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Come and RELAX in the Serenity of the Zen Home near the Beach & LAX

Bedrooms 3
Space 2,100 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

Accommodations: 3 Bedrooms w/Queen Size beds + 2 Convertible bed(s), 2 Baths

This Private and Secluded Zen-like 2100 sq ft. 3 bedroom, 2 bath 2 story Home is in the Exclusive Beach neighborhood of 'L.A's Best Kept Secret', Playa del Rey, centrally located to the South Bay Beaches and LA's glamorous city. Enter behind a private gate and journey into this quiet and safe, lushly landscaped tropical refuge. Eastern artifacts, Buddha's, a gurgling fish pond, birdbath, rock garden and a teak bench serenely escort you into this special house, furnished for comfort and healing energy. If you are looking to 'PARTY' this is NOT the home for you. Maximum occupancy is 6 guests.

This unique home is perfect for vacationing families looking for rest or 'LA'S hot action' that's just minutes away.

The clean straight lines of Architecture, inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright, has high wood ceilings and powerful crossbeams. Floor to ceiling glass in the Living Room and Formal Dining area create a spacious and airy setting in this loft style home. Relax, release, and chill out on the Futon Style Loungers.

Dine 'alfresco', year round, on sumptuous local fresh seafood or BBQ your favorite culinary delights from nearby Bristol Farms, the famous gourmet food shop. Let the Southern California sunshine energize your day during breakfast in the Formal dining area that accommodates 8 on the Cherry Wood Asian Dining table. Custom Tile Counter top seats 4 more with bar stools. Sip an espresso, gourmet tea, smoothie, or fresh squeezed lemonade from the tree in the garden. KEURIG single cup coffee/tea dispenser, Toaster, Coffee Maker and Blender are all included with the Full Kitchen.

Ascend through the carpeted 'Low-Rise' stairwell with high ceilings, bamboo-screened windows and Asian styled architecture lighting. A bamboo plant and more lush decorations lead the way to the 2nd floor restorative rest area.

The Master Bedroom has wall-to-wall sliding Shoji Screens. Close them for privacy or open them to the Living Area below or dreamily gaze through the huge glass windows into the Zen Garden. Rejuvenate on the comfy Queen Size Bed. The Master Bath has shoji doors and windows, double sinks, a glass shower stall, and 2 large closets with sliding full length mirrors that make dressing a pleasure.

Enjoy the California Sunset and a partial view of the Pacific Ocean from the front upstairs Bedroom that sleeps 2 on a Queen Size Bed. The Bamboo-screened front wall of glass overlooks the semi-private park directly across the street. Mirrored closets here as well.

For your comfort and enjoyment, read, sip some coffee, wine, or tea, or even take a nap on the Private Balcony of the rear bedroom that sleeps 2 on a Queen Size Bed also with mirrored closets and a 32' Flat Screen TV.

Soothe yourself to a candlelight bath in the decorated FULL Bathroom behind Bamboo-screened windows of the second floor.

Enter through Sliding Glass Doors from the Living Area or walk the plant covered latticed path on the side of the house to the sanctitude of the green-growth covered Hi-walled Back Yard. Relax and Lounge in the backyard under the shade of tall trees surrounded by more lush tropical plants, or feed the squirrels and watch the hummingbirds as they flutter throughout the Zen Garden.

More Details

Donna Leigh
Member since: 2007
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 17, 2017


Playa del Rey House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 2100 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy 6
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Near The Ocean
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Bottled Water
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking On Street
  • Shampoo
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen
  • **2 Additional Convertible Full Loungers in Downstairs Living Area
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Games for Kids
  • Music Library ...
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Deck / Patio
  • Large Cooler
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Patio
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • 8 garden chairs
  • 3 beach chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • racquetball
  • rock climbing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Relax and lounge in the backyard under the shade of tall trees surrounded by more lush tropical plants, or feed the squirrels and watch the hummingbirds that visit the Zen Garden and Birdbath. Two blocks away is a 1 mile scenic walking path overlooking the Ballona Wetland Wildlife Reserve, one of the last protected open areas in Los Angeles. The path has a panoramic view from Malibu to the famous 'Hollywood' sign. Sleepy Beach town Playa del Rey, is minutes away from all the action. This house is a 20 min walk to the Beach and in town which offers coffee shops, postal office, dry cleaning, nail salon and several type of different restaurants from upscale to casual dining. You will also find a baseball diamond, basketball courts, children's playground, beach volleyball and a huge park connected to the Venice Canals that is home to numerous ducks and wildlife.


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(45 traveler reviews)

Come and RELAX in the Serenity of the Zen Home near the Beach & LAX
average rating of 4.9555554 based on 45 reviews

Truly a Zen atmosphere!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at the Zen home for 9 days in September for my son's wedding in Santa Monica. We had easy access to the home, parking and coded entry. All our instructions were printed up for us and a packet providing details about what was in the area.

With Donna's permission, my husband and I invited my mother and sister to stay for a couple of days. Each bedroom was absolutely comfortable and serene. Everyone was sooooo comfortable! There was plenty of room for each of us to find our own place to relax and have personal space.

We arrived to a welcome basket full of goodies and fresh flowers on the dining room table. Everything was fully stocked: kitchen has all the little gadgets for cooking, bathrooms had plenty of towels and items you need, Bedrooms had changes of linens and extra pillows and blankets...such attention to detail!

