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only $109! Cozy Casita ~ 8 blocks to beach!

Excellent! 4.7/5 -
(24 traveler reviews)


Property Details

Updated: Aug 23, 2016
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.



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

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!

Speaks: english

24 Reviews

Excellent! 4.7/5 -
(24 traveler reviews)

Perfect cozy stay in Santa Monica

  • 5 of 5

The Casita was wonderful, exactly what we were looking for! Walking distance to the beach (10-15 minutes), shops and restaurants on Main, a quality grocery store, and generally convenient to anything you'd need during a typical stay. The place itself is great too, perfect for a single or couple: comfy bed, gets warm but fans do their job well, plenty of closet space, functional kitchen, laundry access, everything you could need really. Owner is very responsive and helpful even halfway across the globe. And Charley is the best! Really couldn't have asked for anything more.

The one tiny warning is that the ceiling fan over the bed is low enough to catch a stray hand (when putting on a shirt or something), so pay attention!

  • Submitted: Jul 29, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Jared, thank you for the sweet compliment! So glad you enjoyed your stay. Come back any time! Kelly
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New York City

Great location, sweet cat!

  • 5 of 5

This is a lovely space that's ideally located within walking distance of Main Street, with food and shops available. Charley the cat is a total sweetheart!

  • Submitted: Feb 21, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks, Natasha! Come back any time!
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miserable stay no air and cold shower

  • 1 of 5

Beware there is no air conditioning so my stay was extremely uncomfortable with 90 degree heat. I was told a fan would be brought over but the caretaker didn't bring one until I asked for the third time that being 24 hours later. The water in the shower doesn't mix so I had either scalding or cold water. Considering I couldn't take a proper shower or sit in my room due to the heat I had to leave early to go to another hotel so I could get ready for work. Owner responded she would call but never did. Nor did she offer any compensation for an unusable room. Stay elsewhere.

  • Submitted: Sep 6, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Janet is correct: There is no air conditioning in the Casita. (Few places in Santa Monica have a/c, as we have the ocean breeze!) She did arrive during a rare heat wave, and I regret she was was uncomfortable. There is a ceiling fan in the Casita and there was a stand-up fan that apparently wasn't working. She didn't communicate her discomfort to me or to my manager until she was ready to leave, so it was difficult to help her. We're still not sure about the difficulty she had with the shower, as guests before her and after her had no problems. Again, without hearing from her, it was hard to help her. When she did send an email, I offered to call her at her convenience, but she emailed back that she was in meetings all day. We've had so many happy guests in the Casita -- many returning! -- and I regret Janet was uncomfortable in my home. We do everything we can to make sure folks have a great time! Other reviews indicate how happy people have been at the Casita. The Casita is currently booked until April 2016 by a returning guest who is staying here long-term while his home is being remodeled. But, please contact me anyway with your needs; I may be able to offer other suggestions.
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Lisse, Netherlands

Santa Monica retreat

  • 4 of 5

If you are looking for a nice, affordable and quiet retreat in the luxurious Santa Monica beach town; look no further.

This property has a big comfy queen sized bed. Kitchen and bathroom are clean.

The quiet and lush garden is perfect to relaxed with a cold drink in the evening. Or throw another shrimp on the available BBQ. You may also see the occasional hummingbirds looking for nectar.

Walking to the beautiful beach takes less than 10 minutes and bus stops with good connections to downtown Santa Monica, Venice, LAX, Downtown LA and Hollywood are around the corner. If you travel on a budget, the local busses cost $1 per trip and Metro busses $1,75.

And the supermarket across the street from the bus stops is also very convenient.

So, the Cosy Casita is a quiet retreat to relax an explore the whole LA area.

As the Casita is not too big, don't take too many big suitcases with you. The neighbouring bungalow is bigger.

I would surely comeback again and recommend it to others. It is perfect for couples.

  • Submitted: May 21, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Wouter, omigosh, what a kind review! I'm so glad you and Oxana had a great time. I love my little Casita and, as you point out, the location is perfect -- esp for visitors without a car. It's sweet that you commented that the garden is "lush" -- we've just made it a fun, dramatic succulent garden to preserve water. Those weird plans are flourishing in the backyard sun! Come back anytime; we'd love to have you! Kelly
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Santa Monica Gem

  • 5 of 5

Comfy, quaint, close to everything, felt like home... we will definitely stay here again if given the chance.

  • Submitted: May 12, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks, Michael! Very kind of you! We'd love to have you and Mike back any time...
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Denver, CO, USA

Great place in Santa Monica!

  • 5 of 5

We rented the Casita for a long weekend getaway from Colorado. It was perfect! The rate was right and the space was an excellent alternative to a hotel with its courtyard, kitchenette, and easy outdoor access. Charley the cat was one of our favorite unique attributes of the Casita :) He welcomed us warmly and even took a nap with me after I invited him in!

The neighborhood is nice and quiet. The Casita is convenient to a grocery store and various restaurant options. It's also close to the beach. In summary, great whether you have a vehicle or not. A bicycle would be great if you have a way to bring one along.

Overall, the Casita was clean, convenient and fun - we plan to stay again the next time we are in LA. Kelly and Wendy made everything easy and our cleaning fee was promptly refunded with no particular effort on our part. Thanks ladies for making our time in LA memorable!

  • Submitted: May 11, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Mike, thanks for the great review! So glad you and Michael enjoyed yourselves. We'd love to have you both back!
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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! 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.


Rental rates

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My Standard Rate
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
Tax Rate 14.0%

An eye-popping bargain at $120/night for 2 people maximum.
$109/night for 7+nights!
14% additional mandatory city tax on nightly fee, not on cleaning fee or security deposit. No tax on stays of 30+ 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! Also: DO NOT USE THE "BOOK NOW" BUTTON. HOMEAWAY WILL CHARGE YOU A FEE. EMAIL ME DIRECTLY FOR UP-TO-DATE CALENDAR.

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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


  • 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
  • 2 bicycles


  • 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. DO NOT USE THE "BOOK NOW" BUTTON. HOMEAWAY WILL CHARGE YOU!

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