The Mountain Mermaid

Topanga, LA, California
A Fabled Mountain Retreat with a Fascinating History

Celebrated in song and later inspired by Shakespeare's Mermaid Tavern, this fabled retreat features a fascinating history, classic beauty, and a stunning mountain landscape.

The site of some legendary adventures, artistic expression, and a little scandalous mischief over the years, it has undergone many incarnations but remains our very own hometown legend. We love its classic beauty, Bohemian elegance, and dazzling mountain location. It is lovely, historic, and just a little bit notorious...

Originally built as a country clubhouse in 1930 when the Santa Monica Mountains were a distant and very rural destination, the Mermaid's storied history spans decades of change and adaptation. From a gambling hall and brothel run by gangster Mickey Cohen, to a gay nightclub in the 1950s, to one of the more celebrated artist hangouts of the 70s, this beautiful Spanish gem has seen it all.

Today it can be rented in its entirety for vacations, events, or photo shoots, or guests can rent smaller units around the grounds. See below for further details. For a conversation with the owner of this property (and more about its history), visit our Journal section here.

The Mountain Mermaid

The property meanders through lush mature gardens with fountains and many peaceful spots to enjoy the wild natural beauty, mountain views, and native wildlife. A large pool is nestled discreetly into the gardens for cooling off in the summer.

The grande dame is a gracefully preserved vintage gem with a slightly checkered past that will charm and inspire you with its beauty, artistic spirit, and fascinating heritage. 

The Mermaid villa can be rented in its entirety, or guests are welcome to rent one of the three suites individually. The Love Nest is the entire penthouse level and consists of a hexagonal tower bedroom and outdoor terrace with great views of the surrounding mountains. The Secret Garden is another hexagonal bedroom but on the lower level of the tower wing. The Mountain Room is a private, ground-level suite with a garden and fountain.

There are several other accommodations located within the grounds. The Casita Trailer is a candy-apple-red vintage trailer that's tucked into the garden, while the Topanga Treehouse is a queen-sized bed hanging from a tree, with an adjacent clawfoot tub. It's hard to imagine more unique and whimsical places to stay.

In addition to these spaces, there are two separate houses within the grounds that are also available to rent. The Rainbow Studio is a distinctive and handcrafted rustic retreat with a crayon-box palette. Click here to visit it. The Blue Bungalow is located in a quiet and private setting on the property and is an intimate hideaway for two filled with romance, charm, warmth, and privacy. Click here for more details. 


THE SANTA MONICA MOUNTAIN'S LEGENDARY CANYON

Set above the coast in the Santa Monica Mountains, Topanga Canyon is a bucolic and peaceful mountain community that straddles the Pacific coast and the San Fernando Valley. Featuring the largest state park within city limits in the US, there are miles of wilderness and land to explore. It’s just a short drive to Malibu or Santa Monica and a half hour from the greater Los Angeles area.   


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Topanga, California. Nearest airport: LAX (23 miles).


BEST TIME TO VISIT: Year-round

 
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The Mountain Mermaid
Topanga, LA, California
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Topanga, LA, California
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The Mountain Mermaid
Topanga, LA, California
A Hometown Favorite

Celebrated in song and later inspired by Shakespeare's Mermaid Tavern, this fabled retreat features a fascinating history, classic beauty and a stunning mountain landscape.

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The Mermaid 3 Br 3 Ba Sleeps 12 Min 1 nights
from $2500 /nt
Tucked away in a quiet and private canyon surrounded by acres of mountain terrain and lush gardens, the classic Mediterranean architecture has been lovingly and faithfully restored to its former glory. Rustic and graceful, the house's grand scale is majestic but remains intimate and inviting. The massive great hall is the heart of the house with soaring vaulted ceilings, arched windows and a grand fireplace to gather round. Bright and expansive, the interiors are furnished elegantly and comfortably with simple classic pieces and a unique collection of antiques. The gourmet kitchen and adjacent dining room can serve large groups inside or alfresco in the vast gardens. Up the grand staircase are three en-suite bedrooms each with tasteful and refined ambience and great individual style.
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Overview Fully equipped
Kitchen Fully equipped kitchen
Pool Yes
Internet Wifi throughout
Wireless Internet Yes
Free Parking on Premises Yes
Indoor Fireplace Yes
Bedrooms 3
Bed Type 1 King, 2 Queens
Kitchen Fully equipped kitchen
Bathrooms 3
Accommodates 12
Kid-Friendly Families welcome
Pet Friendly No pets allowed
Min. Stay 1 nights
Check-In 3:00pm
Check-Out 11:00am
Cleaning $250
Sec. Deposit Due Deposit required at check-in with cash
Cancellation Policy Moderate
Guest will receive a full refund if booking is cancelled at least 30 days before the start of the stay. If the guest cancels 14-30 days before the start of the stay, they will receive a 50% refund. If they cancel within 14 days of the start of the stay, no refund will be given. BoutiqueHomes Service Fee is non refundable.
Notes CONTACT INFO: Should you need anything or have any concerns, please inform owner via email. PHOTOSHOOTS and filming: The house is available to rent for shoots but this is NOT included in the vacation rental fee. Photo shoots are a different price structure, and require permitting/insurance, plus on site representative.

PLEASE NO PETS, PARTIES, loud voices or loud music. Sound carries in the canyon. SMOKING: No smoking inside -- smoking is permitted outside on the patios. Always use ashtrays as this is a highly flammable wild fire area. OLD FOOD: All leftover food must be thrown out immediately in the garbage can in the laundry area outside or you may attract ants.

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Love Nest 1 Br 1 Ba Sleeps 2 Min 1 nights
from $350 /nt
The Love Nest is the entire penthouse level of the Mermaid, and it consists of a hexagonal tower bedroom, with a kitchenette, en-suite bathroom, and outdoor terrace with an antique brass bed and great views of the surrounding mountains.
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Overview Guests have access to the home's Great Room, gardens and pool, but these may be shared with other guests.
Air Conditioning Yes
Kitchen A small food and beverage preparation area with a refrigerator, microwave, and coffee and tea
Wireless Internet Yes
Pool Shared pool
Free Parking on Premises Yes
Indoor Fireplace Yes
Smoking Allowed Smoking permitted on the roof deck, but please be extremely careful extinguishing butts.
Bedrooms 1
Bed Type 1 double
Kitchen A small food and beverage preparation area with a refrigerator, microwave, and coffee and tea
Bathrooms 1
Accommodates 2
Kid-Friendly Families are welcome, but this unit is strictly for two guests.
Pet Friendly Dogs are welcome with a $25 per night per pet fee.
Min. Stay 1 nights
Check-In 3:00PM
Check-Out 11:00AM
Cleaning $100
Cancellation Policy Moderate
Guest will receive a full refund if booking is cancelled at least 30 days before the start of the stay. If the guest cancels 14-30 days before the start of the stay, they will receive a 50% refund. If they cancel within 14 days of the start of the stay, no refund will be given. BoutiqueHomes Service Fee is non refundable.
Notes CONTACT INFO: Should you need anything or have any concerns, please inform owner via email. PHOTOSHOOTS and filming: The house is available to rent for shoots but this is NOT included in the vacation rental fee. Photo shoots are a different price structure, and require permitting/insurance, plus on site representative.

PLEASE NO PETS, PARTIES, loud voices or loud music. Sound carries in the canyon. SMOKING: No smoking inside -- smoking is permitted outside on the patios. Always use ashtrays as this is a highly flammable wild fire area. OLD FOOD: All leftover food must be thrown out immediately in the garbage can in the laundry area outside or you may attract ants.

