|Minimum Stay||30 nights|
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.
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.
Jacqui Ganz purchased this house in 2008
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!
Hosts Howard and Jacqui have done everything to make Zen Cottage a wonderful place to stay. We have stayed in a number of rental properties but this was special because everything was just right from bed linens, to towels to kitchen equipment. What a treat to open a kitchen drawer or cabinet and find not odds and ends or the minimal requirements but everything you might need and all of excellent quality. The overall design and decoration of Zen Cottage is lovely including some very nice Asian pieces in each room. Two couples would do well here because both bedrooms and both bathrooms are first rate. It is a very quiet neighborhood at night so count on getting a good night's sleep. And Howard and Jacqui are nearby, helpful and very warm people.
The location of Zen cottage was excellent for us because we were going to many parts of LA. Naturally all of Santa Monica and Venice are within a few minutes drive. Or it's a 20 minute bike ride to ocean beaches. You can use surface roads for getting to Malibu, UCLA, Brentwood, even Beverly Hills and beyond but at some point you will have to get on a freeway and the infamous 10 and 405 are minutes away. Off-hours you can get to downtown LA or Hollywood in 22 minutes (v. 50 min in rush hour). In the quiet neighborhood around Zen cottage you will find shops that you can even walk to. The immediate streets are tree lined residential ones and it's a 5 minute walk to Santa Monica Blvd and 7 minutes to Wilshire Blvd.
Btw, we are not TV viewers but there were large flat screens and associated equipment in the living room and each bedroom.
Also some reviewers mentioned "parking" in their reviews. Do not be put off by this. You have an assigned off-street parking spot 30 feet from the front door. Only if you want to park on the street will you need to listen to Howard's very clear one minute explanation of the local rules which are quite simple.
We spent this summer at Zen Cottage and could not have been more comfortable. Howard and Jacqui are the best neighbors and owners! The place has everything we needed for our little family of 4. They really keep it top-notch. The location is great. You are within striking distance to Brentwood, Hollywood, the Beach, Venice and Malibu! We reluctantly checked out but hope to be back very soon. Highly recommend staying here if you want to live the SoCal life for awhile.
I forgot to do this review back in May (2015) when I stayed but wanted to get it in. This place was wonderful and everything we had hoped for. We had a girls trip with my mother and sisters and enjoyed this house and location. Howard and Jacqui were fabulous, very welcoming and informative about the location and what was in the area. I had been before but other family members had not. They left a sweet basket of goodies for us on the table. This location is perfect from downtown, Venice, West Hollywood, wherever you may want to travel. Thank you again for the great place! I never want to leave SM!!!
Rockton and Rockford Illinois people! We will be back!!!
We had a wonderful days in LA with our daughter and granddaughter . The house is comfortable and cozy, and Howard and Jacqui are helpful and friendly. They received us with a nice basket with fresh fruit and chocolates. The house has everything you need for your stay in the kitchen, bathrooms and bedrooms . All clean and nice .
Thanks for your hospitality . We'll be back if it's possible .
The only problem was with the payment to Homeaway. Their system isn't easy with the foreign credit cards and they don't resolve the difficulties. But Jacqi was very patient and helpful until we could do it. Thanks again
Howard and Jacqui were so welcoming upon our arrival. They came over and introduced themselves, gave us a guided tour, and answered any and all questions that we had about the area. Their lovely basket of welcoming treats was much appreciated - especially the chocolate! The cottage itself is fully stocked with all of the things that travelers need. Having access to laundry was very helpful. The bedrooms were comfortable and well appointed. All in all, this is a great place to stay.
We spend 4 nights in the Zen Cottage with two teenage daughters and the place was perfect for us. Lots of space and all the appliances needed. Well located for driving to the various attractions in L.A.
Jacqui and Howard are very accommodating and helpful and makes one fell welcome.
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My Standard Rate
30 night minimum stay
* Approximate monthly rate. Actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay.
|Property Damage Protection||$99|
Unfortunately the City of Santa Monica has imposed new strict guidelines regarding short term rentals. (http://www.smgov.net/Departments/PCD/Permits/Short-Term-Rental-Home-Share-Ordinance/)
They will not allow anything less than 30+ days to be rented.
This has eliminated the short term market.
If you have questions or would like to reserve the property for 30+ days, please call or email me.
We look forward to speaking with you soon.
Howard & Jacqui Ganz
The Zen Cottage
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