Watching the hummingbirds zip around the gardens while soaking in a hot tub, sipping tea on the back deck or just enjoying the warm, quiet morning talking with friends - this is a great place to start your day in the northern LA suburbs.
This home in Altadena is nestled against the foothills of the San Gabriel mountains. Just a few minutes from the small town, it seems remote. Entering through the gate reveals a circular drive fronting a large ranch home surrounded by olive trees and gardens, including a few lemon and grapefruit trees next to the driveway.
The house is very spacious, with a very large informal living room, family/play room, large formal dining room, breakfast room, well equipped kitchen and four bedrooms with queen size beds. Hardwood floors throughout, granite counters in the kitchen and modern appliances are some of the highlights inside. Very comfortably accommodating the seven people in our party, there is plenty of room to spread out when you need some space.
A brick patio off of the living room is adjacent to the hot tub, while a deck spreads across the back of the home where steps lead down into back yard, including a small sitting area with a fireplace. The grill is fairly large and we used it to cook a couple of meals.
The owner/manager was responsive and very easy to work with. We booked at the last minute - we had rented a different home for our trip but found it was already occupied when we arrived - it took less than 12 hours from initial contact to getting into this home.
A couple things kept this from being an Excellent rating - though I would give it 4.5 stars if I could. The house has two A/C units, and the one that cools the bedrooms did not cool as well as the other - the owner has since reported getting this serviced - but during a week when temps exceeded 100, our room hovered at 78-80 degrees at night which is a little warmer than I'd prefer. Most of the outdoor furniture needs repair or replacement, particularly cushions. We used beach towels from the linen closet (and there are a lot of towels) to cover and use the chairs outside. It also would have been nice if the fans in the family/play room had worked, as this room got warm in the afternoons, even with all of the shades/shutters closed.
Overall, I would definitely recommend this home, and would definitely consider staying there again.