|Minimum Stay||3 nights|
Once the home of Mickey Rooney, this Topanga gem is wonderfully situated for gentle ocean breezes in a 'climate-perfect' area. Enveloped in natural beauty, with its own poetry at any time of day or year, it invites one to retreat in tranquil simplicity and comfort, yet within minutes to civilization.
It is located minutes from the beach and surfing hot spots, nestled in between Malibu (15 minutes,) Pacific Palisades (10 minutes,) Santa Monica (15 minutes,) and the Valley (20 minutes.)
The property is surrounded by a lovely fenced yard, a growing orchard, an herb garden, and a vegetable garden, crowned by a gazebo with a swinging couch and garden chairs. The main entrance opens to a rock garden with a fountain. Facing it is the front porch with cushioned wicker chairs providing relaxation at any time of day or night.
The house features a high ceiling with exposed beams, bamboo floors, and sage color carpet in the bedroom harmonizing Nature and hOMe. The space is well designed and enlightened by a warm glow recessed lighting system on a dimmer that creates even more special moments of relaxation. It has an eclectic feel with flavors of Asia, India, Africa and France, inviting simplicity and serenity.
It is proudly erected on a rugged canyon terrain, yet comfortable with amenities of modern life. High tech kitchen with country accents (see detail below,) central heating system, shower/bath, fireplace, home theater with DVD player, surround sound, wireless FIOS Internet. I am also happy to accommodate infants and toddlers, with a portable crib, high chair, car seat, rocking horse, oversize plush animals, foldable play tent and tunnel, books and other toys.
You walk into a warm open space featuring various environments that blend harmoniously into each other: Living room facing the fireplace and a pull down home theater screen. On the left is the dining area overlooking the herb and vegetable garden, growing orchard and gazebo.
From the dining area, you walk into the kitchen on the right. You should find everything you need there, and more: blender, food processor, bread machine, Fondue set, crepe maker, toaster, French press coffee maker, tea pots, electric kettle. Cookery is included. If you need anything else, just ask, I probably have it. The kitchen has two windows into the world of nature. It feels perched in the trees.
The kitchen door opens onto a red brick terrace, with two patio chairs and a small round table. There is a planter (with seasonal vine-type vegetables for your enjoyment) dividing the main house from the guest house. The kitchen has two windows into the world of nature. It feels perched in the trees.
There are four dining areas: the front porch is facing east, good for breakfast, while the red brick terrace is perfect for lunch time; the gazebo is pleasant in mid afternoon for tea or coffee break; if you prefer to stay inside, the dining area overlooks the herb and vegetable garden, the gazebo and beyond, up the hill.
The Master and Guest Bedrooms are on the right of the living room; across, is a full bathroom with a view from the shower and bathtub.
The master bedroom has a comfortable queen size bed. The guest bedroom has 2 twin size beds configured in an L bracket. Both bedrooms are bright and temperate, each window with a stunning view of nature. The maximum occupancy of 4. High quality linen, towels, basic toiletries are all included.
You can expect cleanliness, quietness, beauty of the surroundings - nature and civilization working together.
The days weave a visual tapestry of trees and vegetation, including California Oaks, Olive trees, fern, massive boulders and wild flowers. The nights orchestrate a symphony of frogs and crickets, conducted by owls. A wide variety of wild life reclaims its territory beyond the wooden fence.
And sheltering it all, the light pollution free sky will often dazzle the stargazer.
This is a good place to take a break from the city and the busy-ness of life, where you can be quiet, secluded, and creative, and/or social, active and busy as you wish.
This is a well cared home and property. It gives me great pleasure to share them through HOMEAWAY/VRBO and I love to exceed my guests' expectations.
Born and raised in France, I am a linguist, love all languages and cultures. I practice yoga, hike, dance, write. I love the homes I have created for myself, enjoy maintaining them and am constantly beautifying them for myself and all who visit. In the process I have developed a network of professionals with personality, integrity and competence that I am happy to hire when needed. Although I can guarantee you complete privacy, I am usually around if you need anything and am quick to respond. As my guests, you might enjoy special details within my homes and property. It is a joy to share the beautiful surrounding I live in and lifestyle they afford. I Recently spent two months traveling through Nepal, India and Sri Lanka with my youngest daughter (booked a few nights in Jaipur, met a really cool host!!) Since I started hosting , I have enjoyed guests from various States and countries; the world coming to me in this way, and being part of Los Angeles where all cultures are represented, I feel I don't need to travel that much anymore. Hosting is a creative expression for me and I love to exceed my guests expectations.
