Jul 15, 2010

Balinese Paradise in Santa Monica

The al fresco bedroom off the master bedroom

This Balinese style home one block from Santa Monica beach has been our home this week. And let me just add that this home has been our best vacation rental home ever. The photos on the VRBO (Vacation Rentals By Owner) website were wonderful, but we were so pleasantly surprised that photos alone couldn't adequately describe this fantastic home. The home is owned, from what little we discovered, by
an architect and his designer wife, along with their two boys. To say that the home is Balinese undermines the wealth of global influences around the house. From the Indian tapestries in the guest rooms to the collection of safari hats to the kilim rugs in the kitchen. It is very clear that the owners and their kids are a globetrotting bunch. 

The home is surrounded by other magnificent homes and a host of shops and restaurants along Montana street. The Santa Monica Pier and the Third Street Promenade is a short walk from the home. But what makes this home so incredible is the amount of time the owners spent refining the little details which equates to a home full of memorable discoveries. From the water  elements in the front and back yards, to the koi pond, to the abundance of plants and trees which secludes guests from the reality outside its walls. The main house has four bedrooms, an outdoor porch bedroom (pictured above), a formal living room, a television and music room, a family room off the gourmet kitchen, a basement music studio to an incredible back porch which overlooks the pool, koi pond, outdoor grill area, guest house and studio. The guest house has a master bedroom and a loft bedroom with two beds.

I highly recommend this home for the family looking for a global experience within the US. Coming from this luxury hotelier, this home in Santa Monica ranks up there.

View of the main house from the koi pond
My nephew in the koi pond
The pool and hot tub area
My nephew making smores in the "tribal council" fire pit in the backyard
The guest house
My nephew walking up the steps to the guest
house loft
Guest house master bedroom
Master bedroom spiral staircase. A loft space connects the kids bedroom
next door through a "secret" passageway
Kids bedroom with a rock climbing wall to the
loft and secret door to the master bedroom
Reflection of the master bedroom
Living room chess set
My daughter climbs the tree house in the front
yard. A smaller pond and and a vegetable garden
fills the rest of the front yard
My family hanging around the fire pit
Balinese daybed by the pool
Outdoor dining area between the guest house
and outdoor grill area
Swing overlooking the backyard
The pool at night
Desk in the master bedroom
Koi pond from the second floor outdoor bedroom
Front yard fountain
Picnic table and chairs in the front garden
Living room entry
Sitting area between the guest house and artist studio
My brother relaxes in the big porch overlooking the garden
Master bedroom tub
Drum set in the basement music studio


Anonymous said...

how can i contact the owners? thank you for sharing!

My Hotel Life said...

Here you go. Thanks for reading my blog.


Jeremy Beauregard said...

Yes, I can see the global feel that you’re talking about. That rental house seems like a vacation home in the middle of Bali. Who would leave that compound if the house already gives you the relaxing feel of a trip in the Orient? It would surely be an awesome experience to spend a weekend there. =)