|Minimum Stay||1 - 3 nights|
If you want to 'party” this IS NOT the place. If you want to just 'crash' it might be, but if you want to be able to RELAX and FEEL AT HOME, like or love to cook, read books (900+), watch movies (over 2,200+ movies & TV shows, 6 3D movies with 3D glasses), listen to music (38,000+ songs) and feel like you are at home with lots of amenities and attention to detail THIS IS DEFINITELY THE PLACE. It's the front half of a duplex on a residential street that was just completely remodeled, even completely re-wired, and most of everything is new (except some furniture) I live in the back half. Cooks gardens outside the kitchen; fresh herbs, aruglua & some lettuces.
I’ve had a difficult time explaining what it exactly is to my friends as there is nothing I know of like it. Here’s the genesis of the concept; I traveled a lot in the wine biz (20-40 weeks a year for a long time) and I got so tired of hotels (from okay to top notch), lobbies, parking hassles, lousy coffee & tea, hotel TV, no refrigerator, no way to prepare any food, having to eat out every night etc. Relaxing, escaping or unwinding on the road was hard to do in the sterile atmosphere of hotels. I wanted a place like "home" where I could relax and be comfortable, have a fridge for keeping the wines & food, a place to prepare it and ideally have the potential to entertain clients, friends or reps in a home like environment. I took some ideas from the top hotels & from B&B’s, but no matter where I stayed I very rarely got my 3 basic essentials to start a good day: a good night’s sleep on a good mattress with good pillows and sheets, the right temperature and fresh air; a good shower; and great cup of coffee or tea without having to leave my room to get it or pay room service prices, are all of those are here plus much more.
How I addressed my 3 basics for a good start:
For the bedrooms:
Queen beds with a new Sealy Posturepedic Memory Foam with cooling gel; high quality and thread count cotton sheets, flannel in the colder months; comforter & blankets as needed. Choice of 2 pillows from: Hotel Collection Hungarian Down (1 ea, $300+ retail per)– Firm for side sleepers or Medium for back sleepers; Memory Foam Hydraluxe Cooling; Nova Foam Memory Curve or Down Alternative (2). Temperature: Windows (3 & 2); ceiling fans; the wall heater is just out the bedroom doors, an electric blanket is available as is a room fan. Nights are normally comfortable, it’s 2.5 miles to the ocean.
Delta Lahara 2 in 1 shower head with good water pressure; Noritz tankless water heater so you will never run out of hot water; Charisma bath sheets & towels and a towel warmer (1 at a time). There is a choice of robes and slippers in the bedroom closet.
The morning wake-up:
Organic Whole Bean Coffee: You tell me what type of coffee you like & it will be here with a Cuisinart Supreme Grind Automatic Burr Mill to grind the quantity you choose however you like it. There are 7 ways to make ground coffee; Mr. Coffee 12-Cup Programmable Coffeemaker, La CafeTiére French Press, De'Longhi Retro BAR32 Espresso and Cappuccino Machine, Melitta Pour-Over Single Cup Brewing Cone, Hario V60-02 Ceramic Coffee Dripper, Primula stainless steel stove top espresso maker and a Willow & Everett Cold Brew Coffee Maker.
Pod Coffee & Cappuccino: Nescafe Dolce Gusto, I have Cappuccino, Caffé Americano (House Blend) 100% Arabica & Chococino (Hot Chocolate, no coffee) but I will get whatever your choice is.
I will also get whatever sweetener and milk or cream that you want .
Tea: I have a choice of 6 whole leaf teas some organic; an immersion tea pot; electric & stove top tea kettles. I will also get your choice of tea if I don’t have it.
Other: Fresh juice oranges from the Santa Monica Farmers Market with a Cuisinart Pulp Control Juicer provided. Fresh farmers market eggs will also be provided if desired or protein bars or cereal with bread bagels or muffins of your choice.
