the famous Sunset Strip, the Comedy Store ands the Chateau Marmont to name just a couple of walkable attractions. The house is also perfectly located for trips to Universal Studios, Disneyland and many more attractions.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Hollywood Hills West in Los Angeles

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 900 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 15:00 / Check-out: Noon
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome ...
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Shower Enclosure
  • The bathroom has been newly remodeled with Restoration Hardware fittings, white subway tiles and unique 'his and hers' dual shower heads over the bath.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed , Master Bedroom has hotel-beating pillowtop queen mattress
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Double Bed , super comfortable memory foam topped mattress
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Games ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony
  • Boat ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • laundrette - not serviced
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • theme parks
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horse riding
  • Horseshoes
  • outlet shopping
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • Basketball Court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis


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average rating of 4.5555553 based on 9 reviews

It is a great location with great views. Perfect spot for LA vacation

  • 5 of 5

We loved the home. It is beautifully decorated. It is great space for a small family to enjoy their vacation . It is close to Hollywood bowls and Beverly Hills but the place has its own beauty and serenity.

If I ever go back and it is available to rent I'll stay there again,.

The owners are wonderful and they tried very best to make it enjoyable.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 31, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Berlin, Germany

Beautiful house in a perfect location

  • 5 of 5

We were a bit worried having read the 1* review below, but this house was just perfect. The A/C works fine, the master bedroom is gorgeous as pictured, there is a 2nd bedroom, it is large enough for a double bed and my 2 sons (15 and 12 years old) both slept on it comfortably. There is also a large couch in the living room that one could sleep on comfortably. The house has beautiful views from every window, nice comfortable beds, gorgeous furnishings, and a nice back deck - where we had breakfast every day and dinner a few times with the BBQ provided. The best thing about the house is the area, we LOVED being in Laurel Canyon, so close to everything, and I mean EVERYTHING (we managed to avoid the LA freeways the whole 9 days we were there). We loved the VIEWS!!!! the canyon air, the neighbors we met, the whole feel of the place. Highly recommended! We would definitely stay here again. Thanks Sarah for sharing your home with us.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 5, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beauty, Access, and Building Memories

  • 5 of 5

My 3 daughters and I thoroughly enjoyed our stay at this beautiful home in the Hollywood Hills as it became our home base while we ventured to events and activities in the area. This home, once owned by Neil Young, has beautiful views, nice entertaining space, and very quiet nights in the striking Laurel Canyon. We also heard of and took advantage of the highly acclaimed Italian restaurant called Pace (pah-chay), just a short hike or drive to the bottom of the hill as an added treat on our trip. Quick access to a Hollywood Bowl event and our Hollywood "Urban Adventure," contributed to our ideal first-time VRBO experience.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 5, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A total gem!

  • 5 of 5

I had already booked to stay when I read the previous review and was really concerned. Sarah reassured me that this property was immaculate and so it proved. There Is a separate guest cottage available for rental. It was occupied during our stay but we never saw or heard these guests. The two can be rented together, but we just needed two bedrooms and there are definitely two bedrooms. The location is stunning and so convenient and Sarah was charming,helpful and easy to deal with. The house has ceiling fans and is like living in the trees. It also does have air conditioning, so is perfectly comfortable. The dining table is outdoors for summer evening barbecues and we enjoyed that very much. The location, in wonderful Laurel Canyon is totally quiet, with no noise from traffic and no near neighbours or overlooked. Sarah has great taste and the furnishings are modern and yet comfortable. For the price this is spectacular value. It is a real home, light, bright, well equipped and a pleasure to come home to. I have no idea why the previous reviewer has warned against it and given such an inaccurate review. I rent my property in the UK and sometimes guests do that in order to get a refund.

Who knows. But we loved it!

  • Review Submitted: Dec 7, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Wichita, Kansas

Not as it is advertised and pictured!!!

  • 1 of 5

I rented this property which was advertised as 2 bedrooms for my husband and myself and a coworker. Thank goodness the co-worker did not come, as there was NOT a 2nd bedroom. The home has an open living room/kitchen, btw the kitchen table is outside, not inside as photographed, a bathroom and 1 bedroom. The 2nd bedroom, is in fact a 2nd rental unit that was occupied at the time with a barking dog. We were not able to check in until after 5 PM, as the cleaners did not even arrive unitl after 4. The home was filthy, insects of many species and spider webs and such in every place. Dust was deep enough to write in on the back of the toilet. The house does not have air conditioning, which in California is usually not an issue, but we were there during the heat wave. We ended up leaving after 2 days of our stay. Just not comfortable! The owner has still not refunded our cleaning deposit and trust me, we did not dirty the place, we stayed there as little as possible. She as refuses to give back any money for our early departure even though it was clearly not advertised honestly. When I have spoke with her it is just the same story about how it is in the Hollywood Hills and everyone loves the location. Parking is very difficult, it is on the side of the mountain. I would stay away from this property. I have rented for years, all over the US and have never left a property early. Stay away, way to many properties to rent in Hollywood area, I know I have rented them! It just came here because I like to stay in different parts of the cty for the experience. It would sure be nice to get my deposit back at least!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 27, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Our Best stay in LA yet - never wanted to leave!

  • 5 of 5

My fiance and I stayed here for a long weekend and loved every minute - we visit LA often for the great mix of beaches, outdoor activities, great nightlife and shopping, but this is the best place we have stayed yet. Waking up to amazing canyon views from the bed every morning was priceless, enjoying watching hummingbirds and deer roam the hillside while eating breakfast on the deck, and soaking up the beautiful views (and celeb spotting!) on evening strolls around the neighborhood were all highlights. The house is beautifully designed and updated, the bed and sofa are the comfiest we have ever sat/ slept on, great rain shower, great kitchen... Couldn't fault it. Can't wait to come back!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 21, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Tim, so glad you enjoyed your stay and look forward to hosting you again soon!
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Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Hollywood Hills West, California

Rental Basis:
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My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 3 guests; add £22 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

Cleaning Fee £74.08
Additional Guest Fee £22.22 per person per night
Pet Fee £74.08
Damage Insurance £73.34
Damage Deposit £370.4

Owner'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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