Santa Monica, CA


Welcome! Short term vacation rentals with garden courtyard...


(310) 678-6139



Find out more

Beautifully  appointed 1 Bedroom UNIT, 1 Full Bath Rental; a duplex really, as only the kitchen wall is shared with one other unit in a free standing space.  Cottage is featured in gallery.


With  a neutral palette, Venetian plaster walls, hardwood floors, travertine  in kitchen and bath, crown moulding, recessed lighting, fresh new  linens, and king bed, this is a sunny, simple, uncluttered and quiet  unit.


What's included in the vacation rentals: Equipped  with just what one would need for a short term rental; full kitchen,  new "antique white" dishes, stainless steel pots and pans, etc., wi-fi,  HBO, cable, DVD player, and stereo.



2 days ago
This apartment was located in a lovely garden and we felt extremely pleased with it right away! The hostess communicated with us promptly and was easy to be in touch with! She had fresh flowers for us on our arrival as well! The decor was lovely and the bedding was very…Read more

5 days ago
What a lovely place! Super comfortable, and near enough to walk or scooter to great spots all over Santa Monica. It’s a wonderful oasis.

Response from Cara:
We are so happy you enjoyed your stay!!! And so appreciative!!
June 2019

8 days ago
The place is awesome. Very comfortable and close to everything. Very quiet, and the private parking was perfect.

18 days ago
I can't say enough about Cara's place. It's in a great location and you can walk to so many places. The apt. is outfitted with everything you'll need for a comfortable stay. It is also very quiet. If you're into cooking while you're away you'll find everything in the kitchen…Read more

Response from Cara:
Bob, you we're a joy to work with, lovely personality, upbeat, kind. Thank you so much for your stay with us!
May 2019

Elon Sierak
a month ago
What a lovely, well-appointed space. Very clean. Beautiful garden. Nice touches like fresh flowers on our arrival. Great location - close enough to easily walk to the beach and shopping but far enough to be away from the crowds. Lots of options for good eating within walking…Read more

Response from Cara:
Elon, you were so kind thank you so much for the lovely review. And apologies as the time period for your guest review got away from me! Lori Michael said you were lovely to meet and we appreciated your stay very much!
May 2019

a month ago
Great stay. Cara was super helpful.

Response from Cara:
Thank you so much, Elizabeth… we appreciate your stay!
May 2019

2 months ago
Amazing place - all perfect - best stay in Santa Monica - we will be back very soon.

Response from Cara:
Jack - so kind thank you so much ! You were some of the sweetest guests and so independent.. I am so sorry my time to do the review lapsed due to my being out of town... but we are very grateful for your stay and can highly recommend you as well....
April 2019

3 months ago
Great location and easy access to everything. Clean space!

3 months ago
Cara's place was beyond lovely for our 4-night stay in Santa Monica. We were two college students looking to explore LA but stay near the beach, and the location was ideal. A pleasant 15 minute walk to shopping, biking at the pier, and tons of restaurants and coffee shops that we took advantage of. The apartment itself was warm, feminine, and cozy and everything was extremely clean! We especially appreciated the little touches like the fuzzy blanket and the stocked Keurig. And of course, the fragrant and enchanting garden was ideal to start the day in and come back to at night. Cara was an extremely kind and communicative host, and I will definitely make sure to try to stay at one of her properties again upon returning to California!

Response from Cara:
We so appreciate having guests like yourself! Thank you for your kind review and it is our pleasure to host you! We work very hard to be super hosts and count on our good reviews for our business!!! Thank you for taking the time!!! Best! Cara
March 2019

3 months ago
Such a cute and quiet hidden jem! It’s super cozy. The garden is EVERYTHING can’t wait to return ❤️

Response from Cara:
Thank you so much, Francesca! We count on our reviews to continue our business and do our best to offer a quality stay. Having appreciative guests such as yourself makes it worth the labor of love..
March 2019

3 months ago
This is a great place for any length of stay. I was here for almost 6 weeks and would happily return in the future. VERY clean and well equipped. The garden is exceptional and provides a lovely atmosphere. Highly recommend Cara's place.

6 months ago
Cara’s place was great! Very comfortable, and very clean. Communication was easy. Cara was very responsive and available if needed. The apartment is in a quiet area and walkable to many restaurants and shops. Cara left great tips and recommendations as well. We highly recommend

this place and would definitely stay here again!

7 months ago
A great place to stay in Santa Monica. My mom and sister stayed here when visiting and they had everything they needed. Good location and nice room. I will have them stay here again

Response from Cara:
Colin! Thank you so much for your lovely review!! We truly appreciated hosting your family!!! Best!!!
November 2018

10 months ago
The space is GREAT! Close to beaches and all restaurants and shops. Very nice to have your coffee in the garden area.

10 months ago
Cara and her business partner Lori couldn't be more helpful and accommodating. Their apartment is lovely and clean and the garden is amazing. We enjoyed a glass of wine and appetizers in the evening at the table in the garden. Our stay was very enjoyable.

