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Zen Cottage in Santa Monica

Bedrooms 2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 30 nights


About the property

2 bedroom, 2 bath, sleeps 6 with own private patio

Upscale and fully furnished newly renovated home in Santa Monica. 2 bedrooms with queen size beds, sofa converts to a queen size bed, wide screen television in bedrooms and living room, 2 dining areas (inside and patio), an outside BBQ grill, washer and dryer. Internet access via high speed Wi-Fi. Surrounded with trees and a view of water fall, stream and koi pond.

Jacqui Ganz
Member since: 2012
Speaks English, Tagalog
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
20 May, 2018

About Jacqui Ganz

I am a 'Hooiser' born in Indiana and my wife Jacqui a Filipina raised in Manila, met each other in Los Angeles and married in 2010. We enjoy the Asian motif and warm welcoming, and calm surroundings. We renovated our middle house with this in mind. We designed the layout and functionality with the idea that one day, we will move into this cottage. And providing a space that we can call home has proven to be a winning strategy. We have created a space so comfortable that guests feel at home. The Koi House is your home away from home.

Jacqui Ganz purchased this house in 2008

Why Jacqui Ganz chose Sawtelle

3 unique detached homes on one lot all facing the street. This oasis in the city is surrounded by lush trees. The sound of falling water flowing over rocks into the koi pond instilled a peaceful feeling. Knowing that our friends and family would also enjoy our home we invite you to visit our serene haven providing the perfect place to hang out and relax!


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Sawtelle in Santa Monica

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered
  • Non smoking only
  • Dogs only considered:1. Breed 2. Sex 3. Age - 9 4. Will dog be with you when you leave the house? 5. Is dog allowed on furniture at home 6. Is dog a b
  • Smoking outside and away from property.No SMOKING inside that includes Medicinal Marijuana.
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Free Long Distance
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Soap, Shampoo & Conditioner, make-up remover, toothpaste
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Soap, Shampoo & Conditioner, make-up remover, toothpaste
  • 2
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed , 1 Cot
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Convertible bed(s) - 1 Large Double Bed , Sofa Bed with Tempurpedic Matteress
  • Queen size Beds (2) Brand new very comfortable mattress, Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) Tempur-Pedic Mattress
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library
  • Bicycles ...
  • Terrace
  • Barbecue
  • 6 bicycles
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Alternative Lifestyle
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • arboretum
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • library
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • theme parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • Shopping
  • 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
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • Kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • Parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • Racquetball
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • diving
  • bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing


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(57 traveller reviews)

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Zen Cottage in Santa Monica
average rating of 5.0 based on 57 reviews
los angeles, california

Amazing experience!

  • 5 of 5

A completely positive and wonderful stay in this beautiful cottage. Everything was top shelf especially Jacquie and Howard. Wonderful, kind and helpful every step of the way, these two hosts were the best! They have created a beautiful oasis and we never felt anything was missing. This sweet home is supplied with the best amenities possible right down to the water pressure in the beautifully appointed bathrooms! There is not one thing negative! We’re so grateful to have found this home away from home! Thank you Jacquie and Howard, the best hosts we’ve ever had and the most beautiful home too.

  • Review Submitted: 30-Apr-2018
  • Date of Stay: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Zen Cottage was the perfect location for my stay in Los Angeles

  • 5 of 5

Hosts Howard and Jacqui have done everything to make Zen Cottage a wonderful place to stay. We have stayed in a number of rental properties but this was special because everything was just right from bed linens, to towels to kitchen equipment. What a treat to open a kitchen drawer or cabinet and find not odds and ends or the minimal requirements but everything you might need and all of excellent quality. The overall design and decoration of Zen Cottage is lovely including some very nice Asian pieces in each room. Two couples would do well here because both bedrooms and both bathrooms are first rate. It is a very quiet neighborhood at night so count on getting a good night's sleep. And Howard and Jacqui are nearby, helpful and very warm people.

The location of Zen cottage was excellent for us because we were going to many parts of LA. Naturally all of Santa Monica and Venice are within a few minutes drive. Or it's a 20 minute bike ride to ocean beaches. You can use surface roads for getting to Malibu, UCLA, Brentwood, even Beverly Hills and beyond but at some point you will have to get on a freeway and the infamous 10 and 405 are minutes away. Off-hours you can get to downtown LA or Hollywood in 22 minutes (v. 50 min in rush hour). In the quiet neighborhood around Zen cottage you will find shops that you can even walk to. The immediate streets are tree lined residential ones and it's a 5 minute walk to Santa Monica Blvd and 7 minutes to Wilshire Blvd.

Btw, we are not TV viewers but there were large flat screens and associated equipment in the living room and each bedroom.

Also some reviewers mentioned "parking" in their reviews. Do not be put off by this. You have an assigned off-street parking spot 30 feet from the front door. Only if you want to park on the street will you need to listen to Howard's very clear one minute explanation of the local rules which are quite simple.