Isabelle purchased this house in 2012
This is a unique property in that it is small yet well designed, with many different environments, both inside and outside.
It is centrally located and easily accessible - no long winding canyon roads to contend with - completely surrounded by nature, and in the climate perfect part of the canyon.
The house is modern with loads of vintage charm. It has the best of all worlds: canyon setting, yet close to the ocean; secluded, yet within minutes to civilization. It invites a healthy lifestyle in an eclectic community.
The house is simple and tastefully designed.
When you walk through the gate, you are in a world of its own. There is a lovely fence all around. The gazebo with swinging couch and chairs, growing orchard, herb and organic vegetable garden expand the living experience. The main room features a home theater with surround sound.
There are hikes right outside the door. The climate is temperate, with a gentle summer breeze.
Our family of three including our 7 month baby stayed for an entire month. The photos speak for themselves and accurately represent the property. As seasoned travelers, we found Isabelle, the owner, an exemplary hostess – an aspect of short-term rentals that cannot be overstated. The comments that follow are intended to supplement what others have already expressed:
• The living room has a home theater system with an overhead projector and Bluetooth sound system.
• The living room/dining room also has a working fireplace - wonderful during our winter stay. There is also a fire wood dealer in the nearby village.
• The kitchen is as well provisioned as one could ever hope in a short-term rental – replete with extensive range of spices, pizza grill, food processor, pressure cooker etc.
• The house is also well stocked with child-oriented materials and Isabelle kindly supplied us with a high chair and teething toys as well!
• Given how it is situated with reference to the surrounding hills, the house and its gardens do not get abundant sunlight.
• In the gardens (somewhat visible in one of the photos) there is a swinging garden bench which provided some delightful moments with our little one when trying to quiet her down for naps.
• The house is situated on an active road and one must drive everywhere including hikes and basic provisions. Though surrounded by such a natural habitat, it is simply not workable to walk anywhere from the house.
• The Topanga Public Library, a mile from the house, is modern and well maintained. They regularly held child classes.
• Topanga State Park is also approximately 2 miles away which provides some lovely views of the Santa Monica Mountains and Pacific Ocean.
• As clearly stated on the website, the house does not have a washer/dryer. This proved more challenging than we anticipated with a small child. The nearest laundromat is over 6 miles away and we were somewhat disappointed with how poorly their short wash cycles were in getting the job done. Fortunately Isabelle rescued us from time to time.
• On the grounds, there is a separate studio apartment. We formed a close, hopefully enduring, friendship with the woman who happened to rent it during our stay.
• The parking, also mentioned by one previous guest, works once one gets the hang of it. However it is challenging (near impossible) not to scrape the bottom of one's car.
Host was super responsive to my questions and was super helpful. The description of the property was detailed so no surprises. It's peaceful and when we were there a nice cool mountain ocean breeze.
We enjoyed our time at the home. Great location. Would book again. Parking is tough, but eventually you'll get use to it.
We loved the house in Topanga canyon. It was exactly as described. The location while convenient to all the attractions in the Los Angeles area is in a beautiful peaceful area. Isabelle was very responsive to our needs and questions. I can't think of one thing that dissatisfied. Highly recommend and would stay there again without hesitation.
We chose this home for two reasons 1. Location, location, location! Lovely home with mountain views. Close to beaches. Easy drives to LA, Malibu, Calabasas and Santa Barbara. 2. We love old Hollywood so knowing this home formerly belonged to Mickey Rooney was cool. Isabelle is a gracious host and her enjoyment in decorating her home shows. The home evokes calm and tranquility-the perfect place to catch up on some rest and relaxation...
Loved this cottage. Beautiful views from the porch. Very kid friendly with toys and books provided and plenty of room to explore in the backyard. The bedrooms are quite small but the roomy living room and well stocked kitchen make up for that. Lots of charm, comfortable furnishings and a wonderful, unobtrusive host. I hope we get to visit this cottage again!
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* Approximate monthly rate. Actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay.