Room for Rent in Topanga

Seeking My Next Fabulously Compatible Roommate to Share Upstairs 2B1B Apartment in Topanga!

Quote from a former roommate and dear friend:
“She’s quirky in all the right ways!”

a - Livingroom 1

b - Livingroom 2

There is now a painting left of the living-room window a little larger than the framed poster right of the window.  Looking for new photo….

Hiking / Beach in Minutes!!!

Old Topanga Canyon Neighborhood

Private Bedroom for rent in 2 Bedroom 1 Bathroom 2nd Floor Apartment in Old Topanga Canyon, 90290.

Available now.

$1150/month + Split Utilities, $1200 Deposit.
Utilities run from $35 to $80 for electricity (higher in winter for heating),
$40 for Spectrum high-speed internet (via ethernet cables to every room ~ faster/more reliable than WiFi),
$4 for super-filtered fluoride-free drinking water.
No gas bill, this apartment is all electric.

No tobacco smokers / drinking / drugs, no pets, one adult only.
LGBTQ friendly, 420 friendly, prefer no alcohol.


Must have a job or be provably self-employed, complete application, provide a printout of your full credit report (see below for how to get one for free), and provide copies of your driver’s license and SS card.  To make an appointment to see the place and meet me (your future roommate), text or call the number below.

I am chemically sensitive and electro-sensitive, and prefer a quiet, harmonious, responsible roommate who enjoys living in a toxin-free environment, and prefers all organic, all natural bodycare products and non-toxic household cleaning products.  Because of my chemical sensitivities, I prefer male roommates – men generally use fewer chemical bodycare products and female is fine if you’re an “all Dr. Bronner’s all the time” kind of girl.  

I need a roommate who works outside the home, or can agree to hours I can see clients here, because I work from home.  (Obviously, this is flexible during coronavirus lockdown – I’ve had no clients here lately, just friends – prefer someone who will be going back to work when the lockdowns are lifted.)  My schedule is flexible, so I will adjust to your morning and evening routines.

 

VIBE:

Healthy lifestyle, high on music/art/life and yoga/exercise/meditation instead of drugs/alcohol.  Responsible, reliable, honest, clean, good communication and relationship skills, respectful of each other’s needs around work, play, and sleep schedules (shower/morning routines, music volume, etc.).

 

LOCATION:

5 minutes to closest hiking trails, 10 minutes to Topanga State Beach and PCH, 12 minutes to Calabasas, Woodland Hills, Ventura Blvd, and 101 Freeway, 15 minutes to Topanga mall or Target or Costco, 20 minutes to Santa Monica, 30 minutes to Venice Beach, and the commute is worth it so you can be grounded in nature in this beautiful canyon. Near good surfing, hiking, mountain-biking, horse-riding.

 

YOUR ROOM:

Unfurnished Private Bedroom in an upstairs 2 Bedroom 1 Bathroom apartment in a 1960s apartment building. The building is old and worn, but has large rooms, and everything works. Your room is 13 x 10, gets morning sun, and has a view of trees and Topanga Creek, a full-size closet, and an extra linen/storage closet. 146 square feet is counting closet space. 

The room will be empty except for a small organizer cabinet and shelves in the closets, an over-door rack of clothes hooks, a curtain rod with burgundy curtain, a space heater, a fan, and an ethernet cable to an internet router with four slots for plugging in to the internet.   

Bedroom empty 2

 

Bedroom empty 1

Note:  One of my roommates painted the walls completely white, and they have just been repainted white again, so they are now more as shown above, and not the cream color shown below.

Bedroom empty 3

 

Bedroom empty 4

Note:  There is now a better space heater, and all the wall decorations are gone so you will have a completely blank space to decorate as you wish.  The over-door clothes rack is still there, but not the torchiere lamp.

k - Bedroom linen closet open

My last roommate left two shoe organizer shelves, shown below, stacked on top of the small organizer cabinet.  Feel free to re-arrange the organizers as you like.  Also, that’s the currently provided heater, a parabolic radiant heater with thermostat.

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View out your bedroom window in winter, when most of the leaves have fallen off the sycamore tree.

Bedroom view - winter naked tree 2

 

COMMON AREAS:

Share bathroom, kitchen, and living/dining-room. The kitchen has a good amount of counter space and a stove and refrigerator. There is now a full-size portable dishwasher!!! There is no microwave oven, and I want to keep it that way. 

Kitchen 1

Stove is electric, and there is a small programmable oven that can make toast or cook frozen pizzas.

Kitchen 2

The photo below shows your side of the kitchen.  You would have the two corner over-counter cabinets, the two corner drawers, the under-counter cabinet left of the oven, and all the counter space from the oven left to the electrical outlet (shared).

Kitchen 3

The bathroom has a shower/bathtub combo with shower water filter and a large space heater.

bathroom 1

The rock art has been rearranged to make room for a bathroom fan on a timer and any plug-in appliances you have, such as a shaver or electric toothbrush.

