Perfect location, great for the kids, exceeded expectation.
I'll start by saying I do a lot of work in LA so when my wife suggested we try a vacation there (from Seattle) I thought the idea was suspect. The fact is, we'll probably now compare every other trip to it. The bar is high.
The house is just blocks from the Strand, and as soon as you are comfortable and embrace the fact it must be some people's JOBS to look beautiful and exercise, you'll be down there every day. The beach is deep and every few lifeguard towers there are little parks with swing sets where the kids will kill an hour or two while you can sit comfortably reading or wandering the area with a metal detector or watching old dudes learn to surf. My favorite part about the location is you're just a 10 minute walk from the piers and a 20 minute drive to Venice. City and beach. Doesn't get much better.
The house itself is pretty fantastic. Off street/garage parking, a great little kitchen where we cooked breakfast every day and a lunch or two (restaurants in the touristy areas are sorta unnecessarily pricey) and we stocked the fridge with goodies from the Man Beach Farmers Market. We loaded up the wagon with the kiddos and a picnic and took it down to the beach a few times. As I always forget something, sometimes a child, the two block walk home is easy as well. The bedrooms are nicely quiet and you can put the young ones to bed and still have a life without fear of keeping them awake just by talking in the family room.
It's such a fantastic area you may not spend much time in the house, but there is great comfort in knowing every minute you spend there is a calm and relaxing one. You'll be in want of nothing.
The owners are exceptional and attentive as needed. We didn't have any problems with anything, but they were there for us when I couldn't figure out how to turn on the TV. They compiled a solid book of local recommendations and things to do- it's clear they want you to enjoy their place as much as they have over the years.
Reflecting on it I can honestly report I wouldn't have done anything differently. We'll be back, and probably often. For our little family of four (2 and 5, both girls), it truly was fantastic.
Tourists without a Car,
Families with Teenagers,
Families with Young Children,
Owner's Response: THE cutest family and darling daughters. I am so glad they enjoyed everything Hermosa has to offer. We are just 3 houses away from the beach, but the alleyway between the houses causes people to think we are two blocks away!! Not so, we are VERY close……………see our pictures from the front of the house to the beach, that’s how close we are. It’s great to set up your spot on the beach and then be close enough to go back and bring a sandwich or a cold soda back, take another swim or just sit under the umbrella and try to spot the dolphins. We’re glad this family will return, we so enjoyed meeting them. We’re also very close to a multi acre park where the kids loved to go play.
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