November 2016 to January 2017 - We rented Monica and Bryson's house at 146 Santa Anita for almost two months. This is a well-maintained two bedroom, two bath home. It is located about 5 minutes (walking) from the trendy 2nd street shops, cafes, restaurants and only 10 minutes to the beach.
As the photos for this listing indicate, the home is decorated in an attractive, modern style with comfortable furnishings. The Master bedroom has a king-sized bed and plenty of storage space. The smaller, second bedroom has a bunk bed. The upper bunk is a single bed and the lower bunk is a double bed. Ample storage space in this room also. Both all the beds were very comfortable.
Good wifi. We did, however, have connection problems with the wifi when it rained, but we assumed that everybody in the neighborhood did also. It always sorted itself out.
There are three flatscreen televisions in the house. One in each bedroom and one in the living room. Each TV has HDMI ports.
Bathrooms are well-appointed. The ensuite bath in the master bedroom has a large shower with a built-in bench. The second bath has two lavatories and a tub/shower combo. Lots of storage space for toiletries.
Great water pressure throughout the house, and hot water on demand.
Kitchen: we cooked and baked often during our visit. The house has a great range with four hobs, salamander, oven, and above-range microwave. Other kitchen items include a small countertop toaster oven, blender, drip coffeemaker and a сafetière.
A gas fireplace is in the living room/salon, but unfortunately was not made available to us.
Parking for your car is always limited. Customers visit the shops and restaurants on 2nd street and use the residential parking spaces along Santa Anita. Consequently, we occasionally were not able to park outside the house, but had to either park further down the street or on an adjacent street. Be alert about parking on Wednesday and Thursday nights due to the street sweepers coming by the next day. If you park on the wrong side during these days you will get a parking ticket.
Neighbors: we are friendly and say hello to neighbors when we encountered them. Consistently, from the first day of our visit, the neighbors on either side of the house and across the street would simply look through us when we said hello and not even offer a return greeting. The only explanation we had for this was that they were not happy about Airbnbers renting in their neighborhood. We did not take it personally, but did think it rather odd.
Monica was a model airbnb hosts and a delight to work with during our visit. We only had two minor problems throughout the booking and she was available within the hour to problem-solve the issue.
We enjoyed our Long Beach vacation, appreciated Monica's friendly, supportive attitude, and would stay here again.