For unwinding and relaxing:
TV: Direct TV with HBO, the 1st bedroom has a 46” Sony & the living room has a 55” Vizio 3D TV. The living room has Bose Acoustic Mass 6 speaker surround sound. I will record on the DVR any shows you would like to see if you let me know in advance in either or both rooms.
Movies: You will have a choice of over 2,200 movies to choose from that I own & will provide you like a local Netflix from the list you give me. The list is on my website on the amenities page. There is a blu-ray player in both the living room(3D) and bedroom.
Books: About 500 in the house, lots of cookbooks and food & wine related, fiction, non fiction, sports, many award winning etc. There are clip on book lights in the night stands. The list is on my website on the amenities page.
Computer: There is ASUS Book Vivo touchscreen netbook in the living by the electrically reclining leather couch, free high speed WiFi.
Music: 35,000+ songs are on the computer in the Amazon Cloud Player with several playlists to choose from; you can just put it on shuffle on any playlist or I will create a playlist for you by artists, genre, style etc. that reflect your taste. The music can be played through all the Bose surround speakers or just the ones near the TV via Bluetooth. There is also am Unplug portable Bluetooth speaker that will play in the kitchen, bathroom, bedroom or front porch if you choose. The complete music list on my website on the amenities page.
Lighting: Ambiance and mood were the leading considerations, so all of the lights in the house are on Lutron Diva dimmers except the ceiling fans which have a different dimmer for the lights. The bar, dining table and living room all have Besa glass hand blown fixtures. The Living room has 5 sconces and the dining table has a globe pendant (no overhead lighting), the bar has pendants but no direct downward light. The kitchen has “canned” very bright LED’s in the ceiling and small amber hidden LED’s under the cabinets.
Flowers: There will always be flowers in the bedroom, living room & on the dining table and/or the bar. All from the farmers market or the garden outside, orchids when in season and almost always non fragrant unless requested otherwise.
Front porch: There is a Jack Post Patio Glider with tables on each side for you beverage of choice and/or ashtray.
Cooking: The complete list of cooking tools and equipment is on my website. There is a Brinkman dual BBQ grill outside the back, both a charcoal and a propane side with a burner. There is a lettuce and herb garden outside as well that will change with the seasons,
Ice Cream: I will stock the freezer with a pint of your favorite (locally available) ice cream.
Bar et al:
Glassware (6ea); Spieglau red & white wine glasses, Govino stemless wine glasses, Champagne flutes, Schott Zweisel Tritan double rocks glasses, Schott Zwiesel by Charles Schumann Cocktail Cup Tritan martini glasses, Authentic British Tulip Beer Glass with Imperial Pint Etched Seal. There are also Beer Essential glasses (4 each labeled in the corner kitchen cabinet); Classic Pint, IPA, Saison & Porter. There is a decanter on the bar shelf.
Tools etc: Charles Schumann’s recipe book American Bar, bar tools, shaker a bottle trivet on the bar shelf. In the top drawer just out of the kitchen there is; an Oggi Wine opener, waiters corkscrew, foil cutter, wine charms made for the house by my friend Barbara, a Vacu-Vin pump & corks, a Brookstone wine preserver, a champagne stopper and a soda stopper (my preference for sparkling wine).
Ice: All from filtered water; Cubed or crushed from the freezer door, 2 Tevolo King silicone ice cube trays (6 each per tray 2” square cubes, 12 tota), 6 Tevolo Ice Spheres (2.5” round spheres) and 9 natural soapstone “On The Rocks Chilling Stones” in the freezer which can be used to shill any beverage without dilution.
You have a choice of one of the following: beer, wine, sodas or sparkling water.
Other stuff of note:
There is an Everpure H-1200 water filtration system under the sink that comes out of the small faucet in the top of the sink (it’s labeled) for room temp water or cooking and it also filters the water to the fridge & freezer (which filters it again). The tap water isn’t bad but this is much better and you don’t have to buy bottled water.
