Location,

fun & rates


Just blocks off the pacific ocean is a home away from home.  Close enough to downtown to make it easy to walk, far enough away to give a sense of peace. close to everything in a world class city; Wonderful coffee shops (Funnel Mill, Starbucks, and groundworks, several health food stores ; 9 blocks from Tiffany's and Santa Monica Place, Third St. Promenade, yoga studios, movie theaters, and many of the best restaurants on the west side of Los Angeles, (Melisse, Jiraffe, Capo, Michael's, La Botte, lobster) as well as less expensive choices, (Fritto Misto, Mercado, Border Grill, Huckleberry's, Rustic Canyon).  just blocks from the Broad Stage for cultural events and close to three markets including whole foods, a five minute bike ride to the beach, and blocks from the world famous Santa Monica Pier, Palisades Park, and the Pacific Ocean. 4 minute drive to Montana Avenue, and Main Street for upscale shopping. Close to Venice, Pacific Palisades, 25 minutes drive from Los Angeles Airport, (LAX), gateway to Malibu (25 minutes), downtown Los Angeles (25 minutes).  

Rates;  please call -   Looking forward to seeing you, and thank you for your interest!  city of santa monica dictates 31 day minimums; please text me 

310.678.6139


My husband and I have been local Santa Monica residents and business people for the good part of our lives.  A clothing designer at heart, I enjoy working with beautiful objects and transferring the joy of doing so into our rental business. While I handle our guests,  Eric is the nuts and bolts guy and handles the real work associated with the property.  Only nice people need apply and you will certainly be met with gracious appreciation!


                Welcome to our garden!    


REVIEWS




Aron
April 2018
We enjoyed this place a lot. It was great location and Cara was on top of everything. She did a great job and we really enjoyed our stay.

Morgan-Rae
April 2018
The cottage was so cute, cozy, and clean! While the outside garden area was absolutely breathtaking. It was the perfect hideaway in a busy city. The location was perfect making it easy to walk to the downtown shops, restaurants, and pier. Cara was an awesome host and supplied one of the best city guides I've seen yet!

Response from Cara:
Thank you for such a beautiful review… We really enjoy creating a beautiful space for our guests and you were so lovely to communicate with!!!! 
April 2018

Danielle
April 2018
Cara's cottage is in a great neighborhood of Santa Monica. The cottage is set in a cute little garden. The cottage is small but all you need for a single person or a couple. Cara had great communication throughout our stay. I would definitely recommend her cottage to anyone looking for a small getaway.

Response from Cara:
Thank you so much, Danielle, Appreciated your stay so much!
April 2018

Aaron
March 2018
Cara’s place is truly a hidden gem in Santa Monica. The smell of the flowers and quiet chirping of the birds (and wind chime) were an amazing source of calmness each day. Cara herself is extremely communicative and friendly, and her guide to the area is top notch. Highly recommend this place; wish we could have stayed longer!

Response from Cara:
Aaron! So happy you had a good time - so grateful for your stay! 
March 2018

Jonasz
March 2018
One of the best AirBnBs we've ever stayed at (and we tend to stay with superhosts)! The cottage is clean and cosy and the garden is just amazing. The location is very convenient, the place is within walking distance of downtown Santa Monica and the beach and very close to the metro station that can take you to downtown LA in about 50mins.

Nancy
March 2018
This cottage is the cutest and very cozy. Cara communicated with me immediately upon booking and was prompt at answering my questions. The place is easy to find with the instructions. We were met upon arrival but also had the key code for easy entry. A major plus was that we were able to park in the garage in the alley behind the cottage. The cottage has a full kitchen with coffee, tea, spices, oils for cooking. We sat on the porch enjoying the garden one evening. Bed is very comfy & cozy. She even provided cream for our coffee. Nice sitting area for TV watching and another desk area off of kitchen. Bath is very clean with linens, soap, shampoo, hair dryer. Great location for easy access up and down the coast. One rainy day we made our way to Third St Promenade to see a movie. Thank you Cara for a great stay in Santa Monica. ❤

Janet
March 2018
This is adorable cottage is in a great location! Everything you need and more. Fabulous host -- highly recommend!

Alex
February 2018
The pictures are dead on, the house is like a little cottage from the turn of the century. Unfortunately, the weather was a bit cool or I would have used the beautiful garden as well. Well worth the money with a great location.

