LAST-MINUTE DEAL ON STUNNING SANTA MONICA CRAFTSMAN HOME NEAR BEACH - FREE BIKES

James Ulmer

Speaks czech, french, german, italian, english
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Sleeps7
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights

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LAST-MINUTE DEAL ON STUNNING SANTA MONICA CRAFTSMAN HOME NEAR BEACH - FREE BIKES

Santa Monica House Rental Photos and Description

2 Bedrooms with Queen beds+ Queen-size sofa sleeper + Queen Airbed

OUR HOME: Our fully furnished 2-bdr, 2-bath 'Beethoven's Retreat' vacation rental accommodates up to 7-8 guests and is the ideal vacation home for a couple, a family or business group. This 1300 sq-ft gem has been a 'top pick' on several vacation rental websites and is decorated with an eye for historical detail, with hardwood floors throughout. Situated on the lower floor of our historic California Craftsman duplex, its airy layout features 2 large bedrooms (one with skylights & loft), each with their own beautifully tiled bathroom (main bath has a Jacuzzi tub) and plenty of closet space. High-speed internet (6 megabyte speed!) with Wi-Fi and premium cable TV with a 42-inch screen are included. The home also has central heating and air conditioning. Our large living room leads into our adjoining dining room (seats up to 8) and to a full sunny kitchen with all amenities (stove-top range, broiler, microwave, large refrigerator, dishwasher, disposal, and breakfast table) looking out onto our backyard garden with lemon and orange trees.

OUR BACKYARD: The Retreat has its own terra-cotta patio framed by colorful bougainvillea and our beautifully green and flowering backyard gardens with fountains and fruit trees (a real hit with the hummingbirds!). After a day of sightseeing you can relax on the back patio, pick a few lemons from our tress and make our own 'secret recipe' lemonade for a delicious salute to your day. Or, rustle up dinner on our charcoal barbecue, with all supplies provided. We also offer a laundry cabina in the backyard, with washer and dryer and complementary detergent and softener.

OUR NEIGHBORHOOD: Our lovely street and neighborhood is far less congested and noisy than properties right on the beach -- and you don't have to spend 20 minutes hunting for a space to park (as you do by the beach) -- WE OFFER FREE RESERVED OFF-STREET PARKING as well asCOMPLIMENTARY BIKES to ride to the ocean or explore the neighborhood. The BUS TO THE BEACH stops right at the corner, just steps from your door.

We are just minutes from Venice and Santa Monica Beaches and the famous Venice Canals, which are directly down our street. Venice Beach is a 20 minute walk, 10 minutes by bike. Cinemas, cares, shopping and freeways all within 5 minutes. The Santa Monica Pier and Promenade is only 9 minutes by car.

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Suitability:
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair accessible
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
Guestbook comments from the owner
Hello James, Just a short email to let you know what a wonderful stay we had at Beethoven's Retreat. We appreciate very much that you allowed the extra person to stay with us in our party! It was wonderful to be able to have our family together in such a nice setting. Thanks again, James.
Nov 2010
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James Ulmer

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Speaks czech, french, german, italian, english
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Entertainment journalist, author and filmmaker. Harvard College graduate. Passions include film, piano, literature (Shakespeare especially), Italy and travel. Speaker of English, Italian, some French and German.

James Ulmer purchased this house in 2001

A TERRIFIC AREA where the traffic and parking is not nearly as congested and stressful as at the beach traffic yet is only minutes away from the ocean. We're also very convenient to the cafes, cinemas, boutiques and shopping of the wonderful West side. A great location in what is already a world-class 'destination location.' Lovely backyard and charming front porch, too!

Free off-street parking -- a hard commodity to find in the beach area! Complementary use of 3 bikes to ride to the beach or explore the neighborhood -- or simply take the beach bus on the corner. Peaceful and quiet backyard terra-cotta patio (with charcoal BBQ) framed by bougainvillea and fountains looking out onto our lovely backyard garden and fruit trees. Complementary high-speed (6 megabyte) internet & Wi-Fi & 42' cable TV. During your home orientation after you arrive, James can also serve as your 'virtual concierge' to help you plan your stay in LA.

