Delightful mountain cottage--peaceful and clean
This is a beautifully renovated, very clean, charming little cottage up high in Sierra Madre, with a back patio that has views of the mountains. The neighborhood was quiet, it felt very safe, and the neighbors were friendly but not intrusive. The house itself is delightful, small but comfortable, and the AC worked well when we needed it (though most nights it cooled off nicely, and jasmine perfume filled the house when we opened the windows). When we were there, there were tomatoes, flowers, oranges surrounding the house (the gardens have an automated watering system). The kitchen was stocked with everything we needed (note: no TV in the house but we really liked that) and you are a short drive from a grocery store, pharmacy, a great bookstore, etc.. The local restaurants if not great are good (Sierra Madre is sleepy and feels like a small town), there are nearby trails and parks, the public library is lovely (especially for young kids), our older daughter took swim classes at the local public pool--making life very easy for the month we stayed there. The owners and the property caretaker were very accommodating and easy to reach. And, we found it very easy to get out to the Huntington, Santa Anita, the Norton Simon, and you can jump on the 210 with ease. In short: highly, highly recommended!
*Book Winter! Charming, rustic, furnished, one bedroom mountain view cottage*