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Property Details

Updated: May 25, 2015
Cottage, 2 Bedrooms, 1 Baths, 4 Sleeps

Enjoy exploring Venice & Santa Monica from my Bungalow!

Walk everywhere! Walk to Main Street's trendy bistros,

to the world's largest solar energy Ferris Wheel on the Santa Monica Pier,

to the Promenade's boutiques, to the new Santa Monica Place's stores and ocean view dining,

to funky Venice Boardwalk's "muscle beach," and -- hey, to the BEACH!

Walk to Exhale and other yoga studios, Vidal Sassoon, Venice Google and the American Film Market (AFM). 1 block to easy bus to UCLA. 1 block to grocery/liquor store, pharmacy, family playgrounds.

Quiet neighborhood. Comfy queen bed with pillow-top mattress, full kitchen, romantic old-fashioned ball-and-claw tub with shower, secluded outdoor dining. Kitchen equipped with microwave, dishwasher, stove, oven, toaster, coffee maker, and blender (for those happy hour moments!), dishes, utensils, pots, pans.

Living room has spacious desk, lots of natural light.

Second bedroom has comfy designer European sofabed with temperpedic pad, desk, couch, lots of light! Add'l sofa bed in living room. Home can accommodate 4 people comfortably, 6 if you all really like each other.


FREE cable with 100s of movies-on-demand and your favorite TV shows.

FREE on-site washer & dryer stocked with detergent.

FREE on-street parking.

Creative people are especially inspired by my magical Spanish Bungalow. Perfect for families. All welcome to inquire.

Comes with Charley, my affectionate indoor/outdoor cat, whom you'll feed. No litter box; what a cat!

I can respond faster and most efficiently to emailed inquiries.

ALL INQUIRIES ANSWERED WITHIN 12 HOURS. Thank you for your inquiry!

More Details
  • Sleeps 6
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided

Recent Review

About the Owner

I've lived in Santa Monica for 35+ years. I helped found Heal the Bay, served on the city Women's Commission, and fundraised for an organization that helps homeless and low income families. I now write a column for a local newspaper.

I'd love to share my home to give you the most memorable Santa Monica experience!

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23 Reviews

based on 23 traveler reviews

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$180! Magical Spanish Bungalow ~ 8 blocks to beach!
Santa Monica Los Angeles County

GREAT location & responsive hostess

GREAT location & responsive hostess
  • 5 of 5
we've stayed here twice.

#1, the location is AWESOME. you can walk to the beach, the shops (& coffee!) on Main St, Whole Foods, etc. so convenient to the freeway, main streets if you want to avoid LA freeway traffic (good luck with that...) & even bus if you are feeling extra adventurous. my sister lives in the neighborhood so it is PERFECT for us. we used to live in LA as well, so I can truly vouch for the location & VALUE of this little gem.

it is a cute & quirky bungalow. it you are looking for sleek, modern, sparse-- stay elsewhere! but if you want a true Santa Monica beach/Venice experience LOOK NO FURTHER. The orange couch, lime green bathroom, roaming cat... this is REAL LIVING.

Kelly (the owner) is super helpful, friendly, thorough & quick to respond to questions/concerns. same with her onsite property manager, Wendy.

we have a family with 3 (couple & a tween). it is plenty of space, especially if you are using this mainly as a "home base" & are not planning on spending all day & night at home :) last time we stayed we had a few people over for brunch on New Year's & it was great to have the patio area available. yes, parking can be a bummer if you have more than one car. welcome to Santa Monica.

both times we've stayed over the winter holidays, and it does get chilly so bring your PJs & warm socks (although many space heaters are provided).

the rental agreement is a little intense (I think in response to some crazy renters in the past), but I promise you Kelly is very easygoing as long as you are a responsible person with common sense!

if it matters to you-- the TV in in the main bedroom. there is a couch in there & all 3 of us easily fit to watch the Rose Parade :)

we'll be back!
  • Submitted: Jan 6, 2015
  • Stayed: Dec 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children
Owner's Response: Virginia, it was so nice to have you back! Thank you for the generous -- and honest -- review. I think your descriptions of my home are spot-on. I should ask you to write my postings! We'll look forward to your next visit. You're always welcome!

