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Bedrooms 2
Space 800 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property


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.

Located 15 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, harboring a growing orchard, an herb garden, and vegetable planters , 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, ultra high speed Internet. I am also happy to accommodate infants and toddlers needs.

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 right side is a beautiful armoire that opens into an office for the business traveler. It has a printer, scanner, shredder, and desk area. On the left is the dining area overlooking the herb and vegetable garden, growing orchard and gazebo.

From the dining area, you walk into a well appointed kitchen on the right. You should find everything you need and more: blender, juicer, food processor, bread machine, Fondue set, crepe maker, toaster, 3 types of coffee machine for the connoisseur (French press, drip, Presto electric,) tea pot, electric and stainless steel old fashion kettles. Cookery is included. Anything else you might need is probably there for the asking. 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 bungalow.

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 has a large wooden table.

The two bedrooms are on the right of the living room; across, is a full bathroom with a view from the shower and bathtub.

The first bedroom has a comfortable queen size bed with a Tempurvedic mattress and high quality pillows. One window has morning sun, the other the moonlight. It has enclosed shelves, a vanity area and a large mirror.

The second bedroom has 2 single size day beds in an L bracket, which can also be configured a king size bed. Either configuration is upon request. A wall closet includes a rustic chest of drawer and a mirror.

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, comfort, and beauty where nature and civilization work 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 all around.

And sheltering it all, the 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 both secluded/ creative, and social, participating in the town or city life as you wish. It also offers a perfect balance between being active in the outdoors and still at home.

This is a well cared home and property. It gives me great pleasure to share them through HOMEAWAY/VRBO for short term vacations (up to 25 days.)

More Details

Member since: 2013
Speaks: english, french, spanish
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
February 21, 2018

About Isabelle

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.

The house is private on a two lot property. I live on the second lot beyond the wooden fence surrounding the area offered for vacation occupancy, and am quick to respond if needed.

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. My last big voyage was a two month journey through Nepal, India and Sri Lanka with my youngest daughter living in Australia, an exotic mother-daughter reunion.) Now planning a family reunion in my natal south of France with my three children and two grandsons.

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, spanning the fields of service, interpersonal relations, cultural exchange. I have enjoyed visitors from China, Sweden, Spain, France, Germany, England, Switzerland, and the United States.

Isabelle purchased this house in 2012

Why Isabelle chose Fernwood

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, comfortable, tastefully designed, and well-cared for.

What makes this house unique

When you walk through the gate, you are in a world of its own. There is a lovely fence all around providing privacy. The gazebo with swinging couch and chairs, growing orchard, herb and organic vegetable garden expand your living experience.

The main room features a home theater with surround sound, state of the art receiver, DVD player and projector with HDMI technology to plug your laptop, as well as business amenities/ workspace when opening the armoire door.

Temperate climate with a gentle sea breeze in the summer. Quality wind chimes offer an ever changing rendition of climatic conditions, sometimes soothing, sometimes passionate. They can be tamed during the Santa Ana winds.


Fernwood House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 800 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Water energy balanced with earthy colored tiles and towels
  • Bathroom with a view.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , Facing South East, bright and airy, dimming lights
    Bedroom 2 - 1 king , 2 twin/ single , 1 child bed , 1 baby crib
  • Both bedrooms are Feng Shui-ed, providing balanced energies, bright and airy. The guest bedroom has 2 twin size comfortable beds and box springs in and L-braket configuration. All bedding is of superior quality and fitted in hygienic anti-allergic, anti-parasite encasings.
  • Books
  • DVD Player ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Stereo
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • coin laundry
  • festivals
  • library
  • live theater
  • playground
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
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Chandler, AZ

Beautiful home set right in the heart of the canyons

  • 5 of 5

Very beautiful and tastefully decorated home minutes to the beach, great restaurants and lots of hiking trails. The owner was wonderful and was always very attentive to anything we needed. When we arrived, she even had a nice spread of cheese, bread and wine waiting for us and there were cinnamon rolls in the refrigerator for our 2 young children for breakfast the next morning. The beds were very comfortable and the shower had great water pressure. Parking was a little tricky and we had to park on the side of the road which was kind of steep but we got used to it. Isabelle even came to the house to say goodbye and wish us safe travels when we were ready to leave. Overall, we had a wonderful time and we would definitely stay here again.

  • Submitted: Jan 3, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Wonderful guests, thank you for visiting and leaving the house in immaculate condition. Sorry you had to park on the side of the road, I forgot to move my car. You are welcome back any time.
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Beautiful house and location. Felt like home.

  • 5 of 5

Isabelle was a great host who attends to even the smallest detail. Well appointed kitchen, comfortable beds, and great porch with a beautiful view of the canyon. We will definitely be back.

  • Submitted: Jul 29, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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lovely home

  • 5 of 5

had a very relaxing and enjoyable stay. awesome host!

  • Submitted: Jul 9, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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New York

Isabelle was a wonderful host. Home was well stocked. Edible goodies out for us upon arrival.

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful gardens including herbs to cook with. Very scenic and it was peaceful and serene. Isabelle was very attentive to any need or concern we had. There were printed suggestions where to shop, dine or hike. The kitchen was well stocked with whatever you might need to cook or bake. We enjoyed our stay immensely and would recommend it highly!!!!

  • Submitted: May 16, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Sue and Tom! It was a pleasure to host you. Hope you'll visit again!
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Beautiful and soothing canyon cottage

  • 4 of 5

Isabelle is as gracious as her home. We spent 4 days in comfort in the Topanga hideaway. Green treetops or garden views out the windows. Sun can be soaked in, or shade found in comfortable seating around the house. Very close to Topanga State Park for great hiking and mtn biking.

  • Submitted: Apr 19, 2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Relaxing and Peaceful

  • 5 of 5

We stayed with our teen sons while visiting LA for college visits. It was a nice location to relax after being in the city.

Beds are comfortable! (My 5 star requirement) Kitchen has everything you need. Make sure you grab groceries before heading to the property. You are in the canyon and there are only a couple little markets with limited hours. And the yard is small but fantastic. I enjoyed tea on the porch every morning.

  • Submitted: Apr 2, 2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Tova for your appreciation. I am glad you had a peaceful time. Come again!
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Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $175

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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