Known for its vast mountains, limitless ocean, and enormous houses, Los Angeles can sometimes feel a little . . . big. That’s why it can be nice to retreat to the comfort of a smaller space. These bungalows and cottages offer incredible charm and a coziness not always found in a larger home. A few nights at any of these adorable houses and you might want to sell your own house and join the tiny home craze!
8. A Los Feliz Storybook Cottage ($265 a night)
If we didn’t know any better we’d expect the Seven Dwarfs to come marching in any second. This aptly named “Storybook Cottage” is located in L.A.’s uber-hip Los Feliz/Silverlake area although it looks like it could be in Sherwood Forest. With charm to burn, this adorable little house offers a dining area on the back deck, enough room for six guests, and a spot on a quiet cul-de-sac. Outfitted with a wide-screen TV, a fully equipped kitchen, and enough books to keep you occupied on that backyard hammock for weeks, this is the perfect little place to get some real relaxation. Not even Grumpy himself could find anything to complain about here.
7. A Stylish Hollywood Hills Love Nest ($149 a night)
Hold. The. Phone. This quirky, elegant little bungalow has so many incredible features it’s hard to know where to start. From the sewing machine sink in the bathroom to the antique clothes dryer towel rack, to the vintage stove that’s been made into a table, to the stunning gold furniture to . . . well, we said there were a lot of great features! And yes, the washer and dryer are in an old London telephone booth.
Located in the historic “Hollywood Dell” neighborhood (right in the heart of the Hollywood Hills it’s where everyone from the Rolling Stones to Charlie Chaplin once lived), this French-influenced abode offers insane views of the surrounding valleys and is in a perfect area for hiking (one nearby trail will lead you right to the Hollywood sign). The outside deck area comes complete with a lounging bed, perfect for those afternoons when you just want to curl up with a good book (after all, signing autographs can be quite tiring).
6. A Rustic Silver Lake Hideaway ($116 a night)
This mid-century lodge is so cozy and adorable you’ll feel as if you’re somewhere in 1950s Vermont instead of 21st-century Los Angeles. Clean and warm, this adorable bungalow sits right in the center of the Silverlake Hills, just a hop, skip, and a jump from downtown as well as Hollywood. Situated back from the street, this charming guest house is the perfect place to snuggle up and hunker down with a good book, some knitting, or a warm cup of tea (and if you like to cook, the kitchen comes with all the basics you’ll need).
Given that it’s the perfect place to relax, it’s no surprise that the owners also supply plush robes you can wear while enjoying your morning coffee alfresco. Speaking of the owners, they live in the main house so if you need anything, they’re right on the premises.
5. The Little Bungalow ($109 a night)
If ever there were a place that provided the perfect mix of privacy and community, it’s this Spanish-style Little Bungalow (which happens to be both its literal and figurative name). This light-filled, one-bedroom is full of art work (there’s even a commissioned mural) and has a gorgeous succulent wall. Built in 1932 in Long Beach’s Wrigley neighborhood (yes, it’s named after the Wrigley Gum family), this classic little house has been renovated with “all new everything.”
While it’s very close to some great neighborhoods to wander, it’s stocked with games and, of course, Netflix, so if you want to just stay in, you certainly can. If you want a mixture of the two, there’s a communal fire pit where you might just run into the owner!
4. A Hollywood Hills Rustic Bungalow ($165 a night)
This little bungalow is such perfection that it almost looks as if it were put together by a set decorator. As it happens, it actually belongs to a film producer, which probably has something to do with why it looks so cute. Nestled in the Hollywood Hills, this may be the only bungalow you’ll ever stay in where you might meet a celebrity while taking out the garbage. This private guest house offers a freestanding tub as well as an adorable outdoor shower (and incredible views of the ocean).
Decorated in a clean, minimalist vibe, this gem is just a few minutes from the up-and-coming Franklin Hills neighborhood (make sure you take a walk across the area’s famed and adorable Shakespeare Bridge. It’s a perfect place for a great Instagram post!). It’s also right near Griffith Park which is a great place to go hiking (the people watching on the weekends is incredible!) and even Griffith Observatory (that’s the planetarium that was used in “Rebel Without a Cause”). Amenities also include a fantastic little outdoor deck as well as the coolest little outdoor swing bed you’ve ever seen!
3. A Charming Craftsman with Outdoor Shower ($149 a night)
When a review starts with “A dream come true,” you know you’ve found a keeper, which is why we’ve included this adorable Craftsman bungalow in our list. Just off Abbott Kinney, perhaps the main artery of Venice, this Industrial Chic-meets-Craftsman-meets-bungalow looks like the house in which Rachel and Monica might have lived if they had a place on the west coast.
Decorated in true Venice style (indigo pillows, reclaimed wood, and of course, a re-purposed vintage suitcase), this hip little pad makes you want to invite the girls over for some wine or the boys over to see the game. Complete with an outdoor shower that looks like something out of a Jane Austen movie, this Craftsman will make you want to open a whole new Instagram account just to show off.
2. A Hip, Modern Bungalow ($118 a night)
You know that look that everyone’s going for right now with lots of white walls, natural wood, and just the right succulents? Well, this hip, modern bungalow does it to perfection. Simple and hip, it looks like something that was designed by Joanna Gaines herself. This adorable abode is situated just northeast of downtown L.A. and offers a lovely front porch, a true rarity in L.A. Although tiny, this bungalow feels incredibly spacious and like it’s bursting with light.
While there is no view from the actual house itself, it’s just a short drive to both Ernest E. Debs Regional Park and Ascott Park where you’ll not only experience great views but fantastic hiking as well. Just don’t be surprised if when you get home you want to paint your house white.
1. A Mid-Century Hillside Bungalow ($300 a night)
If Dean Martin had a private little bungalow to entertain Frank and the boys this might be it. Minimalist and yet incredibly cool, this snazzy little bungalow is the perfect mix of new and old. Offering insane views of the city, this Hollywood Hills adorableness features unmistakable California tile, slanted Mid-Century-style roof, and an outdoor deck you’ll have to pry yourself away from.
If it gets too cold out there, just fire up the indoor, wood-burning fireplace (OMG, that stone mantle!) and settle in for the night. The sparse furnishings mean you’ll spend a minimum of time worrying about cleaning up or breaking anything. This also means it’s great for kids which is probably why they supply a fold-up crib.