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Secret Garden 1 Br 1 Ba Sleeps 2 Min 1 nights
from $300 /nt
A private hexagonal bedroom with Victorian feather bed, en-suite bathroom and kitchenette, located in the tower wing of the Mermaid
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Overview Guests have access to the Great Room, expansive grounds, and the pool, all of which may be shared with other guests.
Air Conditioning Yes
Kitchen A small food and beverage preparation area with refrigerator and microwave, and coffee and tea
Wireless Internet Yes
Pool Shared pool
Free Parking on Premises Yes
Bedrooms 1
Bed Type 1 double
Kitchen A small food and beverage preparation area with refrigerator and microwave, and coffee and tea
Bathrooms 1
Accommodates 2
Kid-Friendly Families are welcome, but this room is strictly for two guests only.
Pet Friendly No pets allowed
Min. Stay 1 nights
Check-In 3:00PM
Check-Out 11:ooAM
Cleaning $100
Tax No taxes (Rate includes tax)
Cancellation Policy Moderate
Guest will receive a full refund if booking is cancelled at least 30 days before the start of the stay. If the guest cancels 14-30 days before the start of the stay, they will receive a 50% refund. If they cancel within 14 days of the start of the stay, no refund will be given. BoutiqueHomes Service Fee is non refundable.
Notes CONTACT INFO: Should you need anything or have any concerns, please inform owner via email. PHOTOSHOOTS and filming: The house is available to rent for shoots but this is NOT included in the vacation rental fee. Photo shoots are a different price structure, and require permitting/insurance, plus on site representative.

PLEASE NO PETS, PARTIES, loud voices or loud music. Sound carries in the canyon. SMOKING: No smoking inside -- smoking is permitted outside on the patios. Always use ashtrays as this is a highly flammable wild fire area. OLD FOOD: All leftover food must be thrown out immediately in the garbage can in the laundry area outside or you may attract ants.

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Mountain Room 1 Br 1 Ba Sleeps 2 Min 1 nights
from $350 /nt
This private suite consists of a spacious bedroom with king-sized bed, kitchenette, en-suite bathroom, and outdoor room with fountain.
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Overview Guests may access the Great Room, lush gardens and pool, which may be shared with other guests.
Air Conditioning Yes
Kitchen A small food and beverage preparation area with refrigerator and microwave, and coffee and tea
Wireless Internet Yes
Pool Shared pool
Free Parking on Premises Yes
Bedrooms 1
Bed Type 1 king
Kitchen A small food and beverage preparation area with refrigerator and microwave, and coffee and tea
Bathrooms 1
Accommodates 2
Kid-Friendly Not kid-friendly
Pet Friendly No pets allowed
Min. Stay 1 nights
Check-In 3:00pm
Check-Out 11:00am
Cleaning $100
Tax No taxes (Rate includes tax)
Cancellation Policy Moderate
Guest will receive a full refund if booking is cancelled at least 30 days before the start of the stay. If the guest cancels 14-30 days before the start of the stay, they will receive a 50% refund. If they cancel within 14 days of the start of the stay, no refund will be given. BoutiqueHomes Service Fee is non refundable.
Notes CONTACT INFO: Should you need anything or have any concerns, please inform owner via email. PHOTOSHOOTS and filming: The house is available to rent for shoots but this is NOT included in the vacation rental fee. Photo shoots are a different price structure, and require permitting/insurance, plus on site representative.

PLEASE NO PETS, PARTIES, loud voices or loud music. Sound carries in the canyon. SMOKING: No smoking inside -- smoking is permitted outside on the patios. Always use ashtrays as this is a highly flammable wild fire area. OLD FOOD: All leftover food must be thrown out immediately in the garbage can in the laundry area outside or you may attract ants.

