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Saddle Peak Buddha House - Malibu Ocean views

Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Space 2,300 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 4 - 5 nights


About the property

3 Bedroom, 2.5 Bath with elegant design and stunning ocean/mountain views

The space has a very unique history involving the local community and entertainment industry. Van Morrison (Brown Eyed Girl, Moondance, etc) wrote and recorded some of his most famous songs here.

Mikhail Gorbachev has visited and stayed at the house several times.

Carlos Castaneda wrote two of his books at the house sitting on the giant rock formation, known as the elephant rock.

Healers from all over the world have come here to stay and practice their art.

The house draws inspiration from the owner's love for different cultures by incorporating hand made eco paints through out with vibrant colors and designs from everywhere. There is a focus on outdoor living, including daybeds located outside for mid-day naps as well as an outdoor fireplace. Almost every single room in the house has a view of the ocean and mountains through high glass panes in the form of windows or sliding doors. The house features multiple indoor fireplaces, new appliances, and a 50 Inch Samsung Smart TV with Cable. Guests will be able to be one with nature while being a short drive away from civilization.


Full Kitchen

Samsung Electric Range





Keurig Coffee Maker

Dishes, cups, pots, pans, etc

Table Seats 8 comfortably

We will supply you with Coffee, Tea,

Salt, Spices, Oil, etc all the essentials for

making a meal. (We can help shop and stock

everything if given a list before hand and

will give receipts for everything bought.)


Organic Shampoo

Organic Conditioner

Organic Hand Soap

Hair Dryer

Bath Towels

Hand Towels

Large Towels for the Swimming Pool

Living Room:

Furnished with 2 large sofas

Fire Place - Wood

50" Smart TV with cable & Netflix

Fast Wifi

Land line for out going calls Nation Wide






Extra's provided in the linen closet


Several sitting areas

Outside Fireplace - Wood

More Details


Topanga House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2300 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: Flexible / Check-out: Flexible
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Ocean View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Master Bedroom - 1 king , California King Bed and panoramic ocean views from your bed
    Bedroom - 1 queen , Memory foam mattress with natural light
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , Memory foam mattress with panoramic views.
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • limited accessibility ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • pier fishing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • surfing
  • swimming
Guests will have access to a huge deck overlooking a breathtaking view of the Santa Monica Mountains, Malibu, and the Pacific Ocean. Guests also have access to the pool on the property, which is not heated but is fantastic during the warmer months. There is parking for up to 6 cars and plenty of street parking.


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Saddle Peak Buddha House - Malibu Ocean views
average rating of 4.7 based on 10 reviews

Incredible location for a lovely home

  • 4 of 5

We recently spent five nights at this lovely home in Topanga and had a wonderful time. The setting is absolutely breathtaking -- incredibly expansive views across a lush canyon and to infinity over the Pacific Ocean. You are only a short distance from incredible hikes with rewarding views, and will likely encounter wildlife (coyotes, deer, numerous birds).

It is hard to believe that you are so close to everything that Los Angeles has to offer while maintaining the serenity of this hilltop location. Zoom down the mountain for fine dining in Malibu, or further down the coast to the Santa Monica Pier or Venice Beach.

Thanks to Azmina for a wonderful stay, and providing numerous kitchen staples which helped to ease us and our two young children into vacation mode!

  • Submitted: Nov 14, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Fabulous property,view fantastic,five star

  • 5 of 5

Everything was fantastic Azmina was very helpful and the starter pack was lovely,!

Would not hesitate to recommend this property to anyone!

Hope to visit again soon!

  • Submitted: Oct 31, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Topanga Saddle Peak Buddha home

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I totally loved our stay at the "Buddha House". It's a beautiful home with unbelievable views of both the canyon and the Pacific Ocean. Couldn't ask for a better location.

There is also a long storied history of musicians, artists, and authors who have stayed in the home at some point in the past. And it's no wonder, the place is absolutely inspirational!!!

The owner, Azmina, can fill you in on the details. And speaking of Azmina, we have stayed in a number of Vrbo homes over the years and we have never met a more generous, kind hostess than Azmina. She is a lovely person.

We cannot wait to go back!!!

  • Submitted: Oct 1, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful Buddha

  • 5 of 5

Imagine a holiday that from the moment you arrive it takes your breath away.

Imagine that every morning you wake you are met with a beautiful sunrise, perhaps a distant sound of the Kyote chatter, hawks playfully dancing in front of you, on some days clouds beneath you. The beautiful Buddha house holds the most wonderful energy ever, even the most sceptical cannot fail be moved by this beautiful place nestled and steeped in pure Love.

As for the house itself it holds a sympathy that envelopes you, you are at home even though you are not. Please dont ask me about a serviceable kitchen, the washing machine, how many bedrooms which by the way yes if has everything in that respect that you could wish for. More importantly it has a feeling of calm, sit out at night and watch the sky burn its colours out in front of you, catch a shooting star and count the hundreds of twinkling stars which adorn the night sky, listen to the wild life. The nights are magical - you feel so much a part of it, its as if you could nearly touch it. No I dont drink! You dont need to!

