My family and I were planning on traveling in, and around, California for a week in late October, 2014. First in the Yosemite Area and followed by a quick stay in Los Angeles.
We are new to VRBO and have only used it once before, but we had such a great first experience (unrelated trip), that we decided to try it again on this particular vacation.
Since we don't usually have much reason to visit L.A.. we weren't that familiar with some of the smaller enclaves in the greater metro area. We might as well have been throwing darts at a dartboard, primarily choosing by price and pics. We ended up deciding to take a chance on this particular property due to it's close proximatey to LAX, as we had to catch an early flight on the day of our departure.
First of all let me just say that Inna was an absolute pleasure to work with. We had some sticky issues come up at the most inopportune times, and she was always delightful and assured me not to worry; things would work themselves out. I'm glad SHE was confident, as I was in near panic as being in Yosemite Nat'l Park proved challenging for my phone to keep in communication with the outside world. Especially when it came to last minute communications.
Upon our arrival at the property, we took a few minutes to admire this cozy little flat. The neighborhood was quaint, multi-ethnic, and tidy; and It had a real sense of community. It was peppered with many small businesses, and local resaturants. I personally find these kind of neighborhoods both refreshing and adventurous, moving away from the humdrum bore of Suburbia and it's cookie cutter banality. If you are seeking that kind of experience, you have come to the wrong place! There are jogging trails, and small parks, located very close and we took to leaving our car parked in the secured safety of the apartment's gated garage, and opted for a pedestrian adventure whenever possible. Overall I would give this property a strong plus for value. Its close to Venice Beach, and Santa Monica Pier, as well as the aforementioned proximatey to LAX. All roughly 10 minutes away.