In the Venice Beach Eco-Cottages you live original, comfortable, sustainable and close to the beach – just like the locals.
When Cynthia Foster and her husband bought the down cottages in the middle of Venice Beach a couple of years ago, they did not know what jewels they would become. Eight months and a lot of handwork later, the transformation was perfect: three environmentally friendly, habitable artifacts, just five minutes from the beach and trendy boutiques of the Abbot Kinney Boulevard.
Inside, the cottages are eclectic in design: the old and the new are mixed up here. The wood floors have been restored and shine in new splendor, vintage furniture meet high tech such as HDTV, iPod docking station or the energy-saving washing machine. Great: The works of local artists can be bought directly from the wall.
Despite the same floor plan, the three buildings from the year 1922 are completely different. The Papa Hemingway Cottage is a tribute to the famous writer and uses correspondingly masculine look with lots of dark wood and warm brown tones. Aunt Zoe’s Place right next to it is kept in 50s retro style, including wrought-iron bed, modern art and kitschy knickknacks like the decorated with glass chandeliers cherries. Le Bébé is the third cottage in the country: completely dipped in light blue, white and red, the sweet interior enchants the inhabitants with French wit and wit.
A lot has been recycled and re-used for the furnishings. Free-standing antique claw foot baths invite you to the extensive bubble bath, from an old filing cabinet was a washing table, the bathroom tiles consist of sliced wine corks. The highlight: The red swivel chair at the Le Bebé Cottage was made of a birdcage, a turntable and a little wood.
But the highlight of the cool huts: everything is environmentally friendly from the solar power, the tiles, the bio mattresses and organic cleaning agents to the luxurious bed linen made of organic cotton. Even the outdoor hot tub, which makes the deck between Papa Hemingway and Aunt Zoe’s hotspot, is eco-friendly: with the help of UV light, the water is kept clean and the plastic outer wall of the pool is made of recycled milk jugs. But this is not enough: three percent of the revenues go to a beneficial organization, which the guest can choose from on the website.
The friendly hosts are by the way directly next door and bring their guests even baked pastries. Because you would rather not undress and become a local even …