A sky streaked in sunset hues, streets lined with eclectic architecture, and the twinkling turn of a Ferris wheel beyond the shores of the Pacific – such describes a scene synonymous with Santa Monica, California. Charming, coastal, and colorful, Santa Monica is the vibrant little sister of Los Angeles, known for its iconic pier and diverse urban culture. The convenient location is noteworthy as well: Los Angeles International Airport and downtown LA are less than half an hour’s drive away, and Santa Monica Boulevard provides a direct route through the famed towns of Beverly Hills and Hollywood.
Whether you’re in Santa Monica to catch some waves, get an Instagram-worthy shot of the pier, shop ‘til you drop, or explore everything that the area has to offer, here are seven stunning HomeAway and VRBO vacation rentals for your most authentic stay:
This is almost too good to be true: A three-story mansion for 12 people right in front of Santa Monica Beach, all yours for 78 USD a night! Don’t believe us? Get your first look at this palatial residence below!
As you step into the house, you’re greeted by the spartan, monochrome decor of the living room. Don’t be fooled by its simple appearance though – there’s more than meets the eye in this home!
Take, for instance, the patio. Just beyond the sliding doors of the living room, this simple area provides ample space for you to kick back against the backdrop of a stunning Santa Monica sunset.
Not enough space on the living room patio? Ascend the spiral staircase to the level above, where you’ll find this plush couch and an elevated view of the beach from this balcony.
Whether you’re traveling with a big group of friends or the entire family, there’s space for everyone to catch some sleep in the mansion’s four bedrooms.
Don’t be daunted by the miniature scale of this bathroom – with five of its kind in the residence, getting everyone ready on time should be no big hassle.
Downtown Beachfront Estate
Address: 1347 Palisades Beach Rd, Santa Monica, CA 90401, USA
Price: from 78 USD
Number of Guests: 12
Places of Interest: Santa Monica Beach (>1-min walk), Santa Monica Pier (10-min walk), downtown Santa Monica (15-min walk)
Santa Monica is considered to be one of the best places to shop throughout the county of Los Angeles. From indie businesses to international chains, shopping experiences of every kind can be found on the streets of this city. If you’re in the area for a shopping spree, why not stay near the center of excitement in this stylish apartment complex?
Another residence with monochrome chic, this HomeAway exudes an urban professionalism that puts you in the heart of the city atmosphere. Lounge on this velvet sofa with some cable TV, or make a bite to eat in the kitchen.
Emergency call from work, or wanting to record your adventures in a journal? This desk provides a conducive environment for such activities.
Kick back with your pal after a productive day of shopping or a lively day of sightseeing, and watch the city light up from this balcony.
After a long, tiring day, settle your sore muscles on this plush, queen-sized bed, and drift off to dreamland.
New & Clean 1BR/1BA Flat in Heart of Santa Monica
Address: 1303 7th St, Santa Monica, CA 90401, USA
Price: from 222 USD
Number of Guests: 4
Places of Interest: Downtown Santa Monica (10-min walk / 4-min drive)
If you’ve come to Santa Monica to experience the arts, perhaps the best place to do so is Mid-City, the city’s burgeoning arts and entertainment district. Explore Bergamot Station on 26th Avenue, where most of the city’s art galleries are located.
While you’re in the area, why not immerse yourself in the atmosphere with this cozy, artistic studio apartment? After all, as Steve Wozniak, co-founder of Apple Inc., quotes, “Artists work best alone”.
F&B? More like FB&E – with this kitchenette and innumerable books all over the apartment, seek some literary entertainment over breakfast every morning.
Before bed, relax on this comfortable bed with some late-night television, fit snugly into a cozy, curtained space.
Charming Artist's Studio
Address: 2818 Broadway, Santa Monica, CA 90404, USA
Price: from 89 USD
Number of Guests: 2
Places of Interest: Bergamot Station (15-min walk), Melisse Restaurant (7-min drive)
Absorb the vibrant, artistic, and urban nature of Santa Monica with this lively apartment, a vacation rental between the high-end boutique stores of Montana Avenue and the independent businesses of Wilshire Boulevard.
