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Bedrooms 5
Property type house
Minimum Stay 180 nights


Minimum Stay
180 nights

About the property

Space, Elegance, Comfort, And Security

This executive luxe 5 bedroom/4 bath home is located next to UCLA in prime Westwood, minutes to Santa Monica beaches & Beverly Hills. Ultimate California lifestyle! Full outdoor entertaining area, pool, BBQ, huge master bedroom, chef's kitchen, home office. Sleeps 12+ (more w/ children. 6th bedroom/converted garage with queen bed.

Here are some travel distances from our excellent central location on the Westside:

5 min: UCLA campus, UCLA Hospital, Westwood Village, Beverly Hills, Bel Air, Brentwood, Century City, Culver City, 405 & 10 freeways.

10 min: Santa Monica Beach/Promenade, Sunset Strip, Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills, Fox Studios

20 min: Malibu Beach, Venice Beach, Marina del Rey, Redondo Beach. Universal Studios

20 min: Downtown LA, West Hollywood, Hollywood, Paramount Studios, CBS Studios, USC Campus

25 min: Warner Brothers Studios

60 min: Disneyland resort, Anaheim, Orange County

1.5 hr: Santa Barbara

2.5 hrs: Sea World in San Diego, Palm Springs

2.5 hrs.: Big Bear/Lake Arrowhead, snow skiing

The Space

Wonderful house, fully furnished, beautiful and comfortable. We are right next to UCLA, and minutes to Beverly Hills and the Beach! Extremely beautfiul backyard for entertaining, built-in bar-b-que, and lots of safety in pool for children. Pool is only 4 feet deep at most, and has an electric cover!

Guest Access

The entire house! Backyard, pool, indoor/outdoor entertaining, fabulous master, huge closets, jacuzzi tub in master, and the best kitchen you will ever see! Huge media room with floor-to-ceiling bookcase. Pets allowed! We have sheets, towels, blankets, and everything you could possible need in the kitchen. Bring your suitcase! That's all! Internet and cable included.

Interaction with Guests

I will certainly help out with any information needed and tips about Los Angeles. If this is a relocation, I am extremely knowledgeable about every aspect of real estate, schools, locations, and work areas. Home is also for sale if interested, and longer-term rental possible.

The Neighborhood

Lovely! Quiet, beautiful, and storybook feeling. The neighbors are quiet and wonderful. Lots of dog-walkers in the evening, and amazing views of the Getty Museum as you enjoy your evening stroll! Walk into Westwood Village, a 10-15 minute walk that is lovely both day and evening. Westwood Village has restaurants, shops, movie theatres, grocery stores, and is right next to UCLA.

Getting around

Yes, the bus stop is 1 block away. Additionally, we highly recommend Uber, a taxi service that communicates with your smartphone and is safe, quick, and priced well!

Other Things to Note

If you love cooking! We have a custom kitchen with every amenity, a huge marble island, and a table to dine in the kitchen or hang out with friends and family. All the public rooms open to the backyard with pool, BBQ island, outdoor refrigerator and BBQ, and beautiful seating for guests. Elegant, easy, and kid-friendly too!

More Details

Helaine Kaskel
Member since: 2014
Speaks English
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
17 December, 2016

About Helaine Kaskel

Hello! I am a long-term homeowner in the beautiful area of Westwood Hills, right next to UCLA, Brentwood, and Bel Air. I now live in Beverly Hills, and we raised 3 children in this beautiful home. We are friendly and accommodating, and we will help with any information you need to make your stay in Los Angeles a memorable one!

Helaine Kaskel purchased this house in 1998

Why Helaine Kaskel chose Los Angeles area

Location, privacy, and safety! Safe to walk any time of day or night. Bring your suitcase. We have every amenity you might possibly need, including linens, dishes, a fully equipped kitchen, pool, jacuzzi, basketball hoop, TV, wifi internet, cable, games, books, a crib, and anything else that you tell us might make your stay more comfortable.

What makes this house unique

Location, privacy, and safety! Safe to walk any time of day or night. Bring your suitcase. We have every amenity you might possibly need, including linens, dishes, a fully equipped kitchen, pool, jacuzzi, basketball hoop, TV, wifi internet, cable, games, books, a crib, and anything else that you tell us might make your stay more comfortable.