Appliances, Cabinets etc. (All are new):
Thomasville cabinets with brass silverware pulls
Granite counter tops, bar and mantle
Burnished Straw Plank Cork Flooring with a Chef's Design Ultra Comfort Gel Mat by the sink
Frigidaire Gallery Counter Depth Side by Side Refrigerator in Stainless Steel
Frigidaire Gallery Gas Range in Stainless Steel
Broan Elite Range Hood in Stainless Steel
GE Spacemaker washer & dryer
Kenmore Dishwasher in Stainless Steel
Kohler Stainless Steel commercial sink 33"x 22"
Moen Motion Sensor single Handle pull down faucet (motion sensor currently unplugged so people that aren’t familiar with it don’t get a surprise burst of water. Your choice, on or off)
Waste King 1 HP continuous feed garbage disposal
Moen soap dispenser (dish soap)
Sharp Insight 24” drawer (pull out) microwave in stainless steel
Umbra hands free motion sensor hand free soap dispenser (hand soap)
iTouchless Deodorizer Touch-Free Sensor 13-Gallon Automatic Stainless-Steel Trash Can
Really comfortable swivel bar stools
Henckels Bellasara 45 piece 18/10 stainless flatware set (service for 8)
Henckels International stainless steak knives (6)
Ginsu Chikara Stainless Steel Knife Set with Bamboo Block (Ginsu, who knew? Great knives, Consumer Reports Best Buy) Henckel 5 Star knives available by request
My mom & grandparents bought this duplex and I now live in the back unit. I love music, food, wine and was an avid golfer and played in college. I was in the restaurant business and then in the wine business for over 25 years before retiring to spend time with my mom for 5 years before her passing. I cook for fun, friends and family, I have catered parties and cooked meals for a week at a time for a couple in Montecito when I lived in Santa Barbara. I know the city well and the surrounding areas & will gladly assist in any way I can with whatever you would like to do or wherever you want to go.
Lance Bowling purchased this house in 1963
I've received only 5 Star reviews (60+) which are listed on my website, relaisinla.com. There's no other place like it, completely remodeled (even rewired) and designed for this purpose, it has everything you could need or want to relax, cook, read, watch movies, listen to music catch up on sleep or whatever you want to do. Dedicated parking spot, no hassles in a quiet residential neighborhood.
Easy to get almost anywhere including Malibu, Beverly Hills, Hollywood, downtown LA, amusement parks, shopping, restaurants, movie studios, many beaches and museums. Everything is here for a very comfortable, relaxing and enjoyable stay whether it's for business, pleasure or a combination of both.
A guest said, "This completely redefines the business & vacation rental guest experience" with personal choices, luxury appointments and amenities. You have complete privacy and everything you need to enjoy yourself already here plus concierge like service if you desire. I provide fresh fruit, fresh flowers, eggs, organic butter, and oranges for juice from the Santa Monica farmers market. You also get bread, bagels or muffins, many coffee & tea choices (with 6 ways to make coffee including espresso), your choice of dairy products and sweeteners for it, ice cream & cookies, beer, wine, sodas or sparkling water(I have filtered water) plus a fully stocked pantry. Free WiFi with high speed internet and an ASUS touchscreen netbook for you use.
Completely remodeled just to be a vacation & business rental with great attention to detail. Almost everything is new, incredible kitchen with EVERYTHING, herb garden, 3D TV with 3D glasses (more available), Bose surround sound, lots of amenities that you won't find other places unless they cost a whole lot more. Westchester Golf Course is at the end of the block with a park just on far side of the golf course with a swimming pool open in the summer. Shopping and restaurants within blocks.
I will gladly help you plan your trip, make suggestions or reservations, for wherever you want to do, eat or see. I also have a GPS you can borrow that has traffic notices & is programmed to take you 'home' from anywhere. I also have a FastTrak transponder that you can use, it lets you use HOV lanes and you just reimburse me for the tolls.
