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Chic, Beachy 3Bedroom Remodeled House, sleeps 6,Close To Beach, LAX, LMU

People6
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights

Overview

About the property

Charming & Stylish Remodeled 3bdr, Great Location, Near Beach, Sleeps 6

Villa Harmony is a beautiful gem, stylish and newly remodeled, located in a walkable residential area of Westchester, just East of quaint beach town of Playa Del Rey and just South of Marina Del Rey. We operate our vacation home as a legitimate business with a license from the city of Los Angeles

Our house 'Villa Harmony' is completely remodeled with brand new kitchen and bathroom. Each bedroom is uniquely decorated with comfortable beds. Two of the bedrooms have queen beds and the third bedroom has two twins (single beds). Kitchen is fully stocked with coffee maker, dishwasher and cooking gear. We also have a backyard area with table and BBQ. There is laundry room, Direct TV and Internet with free WiFi. clean linens, towels, beach towels as well as schampoo, soap, hairdryer and an iron are provided.

Los Angeles has something for everyone, with 75 miles of sunny coastline.

Distances from Villa Harmony.

Playa del Rey Beach 2.5 miles = 4km

Marina Del Rey 4 miles = 6.5 km

Venice 4.5 miles = 7 km

Santa Monica 6 miles = 9.5 km

Below is a list of nearby places within walking distance:

Westchester Golf Course

LA Fitness Gym

AMF Bowling Alley

Bristols Farms Grocery store with an amazing deli section and cafe with great lattes and sandwiches

Ralphs Supermarket with Starbucks inside

Coffee Bean

Restaurants walking distance:

Benny’s Tacos and Chicken**Tompkins square bar and grill **Beach Pizza **Alejo’s Presto Trattoria **Hacienda Del Rey**Vinny’s Pizza**Thai Talay**Kanpai Sushi **Italy’s Little Kitchen**Taj India Place**Chicago for Ribs**KC Crepes Cafe **Tower Pizza

Driving just a few blocks:

Trader Joe’s Grocery store **Whole Foods***Ayara, “best Thai ” **Truxton’s American Bistro**In-N-Out Hamburgers**Ihop**The Coffee Company**Kabuki**Buffalo wild wings**Dave and Buster’s

Closest Beach is Playa Del Rey, it is about six minutes drive from Villa Harmony and a quaint beach town with a family oriented feel, Playa Del Rey is a perfect spot to bicycling along the ocean bike path going south all the way to Redondo Beach. I recommend you stop for a quick yummy lunch at Martha's on 22nd in Hermosa Beach.

Marina del Rey, is located about a ten minutes drive Northwest. It is L.A's upscale boat harbor, take a stroll, paddle kayak or paddle boat, enjoy a sunset sail! A quaint part of Marina Del Rey is Fisherman's Village where you'll find the following:

Bicycle rentals are available from 'Daniel's Bicycle Rental & Sales'

Live Music: Free concerts on the weekends are held in fountain square Jazz, Funk, Blues, Reggae, Rockabilly, Salsa and Rock.

Dining: 'El Torito' (Mexican), 'Angler's Choice' (Seafood) and 'Sapori' (Italian) Cafe Al Fresco', 'Thai Garden Cafe' and 'Lighthouse Grill'

Harbor Cruises: Tiki Mermaid Charters and Hornblower Cruises

Boat Rentals: Hourly/daily rental of power, sail and electric boats and kayaks

Fishing: Public 'Open Party' fishing trips are offered twice daily from the docks.

Additional restaurants in Marina Del Rey:

The Counter, California Pizza Kitchen, Sugarfish Sushi. Cheesecake Factory. C & O Cucina, 26 Beach Restaurant, Killer Shrimp, Cafe Del Rey, Kaya Sushi, Mendocino Farms.

Venice Beach, about a 15 minute drive Northwest has a countercultural vibe and a perpetual carnival of dancers, drummers and street performers. Just inland from the beach a trendy Abbot Kinney Blvd lined with cafes, boutiques and restaurants. Best coffee and coolest place is Intelligentsia Coffee & Tea.

