Home for Rent

Santa Catalina Island California 90704 United States of America

Listing # 137532

Rates From USD 5500 Monthly
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Last Updated: Friday, April 2, 2021

Writers Retreat on Catalina Island (off the coast of Los Angeles)

Welcome to your sabbatical home or writer's retreat!
"Casamar" is a dreamy four-bedroom art-deco home, overlooking the Pacific Ocean on Santa Catalina Island. The home includes four beautifully furnished bedrooms, three full bathrooms, a gorgeous back yard with fruit trees, an open plan living-dining space with panoramic ocean views, and a gorgeous chef's kitchen covered in Talavera Mission/Deco tiles. The home includes a second-story circular writing studio, with wrap-around bay windows. I wrote my PhD dissertation there and an award-winning book, by the way ;)
Catalina island rises out of the sea, just an hour ferry-boat ride or 15-minute helicopter jaunt from LA or Long Beach or San Diego. Catalina feels like a Greek Island, a world away from the hustle and bustle of Southern California. The place has been a retreat for novelists and academics, as well as actors and artists.
This home was first owned and decorated by Lena Schwab, who ran Schwab's Drug Store, the glamorous Hollywood hub and place where stars were "discovered" in the 1930s. Since the 1940s, the house passed on to my great-grandmother who was Lena's best buddy and was married to the president of the Port of Long Beach. Many of the art-deco furniture pieces, in perfect condition, date back to this period. The home was designed by William Kesling, the Bauhaus influenced "Streamline Moderne" architectural master of Southern California whose style adorns many Noir films. The home's kitchen appliances, plumbing and electrical, were thoroughly modernized in 2007.
The beautiful small town of Avalon, where the house is located, includes a wonderful fish market, great seafood, a high-end Vons supermarket, unparalleled dolphin and whale watching, a scuba dive park, kayaking, beaches, and golf. All within five minutes walking distance of the house. 99% of the island is a park -- the Conservancy -- for fantastic hiking, running, cycling and camping. Wild buffalo roam there, and bald eagles are easy to spot. The quiet, and the natural beauty are perfectly conducive to writing. Of course, the house also has high-speed wireless internet, and Netflix, etc.


Number of Bedrooms
Number of Bathrooms
Number of Offices
Surface Size
3300 Sq. Feet
Suited for
4 people
Property Type


Available from Saturday, May 1, 2021 until Friday, December 30, 2022
Minimum Stay
1 month(s)
Flexible With Dates
Comments on Dates
30 Day minimum stay
*Approximate location of the property is within the blue radius. Red markers indicate surrounding points of interest including schools, universities, libraries and museums.

City Santa Catalina Island
Postal Code - State or Province 90704 CA
Country United States of America
Neighborhood Keywords Avalon
Closest University UCLA
University nearby UCI, CSULB, CSF, UCSD, USC, UCSB, Scripps, Pomona

Rental Price:

USD 5500 Monthly
Rental Fee Comments
(more expensive during summer months)
Rent Negotiable
Utilities Included
Cleaning Services Included


  • Near Shops
  • Near Ocean/Lake
  • Near Restaurants
  • Near Mountains
  • Near Public Transports

Additional Information:

  • Furnished
  • Available for Academic Term
  • Off Campus
  • Architectural Gem
  • Writing or Country Retreat
  • Historical Home


  • Modern Kitchen
  • Washer
  • Dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • High Speed Internet
  • Computer
  • Printer
  • Stairs
  • Fireplace
  • TV
  • Balcony or Patio
  • ArtStudio
  • Other:


Kid Friendly
Small Children Safe
Smoke Free
Pets Welcome

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Member Since Jan 3 2020
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About Me
Paul Amar, Professor in the Global Studies Department at the University of California Santa Barbara, is a political scientist and anthropologist with affiliate appointments in Feminist Studies, Sociology, Comparative Literature, Middle East Studies, and Latin American & Iberian Studies. He currently serves as Director of Orfalea Center for Global & International Studies. Before he began his academic career, he worked as a journalist in Cairo, a police reformer and sexuality rights activist in Rio de Janeiro, and as a conflict-resolution and economic development specialist at the United Nations. His books include: Cairo Cosmopolitan (2006); New Racial Missions of Policing (2010); Global South to the Rescue (2011); Dispatches from the Arab Spring (2013); and The Middle East and Brazil (2014). His book, "The Security Archipelago" was awarded the Charles Taylor Award for "Best Book of the Year" in 2014 by the Interpretive Methods Section of the American Political Science Association.

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