Coastal California Beach house guest apartment

Front view of Casa Makai beach house in La ConchitaView from the second floor dining room  breakfast  served for 3 night stayPartial view of the spacious living room and kitchenette in guest apartment.partial view of living room library w/garden view, guest apt.Partial view of guest bedroom with its queen size bed & flat screen TVpartial view of guest bathroom with showerpartial view of private meditation garden for guest apartmentAnother view of meditation garden w/fragrant orange treeGarden pond in front of guest apartment w/resident watch turtle FridaCovered garden walk to guest apartment private entanceHosts\' art filled great room. Guests staying 3 or more nites-cocktails here!Hosts\\\' Dining room upstairs where breakfast is served.Bill makes breakfast for guests staying 3 or more nightsSunset from 2nd floor lanai of Casa Makai, our lovely beach houseBeautiful pristine La Conchita Beach access is at the foot of our strreetOne of the many spectacular sunsets on La Conchita BeachLa Conchita Beach an Oasis of tranquility, never crowded, but always surprisingLa Conchita Beach Sunset on the Winter SolsticeLa Conchita Beach is within a Federally protected marine mammal sanctuary One of our areas many beaches. This one just north of us in CarpinteriaAnother great beach just to our south in Seacliff. Do a beach a day!La Conchita Beach at the foot of our streetTake a walk on LC Beach in the morning & see sea birds, seal & dolphins.A new underpass & ramp make our beach 100% accessible. Lights at night too!
“ Excellent ”
1 Review
7098 North Sunland Avenue, Ventura, CA 93001


Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1
Sleeps: 3
Type: Apartment
Per night: $115 - $125
Per week: $800 - $850
Pets allowed: No
Internet: Yes
Description of the Ventura vacation apartment rental
Casa Makai is a dramatic beach house property with a private guest apartment located in the charming beach enclave of La Conchita on Rincon Bay. This little beach village has its own special micro-climate and promotes the growth of lush tropical foliage everywhere. Beach access through a new underpass ( under Highway 101) is conveniently located at the foot of our street, just down the block.

The private guest apartment at Casa Makai is a reflection of the rest of the house owned by two working artists. Works of art are everywhere. The large front living room/ kitchenette features a library filled with interesting reading material, a large flat screen TV, and a futon that could be used as a third bed. The kitchenette has all the necessary appliances, utensils, and dishes for a short vacation stay: small fridge, toaster oven, microwave, coffee maker, portable cook-top.The bedroom has a queen size bed and small flat screen. It is next to the private bathroom with shower. The separate apartment entry faces a garden pond. To the side of the apartment is a private meditation garden with a fountain. It's a nice place to have morning coffee. Guests also have access to the second floor lanai with a terrific ocean view. The apartment rents to adults only, no children due to liability issues with the pond in front of the apartment. No pets, we often rent to guests with severe allergies.

We are running special winter rates this year. Visitors interested in early booking for their late spring & summer vacations can book now and take advantage of our low winter rates before they increase in March.
Area Information
Casa Makai beach house in La Conchita is conveniently located, just 15 miles from Santa Barbara,10 miles to Ventura and a 40 minute drive down the coast to Malibu. The famous surfing landmark of Rincon Point can be seen from La Conchita Beach. Shopping, restaurants and more are located just 3 miles north of La Conchita over the Santa Barbara County line in Carpinteria. It is also the home of a nationally protected marine mammal sanctuary area. At the Carpinteria Bluffs guests can view a large colony of Harbor Seals giving birth to their young from January through May every year. Another popular destination, just 20 minutes away through the mountains is the beautiful town of Ojai, Lake Casitas Recreation Area and the Los Padres National Forest.
La Conchita Beach is a pristine and beautiful beach. Guests can walk to nearby Mussel Shoals and at low tide sometimes even to Rincon Point, although knowledge of the tides is essential. If outdoor activities, cultural events, shopping, and/ or unique experiences are what you are looking for our hosts and their friends can point you in the right direction. They are both very involved in the social and cultural life of Santa Barbara and Ventura: from the Santa Barbara International Film Festival to The Summer Solstice Parade and the Santa Barbara Museum of Art; from the Ojai Lavender Festival and Santa Barbara Sea Center to the Ventura Bell Arts Factory & Carpinteria First Fridays.

