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Malibu / Topanga 24 acre Ranch

People4
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 nights

Overview

About the property

Where the black top ends! The last Cool, Calm Country Road in the city! This Mountain Top Diamond is set in the Santa Monica Mountains over looking Topanga canyon. Spectacular views, resort pool & jacuzzi. Hiking, biking, horse back, 30 minutes from almost everything one would like to see in LA. 20 min from beach.The Ranch is close enough but far enough away from the city to make an easy trip for; Shopping ! Warner Center, NEW! Westfield Topanga Village (3rd largest Regional shopping center in the US). Topanga Canyon and Promenade malls all in a 15 min drive. A little farther away you have Rodeo drive, Melrose, Robertson, The Grove, LA's Original Farmers Market, Santa Monica's 3rd st Promenade, all 30-40 min away. Dinner, you have Monty's famous Steak House, Morton's, Flemings & Ruth's Chris to name a few, all 15 min away. Clubs, all of Hollywood is 30minutes away! Museums , Getty, LA Science Center, Natural History, Contemporary Art, Fashion and Industry, Will Rogers, Peterson Automotive all within 30-40 min drive. Concert Venues, Hollywood Bowl, Staples Center, Greek Theater, LA Live, all within 30-40 min. Wineries, Rosenthal, Malibu family Vineyard, Cielo, Rocky Oaks, all 30 min away. Grocery, Gelson's , Whole foods, Ralphs and Vons all 15 Minutes away. Then come back to be nestled in the secure beauty of the Santa Monica Mountain Range, 'Where Outdoors is In'! No Keys necessary here! No Sirens, No Tires Screeching , No Parking Tickets! Comfortably Sleep 4 guests (in beds) in this newly remodeled 2 bed 2 bath, with 1Queen, 2 XLTwins and large sofa. Full newly remodeled guest house. Satellite TV, internet, washer, dryer & Room for your RV and other vehicles.


Owner
CJ MCDONALD
Member since: 2014
Speaks English, Spanish
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
18 September, 2017

Why CJ MCDONALD chose Los Angeles area

CENTRAL TO JUST ABOUT EVERYTHING AND STILLL OUT OF THE CITY

What makes this cottage unique

SOME OF THE MOST DESIREABLE HIKING AND MOUNTAIN BIKING RIGHT OUT THE BACK GATE.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Stayed for a week with my wife and 12 year old daughter. Hosts Cj, Cristina and Justice are super nice folks. The unit is super clean, and all new kitchen and appliances. The place is really close to everything but you feel so far away from it all when you are there. I mountain bike and never had to drive anywhere, just ride out the gate.

I also surf so about 20 minutes to the beach. The pool is amazing but a little cold in early May. Much warmer that the ocean though! Justice a 10 year old cub scout completely engaged our daughter and she had a ball.

Great dirt road to get there so you feel all country. Gated driveway about 1/2 mile long that feels like you are in a mountain adventure.

The ranch family are warm and welcoming. All Good!!! Def coming back next year! Thanks Cj and Fam
May 2017
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Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Topanga in Los Angeles County

Property Type:
  • cottage
Meals:
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Check-in: Flexible
  • /
  • Check-out: 12:00
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Parties/events allowed ...
  • Pets considered ...
  • Smoking allowed ...
  • The guest units are exclusive to the guest but the pool area and the balance of the ranch is shared with our family and friends.
  • Use of animals and equipment are exclusive to ranch residents. Petting and feeding carrots to the horses is AOK!
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • rural
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
General:
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
Dining:
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed
Entertainment:
  • DVD Player ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
Outside:
  • Terrace
  • Barbecue
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • limited accessibility
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Chauffeur
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
Attractions:
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • library
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • horse riding
  • Miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • Basketball Court
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • Racquetball
  • Rock Climbing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing

Reviews

Excellent! 4.4/5 -
(9 traveller reviews)

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Malibu / Topanga 24 acre Ranch
average rating of 4.4444447 based on 11 reviews
5

A peaceful oasis

  • 5 of 5

The ranch is a peaceful oasis. The pool is world class, the horses are beautiful and friendly, the playground (if you're traveling with kids) is so cool... Being surrounded by mountains, with exceptional sunrises and sunsets was a great way to spend a month. You feel like you're in the middle of nowhere, but groceries, restaurants, shopping, etc are 10 minutes away. Cj was a great host. Great with the kids...very helpful. I would highly recommend staying here for a retreat from the busy city. We'll be back.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 30, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Franklin and his family are great folks, Sweet kids, clean and respectful. Zero Drama!!! Would have them back anytime. Thanks guys!!
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Santa Rosa Beach Florida
1

False Advertising and Disturbing Experience!