Response from Cara:
Alex..you were really a sweet guest! Thanks for the great communication!
February 2018

Merrilynn
February 2018
The cottage was exactly the quiet oasis we were hoping for in a busy city like Santa Monica. It was less than a 10 minute walk to the downtown shopping area and it had many cute restaurants along the way. The house was spotless when we arrived and had the cozy feel we wanted. Cara and Lori had put out Keurig coffee pods, asked what kind of creamer/milk we wanted, had the basics for the home. We’re already trying to plan for our next trip to the cottage! The garden was breathtaking. It provided a serene space to have coffee or read in the morning. Highly recommend staying here as it is so central to the surrounding action.

Response from Cara:
Completely loved having you! And we are so happy it was a great experience for you!!! Thank you so much, Merrilynn!! xo 
February 2018

Judy
February 2018
This is our second time and probably not the last bCara’s house is adorable but the outdoor garden space makes it perfect. The long farm table was great for lunch with the kids and grandkids. She and her husband are gracious, helpful hosts.

Response from Cara:
Judy, thank you truly for your second stay with us! And Eric enjoyed drinking wine in the garden with you all! xo 
February 2018

Jon
January 2018
Amazing location, great space, and a beautiful garden. Cara was responsive and helpful. 5 stars all the way around!

Response from Cara:
Thanks, Jon!! So happy you enjoyed your stay with us! 
January 2018

Victoria
January 2018
This enchanting cottage is a perfect home away from home. Located in a beautiful garden it offered a peaceful and serene oasis right in the heart of Santa Monica. Cara’s attention to detail was outstanding as was the cleanliness and the home offered us everything we could possibly need. We can’t wait to stay again soon!

Response from Cara:
You were just such a delight to host, thank you so much for your compliments and your kindness always. Thank you so much, Victoria!
January 2018

Liza
January 2018
Cara’s place is pristine and cozy. We had everything we needed and felt immediately at home.

Vanessa
September 2017
Coffee, towels, cable, and ambiance!

Cara
September 2017
We enjoyed our stay at Cara's cottage. It was a wonderful experience. The garden was so cute and we saw hummingbirds everyday! She had excellent communication if we needed anything and provided an extra fan for us (Just in case it's not clear this place does not have A/C but the fans were sufficient). The bed was very cozy and we slept great! I would definitely stay here again.

Response from Cara:
Hi there Cara, you were both quite lovely and we enjoyed meeting you and greatly appreciated your stay with us~~Santa Monica is so amazing - with an annual high temperature of 66.2 degrees F, it is unusualto need a/c in Santa Monica. A average low of 56, and average of 61.2 it really is one of the most mild and lovely cities temperature wise, in the world. 


September 2017

Anthony
August 2017
The cottage is quiet, light, compact and comfortable, and is surrounded by a flowering garden. Great place to stay in Santa Monica and close to very good restaurants, the ocean, and other ammenities.

Response from Cara:
Thank you, Anthony! It was a pleasure hosting you! ; )
August 2017


Uriel
August 2017
What can I say, a glorious place to stay. I came because of a work project that had me stay a little over a month at Walk Everywhere Garden. I did not have a car and survived quite well without. The times I did need, I used Uber or Lyft. Mind you I live in NYC so perhaps we have a little different definition for walking distance. However, the place is in a prime location that is near the beach, near many restaurants, and within walking distance of what I believe was an organic Co-op grocery market, where I did my shopping of food. The Getty Museum is a short car ride away. I loved working outside in the evenings on specific cool days. The place is fairly quiet and the wind chime bells in the background were welcoming. Dreamy and picturesque I would say. The Internet WiFi reaches outside, which was useful for my work. And when done, it was nice to drift away while dusk came. The temperature was more than tolerable throughout my general stay (low 70s), though there were a few weekends the reached 90 F, though I was told that was unusual and only really happens in a small period in the year. The kitchen is more than usable as I did my evening cooking. The toaster was useful for the early morning rush (for me at least). There is a Keurig machine one could use as well. I never ran out of hot water for washing dishes or taking long showers. There is a paid laundry room that is maybe 10 steps away from the door of the unit. Cara (the host) was also supremely responsive for any questions I might have had. Facilitating where one might go and if there were any problems. I regret not taking more advantage of the place (being more outside and staying in a garden meant for paintings) and taking longer walks. The garden is truly a memorable place to be. I can say with great certainty that I would and will come back again. Thanks Cara! Walk Everywhere Garden is truly a wondrous place.

David
June 2017
Small and cozy one bedroom was perfect for our weekend in LA. Walking distance to grocery stores, 3rd St, and beaches. Quiet neighborhood with stunning courtyard. Looking forward to a return trip.

Felicia
June 2017
Great stay! :)

Ryan
May 2017
Wonderful and pretty place, about a 10-minute walk to the beach

Irene
May 2017
Cozy place with really lovely garden. Cara is very nice and she cares about your experience. We had a great time.