April 2018
What  a wonderfully tranquil place right in the middle of the city. It was a  great place from which to explore Santa Monica on foot. We loved the  place, both the apartment but especially the garden area that required a  lot of hard work to establish & maintain - it was so peaceful &  pleasing to the senses. Cara was a total delight to work with & was  extremely responsive to our communications. We would definitely stay  there again. The king sized bed was very comfortable, the windows  provided for terrific air circulation & all the amenities that we  needed were there. The place was very clean & ready for use as  stipulated. We can't wait to stay at one of Cara's other Airbnb at a  different location in California. The apartment was a great value.

Response from Cara:
I  just loved your private feedback and included it here! It was a joy  having you at Secret Garden Santa Monica. We have had vacation rentals  here for the best part of 20 years and have truly enjoyed our experience  providing reasonably priced accommodations for travelers in a beautiful  tranquil setting. Thank you Paul it was a delight. Cara, your  communications was great even prior to our arrival that I figured it  would be a great place to stay & that proved to be true. Your  excellent & quick responses after we were there continued to be  excellent. We loved that place, both the apartment but especially the  garden area that you & Lori have worked so hard to establish &  maintain. What a wonderfully tranquil place right in the middle of the  city. It was a great place from which to explore Santa Monica on foot.  You were a delight to do business with - love your apparent  entrepreneurial spirit combined with great customer service.

April 2018
Amazing  find! A lovely apartment with access to a beautiful and peaceful  garden, yet very close to everything in Santa Monica. Well-equipped  kitchen and well-appointed living room and bedroom. Cara is a gracious  hostess and was very helpful in providing easy check-in as well as  suggestions for activities, restaurants, etc. 'Hard to go wrong on  selecting this rental.

April 2018
Cara’s  place was wonderful. Spacious, comfortable, well equipped (even access  to a washer and dryer), Cara’s apartment was a perfect respite at the  end of the day. From the booking to our check out, Cara was in quick  communication with me which made the travel totally stress free.  Further, Santa Monica’s public bike access made everything easily  accessible. We biked to the beach, to restaurants, and to our son’s  apartment. We will definitely seek to stay at Cara’s the next time we  are in LA. AND before I sign off, the king sized bed was so comfortable.  I would recommend Cara’s apartment to everyone. Thank you, Cara.

March 2018
I  absolutely love this place! The gardens are beautiful! Charming little  cottage. A short walk to the beach. I will definitely be back!

Response from Cara:
Casey ! We loved having you at Secret Garden Santa Monica!! 
March 2018

March 2018
Cara  is a superb host - checking in with us and making our stay quite  comfortable. The location is ideal for Santa Monica and the gardens are  truly enchanted. It was a lovely apartment, roomy and bright and clean,  and we look forward to staying there again soon. It is a little oasis in  the middle of a busy city.

March 2018
This is a  perfect place to stay on a Santa Monica visit! Not only is there a  charming garden making the city seem far away, it is within walking  distance of the Wednesday Farmers' Market, great restaurants and beach.  We had everything we needed, including a comfortable king bed. We  especially appreciated the dual bedside table lamps, with adjustable  dimmer controls. Cara proved an exceedingly responsive host, who  provided lots of good information about the area. As our daughter lives  in Santa Monica, we will be back, and this will be our first choice  place to stay.

March 2018
Really enjoyed my  3 night stay at Cara's place. It is a very nice apartment in a great  location, very central. Cara was always responsive and helpful. Would  like to stay here again... Recommend Cara's place.

August 2017
What  a fantastic 5 weeks we spent in Santa Monica! Cara was fantastic.  Always responded quickly. The place is in the perfect location to get  everywhere on foot. The garden is the most peaceful place in the whole  city. I can't wait to return. Thank you for a wonderful summer…Read more
[Cara User Profile]
Response from Cara:
Carol,  you and Dean are amazingly lovely people. I feel like we have so  beautifully connectedly and have added friends to our tribe. Thanks so  much for staying with us!! xoxo CARA

July 2017
This  place is amazing, my fiancé & daughter and I loved it. Its in a  nice neighborhood surrounded by tons off stores, restaurants, and close  to the beach, but when your home you still feel secluded in the garden  which was amazing. The bed is super comfy, and the home is fully  furnished. There is a co op market just up the street if you want to  stay in and cook. Communication was great from prior to booking all the  way through the vacation. i highly recommend staying here.

May 2017
We  had an exceptional stay at Cara's place over the Memorial Day weekend.  It was in a great location, within walking distance to the Promenade and  beach, but also in a quiet neighborhood that made for a very relaxing  stay. Cara also provided us with thoughtful extras (i.e. water,  chocolate, coffee, etc.), and the communication prior and during our  stay was excellent. I would recommend that anyone looking for a  relaxing, convenient stay in Santa Monica and visit to L.A. should  contact Cara immediately. Thanks again, Cara!

May 2017
I  have stayed at Airbnb's at a number of cities ranging from New York to  Thailand and hands down the most tranquil and the best place I've stayed  at EVER! 15 minute stroll to the beach, the garden is beautiful and the  apartment is spacious. Better bang for your buck that any hote…Read  more
[Cara User Profile]
Response from Cara:
Ram, you were a delight to host, thanks so much for the fabulous review, we really appreciated your stay!