Sleeps7
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights
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4.8
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Last-Minute Deal on Stunning Santa Monica Craftsman Home Near Beach - FREE BIKES
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Last-Minute Deal on Stunning Santa Monica Craftsman Home Near Beach - FREE BIKES
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Sydney
5

CALIFORNIAN CHARM

  • 5 of 5
Dianne and I would just like to thank you so much for the use of your beautiful home Beethoven's retreat during Dec and January this year. It was everything you said it was and some. Its location and cosy atmosphere made it so welcoming every time we returned there after our day trips.I would certainly want to use it again if and when we return to your fine country.Please do not hesitate to use out name as 100% satisfied customers. By the way our 21 day Caribbean Cruise was absolutely beautiful too.Once again many many thanks for making our American experience fantastic.
with regards
  • Submitted: Mar 25, 2014
  • Stayed: Dec 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Girls Getaway, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Families with Young Children, People with Disabilities, Romantic Getaway
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5

JAMES AND THIS PROPERTY ARE TOP NOTCH!

  • 5 of 5
Beethoven's retreat is located on a quiet street and a short drive (ride) to the beach. It was clean and well appointed. James has thought of everything in this craftsman style home. Check in and out went smoothly, and after orienting ourselves we felt like we were in our own home and neighborhood. Thank you James, for your hospitality and honesty. We be back!
  • Submitted: Feb 28, 2014
  • Stayed: Feb 2014
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A GEM

  • 5 of 5
This house is lovely and James is a fantastic host! I stayed in December and it was cold for LA but the garden is beautiful and it would be a treat when the weather is warmer. The house itself is better than the pictures. the location is great for those wanting to experience the Venice/Santa Monica lifestyle. The beds are super comfortable. There is plenty of street parking. I would definitely recommend a stay here.
  • Submitted: Jan 3, 2014
  • Stayed: Dec 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Romantic Getaway
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Laughlin, NV
5

WONDERFUL, STUNNING VACATION HOME!

  • 5 of 5
My husband, I and our son very recently stayed at this WONDERFUL vacation home. It was even better than we had hoped. Beautiful, very clean, very comfortable and beautifully furnished. Has all the amenities one could think of. Beautiful landscaping and great/relaxing backyard. Very quiet, great location, well maintained, what else can I say? We would stay there again in a heartbeat. James is very personable and readily available. Want a great place to stay? It's all here! We will be recommending this to our family and friends. Thanks again, James.
  • Submitted: Dec 15, 2013
  • Stayed: Dec 2013
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Santa Monica Los Angeles County
Atlanta, GA
5

MY PERFECT LA HIDEAWAY

  • 5 of 5
I am completely in love with this property! Quite neighborhood, centrally located to the shops, beach, West LA, and all the fantastic excursions that make the LA area a perfect place to work and play. The home owner was extremely gracious, the property was beautifully maintained. Bicycles were made available for us as well. Everything we needed was within a short walking distance and we loved it. Perfect for couples and families! Without a doubt the best rental property and management I have come across in year!
  • Submitted: Aug 29, 2013
  • Stayed: Feb 2013
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Christchurch, New Zealand
5

ABOVE AND BEYOND

  • 5 of 5
We came from New Zealand for a friends wedding and booked the house for a week. The house was immaculate, cosy and a home away from home for us for a week.
Everything you might need or had forgotten to pack is thought of and provided. James gave a great introduction and was full of helpful details about the neighborhood and surrounds. We had an incident where several suit jackets were accidentally left in a taxi during our stay. For reasons known only to the driver these were left on the doorstep after our departure. Not only did the housekeeper collect them and kept them safe in a wardrobe but James tracked them down packaged them up and mailed them on to us and we now have them back much to our delight. Great host, great house - can't recommend this place enough.
  • Submitted: Aug 29, 2013
  • Stayed: Jul 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Tourists without a Car, Romantic Getaway
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Map

Nearest Airport
9 Miles
LAX (Los Angeles Int'l Airport)
Nearest Ferry
0.5 Miles
Nearest Train
2 Miles
The NEW Expo Line is only 10 minutes away
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
405 Freeway, 10 Freeway, 90 Freeway
Nearest Beach
1.5 Miles
Venice Beach and Santa Monica Beach
Nearest Barpub
0.3 Miles
Too many to count, but James Beach is great
Nearest Golf
1.5 Miles
Penmar Golf Course
Nearest Restaurant
C&0 Cucina & over 20 cafes in walking distance!
Car: recommended

HOURS OF FUN IS JUST MINUTES AWAY! We’re located on a treed residential street in the area of Mar Vista where Santa Monica, Venice and Marina del Rey all meet...