Bathroom 2

 

Livingroom/dining area is furnished, except could use a couple more dining chairs (there are only two).  Livingroom has an old-fashioned Sony sound system (plays CDs and cassettes) and enough space to do Yoga/Qigong/T’ai Chi.  There is no TV in the livingroom and I want to keep it that way (mental hygiene).

 

CONNECTIVITY:

NO WIFI allowed for health reasons – great for electro-sensitive people!  Spectrum for hard-wired high-speed internet – speedtest dot net showed 82 Mbps download on January 5, 2022.  There is a daisy-chained router in your room with 4 ethernet slots – one for your computer, and you have 3 more open ethernet slots for internet access, e.g., if a friend visits and wants to plug in their laptop.  This is the canyon, so cell reception depends on your carrier and your phone.  I will help you research and order a cable that connects your cell phone directly to the internet, and also help set up a Google Voice account as a backup.

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About the lack of WiFi….  Here is a video that shows how to connect iPhone or iPad or Android phones and tablets to the internet via ethernet cables.  I have the adapters you would need:  ethernet to lightning or USB-C adapters. This next video shows speedtest.net, and you can see the wired connection is much faster than wireless.

 

NO CENTRAL AIR/HEAT:

Your room has a box fan and an instant-on portable heater.  Living/Dining area has an air-conditioner, and we only need to use it on very hot days because the insulation is so good here – it’s usually 10 to 15 degrees cooler inside.  Winters are cold here!  The electric bill goes up for heating in winter because we use space heaters and the oven.

 

PARKING – STORAGE – LAUNDRY:

You get one parking spot in the lot (not reserved, first come first serve), and your guests have easy street parking.  There is room for locking a bicycle behind my car in the carport, but not much room for outside storage.  This building has NO laundry room because it’s on a septic system.  Nearest laundromat is 12 minutes away on Topanga Canyon Blvd just south of Ventura Blvd.

 

WATER – UTILITIES:

I buy fluoride-free drinking water from House of Living Water or Drinking Water Depot and haul it up the hill.  Your share of utilities will be about $35-$80 for electric (summer as low as $35, winter much higher because of heating), $40 for internet, and $4 for drinking water.  There is no gas bill, this apartment is all electric.

 

PATIO DECK – BACK YARD – GARDENING:

There is a patio deck right outside our front door with seating and potted plants. Back yard has a new yoga deck and lovely walkway nightlights and partially-shaded outdoor seating areas near the garden, the creek, the mountain. You’re welcome to claim a spot to do some gardening inside a wire-mesh-enclosed garden that keeps out rabbits and birds.

 

NEIGHBORHOOD:

Topanga town center is 5 minutes away and has cute coffee shops, restaurants, gift shops, (pre-covid, there were also a yoga studio and art studios), live music and open mic nights, plus post office and fairly new library with monthly movie nights.  12 minutes to Woodland Hills or Calabasas, 20 minutes to Santa Monica.  Lovely walk up to a lookout point with a bench to sit on and great views of the canyon starts just steps outside the door.  Access to hiking/biking trails in Topanga State Park and Red Rock State Park is just 5 minutes away.
(not currently: Farmer’s Market 9am to 1pm every Friday at Topanga Community Center.)

 

LIMITED PUBLIC TRANSIT:

You *must* have a car, truck, or motorcycle to live here because there is no public transportation except the “BEACH BUS” that goes between Santa Monica and Woodland Hills once per hour from 9am to 4pm in beach weather.  This place is at 1,000 feet elevation, and it is unsafe to ride a bike up into the canyon after sunset.

 

PHOTOS:

More photos.  These show how your room was set up when I used it for giving healing sessions.

m - Bedroom with massage table 1

 

n - Bedroom with massage table 2

 

o - Bedroom with massage table from hallway

Your room from the hallway.  Bathroom is to the left, living/dining room is to the right, and my room door was behind me as I took this photo.

Bedroom empty 5 - view in from hallway

These show how a full-size bed fits in.

p - Bedroom with double bed 1

 

q - Bedroom with double bed 2

This is a shot out your bedroom window when the creek was full of splashing water after a heavy winter rainstorm.  Usually, the creek is dry.

Rushing rainwater in creek outside bedroom windows 2

Here is the patio deck.  It has different chairs and plants now, need a new photo….

r - Front patio deck

Here are some shots of taken on the walk up the hill near the apartment.

View from the hike near the apartment

 

t - Horse and girl - North Sky Ranch

Here is a pic of the Atlantean Crystal Grid and Soul Star setup when we hosted Brian Porter to lead a Soul Time meditation event in our livingroom.

u - Atlantean Crystal Grid and Soul Star in livingroom

 

ME:

I do hands-on and remote healing work, teach meditation and Qigong, brainiac researcher and writer working to save the world, mostly pescetarian/mostly organic.  I have an office in Santa Monica, travel to client’s homes, do sessions from home via zoom (in my room), and occasionally see clients here in the livingroom (since covid, only one regular client a couple times per month).  I’m usually at home in my room working on my computer when I’m not out doing sessions or running errands or hiking / having fun.