May 2017
We had an amazing stay at Cara's!! The garden is GORGEOUS and it's walkable to all of Santa Monica! 

Response from Cara:
Kelsey! So happy to have had you there! Thank you so much for your stay!
May 2017

March 2017
I  booked Cara's property for my brother and sister in law and they both  were very pleased. They said the property is beautiful just like in the  pictures. They also appreciated that the property was in walking  distance to several places they needed to go to. Cara was fantastic! The  reservation was made with ease and the communication was great, we  appreciated that she kept in touch with us. Thank you, Cara, again for  being a great host. After listening to how much my family enjoyed your  property, I hope to visit your property myself one day!

Oct. 2017

This  is the most glorious place to stay and Cara is wonderful! We arrived  jet lagged and she was there to meet us and show us in. The little house  is just lovely and quite charming. The king sized bed is oh so  comfortable and everything works here. It is clean and gorgeous. The  garden is absolutely magical and we spent many happy days sitting  outside, hearing the trickle of water from the fountain and watching the  humming birds. I swear there must be fairies at the bottom of the  garden... The location is tip top. You can walk everywhere to shops,  restaurants, cafes and the beach and just a short to drive to Venice,  not that much further into Beverley Hills. The fact that you can park  (Cara will give you a permit for one side of the street and there is a  garage) is a huge bonus. Do NOT hesitate to book this place. I wish  we could have stayed much much longer than a month! We simply cannot  wait to go back.  Alexis Stratford - England

March 2017
We  enjoyed a week at Cara's apartment, and it was wonderful. The garden is  truly magical & I am going to really miss it. The apartment has  everything we needed for a relaxing stay, and Cara was always only a  text message away if we had questions. The neighborhood is great, we  walked all over the place and checked out some of Cara's  recommendations- the Pono Burger is my new favorite. If you are looking  for a quiet place to relax in bustling LA, Cara's place is perfect. We  would love to come back and stay here again!
[Cara User Profile]
Response from Cara:
Lovely having you and so happy it all worked out. 
March 2017

January 2017
This  is a very charming well-located guest suite in a quiet and convenient  location overlooking a beautiful garden complete with a gurgling  fountain. Although it comes with a parking space,it's a very easy walk  to many locations and to the beach. It is sunny and immaculate with a  very comfortable bed and bedside reading lights. It has a full kitchen  with a table for 2 and a very large closet in the bedroom. A lovely  place to enjoy your morning coffee or afternoon tea looking out over the  flowers and palm trees. There is a strong and fast wi-if connection.  Just be aware that access is up an outdoor stairway,as the unit is above  a garage. There is a pay for use washer and dryer on the property. Cara  is extremely helpful and responds quickly to any questions . We highly  recommend this property.

March 2016
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!!

January 2016
The  Enchanting Garden apartment is as wonderful as the pictures show. The  unit is extremely quiet despite being only 0.9 miles away from the 3rd  Street action. There are many other details that Cara has added that are  not highlighted enough on the ad. The king bed is a dream with fresh  new linens, the bathroom is beautifully renovated with fresh new towels,  the kitchen is very well equipped and Cara even provided water, coffee,  tea and fresh flowers from the garden. The entire place was very clean.  Our car had parking, which is an added bonus. Cara is a wonderful host  that is extremely prompt in responding to any messages while we were  booking this unit. She checked in with us during our stay to make sure  we didn't have any questions or issues. We look forward to another  opportunity to stay in this unit and would highly recommend it to anyone  staying in the area.

August 2016

What  can we say?? Our stay was amazing! Cara wasn't in town that month but we  met Lori, her business partner. She was very sweet and welcoming. Even  though Cara wasn't there, we were constantly in touch. The house is  exactly what you see in the pictures, very clean, beautiful and  comfortable. The whole place is very peaceful. The location couldn't be  better, close to downtown and the beach. We definitely recommend staying  here and definitely dying to come back. I hope I can meet Cara next  time! Thank you very much! It was an amazing experience. :)

Sol Fabrizzi - Brazil

What Sol loved about your listing: 
The attention to details and how beautiful everything was. 

What Sol thought you could improve about the experience: 
It was great. Keep it up!

June 2016

We  had a wonderful 2 month stay at the Walk everywhere garden cottage.  This place is truly amazing. We spent a lot of time in the garden  enjoying peaceful atmosphere, flowers, butterflies and birds. If you are  lucky you may also spot 2 friendly squirrels coming to the garden  sometimes. Also I heard owl sometimes at night but never managed to spot  it. We often had breakfast in the garden. Garden around makes you feel  like staying out of the city when in reality it's walking distance from  promenade, beach and many great restaurants and shops. The cottage had  everything we need to make our stay comfortable. Another great thing  about this place is a dedicated parking spot. So we never had to care  about where to park our car. What made this place really special for us  is the details. Every little space in the garden and cottage if filled  with charm and every other day we noticed something new about this place  like a little angels statues hidden in the green plants or the drawing  on the wall in one of the rooms that has a little colibri birds that  looks same as colibri birds flying in the garden. Cara has a perfect  sense of style and you will see it in every inch of the property. Cara  is a perfect host. She is very kind, friendly and flexible. Always ready  to help make our stay better. I would definitely recommend this place  to all my friends. Thank you Cara!

