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Overview

Property Details

Updated: Mar 28, 2015
2 bedroom, 2 bath, sleeps 6 with own private patio

Upscale and fully furnished newly renovated home in Santa Monica. 2 bedrooms with queen size beds, sofa converts to a queen size bed, wide screen television in bedrooms and living room, 2 dining areas (inside and patio), an outside BBQ grill, washer and dryer. Internet access via high speed Wi-Fi. Surrounded with trees and a view of water fall, stream and koi pond.

  • Sleeps 6
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Parking
  • Barbecue
  • Pets welcome
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

Recent Review

About the Owner

I am a 'Hooiser' born in Indiana and my wife Jacqui a Filipina raised in Manila, met each other in Los Angeles and married in 2010. We enjoy the Asian motif and warm welcoming, and calm surroundings. We renovated our middle house with this in mind. We designed the layout and functionality with the idea that one day, we will move into this cottage. And providing a space that we can call home has proven to be a winning strategy. We have created a space so comfortable that guests feel at home. The Koi House is your home away from home.

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Calendar last updated:
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39 Reviews

5
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Zen Cottage in Santa Monica
http://www.vacationrentals.com/listing/p432147vb
+1 -3103848887
Santa Monica Los Angeles County
5

Just perfect!

  • 5 of 5
This condo has the perfect floor plan! We all enjoyed relaxing together in the open living room/kitchen/dining area. Everything was so fresh and clean. The kitchen was fully stocked which made cooking very simple. We even used the BBQ grill. We loved listening to the pond waterfall - so calming. Beds were very comfy! It came with shampoo, conditioner, soap, eye makeup remover pads, laundry soap, beach towels, coffee, tea, spices, olive oil...everything! Even a fruit and chocolate welcome basket!! Jacqui and Howard were so sweet and very helpful! We will definitely be staying here when we return to Santa Monica!
  • Submitted: Mar 25, 2015
  • Stayed: Mar 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: HI Louise,

Thank you for your nice, sweet and perfect review. We appreciate you choosing to stay at the Zen cottage and for mentioning all the additional perks we provide guests.

We hope to host you every time you visit family in LA.

Take care and be well.
Howard and Jacqui
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Zen Cottage in Santa Monica
http://www.vacationrentals.com/listing/p432147vb
+1 -3103848887
Santa Monica Los Angeles County

M. Hawkins

  • of 5
Loved this place! The owners are so welcoming and thoughtful and their property is well cared for. Spotless...and comfortable. Beautiful Asian decor with a modern , eklectic edge. Comfortable beds with soft sheets, great shower power, as well as peaceful with relaxing koi waterfall pond right outside the windows . Definitely will stay again. Class act.
  • Submitted: Mar 18, 2015
  • Stayed: Mar 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you, Megan for your lovely review. We are grateful that you chose to stay at our cottage for your LA Fashion week shopping.

Thank you for describing how comfortable and relaxing your stay was for our future guests to read.

We hope to host you again on your next LA trip. May your store continue to prosper to give you more reasons to travel!

Take care.
Howard and Jacqui
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Zen Cottage in Santa Monica
http://www.vacationrentals.com/listing/p432147vb
+1 -3103848887
Santa Monica Los Angeles County
Dallas, TX
5

Exactly as the glowing reviews say...!

  • 5 of 5
We chose Zen Cottage after reading all the positive reviews -- and they were all accurate. Beautiful, bright, immaculate home with all the amenities. Welcoming, delicious fruit and chocolate basket (perfect after flying with three kids!) Extremely gracious hosts who introduced themselves and gave local recommendations. Quiet, safe neighborhood in a terrific location. We explored all over LA: Santa Monica, Venice Beach, UCLA, USC, Malibu, Pepperdine, Zuma Beach, Paramount and Warner Bros. The house is close to major freeways and grocery stores. And after our busy days we thoroughly enjoyed a glass of wine on the patio while listening to the koi pond's running water, followed by a movie from the house's collection on the big screen TV. I also thumbed through the stack of recent magazines left for us. Hosts truly care about their guests and have thought of everything to ensure an enjoyable stay. Book it -- you'll love it!
  • Submitted: Mar 16, 2015
  • Stayed: Mar 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children
Owner's Response: Hi Gillian,

Thank you so much for your glowing review. We really enjoyed hosting your family and knowing that you had a great visit was awesome.

I hope that when your son moves here to CA for his studies, that we will have the opportunity to host you again (or for any other reason you visit LA).

Take care.
Howard and Jacqui
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Zen Cottage in Santa Monica
http://www.vacationrentals.com/listing/p432147vb
+1 -3103848887
Santa Monica Los Angeles County
Oneonta, NY
5

A Beautiful Stay...

  • 5 of 5
We just concluded an amazing three weeks at Zen Cottage. Howard and Jacqui are the embodiment of true hospitality - warm, responsive, congenial. The location is peaceful and centrally located, the house is beautiful and immaculate. The house was completely comfortable in every respect and we found ourselves very quickly feeling completely at-home - looking forward to getting back and settling in at night. I had some work to do and was so grateful for the quiet - worked in the back patio space and it was wonderful & tranquil. When I needed an extra workspace, Howard immediately brought over a small table - they take this level of care and joy in everything they do. Gave us great recommendations for restaurants and cafes. We will definitely stay again - staying here made us fall in love with LA. Howard and Jacqui really have a gift for this kind of work. Many, many thanks.