Availability Calendar


Begins Ends Week
Weekly Monthly Min
Jan 01 2015 May 31 2015 $115 $115 $800 - 1 Night
Jun 01 2015 Aug 31 2015 $125 $125 $850 $2,000 2 Nights
Sep 01 2015 Dec 31 2015 $120 $120 $825 - 2 Nights
Check In: 4 p.m. Check Out: 11 a.m.
Tax I.D.: 102-202775
Deposits: $100 security deposit to be promptly returned after a satisfactory inspection of the apartment.
Payment Options: Cashier's Check, Mastercard, Money Order, PayPal, Personal Check, Visa
Other Fees: $50 cleaning fee


  • Beds

  • 1 Queen Bed
  • 2 Sofa Beds
  • Features

  • Beach Chairs
  • Kitchenette
  • Parking Included
  • Porch
  • Beach Towels
  • Lanai
  • Patio
  • View (Ocean)
  • High Speed Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Appliances

  • Alarm Clock
  • DVD Player
  • Microwave
  • TV (Cable/Satellite)
  • Ceiling Fan
  • Gas Grill
  • Radio
  • Toaster
  • Charcoal Grill
  • Hair Dryer
  • Refrigerator (Mini)
  • VCR
  • Coffee Maker
  • Iron
  • Stereo
  • Washer/Dryer
  • Activities

  • Beach
  • Hiking
    (3 miles)
  • Movie Theater
    (10 miles)
  • Scuba Diving
    (15 miles)
  • Horseback Riding
  • Parasailing
    (3 miles)
  • Boating
    (15 miles)
  • Snorkeling
    (15 miles)
  • Ocean
  • Park
    (3 miles)
  • Canoeing
    (15 miles)
  • Tennis
    (15 miles)
  • Surfing
    (2 miles)
  • Pool
    (3 miles)
  • Deep Sea Fishing
    (15 miles)
  • Volleyball Court
    (15 miles)
  • Aquarium
    (3 miles)
  • Restaurant
    (3 miles)
  • Fishing
    (15 miles)
  • Whale Watching
    (15 miles)
  • Bicycling
    (3 miles)
  • Shopping Area
    (3 miles)
  • Kayaking
    (15 miles)
  • Zoo
    (15 miles)
  • Golf
    (3 miles)
  • Windsurfing
    (5 miles)
  • Lake
    (15 miles)
  • Miniature Golf
    (17 miles)
  • Grocery Store
    (3 miles)
  • Winery
    (8 miles)
  • Sailing
    (15 miles)
  • Theme Park
    (25 miles)
  • Gym/Fitness Center
    (3 miles)
  • Live Entertainment
    (10 miles)

Other Vacation Rental Amenities
The harbor seal sanctuary and surfing at Rincon Point, both just minutes away from our location, attract visitors from all over the world. Ojai, home of the Krishtamurti Society is famous for it's many spiritual, meditation and philosophical organizations that sponsor seminars, encounters and lectures that attract many visitors. Ojai is also well known for it's spas. It was also the home of famed ceramist Beatrice Woods and now the Beatrice Woods Center for the Arts. If beaches are what the guests are interested in Casa Makai is the place. At every exit on 101 immediately north and south of La Conchita there are beaches. Each one with its own character. None of them over crowded.All of them beautiful. The best part about our place is that it is so centrally located and yet so private and intimate. One important note is that this property is an adults only facility. Due to all of the large works of art in the apartment it is not child proof. Our insurance mandates that we not risk the liability. It is also a no pet facility, much as we love animals, we have had a fair number of guests with severe allergies.