Andrey Krasnov

Response from Cara: 
Loved  having your beautiful little family on the garden! Thank you so much  for your stay; I simply cannot say enough about what a lovely couple you  are and how precious and beautiful the little one is! Please stay in  touch!

What Andrey loved about your listing: 
Charm of the place and exceptional care and kindness of the host.

August 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!

Charlotte Molenda

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 !!!!!

What Charlotte loved about your listing: 
The  cottage was so clean and welcoming! The furnishings were lovely and  comfortable and the kitchen and everything (and more!) for what we  needed. Thank you SO much again for making an exception to your stay  rule and allowing us to come just for the weekend!

March 2016

Cara's  "Secret Garden" in Santa Monica may not be a secret for much  longer...the word's getting out on this very unique and charming cottage  set in a stunning and picturesque garden. I absolutely loved my stay  here!! The garden setting was peaceful, serene and relaxing, with cozy  benches and chairs nestled among unbelievably beautiful trees, shrubs  and plants. For the month I was there, the scent of blooming jasmine  wafted into the adorable, vintage-style cottage. Sweet! And I loved that  every window had a view of the landscape. The space itself was light  and airy, beautifully and tastefully decorated, with a well-stocked,  bright kitchen and a super-comfortable king-size bed. Cara is an  amazingly warm and hospitable host, and both she and her husband Eric  are attentive and responsive to any questions or needs. I felt really  cared for while I was there! The cottage is located close to many  restaurants and the neighborhood is very walkable, and only a quick  drive to the Santa Monica pier and all the shops near Ocean Ave. Did I  mention that I loved it?!!  Janet Podleski - Canada

Response from Cara: 
Hey  there Janet… My good fortune to have a writer as my guest!! You were  such a delight, and thank you so much for choosing our property! It was a  great honor getting to know you ! Xxxxxx

May 2015

El  barrio es muy tranquilo. Esta lo suficientemente cerca de la playa como  para ir caminando, y tiene de todo. Supermercados, restaurantes,  tiendas para alquilar bicis, a unas manzanas está una zona de compras  muy chula que tiene también cines y restaurantes. El jardín es  espectacular. Cara estuvo muy pendiente de mi en toda mi estancia (34  días), para cualquier cosa que pudiera necesitar, incluso para tomar un  cafe o comer juntas. Ella, su marido y sus amigos son absolutamente  geniales, buena gente de corazón. El apartamento tiene de todo para  hacerte sentir como en casa. La cama era muy cómoda, y la situación de  la casa es ideal porque abriendo las ventanas corría brisilla y nunca  llegue a sentir calor a pesar de haberme alojado en el mes de Julio. En  el baño habían dejado productos de belleza geles, champús, protector  solar, etc, Y en la nevera, un brick de leche que me salvó la vida para  poder desayunar al día siguiente, y algo de fruta. La ducha era muy  agradable también. Y dejó varios juegos de toallas perfectamente limpios  y ordenados para que pudiera hacer tranquilamente la colada y tener  repuestos. La tv por cable y apple tv me permitieron ver las películas  que me apetecieron en español cuando me embotaba mucho con tanto inglés.  Muy frecuentemente venían a la casa a recoger el correo y arreglar y  regar el jardín, y siempre estuvieron pendientes de orientarme y  ayudarme en todo lo que les pude preguntar. La lavadora y secadora son  muy grandes y están dentro del recinto pero en la parte inferior. Al  final hicimos buena amistad, y hasta mi marido cocinó una paella para  ellos y sus amigos en el jardín. Estuvo muy divertido!! El aparcamiento  es sencillo en la parte de atrás, y también en la parte de delante de la  casa, ya que me facilitaron un permit. Siempre que envié un mensaje,  respondieron en menos de 1 hora. Y han instalado en la casa una cámara  con intercomunicador, por si ocurre cualquier cosa poder comunicarse  rapidamente. Me sentí muy segura y cómoda. Sencillamente creo que fue  una estancia perfecta en casa de Cara. Repetiría una y mil veces, sólo  por conocer a unas personas tan espectaculares. Carmen Martin from Spain

 What Carmen loved about your listing: 
Gracias por todo el cariño y compañía que me habéis dado. Nos vemos en España. Aunque yo, volveré.