Guestbook comments from the owner

My team and I rented this beautiful property for a design retreat to plan our startup's next big product. With team members coming in from around the world, we needed accommodations for everyone and - more importantly -- an innovative environment that would foster creativity and rapid team bonding.

This home exceeded my expectations in absolutely every way. With multiple brainstorming-friendly spaces, we were able to continuously shift environments to keep the creative juices flowing, moving from huddling around design plans on the big screen in the media room, to debating options on the poolside patio, to coding around the large table in the dining room, to cooking a meal together and getting to know each other better in the massive chef's kitchen.

Moreover, it includes all the comforts of home. The fully-stocked pantry kept us from having to run to the grocery store when our Polish colleague needed bread crumbs to cook us schabowy (Polish pork schnitzel). It was great to be able to shoot a few hoops in the backyard when we needed a diversion. And the owner is wonderful and attentive -- checking in with us throughout the week and going out of her way to make use truly feel like welcome guests.

I'd guess that "startup design retreat" probably wasn't what the owner imagined when she decided to make her home available for vacation rentals, but it was the perfect place for us. It would also be the perfect place for groups and families looking for a luxurioius getaway while visiting Los Angeles. A thousand times better than staying in a hotel!

We'll definitely be back!
May 2015
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(5 traveller reviews)

average rating of 5.0 based on 6 reviews

Great holiday!! Thank you!!

  • 5 of 5

Hi Helaine. I just wanted to drop you a quick note to thank you again for your warmth and hospitality during our stay in your lovely home over the summer. The location was amazing, the place was great and the kids had a blast in the pool. You made it so easy to feel as comfortable as we did and I sincerely appreciate the effort you put into ensuring we had everything we need. This was our kids first trip to the US and I couldn't have imagined a better introduction to American life! We look forward to staying in touch and will definitely be looking to stay there again next year. I will write you a proper review when I have a moment but I wanted to be sure to get this across to you now before the days got away from us. Thanks again, stay in touch and our best to your son.

Sent from my iPhone

  • Review Submitted: Oct 3, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Tarek and his lovely family were wonderful guests, and are always welcome in our home. I highly recommend them. They left the house absolutely immaculate and their communications were excellent! Couldn't ask for better tenants!
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San Francisco, CA, USA

Great for families with kids

  • 5 of 5

On a California road trip with friends, we needed an LA base for a few days for 5 adults & 4 kids. This place really fit the bill and met our needs. There was plenty of space for everyone and it was centrally located in LA so there was easy access to all the key sites we wanted to cover (Santa Monica, Venice Beach, Hollywood, Getty Museum, Universal Studios, etc). We particularly enjoyed the kitchen and outside living space. The pool was a hit and we had a lot of fun preparing group meals (using the BBQ) and lounging around outside. Helaine, the owner, was easy to work with and a wonderful host. In short, this is a great option for folks needing a central LA location with great indoor/outdoor living - particularly if you have kids in the group.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 23, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Amazing family retreat

  • 5 of 5

We came to LA to visit family for a big birthday celebration. There were two families, totaling 8 people (4 of whom were kids), so a hotel was too complicated and expensive. We even had our other sister and Dad eating many meals with us at the house and swimming, so even with 10 people during the day we did not feel crowded. It was just fine for 8 people to sleep. The best part was that the kids could be in the pool most of the day while we sat around in the beautiful weather chatting. (If we'd been in a hotel we would have been huddled around a crowded pool in the sun to watch them.) The house was warm and welcoming, cheery and sunny, and also elegant and spacious. The location cannot be beat. We were able to get to Westwood, Brentwood, and Santa Monica very quickly and easily. But the spacious outside area, with the shaded couches, gas grill, basketball hoop for the kids, and pool / spa was the best part for us (visiting from foggy SF and chilly Seattle). And the kids will never forget the experience of swimming in the pool after dark! We are already imagining a return to this property!

  • Review Submitted: Jun 28, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Olivia and her wonderful family are A++++ recommended guests! They are so positive and laid-back, and it was a joy to welcome them as our guests. They left us daisy chains of flowers, some really good birthday cake in the fridge, and were kind enough to strip down the sheets from the bed. The house was left immaculate. Olivia is welcome any time!!!
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Los Angles

Nice, Large, Westwood Home!

