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Nov/Dec Special! $20/night off Stunning Craftsman Home Near Beach -- FREE BIKES

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Bedrooms 2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 1 - 3 nights

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Mar Vista House Rental Photos and Description

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):

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
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Property Manager
James Ulmer
Member since: 2008
Speaks: english, french, german, italian, czech
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
October 21, 2016
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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.


based on 68 traveler reviews

Nov/Dec Special! $20/night off Stunning Craftsman Home Near Beach -- FREE BIKES
average rating of 4.8235292 based on 68 reviews
New Orleans

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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Winston Salem

Comfortable property in quiet neighborhood. Well appointed with everything we needed.

  • 5 of 5

Kitchen is well equipped. Backyard was nice and we enjoyed having our morning coffee there. Everything was well maintained.

  • Submitted: Aug 15, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Jul 28, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
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Did We Luck Out!

  • 5 of 5

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

  • Submitted: Jul 7, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great House and Great Location

  • 5 of 5

We were glad we choice to stay in this home- Great House, Very Clean, Historic and Very close to everything we needed to create a very memorable trip! Next time in town we will differently be back!

Thank You, the Owner was the Best!

  • Submitted: Jul 5, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
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Prague - Czech Republic


  • 5 of 5

Such a WONDERFUL home and host! We knew we were in for something exceptional with “Beethoven” in its title and James’ home lived up to its name and then some. The home is so beautifully decorated with artistic details from Venice, Europe, India — James has clearly traveled all over the world in his work as a journalist. James was able to meet us for a very thorough & enjoyable orientation of the house, which was a bonus for us . We both love to cook & the kitchen was fully stocked, clean & perfectly equipped for our needs and we appreciated the two kinds of coffee makers, too! But the best part was looking out at the gorgeous view of the backyard while doing the dishes — a lovely lemon tree and orange tree behind it, and the occasional hummingbird in the fountains — what’s not to love? LA traffic is never fun and we had to time our outings for the rush hours (James was very helpful in his hints about this!) but the property comes with a long driveway which accommodated our mid-size van very nicely. The home is unique and most importantly QUIET with very comfy queen beds so we could always feel relaxed even while dashing around the city. We can’t recommend this home enough and will return most definitely in the fall with our daughter. Full marks all around, thank you so much James!

  • Submitted: Apr 8, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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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.


Rates & Availability

Mar Vista House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Nov 21 2016 - Nov 28 2016
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $35 per night, per additional guest
Dec 15 2016 - Jan 2 2017
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $35 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
1 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $35 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning fee $100 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $300
Tax Rate 9.0%

We will accept 1 or 2-night stays if the booking date is adjacent to an existing reservation. We accept credit cards, personal or business checks (from U.S. bank accounts only), FOREX wire transfers (for overseas guests), or travelers checks. Unfortunately we cannot offer any refunds once a booking is made. We strongly suggest clients procure travel insurance before traveling ( in order to avoid any cancelation fees.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

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Mar Vista House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 1300 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach View
  • Mountain View
  • Near The Ocean
  • Ocean View
  • Town
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • 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
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Video Library
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Patio
  • Terrace
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • jetted tub
  • 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

Learn more about this vacation rental at the manager's website:

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