Wir  hatten das große Glück und konnten uns eine Woche lang wie zuhause  fühlen! Fotos und Beschreibung sind absolut zutreffend. Die Wohnung ist  mit sehr viel Liebe und Geschmack hochwertig eingerichtet, alles was man  braucht ist vorhanden. Die Vermieterin sehr herzlich und eine  wunderbare Gastgeberin. Sie antwortet auf Mails oder SMS aus Deutschland  umgehend (natürlich den Zeitunterschied beachten ;-). Der Garten ein  kleines verwunschenes Refugium mit mehreren Sitzplätzen. Die Lage ist  zentral und dabei nachts aber ruhig. Mit dem Auto ist man in ein paar  Minuten überall - Supermarkt, Fußgängerzone, Ocean-Boulevard, Strand und  Santa Monica Pier. Mit einem Fahrrad wäre das auch keine Thema. Wir  waren zu zweit dort und empfanden es als perfekt so - es könnte aber  noch eine dritte Person im Wohnzimmer auf der Couch schlafen. Ich habe  schon viele Ferienhäuser und -Wohnungen gemietet, diese steht dabei ganz  weit oben auf der Rangliste. Da ist es verständlich, das wir gerne  irgendwann wiederkommen möchten!
My Response
Claudia, so wonderful  to meet you! THANK you for your kind words and I appreciate having it  in German. Any referrals should contact me directly! THANKS so much!

Dec 5, 2014

We loved the charming apartment!

November 6, 2014

The  apartment was perfect and the wonderful garden made you feel as if you  were in a resort area vs. an urban setting. All the details that the  owners thought of added to our comfortable stay. It truly is better than  the pictures.

Charlotte K. said...
Oct 4, 2014
Great Beautiful Stay!

September 19, 2014
We  stayed here on our honeymoon and had a truly lovely time. A beautiful  apartment and really made you feel at home. Cara was on holiday but Eric  made sure we were comfortable and was always helpful and friendly.  Thank you for a lovely place to stay. Perfect for what we needed.

Oct 12, 2014

Amazing !! A little paradise !

August 23, 2014

It  was my first experience with airbnb and it was perfection !! This place  is amazing, Cara is so kind and quick to answer any question. It really  felt like home. The secret garden is a little paradise, so beautiful!  If you want to cook, the kitchen is perfect, you have everything you  need. The bed is wonderful, I want the same in my home !! Very easy  parking at the back of the house, so convenient in LA! The location is  perfect, near the beach but very quiet and safe at night. There are a  lot of shopping, cafe, bar and restaurants without taking the car! Thank  you so much Cara, my vacations were perfect thanks to you! I hope to  come back soon because there are so many things to do and see ! ....... C  etait ma premiere experience avec airbnb et ce fut parfait ! L endroit  est superbe, Cara est tres sympathique et rapide pour repondre aux  eventuelles questions. Je me suis senti comme a la maison et le jardin  secret est un petit paradis ! Si vous voulez cuisiner, l endroit est  parfait et tres bien fournit. Le lit est hyper confortable, je veux le  meme chez moi!! Le parking est tres facile, a l arriere de la maison,  tellement pratique a LA! le quartier est parfait, pres de la plage tout  en etant calme et rassurant la nuit. Il y a pleins de shopping, bar,  cafe et restaurants dans les environs, sans meme avoir a prendre la  voiture! Grace a Cara mon sejour fut parfait et j espere revenir bientot  car il y a tellement de choses a voir et a faire dans cette ville !

Gene M. said...
Sep 13, 2014

Ceci  fut ma première expérience avec Airbnb et je suis vraiment ravie. Cara  est une hôte exceptionnelle, très accueillante et accommodante.  L'appartement, correspondant parfaitement à la description, est très  agréable et confortable. Le jardin est sublime et très reposant.  L'appartement est très bien situé dans Santa Monica et à distance  raisonnable de la plage et des commerces que nous pouvions rejoindre à  pied. La voiture est obligatoire à L.A. et le parking est un véritable  plus. Le quartier est résidentiel et très calme ce qui est agréable  après une journée de visite dans la région de L.A. Nous avons passé un  très bon séjour chez Cara et nous relouerons surement chez elle lors de  notre prochain séjour à Santa Monica.

From Viuz-en-Sallaz, France · April 2015

Amazingly Beautiful Hideaway!!

July 15, 2014
Words  cannot describe just how utterly fantastic this apartment is, and  that's even before I mention the breath-taking surrounds. We stayed for 4  nights. Cara met us upon arrival and was the nicest most genuinely  helpful person. We were immediately put at ease by the warmth of her  welcome. Cara provided a folder of highly useful information about the  local area, not to mention her giving us the time to explain where to go  and what to do. As you walk up to the apartment you stroll through a  beautifully set out, well manicured cottage garden. The smells and  vibrant colours, sound of water from the fountain and heavenly inviting  seating area greet you on your way up to the apartment. We stayed in the  upstairs apartment. My husband is extremely picky when it comes to  staying anywhere besides home. He would say he has a very high standard  of expectations and I can tell you he was not disappointed. The pictures  of the interior cannot give you a true sense of the high quality finish  completed by Eric, Cara's husband. Don't be fooled by the pictures,  there is ample space for two in the apartment. The bedroom has the most  storage space we have ever had, you can fit two large suitcases in the  sliding wardrobe along the wall and as many clothes as you can ever  wear. This is no mean feat considering my husband and I came to  California from Ireland for a three week visit. The bathroom may feel a  little compact but it is so well laid out it is not an issue. The shower  is powerful and spotless. Cara provides shampoo and shower gel which is  a nice touch. The apartment was nice and cool during our stay and not  once did we hear a single noise from any of the neighbours, and we had  the windows open all the time! We had access to bikes which we used to  cycle down to the beach (about a 5 min cycle). There is one parking spot  allocated at the rear of the apartment if you cannot park on the  street. We loved sitting in the kitchen in the morning eating our  breakfast and looking out at the beautiful view of the garden, it was  really hard to believe you're in a big city when staying in the  apartment. We met Cara a few times during our visit and spent some time  chatting to her and we felt like her friend rather than someone we were  renting an apartment from. She was always available to text if we had  any questions. We met her husband Eric who tends to be around from time  to time maintaining the property. A very nice, friendly laid back guy.  We will definitely be back!
Recommended for: Sightseeing, Romantic Getaway

