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Property Details

Updated: Apr 28, 2015
Studio, 0 Bedrooms, 1 Baths, 2 Sleeps

~~ Romance on a budget ~~

Enjoy exploring Venice & Santa Monica from my Hideaway!

Walk everywhere! Walk to Main Street's trendy bistros (7 blocks), to the world's largest solar energy Ferris Wheel on the Santa Monica Pier (30 min), to the Promenade's boutiques (20 min), to the new Santa Monica Place's stores and ocean view dining, to funky Venice Boardwalk's 'muscle beach' (15 min) and -- hey, to the BEACH ~ only 8 blocks!

Walk to Exhale and other yoga studios, Vidal Sassoon, Venice Google, American Film Market.

1 block to bus to UCLA.

Grocery store, pharmacy and great value restaurants and kid-friendly parks 1 block away. Whole Foods 5 blocks away. Walk to several raw food restaurants.

Quiet, safe, residential family-friendly neighborhood.

The Casita is its own studio -- not a shared room in a house! Separate, private, secure entrance. Comfy queen bed w/pillowtop mattress, luxury sheets, pillows, blankets, beach towels....everything you need to make your beach vacation perfect!

Kitchenette with mini-fridge, stove top w/4 burners, microwave, toaster, coffee maker, and blender (for those happy hour moments!), dishes, utensils, pots, pans.

Private bathroom with stall shower. Manual wheelchair accessible.

Perfect for the romantic couple or solo traveler. Max 2 people.

Soak up the sun, surf the 'net, or meet other travelers in the communal back yard.


FREE full cable TV w/hundreds of free movies on demand.

FREE use of on-site washer/dryer w/detergent included.

FREE on-street parking.

Comes with Charley, my house cat! (He can be kept out of the Casita.)

An eye-popping bargain at $120/night, weekly break at $109/night for 7 nights +.

$75 cleaning fee + $500 refundable deposit.

Min 2 nights. Max 2 people.

Ask about my cozy studio HIDEAWAY at the same great location for 1 or 2 people @ $98- $103/night or my 2-BR BUNGALOW for up to 6 people.

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 may not be in LA's time zone.



More Details
  • Sleeps 2
  • 0 Bedrooms
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Wheelchair access

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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April 28, 2015

18 Reviews

based on 18 traveler reviews

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only $109! Cozy Casita ~ 8 blocks to beach!
Santa Monica Los Angeles County

Comfortable place to stay with a great location!

  • 4 of 5
Visiting relatives who lived 5 blocks away. Walking distance to beach, pier, restaurants, shopping, bike rentals, car rentals, parks and more. Comfortable bed, updated bath, kitchen convenience and private entrance/yard shared with other rental unit on property. Quiet neighborhood, parking available on street (even though I didn't have a car). Much better than a hotel room and less expensive. Stayed 7 nights over Thanksgiving holidays. Weather was extremely mild which made walking very enjoyable. Kelly made the rental process a breeze including prompt refund of deposit and her associates were available and accessible (even though I didn't need their assistance, it was good to know they were a phone call away). My highlight was spending time with my grandson, but there are many things to see and do in the area.
  • Submitted: Feb 16, 2015
  • Stayed: Nov 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, People with Disabilities
Owner's Response: Don, thanks for the sweet review! I agree that the best thing about the Casita is the easy location to the SM Pier, Venice Boardwalk, etc! Thanks so much for your kind comments about our communication and my quick refund of your security deposit. We hope you come back when you visit your grandson!
only $109! Cozy Casita ~ 8 blocks to beach!
Santa Monica Los Angeles County
Clarkston, GA

A lovely place to stay when on business in L.A.

  • 5 of 5
I had some business in Los Angeles and brought hubby along. This place is just so ideal - comfy bed, lots of tv channels, ability to cook, etc. And the location! We took the bus in from the airport-SO EASY- and rented a car from around the corner. During our 5 day stay we WALKED to Rose St. to the Venice beach, around and around the neighborhood - to coffee shops, art galleries, interesting food trucks, to Whole Foods, Albertson's, Sapporo Sushi. A snapshot of what it's like to live in L.A. in a nice but not ridiculously ostentatious neighborhood. It was like living a dream.
  • Submitted: Jan 13, 2015
  • Stayed: Jan 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: Rose, thanks so much for your kind review! It was great to have you back. Love return guests! You're like family!
only $109! Cozy Casita ~ 8 blocks to beach!
Santa Monica Los Angeles County
Denver, colorado,usa

Good find in Santa Monica

  • 5 of 5
We really enjoyed our stay in Kelly's casita in ocean park in Santa Monica. It is definitely not upscale but is a cute and comfortable little place with everything we needed for our stay in this great location. We were in the area for a wedding but walked through the really cute neighborhood to the beaches everyday - ocean park, Santa Monica and Venice. Would have loved a bike ride to Malibu if we had stayed longer. Thanks for letting us stay
  • Submitted: Aug 10, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: Kathy & Chuck, come on back for that bike ride! Thanks for the sweet compliment. I like to keep the Casita simple and affordable in this increasingly expensive neighborhood near the beach!