  • 5 of 5

My family stayed here for a couple of nights when my son graduated from Pepperdine law school. We had a blast. The house is definitely set-up to entertain. It’s in an excellent neighborhood and was perfectly located for us...30 minutes to Pepperdine and minutes from a couple of nice Catholic churches (we like to go Mass every morning). The house had plenty of room for all of us (14 in all) and the pool was a treat...even with the rain, the kids were in it all day (and night)! The kitchen made prepping meals easy and fun. I love kitchens with islands! The house was clean and well decorated and the master suite was large and comfortable with a nice, big bathroom. The owner, Helaine, was very accommodating and checked in with us each day to be sure everything was going well.

  • Review Submitted: May 19, 2015
  • Date of Stay: May 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Absolutely Wonderful House and Host!

  • 5 of 5

Our family enjoyed this home in Los Angeles so very much.

We were traveling with 3 children, 3 adults, and our nanny.

The home was comfortable and beautifully appointed, and we especially enjoyed the outdoor area, with BBQ and pool. This felt exactly like what we wanted L.A. to feel like. Our hosts provided everything we needed at all times, and we will definitely stay in this home again. The executive home office and maid's room were both a big plus.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 30, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
8 Miles
Nearest Barpub
0.5 Miles
.5 miles, too many to count!
Nearest Golf
8 Miles
Public Course, Rancho Park
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
405 & 10
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Too many to count!
Nearest Beach
5 Miles
Santa Monica
Car: recommended

We are right next to UCLA, at the meeting of Brentwood, Bel Air, and Westwood. Perfect location for exploring everything that Southern California has to offer. Great freeway access in a quiet and very safe and established neighborhood. Complete privacy minutes from shopping, dining, movies, beach, Beverly Hills, and theme parks like Disneyland are a drive of 1.5 hours. Pets welcome!


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Westwood, Shasta Cascade

Rental Basis:
per property
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My Standard Rate
180 night minimum stay
for 180 nights

Additional pricing information

Refundable Damage Deposit £3,201
Cleaning £440
Pet Fee £640
Tax Rate 14.0%

We have a strict no-cancellation policy, so please be sure before you book! We have many inquiries and actively manage our calendar daily. Please book with an accurate guest count. Any guest who allows more people on the premises than stated in the booking will sacrifice their security deposit. This includes guests present during the day and guests spending the night. If your party includes more people than stated, or if you are holding an event during the day exceeding the number of people stated on the booking, please inform us so that we can quote you for an event if necessary. Our event rates are different than our vacation stay rates, and will reflect the number of people as well as the nature of the event and any extra requirements, such as music, party rentals, and other activities or items brought onto the premises. Thank you for understanding ... we want happy guests but we don't allow cancellations because it means we are giving up other bookings! Thank you and we hope to host your party soon!

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Cancelled bookings will not receive a refund.
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Westwood in California

Property Type:
  • house
Floor Area:
  • 3400 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Master Bath - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure , Jacuzzi
    Upstairs Bath 2 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure
    Downstairs Full Bathroom - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 4 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Located at rear of kitchen, for guests/pool area/maid's room
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 14
  • Upstairs Guest - 2 Single Bed
    Downstairs Guest/Assistant - 1 Single Bed
    Master Upstairs, Private Balcony, Vaulted Ceiling - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , Sleeps 2 in luxury King Bed
    Upstairs Guest - 1 Double Bed , 2 Single Bed , 1 Bunk Bed , Bunk bed, full on bottom, twin top, twin trundle, 4+ kids
    Downstairs Office w/ Sleeper Sofa - Sleeps 2 adults or 2-4 children
    Living Room / semi-private - 3 Sofa bed/Futon , 2 plush and huge down sofas + a queen sofa sleeper if needed
  • There are many sofas and open areas to accommodate anyone who prefers to sleep on a very comfortable sofa. We have had up to 22 people (with children) sleep in the house comfortably! And for those of you who like to sleep under the stars, the back yard has large sofa/conversation area assortment that sleeps 2-3 people easily. Great if you want to enjoy the evenings!
  • children welcome
  • limited accessibility
  • pets considered
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • library
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • Miniature golf
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • Shopping
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services

Partner Offers

Portable wifi hotspot

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