Azmina went far and beyond you would expect from any host and I now consider her to be my friend hopefully forever, this was no holiday romance it was a life changing experience for our family we plan to return. I can only recommend you try too

  • Submitted: Sep 10, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Wow, Kathryn, Beautiful review. You got what this space means with its energy, surroundings and the nature. It has always been a healing place for everyone including me. I always come back to get back to being me and hear my whispers. How wonderful to meet you and your lovely family. I know that we will stay friends and can't wait to welcome you all back to the Buddha House in the mountains.
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Perfect Home for a Relaxing Vacation

  • 5 of 5

First and foremost, we have to say Azmina is one of the best hosts we have ever had on a vacation rental. She was ALWAYS available for questions and provided us with wonderful welcome amenities. Azmina is a true gem!

The house is perfect for a relaxing vacation - it has everything you need to enjoy the beautiful nature of Topanga. There are nearby hiking trails and the pool was a definite favorite of our daughter. The outdoor space is heavenly with fabulous views.

All of the beds were comfortable with nice linens; we enjoyed watching movies in the inviting living room. Kitchen completely stocked for cooking meals.

The home is about 15 minutes up the canyon in Topanga; the benefit is that you are away from the LA noise and "busyness" which is wonderful after a day out and about. There is one Italian restaurant that delivers and was very good. This is not the home to choose if you wish to walk down the street for a cup of coffee. You really are about 7-8 minutes away from the little town of Topanga and 15 minutes from gas, grocery stores, etc. We don't see this as a negative; just feel important to disclose.

Thanks Azmina and Marshall for a great week!

  • Submitted: Aug 16, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Hilary, We loved having you and your family as our guests, the perfect guests. We would love to welcome you back to the Saddle Peak Buddha House anytime in the near future. Hope your daughter makes it big time with her career and we hope to see you very soon. Thanks for a great review.
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Wedding Topanga!

  • 4 of 5

We stayed for one week at the Saddle Peak Budda House in Topanga. We were there for a wedding and couldn't have picked a more beautiful location to stay. Saddle Peak Budda House has spectacular views from most rooms in the house. It was stocked very well for all our needs. The only reason I didn't give five stars is that it needs updates in the bathrooms. I highly recommend.

  • Submitted: May 19, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Azmina Kanji
Member since: 2015
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
February 6, 2018

About Azmina Kanji

I am a fashion designer with my own label and lines, designing for luxury boutiques and catalogs. I am a workaholic and I travel extensively for my work. I am also a single mom and spend as much time as possible with my son who is my life. I love living in Topanga/Malibu in the mountains with the ocean so close by. There is a very creative energy at the house and all my new work is created there. I get inspired by the colors of nature and the incredible sunsets.

I hope that you get the peace, quiet and the healing from my special piece of the mountain.

Azmina Kanji purchased this house in 1986

Why Azmina Kanji chose Topanga

This particular area of Topanga has always attracted me. Before I even bought the house, I used to come with my dog and sit on the elephant rock on the property. The property was never put on the market. I approached the owner who had it built for himself and after a few months, he decided to sell the property directly to me without going through any realtor. The property was bought as is.

What makes this house unique

The energy around the property, the views, the mountains and all the wild life is enough to sustain me forever.


Nearest Airport
25 Miles
Nearest Motorway
5 Miles
Pacific Coast Highway
Nearest Beach
5 Miles
Topanga State Beach
Car: recommended

There is no public transit in Topanga/Malibu area so you will need a car. Of course, there is a choice of Uber or a local taxi service.

Hiking trails and endless views are all within walking distance of the property. Scenic bike rides and drives are unavoidable in our neighborhood.

Driving distances are as follows:

The Beach: 10 Minutes

Topanga City Center: 10 Minutes

Malibu: 15 Minutes

Woodland Hills/Calabasas/The Valley: 15 Minutes

Santa Monica/Venice Beach: 25 Minutes

Hollywood: 40 Minutes

Downtown Los Angeles: 45 Minutes

There are six parking spaces at the house and a lot of parking spaces up and down the street. The area is too secluded to worry about parking tickets!

Topanga is known as a bohemian enclave attracting artists, musicians, filmmakers, and others. Numerous music festivals have been organized in the canyon, including the Topanga Days Festival and Topanga Earth Day. The Topanga Film Institute hosts the annual Topanga Film Festival. This quiet family neighborhood is safe and sound with all you will need very close by. Only minutes to world renowned surfing in Malibu and shopping in Santa Monica. Fabulous hiking right out the door and miles and miles of trails in our very own 10,000 acre Topanga State Park within the Santa Monica Mountains, one of the largest open space preserves surrounded by a city in the world. Topanga is a charming community that feels like a mountain village with horse riding facilities, theater, yoga, eclectic boutiques, health conscious restaurants and local bars, artist studios, seasonal festivals, and docent-led nature walks all available right here in the canyon. Close by are surf lessons, kite and stand up paddle boarding, miles of beaches and bike paths, shopping, sightseeing, the Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica’s Third Street Promenade, Venice Beach, Malibu and the Pacific Palisades. Universal Studios, the Hollywood Strip, downtown LA, and more great restaurants and LA destinations are all just a short drive away.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

cleaning $160
Refundable damage deposit $500

There is an additional fee of $160.00 for cleaning

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 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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