BEAUTIFUL ECHO PARK GARDEN COTTAGE
with gourmet kitchen with upscale fixtures, modern bathroom with steeping tub, cozy comfortable bedroom with queen bed and adjacent well-appointed work space. Our location is within walking distance to everything Echo Park has to offer. This Home is available for short or long term stays. ALSO each stay includes some of these yummy choices for your self-serve breakfast- organic fresh eggs with your choice of bread and butter or greek yogurt and granola with fresh fruit of your choice, or fresh baked bagels and cream cheese from the best local bagel maker. Read on for news about coffee!!
LOCATION, LOCATION, etc........
The Cottage is located in a unique area of Echo Park, on Echo Park Avenue. In this area, small shops are sparsely interspersed with residential buildings. This creates an interesting “walking corridor” with eating establishments and boutique shops just a few blocks away on Echo Park Avenue. For Yoga and Pilates enthusiasts you don’t have far to go. Yogala and Pilates and Art are just steps away. If you need a hair cut, the Echo Park Salon is also our neighbor. If you are a hiker, Elysian Park is a 10 minute walk from our front door. Elysian is the oldest and one of the largest parks in Los Angeles. Because this park was originally designed as an arboretum, Elysian's mature trees provide shade for many of the hilly trails that weave and wind throughout the park. This wonderful, tranquil green area in the heart of our community will provide the hiker with gorgeous and varied views of downtown Los Angeles and our local mountains from the tops of its many hills. Be sure to pack your hiking boots!
Do you want to go green and car-less on your trip? You can catch a bus to anywhere by walking about 125 feet from our door. PLEASE NOTE- Buses arrive approximately every 20 minutes. These busses make noise. If you are not accustomed to an urban residential area with bus flow, then you may not wish to stay here. If you are then this is a great location for you because of this convenient means of transportation. We are about 15-20 minutes by bus to Union station, where you can catch a ride on our many transportation options, as well as the “Fly Away” option to LAX. Convenient, no? If you are traveling by car, then we are at the crux of your entry into the LA highway system. We are surrounded by the Santa Ana (5), Hollywood/Ventura (101,) Harbor/Pasadena (110), and Glendale (2) Freeways which will get you to your destination if you choose your timing wisely to avoid gridlock!
Hey, speaking of Green, we compost, recycle and save our rainwater for the plants, not the street gutter. Yay!
ABOUT OUR SPACE
The Garden Cottage is an intimate, cozy, well appointed space. The kitchen has a five burner commercial style stainless steel range, hood and dishwasher. There is-
a cd/radio/ipod system for your use while you are working in the kitchen. In the complement of chef's tools there is a Waring Pro waffle maker, a pancake griddle, and a Cuisinart blender. The most recent addition is a new set of stainless steel pans. For Java fiends, I have provided a French Press and a coffee bean grinder along with fresh beans for that fresh brew, first thing in the morning. If you want someone else to brew your coffee, I encourage you to take a short walk down the Avenue, and have a taste of some of the best local roaster coffee available anywhere! .
A small dining area that is suitable for two, is tucked into a corner of the kitchen which overlooks the garden and courtyard.
In December..............you can pick fresh oranges (which are pesticide free), from the tree in the garden. These oranges are our year end gift from the sunny climate and they are as big as grapefruit. Of course we have a new orange juicer for juicing those babies!
The Cottage has maple hardwood floors in the living room and bedroom/office and 12" x 12" white matte tile in the kitchen, bath and walk in closet/laundry room.
This home is also equipped with wifi and a small flat screen TV with blue ray disk player in the living room area which is hooked up to Uverse. The office area has a very large desk and a color printer. (There is a small fee for printer use to cover maintenance and ink) You will have ample room to work here. I have also provided a few office supplies for your convenience.
The windows are dual glazed, and the heating is infrared, zone heating which provides heat for the areas you need without drying out the air.