Outside, the garden areas did not disappoint! We enjoyed the hummingbirds and other birds that came to visit.

We LOVED our stay and will definitely return to this lovely home! Thank you Donna & Steve ❤ for offering such a peaceful place for this mother of the groom to stay calm & grounded :)

  • Submitted: Sep 20, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: THANK YOU so much for taking the time to write a review! You and your Family are the best!! You definitely get a "gold star" for leaving the home in pristine condition. We're thrilled the Zen Home could be a part of such a special memorable time in your life. Looking forward to your next stay with us!!
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Zen home nice for short stay in L.A.

  • 4 of 5

Comfy home in nice neighborhood close to LAX; house filled with amenities, but needs some major updates: kitchen garbage disposal should be fixed, house could use working air conditioning units in all bedrooms, a bit strange to have washer/dryer outside home on side of house.

  • Submitted: Aug 2, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nice home, nice location

  • 5 of 5

The Zen Home is in a nice, quiet, safe and up-scale neighborhood minutes away from LAX. In spite of its proximity to the airport, the already-minimal aircraft noise is more than drowned out by the excellent job the owners have done in using fountains to create a serene, peaceful surrounding. The home is as-described. The only difficulty we had was that the hot tub is tired and old, as the owners acknowledge. Outside of that, everything worked properly and was easy to use. There are also a lot of rules regarding the times of night you can be outside and regarding entertaining outdoors, which was fine for a quiet family like ours, but might not fit everyone's travel needs. Overall, a great experience and we'd do it again if we were back in the LA area. It's location made it easy to get to everything, and the weather was much cooler than other parts of LA.

  • Submitted: Jul 11, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Lincoln, NE

Beautiful Home!!!

  • 5 of 5

Our stay in this home was great! When we first arrived, the owner had left a basket of snacks on the counter and fresh flowers on the dining room table - this was a nice touch! My kids really enjoyed eating the snacks on the back patio!!! There was a large selection of movies and games. My only concerns (not the fault of the owner) was that my kids may have been a little noisy for the quiet neighborhood and that they would touch/break something - the decor was really very beautiful. We did take advantage of the hot tub - though the temperature was difficult to control. The first night it was a little too hot so we took the cover off a few hours early the next day and it was a little too cold. The kitchen came stocked with coffee and tea and a few condiments. There was enough equipment to prepare some simple meals. We used some of the beach toys and boogie boards during our trip to the beach which was about a 10 minute drive. After our trip to the beach we used the laundry to wash everything limiting sand in our suitcases. Overall this home was very beautiful and well maintained. We would stay here again and would recommend it to others.

  • Submitted: Jun 8, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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El Cerrito

The perfect house.

  • 5 of 5

This is truly a zen house. We rented the Zen House for my son's graduation from LMU. The house was absolutely perfect. We were in 6 for most of the stay and all had a great time. There are lots of games, cds and dvds for use. The backyard is perfect for Sunday morning breakfasts as well as quiet relaxing with a good book in the afternoons. The house is close enough to walk to the beach to watch the sunset as well as a quick walk to LMU for the graduation. The kitchen is fully stocked and the gift basket was greatly appreciated. While the photos capture the feel and appearance, the home is even better in person . Thank you Donna for making our stay wonderful.

  • Submitted: May 23, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you MM for taking the time to write your review. We're thrilled you and Your Family enjoyed your stay. We hope to see you back real soon- you guys are wonderful!!
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Chicago, IL

Absolutely Enchanting!

  • 5 of 5

I can’t tell you what a wonderful stay we had at this enchanting home. From the time you walk into the front garden with the gentle sound of a waterfall, you feel the peacefulness of the house. We chose it without even seeing it because of the reviews and we weren't let down. Donna is most amazing! We've stayed in many vacation rentals, but no one can compare to her warm hospitality. Every little detail is considered in this home to make your stay a treat from the well appointed kitchen to fresh flowers on the table to the wonderful smelling soaps and lotions in the bathroom. It's also in a great location that is so close to everything, including a wonderful beach. The Zen home is definitely one that we would like to return to and would highly recommend.

  • Submitted: Sep 9, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

Playa del Rey House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Mid Season
Mar 1 2017 - May 31 2017
2 night minimum stay
High Season
Jun 1 2017 - Aug 31 2017
2 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $175


Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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Car: necessary

Minutes away Championship Beach Volleyball, 20 min walk to the Beach or 8 min Bicycle Ride, Semi-Private Park

Time to desired locations:

-LAX - 8 min

-Manhattan Beach (World Championship Volleyball) - 10 min

-Marina del Rey (Fisherman's Wharf, Cruises, Restaurants, Shops, Movies) - 5 min

-Catalina Island - 27 miles available by boat

-Venice Beach (Famous Venice Boardwalk - 'Muscle Beach', Snake Charmers, Street Performers, Sidewalk eateries...seen in countless movies, TV, music videos) - 10 min

-Santa Monica/Malibu - 20 min

-Beverly Hills - 30 min

-Hollywood/Studio City - 40 min

-Big Bear Mountains (Winter skiing, summer hiking and boating) - 90 min

-Palm Springs - 90 min

-Disneyland - 45 min

-San Diego Wild Animal Park - 2 hrs.

Other Activities: Boating, Snowboarding, Wildlife Viewing, Health/Beauty Spa, Shopping, Kayaking, Snowmobiling, Miniature Golf, Cross Country Skiing, Basketball Court


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