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Property Details

Updated: Feb 26, 2015
House, 2 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, 7 Sleeps

Our fully furnished, spacious luxury 2-bedroom "Beethoven's Retreat" accommodates up to 7 guests and is the ideal vacation home for a couple, a family or a group of business or vacation travelers. Situated on the ground floor of a California Craftsman duplex, this 1100 sq-ft gem is decorated with an eye for historical detail and has been newly painted and renovated with hardwood floors throughout. Its airy 1200 sq-ft layout and features 2 large bedrooms (one with skylights & loft), each with their own beautifully tiled bathroom (main bath has a Jacuzzi tub)and plenty of closet space. High-speed internet (6 megabyte speed) with Wi-Fi and premium cable TV with a 42-inch screen are included. The home also has central heating and air conditioning. Our large living room leads into out adjoining dining room (seats 6-8) and to a full sunny kitchen with all amenities (stove-top range, broiler, microwave, large refrigerator, dishwasher, disposal, and breakfast table) looking out onto our backyard garden with lemon and orange trees. The Retreat has its own terra-cotta patio framed by colorful bougainvillea, a charcoal BBQ, and a shared laundry cabaña with new washer and dryer.

We're just minutes from the ocean in beautiful Mar Vista, adjacent to Santa Monica, on a treed residential street, and top-flight restaurants, cinemas and antique shops are only 2 minutes away. Our cross street takes you past a very convenient Costco supermarket and shopping center & the famous Venice canals, to the fabulous beaches of Santa Monica and Venice. Bright, clean and inviting, the home's location is perfect for exploring the nearby beaches.

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  • Sleeps 7
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Wheelchair access
  • Accept Credit Cards

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Hello James, Just a short email to let you know what a wonderful stay we had at Beethoven's Retreat. We appreciate very much that you allowed the extra person to stay with us in our party! It was wonderful to be able to have our family together in such a nice setting. Thanks again, James.
Nov 2010
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Last-Minute Deal! Superb Home Minutes to Beach
-(310) 779-9389
Santa Monica Los Angeles County

A perfect location and well equipped home away from home

  • 5 of 5
We rented Beethoven Retreat and Beethoven Hideaway for a family reunion - with 6 adults - over a long week-end. We found the location fantastic and the apartments both spacious and very comfortable. We had a dinner one night for 9 and the kitchen was very well equipped for this type of gathering. The courtyard was a bonus - sitting in the sun, drinking coffee and watching the birds was a lovely way to start the day. James provided lots of great information about the local area including restaurants and shopping. We toured Venice Beach and Santa Monica and some of us rode bikes to explore the local area while others headed in to LA to shop. There was plenty to explore and it was relaxing to come home at night to the Retreat! We very much enjoyed our stay and would highly recommend it to others.
  • Submitted: Feb 13, 2015
  • Stayed: Feb 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Last-Minute Deal! Superb Home Minutes to Beach
-(310) 779-9389
Santa Monica Los Angeles County


  • 5 of 5
We recently stayed here 2 nights for a wedding. We walked into the rental and immediately felt at home and even welcomed with a nice bottle of red. Nice touch. We were relaxed and ready for our weekend right away, which doesn't often happen when we are in a new place. Jumped on the bikes explored and shopped, lunch in the garden prepared in the very well stocked kitchen, and an afternoon nap, so quiet and peaceful before the nights activities. Would come back in a heartbeat, so much to see and do and a gorgeous retreat to come home to. Thank you!
  • Submitted: Nov 5, 2014
  • Stayed: Oct 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, People with Disabilities, Romantic Getaway
Last-Minute Deal! Superb Home Minutes to Beach
-(310) 779-9389
Santa Monica Los Angeles County

Californian charm

  • 5 of 5
Dianne and I would just like to thank you so much for the use of your beautiful home Beethoven's retreat during Dec and January this year. It was everything you said it was and some. Its location and cosy atmosphere made it so welcoming every time we returned there after our day trips.I would certainly want to use it again if and when we return to your fine country.Please do not hesitate to use out name as 100% satisfied customers. By the way our 21 day Caribbean Cruise was absolutely beautiful too.Once again many many thanks for making our American experience fantastic.
with regards
  • Submitted: Mar 25, 2014
  • Stayed: Dec 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Girls Getaway, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Families with Young Children, People with Disabilities, Romantic Getaway
Last-Minute Deal! Superb Home Minutes to Beach
-(310) 779-9389
Santa Monica Los Angeles County

James and this property are top notch!

