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Description from owner

Description from owner

Bedrooms 2 / Bathrooms 2 / Sleeps 8 / House
Bedrooms: 2  Bathrooms: 2  Sleeps: 8  Type: House
Stunning Craftsman Home Near Beach with Private Patio, Free Bikes & Lemon Trees
TripAdvisor property ID 2292078

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Book this 2 bedroom house in Santa Monica today! A total of 8 people can sleep here comfortably.

Guests can enjoy a air conditioning, parking space, and internet access among other amenities offered by this rental.

Travelers are sharing their opinions on this property. It has an overall rating of 5/5 thanks to an average of 18 reviews.

The owner responds to 100% of inquiries and last updated the property’s calendar Aug 21, 2017.

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About the owner

About the owner

James U.
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Calendar last updated:
21 Aug 2017
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Languages spoken: English, French, Italian



Proximity to TripAdvisor's Top Santa-monica Attractions




  • Air conditioning
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Central heating
  • Clothes dryer
  • Hair dryer
  • Iron
  • Linen provided
  • Towels provided
  • Washing machine

Phone / Internet

  • Internet access
  • Wireless Internet

Property Features

  • Mountain Views
  • Parking
  • Secure parking
  • Waterfront


  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Fridge
  • Kettle
  • Microwave
  • Stove
  • Toaster


  • DVD player
  • Satellite TV
  • TV
  • Video player


  • Balcony or terrace
  • Grill
  • Patio
  • Private garden
  • Shared garden


  • Children
  • Pets
  • Smoking allowed


Reviews (18)

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“This place is so great. We all thought it was wonderful.”

Reviewed 8 May 2013

This place is so great. We all thought it was wonderful. We couldn't have been happier with this place. It looks just like the photos only better. Not only is it very attractive and nicely decorated, but it is very clean, it is fully stocked with nice dishes, pans, etc.but then there is the back yard. it is such a wonderful spot. You sit out there and are surrounded with fountains and a lemon tree, an orange tree, flowers galore, humming birds, and it is so beautiful. And yet you are 1 1/2 blocks from a busy street also James was very pleasent and helpful, fun to talk to. We are very happy we chose this place and will, for sure choose it again.

“Perfect family stay”

Reviewed 2 Apr 2013

This home in Mar Vista was the perfect compromise for our family of 5 (3 young children) in la. No matter where you stay in la, you have to drive, so this property's proximity to Venice beach (less than 5 min), Hollywood (15 minutes) and Disneyland (40 minutes in good traffic) was exactly what we were looking for. Added to that, it was clean, comfortable, well appointed and James was very helpful. Would definitely stay again if travelling with the family. We did have some minor problems with checking in, due to lack of cleaning staff on a long weekend, but I'm sure it was a one-off issue.

“Family perfection!”

Reviewed 19 Dec 2012

We rented all three of James's units on Beethoven Street for a nephew's wedding and could not have been more pleased. Privacy for adult children, good accessibility for an elderly parent in a wheelchair and great places for the family to gather. The retreat is comfortable and well equipped. The dining room was a great place for a family dinner and the kitchen had all the necessities. This is clearly an owner who cares about making renters feel at home, and we did! The location was perfect for us, and renting all three units made the driveway a real asset. We look forward to coming back- James left great suggestions for dining- a wonderful bakery to supplement morning coffee and a great place for wood-fired pizza are within walking distance. Supermarkets are close- the beach is a bikable distance, and the bikes are part of the rental.


Reviewed 19 Oct 2012

Four of us spent a week at Beethoven's Retreat in Santa Monica. The house is very roomy and beautifully furnished. In addition, there is a pleasant garden in back with a lemon tree and many blooming plants. The owner is most obliging and is ready to help with useful suggestions about restaurants, markets, etc. The location is ideal for exploring Los angeles.

“Great place to stay!”

Reviewed 28 May 2012

Our family vacation to la was just wonderful, especially staying at this lovely home ! My family stayed there and it was perfect with our 2 small children they loved the yard to play in. We had such a great stay in the rental very, very accomodating . The nice drives to the Santa Monica beach were perfect for us also which was very close by. I personally enjoyed European styled home! Thanks again Mr. Ulmer for letting us feel at home away from home !

“Wonderful retreat in la”

Reviewed 25 May 2012

Your home on Beethoven Street was perfect - the two bedrooms with two baths were ideal - very roomy with numerous modern features. The backyard with lemon and orange trees (fully stocked by nature) delighted both us and our guests. The wooden floors added a nice, warm touch. The entertainment area, both inside and out, was California/la at it's best. The home was well stocked with books, CDs and all necessities. The neighborhood was compact and safe - restaurants,stores and bakeries were all close by - many within walking distance. All the USC graduates and their parents had a wonderful time. I and my family look forward to visiting la again and staying in your exceptional family.

“Graduation Getaway”

Reviewed 22 May 2012

Great place for our family to stay while in town for a graduation. We enjoyed the yard and grill and proximity of the property to stores and restaurants and the beach! We're really glad we made the decision to rent a house instead of hotels and we ate several meals "in" - including an after-graduation BBQ for a small group. Really was a retreat!

“The best place to stay in L.A”

Reviewed 31 Jan 2012

It was just perfect,amazing,unique to stay at James house.I feel like at home from the moment when I open the door.House is realy nice comfortable and you fell you dont want to go out.James the owner is very polight nice and great person.His positive energi you will feel it.House is on quiet place but you have everything very clouse to you.Shop beach city what ever you need.If you want to rent some place I promise you finde the best place I highly recomend to everybody I did the rent house first time and James house was absolutely best chouse.Thank you so much James for your hospitality.I wish you always the best.Martin and Slavek

“A great family retreat”

Reviewed 10 Jan 2012

We were more than impressed with this home - even better than the pictures! Beautiful hardwood throughout and the updated baths were wonderful (loved the jet tub). We were in for a wedding with a family of 7 which included toddlers making the backyard a great addition to their wanderings. We could not have asked for a better welcome and attention to detail from James and Fleur. We even hosted a large barbeque in that great backyard with loads of oohs and ahhs for the award winning lemons. They truly were the biggest lemons we've ever seen. Having a working kitchen with an eating area really helped with the little ones and the large dining room was the best for the rest of the crowd! We certainly will recommend this beautiful "home away from home" to all our friends headed to la. Thanks again for a wonderful week. Terry and Maureen from Pittsburgh, pa

“A Wonderful Haven to Come To: To Relax, Breathe, and Unwind”

Reviewed 3 Jan 2012

Shortly after arriving, James greeted us and showed us Beethoven's Retreat. He was as charming as the home. Details about parking, laundry, and wifi were explained. While in the courtyard and thrilled with the lemon and orange trees, James picked a few for us to enjoy. Brochures and a notebook filled with suggestions of places to visit were very much appreciated. On top of all this, there was a bottle of wine for us to enjoy. We were thrilled to be in a 'home' away from home. Beethoven's Retreat is centrally located and easily accessible from lax, Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Santa Monica and Venice.

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