 

COVID COMPATIBILITY:

I have had coronavirus, lasting only three days (thanks to safe and effective alternative treatments), so I have natural immunity, which is better than vaccine immunity.  I prefer a roommate who also has natural immunity.  I have rheumatoid arthritis, which is an auto-immune condition, and because auto-immune conditions are one of the many terrible side-effects of the covid shots (they are not vaccines, they are experimental gene therapy), I will not be getting it, and prefer a roommate who hasn’t had it and does not intend to.  I cannot tolerate chlorine bleach or Lysol-type commercial disinfectants, and prefer to disinfect with hydrogen peroxide, essential oils, Simple Green, Oxy-Clean, MMS, and other non-toxic household cleaners.  I still hug people and shake hands because I trust my immune system.  I only wear a mask when required for entry into a store or other place of business.

 

NEED COMPATIBLE WORK SCHEDULE:

Because I sometimes give healing sessions in the livingroom (right now, less than once per week, one regular client), I need a roommate who works outside the home on some sort of regular schedule so I don’t have to check with you to know when I can book clients.  I am usually out of the home at least one or two nights a week, sometimes more often, so those are times you will have the place to yourself, and I can coordinate some of my “out” nights to line up with your “off work” nights so you can enjoy having the place to yourself.  Obviously, because of lockdowns, you may be working from home for now – prefer someone who will be returning to work outside the home when lockdowns are lifted.

 

HOUSEWORK:

I hope you will agree to helping clean shared spaces about twice per month.  We can clean the shared spaces together and get it overwith.  I’m not up to doing it weekly, and things get a bit too dirty if left for over two weeks.  I need you to clean up after yourself if you make any major messes in common areas, especially the kitchen and bathroom, so they are always clean enough to receive clients or guests.  I am open to splitting expense for maid service, as long as we have them use our non-toxic household cleaning products.  

 

GUESTS:

I am fine with overnight guests, as long as they’re staying just 1 to 3 nights at a time, and not moving in, and you clean up after them.  You are welcome to have guests stay either in your room or on the futon in the livingroom.  Please alert them to my chemical sensitivities and ask them not to wear cologne or perfume.  If they’re going to be showering here, please offer them your non-toxic soap/shampoo/conditioner to prevent me suffering a tox reaction from their bodycare products.  I sometimes have guests stay here too, usually only one night at a time, in the livingroom. 

 

WEIRD SMELLS:

Chemically sensitive person welcomed.  I cannot handle toxic household cleaners, synthetic fragrances, synthetic air fresheners, or any kind of incense, even organic.  I’m fine with real Essential Oils and burning small amounts of White Sage and Palo Santo.  I need a roommate who does not smoke tobacco ~ I will smell it on your clothes and your breath and get a tox reaction headache.  Smoking yummie green leaf in your bedroom or out on the deck is fine, as long as you keep the smoke out of shared spaces.  If you like to use heavily-scented bodycare products, we are not going to be a good fit unless they’re all scented with real Essential Oils.  If you are not chemically sensitive, you will be shocked at how many soaps and bodycare products and household cleaning products have synthetic / carcinogenic fragrances that cause me a tox reaction and cannot be used here.  

Because of my sensitivities, and to prevent mold, I keep the windows open to air out the bathroom and kitchen/livingroom whenever they are not currently being heated, and sleep with all the windows open for fresh air, even in winter when it’s ridiculously cold outside.  Of course, you can do whatever you want with the climate in your room.  Heater and fan provided.

 

WEIRD SMELLS IN THE KITCHEN:

Prefer Vegan or Vegetarian or Pescetarian (Fish-atarian) or Raw or other healthy diet.  No frying meat on the stovetop ~ the smoke leaves a sticky mess all over the stove, counters, cabinets, dishes inside poorly-closing cabinets, and floor.  I have a George Foreman grill you can use that makes a lot less mess, or there are other less-messy ways to cook meat, such as a pressure cooker, crockpot, stewpot, or covered casserole in the oven. 

 

NOTE:

I am no longer vegetarian.  I have been eating 99% organic and mostly raw/vegan off and on since 2002, and for health reasons, I have added seafood back into my diet, but I do not cook it at home.  I also eat raw eggs and raw dairy and grow sprouts in my dish drainer.  You will have your own dish drainer.  I might occasionally need to cook chicken soup or bone broths in my Instant Pot, which limits the smell a bit.

 

FENG SHUI:

The front door faces due North, which is excellent.  This is a shoes-off home because of the dirt parking lot.  My room has the Prosperity corner.  Your room has the Romance corner, which is why the curtain is burgundy red.  It works!  Several of my former roommates have started relationships while living here.  Toilet lid must be kept down to support my small business (and yours?) because it’s in the “Fame and Recognition” zone and it’s bad for business for the South/Fire energy to run down the toilet.

Rent is Month-to-Month, with intention of staying at least a few months.
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CONTACT INFO:

Text or call 310-597-1199

 

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