  • Review Submitted: 30-Jan-2017
  • Date of Stay: December 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Ira, Thank you very much for your wonderful review. We love it that you felt at home and we were able to live up to your expectations . Thank you for keeping and leaving the Zen Cottage clean. We appreciate that you maintained it like your own home. We enjoyed hosting you and your family. We hope to have the opportunity to host you again soon. Take care always. Howard and Jacqui The Zen Cottage
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Wonderful Place

  • 5 of 5

We spent this summer at Zen Cottage and could not have been more comfortable. Howard and Jacqui are the best neighbors and owners! The place has everything we needed for our little family of 4. They really keep it top-notch. The location is great. You are within striking distance to Brentwood, Hollywood, the Beach, Venice and Malibu! We reluctantly checked out but hope to be back very soon. Highly recommend staying here if you want to live the SoCal life for awhile.

  • Review Submitted: 26-Aug-2016
  • Date of Stay: June 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Dana & Evan Thank you for the kind words, you and your family were great to have as neighbors. We look forward to seeing you on your next California vacation. Regards Howard & Jacqui
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Awesome place!!

  • 5 of 5

I forgot to do this review back in May (2015) when I stayed but wanted to get it in. This place was wonderful and everything we had hoped for. We had a girls trip with my mother and sisters and enjoyed this house and location. Howard and Jacqui were fabulous, very welcoming and informative about the location and what was in the area. I had been before but other family members had not. They left a sweet basket of goodies for us on the table. This location is perfect from downtown, Venice, West Hollywood, wherever you may want to travel. Thank you again for the great place! I never want to leave SM!!!

Rockton and Rockford Illinois people! We will be back!!!

  • Review Submitted: 02-Oct-2015
  • Date of Stay: May 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Happy holidays

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful days in LA with our daughter and granddaughter . The house is comfortable and cozy, and Howard and Jacqui are helpful and friendly. They received us with a nice basket with fresh fruit and chocolates. The house has everything you need for your stay in the kitchen, bathrooms and bedrooms . All clean and nice .

Thanks for your hospitality . We'll be back if it's possible .

The only problem was with the payment to Homeaway. Their system isn't easy with the foreign credit cards and they don't resolve the difficulties. But Jacqi was very patient and helpful until we could do it. Thanks again

  • Review Submitted: 19-Aug-2015
  • Date of Stay: August 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Magdalena, Thank you so much for your kind review. We are so happy that your family enjoyed your Santa Monica vacation. We enjoyed meeting the whole family and getting to know you. Thank you for taking care of our home and leaving it clean and orderly. We hope to host you again on your next California vacation. Take care. Howard and Jacqui The Zen Cottage
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They Thought of Everything!

  • 5 of 5

Howard and Jacqui were so welcoming upon our arrival. They came over and introduced themselves, gave us a guided tour, and answered any and all questions that we had about the area. Their lovely basket of welcoming treats was much appreciated - especially the chocolate! The cottage itself is fully stocked with all of the things that travelers need. Having access to laundry was very helpful. The bedrooms were comfortable and well appointed. All in all, this is a great place to stay.

  • Review Submitted: 10-Aug-2015
  • Date of Stay: July 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Kim, Thank you so much for your wonderful review. We appreciate you taking time to write a review and we are grateful that you chose to stay with us. Thank you for taking care of the house and leaving it clean and orderly. We hope to host you again on your next visit. Take care. Howard and Jacqui The Zen Cottage
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Nearest Airport
14.1 Miles
Los Angeles International Airport
Nearest Barpub
0.5 Miles
Busby's West busbysla
Nearest Ferry
29.7 Miles
Catalina Express
Nearest Train
14.7 Miles
Union Station Amtrak.com
Nearest Motorway
0.07 Miles
Santa Monica Fwy Interstate 10
Nearest Restaurant
0.4 Miles
Le Petite Cafe
Nearest Ski
95.2 Miles
Mountain High Ski Resort. thigh.com
Nearest Beach
4.1 Miles
Santa Monica State Beach Park

Centrally located on the westside of Los Angeles where you'll be minutes away from the Santa Monica and Venice beaches, shopping malls, the Getty museums, UCLA, or hiking in the Santa Monica mountains.


Prices & Availability

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Additional pricing information

Cleaning Fee £92.83
Damage Insurance £73.52

Unfortunately the City of Santa Monica has imposed new strict guidelines regarding short term rentals. (http://www.smgov.net/Departments/PCD/Permits/Short-Term-Rental-Home-Share-Ordinance/)

They will not allow anything less than 30+ days to be rented.

This has eliminated the short term market.

If you have questions or would like to reserve the property for 30+ days, please call or email me.

We look forward to speaking with you soon.

Take care.

Howard & Jacqui Ganz
The Zen Cottage
+1 3106138583
+1 3103848887
Skype hganz56

12. Less than 30 day stay (short term stay): For a 100% refund, cancellation must be made 90 full days prior to listing's local check in time (or 3:00 PM if not specified) on the day of check in. For a 50% refund, cancellation must be made 30 full days prior to listing's local check in time (or 3:00 PM if not specified) on the day of check in. If the guest cancels less than 30 days in advance, the

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.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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