THIS IS A GEM.A beautiful & private cottage in LA's centrally located Paramount Pictures & Larchmont Village area. Near excellent food, culture, shopping, bars & public transport. Relaxing design space with hardwood floors, digital projector, wifi, XBox, Firepit, library, BBQ & hammock. Best of Hollywood.
You will be staying in a historic Hollywood cottage that's part of a small complex of five cottages and two above-garage studios. These complexes are protected architectural sites as they exemplify a very important part of Hollywood history. Hundreds of celebrities stayed in cottage complexes like these while visiting Los Angeles to shoot movies during the dawn of Hollywood. Studios put their stars up in these cottages because they were more pleasant and less expensive than hotel accommodations and they were conveniently located close to the studio lots.
This place is a magical GEM and I can't wait to share it with you. The private, stand-alone, one-bedroom cottage has a rich history. It may show its age here and there, but that's part of its charm.
I am a full-time art professor (I teach design, illustration, and art history), so the house is stocked with hundreds of art books and contemporary art festoons the walls.
Bed linens, two towels, two hand towels, two washcloths, and two beach towels are provided at check-in. If you need more towels or bed linens please let me know in advance.
Shampoo, conditioner, and soap are provided when you check in. The shampoo and soap are the same organic, awesome Dr. Bronners soap (the best). The conditioner is Trader Joe's Tea Tree Conditioner.
I also provide shaving cream, sunblock, lotion, laundry detergent for washing delicates in the sink, and first aid supplies. If you need any other specific toiletries or amenities please let me know at least 5 days in advance and I can try my best to provide them.
The cottage has a queen-size sturdy and firm Ikea bed with a memory foam topper, complete with comfy linens, a king-size down-alternative comforter, and extra blankets for chilly nights. The living room couch quickly converts into a full-size bed and can comfortably sleep anyone under six feet tall. There's an optional memory foam topper for the sleeper sofa if you need some extra cushion. A super comfy inflatable single mattress with corresponding bedding is also available. If you like, and can give me at least 5 days notice, I can have the inflatable mattress ready and made up with bedding in the living room in place of the rocking chair seen in the cottage photos.
Sheets and pillowcases are changed on a weekly basis. Bath towels, hand towels, and washcloths are also changed on a weekly basis. If you need any other linens please let me know in advance.
Stays of more than 10 days include free light housecleaning.
The gardeners come every week to tend to the entire property.
There's a portable air-conditioner that can be moved from room to room.
There's a gas heater in the living room and two portable electric heaters for use throughout the house.
Free Wifi is included in the cottage and in the courtyard.
I provide basic office supplies, envelopes, pens, paper, etc.
The house does not have a printer.
The bedroom has a large garment rack and plenty of drawer storage for your travel clothes.
I provide tons of canvas shopping bags so you don't have to pay for (EMAIL HIDDEN)plimentary coffee and an espresso machine greet you in the kitchen.
Parched? Let the soda stream maker quench your thirst and enliven your drinks with some bubbly water.
Make Belgian waffles with the waffle maker.
And perhaps most importantly, use the blender to mix up some much-needed frosty beverages to enjoy as you soak up the LA sun.
You'll probably be traveling all around LA while you're here, but there's nothing better than coming home to a relaxing abode.
If you just want to hang out at the house there's plenty to do.
The first thing you'll notice is the library. I have hundreds of books covering everything from Contemporary Art to Auto Repair. I've taken the liberty to hand-pick some books about Los Angeles tourism and history from my collection for you to peruse as you get to know this astounding city.
You might want to pick out a few books to read on the comfy gliding/rocking chair, couch, or in the hammock in the courtyard the cottage shares with my amazing neighbors. They're all smart & fun artists, actors, teachers, producers, writers, brewers, and game designers. They mostly keep to themselves, but if you do see them please say hello.
Tired of all your sight-seeing and want to stay at home? Watch digitally projected movies on the huge pull-down projector screen in the house. Use the surround sound audio system to get a real movie experience. The X-Box Kinnect plays DVDs, gets Netflix, Hulu Plus, and HBO Go, and if you bring your computer's HDMI adapter, you can hook it up to the computer and watch cute cat videos on Youtube!
Feel free to BBQ outside and have a candle-lit dinner in the courtyard.
Roast marshmallows around the fire pit with the provided metal roasting skewers in the kitchen. Tell spooky stories about dead celebrity ghosts around the fire.
Be intoxicated by the psychedelic smells of the Angel's Trumpet flowers that bloom monthly just outside your door (but don't get too close - they are highly poisonous and psychedelic…not in a good way)
Pet my the jaw-droppingly cute dogs in the complex. Give them treats. Let them become your new best friends. You will miss them when you leave.
This is a magical place and it is a great honor to share it with you.
