Superb Craftsman Home in Santa Monica/Venice Beach

Our spacious Craftsman living room, with dining room beyond
Our spacious Craftsman living room, with dining room beyondDining room with French doors and antique sideboard (views towards backyard)Our sunny and full kitchen looks out onto our backyard gardens and fruit treesEnjoy breakfast in our dine-in kitchen (view toward dining room)The master bedroom with ensuite full bathMaster bedroom folding-door closetThe Italian-tiled master bath, with shower and jacuzzi tubOur historic California Craftsman home on Beethoven StreetRelax on our front porch, then hop the bus to the beach on our cornerA corner of our backyard, with lemon and orange trees, fountains and gardensUnder our lemon tree -- a perfect place to gather for drinks and conversationThe guest bedroom, with reading cornerThe guest bathroom with shower and tub is also Italian tiledOur living room w/ wide-screen HDTV, queen sofabed & book library (unseen here)Our love seat and writing desk with high speed internet and Wi-FiOur love seat next to the dining room, with backyard beyondPick a few lemons and relax in our backyard with some homemade lemonadeLemons and morning glories frame the Retreat\'s kitchen windowsOur four bubbling fountains are a hit with the hummingbirdsThe backyard is in bloom nearly year-roundLanterns and flower boxes are just a few of the backyard landscaping touchesThe delightful Venice Canals are just 5 minutes awayThe nearby Santa Monica Promenade is always bustlingThe world-famous Santa Monica BeachThe Venice Boardwalk attracts visitors from all over the worldA show-stopper on the Venice BoardwalkSurf city, yes, but you won't need to rent bikes -- we have offer them for free!Abbott Kinney Street, the boutique-and-cafe heart of the beach areaSunset throws a delightful curve towards the ocean of Venice BeachThe shores of the Pacific are just a five-minute hop down our cross streetThe peerless Santa Monica pier......and its seaside amusement park
3971 Beethoven Street, Santa Monica, CA 90066



Bedrooms: 2
Bathrooms: 2
Sleeps 7
Per night $260 - $290
Per week $1,700 - $1,900
Type: Home
Description of the Santa Monica vacation home rental
OUR HOME: Our fully furnished 2-bdr, 2-bath 'Beethoven's Retreat' vacation rental accommodates up to 7 guests and is the ideal vacation home for a corporate traveller, couple, family or business group. This 1300 sq-ft gem has been a 'top pick' on several vacation rental websites and is decorated with an eye for historical detail, with hardwood floors throughout. Situated on the lower floor of our historic California Craftsman duplex, its airy layout features 2 large bedrooms (one with skylights & loft), each with their own beautifully tiled bathroom (main bath has a Jacuzzi tub) and plenty of closet space. High-speed internet (6 megabyte speed!) with Wi-Fi and premium cable TV with a 42-inch screen are included. The home also has central heating and air conditioning. Our large living room leads into our adjoining dining room (seats up to 8) and to a full sunny kitchen with all amenities (stove-top range, broiler, microwave, large refrigerator, dishwasher, disposal, and breakfast table) looking out onto our backyard garden with lemon and orange trees.

OUR BACKYARD: The Retreat has its own terra-cotta patio framed by colorful bougainvillea and our beautifully green and flowering backyard gardens with fountains and fruit trees (a real hit with the hummingbirds!). After a day of sightseeing you can relax on the back patio, pick a few lemons from our tress and make our own 'secret recipe' lemonade for a delicious salute to your day. Or, rustle up dinner on our charcoal barbecue, with all supplies provided. We also offer a laundry cabina in the backyard, with washer and dryer and complementary detergent and softener.

OUR NEIGHBORHOOD: Our lovely street and neighborhood is far less congested and noisy than properties right on the beach -- and you don't have to spend 20 minutes hunting for a space to park (as you do by the beach) -- WE OFFER FREE RESERVED OFF-STREET PARKING as well asCOMPLIMENTARY BIKES to ride to the ocean or explore the neighborhood. The BUS TO THE BEACH stops right at the corner, just steps from your door.

We are just minutes from Venice and Santa Monica Beaches and the famous Venice Canals, which are directly down our street. Venice Beach is a 20 minute walk, 10 minutes by bike. Cinemas, cares, shopping and freeways all within 5 minutes. The Santa Monica Pier and Promenade is only 9 minutes by car.

