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Overview

Property Details

Updated: Mar 2, 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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35 Reviews

5
based on 35 traveler reviews

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

A Touch of Zen!

  • 5 of 5
My family and I (6 total) spent our Christmas/New Year Holiday in Santa Monica and chose to stay at Howard and Jacqui's Zen Cottage based on all the wonderful reviews that were posted. We were welcomed with a fruit basket brimming with assorted fruits and cookies that we totally enjoyed. We loved every minute that we stayed at the Cottage, everything we could have possibly needed was provided for. The Cottage is super clean and in a great location; close to grocery stores and great restaurants. Howard and Jacqui take special pride in the Zen Cottage and is shows all around. It was always nice to come home to our home away from home after our day outings, the beds were super comfortable and always provided a good nights rest. The washer/dryer was a real plus considering we were travelling with 3 young children. I really can't say enough about how great our experience was because it was that great! I know that the next time we travel to Santa Monica we won't have to spend time looking at where to stay, because we will make sure to book the Zen Cottage! Thank you Howard and Jacqui for your little slice of heaven that you so generously share with the rest of us! A happy and healthy New Year to the two of you, till next time . . . Diane & Family
  • Submitted: Jan 5, 2015
  • Stayed: Dec 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: Hi Diane,

Thank you so much for the great review you gave us. We are so happy and feel appreciated when we read feed backs like you sent us. It gives us great pleasure knowing families like yours feel at home and comfortable while staying at the Zen Cottage. We are grateful that you took care of the house just like the way you take care of your own home.

We look forward to hosting you and spending time with your family again.

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
5

lovely

  • 5 of 5
The house has been remodeled exactly the way I would have done my own home. Jackie provided an upscale welcome basket with fresh fruits and gourmet chocolates. Then, she and her husband gave us a little tour of their garden with exotics fruits. They provided good restaurant recommendations as well. I truthfully was not looking forward to this trip as it was family related, but I will consider going back, in no small part due to this lovely property.
  • Submitted: Jan 4, 2015
  • Stayed: Oct 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Girls Getaway, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, People with Disabilities, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: Hi Ethan

Thank you for the lovely review you gave us. We were so happy to know how much you appreciated everything we did to the cottage, the welcome fruit basket and the little "farm" tour. It always give us great pleasure when we get good feed backs in little things we do to make our guests feel welcome and at home.

We look forward hosting you and your family on your next California vacation.

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
Kent, UK
5

Holiday of a lifetime

  • 5 of 5
So I went away with my other half and two of our friends and stayed at Zen cottage in Santa Monica. The house was beautiful, furnished to perfection, cosy and welcoming. A fruit basket was on the table for us when we arrived after a long trip from the UK. This didn't last long as we were so hungry! The kitchen is amazingly kitted out with a huge fridge/freezer, super fancy cooker, dishwasher and plenty of cooking utensils. We did a lot of cooking, so this was ideal for us. The little garden with a table and umbrella was perfect for chilling out in after a long day of surfing and the beds were just so comfy. The showers were great, and we were able to do lots of clothes washing as there was a super fancy washing machine too! The house is a short walk away from a bus stop for the Big Blue Bus, which takes you straight into town and down by the seafront in no time, and it only costs $1! All in all, this was an amazing holiday, made even more amazing by Jacqui and Howard's beautiful house. I have nothing negative to say at all. Book now! Get in quick or we will be there again before you!:)
  • Submitted: Oct 10, 2014
  • Stayed: Sep 2014
  • 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 Helen,

Thank you for your wonderful review. We are so glad all you 4 had a great/amazing vacation. Thank you for the detailed description of our home because it will help future guests see what we offer. Thank you for the great recommendation.

We look forward hosting you again.

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

Zen feels like home

  • 5 of 5
We had a wonderful time at the zen house during a vacation for my daughter's wedding. The beds were very comfortable, and the kitchen is well-equipped, modern, and very pleasant. We were really impressed by the window treatments. Although that sounds odd, they really were novel, functional, and just fun. The kitchen had a sky-light type with shades that were motorized and that could be opened for ventilation. The ones in the living room opened beside the koi pond, so you could lie on the couch and hear the running water in the pond; very relaxing. And finally, the sliding glass door had internal shades which could be angled or raised by sliders on the edge of the door. (I want to replace my own sliding glass door with one like this!) Lastly, the host and hostess are top notch, very hospitable and helpful. You will be absolutely pleased with a stay here!
  • Submitted: Oct 8, 2014
  • Stayed: Sep 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, People with Disabilities, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: Hi Jerry,

Thank you so much for your wonderful review. We are so happy that you appreciate the thought we put into renovating the Zen cottage. We loved having your family. You are all happy people and your parents are darlings. We thank you for taking care of the cottage during your stay (like it is your home).

We hope to host all of you again on your next LA visit.

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
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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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