Accès des voyageurs
Make yourself at home.
Use any of the appliances in the house as long as you are nice to them.
Please treat my library like an actual library. Read all the books you like, just put them back where you found them. Please don't take any of the books with you. Believe it or not, I do an inventory of my books when guests check out, so it's extremely important to either put back all the books you read exactly where you found them, or just make a neat pile of the books you used somewhere in the living room. Guests will be charged more than market-rate for missing books.
Please don't give treats/food to any of the neighbor's dogs without permission.
There is a washer/dryer in the cottage complex. A Wash costs $1.25. A Dry costs $1. Please don't do laundry after 8pm.
Use the fire pit in the big communal area, just put all embers out with water when you are through.
Please don't use either of the patios next to the cottage (the one by the veggie garden and the one just outside the cottage's bedroom). Those patios are for other tenants to use. But have tons of fun in the communal courtyard in back.
Échanges avec les voyageurs
If I am in town while you stay here I will greet you, give you keys, a tour of the place, and answer any questions you might have.
I'll check in regularly via text and will bid you farewell when you check out.
If I am traveling while you are here, my good friend who lives in the bungalow complex will meet you to give you the keys, a tour of the place, and be your point man in case of problems.
Please always text me first with any concern, question, suggestion, emergency, gossip, or celebrity sighting you like.
I will text and/or email you regularly to see how things are going.
If I need to enter the property I will give you plenty of warning ahead of time.
As previously noted, the cottage was built in the early 1930s. While many improvements have been made to its interior, the place does appear like a gracefully aging starlet, with makeup covering noticeable wrinkles. As with an old place with old pipes, the drains in shower and sink in the bathroom take awhile to fully drain. Other than that, everything else works well (including the hot water and the wonderful water pressure).
While the cottage is situated in one of the safest and most family-friendly parts of metropolitan LA, it is still in one of the biggest urban centers in America. People live nearby. They have dogs, kids, teenagers, cars, stereos, and diverse lives and backgrounds routinely bridging the gap between public and private. Our neighbors invite people over, play music, have parties, and generally live their lives. Living near other people and honestly sharing a city with a diverse population is one of the joys of living in a place like Los Angeles. This isn't the countryside, so don't expect homogeny or absolute silence.
The neighborhood is very safe, but when you stay in any city you need to be smart. Don't leave valuables in your car. Lock the doors and windows when you leave the house. Use common sense when walking alone at night - stay in well-lit places and be aware of your surroundings. This is a close-knit and safe neighborhood and your vigilance and street-smarts will help keep it that way.
Rule #1: Have fun.
If you believe any of the rules and requests below will significantly impede Rule #1, we should talk. I can accommodate some things, but others are absolute.
NO SMOKING INDOORS. SERIOUSLY. Feel free to smoke outside, in the courtyard, or on the stoop. Please put your butts in the ashtrays provided. Just DON'T SMOKE INSIDE.
No open flames (candles, blowtorches, etc.) indoors, other than the range-top stove provided.
Please leave the house in the state you found it.
Turn off the projector when you're not using it.
Turn off the AC when you're not using it.
Be respectful of the neighbors. Clean up after yourself in the common areas.
Please, no loud noises before 9am or after 11pm.
Please don't bring more than two guests over at a time. Four people is a dinner party. Five is just a party.
On that note, this isn't a party house or a party community. If you're loud after midnight the neighbors will call the police. If you want to party and rage all night, book a room at TheStandard in Hollywood.
Guests, other than the people booking the cottage through airbnb, may not sleep over. Sorry.
Please don't serve alcohol to minors. Just have to say that.
IF YOU ARE DEATHLY AFRAID OF DOGS THIS AIRBNB IS NOT FOR YOU.
There are six dogs in the cottage complex: my dog Neptune (who looks just like Sprocket from Fraggle Rock), Mr. Darcy (an adorable small, brown terrier), Dr. Watson (a ridiculously cute and small terrier mix), Miso (a tiny Japanese Chin), and two Chihuahuas who don't come out much. Neptune, Mr. Darcy, and Watson are best friends and love to play together. They let us know when people are at the front gate, they love to visit and get/receive hugs and kisses, and they make living here an absolute pleasure. They may wander into the house if you leave the door open. They won't mess with your stuff, but will get into any food left out and will feast like kings from the garbage can if it's not locked up. So please, for your happiness and the cleanliness of the house, remember to latch the garbage closet.
Illegal narcotics, smuggled endangered species, deadly viruses, ghosts, explosive materials, circuses, human corpses, drug labs, prostitution rings, exorcisms, nuclear weapons, human trafficking, diamond mining, puppy mills, Trump supporters, and Pat Robertson are not allowed anywhere near, in, around, adjacent to, on top of, or under my cottage and the surrounding cottage complex. I think that about covers it.