$180! Magical Spanish Bungalow ~ 8 blocks to beach!
Santa Monica Los Angeles County
St Louis

Nothing short of fantastic

  • 5 of 5
My friend and I went for a long weekend away. This couldn't be more perfect for location, courtesy, cleanliness and of course our friend Charley, the cat. Wendy is a perfect hostess! We walked nearly everywhere including Santa Monica beach, perfect getaway and a great price! Thanks!
  • Submitted: Sep 8, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Girls Getaway
Owner's Response: Thanks, Jill! So glad you enjoyed your stay. Come back any time!

Kelly, Wendy & Charley
$180! Magical Spanish Bungalow ~ 8 blocks to beach!
Santa Monica Los Angeles County

Cosy and convenient

  • 5 of 5
My family stayed at the bungalow for three nights. The location was perfect for our plan - explore L.A. and stay at the beach. We utilized Hop-on Hop-off buses, and one of the route stops is near by the bungalow at the SM Pier (15 min walk) so it was convenient. Charley was a sweet company and watching over while we were outdoors. We definitely will come again if the life brings us back to nice and sunny Santa Monica. The premises were kept clean as listed and well-maintained. The owner and manager kept in touch promptly over the email. We enjoyed the area, explored some of the places recommended by the owner and pumped the energy from walks on the near by beach.
  • Submitted: Jul 29, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Livia, thanks for the sweet review! I'm so glad you and your family had fun. The Bungalow is in a great location, isn't it?...Come back any time!

$180! Magical Spanish Bungalow ~ 8 blocks to beach!
Santa Monica Los Angeles County
St. Louis, Missouri

Visiting from St. Louis

  • 4 of 5
Charley was indeed a great ambassador. He slept on the bed each of the 4 nites that we were there. We were out and around most of the time, but, overall, the house was small but comfy and we had all we needed for a short stay. Beach was a nice walk away, grocery store down the block and number of places to eat within walking distance including a close by late night taco truck after coming back from a Dodger game. Traffic in and around LA was horrendous; but just nice in this area. We think this was really good value for the location. We were able to also park in front of the garage on all days except one. Glad we stayed!
  • Submitted: Jun 18, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Tourists without a Car, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children
$180! Magical Spanish Bungalow ~ 8 blocks to beach!
Santa Monica Los Angeles County
Huntsville, AL

Great Location/Cute & Comfortable Bungalow

Great Location/Cute & Comfortable Bungalow
  • 4 of 5
My husband, best friend, and I enjoyed this bungalow and our stay in Santa Monica.
THE BUNGALOW: It was clean and pleasant. The two bedrooms were a little cramped, but with coaches and lots of seating areas. The t.v. was not in the den, but rather the main bedroom, which I found nice for socializing. It t.v. was of good quality, with digital cable. The den was spacious and had a beautiful view of flowers and trees. Charlie, the bungalow kitty, was very nice and loving. He didn't cry or bother us at all. The kitchen had a great sink and lots of dishes. The internet had no problems. There was sky lights in each bedroom and bathroom. This was nice for a warm glow throughout the bungalow, but it did make it very sunny in the mornings. We were okay with that, but if you need to sleep during the day, you may not like sunshine you can't shut off. But why would you sleep in California? Right!
AREA AROUND BUNGALOW: A quite neighborhood, and had no problems parking. I didn't hear any traffic or noise at all at night. Also, the bungalow was right next to a grocery store, that now has a Star Bucks! It was only 1-2 blocks away. The beach, Ocean View, was 8 blocks away. The beach parking was reasonably priced, and not hard to find a parking spot. I recommend renting a bike on the long bike trail that is on the beach. Don't rent outside of the bike trail, or you'll just have to carry it back with you home or if you have any issues you can't bike it back to the bike shop... just rent it on the bike trail, and you can bike for hours! We biked all over and from the Santa Monica Pier to Venice Beach. I didn't think I would enjoy Venice, but it really was fun to watch the skateboarders, muscle beach, and the stores had cheap souvenirs!
RESTAURANTS: We ate at "The Misfit" in Downtown Santa Monica one night. Parking was so cheap and it was very hip and cool! I am not sure if it would be kid friendly because downtown had a lot of homeless beggars, but we paid $2 to park and had a fun night! 4 blocks away was Main Street- has a lot of diners for breakfast and we really enjoyed every place we went. Some late night restaurants as well.
OWNER & RENTING: Kelly was easy to work with and she always responded in a timely manner. She returned our deposit with no problems. Everything went smoothly with our transactions with owner, Kelly.
  • Submitted: Nov 11, 2013
  • Stayed: Oct 2013
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Girls Getaway, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: Lisa, thank you for this kind and thorough review! We look forward to having you back!

