Outdoor Patio and Pool

Vacation Rental Cottage in LA…


We stepped away from DIY this week and took a little break with the kids, so I thought I’d offer a glimpse of our vacation rental in San Fernando Valley. I enjoy “living like a local” when visiting new cities. While researching online, I skipped the hotels and found a house large enough for all of us, one that was centrally located and offered a bit of vintage charm. I’ve absolutely fallen in love, with both the house…and LA.

Dutch Door Vacation rental by SnazzyLittleThings
Dutch doors are everywhere

The house reminds me of places you’d see in Old Hollywood photos from the 30’s and 40’s…can’t you picture Marylin lounging around at a place like this?

Veranda Vacation Rental by SnazzyLittleThings
French doors open to the veranda

As it turns out, we actually were staying in Marylin’s neighborhood! Her high school was right up the street (we can see it from our front yard). So no doubt she might have had friends that lived here.

Outdoor Patio and Pool
Looking out at the private pool from the veranda…

Back of house veranda

Exterior of House

Vines on House

Here’s a glimpse inside…

Brick Oven LA Rental
Open design, with pretty touches, throughout…and a brick oven

And…we are a bit starstruck at the moment.  Our rental is used for filming scenes in various movie productions and commercials. So a real Hollywood production company visited the house during our vacation to set the house for a People Magazine series.  We can’t get any closer to Hollywood than that!

The street itself is well known because of this view…we’ve enjoyed quite a few walks on this street (while the kids capture Pokemon).

Hamlin Street View

Four doors down is a famous house. It’s part of a hit comedy series in its 6th season right now. Do you recognize it? Leave a comment with your guess…

Famous Houses in LA
A famous comedy series is filmed here…

We’ve all been a little starstruck as we recognize landmarks from some of our favorite shows.  In fact, the production company used our front yard as a “park” theme for the series as well.

House Rental in the Valley
Front yard of our house rental

Places to visit:

We rented a car for the week and did a lot of research each night to plan out the following day. I’ll write more in a future post, but here are some great places that we visited: the Getty Villa (a great way to start the week, beautiful art and gardens), the Back to the Future house, The Brady Bunch house and the Workaholics house (all are drive-by houses since they are real residences). We visited various high schools used for filming, Universal Studios (and the backlot tour), Warner Brothers Studio tour (a must see!), Manhattan Beach for the AVP volleyball tour, Venice Beach, Malibu Beach, Santa Monica, Mullholland Drive, the Hollywood sign, and all the sights on Hollywood Boulevard. You can easily score last minute tickets for some of the late shows (James Corden and Jimmy Kimmel) as well.

A few more favorite moments during our trip…we snapped this as we stood in line at Universal Studios backlot tour….

A very rare glimpse of the two of us. A few tidbits——> 1) this month marks our two year wedding anniversary. 2) Mr. Snazzy’s real name is Mark and he’s the mastermind behind all of our woodworking projects as I serve as “creative director”. 3) He owned a branding and web design company in his prior life. That’s where the bug bit me for website design. We’re both geeks. 4) Between us, we have five kids, “one with wings”. ?? ages range from 12, 16, forever 18, 20, 26. 5). We haven’t taken a honeymoon yet, but we have taken a few small family trips. 6) I’m taller than him when I wear heels but I don’t let that stop me from doing it. ? 7) We play coed sand volleyball several nights per week. 8) one day we’ll buy another property near both mountains and water. 9) he’s a stroke survivor even at his young age. 10) I’m 45 and he’s 51, and he rocked a grey stripe in his hair in his 30’s. Now…the “stripe” has been eclipsed by the rest of his grey ? #webdesign #family #diyblogger #woodworking #blog #diy #instagood #loveofmylife

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And…you might recognize this place :)

Central Perk Warner Brothers tour
All of us at the Central Perk Cafe, stage tour of “Friends” — at the Waner Brothers Studio Tour.
Green Screen Experience at Warner Bros
The green screen experience at Warner Brothers

I have hundreds of pictures, so more to come in a future post along with a few tips on how to visit the area and cover a lot of ground. Travelocity.com is one of my favorite sites for vacation planning. I love the “things to do” section as I piece together all of our interests. Once we decide what we want to as a group, I use it to find rental properties. It’s not easy to find activities suitable for all age ranges, but this vacation worked perfectly.

If you’re an LA local…what are some of your favorite areas to visit?

The kitchen project is calling my name, so more to come on that as well. It’s a slow start when we get back from vacation just trying to get our lives back in our eastern time zone routines.

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  1. Looks like it was a great trip! My daughter has a good friend who is an actress and moved to LA, so she’s been there. I think I’ll tag along next time. ?

    1. Melanie, if you love Old Hollywood you will love it. Traffic is just like home…just more cars. We were worried that we couldn’t keep up. We love having both water and mountains nearby.

  2. I really enjoyed this post. I’ve been to California a few times and we did much of the things you are doing. Have fun! The info about your family made the post Real.

    1. Thanks Rhonda, we don’t post many personal pictures of us, I should start doing that more often. I love CA, and now that we found this nice house we will be!