Response from Cara:
Happy to have had your father! Was wonderful! Thank you for your stay!
May 2017


Scott
April 2017
Perfect! Peaceful. Quiet. Private. The foliage is amazing in the garden and the Jasmine smells amazing in the spring. 

Alex
April 2017
The beautiful garden space is truly what made this place a gem. The cottage itself was cozy and clean. I would definitely love to stay again!

John
March 2017
The cottage was lovely, set in a beautiful, tranquil garden. There was nothing we needed that wasn't available in the cottage. The decor was lovely. Communication was always timely. We were impressed by the ambiance. The cottage simply exceeded our expectations.

Dora
March 2017
I absolutely loved my stay at the lovely cottage. Very well laid out , decorated and organized , it had everything I needed and plenty of storage for my things. Comfy bed, nice linens and towels, well stocked kitchen had everything I needed. I love flowers , so the garden setting was a huge plus for me. The cozy cottage is set in a lovely garden filled with many blooming fragrant plants . It was a treat to be there when the jasmine that's all around the cottage was in bloom and the house was filled with the delicious smell. There are plenty of seated areas all around the property to enjoy the plants, watch the humming birds, have a meal , visit with friends or have some peace an solitude near the fountain. One of the partners was on the property when I arrived and several times after. She was very friendly and helpful with suggestions and any questions I has about the area. The " walk everywhere " description is very accurate . Most everything I wanted and needed was within walking range , including my favorite- the beach. I would definitely stay there again and highly recommend this jewel.

Michelle
March 2017
The property is exactly as described...a small, clean, quiet and comfortable cottage with a wonderful courtyard. It is shared with another small home and some apartments. The location, although in an alley and seemingly bordering on commercial areas, is close to so many things to do in Santa Monica. The hostess was welcoming and communicated well. 

Response from Cara:
Hi Michelle! Thanks too much for your stay! Just to be clear the cottage is not on an alley, the cottage is in the courtyard, surrounded by the garden, bordering a single family home on the other side, protected from the alley by another structure, the duplex. (can't think of a property in Santa Monica that does not have access alleys ; ) Thanks for picking our property!
March 2017

Jeannie
January 2017
The cottage is quaint with lovely gardens. It is small, but clean and perfectly adequate for two people. The host even had coffee, tea and a few other condiments in the fridge. The location is an easy walk from the 3rd Street Promenade as advertised - but the few blocks nearest the cottage made me feel a bit uneasy as a female - especially when walking alone. I felt perfectly safe, however, at the cottage and its grounds. Cara was an excellent host- responsive- a good communicator. She tried to accommodate our requests. There was an area power outage for almost an entire day - she was helpful in trying to navigate the inconveniences this posed. I would consider staying here again if in Santa Monica. I believe it was a good value.

Response from Cara:
Jeannie, thank you so much for your stay! I am so sorry you didn't feel safe; is there something I should know? We walk all the time in the area for the last 25 years and never felt unsafe. It is true it is an international destination with all that may imply. Santa Monica has a way of feeling like a small town and a big city all at once, interestingly enough. We do appreciate your stay, very much!! Thanks for the lovely review. Yes the power outage was unexpected and longer than they notified us about. Best to you! Cara
January 2017

Brad
December 2016
This was my first Airbnb and I have to say it was absolutely great! The pictures of this place are a great representation of how beautiful this perfect spot is. It's close to many of the great eating and entertainment places in Santa Monica. Cara is a great host and was very attentive to whatever i needed which was almost nothing because it was all there already : ) I almost struggled wanting to go out at night because it was so relaxing to pour a glass of wine and relax in the garden or veg out with some movie channels in the cozy cottage. I will go back again as soon as possible!


Ashton
October 2016
Neighborhood was walkable and safe. Cara was always available if an issued arose and was nothing short of welcoming and friendly. 

Response from Cara:
THANK YOU Ashton for staying with us for this wonderful month's stay! We loved having you and am so happy you told me we that it was charming and relaxing for you and that you loved everything about your stay, lol! We understand how busy you are and Godspeed with your wonderful career in the food/television world! And thank you too for the bike you left for future guests! Super sweet!!!! xoxo 
October 2016

Charlotte
May 2016
Our experience at the "Secret Garden Cottage" was truly amazing. This picturesque apartment was even more welcoming and accommodating then we had anticipated from the description online. It was exactly the kind of space my boyfriend and I were seeking. The cottage is located in the perfect area as well, close to great restaurants and an easy walk to the beach (but far enough away so it is very peaceful and quiet at night). It was also VERY clean and tidy (always a plus)!!! Cara and Eric were exceptionally kind and hospitable and we feel very grateful that they allowed us the opportunity to stay in this sweet oasis. We most definitely would love to come back for another visit and recommend it to anyone looking for a charming and welcoming stay! 

