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Cozy Gem close to Abbot Kinney and Venice Beach

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


About the property

Cozy 2 bedroom, 1 bathroom in the heart of Venice

Our house on Brooks is the ideal location to experience all Venice has to offer. A short two block walk to the bustling Abbott Kinney Blvd, five blocks to the famous Venice Beach boardwalk and a 5 minute walk to the new super-hip shops, cafes and restaurants on Rose Avenue.

We haven't listed our house since 2014 because we live here but we're taking a month long trip and are offering our house again. One bedroom has a King sized bed, the 2nd bedroom set up for kids with bunk beds and an extra twin mattress underneath but it's perfectly comfortable for adults too!

The tranquil bedrooms each have high ceilings. There’s also a sleep sofa in the living room. The bathroom has a humongous claw-foot tub you'll love. Since our house is highly insulated it's very quiet inside as long as the windows are shut.

We have a 45” flat screen TV equipped with an Apple TV box loaded with Netflix as well as a DVD Player, Hi-speed WiFi. There's also an antique piano for you musicians to play!

The kitchen is fully stocked with a professional restaurant stove, all glass, dish and silverware, dishwasher, pots and pans as well any appliance you would need to cook (blender, food processor, hand mixer, microwave, coffee maker, toaster).

The yard is the perfect place for a festive, daytime barbeque or a romantic, candlelit dinner. Even our summer nights can get a little chilly so we have a restaurant quality heat lamp to keep you warm outside.

There’s so much to do in Venice during the day- The beach, play tennis, cycle on the boardwalk, take a stroll on Abbott Kinney, take a yoga class! We provide beach towels and chairs, boogie boards, a beach cruiser bike (no additional charge). Let us know if there’s something else you need and we’ll do our best to provide it. A crib? A stroller? Yoga mats? Just let us know how we can help make your Venice vacation awesome.

More Details

Molly and Alan Renshaw
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 2 days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
October 19, 2017

About Molly and Alan Renshaw

We are Molly and Alan. We are both Los Angeles natives which seems to be rare! Molly grew up in the Valley in Toluca Lake where her family still lives, while Alan spent his childhood in Santa Monica Canyon.

Molly went to Skidmore College in upstate NY and lived in NYC as a modern dancer and Pilates teacher for 10 years after that. Alan went to Reed College in Oregon before graduating from UC Berkeley. He is a computer consultant, builder, landlord and painter.

We are both passionate animal lovers, cooks, artists and parents to Shepard (5) and Pippa (3). We're thrilled to share our beloved home with you.

Molly and Alan Renshaw purchased this house in 2000

Why Molly and Alan Renshaw chose Los Angeles

Location location location! You can't beat it - such an easy walk to Abbot Kinney, Rose Ave, the beach as well a giant Whole Foods Market. It's such a cool, quirky gem of a house in such a great neighborhood. Venice is so special with its diverse population and the combination of beach town and hip urban mecca.

What makes this house unique

Alan bought the house in 2000 and completely remodeled it himself in 2007 keeping the charm and feel of the original structure (like the original hardwood floors). Instead of a bunch of tiny, low ceiling rooms, he made an airy, open floor plan. He raised the ceilings 5 feet, put in a brand new kitchen and cool architectural quirks to make the house very unique, like sky lights, asymmetrical windows and the best claw-foot bathtub ever!

The property is unique because from the street it looks like nothing but behind the fortress walls is a private, bamboo lined, hidden oasis. It's very cozy and quiet at night despite the bustling neighborhood. However, on Sunday mornings if you open the front door and windows, as an added perk you’ll hear the beautiful gospel choir belting out hymns from the Baptist church across the street. You’ll also get an energetic sermon from Pastor Davis for free!


Nearest Airport
6 Miles
Nearest Barpub
0.2 Miles
Hal's Bar
Nearest Golf
1.2 Miles
Pennmar Golf Club (Public)
Nearest Train
18 Miles
Union Station
Nearest Motorway
2.3 Miles
I-10, 405
Nearest Restaurant
0.1 Miles
Tacos Por Favor
Nearest Ski
67 Miles
Mt. Baldy
Nearest Beach
0.5 Miles
Venice Beach
Car: not necessary

They say 'Nobody walks in LA,' but we walk or ride bikes everywhere. Five blocks (ten minute walk) to the famous Venice Beach Boardwalk, two blocks to Abbot Kinney boulevard ('The Coolest Block in America' according to GQ magazine) and five minute walk to the newest collection of restaurants and shops on Rose Avenue. There's also an mind-blowing Whole Foods Market on Rose with a wide variety of prepared foods and a hot food bar and juice bar.