Santa Monica, about a 20 minutes drive North has plenty to offer for tourists. The colorful city of Santa Monica is sandwiched between Venice and Malibu along the beautiful coastline of the Pacific Ocean. With three great shopping destinations, shopping here is a must! You have 3rd Street Promenade, Montana Ave and Main Street. The Santa Monica Pier features the famous Pacific Park: a family amusement park with a large Ferris wheel, a vintage carousel built in the 1920s, an aquarium, shops, entertainers, an arcade, a pub, and restaurants. The Santa Monica Pier is a must-see destination for those visiting Southern California.

Malibu is located 24 miles away and along the beautiful Pacific Coast Highway and stretches for 27 miles along the coast. The beaches in Malibu are extra beautiful and well worth a visit.

Other favorite destinations in Malibu:

Zuma Beach. Eat at the Reel Inn or Taverna Tony's (Greek). Visit Malibu Country Mart, a local hangout and wine tasting at Malibu Family Wines.

Now taking a turn and going south from Villa Harmony.

Manhattan Beach, a 15 minutes drive and one of our favorite destinations. The most upscale of the South Bay beach towns, Manhattan Beach's vibe is urban, with lots of volleyball nets, boutiques, restaurants, cafes a pier and surfers. The oceanfront homes, with paved walkways for pedestrians and bicycles are a sight of it's own.

Hermosa Beach is the neighboring beach city with a softer touch and a more quiet vibe.

Next Beach over is Redondo Beach. Kayaking, swimming, bike cycling and sport fishing are popular activities in Redondo. While visiting make sure to visit the Pier: fishermen's fishing poles all over the railing, and once in a while you'll see someone reel in a catch. You'll also find restaurants and fast-food stands here, along with souvenir shops.

Keep driving south and you'll get to the Palos Verdes Peninsula. It has a spectacular coastline and views. It is a 26.3 square mile, located about 23 miles south of downtown Los Angeles. One of the most beautiful destinations in Southern California, things to see are Point San Vicente Lighthouse, Terranea Resort, Cielo Point Pool, Bluff Top Trail, Abalone Cove State Beach, watch the Sunset, golfing at Trump National Golf Course and much more.

Hollywood is about a 13 mile drive Northeast, there are plenty of tourist attractions in Hollywood. Drive up to get a closer look at the Hollywood sign, there's plenty of parking to view the sign by Lake Hollywood Park. Sunset Ranch Hollywood, the ranch offers a variety of daily trail rides through Griffith Park. Park somewhere close or at Hollywood Blvd and walk on the sidewalks with all the stars and stop at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre to check out the hand and/or foot imprints. Other places to visit are, Hollywood Bowl, Roosevelt Hotel, and spend a day at my favorite amusement park, Universal Studios.

Beverly Hills. Drive along Mulholland Drive and see spectacular views, you will also see the Hollywood Sign from the road. Spend a couple of hours and walk the walk of the privileged, the most famous high class street in the world, Rodeo Drive. Drive by and even stop at Beverly Hills Hotel, a true landmark of Beverly Hills.

Downtown LA is a hot spot, with new cafes, restaurants, clubs popping up daily, but downtown LA is also rich with historic architecture and cultural attractions, not to mention sports and entertainment complexes. Here are a few tips on things to do, Visit Olvera Street, the oldest street in Los Angeles, Union Station, Disney Concert Hall, Chinatown, LA LIVE, take a walking tour, Fashion District, Musem of Contemporary Art.

Other sightings: Griffith Observatory

San Pedro, Los Angeles Harbor (22 miles) is the departing port for many cruise lines, such as Celebrity Cruises, Costa Cruise Lines, Crystal Cruises, the Cunard Line, the Disney Cruise Line, the Holland America Line, the Norwegian Cruise Line, Oceania Cruises, Princess Cruises, Regent Seven Seas Cruises, the Royal Caribbean Cruise Line, and Catalina Express, along with other cruise lines offer frequent sailings that make San Pedro the busiest passenger port of call on the United States West Coast. Most Carnival Cruise Lines and some of the Princess Cruise ships depart from next port over in Long Beach, California

Long Beach is about 23 miles away and home of the RMS Queen Mary, a 1936 Art Deco ocean liner. The nonprofit Aquarium of the Pacific is located across the water from the Long Beach Convention Center, Shoreline Village, and the Queen Mary Hotel.

The Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden is located on the campus of California State University, Long Beach. Long Beach also offers singing gondolier trips through the romantic canals of Naples. Enjoy concerts at Long Beach Convention and Entertainment Center.The Pike Amusement Zone at the Pier might also be worth a visit.

The Long Beach Grand Prix in April during the same weekend as the Grand Prix, there is also an United SportsCar Series race, a Formula D round and the Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race.

The Long Beach Marathon runs every year in October throughout the city of Long Beach.

Sailing, the one-on-one race format is the same as the America's Cup, and many of the winners of the Congressional Cup have gone on to win the America's Cup as well.

Water skiing in July, there is the annual Catalina Ski Race, which starts from Long Beach Harbor and goes to Catalina Island and back.

Newport Beach: From sunset cruises to surf lessons, wine tastings to harbor-front promenades. Enjoy picturesque views of California’s sunrise and sunset. Newport Beach offers fishing, swimming, surfing, and aquatic sports activities. Newport Beach is a seaside oasis with its elegance, modern shopping and stunning residential landscape.

Disneyland Park, 37 miles away and originally namned Disneyland, is the first of two theme parks built at the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, CA, the other one is Disney California Adventure Park.

Laguna Beach: About an hour south of Los Angeles, Laguna Beach has a spectacular cliff top setting above some of the finest beaches in California. Outdoor enthusiasts can snorkel, scuba dive, body-surf, or hike the trails in nearby Laguna Coast Wilderness Park. A center for artists, there are a number of special events and festivals. The Laguna Art Museum focuses on California artists. Window shoppers and collectors will enjoy strolling the village’s quaint streets, as well as visiting galleries spotted along Pacific Coast Highway.

More Details

Owner
Owner
Member since: 2014
Speaks English, French, Swedish
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
21 March, 2017

About The Owner

I grew up in Sweden but have been living in Los Angeles for the past 17 years and before that in NYC for five years. Both me and my French Canadian husband Michael are working as Real Estate Agents here on the west side of LA.

My number 1 passion in life has always been traveling, I absolutely love it. I have visited about 35 countries thus far and I am not stopping:)

I also love to cook and meet new people, the hospitality business is where I feel I belong, making sure people are fed, comfortable and happy is kind of my thing. Looking forward to host your next visit in our beautiful place, yours kindly, Helene

The Owner purchased this house in 2014

Why The Owner chose Los Angeles area

Why choose Villa Harmony? **Great location, near beautiful beaches, attractions and airport ** decorated with great taste **all the amenities one needs ** tranquil and quiet**total harmony feel ** relaxing at Villa Harmony is inevitable *** makes you want to come back***good comparable price *** 5 star on the cozy scale*** comfortable, clean and neat**convenient with grocery stores and restaurants within walking distance** fully stocked kitchen ** nicest host & great service:) ** fast internet and wifi **for an additional charge you can get sightseeing packages and personal chef services, you would not have to drive** PPP= a picture perfect place*** WELCOME!!!

What makes this house unique

True California vibe and the great energy you'll feel when you enter the house.

Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Westchester in Los Angeles

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy 6
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed ...
  • children welcome ...
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure , Schampoo, conditioner, wash soap, hair dryer is provided
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 3 - 1 Large Double Bed , Comfortable queen mattress, sheets, closet w hangers
    Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed , Comfortable mattress,pillows,sheets,mirror, closet w hangers
    Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed , Comfortable mattresses, pillows, sheets, closet w hangers
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library
Outside:
  • Golf ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Onsite Services:
  • Chauffeur
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
Attractions:
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • 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
  • fishing
  • golf
  • golf pass optional
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • Kayaking
  • paragliding
  • Parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • Racquetball
  • Rock Climbing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Notes:
I am a tour guide and have been taking tourist around LA for years. I am offering sightseeing services for an additional cost. I can offer full weekly programs from morning until evening or I can be hired daily. I am offering different themes, shopping, beaches, Vegas, Malibu, wine and food, scenic and hidden gems, Hollywood/Beverly Hills. I can also make a personal tour that includes destinations of your choice. I am also a chef by trade and would start the day by making you a tasty breakfast before heading out on our fun excursions.