James Ulmer

Area Information
HOURS OF FUN IS JUST MINUTES AWAY! We're located on a treed residential street in the area of Mar Vista where Santa Monica, Venice and Marina del Rey all meet...

From our lovely 2-bedroom home it's just 5 minutes to the freeways, 6 minutes to the famous Venice Beach and Venice Canals, and 9 minutes to the Santa Monica Pier and Santa Monica Promenade.

Top-flight restaurants, cinemas, supermarkets, golf course, parks and the Abbott Kinney antique shops are only 4-minutes away.

And if you drive down our cross street (passing a convenient supermarket and Costco shopping center) you'll arrive at the fabulous beaches of Santa Monica and Venice in less time than it takes to stroll around the block.

Other activities: shopping, theatre-going, concerts, boating, parasailing, shelling, wildlife viewing, health/beauty spa, horseback riding,

Golf: The gorgeous Penmar Golf Club is just a half-mile down our street.We are just minutes from Venice and Santa Monica Beaches and the famous Venice Canals, which are directly down our street. Venice Beach is a 20 minute walk, 10 minutes by bike. Cinemas, cares, shopping and freeways all within 5 minutes. The Santa Monica Pier and Promenade is only 9 minutes by car.


Property Rates

Begins Ends Week
Weekly Monthly Min
May 15 2016 Sep 14 2016 $290 $290 $1,900 - 3 Nights
May 15 2016 Sep 14 2016 $290 $290 $1,900 - 3 Nights
Sep 15 2016 Nov 22 2016 $260 $260 $1,700 - 2 Nights
Sep 15 2016 Nov 23 2016 $260 $260 $1,700 - 2 Nights
Nov 23 2016 Nov 29 2016 $290 $290 $1,900 - 3 Nights
Nov 24 2016 Nov 30 2016 $290 $290 $1,900 - 3 Nights
Nov 30 2016 Dec 15 2016 $260 $260 $1,700 - 2 Nights
Dec 01 2016 Dec 15 2016 $260 $260 $1,700 - 2 Nights
Dec 16 2016 Jan 04 2017 $290 $290 $1,900 - 3 Nights
Dec 16 2016 Jan 03 2017 $290 $290 $1,900 - 3 Nights
Jan 05 2017 May 14 2017 $260 $260 $1,700 - 2 Nights
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Check In: 4 p.m. Check Out: 11 a.m.
Deposits: There is a $500 security deposit required to book the Retreat, fully refundable within 5 days of check-out. Unfortunately we cannot offer any deposit refunds once a booking is made. We strongly suggest clients procure travel insurance before traveling (such as Travel Guard or InsureMyTrip) in order to avoid any cancelation fees.
Payment Options: American Express, Discover, Mastercard, PayPal, Personal Check, Visa
Other Fees: Rates are good for up to 4 guests. There is a $25/night charge for each additional guest. We accept Paypal (through which you may also use credit cards), personal or business checks (from U.S. bank accounts only), FOREX wire transfers (for overseas guests), or travelers checks.


Owner Supplied Testimonials

Dianne and I would just like to thank you so much for the use of your beautiful home Beethoven's retreat during Dec and January this year. It was everything you said it was and some. Its location and cosy atmosphere made it so welcoming every time we returned there after our day trips.I would certainly want to use it again if and when we return to your fine country.Please do not hesitate to use out name as 100% satisfied customers. By the way our 21 day Caribbean Cruise was absolutely beautiful too.Once again many many thanks for making our American experience fantastic. with regards

My husband, I and our son very recently stayed at this WONDERFUL vacation home. It was even better than we had hoped. Beautiful, very clean, very comfortable and beautifully furnished. Has all the amenities one could think of. Beautiful landscaping and great/relaxing backyard. Very quiet, great location, well maintained, what else can I say? We would stay there again in a heartbeat. James is very personable and readily available. Want a great place to stay? It's all here! We will be recommending this to our family and friends. Thanks again, James.