We're also a short bus ride or 7 minute drive to Downtown Santa Monica and the Third Street Promenade. And for more fun, we're 13 miles to Hollywood and Vine and 16 miles to Downtown LA. The new Metro Expo Train will take you to Downtown LA.

Coming and going, we have easy access to LAX International Airport (15 to 20 minute drive depending on traffic).


Venice House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 800 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • Clawfoot tub with shower
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 twin/ single , 1 bunk bed , Enclosed Balcony
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 2 bicycles
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • boating
  • horseshoes
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • shuffleboard
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • racquetball
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • skiing
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing


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Cozy Gem close to Abbot Kinney and Venice Beach
average rating of 4.8461537 based on 13 reviews
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Wonderful House

  • 5 of 5

Don't search anymore, you found. House excellently situated well in a district quiet and close to the beach 7 min by foot, near shops and nice restaurants. This house is tastefully decorated and very design mixing the modern and old-school fashion. We stayed 5 days and were two adults and 3 children.. There is all the necessary comfort, we can park in the street without problem. The small garden is very pleasant. And what to say about owners Molly and Alan, they are fantastic! Thank you again for their welcome. Everything is very well organized.

Ne cherchez plus, vous avez trouvé. Maison excellemment bien située dans un quartier calme et proche de la plage, 7 mn à pied des commerces et rues avec des restaurants forts sympathiques. Cette maison est décorée avec goût et très design mélangeant le moderne et l'ancien. Nous y avons logé à 5, deux adultes trois enfants pendant 4 jours. Nous y avons été parfaitement bien. Il y a tout le confort nécessaire, on peut se parquer dans la rue sans souci. Le petit jardin est très agréable. Et que dire des propriétaires. Molly & Alan, ils sont fantastiques ! Encore merci pour leur accueil. Tout est très bien organisé.

  • Submitted: Sep 18, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great location and nice vibe

  • 5 of 5

Had a really great time at Molly and Allan's place -- very comfy and has a great vibe! It was lovely sitting out in the yard. Lots of great restaurants nearby on Rose Ave and Abbot Kinney. Biking to the beach was a breeze! Great kitchen. Street parking was not a problem. Highly recommended!

  • Submitted: Mar 11, 2015
  • Stayed: Jan 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks, Cal! It was great having you! Warm regards, Molly and Alan
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Oakland, CA

Great location, everything you need

  • 5 of 5

We had a great week in this 2 BR cottage in a great location, just a few blocks from Abbot Kinney (rich hipster central) and a few blocks more to the beach. There is a full kitchen including a restaurant-style gas stove, and a gas grill outside. (We ended up not using the kitchen at all because of the great food choices nearby!) The enclosed yard is private and there is even a patio heater for the cooler evenings. It's not plush, but it has lots of Venice character, it's very clean and functional, it's safe, you have everything you need and more. The owners are extremely responsive and helpful, and their recommendations for food, drink, and activities were spot on. We would definitely stay here again.

  • Submitted: Nov 25, 2014
  • Stayed: Nov 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Guys! It was great to have you two in our home! Molly and Alan
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Rome, Italy


  • 3 of 5

Beautiful home

  • Submitted: Sep 2, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Everything you need in a GREAT location!

  • 5 of 5

Our family spent a week inthis cute house and enjoyed every minute of it. Alan and Molly were very hospitable, leaving toys and a high chair for our small children. There is a cute little courtyard to relax in, and the house is stocked with everything you might need for cooking and grilling. The location is great, close to stores, Abbott Kinney, and a short walk to the beach. One thing that I can say that is unusual for many rental houses, is that the beds were very comfortable.

The only slightly negative thing I can say is that the house does not have air conditioning and the week we spent in Venice was unusually warm. The days were mildly uncomfortable but nights were fine. The house could use more fans. Otherwise I highly recommend it to anyone looking to have a nice holiday!

  • Submitted: Aug 11, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you, Valerie an Derek! It was great to have your family in our home. That was a very unusually hot week in Venice! We've never needed AC but your suggestion of more fans (maybe even ceiling fans) has been noted. We will definitely get a couple more. Hope you had a pleasant trip back home! All the best, Molly & Alan
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Wow wow wow!!!

  • 5 of 5

It was our second trip to Venice beach...the first Time we were at the hôtel and we much prefer to stay in a house...the localisation is amazing...the house is daughter loved to play with the piano....the Outdoor Space is very great....Well we loved everything about this house....we were supposed to stay four nights and we decide to stay one more night...if we go back to Venice we Will rent this house again!!! Thanks Molly and Allan!!

  • Submitted: Aug 4, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you, Jasmine! We love that you loved our house and hope you can come back! All the best, Molly and Alan
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Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $100
Property Damage Protection $99
Pet Fee $100
Tax Rate 14.0%

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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

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