~ Kelly
$180! Magical Spanish Bungalow ~ 8 blocks to beach!
Santa Monica Los Angeles County

Cute, compact and convenient

  • 4 of 5
The Casita was perfect for us (2.) The garden was lovely, the place was clean and well-appointed, and it was within walking distance to the beach, Main Street shops and restaurants, and supermarket.
It turns out, we didn't need more room than we had! It's cozy and comfy. Bravo--and the cat is very laid-back!
  • Submitted: Oct 1, 2013
  • Stayed: Sep 2013
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Tourists without a Car
Owner's Response: Pat, thanks for this sweet review!

Future guests: Pat stayed in my studio Casita, not in the Bungalow which is posted here. I can accommodate larger groups who decide to book both for more room and privacy!

The Bungalow and Casita are well-located. I rarely have a car when I'm home and walk everywhere. Grocery store is only a block away!

~ Kelly


From the Owner

My Bungalow is a comfy "unfussy" home -- great for families and folks who just want to relax in their own place. Location is great!

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : LAX at 7 Miles Nearest Barpub : Many! -- 2 blocks! Nearest Restaurant : Many! -- 2 blocks! Nearest Beach : Ocean Park - 8 blocks! at 1 Miles Car: not necessary

It's LA! Walk to beach, funky Venice Boardwalk, Santa Monica Pier.

Walk to Farmer's Market, yoga on the beach, Main Street's trendy boutiques and restaurants, the Promenades' movies and nightlife.

Grocery/liquor store 1 block away. Major cross-town buses 1 block away.


• Hiking in Santa Monice Mountains w/breathtaking views ~ 10 min drive.

• Shopping in exclusive Beverly Hills ~ 20 min drive.

• Swimming, surfing, fishing in Pacific! ~ ONLY 8 blocks!

• Cruise Pacific Coast Highway ~ 5 min drive.

• Getty Museum ~ 20 min drive.

• Celebrity-sightings!

• LAX ~ 1/2 hr drive.

• #10 Freeway ~ 5 minute drive.


From $180 Per night

Rental rates

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Mar 20 2015 - Sep 15 2016
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

  • Refundable damage deposit $500.00
  • Tax Rate 14.0%

1/2 due to confirm reservation. Balance due 14 days before arrival. Secure payment via PayPal.

An eye-popping bargain at $205/night for 2 people.
$180/night for 7+nights for 2 people!
$25/person/night beyond 2 people, regardles of age.
14% additional mandatory city tax on nightly fee + extra guest fee, not on cleaning fee or security deposit. No tax on stays of 30+ nights.
$100 cleaning fee. Refundable security deposit of $500.
No other charges: FREE WiFI, FREE cable, FREE laundry, FREE parking.
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Updated: May 25, 2015


From the Owner

I love the light and ocean breezes!

Property Type

  • cottage


  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...


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


  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area


  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television ...


  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed ...
  • smoking allowed ...


  • bay/sound
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • nude beach
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • reefs
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo

Leisure Activities

  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching

Local Services & Businesses

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

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing

Floor Area

  • 800 sq. ft.


  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1
  • Full bathroom with rain shower and fabulous ball-and-claw soaking tub.


  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1
  • Bedroom 2
  • Master room has queen bed with pillow top, TV with full cable, seating area. Adjacent to bathroom. Guest bedroom has European bed, desk, lots of privacy and light! European sofa bed in living room for additional guests.


  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...


  • Guests provide their own meals


  • FREE WiFi & full cable TV (w/hundreds of FREE movies on demand). Soak up the sun, surf the 'net, or meet other travelers in the communal back yard. FREE laundry available for all guests. Luxury sheets, pillows, blankets, beach towels....everything you need to make your beach vacation perfect! FREE long-distance telephone to US and Canada. Safe, secure and private in a great residential neighborhood. Your stay at my Bungalow helps support my work to assist Iraqi refugees. Read more at LivingLargeInLimbo (dot) com I love offering my home to people who appreciate a great deal at a fabulous location! Please make your first inquiry by e-mail. I can respond to you more quickly and efficiently, especially when I'm traveling through different zones.

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