From our lovely 2-bedroom home it's just 5 minutes to the freeways, 6 minutes to the famous Venice Beach and Venice Canals, and 9 minutes to the Santa Monica Pier and Santa Monica Promenade.

Top-flight restaurants, cinemas, supermarkets, golf course, parks and the Abbott Kinney antique shops are only 4-minutes away.

And if you drive down our cross street (passing a convenient supermarket and Costco shopping center) you'll arrive at the fabulous beaches of Santa Monica and Venice in less time than it takes to stroll around the block.

Other activities: shopping, theatre-going, concerts, boating, parasailing, shelling, wildlife viewing, health/beauty spa, horseback riding,

Golf: The gorgeous Penmar Golf Club is just a half-mile down our street.

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Availability & Rates

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Santa Monica House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
Summer & Holidays
May 15 2014 - Sep 15 2014
2 night minimum stay
$290
$1,900
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
 
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
$260
$1,700
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $500
Cleaning fee $100
Notes We accept Paypal (through which you may also use credit cards), personal or business checks (from U.S. bank accounts only), FOREX wire transfers (for overseas guests), or travelers checks. Unfortunately we cannot offer any deposit refunds once a booking is made. We strongly suggest clients procure travel insurance before traveling (www.insuremytrip.com) in order to avoid any cancelation fees.

Cancellation Policy

Cancelled bookings will not receive a refund
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Amenities

Santa Monica House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Forms of Payment:
  • accept credit card
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1300 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean
  • Town
  • Ocean View
  • Mountain View
Theme:
  • Family
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Heating
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Iron & Board
  • Parking Off Street
  • Laundry Soap
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Paper Towels
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Shampoo
  • Basic Soaps
  • Toilet Paper
  • Broadband Access
  • Wireless Internet
  • Internet
  • Towels Provided
  • Linens Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Sofa Bed
  • Parking ...
Kitchen:
  • Kitchen ...
  • Stove ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Refrigerator
  • Freezer
  • Oven
  • Microwave
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Toaster
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Pantry Items
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • Dining ...
  • seating for 8 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , jetted tub , Heat Lamp
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Heat Lamp
  • Master bathroom features Italian tiling with jacuzzi tub & shower. Second bathroom, also with Italian tile, show and tub, adjoins second bedroom.
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Master Bedroom - 1 queen
    Guest Bedroom - 1 queen
    Living Rm Sofabed - New queen sofabed - sleeps 2
    Living Room Airbed - New electric-inflatable double airbed - sleeps 2
  • Master bedroom comes with large wardrobe closet and adjoining full master bath, complete with jacuzzi tub. Recessed lighting, french doors. Second bedroom has small closet and vaulted ceilings with skylights, and adjoining full bath.
Entertainment:
  • Music Library
  • Video Library
  • Television ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Books ...
Outside:
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Patio
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Terrace
  • Bicycles ...
Suitability:
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair accessible
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
Pool / Spa:
  • jetted tub
Attractions:
  • arboretum
  • bay/sound
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation center
  • theme parks
  • live theater
  • coin laundry
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • waterfalls
  • water parks
  • zoo
  • winery tours
  • health/beauty spa
Leisure Activities:
  • horseback riding
  • walking
  • eco tourism
  • scenic drives
  • paddle boating
  • whale watching
  • antiquing
  • sight seeing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • sledding
  • horseshoes
  • outlet shopping
  • photography
  • boating
  • miniature golf
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • ATM/bank
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • hot air ballooning
  • snorkeling/diving
  • parasailing
  • racquetball
  • rock climbing
  • rafting
  • basketball court
  • skiing
  • mountain climbing
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • spelunking
  • surf fishing
  • water tubing
  • deepsea fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • golf privileges optional
  • pier fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • golf
  • wind-surfing
  • water skiing
  • mountain biking
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • roller blading
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • surfing
  • sailing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • equestrian events
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