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Property Details

Updated: Aug 11, 2014
An elegant cottage in the middle of a Secret Garden, blocks to everything!

Rented for one year; available again September 2015 !! Let's talk! Our garden property cottage is a well loved and adorable space; it has turn of the century charm & at one time had a clear view to the ocean off the back porch (an elderly neighbor tells us). Now surrounded by a magical garden it's a one bedroom with a King size bed, and although small it has its own front garden space and eating area that helps it feel expansive for its size. It's a stunning garden property with rural charm situated just blocks from downtown Santa Monica, central to markets, restaurants, theaters, yoga studios, and again just blocks from the beach! Considered a Walker's Paradise location by third party raters. This address is a well-located, well-nurtured, historic and romantic property; with wifi, HBO and cable it is a perfect space for writers, snow-birds, corporate and other folks who know how to bide their time.

This cottage is freestanding in a central and beautiful garden and also has a private garden of its own. The location is perfect for fit guests who enjoy walking only 4-9 blocks to anything one has come to Santa Monica to enjoy. Sunshine, beach, shopping, great restaurants, markets, farmer markets, the main library, yoga studios, etc. It's a fabulous launching pad to all places in Southern California, the Getty Museums, the Pacific Ocean, Venice Beach, Malibu, Marina Del Rey, the Santa Monica Freeway, Beverly Hills, Disneyland, Hollywood, the Valley, etc. While not a Patrician address it is a super clean, uncluttered, simple, charming living space in a magical garden that presents tranquility, safety and peace.

As far as reviews please check my other listing for 60 nearly perfect reviews of the same property.

I am a discreet presence on the property, occasionally working in the garden, or fussing with this or that. You won't even know I live there. ; )

Everything is here, or super close to here. In spite of its proximity to the city center this property is a quiet oasis with an enchanting vibe. Your time in Santa Monica can shape up however you want it to; after work or play, plenty to do here or with side trips via car to all kinds of places, even a quick trip Vegas or San Francisco.

More Details
  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 Bedroom
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

Recent Review

About the Owner

I have lived in Santa Monica for several decades and certainly consider it home. It's a wonderful place to live, close by the sea and in one of the least densely populated areas of Southern California and a much cooler place to live in the summer than our inland neighbors. Our property is a few short blocks from downtown Santa Monica; close to a great health food store, (the Co-op), two Whole Food Market's, two Vons, Tiffany's (!) and Santa Monica place, yoga studios, restaurants, markets, the library and great coffee shops. In a few years the new metro will be a ten minute or so walk from where we are and over all it's a place one can find happiness and tranquility. Walking, bike riding, rollerblading; all options for getting around and all in an area that has so much to offer so close by! A designer at heart, I have also made baby steps in real estate investment and especially love Santa Monica. Inspired by my travels to San Miguel de Allende, Mexico and Europe, we created our beautiful garden to reflect a place of beauty and peace and are excited to share it with travelers. Looking forward to meeting new people through this rental process!!!!! Godspeed on your journey!!!! xoox

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Guestbook comments from the owner

I am reluctant to tell you about this place, because I want it all to myself. But, because Cara is so nice, I will. How does "Perfection" sound? Gorgeous and tasteful decor, every inch. Bright. Fabulous garden. Relatively quiet especially in the evening for such a good location. So many thoughtful details, like proper, sharp kitchen knives, soft TP...just overall delightful.

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Cottage and Private Garden
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Santa Monica Los Angeles County


  • 5 of 5
The cottage and the host, Cara, were absolutely perfect. The cottage itself is cute, well-decorated and peaceful; it is in a perfect location to access Beverly Hills and Culver City (as I had to for work), and it is also an easy stroll or bike ride down to the boardwalk. Cara went out of her way to make sure I was taken care of. She ran out to purchase a hairdryer for me after the one for the cottage went missing. After I left, she sent me a skirt I had left behind... and she even refused my offer to cover the shipping. A++. Thank you so much!
  • Submitted: Sep 7, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: HomeAway


From the Owner

Close to all, in the line of beautiful city improvements, yet still residential, blocks from a zillion restaurants and shops, and blocks from the water!!!

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : LAX at 15 Miles Nearest Barpub : Michaels at 0.4 Miles Nearest Golf : Brentwood at 5 Miles Nearest Train : Light rail coming to the neighborhood soon at 0.5 Miles Nearest Motorway : 10 (Santa Monica Frwy) at 0.5 Miles Nearest Restaurant : Michael's (French, one of So. California's best) at 0.3 Miles Nearest Ski : Big Bear at 90 Miles Nearest Beach : Santa Monica at 0.8 Miles Car: not necessary

Everything is here, or close to here. In spite of its proximity to the city center this property is a quiet oasis with an enchanting vibe. Your time in Santa Monica can shape up however you want it to; after work or play, plenty to do here or with side trips via car to all kinds of places, even a quick trip via plane to Vegas or San Francisco or stay right here at home, if you are a fit person just walk, drive or taxi everywhere.


From $3,200 Per month

Rental rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Holiday/Snow Bird
Nov 15 2015 - Dec 31 2015
31 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
31 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

  • Refundable damage deposit $600.00

Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Updated: Aug 11, 2014


From the Owner

This is a one of a kind property and as it is the size of a small park it's been a dream realized to create a beautiful garden and sanctuary for the birds and plant life.

Property Type

  • cottage


  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...


  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster ...


  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area


  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television


  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • non smoking only
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Location Type

  • Downtown


  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • coin laundry
  • festivals
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • recreation center
  • restaurants

Leisure Activities

  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • golf
  • jet skiing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surfing
  • wind-surfing

Floor Area

  • 350 sq. ft.


  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet, combination tub/shower, tub
  • Updated bathroom, new vanity and toilet, Kohlers fixtures, claw-foot bathtub and shower.


  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
  • Sunny bedroom with custom painted walls, black out shades and a King size bed with organic cotton sheets.


  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill


  • Guests provide their own meals

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