Declan said...
Jul 18, 2014

Excellent Apartment
July 8, 2014

We  stayed 4 nights in July and just wished we could have stayed longer.  Cara and Eric were super quick in response to our initial enquiry and  the booking process was completed very easily. Prior to arrival we were  in contact again and Cara very graciously offered an early check in and  gave us all details on arrival, parking and accessing the apartment. In  the event both Cara and Eric were there to greet us, Cara very  generously provided us with some refreshing drinks and fruit and gave  tour of apartment and facilities. This is apartment that you would be  very happy and proud to call home, it was very comfortable and spacious,  the furniture, fixtures and fittings were high quality, the kitchen had  all that was needed, lots of dishes and utensils and fridge, stove and  microwave. Bed was super comfortable with lots of closet space. Bathroom  was slightly small but great quality, marble tiles and quality taps  etc. The garden outside was fantastic and gave a very peaceful and  relaxing air to the complex (only 4 units). Overall highly recommended,  more space than a hotel room but the quality of many luxury/boutique  hotel. Thanks for all your help and suggestions , Fritto Misto is an  excellent Italian well worth a visit for great value and tasty meal.  concert at the pier a great local experience, boardwalk to Venice beach  An Experience. *****Highly, highly recommended. *****
My Response
Declan,  thank you for the excellent review! We thoroughly enjoyed having the  two of you and would be honored to have you again anytime! Wishing one  day to find ourselves in your beautiful Ireland ! Best to you both!

Frank P. said...
Jun 15, 2014
The Beautiful Cottage

April 26, 2014

Note:  This review refers to the cottage on the property At the end of April  we spent four great weeks in Cara's cottage. It's located in a  beautifully landscaped garden and very well equipped. We didn't miss  anything in kitchen, bathroom or living room, also Wi-fi is available.  The interior is very tastefully decorated with attention to detail. It  has a small veranda with direct access to a private garden which leads  to the courtyard garden, a wonderful place to start the day with a cup  of coffee. The location is also good, you reach Santa Monica Pier within  15 minutes by walking. There are well stocked supermarkets with organic  food in the vicinity, perfect for cooking in the fully equipped  kitchen. Proprietress Cara is very helpful and friendly without being  intrusive. We would come back any time, thank you Cara!

My Response
So  wonderful having you at the cottage! Thanks so much for this beautiful  review! Even since you were there we have changed up several things  there, including the bathroom vanity. It's such a little jewel this  cottage; helps you imagine Santa Monica 100 plus years ago! I hope you  both return! Thanks again so very much!

Melissa B. said...
Nov 18, 2013
Wonderful stay at the beautiful Secret Garden!

We  had an amazing time staying here - the Tuscany garden area outside is  gorgeous and very well manicured! The apartment itself was also nicely  designed and very clean with the most comfortable bed I have ever slept  in outside of my house! I was at ease and instantly felt stress melt  away - exactly what I needed on a much needed vacation! The location was  very quiet and tranquil - perfect. The beach is 12 blocks away, 3rd  street promenade is 9 blocks away, very short walk or bike ride away. I  have already told my mother about this place and will recommend to all  friends and family that choose to enjoy Santa Monica!
My Response
Hi  Melissa! Thanks so much for a beautiful review! It was lovely meeting  you and Jordan and I am so happy you enjoyed your stay at our garden  property ! ; )

Anonymous said...
Oct 8, 2013
Excellent Accommodation, Beautiful gardens.

September 27, 2013

Very  peaceful accommodation. Within easy reach of shops, restaurants and  walking distance to 3rd street and promenade. The apartments has a very  welcoming feel to it and is fully equipped with all your needs. The host  is extremely helpful.

Zoe B. said...
Oct 18, 2013
Awesome...Loved Every Minute!!!