I believe there is somewhat of a "quid pro quo" contract between myself & my guests in that I will do any thing and everything I can to make your stay the very best it can be and all that I ask in return is that my guests leave me a review without me having to "nag" them for it. I spend many hours on each guest's stay, please take the 10 minutes to write the review, I take a lot of pride in every one.
Written in the guest book:
A perfect place to stay while visiting our son at LMU. So comfortable and luxurious. We need to come back just to enjoy the cookbook library! Thank you for being such a gracious host!
Believe the reviews! Lance is an incredible host. I've stayed at a number of vacation rentals around the world and I can honestly say Lance is a host unlike any other! Starting with your inquiries into the property through your last (reluctant) walk out the door, he goes out of his way to make sure your time is the absolute best it can be. He's extremely thoughtful and offers things you just won't find anywhere else. He's very attentive and responsive to your needs and just a genuinely nice guy.
The rental is excellent and perfect if you want to have a place you can call "home" while visiting the area. Lance took great pains to make sure the place was in excellent condition for our stay. It's very comfortable and filled with all the features you'd want, and even more (how often do you come across a towel warmer?). The beds are very comfortable and made even more so since you're able to select your preferred bedding and pillow types. The kitchen is extremely well equipped with virtually any pot, glassware, small electronic, or barware you can think of so cooking at home is a breeze. It's in a quiet residential neighborhood less than 10 minutes from LAX. Also nearby is a Trader Joe's, a major grocery store, and several great restaurants.
We really enjoyed our stay and really enjoyed meeting Lance. I highly recommend staying here whenever in the LA area.
When I first saw the post by Lance I thought it was too good to be true, and imagine my surprise when everything turned out better than I expected! From the start of my planned trip to the end my experience with Lance was far and away better than any other trip I've been on. Lance goes above and beyond in ensuring that your vacation is an amazing experience when you stay in his home, I couldn't recommend him enough. If you decide to stay you will definitely get more than your money's worth.
P.s. Don't miss out on the strawberries he provides they're simply divine!
We have stayed in several VRBO homes throughout the country, but this one offered the most hospitality and amenities that we have experienced in our travels! We Grandparents needed a place to stay during the week of our Grandchild's birth. The home was very clean and comfortable, and Lance (the owner) provided groceries for breakfast (based on our preferences), as well as a bottle of wine to toast our Granddaughter's arrival. There was ample parking, which was convenient since we were constantly leaving to go to the hospital. We also enjoyed the garden, with its many specimen southern California plantings. We were very satisfied with our visit at this VRBO home, and look forward to returning in the future! Thanks, Lance!
This visit to Lance's amazing home is my 3rd time staying with him. Each time it awesome to see how his place keeps getting better and better, and his hospitality is why I have been back each year with no hesitation. Lance's two bed room house is in a very safe neighborhood which is one of the great reasons to stay and is mere minutes away from LAX. It is very easy to get your rental car and part off the street at Lance's in minutes of arrival. Lance sets up a personal menu of items for you and has a great list of food, drinks, and home supply so you can make your stay as comfortable as possible. I am a coffee lover and he has every type of machine and coffee you could imagine! He made trips to the farmers market for us for fresh fruit and flowers and even stocked the fridge with our favorite La Croix! The two rooms are large and have amazing beds, the kitchen is spotless and has everything you could need to make a meal or snack. The washer and dryer is nice for longer stays to do laundry and not have to pack as much. I can't say enough good things about Lance, his hospitality and his house. I will keep going back as it is one of the best places I have stayed and would highly recommend you staying here too!!
Lance is the friend we never had in Los Angeles. He has been always helpful, accommodating, nice and friendly, and he is also a very very good cook! He got in touch in advance asking us what type of breakfast do we like, which coffee do we prefer, what kind of pillow do we use to sleep on.. but we didn't realize all that was included in the deal, and really IT IS!