We found this accommodation to be excellent, great location bus at front door. We actually walked to Venice Beach and Santa Monica from the house - vey enjoyable - lots to see. House is well equipped with everything you need. Lovely peaceful garden/outdoors area. The downstairs area we were in is most suitable for 2 couples and or two friends like ourselves as we had a bedroom each with our own ensuite, very comfortable beds. Bikes are available if you feel like biking it instead of walking around. Grocery store within easy walking distance.

This house is lovely and James is a fantastic host! I stayed in December and it was cold for LA but the garden is beautiful and it would be a treat when the weather is warmer. The house itself is better than the pictures. the location is great for those wanting to experience the Venice/Santa Monica lifestyle. The beds are super comfortable. There is plenty of street parking. I would definitely recommend a stay here.

We came from New Zealand for a friends wedding and booked the house for a week. The house was immaculate, cosy and a home away from home for us for a week. Everything you might need or had forgotten to pack is thought of and provided. James gave a great introduction and was full of helpful details about the neighborhood and surrounds. We had an incident where several suit jackets were accidentally left in a taxi during our stay. For reasons known only to the driver these were left on the doorstep after our departure. Not only did the housekeeper collect them and kept them safe in a wardrobe but James tracked them down packaged them up and mailed them on to us and we now have them back much to our delight. Great host, great house - can't recommend this place enough.

Our family thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Beethoven's retreat last week! The house is simply charming! Upon arrival (midnight) we found a beautifully decorated and very clean retreat. James had it well lit and a nice bottle of wine waiting for us. We were anxious for the next morning to see the house in daylight with not so tired eyes! We awoke to a beautifully serene area in the back filled with fountains, flowers and lemon/grapefruit trees. We sat out there each night to unwind from the all the sightseeing we did! James has put a lot of time and thought to make Beethoven everything a person could need while away from home. We felt right at home and wished our stay could have been longer! The house is very spacious and the photos reflect exactly what the home looks like. Located on a quiet street except for rush hour when traffic-be careful parking on street during that time. Highly recommend the retreat! You won't be disappointed! Unfortunately we were not able to meet James in person but he was available to answer all questions we had by phone. We did meet and speak with the gardner who has done a beautiful job with all the flowers and landscaping around the home. He happened to stop by and water/mow while we were there. Thank you James for having such a wonderful retreat to share with us! Loved it!

We had a wonderful time at this location. James met us when we arrived and was very helpful with his knowledge of the house, and the location. Walking to shopping and easy access to Venice and Santa Monica - Highly recommend this property.

We couldn't have been happier with this place. It looks just like the photos only better. Not only is it very atrattractive 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.

We all LOVED LOVED LOVED this house! It is a beautiful place and everyone loved staying there. We rode the available bikes to the beach. We really enjoyed having the bikes - a very big plus! We also used the air matress, which was another nice feature. It was truly a retreat amidst the hustle bustle of the city. The back yard with fruit trees and fountains was so relaxing. EVERYTHING about your place was wonderful. I am sure that if we come to CA again, you will be hearing from us to rent again. And I would recommend your home to others! YOU have also been a pleasure to deal with - you answered phone calls and emails in a very timely manner. It was also so very easy to make the payment - and your refund was very quick. So thank you for all of that too!

Traveled with my teenage son and his friend for a SoCal vacation. This home is stunning. From the architecture to the landscaping. Well maintained, spacious, beautifully decorated. Comfortable and equipped with all the conveniences of home. Obvious pride of ownership. James is kind and accommodating.Not intrusive but available if needed. Thank you for the bottle of wine! Two private bedrooms. Two bathrooms. The master suite is lovely with an on suite bath. Very comfortable bed. My favorite spot is the private backyard with the flowers, fountains, and the night time ambiance. The private driveway is a plus! Three beach bikes were perfect! Teenagers were able to ride to Santa Monica Pier and Venice boardwalk without worries. Short drive to the ocean, walking distance to restaurants and the grocery store. It was my home away from home. Can't return soon enough. Highly recommend this property.

Upon arrival, the owner gave myself and roommate a tour of the home! This beautiful 2 bedroom 2 bathroom gave us the individual privacy and comfort we needed. Extremely clean, well equipped, and quiet, this was the perfect sanctuary for rest, relaxation and a home away from home. The beautiful garden in the back yard has fountains, an Orange and Lemon tree. Bicycles were made available to us and it was a short distance to Venice Beach Santa Monica and Marina Del Rey. I totally love this home and all of its trimmings.

