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Property Details

Updated: Apr 20, 2015
Studio, 0 Bedrooms, 1 Baths, 2 Sleeps

Budget travelers love my studio Hideaway (pictured) and my adjacent studio Casita (with queen bed) in Santa Monica.

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.

Quiet, residential neighborhood.

The Hideaway is its own studio -- not a shared room in a house! Separate, private entrance. Comfy twin beds, kitchenette with mini-fridge, microwave, toaster, coffee maker, and blender (for those happy hour moments!).

Private bathroom with really cool stall shower. Manual wheelchair accessible.

Perfect for the solo traveler or happy friends. Max 2 people.

Private backyard with comfy chairs to soak up the morning sun!


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

FREE use of on-site washer & dryer, stocked with detergent.

FREE on-street parking.

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

A bargain at $103/night, weekly break at $98/night for 7 nights +.

$75 cleaning fee + $500 refundable deposit. Min 2 nights.

Ask about my cozy studio CASITA at the same great location for 1 or 2 people @ $109 - $120/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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13 Reviews

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$98! Happy Hideaway ~ Only 8 blocks to beach!
Santa Monica Los Angeles County
San Francisco Bay Area

Perfect and Purr-fect place for two!

  • 5 of 5
We needed to be in the LA area to support my nephew after surgery (he's doing great!) and decided to stay at the Hideaway for the great price. (Hey, I'm on a budget!) That it was eight blocks to the beach was also a huge selling point!

The Hideaway is a quiet and safe little nook of a home. For the two of us traveling light, it was ideal. We could walk to the store and keep our food cold in the fridge. Kelly has thoughtfully provided all the little things a home needs: plates, mugs, cups, bowls, utensils, etc. (My only wish - ice!) We easily saved $100 not eating so many meals out! It was also so clean!

The outside patio was my favorite place to sit with a coffee in the morning, and it gave us a bit of privacy.

My favorite thing was definitely Charley! I miss my cat so much when I travel; Charley made the perfect substitute cat! He's so gentle and has a huge personality. He was very social and chatty, and kind of hard to photograph! ;) He has the cutest nose!

We had to rent a car from the airport to get to my nephew in Long Beach, but otherwise found the immediate area very walk-able. Buses were everywhere, so I think this would be an easy area to stay at with no car. We walked five miles on Friday, and another five on Sunday. Next time I'd love to get a bicycle to pedal around the beach!

I've found Kelly's other listings for future trips with more friends -- the hideaway is definitely for one or two travelers. If you are considering Santa Monica or the greater LA area, I highly recommend the Hideaway!
  • Submitted: Oct 22, 2014
  • Stayed: Oct 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: Jennifer, what a kind and thoughtful review! We're all so glad your nephew is doing OK. So many people who stay in my Hideaway or Casita are visiting and supporting relatives at nearby St. John's, Santa Monica or UCLA hospitals. What a great happy ending!

I hope you and Mark have a chance to come back under cheerier circumstances. Certainly Charley would love to have you back! He IS a character, isn't he? Glad you had fun with him!

I agree with you that the area is very walkable. I'm carless, too!
$98! Happy Hideaway ~ Only 8 blocks to beach!
Santa Monica Los Angeles County
Edmonton, Alberta

Exactly what we needed!

  • 4 of 5
We stayed here for the location and price and it was exactly what we needed. The room is small, as advertised, but it was perfect for us girls. Great location, close to Santa Monica pier and Venice beach. We met the people staying in the Bungalow and ended up having breakfast together. Charlie, the cat, is very friendly and slept with us some nights. Although there is no air conditioning, two fans were available for us to use. The only disappointment was the lack of coffee filters, which is not a big deal anyways. I purchased both filters and a tin of coffee to leave for the next tenants. Overall this is a great studio rental that we will book again. Thanks!
  • Submitted: Sep 13, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Adventure Seekers, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing
Owner's Response: Ashley, glad you want to come back! So many of our Hideaway guests love the great value at the fabulous price. You really can walk to so many iconic sights.
I'm sure Charley misses you! He's quite the character (and can be kept out of the Hideaway, if requested).
Looking forward to your next visit!
~ Kelly
$98! Happy Hideaway ~ Only 8 blocks to beach!
Santa Monica Los Angeles County
Huntsville, AL

Cute Bungalow close to everything!