  • 1 of 5

I dislike writing negative reviews and I wish my experience were better. Perhaps it will help others when considering this rental. I was forced to leave the guesthouse 9 days prior my original departure due to owner's false advertising. The property is described as a detached Guesthouse without any other unit attached to it. On the 9th day of my 30 day rental a strange man came to the guesthouse and suddenly announced he is moving in into the below attached unit. I was never informed a lower unit existed. I tried to explain this should have been written in the email and communicated with me prior my moving in. After accusations and with unpleasant tone and mannerism, I was offered to pay additional rent for the lower unit if I wanted to keep renting the guesthouse. I had to leave the guesthouse the same late Saturday afternoon 9th day of my 30 day rental and look for an alternative pet friendly accommodation disturbed by what just transpired. Due to the owner’s listing website's issue I had to pay the owner with a cashier's check in full trusting him while he charged for a VRBO service fee but never paid it to the VRBO. The VRBO refused to help with the situation as they never received the service fee. After wanting to resolve the issue with the owner via email/texts, I was accused of being unreasonable in horrific untrue and threatening verbiage even though my safety and the rental contract was never respected. Additionally, the rental place was in need of proper cleaning before moving in. I requested a cleaning service for an additional fee, which was provided only a week after starting the rental. The guest room smelled of mold because of leak issues during the rainy weather with carpet being completely soaked by rain. The mattresses are very outdated and warn down providing zero support. With no refund or any remorse for the situation, the owner probably decided this would be okay of a female professional and wanted to earn extra money the way he did. I definitely learned the hard way.

  • Review Submitted: Mar 9, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Of the many amazing guests and awesome reviews we have had over the years, I guess you gotta have at least 1 bad fit:( Unstable, possibly bi polar. Bless her heart. Please see our other reviews here and air bnb as well and make your own judgment.
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4

Great little ranch

  • 4 of 5

I really enjoyed my stay at the ranch though there are a couple of quirks. No cell service being one and the "driveway" is an adventure in itself. The house is clean, spacious and you can't beat the views. CJ is a welcoming host and I'd stay there again if I get the chance.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 14, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: On most levels the lack of cell service is part of the attraction and the "get away". However if you need cell and don't want to walk a few steps to get it wifi calling works pretty much everywhere in and around the structures, and most phones are equipped these days. Thanks for being Super clean guests!
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5

Sad to Leave

  • 5 of 5

I absolutely loved this rental. I most definitely felt at peace and safe being at the ranch. The house was spectacular, with not one thing more you could possibly need or want, except to maybe move in permanently. From comfort to hospitality, this place rocks all the way! And CJ, the owner, was helpful and was always there if we needed anything. Justice was awesome, he was the extremely well-mannered 8 year old in which we really enjoyed his company. The dogs, Sapho and Cooper, the sweetest dogs ever, if you’re an animal, beware…you will get attached! The pool was sensational with its crystal blue pristine water, it kept my kids busy for a very long time. It’s hard to believe that just a few minutes away up a driveway you can find a peaceful harmonious place. It’s just wonderful and words cannot describe the incredible views you can see miles on end. No doubt this rental is a win win all the way. Each year I rent a place in the Los Angeles area for one month and by far this was genuinely the very very best!!! Will be back for sure.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 10, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Great family, the place was super clean on departure. Sweet kids, zero drama, thanks and please come back!!!
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5

We'll be coming back!

  • 5 of 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at The Ranch in Topanga Canyon! The house was very comfortable and was able to accommodate three adults and three kids comfortably. The kitchen is well stocked and the pool was pitch perfect.

