Large 2 bedroom, 1 bath sunny house/ cottage fully furnished (available unattached studio/ editing bay w/ twin bed- additional cost), edible gardens w/ herbs, vegetables, fruit trees in front & Back yards; fully equipped gourmet kitchen w/ matching flatware, and china; large fenced front and back yards, lighted gazebo covered deck w/ CD player for day or night- time entertaining furnished w/ sofa bed, love seat, dining & buffet tables; lovely front garden seating area w/ bistro table & chairs, large uncovered backyard area for sunning and children's play area, many relaxing outdoor seating areas, side-yard w/ gas barbeque, Sunny, airy Living room w/large picture window, 42' flat screen 3D-HD TV ,Bluray+over 400 channels including French TV 5, 2-large couches, upright piano, 5 ft X 5 ft folding coffee table Wi Fi & fast cable internet connections, pet friendly, upright piano, lots of parking, 4 bikes,i10 minute bike ride to beach, 10 minute walk to Abbot Kinney,10 miles from LAX
Quiet, Sunny, centrally located Venice cottage with organic vegetable and herb gardens for picking, eating and/or cooking; large front & back yards with mature fruit trees (Oro blanco grapefruit, Meyer lemon, Valencia orange, Algerian tangerine, Bearss lime, Kaffir lime, Alberta Peach, Fuji apple, Royal giant nectarine, Royal blenheim apricot, Santa Rosa plum, Pineapple guave, Manila mango, Loquat, Brown turkey fig, Haas avocado. Several grape-vine varieties, blueberries, rasberries); gated and safe for children. Just 10 minute bike ride to Venice Beach or Abbot Kinney Blvd. (galleries, shops , boutiques & cafes), 10 minute drive from LAX. Excellent for long-term working or holiday stays. Filmmaker friendly with separate editing studio/office/bedroom. (Additional cost) . There is another house at the back of the property that is permanently occupied.
We abandoned Milwaukee this year for 3-1/2 months of the vastly superior weather of Los Angeles. What a great idea! And the French Cottage was just super for us in every way. All the comforts of home and:
- A 15-minute bike ride to Venice Beach
- Easy access to three different public bus systems (L.A. Metro, Santa Monica and Culver City)-- don't let anybody tell you that you must have a car in L.A.! Never waited more than five minutes for an Uber
- Plenty of great restaurants (I recommend Trattoria Centanni!), all within walking distance
- All the services-- car rental, liquor, grocery, hardware, Office Max, pizza, etc., and a 15-minute walk to Whole Foods' giant Venice store on Lincoln Blvd.
- The famous Santa Monica Farmers Market on Wed. and Sat. mornings, purportedly the largest organic farm mkt in the country, don't miss it, take the #3 bus for $1. The SM Pier, the 3d Street Promenade, movie theaters and all of the restaurants in that town
- Abbott Kinney Blvd for food and drink and a million boutiques, a fifteen minute walk or the wink of an eye on the 33 or 733 Metro bus (just 2-3 minutes more to Venice Beach)
The yard and deck/gazebo are loaded with areas to sit and work or read-- shady or sunny. Even the several weekends in the 80s were comfortably cool in the shady house.
Both beds are excellent, the living room furniture and the dinette are comfortable and in good repair. There is adequate closet space, one of which is chock-full of beach toys and towels, paddleball equipment, boogie boards, tire pump and so on. Oh, and there are 3-4 um, mature bikes with locks.
Excellent, strong internet; front-loading washer, stacked dryer; dishwasher, blender, coffee maker, mike, mix-master and so on; Dish TV w/DVR, Blu-Ray player; lots of board games; upright piano; adequate free, safe street parking; two-burner gas grill off the deck; citrus fruit and more in the yard-- grapefruits more delicious than any I've ever bought plus tangerines, lemons and limes and somebody has to eat them! Fresh rosemary, oregano and more. The entire garden is beautifully tended.
If we escape Wisconsin again for 2015-16, we'll contact Jennifer first of all. Even for just a couple of nights, the French Cottage would be a great place to stay.
Home away from home. Adorable house - very comfortable, bright, quiet safe neighborhood, great yard and gardens. Well decorated and appointed. Very well stocked kitchen, complete with small appliances. Easy street parking, about 1 1/2 miles from beach. Comfy beds, wood floors, clean. PERFECT!
My dog and I stayed in this lovely cottage during a heat wave and while the rest of Los Angeles baked, we were kept cool by the ocean breezes and by the shade of the amazing garden that surrounds it. Located in a very family friendly neighborhood just far enough from the beach to be serene, this house is beautifully and very comfortably decorated and the kitchen is nicely designed and stocked with every imaginable cooking tool. There are three things that are most important to me in a rental: safe neighborhood, cleanliness and a good bed, and this house could be rated 5 stars in each of these areas. The huge flat screen tv was also nice but I most enjoyed sitting outside in either the front or back garden or in the gazebo. It is also a real plus that the caretaker, Paul, lives in an apartment in the back garden and he is most friendly and helpful, but never intrudes on your privacy.
We stayed here with our two young children and found it to be a well maintained and comfortable rental that gave our two kids a fun taste of California living (literally since the owner encouraged us to partake of her wonderful vegetable and fruit garden which included strawberries, grapefruits, artichokes and lemons). The house is one-story so perfect for small children and has an incredible garden, yard and gazebo where we ate and hosted guests. You'll need a car here (street parking is ample) as it's not in walking distance to restaurants or the beach--although people without young kids could certainly reach these places using the bikes the owner provides. But a car is essential in LA anyway and we were a quick drive from many of the attractions of the West Side. There is a tenant in another cottage in the back of the property but we found him to be not only a friendly presence but a huge help answering our questions! Our cottage was tastefully appointed and was unusually well-stocked for a rental (we have stayed in many); the owner was also very helpful in providing a pack n' play for our youngest. I would highly recommend this house to anyone looking for a quiet, comfortable retreat that gives you a taste of real California living.
My husband and I have stayed at several places in Venice, and this is our favorite! The decor is fun and eclectic, and everything is sturdy, so you don't worry that you're going to break something. Everything is clean and convenient, with lots of amenities. We loved the fragrance of the gardens, and picking fresh salad greens, grapefruit, lemons, limes and avocados was a delight.
The four bikes that are available are such a gift! We biked down to the beach a couple of times, and stopped at a wonderful farmers' market on the way home once. The cottage has everything you need - it just felt so homey. The bathroom is spotless and the shower is nice. There are plenty of towels and even beach towels.
The appliances are all like new, and the kitchen has all kinds of dishes and cooking things. You are able to have people over with no problem. There is even a piano! The washer and dryer are convenient and wonderful.
We were there with our 23 year old son to visit another son and celebrate Easter with him and his family. We even had an Easter egg hunt in the back garden.
I would definitely recommend this to anyone.
It's a really nice place to stay in LA. We were 2 weeks there and we had a real good time. House was clean and equipped with every possible things we needed. Wonderful garden with lemons, grapefruit and limes. Bus stop just a 3 min away. We took buses traveling to Vinice beach and also to Santa Monica. Car rental was close and prices were reasonable and for 8 days we used the car. There was no problems finding a parking place in front of the house. Grocery was within walking distance. Internet WiFi worked very good. Gazebo, music outdoor and the grill was super! Paul (the caretaker) was very helpful with all information, thanks Paul!
Whenever we are in LA again we will stay at your place Jennifer, Thanks.
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