Response from Cara:
Charlotte, you were a wonderful guest! I meant to leave a lovely review for you but think it got past the due date! I have an inquiry out to AIRBNB about it! 31 days is never enough time to enjoy perfect guests as yourself! THANK YOU !!!!!
May 2016

Alix
May 2016
This cottage is a dream! It's close everything, set in a picturesque garden, and very well appointed. Cara was very welcoming and has incredible attention to detail on both guest experience and the cottage's amenities. House has a cozy bed, great kitchen, and the many options for garden sitting are truly a treat. Easy check in and check out process. It's like living in a magazine, really. Book! 

Response from Cara:
Alex - it was so lovely having you and thank so much for your stay! I loved sharing the property with you and I so appreciate my month long guests! Cara ; )
May 2016

Liam
April 2018
Highly recommend! A beautiful spot just like the pictures! Quite a bit of correspondence but all in good faith Cara just wanted to ensure we were always comfortable and had everything we needed.

Martine
April 2018
I strongly recommend this Airbnb ! The place is amazing, the garden is gorgeous, the cottage really cute with everything that you need, the bed is super comfy and most of all the hosts are really sweet and responsive. Thank you, we had an excellent stay.

Caitlin
August 2017
Cara's place was perfect for our stay in Santa Monica. The house was gorgeous and so well equipped. Great walking distance to the pier, promenade and the beach. A lovely place to relax and the best Air BnB we stayed in during our month long trip to the US.

Response from Cara:
Caitlin, such a sweet review; always makes us happy to have folks enjoy this special little property!
August 2017

Rebecca
August 2017
You cannot deny the sheer beauty of this apartment and it's surroundings. We made a last minute booking to stay for 2 nights. The one thing I will note is that it is 'walkable' to the beach and shops but it is definitely a good 30 min walk so bring comfy shoes. Additionally there were little things though our stay that we were a little let down by. We located the iron but there did not seem to be an ironing board. We really enjoyed the coffee machine provided but we're only given two coffee capsules for the 3 days we were there so we couldn't use it. I suspect that due to our last minute booking some things had been over looked. The £80 ($100) cleaning fee seemed a bit much considering there were other places near by with a £15 fee! On the plus side the apartment is lovely, suited to a couple. The bed is huge and very comfortable. The kitchen is fully equipped so you can easily cook. They even provided beach towels as well as bath towels. On that note, the bath tub is amazing too. Cara was very accommodating throughout our stay, letting us leave our luggage before check in and after check out. Communication was very easy and we always got a swift response.

Response from Cara:
Hi Rebecca..; ) thanks for your stay! Yes I always qualify those 11-13 blocks are for "fit" guests! Yes and agreed it always seems like a cleaning fee is a lot when you have to spread it out over just a day or two. But that is exactly what housekeeping charges us as it does take all those hours to fix things up again. Housekeeping is instructed to leave 2-3 capsules per day per (Website hidden by Airbnb) sorry about that! Also please note that my place is one of the most reasonably priced places in Santa Monica and is why i am almost always booked. Sweet of you to leave a lovely review, thanks so much!

Doreen & Chris - Park City, Utah

March 2016 AIRBNB

“We had a wonderful one month stay at the Enchanting Garden! The moment I stepped into the garden I was captivated by the fragrant blooming flowers and the tranquil feeling of the surroundings. Our "cottage" was exactly like the pictures posted. I felt as if I had been there before. The cottage was equipped with everything we needed to make our stay comfortable and relaxing. We loved the neighborhood because it was located to shops, restaurants, and the beach. We walked everywhere; we hardly ever drove our car. The available parking spot was a huge convenience. The icing on the cake was the wonderful owners/landlords. They are sweet, warm, and friendly people that we hope to see again! Our stay was perfect! Thank you Cara!!”


“Great location and amenities”
[5 of 5 stars] Reviewed February 2, 2015 for a stay in January 2015

My wife and I stayed in one of the upstairs apartments for a the month of January. Cara and her husband were great and provided a lot of information to us ahead of our stay to make everything easy. From meeting us after hours upon arrival, to sharing some of the best places to eat, to simply having a place that was well decorated, clean, and inviting, we couldn't have asked for anything more. The house is well positioned within walking distance to restaurants and shops. We did drive some (and they have a parking space available for free), but often we'd simply walk to places from the cottage. We would recommend this to anyone looking for a very cool place to stay in the area.
   