The place is spacious, clean and well furnished. There are two big bedrooms with very comfortables king beds and tv in both the rooms. The living room has two relaxing sofa, a big 3D tv with an endless collection of movies and music, an home stereo system and a large selection of books, so leave your Kindle at home! There is a touch screen laptop available 24/7 with wifi and in every room you can find a fresh bunch of flowers. The kitchen has everything you can wish for cooking with a complete range of utensils, hoven, microwave and dishwasher. In the fridge there are ice cream, beverages, cheese, wine, fresh vegetables and fresh fruits provided by him directly from the L.A. farmer's market. And don't forget to ask for his damn tasty dark chocolate and almond cookies!!!
We don't know how to thank Lance for the good times we had during our stay, and also for all the tips he gave us for visiting L.A., seeing the best places, eating in the right restaurants.. and avoiding the traffic jam! And last but not least, we have had the chance to live as true americans and not only as tourists.. we must say it's really worth it experience.
We have been very positively impressed by the reviews the people left on the various online booking websites and on his own page (except for the only crazy no stars review on AirBnB......!), so we decided to give it a try. We couldn't have made a better choice, we really felt at home. So thanks again to the best host of the west coast!
I travel a lot and always stay at hotels. This time I decided to stay at Lances home.
The reason was because of 5* reviews. I wanted to experience it myself.
Lance created an environment that you feel at home and more. Most importantly, he lives next door and he is available to help you out.
Oh, yes. The fresh fruits from farmers market one of the kinds. Everything you see in the pictures is real.
I have one recommendation. Please, remove any food in the jar, cans and etc. that is being open by previous tenant from refrigerator. Other than that, yes I would recommend his house to my friends.
Lance thanks for sharing your home with us.
Quiet residential neighborhood with plenty of parking, shopping, markets & restaurants within 1 mile. Close to freeways, major roads & highways so it's easy to get anywhere. The beach is less than 3 miles and extends many miles north & south. Golf course & driving range at the end of the block with a park with a pool in the summer next to it. LMU, LAX are very close as well. El Segundo, Manhattan Beach, Hermosa Beach, Culver City, Venice, Marina Del Rey, Playa Del Rey, Santa Monica, Westwood and West LA are all with 10 miles.
|Rental Period||Minimum Price||Additional Nights||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly *||Event Price|
2 Oct 2016 - 19 Dec 2016
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
|Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £27 per night, per additional guest|
10 Jan 2017 - 10 Apr 2017
1 night minimum stay
for 1 night
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
|Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £27 per night, per additional guest|
|Cleaning||£47 + Tax|
I accept PayPal, Credit Cards via PayPal or Square on site, personal & travelers checks and cash.
It's $30 per guest, per night for each guest above 2 ($180 per week) or $30 per night if both bedrooms are used by 2 guests (also $180 per week).
Check in and Check out are flexible, I will do the best to work with your schedule but they are contingent upon other arriving & departing guests. If I'm not booked the next day you can leave whenever you want, if I have incoming guests then checkout is 10 AM, however I will gladly store your luggage if you have a late departure. The same applies for check in, if I'm still getting the place ready you are welcome to drop off your things and go do what you want. Normal check in with departing guests leaving the same day is ballpark 4 PM but again it can be flexible.
There is a really well stocked pantry plus I supply some breakfast foods, fresh orange juice, farmers market fruit, milk, ice cream & cookies etc.
For more detailed info and to access my PayPal please go to my website: http://www.relaisinla.com
Check in & check out times are flexible with your schedule and whether I have guests leaving or arriving the same day.
If I have guests leaving or arriving the same day then checkout is by 10 AM and check in time would be ballpark 4 PM.
Again, I will work with your schedule the best I can and you are welcome to store your luggage for the day if you are leaving & drop off your luggage earlier than check in if you are arriving.
Please feel free to contact me with any questions.
* Approximate monthly price. Actual pricing will depend on the days of the month you stay.