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Stunning Craftsman Home Near Beach with Private Patio, Free Bikes & Lemon Trees

Sleeps7
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms2
Space 1,300 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 1 - 3 nights
Popular Features
  • Washing Machine
  • Parking
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Air Conditioning
  • Wireless Internet

Overview

About the property

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

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 1200 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.

ALSO, PLEASE ENJOY OUR YOUTUBE VIDEO FEATURING BEETHOVEN'S RETREAT (paste the following link to your address bar in your browser):

http://youtu.be/IRaXvuu872M

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.

More Details

Property Manager
James Ulmer
Member since: 2008
Speaks: english, french, german, italian, czech
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
May 22, 2017

About James Ulmer

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

Why James Ulmer chose Los Angeles County

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!

What makes this house unique

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.

Amenities

Mar Vista House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Housekeeping:
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 1300 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 7
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Beach View
  • Mountain View
  • Near The Ocean
  • Ocean View
  • Town
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Shampoo
  • Sofa Bed
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
Kitchen:
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • 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:
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Video Library
Outside:
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Patio
  • Terrace
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • 1 bicycles
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • jetted tub
Attractions:
  • arboretum
  • bay/sound
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • forests
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • racquetball
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • skiing
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • spelunking
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing

Reviews

Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(74 traveler reviews)

Stunning Craftsman Home Near Beach with Private Patio, Free Bikes & Lemon Trees
average rating of 4.810811 based on 74 reviews
New Orleans
5

Home away from home

  • 5 of 5

From the time we arrived at Beethoven’s Retreat until we left (after a lovely drink with James, the owner), we were blown over by the hospitality and the hominess of this vacation rental. It was everything advertised and then some — full kitchen with a lovely view of James’ delightful backyard and gardens, comfy beds, lovely art on the walls, interesting library plus the conveniences of a great hotel. The bus to the beach was just one minute walk from our front door but we preferred using the bikes so we could explore the area. Lots of nearby cafes and shops, too! After a day of making our way through LA traffic to all the touristic sights we all we relieved to come home to such a special place.

  • Submitted: Feb 22, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Love Shake

  • 5 of 5

Very nice and well appointed home with craftsmen style furnishings. Fantastic Cali backyard with serenity and beautiful landscape draping into the environment from above.

Love it

  • Submitted: May 1, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

SAME TIME NEXT YEAR!

  • 5 of 5

LOVED this house and how much James the owner made us feel totally at home. Loved the nearby and the Venice Canals with all the ducks and canoes.... Happy to take a break from all the driving in LA and go biking with the bikes James made available to us. Truly a gem, we consider the Retreat a home to come back to again and again. Thanks James!

  • Submitted: Apr 5, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful home!

  • 4 of 5

We loved our stay at Beethoven's Retreat! The house was clean and comfortable, with plenty of thoughtful touches to make us feel right at home. We especially enjoyed looking out the kitchen window onto the lovely and tranquil backyard. The only downsides were the business of the street outside (making parking a bit of a challenge) and the noise level when the upstairs rental was occupied. Overall, it was a wonderful home that we thoroughly enjoyed!

  • Submitted: Mar 19, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Heather for the kind thoughts and yes, we do love the tranquility of Beethoven's Retreat! I think the issue with the footsteps upstairs for that hour in the afternoon came from the two young toddlers (2 and 3) visiting -- they stopped after we notified the family, and we do love to have families be able to stay with us occasionally, even if kids will be kids sometimes! Thanks also for your lovely comments in the guestbook and we will certainly try your lemonade recipe -- of course with the help of our lemon tree!
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beethovens retreat

  • 5 of 5

It was great. Traffic on the road is really heavy, though, hard to get in and out of the driveway, but everything else made up for it.

  • Submitted: Mar 18, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
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Nice little bungalow. Great location in Santa Monica area

  • 4 of 5

We enjoyed a great weekend with friends.

  • Submitted: Dec 13, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
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Map

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

Mar Vista House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Manager accepts payment in:
USD
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
Summer
May 15 2017 - Sep 15 2017
2 night minimum stay
$280
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
 
Thanksgiving
Nov 20 2017 - Nov 27 2017
3 night minimum stay
$280
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
 
Holiday
Dec 15 2017 - Jan 2 2018
3 night minimum stay
$280
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
 
My Standard Rate
1 night minimum stay
$250
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $300
Cleaning fee $100 + Tax
Tax Rate 14.0%

A $300 security deposit is required to reserve Beethoven's Retreat, fully refundable within 5 days of checkout. All rates are for up to 4 guests. $25/night for each additional guest, Maximum 7 guests. There is a $100 cleaning fee. We accept Paypal (through which you may also use credit cards), personal or business checks (from U.S. bank accounts only), cash, FOREX wire transfers (for overseas guests), or travelers checks. All taxes are included. No smoking and no pets please. Unfortunately we cannot offer any refunds once a booking is made. We strongly suggest clients procure travel insurance before booking, such as InsureMyTrip or Travel Guard, In order to avoid any cancellation fees. Call us up and inquire about our special deals.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

Canceled bookings will not receive a refund
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