The hosts were super friendly and their 8 year old son was such a gracious host. He kept my boy entertained for hours! The dogs were so sweet, we were ready to take them home!

The ranch is great for people who want to just relax and escape from the craziness of L.A. But it's close enough to civilization that you're not that isolated. Just make sure you get there before dark. Mulholland Drive ends there, and it becomes a dirt road. It can be hard to navigate for the first time at night... but the view is spectacular!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 6, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Great guests, enjoyable folks. Lucky to have them and would have them back anytime! Zero drama and we consider this a "DFZ" (drama free zone) so that is critical! Thanks guys!
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5

Winderful place, great people

  • 5 of 5

This has to be the most different (in a very good way) experience my family had in our many different vacation rentals. The location was perfect to serve as a base to visit many of the famous spots around. But my family just hung around the house the entire stay.

You will not find a better host than CJ and Christina. They looked after us as if they've known us for years. Indeed, during our stay, they had gatherings with different people, and they were all so kind and interesting.

My son was in tears on the way home because he had such a great time with CJ's son.

If you get a chance, don't hesitate, book the place and get yourself a trip you will not forget(again, in a very good way).

Thanks again CJ and Christina!

  • Review Submitted: Jun 3, 2015
  • Date of Stay: May 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: These Folks were amazing, kind, considerate, clean, Oh! and did I say Fun! Have them back any time. Thanks guys!
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Location

Nearest Airport
30 Miles
LAX / BURBANK
Nearest Barpub
5 Miles
MONTYS STEAK HOUSE
Nearest Golf
4 Miles
WOODLAND HILLS COUNTRY CLUB
Nearest Train
12 Miles
AMTRAK
Nearest Motorway
6 Miles
101
Nearest Restaurant
5 Miles
MONTYS STEAK HOUSE
Nearest Ski
85 Miles
WRIGHTWOOD
Nearest Beach
15 Miles
MALIBU / TOPANGA
Car: necessary

Where the black top ends! The last Cool, Calm Country Road in the city! This Mountain Top Diamond is set in the Santa Monica Mountains overlooking Topanga canyon. Spectacular views, resort pool & Jacuzzi. Hiking, biking, horseback, 30 minutes from almost everything one would like to see in LA. 20 min from beach. The Ranch is close enough but far enough away from the city to make an easy trip for; Shopping ! Warner Center, NEW! Westfield Topanga Village (3rd largest Regional shopping center in the US). Topanga Canyon and Promenade malls all in a 15 min drive. A little farther away you have Rodeo drive, Melrose, Robertson, The Grove, LA's Original Farmers Market, Santa Monica's 3rd st Promenade, all 30-40 min away. Dinner, you have Monty's famous Steak House, Morton's, Flemings & Ruth's Chris to name a few, all 15 min away. Clubs, all of Hollywood is 30minutes away! Museums , Getty, LA Science Center, Natural History, Contemporary Art, Fashion and Industry, Will Rogers, Peterson Automotive all within 30-40 min drive. Concert Venues, Hollywood Bowl, Staples Center, Greek Theater, LA Live, all within 30-40 min. Wineries, Rosenthal, Malibu family Vineyard, Cielo, Rocky Oaks, all 30 min away. Grocery, Gelson's , Whole foods, Ralphs and Vons all 15 Minutes away. Then come back to be nestled in the secure beauty of the Santa Monica Mountain Range, 'Where Outdoors is In'! No Keys necessary here! No Sirens, No Tires Screeching , No Parking Tickets! Comfortably Sleep 6 guests in this newly remodeled 2 bed 2 bath, with Hideabed Sofa & Full Kitchen, in a standalone guest house. Satellite TV, internet, washer, dryer & Room for your RV and other vehicles.

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Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cottage in Topanga, California

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
£887
for 2 nights
From
£352
£1,590
£3,071
 

Additional pricing information

Cleaning Fee £111.01
Pet Fee £74.01
Damage Insurance £73.27

Smoking only in designated areas. Maximum of 6 Guests

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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