“Magical place to relax in!”
[5 of 5 stars] Reviewed October 25, 2014 for a stay in September 2014

I stayed here for over three weeks in all, and was reluctant to leave - I found the Secret Garden very peaceful even in such a busy place as Santa Monica. It seems to generate its own atmosphere, and the fountain tinkling away in the background is also most relaxing. I felt immediately at home, and the furnishings in my apartment were entirely to my taste, and suited the era of the apartment exactly. Everything was superb, my bed was clean and very comfortable, the fan kept me cool on hotter nights, and the kitchen and bathroom were equally well equipped. I really hope to stay again, and I know I would enjoy my holiday there again! Highly recommended. 


“Fabulous Hideaway” 
[5 of 5 stars] Reviewed September 2, 2014 for a stay in August 2014

Apartment belongs to Cara who we found very pleasant and most welcoming. Very contactable should we have queries and very accommodating with the need to park our car on the street rather than use off street parking. The gardens were fab, very peaceful and calming especially after a long trip to USA from Scotland. The apartment catered for our needs, beautiful bedroom and bathroom. ALL was very comfortable. wifi/tv/movies - available suited us very well. Restaurants/diners/shops within a reasonable walking distance . Thank you for letting us use your lovely place!


Perfect place to stay”
[5 of 5 stars] Reviewed May 18, 2014 for a stay in May 2014

We, Theo and Anneke, from Amsterdam, stayed for six nights in Mai 2014 in Santa Monica in Secret Garden. We enjoyed staying there so much especially because of the beautiful garden. We stayed in the garden every single day after visiting the beach, the city , the museum or the surroundings. We can recommend Secret Garden!  The place is very nice & located in the CENTRE of Santa Monica, which is very nice too.


"Cozy oasis”
[5 of 5 stars] Reviewed December 5, 2013 for a stay in November 2013
Husband and I stayed four weeks while visiting daughters. This was our 4th rental in SM and the best so far. The garden is fantastic, furnishings beautiful, parking easy and hosts wonderful. Cara even took the coat off her back to loan me during our stay. We are bird watchers so the hummingbirds and warblers in the garden were magical. Only wish the weather had been warmer so we could dine in the garden. Everything is fresh, clean and pretty.  The fact is that this is a lovely place to stay and a good value. Would definitely stay again. (AND DID)



“Wonderful Condo and Garden”
[5 of 5 stars] Reviewed November 21, 2013 for a stay in November 2013
My husband and I enjoyed our stay in this lovely condo. Rooms are tastefully furnished and the garden is simply beautiful. The owners have done a wonderful job and as a result have made this a memorable vacation for us. Thank you Cara and Eric.


Massachusetts



Peaceful, stylish and private.”
[5 of 5 stars] Reviewed November 6, 2013 for a stay in November 2013

What a treat it was to stay at Cara's apartment! Beautifully furnished, spotlessly clean and completely peaceful and private. After a long flight from New Zealand and a 10 hour delay it was bliss to arrive at such a little sanctuary. The bed and sofa are both super comfortable, the shower is excellent, and the kitchen is so well equipped that we felt bad for not doing any cooking. The garden speaks for itself - such a lovely oasis. We didn't have enough time to make use of it but we enjoyed walking through it each day. The location is excellent too - walking distance to the shops and cafes of Santa Monica and the beach. We will definitely be back!


New Zealand



“LOVELY”
[5 of 5 stars] Reviewed October 16, 2013 for a stay in October 2013

This is a quiet, beautiful, peaceful apt with an amazing garden filled with hummingbirds. We loved our stay here and would absolutely return!



​​Turn of the century cottage or charming upper....


​At the back of what many describe as a Secret Garden is a Turn of the century cottage and a lovely upper unit;  the upper is a duplex really as it shares only a kitchen wall with another unit in a freestanding space.   With Venetian plaster walls, hard wood floors, travertine in kitchen and bath, crown molding, recessed lighting, fresh linens, a King bed, feather pillowed sofa in living room, it's a hidden jewel.  A perfect blend of yin and yang, masculine and feminine; a sunny, simple, sweet, uncluttered and quiet unit.  Empty closets and chests for short term storage and a full bath with tub.  Two sided desk, with wifi, garden views; super clean with plenty of charm, and larger than the cottage.   

The cottage speaks for itself, standing alone in a magical garden with everything a home could want, but in cottage size - a living room, a kitchen, a desk-work area, a bedroom with king size bed and a renovated bathroom with a claw foot tub and a private garden space.  The inspired garden Has over 500 flower blooming plants ranging from bougainvillea to six varieties of sage,  as well as lavender, hydrangea and roses, to name a few.  SEe the gallery page for photos.  Scroll down on every page for reviews.