September 19, 2013

Cara's  apartment is absolutely beautiful, the perfect place for a quiet and  romantic getaway! It is at the back of a stunning central garden that  can be accessed by guests. There is off street parking which is super  convenient and the apartment itself is furnished beautifully. It's a few  short blocks, 9 perhaps, to the center of downtown and about 12 blocks  from the beach and the famous Santa Monica pier but you may choose to  drive/taxi for the evening time, (or bike) and even then it is only a $5  - $10 taxi ride. Some amazing restaurants nearby and, generally a great  buzz about the place. Cara herself is a delight! She met us onsite to  exchange the keys and give us a tour and a run down of everything we  needed to know, she even had some drinks chilling in the fridge for us!!  Everything was simple and easy with great communication all along the  way. I would absolutely recommend Cara's apartment and if I am ever in  the area again would definitely return. Thank you, Cara, for your  amazing hospitality!

Cecilia (Brazil) said...
Sep 21, 2013
Three wonderful weeks...
September 1, 2013

We  had a great time in Cara's house. The place is so cute, the bed is so  comfortable, the kitchen is complete and Cara is a wonderful host! There  is a beautiful garden where I spent my time just enjoying the flowers.  We had four very good weeks there!

First time with AIRBNB

I'd  never used a service like AirBnB before, so at first I was a little bit  concerned that my experience at Cara's place would lack the  professional touches provided by a hotel. What I realized the moment I  crossed the threshhold was that this was far better than a hotel. I felt  instantly comfortable because of the home-like environment. The place  was exactly as advertised--clean, quiet and convenient to everything I  wanted to see in Santa Monica. The gorgeous garden was a huge plus. My  local family members who visited were very impressed. I'd definitely  recommend this place and would stay there again the next time I'm in  Santa Monica.

From Waltham, MA · April 2015

I  cannot say enough about Cara and what a warm welcome I received! From  the moment I walked through the beautiful garden and was greeted by her  cheerful smile and gracious presence, I felt at home! She and her  husband have created a very charming and special place tucked away in a  quiet neighborhood only a few blocks from the ocean. Cara was so  generous with her time in sharing with me her favorite places to check  out in Santa Monica.

From Newburyport, MA · March 2015

Perfect Location

We  had such a wonderful stay in Cara's beautiful house in Santa Monica!  Cara was so welcoming when we arrived, gave us some great tips about the  area and made us comfortable and excited for our stay! Her apartment  was gorgeous, clean and in a perfect location - a 10 minute walk to  trendy restaurants, shopping, the grocery store and the beach/pier. We  can't wait to return to Santa Monica and hopefully stay in this  beautiful little oasis!

Alexa  February 2015

Absolute Haven

We  had a great time visiting Santa Monica and this apartment overlooked  Cara's garden bursting with flowers, herbs and birds. It was in a good  location for walking to the beach and shops and the king size bed put  our bed at home to shame. We will be back!

This is a  fantastic place to stay in Santa Monica. It's convenient as it's a  short walk to the pier, close to a supermarket but comes with a parking  space so makes it a great place to use as a base to explore LA. The  apartment was even nicer than the pictures and an absolute haven -  especially the garden! The kitchen is well equipped so it's perfect if  you want a rest from eating out. Cara is a great host and goes out of  her way to make sure you have everything you need. I would definitely  recommend this place to friends visiting California!


Professional and Cozy

Our  stay in Santa Monica was excellent and Cara made sure we were able to  enjoy it to the fullest. The neat apartment is really close to the beach  and many interesting locations can be reached very quickly. The  documentation Cara provided also contained many tips on activities,  restaurants etc. The place really is as beautiful as depicted on the  photos with an amazing garden.


Oasis in the City

We  had the most amazing time at the secret garden cottage, it just felt  like home even though that is thousands of miles away!! The garden is an  oasis and the rooms are beautifully decorated. It's not often you visit  somewhere and the reality is BETTER than the photos! The cottage is  just a 10 minute walk to the beach and there are loads of restaurants  within a 5 min walk. Cara herself greeted us when we arrived and she was  lovely and emailed us to check we were ok and happy with the apartment,  so sweet. Without a doubt, worth every penny and we would love to stay  again.

Response from Cara:

You two are wonderful!! Thanks so much! And I am sooo happy you enjoyed!!! Best to you! Cara ; )

A Jewel!

We  are so happy we found Cara´s apt and her secret garden – it´s a jewel!  It´s very stylish, calm and clean and everything you need for a stay is  available, such as toilet paper, different kinds of hairdryers, iron and  even fully equipped kitchen, spices included! The king size bed is very  comfortable and there are plenty of wardrobes and storage places. We  were only two adults, but there is an extra bed/sofa in the living room –  not as luxurious as the one in the bedroom though. We especially  appreciated the amazing, well-designed Tuscan garden – we had every  breakfast and some dinners there and really enjoyed the peacefulness and  the relaxed atmosphere. The location is perfect; you can walk to 3rd St  Promenade and all the shops and restaurants around, the pier and the  beaches. We had some long, lovely morning walks and on our way back home  we had cappuccino at Starbucks or Coffee Bean… Yum! Cara herself is  very friendly and helpful and a perfect host. She was immediately ready  to help if we needed anything, but let us be undisturbed as much as we  wanted. If you want you can meet very nice neighbors in the garden, but  you can also enjoy it all by yourself if you want. So, if you are  looking for an oasis in the big city this is the right place!