Reviews for this vacation apartment rental in Ventura, California

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Santa Ana, CA

Great Quiet Secluded Retreat

November 6, 2014

Bonnie and Bill are terrific hosts, warm with the just the right amount of interaction. The apartment is quaint, perfect for two, and reflects the owners diverse interests and art talents. The furniture was comfortable for reading or watching TV, with good lighting. The proximity to the beach was great, we enjoyed sitting on the fairly private and secluded beach watching sunset, birds and the occasional dog frolicking in the breakers. The gardens were a calm retreat for morning coffee and making plans for the day, while being totally entertained by the hummingbirds. Santa Barbara, Ventura, Carpenteria, and Ojai all relatively close with great shopping, dining and drinking, as well as miles of beaches to enjoy and piers to stroll on. Overall a great place to get centered and rejuvenated. I will definitely be a return guest

Bonnie Kelm

Owner's reply:

Linda & Karen were great guests. We were pleased that they enjoyed our recommendation of Restaurants in Carpinteria & Ventura. It was also gratifying to have guests who share some of your own interests. Bill enjoyed taking Karen on a tour of Lotusland & I definitely enjoyed showing Linda my jewelry studio. We thoroughly enjoy living in this area, sharing some of its many attractions with our guests increases the pleasure. Than you Linda, for the lovely review!

Owner Supplied Testimonials

July 2014-Vincenzo
Bonnie and Bill were great hosts. They came to pick us up at the highway exit since we got lost. That was very nice of them! They also helped us to figure out where to go and eat during the weekend. We really had a great time! The house was very intimate and clean. The fridge had some breakfast and the meditation garden was perfect to enjoy it. The beach was just few minutes away. We'll definitely come back to visit them and we would strongly recommend it.

An entire apartment is provided on the first floor of the hosts' home in a beachside village. Bonnie's worldwide folk art collection and books and Bill's sculpture fill the space beautifully, and outside they've built a meditation space. A short walk away, with a tunnel passage for safety, is a great beach for sunset.

Yvonne S. April 2014
Staying with Bonnie and Bill (B&B!) was a wonderful experience. I picked it because it was half-way between Santa Barbara and Ventura which made it easy to explore both areas. We were given a lot of useful info on where to go and how best to get around by the hosts. The place was amazing - lots of art and books which meant always something to browse through and admire. We were even given fresh squeezed orange juice from the tree in the mediation garden (what a way to start the day!). This was a fantastic mini-vacation for us and I really appreciate the care Bonnie and Bill put into their hosting. Thanks again!

Anastasia H. February 2014
It was such a pleasure to say with Bonnie and Bill, view their beautiful home and garden, and learn about the rich history of La Conchita. The stay was very short but the guest apartment was lovely and filled with fascinating treasures! I looked forward to returning! Bonnie and Bill were incredibly gracious hosts and, like so many of the other reviews, I felt spoiled by their hospitality. Wether you stay for a night or a week, they'll make sure you know how to find the best beach views, restaurants, or federally protected seal overlook! A great stay with so much history, nature, and learning. Absolutely loved it.

Our stay was a wonderful experience. Bonnie and Bill shared a wealth of knowledge about La Conchita, the way to get to secret beaches, places to eat, and the local history. We had scrumptious waffles with strawberries and whip cream for breakfast. We saw the turtle in the pond. We watched the NFC and AFC football championship games on an amazing HD widescreen TV. Loved our visit and the conversations with our hosts. You will not be disappointed. Like one other reviewer said, they spoil you.
guest apartment in private home
January 2014

This was my first Airbnb experience and I'm afraid that Bonnie and Bill may have spoiled me for anywhere else. They are extremely gracious and helpful hosts, providing the perfect amount of interaction and privacy. The first morning was wonderful - delicious waffles, great conversations, lots of suggestions on things to do and see. The home is beautiful and comfortable. The week went way too fast and I'm looking forward to returning next year :)

guest apartment in private home
November 2013
Me And my boyfriend had a really good time at Bonnie's guest apartment. The apartment is pretty big and comfortable. One day we got a really good breakfast and they always helped us out when we've had questions. Thanks a lot! I would definetly recommend staying at Bonnie's place!
guest apartment in private home
October 2013

It was a delight to stay at 'Casa Makai'. The whole weekend was perfect; from engaging in wonderfully delightful conversations with Bonnie and Bill over delicious waffles, to browsing their amazing artwork and books and relaxing in the beautiful La Conchita. We hope to return again. Thank you for sharing your treasure!
guest apartment in private home
September 2013

Bonnie's guest home is filled with books and interesting pieces of art. The place is spacious and very clean. My husband and I stayed there for 3 nights while in Ventura for business. While we didn't get spend to spend a lot of time there it was a tranquil place to come home to at night. They left us fresh squeezed OJ from their tree, what a treat! Each morning I saw multiple hummingbirds in the garden. It was very quiet at night and we slept great. They have DirectTV so my husband was... More »
guest apartment in private home
September 2013

