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Bungalow in Santa Monica
Santa Monica Bungalow on Quiet Street North of Montana
Step through the carriage doors and into an open interior with polished concrete floors, plus a kitchen with navy cabinets and stone countertops. The bedroom comes with barn door, bamboo floors, and 55" HDTV, while a verdant garden awaits outside. Enter the guest house thru carriage doors to a first floor open living space with kitchen, sofa and 60'' HD flatscreen TV. Polished concrete floors and stone countertops. Exit to open, outdoor staircase leading to an upper bedroom with Cal-King Bed, bamboo floors, dresser, 55'' HD TV, comfortable bathroom with walk-in shower and vanity. Wifi / Cable / AC & Heating units in each room. Design is a mix of beach cottage with contemporary accents. 2 Blocks to beautiful Ocean Avenue to watch gorgeous California sunsets or walk to beach. 2 Blocks to Montana Avenue shopping and cafes. Close to Promenade and Metrolink. Unbeatable Location ! Our place is good for couples, solo adventurers, and business travelers. The bungalow is a separate guesthouse but owners are present on the property in the main house. Outside table with a bench and chairs are perfectly located for morning coffee lunch or evening cocktail. We live in the front house so feel free to reach out to us with any questions and/or concerns regarding your stay. Leave the car behind - the beach, restaurants, cafes, and shops, are all an easy walk away. Rent a bike nearby to explore further. Watch the sunset over the water from Ocean Avenue, 2 blocks away, while Metrolink and Promenade are also close. Rent a Hulu Bike for your stay. “On May 12, 2015, the Santa Monica City Council adopted the Home-Sharing Ordinance reiterating its ban on the rental of entire units as vacation rentals. The Home-Sharing Ordinance also legalized the short term rental of a portion of a person’s home when the host lives on-site throughout the visitor’s stay and when the host obtains a business license. Hosts are also required to collect and remit Transient Occupancy Tax (TOT) if not collected and remitted by the hosting platform.” Our license #221557 is listed with the City of Santa Monica
$315 per night
Apartment in Los Angeles
Couple's Nest one block off Abbot Kinney District
HSR22-000970 Most important to us is cleanliness. Bathed in sun all day, the apt. is on the second story of our home. Located a 2 MINUTE walk from the Abbot Kinney shopping and dining district, a 10-minute walk to the sand and surf. Parking Spot included. The apartment has a full kitchen and all the amenities needed for a pleasant and cozy visit. Our home is a secured building for guest security.
$188 per night
Guesthouse in Santa Monica
Ocean Park Beach Studio
An Ocean Park Gem located four blocks from the beach and three blocks from Main Street. This light and airy studio apartment is a short walk to Abbot Kinney, the 3rd Street Promenade and the Pier, and nestled close to some of the best restaurants in Santa Monica. It is also a five minute walk to an amazing beach.
$199 per night

Stay near Santa Monica's top sights

Santa Monica Pier2,744 locals recommend
Palisades Park130 locals recommend
Costco Wholesale130 locals recommend
Santa Monica Beach315 locals recommend
Downtown Santa Monica Station168 locals recommend
Annenberg Community Beach House152 locals recommend

Other great vacation rentals in Santa Monica

Apartment in Santa Monica
Promenade SM|Modern design| Studio apt
$185 per night
Apartment in Santa Monica
Venice Canals Sanctuary
$312 per night
Home in Venice
Creative Zen Retreat. Enjoy, Create, Relax. Reconnect.
$233 per night
Bungalow in Venice
Sunset Ave Bungalow
$188 per night
Condo in Santa Monica
Luxury Studio in Heart of DT Santa Monica King Bed
$146 per night
Loft in Marina del Rey
Private Venice Beach Loft - Blocks from the Beach
$270 per night
Guesthouse in Santa Monica
$198 per night
Guest suite in Los Angeles
Venice Beach Quiet Escape
$250 per night
Bungalow in Santa Monica
Craftsman Cottage with Tropical Garden
$210 per night
Guest suite in Malibu
MCM Malibu Private Studio Amazing Ocean Views
$333 per night
Apartment in Santa Monica
$156 per night
Guesthouse in Venice
Peaceful Venice Retreat
$171 per night

Quick stats about vacation rentals in Santa Monica

Total rentals

2.5K properties

Rentals with dedicated workspaces

1.4K properties have a dedicated workspace

Rentals with a pool

300 properties have a pool

Pet-friendly rentals

840 properties allow pets

Family-friendly rentals

910 properties are a good fit for families

Total number of reviews

104K reviews

Your guide to Santa Monica


With 3.5 miles of sandy beach and swimmable water, and some of the most heavenly summer sunsets, Santa Monica is about fun in the sun with a healthy dose of relaxation. The city’s numerous shops, restaurants, vacation rentals, and entertainment venues can convince you the city is one large coastal theme park, but it’s also a surprisingly walkable section of Los Angeles, with adjacent Venice Beach just a leisurely 2.5-mile stroll away.

The best time to stay in a vacation rental in Santa Monica

Santa Monica’s coastal Mediterranean climate promises warm daytime temperatures and cool evenings. Sunny, temperate days are generally the rule for the majority of the year, with rain a rare exception. The months of June, July, and August are the driest, while January and February are more regularly gray and gloomy.

Santa Monica temperatures generally hover between the mid-60s to the low 70s Fahrenheit. Morning skies can often be obscured by a marine layer, which typically melts away before lunch, giving way to sunshine. Summers can occasionally introduce warmer daytime temps in the low 80s, but the presence of a coastal breeze tends to keep the temperature hovering around perfect. Still, it’s never a bad idea to bring an extra light layer, especially for evening excursions. Otherwise, bring sunglasses and plenty of sunscreen.

Top things to do in Santa Monica

Santa Monica Pier

Arguably the most iconic structure along the Southern California coast, this pier overlooks Santa Monica State Beach and operates as a popular social, dining, and entertainment spot for locals and visitors alike. Take a ride on the historic merry-go-round, watch locals cast and catch along the length of the boardwalk, or enjoy the panoramic view from atop the Pacific Park Ferris wheel (especially beautiful during summer as the sun is setting). The pier’s Secret Story Tour app is worth a download before and during any visit.

Santa Monica Farmers’ Market

If you’re looking for an authentic taste of Southern California’s expansive cornucopia of produce, a visit to the largest grower-only farmers’ market in the region will surely be a rewarding and flavorful affair. It’s not uncommon to run into famous local chefs loading up carts for their week’s menu alongside other celebrities as you peruse the more than 85 farm stands on Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday morning.

Third Street Promenade

This three-block, pedestrian-only stretch of shops and restaurants is an iconic part of the Santa Monica landscape. In recent years, the outdoor pedestrian mall has seen a revitalization. Investment has brought new, heralded dining options to the strip along with numerous public amenities that invite visitors to rest and relax, children to play, and audiences to enjoy free public performances.

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