Response from Cara:

As you know, we loved having you! Thank you for the lovely review!!!


It  was my first experience with airbnb and it was perfection !! This place  is amazing, Cara is so kind and quick to answer any question. It really  felt like home. The secret garden is a little paradise, so beautiful!  If you want to cook, the kitchen is perfect, you have everything you  need. The bed is wonderful, I want the same in my home !! Very easy  parking at the back of the house, so convenient in LA! The location is  perfect, near the beach but very quiet and safe at night. There are a  lot of shopping, cafe, bar and restaurants without taking the car! Thank  you so much Cara, my vacations were perfect thanks to you! I hope to  come back soon because there are so many things to do and see ! ....... C  etait ma premiere experience avec airbnb et ce fut parfait ! L endroit  est superbe, Cara est tres sympathique et rapide pour repondre aux  eventuelles questions. Je me suis senti comme a la maison et le jardin  secret est un petit paradis ! Si vous voulez cuisiner, l endroit est  parfait et tres bien fournit. Le lit est hyper confortable, je veux le  meme chez moi!! Le parking est tres facile, a l arriere de la maison,  tellement pratique a LA! le quartier est parfait, pres de la plage tout  en etant calme et rassurant la nuit. Il y a pleins de shopping, bar,  cafe et restaurants dans les environs, sans meme avoir a prendre la  voiture! Grace a Cara mon sejour fut parfait et j espere revenir bientot  car il y a tellement de choses a voir et a faire dans cette ville !

Response from Cara:

Anthony  you were a super guest and such a delightful person !! I ! thank you  for all! The chocolates were so good my husband had to take them away  from me!! Please come back soon because as you know I was on my vacation  and I would really like to meet you in person! I so appreciate  everything!!! Merci !!! Xxx

Perfect for my Parents

LOVED  Cara's beautiful apartment in Santa Monica. She hosted my parents and  they were both thrilled with their first AirBNB experience. When I  dropped by, the apartment was very clean and nestled in the most lovely  garden. My parents emphasized that they would love to stay again in the  future. Thank you for providing them with such a wonderful experience!

Response from Cara:

Thanks so much, Britt! Loved having you all and would truly appreciate a return visit. Best to you all! Cara

Gorgeous Garden

The  garden was beautiful and we enjoyed spending time there most mornings.  The birding was great with lots of hummingbirds. The rooms were well  appointed and supplied with most everything we needed. The keyless entry  was very convenient. Cara was a most pleasant and helpful hostess. She  responded immediately to any questions or requests. And most important  of all, the bed was comfortable.


Extra Lovely Place to Stay

Cara's  apartment was really lovely - clean, bright, airy and comfortable, with  a very pretty garden. Everything that we needed was provided, even  beach towels. Arrival & departure were very easy due to the keypad  lock on the door, but we did get to meet Cara on our arrival to show us a  few things. There was parking for what Cara calls a 'small' car.  It  was an easy 15-20 min walk to the 3rd street promenade (a lovely  shopping area) and on to the beach. For Jewish visitors, like ourselves  who stayed there for the holidays, the apartment is two blocks from the  Chabad so very conveniently located.

Response from Cara:

Hi  Julia! Lovely to meet you and your husband! So happy all worked out for  you! Three nights just doesn't seem to be enough time to enjoy our  Santa Monica but it sounds like you covered a lot of territory. Thanks  so much for staying and we hope you can come again! ; )

Super Place to Stay

Hi  Cara. Glad we stayed at your cottage. Loved the garden, your taste in  décor and that it was well stocked with the essentials. You were an  attentive host. Thanks.

Response from Cara:

Oh Vic, Loved  meeting you and Grace! So happy you enjoyed the garden with your cousin  and her daughter for an al fresco dinner! That makes me very happy to  know you loved your time there! ; )

From Australia

Cara's  apartment is absolutely beautiful, the perfect place for a quiet and  romantic getaway!! It is one of five apartments in a small quadrangle  with a stunning central garden that can be accessed y guests. There is  off street parking at the rear which is super convenient and the  apartment itself is furnished beautifully. Its an 12 block walk to the  beach and famous Santa Monica pier but you may choose to drive/taxi of  an evening time - still, its only $5-10 ride.Some amazing restaurants  nearby and, generally,a great buzz around the place. Cara herself is a  delight! She met us onsite to exchange the keys and give us a tour and  run down of everything we needed to know... she even had some drinks  chilling in the fridge for us!! The entire experience was simple and  quick with great communication the whole way along. I would absolutely  recommend Cara's apartment and if I am ever in the area again would  definitely return. Thank you Cara for your amazing hospitality!!

Response from Cara:

What  a beautiful review! Thank you so much, Zoe. You were both delightful.  Just wanted to make a note that the unit number is four; a small house, a  cottage, and then the two at the back. So happy you enjoyed Santa  Monica and the weather was so lovely while you were. Please come stay  again! and hi to Melbourne! ; )