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Perfect for Families or Couples! Universal Studios, Downtown LA, Staples Center

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,350 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

Spacious House, 2 Bedrooms, 6 beds, 1 Bath (Sleeps 6-8)

Nestled among giant cedar and palm trees above the hip and historic enclave of Highland Park, enjoy sweeping views of the San Gabriel Mountains in this secluded hilltop Casita brimming with 'Old Hollywood' charm. Lush landscaping, private front and rear yards and patio outside; large bedrooms, huge living room and dining area, remodeled kitchen and full bathroom inside.

Whether you're in LA on business or pleasure, you will appreciate the easy freeway, Downtown and airport access, and proximity to the fabulous shopping and nightlife of Old Town Pasadena (10 minutes away). Locally, enjoy the up and coming cultural district of Highland Park.

House and Neighborhood are kid friendly, and most neighbors are in Film and TV industry. Easy access to Hollywood, North Hollywood and Burbank studios, etc.

More Details

Alex Pels
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 3, 2017

About Alex Pels

We are a California family, currently residing in San Francisco, but we love our LA house! It's a very special spot, unlike anything else you'll find in LA. We put years of love and care into restoring it, and we keep it in top notch condition in the hope that anyone who stays there will enjoy it as much as we have.

Alex Pels purchased this house in 2005

Why Alex Pels chose Los Angeles

We decided to live in Highland Park in 2005, fell in love with this 1924 Casita the minute we saw it. Though it was in bad shape at the time, we knew the view was worth the price alone, and the quiet and seclusion of the hilltop hooked us.

What makes this house unique

Inside: View sunsets over the San Gabriel Mountains from the comfortable living room seating area. Cook a great meal in the large kitchen. Watch some TV on the flat screen.

Outside: enjoy the beautifully landscaped yard and lawns, with a trumpet vine covered wall surrounding the whole property.


Northeast Los Angeles House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Floor Area:
  • 1350 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Mountain
  • Mountain View
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Full 1 - toilet , shower
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double , 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 3 - 2 double , Living room converts to 3rd bedroom, with 2 sleeper sofas
  • One mountain view bedroom and one street view. Both have lots of light, dresser, reading lamps, A/C. Crib available.
  • wheelchair accessible
  • arboretum
  • botanical garden
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • theme parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • roller blading
  • tennis
'Front and back yards' , 'lawn' , 'private outdoor seating area'.

Learn more about this vacation rental at the owner's website:


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(9 traveler reviews)

Perfect for Families or Couples! Universal Studios, Downtown LA, Staples Center
average rating of 5.0 based on 9 reviews

Trade Show Escape

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed this gorgeous home, not far from Downtown LA. It was a lovely escape from the city and the trade show our company was attending. Safe, charming, quiet with great views and a patio/yard. Great food options near and easy to get to.

  • Submitted: Jan 16, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great rental

  • 5 of 5

The house was just as advertised. It was charming, clean, well stocked, and had a great view from the hilltop. The owner was very helpful. It was a little tricky identifying the house and the entry door in the dark upon arrival but that is just a very minor issue.

  • Submitted: Dec 5, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Loved the place. No complaints and would book a stay there again any day.

  • Submitted: Sep 20, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Charming, spacious and secluded

  • 5 of 5

We really enjoyed our stay at this lovely old house. It was so well secluded was we initially drove past the place without seeing it. The gardens, whilst compact, are extremely well kept and are a peaceful place to spend some downtime. Inside the house was extremely clean, very well maintained and tastefully furnished. There are some decent places to eat and shop in Highland Park although we preferred the more upmarket areas around Pasedena (just a few minutes drive away). Overall we would highly recommend a stay here.

  • Submitted: Aug 12, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Indianapolis, IN

House is beautiful and we'll maintained. This was our second stay at the property so I think says it

  • 5 of 5

Like the location beautiful views and great access to public transportation . Neighborhood is safe and pretty quiet. Must be careful driving in and out neighborhood because streets are very narrow and blind.

  • Submitted: Jun 24, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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perfect location and a home from home.

  • 5 of 5

We stayed for 4 nights in this lovely house. Has all the amenities required for a home from home holiday. There were 5 adults staying and there was ample room for all of us.

The view from the living room is lovely to wake up to.

It took 20 minutes to drive to hollywood, 25 minutes to the shopping outlet, 30 minutes to santa monica and 20 minutes to LA. I feel for the price and experience this location is perfect. The neighbourhood was welcoming and peaceful.

If I ever end up in the LA area I will definitely use this accommodation.

  • Submitted: Nov 23, 2015
  • Stayed: Nov 2015
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Minutes from downtown LA, Staples Center, LA Convention Center, Rose Bowl, and the fabulous Burbank Airport, as well as the first rate shopping and nightlife of Old Town Pasadena.

Also be sure and check out the up and coming restaurants and bars in our own York Blvd commercial district. See the bottom of this ad for articles on the neighborhood from the New York Times and Los Angeles Times.


Rates & Availability

Northeast Los Angeles House Rental Rates

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3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Housekeeping $150 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $150
Tax Rate 14.0%

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.

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