|Minimum Stay||1 - 3 nights|
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.
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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.
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.
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.
We enjoyed a great weekend with friends.
My husband and I stayed at James' Beethoven Retreat, with our son and daughter-in-law for 4 nights early November. It was great! There was plenty of room for all of us to be comfortable. The back patio was perfect for early morning coffee and late afternoon reading and relaxing. You would never guess you were in a bustling neighborhood. This place really felt like home. The house was nicely decorated and furnished but also very comfortable. The location was ideal for us. We were in the area for a Santa Monica wedding which was easy to get to by Uber. Had dinner one night in Beverly Hills which was also a relatively short ride away. And also a short ride to our tour of LA starting point. Very convenient to all our planned stops. James mentioned a bakery around the corner from the house and it is the best. Good coffee, great croissants.
James was very responsive to any questions we had.
I recommend Beethoven's Retreat for adults, not necessarily something I would consider for young children. It is the perfect place to re-charge after a busy day seeing the nearby sights. We hope to return.
Kitchen is well equipped. Backyard was nice and we enjoyed having our morning coffee there. Everything was well maintained.
My tardiness in writing this review certainly should not reflect in any way negative on this resort.
We had the most enjoyable stay at Beethoven's Retreat. From the moment we stepped across the threshold it was abundantly clear that this house and grounds are very well cared for. The furnishing are very well appointed, the beds very comfortable and the house is stocked with amities needed to prepare a gourmet meal if you are so inclined. It really did feel like a home away from home and we had an amazing stay here.
James is a super person and was always available to help with any questions or concerns that we had.
We stayed for 7 days and my only regret is that we couldn't stay longer. We would definitely choose to stay here again on our next West Coast Vacation.
Superb home, safe, quiet, wonderfully decorated and the big plus of us: super convenient to beach and all the cafes, shops in the beach area. James was a great host. His backyard is awesome, quiet and green and peaceful that we wanted to stay there the whole day instead of braving the freeway traffic of LA! The BBQ made a great bonus for us and or kids loved watching the hummingbirds visit the fountains and lemon trees…With all the dozens of choices we had to choose from on Homeaway and VRBO, we really did luck out on this one. So thank you James for allowing us enjoy you lovely home and make some wonderful memories. Alex & Veronica & family
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.
|Refundable damage deposit||$300|
|Cleaning fee||$100 + Tax|
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.