Gather your family or friends on these plush couches for some evening television, or kick back with some snacks and conversation.
Find eclectic designs in the bathroom as well. With round mirrors and glass sinks, this room is a blend of quaint charm and avant garde style.
And, when the midnight hour calls, sink into one of these three queen-sized bedrooms for a good night’s sleep.
2 Blocks From The Beach, Hidden Paradise in Santa Monica
Area: between Montana Avenue and Lincoln Boulevard, Santa Monica, CA, USA
Price: from 375 USD
Number of Guests: 6
This is a truly lavish accommodation! With this fairytale cottage in North of Montana, you’ll be staying in one of the city’s most desirable neighborhoods, just a hop, skip, and a jump away from the boutique shops of Montana Avenue. Moreover, with the absence of hotels in the area, be sure to expect some peace and quiet from the tourist hubbub of the city center.
Step into another century as you enter this living room, lined with books and antique furniture fit for a royal reading room!
This regal elegance extends to the dining room, where you can enjoy a candlelit dinner beneath an intricate chandelier and classic paintings.
For a break from the indoors or some outdoor privacy, why not lounge in the shade of this flower garden, or take a dip in the pool?
There’s space to sleep for every age in this home! For the king and queen of the house, there’s the master bedroom, lined with wood and antiques. If you need some literary R&R before dozing off, retreat to the books, figurines, and posters of the second bedroom. And, of course, for the kids, there’s a burst of color in the room with a bunk bed.
Fantastic Furnished House and Guest House North of Montana
Area: along Marguerita Avenue, Santa Monica, CA 90402, USA
Price: from 567 USD
Number of Guests: 10
To explore more of Santa Monica’s urban culture, head south to Main Street. Here, you’ll find a laid-back, diverse neighborhood teeming with cultural experiences, from a weekly farmers’ market to countless international restaurants.
If you wish to make this district the focus of your stay, settle in this sunny HomeAway condo, located at the head of Main Street itself.
Have a chat with your companions on this bucolic balcony! With the clement climate of California and flowers all around you, this area is reminiscent of a balmy Mediterranean summer. You might even want to have a barbecue with the propane barbecue pit provided.
After a long day in the Santa Monica heat, wind down in the warm, mellow atmosphere of this bathroom.
Wake up to a new day of adventure on the king-sized bed of this luxurious master suite. Inhale the fresh morning air on the patio, or catch some morning news on the television.
Newly Furnished and 1 Block to the Beach
Address: 245 Main St, Venice, CA 90291, USA
Price: from 283 USD
Number of Guests: 6
Want the thrill of the city with the chill of the country? Find a couple’s retreat in this concealed vacation cabin, located in the heart of Santa Monica Canyon!
A woodland retreat awaits in this inconspicuous cabin. Have a barbecue party beneath the canopy of this patio, and delight in being outside in the fresh air.
Alternatively, head indoors into the open living space. Unwind with some television or a magazine on the couch, journal your adventures while sitting at either of the tables, or lounge on the carpet for a board game with your loved ones.
On a warm summer night, the bright string lights of the patio make for some romantic al fresco dining.
If you’re visiting Santa Monica in the fall or winter months, however, mornings and nights can get chilly. When they do, curl up by this fireplace with one of the residence’s many books.
After a hearty day out, snuggle up with your other half on this quilted queen-sized bed.
Santa Monica Canyon Cabin
Address: behind 415 Upper Mesa Rd, Santa Monica, CA 90402, USA
Price: from 209 USD
Number of Guests: 3
Sultry, stunning, and spectacular Santa Monica
A stunning city with so much to see and even more to offer, Santa Monica makes an ultimate urban and beach destination for everyone. No matter who you’re with or why you’re there, there’s vacation rentals for all in this beautiful, bustling city. So what are you waiting for? Book your stay in Santa Monica with HomeAway today!
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