Reviews

Exceptional! 5/5 -
(24 traveller reviews)

Chic, Beachy 3Bedroom Remodeled House, sleeps 6,Close To Beach, LAX, LMU
average rating of 4.9583335 based on 24 reviews
5

Beautiful property, comfortable living, in a gorgeous neighborhood

  • 5 of 5

We loved our stay here and found all of the accommodations very nice. The owners were very sweet and kind to work with. The stay wasn't long enough to really enjoy everything. Next time we will be staying longer. We felt safe and secure and loved it!

  • Review Submitted: Mar 22, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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4

Clean and well maintained! Everything you may need and more!

  • 4 of 5

Felt at home in a beautiful neighborhood close to everything. Owners were gracious and prompt with our few requests. Would definitely stay again!

  • Review Submitted: Feb 15, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jan 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Wonderful Chistmas holiday!

  • 5 of 5

Our family of 5 had a great stay over Christmas. The house is close to LAX and in a nice neighborhood near the LMU campus. Our flight arrived early and Helene was able to accommodate our early arrival which was much appreciated. The house was very clean and comfortable and well stocked with lots of little extras that made our stay so enjoyable. The bedrooms were comfortable and quiet with plenty of closet and dresser space. Bath towels provided were a nice quality and the bathroom was modern and had lots of extras if you happened to forget something like shampoo or shaving cream. The kitchen was very well equipped with plenty of dishes, and even had spices on hand which made cooking a Christmas dinner really easy! We appreciate your thinking of every detail. All appliances worked well. We couldn't have asked for a nicer place to stay for our Christmas holiday. We attended a Christmas Eve Mass at the LMU chapel which was beautiful. There was even a little Christmas tree for us to enjoy at the house! Our only issue during our stay was a plumbing problem on Christmas Eve, but Helene and Michael promptly responded having a plumber arrive within an hour to fix the problem which was greatly appreciated. We thoroughly enjoyed our visit to LA and our stay at Villa Harmony and would love to stay here again in the future.

  • Review Submitted: Jan 10, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Vancouver, Canada
5

a peaceful Oasis minutes away from the airport

  • 5 of 5

The access to the house was very easy, steps away from the airport.

We noticed that the house was very clean from the moment we walked in. It has a scandinavian feel and is decorated tastefully .

Our girls Charlotte ( 7) and Babette (5) went right to the room we have given them and found tons of games , Barbies , legos etc....

They were so happy that we almost did not hear them during the while stay ( 4 days )

The kitchen was well stocked .

We shopped at Braston Farms a 6 minutes walk from the house . It might not be as appealing as Whole Foods but you will find a sensibly priced and diverse organic selection of goods ( make a left as you go out of the house then first right and down the road for 3 or 4 blocks to the supermarket.( 8448 Lincoln ) We took several breakfasts on the outside patio, it was quite and peaceful .

The proximity of the Airport is a plus, you do not hear the plane landing etc... but can be there in less than 7 minutes.

Helene and Michael were responsive to our request but we did not had the chance to meet them in person.

Overall and excellent stay as a matter of fact we have already recommended Villa Harmony to our friends :)

  • Review Submitted: Dec 1, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for this lovely review. I remember how it was traveling with my own children and a few "new" toys can make the world of difference. Thank you for taking such good care of our house, please come again, Helene & Michael
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Phoenix, Arizona
5

Lovely house

  • 5 of 5

The house was fantastic and fit 4 adults perfectly. The location is perfect for a vacation that includes a little bit of beach time and a little bit of city life. The house had all the amenities we needed and was very comfortable after a long day of shopping. We would consider vacationing here again!

  • Review Submitted: Nov 26, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Monica, please come back anytime
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5

Fantastic 1st visit to LA!

