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

Santa Catalina Island, California, United States

Listing #137532


House | Entire Home
Rates from USD $5500 | Monthly
Last Updated 42 days ago

About

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.

Bedrooms
4

Bathrooms
3

Offices
1

Size
3,300 ft2

Suited For
4

Property Type
House

Availability

From May 1, 2021 until December 30, 2022

Minimum Stay

1 Month | Dates are flexible for this listing

Comments: 30 Day minimum stay

Location

House in Santa Catalina Island, California, United States

Closest University

UCLA

Nearby Universities
UCI, CSULB, CSF, UCSD, USC, UCSB, Scripps, Pomona

Comments: Avalon

Surroundings

  • Off Campus
  • Writer's Sanctuary
  • Historic Home
  • Architectural Gem
  • Near Ocean or Lake
  • Near Mountains
  • Near Restaurants
  • Near Shops
  • Near Public Transportation

Rental Rates and Terms

Rates from USD $5500 Monthly | Negotiable

Utilities are not included

A cleaning service is not included

Comments: (more expensive during summer months)

Considerations

Ask about the suitability of the home for young kids

Pets are not allowed

Smoking is not allowed

A car is not available

Features

Interior

Furnished

Connectivity

High Speed Internet

TV

Printer

Exterior

Balcony or Patio

Accessibility

Stairs

Temperature Control

Fireplace

Appliances

Oven

Stove

Microwave

Refrigerator

Dishwasher

Washer

Dryer

Creative

Art Studio

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