P.S. I might also add that we had originally booked the house for the full month, and then my wife's mother got very sick, and we had to cancel on short notice. Jacqui and Howard were so understanding and kind and concerned - refunded our payment, no questions asked, and then rebooked us cheerfully. What wonderful, kind-hearted people. BRAVO.
  • Submitted: Mar 4, 2015
  • Stayed: Feb 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Pet-friendly, Girls Getaway, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, People with Disabilities, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: Hi George,

Thank you very much for your beautiful review. Your description of your experience was wonderful and we are grateful that you have made us a part of your family reunion.

We hope to host you on your next Santa Monica vacation.

Take care and be well.
Howard and Jacqui
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Zen Cottage in Santa Monica
http://www.vacationrentals.com/listing/p432147vb
+1 -3103848887
Santa Monica Los Angeles County
5

Such hospitable hosts, great location

  • 5 of 5
We loved our stay at Zen Cottage. We had 4 nights there and found the location perfect for exploring LA and greater LA. The house is only a few years old and the hosts, Jacqui and Howard have done an amazing job of remodelling with a great layout and quality finishes. The beds are quality memory foam, including the sofa bed. The hosts live next door, and I cannot speak more highly of them for their friendliness and helpfulness. We unexpectedly arrived a few hours early for checkin and they kindly allowed us to store our luggage in their house before we arrived back later. We had forgotten our iPhone chargers, and they kindly loaned us 2 of theirs. They gave advice on restaurants and on the various grocery stores in the area. We would highly recommend their property for anyone visiting LA.
  • Submitted: Feb 18, 2015
  • Stayed: Jan 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: Hi Dimi,

Thank you for your kind review. We are so happy that you enjoyed your California visit and out cottage has provided a home away from home for your family.

We look forward hosting you again anytime you are in the US.

Take care.
Howard and Jacqui
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Zen Cottage in Santa Monica
http://www.vacationrentals.com/listing/p432147vb
+1 -3103848887
Santa Monica Los Angeles County
Birmingham, Mi
5

GREAT STAY!

  • 5 of 5
Howard and Jaqui were great hosts that I will recommend my friends to in the future. The house was actually even nicer than in the pictures. Is was spotless and completely remodeled as well. It was a perfect location for vacationing in SoCal. We were about 10 minutes from Santa Monica and the 3ed street promenade, 20 mins from Malibu, and 15-20 mins to Beverly Hills.

Thanks for the hospitality!
  • Submitted: Jan 6, 2015
  • Stayed: Dec 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children
Owner's Response: Hi Todd,

Thank you so much for your great review. We really enjoyed hosting your family during your short stay in Santa Monica.
We appreciate you mentioning how conveniently close we are to the places to see when you vacation in SoCal.

We hope to see your family again or your friends soon!

Take care.
Howard and Jacqui

Location

From the Owner

3 unique detached homes on one lot all facing the street. This oasis in the city is surrounded by lush trees. The sound of falling water flowing over rocks into the koi pond instilled a peaceful feeling. Knowing that our friends and family would also enjoy our home we invite you to visit our serene haven providing the perfect place to hang out and relax!

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Los Angeles International Airport at 14.1 Miles Nearest Barpub : Busby's West busbysla at 0.5 Miles Nearest Ferry : Catalina Express at 29.7 Miles Nearest Train : Union Station Amtrak.com at 14.7 Miles Nearest Motorway : Santa Monica Fwy Interstate 10 at 0.07 Miles Nearest Restaurant : Le Petite Cafe at 0.4 Miles Nearest Ski : Mountain High Ski Resort. thigh.com at 95.2 Miles Nearest Beach : Santa Monica State Beach Park at 4.1 Miles

Centrally located on the westside of Los Angeles where you'll be minutes away from the Santa Monica and Venice beaches, shopping malls, the Getty museums, UCLA, or hiking in the Santa Monica mountains.

Availability

From $300 Per night

Rental rates

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$2,100
$7,000
 

Additional information about rental rates

  • Property Damage Protection $89
  • Cleaning $100

12. Less than 30 day stay (short term stay): For a 100% refund, cancellation must be made 90 full days prior to listing's local check in time (or 3:00 PM if not specified) on the day of check in. For a 50% refund, cancellation must be made 30 full days prior to listing's local check in time (or 3:00 PM if not specified) on the day of check in. If the guest cancels less than 30 days in advance, the

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Amenities

Property Type

  • house

General

  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Free Long Distance
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...

Kitchen

  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster

Dining

  • Dining
  • Dining Area

Entertainment

  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library

Suitability

  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • alternative lifestyle
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered

Attractions

  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • synagogues

Leisure Activities

  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

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

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • racquetball
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing

Bathrooms

  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet, combination tub/shower, Soap, Shampoo & Conditioner, make-up remover, toothpaste
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet, shower, Soap, Shampoo & Conditioner, make-up remover, toothpaste
  • 2

Bedrooms

  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen, 1 baby crib
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
  • Convertible bed(s) - 1 queen, Sofa Bed with Tempurpedic Matteress
  • Queen size Beds (2) Brand new very comfortable mattress, Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) Tempur-Pedic Mattress

Outside

  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill

Meals

  • Guests provide their own meals

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