  • 5 of 5

Our family of 4 (2 kids ages 11 & 9) had the best time in LA. And it began with this awesome house that was in a nice clean and safe neighborhood (we enjoyed Halloween Trick or Treating) in a perfect location to explore all the LA area has to offer. The house was exactly as represented. Everything was spotless and well stocked. Helene was readily available anytime I had questions and she provided us with a nice list of activities to do while were exploring the area. Manhattan Beach being one of them, love that whole town, beach and vibe and it was only about 7 miles or 15 minutes away. We hope to be back one day!

  • Review Submitted: Nov 11, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Laura, nice to hear you had a good time, please come back again. Helene
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Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Westchester, California

Rental Basis:
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Owner accepts payment in:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
 
Easter 2017
13 Apr 2017 - 17 Apr 2017
3 night minimum stay
£644
for 3 nights
From
£183
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £14 per night, per additional guest
 
Summer Rates
26 May 2017 - 4 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
£1,470
for 7 nights
From
£196
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £14 per night, per additional guest
 
Thanksgiving
20 Nov 2017 - 26 Nov 2017
3 night minimum stay
£685
for 3 nights
From
£196
 
 
Christmas/New Year
22 Dec 2017 - 1 Jan 2018
3 night minimum stay
£685
for 3 nights
From
£196
 
 
Martin Luther King
11 Jan 2018 - 15 Jan 2018
3 night minimum stay
£644
for 3 nights
From
£183
 
 
Easter
12 Apr 2018 - 16 Apr 2018
3 night minimum stay
£644
for 3 nights
From
£183
 
 
LMU graduation
2 May 2018 - 7 May 2018
3 night minimum stay
£685
for 3 nights
From
£196
 
 
Summer
24 May 2018 - 3 Sep 2018
3 night minimum stay
£685
for 3 nights
From
£196
 
 
Thanksgiving
20 Nov 2018 - 26 Nov 2018
3 night minimum stay
£685
for 3 nights
From
£196
 
 
Christmas/New years
21 Dec 2018 - 1 Jan 2019
3 night minimum stay
£685
for 3 nights
From
£196
 
 
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
£416
for 2 nights
From
£160
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £14 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

Cleaning Fee £96
Refundable Damage Deposit £160
Tax Rate 14.0%

Rates are subject to change until reservation is paid. Please note that the City of Los Angles charges a transient occupancy tax (TOT) of 14% which will be added to your stay. TOT does not apply to any bookings over 30 days.

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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Location

Ayara Thai Cuisine
"Best Thai in town and close to Villa Harmony"
The Counter
"Best Burgers, family friendly "
Kabuki Japanese Restaurant
"Family friendly Sushi and Japanese cuisine "
Benny's Tacos & Chicken Rotisserie
"Great rotisserie chicken perfect take out for the family"
Chicago For Ribs
"Great Rib restaurant, "
Kc's Cafe
"OMG!! Great Crepes, perfect for breakfast or a light lunch "
Nearest Airport
2.2 Miles
LAX
Nearest Barpub
0.4 Miles
Tompkins Square Bar and Grill
Nearest Ferry
22 Miles
San Pedro & Long Beach Cruise Terminals
Nearest Golf
0.4 Miles
Westchester Golf Course
Nearest Train
4.7 Miles
Aviation/LAX Green Line
Nearest Motorway
3.6 Miles
I-105
Nearest Restaurant
0.2 Miles
Benny's Tacos & Chicken Rotisserie
Nearest Ski
99 Miles
Mountain High Ski Resort
Nearest Beach
3 Miles
Playa Del Rey and Venice Beach
Car: recommended

Distances from Villa Harmony.

Playa del Rey Beach 2.5 miles = 4km

Marina Del Rey 4 miles = 6.5 km

Venice 4.5 miles = 7 km

Santa Monica = 9.5 km

Closest Beach is Playa Del Rey, it is about six minutes drive from Villa Harmony and a quaint beach town with a family oriented feel, Playa Del Rey is a perfect spot to bicycling along the ocean bike path going south all the way to Redondo Beach. I recommend you stop for a quick yummy lunch at Martha's on 22nd in Hermosa Beach.