The bed area has a brand new firm queen mattress, and a “Tempurpedic” type gel foam topper. If you prefer the firm mattress without the topper, please advise me at the time of booking and I will be happy to remove it. The comforter is hypo allergenic. For more than 2 guests there is one twin size roll away bed with bedding. Recent guests have said it was very comfy. So the cottage is able to accommodate the sleeping needs of 3 guests.
If you need to retreat and restore, then our bathroom is the place. The deep tub has an attached seating area and handheld shower and you can adjust the lighting to match your mood. The heat on demand water heater will supply all the hot water you desire.
Adjacent to the bathroom is the walk-in closet and laundry room. The laundry has a washer and dryer so you can pack light and avoid extra luggage fees. You provide the soap you prefer. The closet area has plenty of room to store your luggage and lots of shelving and hanging area for your clothes.
If you want to stay for a couple days or a month or more you are all set up.
The garden area is mature bougainvillea, interspersed with citrus fruit trees and bird of paradise. I just designed and built a beautiful and unique redwood gate that creates privacy for the courtyard and the garden. The courtyard is paved with a herringbone red brick design. Watching over the garden is a very large fruitless Mulberry tree, and close by is a large slender black walnut tree. Because of our amazing Southern California weather, most of the year, you will be able to dine in the garden area which has a glass top table, umbrella, and four swivel chairs. I've created a circular seating area around the Mulberry tree, out of an ancient Ash tree that was cut down recently in Echo Park and cut into large stump type chunks. They encircle the Mulberry and I have seating pads for all of them. It's a lovely hang out area. You will find a beautiful old candle stand nearby to enhance the atmosphere in that setting at night.
I have provided electrical outlets all around the garden for computer service, so the outside area is ready for work or lounging.
OFF STREET PARKING- Yes! We have it!!
If you know Echo Park, you know we have a parking challenge, so you will be happy to know- We have off street parking for your car. It is a concrete paved parking lot at the back of the property with a locked gate and the parking area has night lighting. You will have a key to that lot when you check in. You will access the parking lot by taking Echo Park Ave to Paul Terrace, turn onto Paul Terrace and taking a left on the first street you come to which is Ashmore Place. You will drive about a block and 1/2 until you see my fence and you will see a bright geometric mural painted on a wall inside. This will be on your left just past the commercial brick building.
So what are you waiting for? This is your invitation to enjoy and explore our unique hilly bohemian corner of the world. Did I mention we have the best local IPA brewery around? We also have all manner and types of wonderful restaurants (including vegan and vegetarian). Shops and entertainment are WITHIN WALKING DISTANCE. You are a short bus ride to all that downtown LA, Hollywood, Universal studios, Hollywood Bowl, Pasadena, Burbank and more have to offer. Let me know if you have any questions and how I can be of service to you. We welcome your visit!
A NOTE ABOUT THE TAX YOU PAY
All guests staying less than 30 days at any airbnb and hotel must pay a 14% transient occupancy tax (another word for a hotel room tax) to the city upon booking in. This is the same tax you pay in LA hotels and airbnb has to collect and forward this tax to LA City Finance Office each month. Here is an exerpt regarding this tax, that is published by-
CITY OF LOS ANGELES OFFICE OF FINANCE
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Los Angeles Municipal Code
The following is an excerpt from The Tax Information Booklet for LA Municipal Code regarding Transient Occupancy Tax (Hotel Tax)
The full text can be found at the City of LA Department of Finance website.
Transient Occupancy Tax
Article 1.7, Chapter 2, of the Los Angeles Municipal Code imposes a tax on each transient for the privilege of occupancy in any hotel. The tax imposed shall be at a percentage rate of the rent charged by the hotel owner and/or operator and shall be remitted to the Office of Finance, effective January 1, 2005, on a monthly basis, due on or before the 25th day of the month following the close of each calendar month.
A transient is defined as:
A.Any person, other than an individual, who exercises occupancy or is entitled to occupancy by reason of concession, permit, right of access, license or other agreement, for any period of time, or
B.Any individual who personally exercises occupancy or is entitled to occupancy by reason of concession, permit, right of access, license or other agreement, for a period of 30 consecutive calendar days or less.