I am completely in love with this property! Quite neighborhood, centrally located to the shops, beach, West LA, and all the fantastic excursions that make the LA area a perfect place to work and play. The home owner was extremely gracious, the property was beautifully maintained. Bicycles were made available for us as well. Everything we needed was within a short walking distance and we loved it. Perfect for couples and families! Without a doubt the best rental property and management I have come across in year!

As i was browsing through the comments made by previous tenants stayed at this place, i was amazed to read so many positive comments.....then, no hesitation, we made up our mind to rent this house from 23rd Jan 2013 for 12 nights till 4th Feb, 2013. As we entered the house, all promises delivered and we felt so cozy and welcoming. We have every thing we needed even cooking facilities (even most spices) are all there. In additional, a lovely garden with a lemon and orange tree added more fun to our stay. Then, we met the owner, who happened to be there for some repair maintainance and he's such an adorable friendly guy. Told him the toaster a bit faulty and he changed a new one within few hours! Next is some minor repairs (Small work) and owner was so apologetic and so generous and compensated us in other ways just to make sure we are not upset. Location is superb......almost in the central where you almost can get to anywhere in Santa Monica or downtown. We enjoyed the 12 nights stay at this wonderful house and all six of us had not even a single complaint against the owner and really thankful for his generousity. My husband and i decided if we ever go back to Santa Monica again, we definitely will be staying at this nice home and if anyone ask us, to reccomend this place, our answer absolutely 'YES', and value for money. Trust us.....NO REGRETS!

This condo was the perfect place for our girls get-a-way. We were looking for a place to relax that was centrally located and in a nice area. This Beethoven condo was all of that and more. The furniture and decor is clean, neat, and welcoming. The neighborhood is a nice location just minutes from the beach, restaurants, and a grocery store. While we ate out more than we should have, the kitchen was plenty big and well equipped for cooking your own meals. We look forward to returning for another vacation.

I recently rented this house with my sister and my daughter, while my brother and his wife rented the Cottage behind it. We were visiting for my nephew's wedding and brother's birthday. It was our home away from home and a gathering place for the family. Such a welcome surprise to have a bottle of wine awaiting me from my long trip from Florida, and James was right there to welcome me and take care of any needs or questions that I had. Would definitely stay there again if my travel plans included L.A..

Beautiful, CLEAN house with lots of natural light and a serene back yard. 2 full baths, nice kitchen, comfotable couches. James was a perfect host - available if needed but by no means overbearing. The house is a 2mi walk or short cab/bus from the beach. Close enough to dive into the quirkiness of the Venice boardwalk, but far enough removed that you can find some peace and quiet if desired. Also about 1 mile from Abbot Kinney Street - in my opinion the coolest street in LA. Great restaurants, bars, and shopping. Check out "GTA." Breakfast sandwiches are amazing. Nothing but good things to say. A great find.

This is the second time I have stayed at Beethoven's Retreat -- and I plan to come again next year. I truly value James' hospitality and helpful advice, and he's added more lovely touches to the home -- we enjoyed the new Italian fountain and all the flowering plants in the backyard that make it quite popular with the hummingbirds! Once again we enjoyed restful sleeps, great meals in the spacious kitchen and managed to make time for some strolls down nearby Abbott Kinney. Beethoven Street is in a lovely Santa Monica neighborhood and very convenient to all freeways and cafes. Thank you James for providing us with a terrific home away from home.

Normally we stay in hotels -- this was our first vacation rental experience and we were certainly happy we 'took the plunge' and discovered this gem. The place is very homey and the house, though in a popular area, is very quiet and comfortable (we needed this after a 11-hour flight from England!). Woke up to the peaceful sounds of the Italian fountain in the back yard and were able to thoroughly enjoy our family gathering under the lemon tree our first afternoon. The Pacific Ocean is just a few minutes by car down the street but we took the bus on the corner so we didn't have to hunt for beach parking (we recommend this). The owner, James, was always helpful with suggestions and is as friendly as they come. After staying at Beethoven's Retreat, will will definitely come back here again on our next trip to the West Coast. Many thanks, James! Ben and Marci G., Birmingham, England

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