Unique Studio Overlooking the Abbot Kinney District
About Don Tollefson
I reside in Venice and I'm referred to as a neighborhood developer. When I purchased the property in 1979, my friends thought I was crazy. Back then, Venice was a high crime, blighted area with little prospect of improvement. Now, everyone says I'm brilliant!. The truth is, I was simply lucky. The one thing I've learned over the years is if you have your choice between smart and lucky, take lucky.
Don Tollefson purchased this Studio in 1979
Why Don Tollefson chose Venice
This is a classic, 1913 California craftsman sitting on a promontory that protrudes (actually encroaches) out into California Avenue. Because of it's architecture and site, the property has become an local landmark. I always felt it was just a matter of time before the Abbot Kinney District would take off. I waited and waited and waited and waited. Finally, a few years ago it started happening. Today, the Abbot Kinney District is the trendiest section on the Westside. And Venice is becoming one of the top vacation destinations in the world. And it's only 6 blocks from Venice Beach, part of the largest, continuous, dry sand beach in the world.
What makes this Studio unique
The combination of comfort, convenience, security, and affordability within perhaps the most unique, useable, small-space layout possible. Best of all? One, secure, onsite parking space with an automatic garage door opener. Check out the video.
No refunds for cancellations made after payment is made
The Spirit of Venice Beach
Don is the man!
He was very kind to me throughout. He is perceptive of what people will want or need while being away from home. They say people are fake in Los Angeles. Well, not Don.
The property is:
Huge balcony with fantastic views
Perfect for someone just trying to get away from the stress of life.
Travelled with my 20 year old daughter to Venice and we LOVED our little spot. Bright, clean, and perfectly located. Abbott Kinney is right out the door and that means plenty of shopping, eating and walking. The parking was a bonus as was the out door patio. We would stay here in a minute again and hope to be repeat offenders ❤️
Thanks Kym for taking the time to submit a wonderful review. Thanks also for mentioning the parking. It's so important around Abbot Kinney to have onsite parking. Looking forward to your return and don't forget the "repeat offender" discount.
Love the Lookout
The Lookout was great. Walked to shops and beach. It's simple, clean and is in a perfect spot. Nice for one person or a couple. The balcony/patio is fantastic. Quite small but perfect for my needs. I highly recommend it.
Absolutely in love with the Look Out. A 20 second walk to Abbot Kinney-a mile long strip of LA's fashion and food. The property was very clean and the layout is perfect for 1-2 people, with a king size bed and a couch. It has a safe place to lock your bikes or car in your own outdoor locked garage area. The outside patio was our favorite spot to catch rays and watch the crowd at Abbot Kinney. We cannot wait to come back-this would be the only place we will stay from now with our trips to Venice, CA. 5 stars!!
Michael, thanks for a great review. You're the first vacationer ever to mention the patio as a great place to hang out. Everyone else in the past has mentioned the deck. Thanks for this. Don
A gem in the best area of Venice
First time staying at ‘The Lookout’, it won’t be the last !
Don is a master at providing comfort, convinience, efficiency & friendship. The location of The Lookout is probably the best in Venice. You literally are in the best location for Abbot Kinney. Additionally, the type of stores located within a 1-5 minute walk, are all you need. Self discipline is needed, as home made ice cream at the Salt & Straw plus Abbot Pizza are two of the ‘best in category’ i’d yet to find in L.A.
Pros: Location-security-parking-washer & dryer-refrigerator-views-huge TV-spacious patio with ultra comfortable reclining lounge chairs & table with separate set of chairs-affordability (best value-really should cost more considering comparable prices)
To sum up my experience, total relaxation & happiness !
Side note ; Don is a professional at anticipating, delivering & making sure every last detail of your visit is managed correctly. He is the definition of a hands on operator, passionately thinking of ways to improve his properties & providing local knowledge.
Truly had a most enjoyable stay & look forward to returning !!
Thanks Bill for a sensational guest review. You neglected to mention that you stayed nearly 3 months during which time we became quite good friends and your review is highly prejudiced. Aside from that, I hope you return some day for another extended vacation.
4th time here!
Always a treat to stay at the Lookout! It's easy, efficient, private and an ideal location. The consistently maintained property and place as well as noted improvements attest to the wonderful owner.
Thank you Susan for an on point guest review and for being a 4th time vacationer at "The Lookout." Nothing emboldens a guest review as convincingly as an incorrigible "repeat offender." Please vacation here again.