As everyone has already said, staying with Bonnie and Bill was absolutely amazing. We were welcomed so warmly. On the first morning we were cooked Bill's legendary banana waffles with fresh Californian strawberries and freshly squeezed orange juice, which were incredible! The apartment was beautifully decorated including Bill's sculptures and Bonnie's ubiquitous books and art pieces. We had a wonderful time visiting the beaches and restaurants of La Conchita and Carpinteria, and would visit... More »
guest apartment in private home
September 2013

What an absolute pleasure it was to meet both Bonnie and Bill and to stay at their wonderful home in La Conchita (right next to Santa Barbara). It was exactly what I was looking for and I couldn't have been happier. Bonnie and Bill could easily have their picture next to a dictionary entry of "good people". Both of them are very warm and thoughtful and shared their knowledge of this charming and uniquely beautiful area (Bonnie literally helped right a book on it and has an enormous amount... More »
guest apartment in private home
September 2013

Our stay at at Bonnie's & Bill was a wonderful experience. Bonnie shared with us the history of La Chonchita which is very interesting. On our first morning, Bill made the most delicious waffles with strawberries for breakfast . Our stay was pleasant & relaxing, thanks to their comfortable place, which is very quiet & clean. To bad our stay was short , because we could have stayed there a little longer.
guest apartment in private home
August 2013

Our stay was totally wonderful as were our hosts. And the orange juice was the most delicious treat!
guest apartment in private home
August 2013

A belated review! We stayed here on our way down to LA over the summer, Our lil guy slept better than he does now (and we did too.) It was so peaceful and tranquil. It will be an even better stay when there is a walking path to the beach (under construction), we will most definitely come back and stay again. We drove over to little rincon beach and walked along the shore...I love it down there. Oh and of course all the nice treats that were there when we arrived was most excellent after... More »
guest apartment in private home
July 2013
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Our stay was totally wonderful as were our hosts. And the orange juice was the most delicious treat!
guest apartment in private home
August 2013

A belated review! We stayed here on our way down to LA over the summer, Our lil guy slept better than he does now (and we did too.) It was so peaceful and tranquil. It will be an even better stay when there is a walking path to the beach (under construction), we will most definitely come back and stay again. We drove over to little rincon beach and walked along the shore...I love it down there. Oh and of course all the nice treats that were there when we arrived was most excellent after... More »
guest apartment in private home
July 2013

To say we enjoyed staying at Bonnie and Billâs apartment would be an understatement. The apartment was beautifully appointed with amazing sculptures, paintings, and books. The location was wonderful - walk to the beach, short drives to Santa Barbara, Ventura, and the mountains. We loved Bonnieâs decorating style and appreciated how much we felt welcomed and at home. We love to cook, even while traveling, and Bonnie and Bill went out of their way to accommodate our cooking needs. The... More »

guest apartment in private home
July 2013

Response from Bonnie: We were blessed to have you stay with us! A computer angel must have sent Ric our way! Helen's enthusiasm about Bonnie's jewelry was a real boost to her during a particularly difficult blip in her business. We look forward to seeing you again. There is a lot more of the Gold Coast of California to see!
Your imagination will come alive at Bonnie & Bills home- while listed as a guest apartment in a private home its really closer to staying in a private art museum. The walls and shelves of the home are dotted with art & artifacts leaving no choice but to strike up conversation about the pieces- their story. Bonnie & Bill both have such great spirits- wonderfuly positive, enthusiastic to host and Bill makes a delicious breakfast- bonus! If you are lucky you will see the resident turtle- Freida... More »
guest apartment in private home
July 2013

Justin & Gabriella
Bonnie and Bill were great hosts and the accommodations were lovely and exactly as described (and La Conchita is adorable and fascinating). We couldn't have been happier.
guest apartment in private home
July 2013

We had an amazing experience and they were both so welcoming that we immediately felt at home. The small community of La Conchita is very down to earth, friendly, and close to Carpinteria, Santa Barbara, Ojai,and Ventura and the beach is just a short walk down the street for amazing sunsets. The apartment was clean, private, and the wine, snacks, and wonderful breakfast really were a nice touch. The art, books and gorgeous landscaping made the place a sophisticated and creative... More »
guest apartment in private home
July 2013