only $109! Cozy Casita ~ 8 blocks to beach!
Santa Monica Los Angeles County
Seatte, WA

Casita Getaway

  • 5 of 5
My Girlfriend and I stayed here over the 4th of July weekend and absolutely loved it. Kelly who rents it out was very responsive in her communication with us and gave a very welcoming vibe. She gave great recommendations of restaurants and other features of the area which we found very useful. Location is absolutely amazing, 8 blocks from the beach right in between Santa Monica and Venice Beach. I didn't use my car once the 3 days we were there. The Casita where we stayed was perfect for a couple and had everything we needed. The courtyard area outside was perfect to sip coffee and mimosas in the morning. There were guests in the other rental when we arrived, an adorable young couple from Sidney and there 3 kids who we played some card games with and then another family came the last day who were just as nice. Friendly setting but there is still plenty of privacy in the Casita. Simply can't beat the price and location, felt like a local after the first day. Would for sure stay there again next time I visit!! Thanks Kelly and Wendy!
  • Submitted: Jul 21, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: Jason, so glad you had a great time! Appreciate your sweet compliment about my fast communication...And so glad you enjoyed where the Casita is located! That's one of my favorite things about my home. You are always welcome back...The people who stay here are really interesting travelers!

only $109! Cozy Casita ~ 8 blocks to beach!
Santa Monica Los Angeles County
Tualatin, OR

SO happy with my stay here!

  • 5 of 5
I was thrilled to find the Casita online. First of all, it was affordable. Then, my communication with the owner was easy, thorough, and friendly during my reservation process. Upon arrival at the casita I couldn't stop smiling! I just needed a safe, clean, small place to stay on my trip to Santa Monica - and this hit the mark! I kept saying "This is SO cute!" The casita was homey and clean and had everything I needed! It was also wonderful to have access to a laundry room during my stay. It was fun to walk and bike around Santa Monica - and wonderful to come home to this adorable place every night! I 100% recommend this to anyone going to Santa Monica who is in need of a quaint, homey place!!!
  • Submitted: Jun 3, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing
Owner's Response: Desma, thanks for the sweet review! So glad you enjoyed my Casita and found it accessible to everything cool in Santa Monica. Come back any time!

only $109! Cozy Casita ~ 8 blocks to beach!
Santa Monica Los Angeles County
New York

Lovely quaint room

  • 4 of 5
My six year old and I had a lovely 5 night stay at the Casita. The only reason I didn't give it 5 stars is because it isn't fancy and I didn't want to mislead people who are looking for that kind of lodging. However, it's clean with a comfy bed, a perfectly nice kitchenette and a good shower. The room is small but there are several chairs and a table outside in the backyard (the yard is secured with a gate that locks with a code which will give parents with wee ones peace of mind). It's definitely basic -- the carpeting isn't new and the finishings are homey -- but it is a great place to sleep and have breakfast before heading out for they day (there is also a good TV with cable and internet). We did not have a car this trip (our friends picked us up for our adventures together and we spent most of our waking hours out with them). The property is in a very sweet neighborhood and is an easy walk to the beach and Main street and close to bus lines. Charley the Cat is a delight and Kelly and Wendy are attentive and warm with very quick response time.
We'll be back!
  • Submitted: Apr 22, 2014
  • Stayed: Apr 2014
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Tourists without a Car, Families with Young Children
Owner's Response: Ellen, thanks for the kind words -- and for the charming photo of Charley cuddling with your son you sent me! We'd (Wendy, me and especially Charley!) would love to have you back!

~ Kelly


From the Owner

My Casita is a comfy "unfussy" studio -- great for couples 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 Motorway : Santa Monica Freeway - I-10 -- less than 1 mile! at 1 Miles 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 $109 Per night

Rental rates

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Mar 20 2015 - Sep 15 2016
2 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

  • Refundable damage deposit $500

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

An eye-popping bargain at $120/night for 2 people maximum.
$109/night for 7+nights!
$75 cleaning fee. Refundable security deposit of $500.
No other charges: FREE WiFI, FREE cable, FREE laundry, FREE on-street parking.
I have a thorough booking agreement to protect us both....Many Cosy Casita guests return regularly!
Please ignore the computerized "total quote" generated by this web site. It's not accurate!

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Updated: Apr 28, 2015


From the Owner

I love the light and ocean breezes!

Property Type

  • studio


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


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


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


  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area


  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television ...


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


  • arboretum
  • 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
  • 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
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing


  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1
  • Private bathroom with stall shower with fabulous water pressure.


  • Studio, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
  • Really comfy queen bed with pillow top mattress! Fold-down table with kitchenette.


  • 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. Queen bed with pillowtop mattress, luxury sheets, pillows, blankets, beach towels....everything you need to make your beach vacation perfect! Kitchenette with mini-fridge, microwave, sink, dishes & silver, toaster, blender (for those margarita Happy Hours!), coffeemaker, stovetop w/4 burners. Private bathroom with stall shower. Private entrance. This is a stand-alone studio for your enjoyment! Your stay at my Casita 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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