  • 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:  Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: Dear Potential Guests,

This is a very sweet review, but it is posted at the wrong listing. These folks stayed in my 2-BR Bungalow. So, please note: The Hideaway is for 2 people maximum and is a single-room studio.

However, everything they say about the neighborhood, restaurants, cable, internet and (hopefully!) me applies to the Hideaway, as well.

I appreciate the kind and thorough review!

~ Kelly
$98! Happy Hideaway ~ Only 8 blocks to beach!
Santa Monica Los Angeles County
Kansas City, MO

We loved the Hideaway!

  • 5 of 5
My best friend and I traveled to Santa Monica, our favorite place, and were delighted with the Hideaway. The name of the place is so appropriate because we truly felt like we were hiding--it was so private and quiet.

We stayed for 6 days: walking around town and to the beach, relaxing, and visiting with Charley--who really did come by to check on us!

Kelly was great; she shared so much advice about the area's hotspots and ensured that the rental process easy and stress-free. And Wendy, the property manager, was very warm and accommodating.

If you want to live like a local, this is the spot for you! We will be back next summer!
  • Submitted: Aug 1, 2013
  • Stayed: Jul 2013
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing
Owner's Response: Mindy, thank you for such a warm review! We'll look forward to seeing you next summer. I'm so glad you had fun with Charley, my cat, and the photo you sent was really cute!

I'm in the process of updating the nearby restaurant list. Any you think I should add?

$98! Happy Hideaway ~ Only 8 blocks to beach!
Santa Monica Los Angeles County
Bellingham, WA

A Very Pleasant Stay

  • 5 of 5
The highlight of my Santa Monica visit was spending time with my nieces and their families (at the beach, in the park, on the pier, at Disneyland, and seeing my niece perform at the Disney Concert Hall), but Charley comes in a close second. The studio is small but comfortable, clean and well laid out with everything I needed for a week's stay. Thanks.
  • Submitted: Aug 3, 2012
  • Stayed: Jul 2012
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing
Owner's Response: Arnie, I'm so honored my cat comes in a close second to seeing your talented niece perform at Disney Concert Hall! He is a funny cat, and I'm so glad you two had "quality" time together.

Thank you for the kind comments. Come back any time!

$98! Happy Hideaway ~ Only 8 blocks to beach!
Santa Monica Los Angeles County
Bremgarten/AG Switzerland

a very happy hideaway

  • 5 of 5
the place was exactly as in the information, very welcoming & clean! everything work just great and they help me with everything i ask for, just awesome! also charley the cat is one of the best cat i ever meet, thanks and hope to be back soon, kindest tiziana
  • Submitted: Apr 21, 2012
  • Stayed: Mar 2012
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Adventure Seekers, Pet-friendly, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing
Owner's Response: Tiziana, thank you for this sweet review -- and for the lovely Swiss chocolate you left! I hope you can come back, too!



From the Owner

My Hideaway is a comfy "unfussy" home -- great for budget travelers 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 Beach -- Only 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 $98 Per night

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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 $103/night for 2 people maximum.
$98/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.
Please ignore the computerized "total quote" generated by this web site. It's not accurate!

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From the Owner

I love the light and ocean breezes!

Property Type

  • studio


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


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


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


  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area


  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television ...


  • 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
  • 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
  • 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 great water pressure


  • Studio, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1 - 2 twin/ single
  • 2 twin beds in cozy studio


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


  • Guests provide their own meals


  • Twin beds, TV trays, kitchenette w/mini-fridge, microwave, sink, toaster, blender (for those Happy Hour margaritas!), coffeemaker, plates & silver, plenty of towels, linens, bathroom with shower stall, private entrance. This is a stand-alone, non-shared studio for your enjoyment! 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 Your stay at my Hideaway 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 when I'm on the road traveling through different time zones.

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