Marina del Rey, is located about a ten minutes drive Northwest. It is L.A's upscale boat harbor, take a stroll, paddle kayak or paddle boat, enjoy a sunset sail! A quaint part of Marina Del Rey is Fisherman's Village where you'll find the following:

Bicycle rentals are available from 'Daniel's Bicycle Rental & Sales'

Live Music: Free concerts on the weekends are held in fountain square Jazz, Funk, Blues, Reggae, Rockabilly, Salsa and Rock.

Dining: 'El Torito' (Mexican), 'Angler's Choice' (Seafood) and 'Sapori' (Italian) Cafe Al Fresco', 'Thai Garden Cafe' and 'Lighthouse Grill'

Harbor Cruises: Tiki Mermaid Charters and Hornblower Cruises

Boat Rentals: Hourly/daily rental of power, sail and electric boats and kayaks

Fishing: Public 'Open Party' fishing trips are offered twice daily from the docks.

Additional restaurants in Marina Del Rey:

The Counter, California Pizza Kitchen, Sugarfish Sushi. Cheesecake Factory. C & O Cucina, 26 Beach Restaurant, Killer Shrimp, Cafe Del Rey, Kaya Sushi, Mendocino Farms.

Venice Beach, about a 15 minute drive Northwest has a countercultural vibe and a perpetual carnival of dancers, drummers and street performers. Just inland from the beach a trendy Abbot Kinney Blvd lined with cafes, boutiques and restaurants. Best coffee and coolest place is Intelligentsia Coffee & Tea.

Santa Monica, about a 20 minutes drive North has plenty to offer for tourists. The colorful city of Santa Monica is sandwiched between Venice and Malibu along the beautiful coastline of the Pacific Ocean. With three great shopping destinations, shopping here is a must! You have 3rd Street Promenade, Montana Ave and Main Street. The Santa Monica Pier features the famous Pacific Park: a family amusement park with a large Ferris wheel, a vintage carousel built in the 1920s, an aquarium, shops, entertainers, an arcade, a pub, and restaurants. The Santa Monica Pier is a must-see destination for those visiting Southern California.

Malibu is located 24 miles away and along the beautiful Pacific Coast Highway and stretches for 27 miles along the coast. The beaches in Malibu are extra beautiful and well worth a visit.

Other favorite destinations in Malibu:

Zuma Beach. Eat at the Reel Inn or Taverna Tony's (Greek). Visit Malibu Country Mart, a local hangout and wine tasting at Malibu Family Wines.

Now taking a turn and going south from Villa Harmony.

Manhattan Beach, a 15 minutes drive and one of our favorite destinations. The most upscale of the South Bay beach towns, Manhattan Beach's vibe is urban, with lots of volleyball nets, boutiques, restaurants, cafes a pier and surfers. The oceanfront homes, with paved walkways for pedestrians and bicycles are a sight of it's own.

Hermosa Beach is the neighboring beach city with a softer touch and a more quiet vibe.

Hollywood is about a 13 mile drive Northeast, there are plenty of tourist attractions in Hollywood. Drive up to get a closer look at the Hollywood sign, there's plenty of parking to view the sign by Lake Hollywood Park. Sunset Ranch Hollywood, the ranch offers a variety of daily trail rides through Griffith Park. Park somewhere close or at Hollywood Blvd and walk on the sidewalks with all the stars and stop at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre to check out the hand and/or foot imprints. Other places to visit are, Hollywood Bowl, Roosevelt Hotel, and spend a day at my favorite amusement park, Universal Studios.

Beverly Hills. Drive along Mulholland Drive and see spectacular views, you will also see the Hollywood Sign from the road. Spend a couple of hours and walk the walk of the privileged, the most famous high class street in the world, Rodeo Drive. Drive by and even stop at Beverly Hills Hotel, a true landmark of Beverly Hills.

Downtown LA is a hot spot, with new cafes, restaurants, clubs popping up daily, but downtown LA is also rich with historic architecture and cultural attractions, not to mention sports and entertainment complexes. Here are a few tips on things to do, Visit Olvera Street, the oldest street in Los Angeles, Union Station, Disney Concert Hall, Chinatown, LA LIVE, take a walking tour, Fashion District, Musem of Contemporary Art.

Other sightings: Griffith Observatory

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