  • 5 of 5
Beethoven's retreat is located on a quiet street and a short drive (ride) to the beach. It was clean and well appointed. James has thought of everything in this craftsman style home. Check in and out went smoothly, and after orienting ourselves we felt like we were in our own home and neighborhood. Thank you James, for your hospitality and honesty. We be back!
  • Submitted: Feb 28, 2014
  • Stayed: Feb 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Last-Minute Deal! Superb Home Minutes to Beach
-(310) 779-9389
Santa Monica Los Angeles County
Sao Paulo, Brazil

A gem

  • 5 of 5
This house is lovely and James is a fantastic host! I stayed in December and it was cold for LA but the garden is beautiful and it would be a treat when the weather is warmer. The house itself is better than the pictures. the location is great for those wanting to experience the Venice/Santa Monica lifestyle. The beds are super comfortable. There is plenty of street parking. I would definitely recommend a stay here.
  • Submitted: Jan 3, 2014
  • Stayed: Dec 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Romantic Getaway
Last-Minute Deal! Superb Home Minutes to Beach
-(310) 779-9389
Santa Monica Los Angeles County
Laughlin, NV


  • 5 of 5
My husband, I and our son very recently stayed at this WONDERFUL vacation home. It was even better than we had hoped. Beautiful, very clean, very comfortable and beautifully furnished. Has all the amenities one could think of. Beautiful landscaping and great/relaxing backyard. Very quiet, great location, well maintained, what else can I say? We would stay there again in a heartbeat. James is very personable and readily available. Want a great place to stay? It's all here! We will be recommending this to our family and friends. Thanks again, James.
  • Submitted: Dec 15, 2013
  • Stayed: Dec 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway


Activity and Interests

Minutes away from world-famous Venice Canals, Venice and Santa Monica Beach, Abbott Kinney cafe and antique district. Skatboarding, surfing, swimming, skiing, boating availble right on the beach. Freeways only 3 minutes away, wonderful Costco supermarket down the street. The cinemas and Marina of Marina del Rey just four minutes from our house. The new shopping, entertainment and dining areas at Santa Monica Promenade and Santa Monica Pier is only 8 minutes away. And the bus to the beach stops right on our corner.

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Rental rates


  • Nightly Rate: $260 - $290

    Weekly Rate: $1700 - $1900

    Monthly Rate: $0 - $0

  • Off-peak:$260/nt or $1700/wk -- minimum stay 2 nights. Peak & holidays: $290/nt or $1900/wk -- minimum stay 3 nights. Al rates are for up to 4 guests. Each add'l guest $25/night. Maximum 7 guests. No pets and no smoking, please.
    A $500 refundable damage deposit is required to book the property, fully refundable within 5 days after check-out. There is a $100 cleaning fee for all stays. We accept Paypal payments (though which you may also pay via credit card), FOREX wire transfers (for overseas guests) and travelers checks. Rent is due in full 30 days prior to check-in. Unfortunately we cannot offer any deposit refunds once a booking is made. We strongly suggest clients procure travel insurance, such as at InsureMyTrip, before booking in order to avoid any cancellation fees.
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Updated: Feb 26, 2015


Property Type

  • house


  • Adventure
  • Family
  • Luxury
  • Romantic


  • Internet


  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair accessible

Location Type

  • Beach View


  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1
  • Bathroom 2


  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Bedroom 1
  • Bedroom 2


  • Outdoor Grill


  • Central heating and air conditioning. 2 queen beds, one queen-sized sofa-bed, one double electricallly-inflatable air mattress. Washer and Dryer and all linens provided. High-speed broadband internet & Wi-FI, high-def TV and DVD player. Beautifully tiled master and guest bathrooms, both with bathtub and shower. Jetted tub in master bath. Full kitchen with all cooking utensils provided, four-burner stove, microwave and dishwasher. Backyard patio with small charcoal BBQ. Pick lemons and oranges from our backyard fruit trees! Families welcome.

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