We feel lucky to live on a compound of cottages in the middle of the Oakwood area of Venice Beach which feels like a community. We cannot think of a better place to live.
The compound itself is made up of seven units, four of them 40’s cottages and two of those are now offered as vacation rentals. The owners, Allan, a Canadian film-maker and Chiyoko, a Japanese writer, live on the site and have created a way of living they are happy to share.
Each unit overlooks a small private sitting garden and larger communal gardens are nearby. Various tables and fire pits invite intimate or expansive al fresco dining. A Balinese daybed is for chilling or outdoor sleeping.
The compound was recently on the famous Venice House & Garden Tour and the local newspaper called it ‘most enticing’. Also it was used as a location for several films.
Vaulted ceilings and hardwood floors. Fully furnished for elegant living, the kitchen is equipped with an espresso machine, filtered water, martini glasses, etc. A queen sized bed, linens and towels are provided, free do-it-yourself laundry, free high speed internet and cable, free loan of bicycles, free fully enclosed parking for one car, DVD and book library and a breakfast bar. Friendly and arty neighbors. Cats and non barking dogs are welcomed. If in doubt about barking the answer is "So sorry but the peace and quiet of the other guests is paramount."
The property is in the center of Venice’s semi-secret Oakwood area which has the highest number of artists per capita outside of NYC's Soho area. It is a neighborhood where locals have pride of place and greet each other as they walk, skate and bike around.
Local attractions are Gold’s flagship gym and across the street is (SENSITIVE CONTENTS HIDDEN). Dozens of yoga and Pilates studios are within stretching distance. Don’t miss what’s left of the canals which gave Venice its name. The brand new skateboarding park is next to the original Muscle Beach. Some say the biggest local attraction is the beach others say it’s the swarming bikini boardwalk next to it. Both are five blocks away. Oakwood is anchored by Abbot Kinney Boulevard (named after the visionary who built Venice as a summer get-away from Los Angeles.) This strip was recently called ‘the hippest street in America’ by GQ. The ‘next big thing’ is nearby Rose Avenue where healthy food and drink is the agenda.
Neighborhoods to the north are trendy Santa Monica, laid-back Malibu and rustic Topanga. To the east is Lincoln Boulevard with ‘the sexiest Whole Foods on planet earth” sez the LA Times. Also a plethora of pot shops and tattoo emporiums. To the south are Marina Del Ray for sailing and Culver City for galleries. The Santa Monica Freeway takes you downtown in 25 minutes and the Pacific Coast Highway can drop you at the airport in 15 minutes.
What else? Venice Love is a certain relaxed funkiness, it’s ten kinds of fruit trees, nine chimes, seven kinds of bamboo, six fountains, three fire pits, two BBQ grills and a brown hen who lays eggs. It’s all very Venice Beach so it’s not for everybody but it may be perfect for the right person.
Chat through Airbnb or call us directly with any questions.
Allan or Chiyoko 310 and 581 and 7951
The whole compound. Including three al fresco dinning areas beyond the tiny table on your individual patio. Feel free to carry one of our three portable fire pits to your area and build a fire. Plenty of free wood. Same with the BBQ grills and charcoal.
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We live right on the compound and so we are available for any concerns or travel or restaurant advice night and day.
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Cats are welcomed. Several of our regular tenants own friendly dogs but we cannot accept vacation rental dogs that bark. If in doubt please consult.
No smoking at all in the cottages. We provide a 'smoker's corner' which is a comfortable garden alcove where smoking is permitted.
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One bedroom cottage in a secluded garden compound of friendly, arty, Venice types.
Vaulted ceilings, hardwood floors, free bikes, boards, cable, wifi, laundry machines, gated parking for one car. Pets are warmly welcomed and roam safely behind the fence.
Recently highlighted on the Venice House & Garden Tour. Two fire pits, six fountains, seven kinds of bamboo, dogs running, chicken scratching…
we think it's perfect for a certain kind of person.
$130/day (minimum 5 days). $830/week, $3,500/month, $60 maid deposit.
Any questions try calling us 310 and 581 and 7951.
Chiyoko was born in Tokyo and was an editor and journalist. She was the US correspondent for a major Japanese music magazine. She is now into healthy cooking, pottery, blogging and gardening.
Allan was born in a small town in Quebec north of Montreal. He dropped out of McGill to travel the world, ended up writing and directing movies first in NYC and then in LA.
Allan's top influential movies are Husbands, Nashville, 400 Blows. All time fave is Performance.
Chiyoko's top five movies are Taxidriver, Moulin Rouge, Little Miss Sunshine, Roman Holiday and Dazed And Confused. Scariest is Midnight Express.