Seeking Roommate to Share Upstairs 2B1B Apartment in Topanga!

a - Livingroom 1

b - Livingroom 2

Hiking/Beach in Minutes!!!

Old Topanga Canyon Neighborhood

Private Bedroom for rent in 2 Bedroom 1 Bathroom 2nd floor Apartment in Old Topanga Canyon.

 

Available June 1st, 2021.

$1150/month + Split Utilities, $1200 Deposit.

 

No smokers / drinking / drugs, no pets, one adult only (no couples or children).

 

I’m looking for my next fabulously compatible roommate!


Quote from a former roommate and dear friend:

“She’s quirky in all the right ways!”

 

I am chemically sensitive and electro-sensitive, and prefer a quiet, harmonious, responsible roommate who enjoys living in a toxin-free environment and prefers unscented 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. LGBTQ friendly.

I need a roommate who works outside the home, because I work from home. (Obviously, this is flexible during coronavirus lockdown – 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, good communication and relationship skills, respectful of each other’s needs around work, play, and sleep schedules (shower/morning routines, music volume, etc.).

s - Scenic view of canyon 1

 

LOCATION:

5 minutes to hiking trails, 12 minutes to Topanga State Beach, 12 minutes to Calabasas/Woodland Hills, 20 minutes to Santa Monica, 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.  

t - Horse and girl - North Sky Ranch

 

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. Currently the room has a small organizer cabinet in the closets, a torchiere lamp, a space heater, a fan, and an ethernet cable to an internet router, with VOIP hard-wired phone and room to plug 3 more things into the internet, a curtain rod and burgundy sheet for a temporary curtain, and no other furniture.  

Bedroom empty 1

Bedroom empty 2

Bedroom empty 3

Bedroom empty 4

Bedroom empty 5 - view in from hallway

 

View out your bedroom window in winter when the sycamore tree has lost most of its leaves.

Bedroom view - winter naked tree 2

 

View of the creek from your bedroom window during a rare winter rainstorm that caused splashing waves up the sides of the creekbed.

Rushing rainwater in creek outside bedroom windows 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 portable dishwasher!!! There is no microwave oven and I don’t want one.

c - Kitchen 1

 

Stove is electric and there is a small programmable oven that makes toast and cooks frozen pizzas.

d - Kitchen 2

 

This counter space would be your side of the kitchen.  The two cabinets above your corner are all for you, and the two drawers in your corner are for you, and the under-counter cabinet to the left of the oven is for your pots and pans.  The rest of the cabinets are full of my stuff.

Kitchen 3

 

The bathroom has a shower/bathtub combo with shower water filter.

bathroom 1

 

The rock art has been rearranged to make room for a bathroom fan and your electric shaver and/or toothbrush.

Bathroom 2

 

Livingroom/dining area is furnished, except could use some more dining chairs (there are only two). Livingroom has an old-fashioned Sony sound system (no WiFi or bluetooth allowed ~ it plays CDs, cassettes, and AM/FM radio), 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).  You are welcome to get cable TV in your bedroom, and we can bundle it for a discount (Spectrum), but I won’t be using it, so you would be paying for it. 

 

CONNECTIVITY:

NO WIFI allowed for health reasons ~ great for electro-sensitive people! Spectrum for internet ~ speedtest dot net shows 68 Mbps download and 11 Mbps upload. There is a daisy-chained router in your room with 4 ethernet slots ~ one for a VOIP phone I provide, one for your computer, and you have 2 more open ethernet slots for internet access. This is the canyon, so cell reception depends on your carrier and your phone. Reliable VOIP phone service is provided via the internet and an Obihai unit and corded phone in your room. If you already have Google Voice, Vonage, MagicJack, or other VOIP, it will work through existing internet. If you don’t have VOIP, I provide a Google Voice account that rings through to your room.

 

NO CENTRAL AIR/HEAT:

There is a portable heater in your room. Living/Dining area has an air-conditioner, and the insulation is so good here, the building stays cool enough that we rarely need to use the air conditioner ~ 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.  My current roommate bought himself a portable air conditioner for his room for summers, and he’s taking it with him.

j - Bedroom closets open fan and heater

 

PARKING – STORAGE – LAUNDRY:

You get one parking spot in the lot (first come first serve ~ if you get home late, the spots are all full and you’ll have to park across the street), and your guests have easy street parking. There is room for locking a bicycle behind my car in the carport, but due to fire insurance requirements, we are not allowed to store stuff in the carport. 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 $30-$80 for electric (summer as low as $25, winter much higher because of heating), $38 for internet/phone, 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 deck chairs and lovely plants. Back yard has new deck just being built, with partially-shaded outdoor seating areas near the garden, the creek, the mountain. (not sure this is still back there: Fence-enclosed veggie garden has raised beds and wire mesh to keep out rabbits, gophers, and birds, and you’re welcome to claim a raised bed and do some gardening.)  

Patio Deck outside front door

 

NEIGHBORHOOD:

Topanga town center is 5 minutes away and has (had) cute coffee shops, restaurants, gift shops, (yoga studios and art studios), live music and open mic nights, plus post office and 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 only 4 times from 9am to 4pm. 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 of the room for rent.  Here’s how a full-size bed fits in.

p - Bedroom with double bed 1

Bedroom g

 

Here’s how the room was set up when I used it for giving healing sessions.

n - Bedroom with massage table 2

m - Bedroom with massage table 1

o - Bedroom with massage table from hallway

 

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

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, pescetarian/mostly organic. I have an office in Santa Monica, travel to client’s homes, do sessions from home (in my room) via skype/zoom, and occasionally see clients here in the livingroom. I’m usually working at home in my room when I’m not out doing sessions or running errands or hiking / having fun.

 

NEED COMPATIBLE WORK SCHEDULE:

Because I sometimes give healing sessions in the livingroom (right now, less than once per week), 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, 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. 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 do most of the housework in common areas. 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. We do not pay for maid service because they bring toxic chemicals that cannot be used here because of my chemical sensitivities.

 

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. Also, please alert them to my chemical sensitivities and ask them not to wear cologne or perfume. 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 (not even Mrs. Meyers or Method brands) or any kind of 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, even if you only smoke outside ~ I will smell it on your clothes and your breath and feel sick.  Smoking cannabis / green leaf in your bedroom or out on the deck is fine.

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). No frying meat on the stovetop ~ the smoke leaves a sticky mess all over the stove, counters, cabinets, floor, and crystal glassware inside loosely closing cabinets. 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, or you’re welcome to use the BBQs outside in the back yard.

 

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.

 

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 Healing Arts business 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.

 

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I’m a Leo and get along better with fire, air, and earth signs.

 

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

Red Rock State Park, Bonnell Park, Topanga State Park, Will Rogers State Park, Temescal Gateway Park, Las Flores Canyon, La Tuna Canyon, Pacific Palisades, Santa Monica Canyon, Santa Monica, Ocean Park, Brentwood, Bel Air, West Los Angeles, Westwood, Sawtelle, Palms, Mar Vista, Venice, Marina Del Rey, Culver City, Malibu, Pepperdine University, Monte Nido, Calabasas, Hidden Hills, Agoura Hills, Saratoga Hills, Cornell, Westlake Village, Oak Park, Woodland Hills, Warner Center, West Hills, Canoga Park, Winnetka, Tarzana, Encino, Sherman Oaks, Reseda, Lake Balboa, Van Nuys, Pierce College.