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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, wireless FIOS 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 accommodating up to 6 persons.

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 a king size bed, which can also be configured with 2 twin size beds in an L bracket. 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 beyond the wooden fence.

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 as secluded, and creative, and/or as social 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:
April 3, 2017

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 if private on a two lot property. I live on the second lot beyond the wooden fence surrounding the rentable area, 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 Topanga

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:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
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 -
(11 traveler reviews)

average rating of 4.909091 based on 11 reviews

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: Apr 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: Mar 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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Lovely house and exemplary hostess

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Jan 7, 2017
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Sep 4, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Very cool, relaxing and eclectic home

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed our time at the home. Great location. Would book again. Parking is tough, but eventually you'll get use to it.

  • Submitted: Aug 11, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful Place - Loved it

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Jul 19, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

Fernwood House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Nov 19 2017 - Nov 30 2017
3 night minimum stay
Dec 10 2017 - Jan 1 2018
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $175

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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