Imagine finding your dream home while on vacation. Now imagine finding your dream home while on vacation and learning that your best friend owns it. Bonus!
Such was our experience with Chris and Diana. Their cozy home was the perfect retreat for our family's (four of us) first vaca to SoCal. The pictures don't do it justice. It's so airy and light, and fresh and clean, and... relaxing. But, we weren't there simply to enjoy the house. We had adventuring to do. Chris and Diana's house is surrounded by equally-adorable homes, and is located within walking distance of shops, bars and restaurants—and the beach!. It's a nice neighborhood filled with great, friendly people.
One of the better parts of our stay was Chris and Diana's attention to detail. They not only got the basics right, they threw in thoughtful touches such as flowers, body wash, prosecco and other amenities that made this more than a house but a true home to enjoy our week in. Chris greeted us when we arrived, showed us all the ins and outs, and is one of the warmest fellows we've ever met. He was also kind enough to check in with us periodically to see if we needed anything.
Things to know:
The neighborhood is family friendly and safe.
Parking can be a trick, but it isn't rocket science. Plan ahead and you'll be just fine.
Sharing one bathroom amongst a family of four can be a feat, but not impossible. Get up early, plan your day, and start taking turns.
If you like living like the "locals," this is the place for you. Settle into the neighborhood, introduce yourself to neighbors and shop owners, explore the streets, the park and pet a dog or three. You'll enjoy your stay more, and will appreciate coming "home" at the end of a long day of fun and sun.
Final word: if you're overwhelmed by the number of homes available in or near Santa Monica (we had 30 tabs open when planning our trip!), look no further. Chris and Diana have THE ONE for you.