This was our first time to try airbnb. Bonnie and Bill's one-bedroom apartment full of works of art and books was a great find. It was very clean and welcoming with a good sized living room with large flat screen tv next to a kitchen area stocked with things to eat and drink. The hosts are both artists, and very kind and fun to get to know. Bill makes the best blueberry scones and frittata we've come across. They both provided recommendations of good local eats and coffee shops. Bonnie... More »
guest apartment in private home
June 2013

Bonnie and Bill are superb hosts and wonderful people. The apartment is cozy and beautifully appointed with art and books--the garden areas outside are lovely and quiet. Bill's homemade waffles with fresh strawberries and maple syrup are delicious. Most of all, I enjoyed getting to know Bonnie and Bill.
guest apartment in private home
May 2013

Bonnie and Billy were extremely nice and welcoming. they made us feel at home right away and told us about tons of things to do. the apartment is lovely, clean and quieted. i think it was the perfect mix, you can have all the privacy you want but also meet two great people that actually live there. Bonnie took us to a art gallery somewhere in the back country. we loved it. it really way a pleasure to meet Bonnie and Bill and we would have loved to have stayed longer.
guest apartment in private home
May 2013

Bonnie & Bill are the nicest hosts we hv ever had, the hospitality that they have showed was above any standard. Not only that they have prepared the best omlette for the breakfast, they have even offered us a fresh orange juice with the oranges coming from their garden. In the night, we were hungry but also very tired to go out and Bill has kindly prepared us a soup, this was really really kind They hv also given us plenty of suggestions and we hv ended up in a very nice fish restaurant... More »
guest apartment in private home
May 2013

Bonnie & Bill went beyond all of our expectations. We checked in as guests & left feeling like life-long friends. The apt was warm, inviting, &clean. The refrigerator was stocked & we were welcomed with an amazing bottle of Pinot Noir. Bill made a gourmet breakfast which included local strawberries & fresh squeezed OJ. Bonnie & Bill regaled us with stories of their adventures & we joined right in. We hope to visit them again in the future. I would highly recommend a stay with them to... More »
guest apartment in private home
April 2013

Bonnie and Bill were great hosts as we were making our way down the PCH. The downstairs living area is large and completely separate to the rest of the house and features everything that you could possibly need. Even if you need anything else I'm sure that Bonnie and Bill will be able to find it for you! Bill's breakfast in the morning was a delicious treat also. I would highly recommend this apartment.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What's one of the neat things to do at our place?
A: Go to our exclusive beautiful beach at the foot of our block, a mere 6 houses down the street, under famous Highway 101
Q: What makes our vacation rental special?
A: Its the home of 2 working artists and there is art work everywhere! La Conchita is the most unique place. It has a unique micro climate like Hawaii and everything grows here in abundance. The air is like perfume! LC is the home of writers, musicians, surfers, nature lovers, biologists, chefs, and anyone who has followed their dream and found paradise here. Its a multigenerational community that embraces creative eccentricities and welcomes cultural differences. Its a little vest pocket community midway between two great places to visit- Santa Barbara & Ventura.
Q: What is the coolest nearby activity?
A: Less than 2 miles away is the world famous surfing beach of Rincon Point, which you can actually see from La Conchita Beach. It is home to the Rincon Surfing Classic. On half mile beyond the point is the federally protected Harbor Seal Sanctuary of Carpinteria, where you can walk along the bluff look down
and watch seals and the pups. The whole region around La Conchita Beach and Rincon Bay is part of a National Marine Mammal Protected area and it is common to see both dolphins and seals in theses waters particularly in the morning and late afternoon.

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Bonnie Kelm

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  • School:

    East Meadow H. S., Buffalo State U.Coll, Bowling Green State U., The Ohio State U., NYU
  • Work:

    BK Fine Art, Museum, & Private Collection Consulting, Bella Kaye Designs
  • About:

    After years of hard work, my husband Bill &'I were lucky enough to land in paradise! I am a retired Art History Professor and University Museum Director who has held positions at three great institutions over a thirty five year career. They were: Miami University, The College of William & Mary, and...
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