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Casita Trailer 2 Br 1 Ba Sleeps 2 Min 1 nights
from $300 /nt
Anchored by a charming candy-colored vintage trailer, the compound is a loosely assembled setting of living areas nestled under the oaks. The trailer is fully equipped and classically restored in candy apple red and sleeps two while outside is a king-sized bed overlooking sweeping mountain views. Surrounded by a series of “outdoor rooms” there are lounge and dining areas as well as a kitchenette and bath with a two-person double tub-shower combination. There’s also a restored vintage outhouse.
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Overview Well equipped
Kitchen Kitchenette
Pool Yes
Internet Yes
Free Parking on Premises Yes
Bedrooms 2
Bed Type 1 King, 1 Queen
Kitchen Kitchenette
Bathrooms 1
Accommodates 2
Kid-Friendly Not kid-friendly
Pet Friendly No pets allowed
Min. Stay 1 nights
Check-In 3:00 PM
Check-Out 11:00 AM
Cleaning $100
Tax No taxes (Rate includes tax)
Sec. Deposit Due Deposit required at check-in with cash
Cancellation Policy Moderate
Guest will receive a full refund if booking is cancelled at least 30 days before the start of the stay. If the guest cancels 14-30 days before the start of the stay, they will receive a 50% refund. If they cancel within 14 days of the start of the stay, no refund will be given. BoutiqueHomes Service Fee is non refundable.
Notes CONTACT INFO: Should you need anything or have any concerns, please inform owner via email. PHOTOSHOOTS and filming: The house is available to rent for shoots but this is NOT included in the vacation rental fee. Photo shoots are a different price structure, and require permitting/insurance, plus on site representative.

PLEASE NO PETS, PARTIES, loud voices or loud music. Sound carries in the canyon. SMOKING: No smoking inside -- smoking is permitted outside on the patios. Always use ashtrays as this is a highly flammable wild fire area. OLD FOOD: All leftover food must be thrown out immediately in the garbage can in the laundry area outside or you may attract ants.

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Topanga Treehouse 1 Br 1.5 Ba Sleeps 2 Min 1 nights
from $300 /nt
This unique, indoor-outdoor treehouse has an enchanting view and has a treasure trove of amenities, including a charming clawfoot bathtub for two and a fountain that fills the space with the sound of running water. The queen-sized bed floats in space, and has a net and optional cover.
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Overview The space is fenced and private, with lockable gates. The bed has a memory foam mattress, is weatherproof, and strong (rated to hold 1,000 lbs), with a gentle rocking motion for scientifically-proven better sleep. There is a private bathroom with tub, shower and sink. The toilet is in a separate outhouse that may be shared with others.
Essentials The toilet is equipped with hand soap, paper towels, sanitizer or sanitizer packets, and disposable toilet-seat covers.
Kitchen Ample kitchen with refrigerator, microwave, and 12 feet of counter space.
Wireless Internet Yes
Free Parking on Premises Yes
Bedrooms 1
Bed Type 1 double
Kitchen Ample kitchen with refrigerator, microwave, and 12 feet of counter space.
Bathrooms 1.5
Accommodates 2
Kid-Friendly Families are welcome
Pet Friendly No pets allowed
Min. Stay 1 nights
Check-In 3:00PM
Check-Out 11:00AM
Cleaning $100
Tax No taxes (Rate includes tax)
Cancellation Policy Moderate
Guest will receive a full refund if booking is cancelled at least 30 days before the start of the stay. If the guest cancels 14-30 days before the start of the stay, they will receive a 50% refund. If they cancel within 14 days of the start of the stay, no refund will be given. BoutiqueHomes Service Fee is non refundable.
Notes CONTACT INFO: Should you need anything or have any concerns, please inform owner via email. PHOTOSHOOTS and filming: The house is available to rent for shoots but this is NOT included in the vacation rental fee. Photo shoots are a different price structure, and require permitting/insurance, plus on site representative.

PLEASE NO PETS, PARTIES, loud voices or loud music. Sound carries in the canyon. SMOKING: No smoking inside -- smoking is permitted outside on the patios. Always use ashtrays as this is a highly flammable wild fire area. OLD FOOD: All leftover food must be thrown out immediately in the garbage can in the laundry area outside or you may attract ants.

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The Mermaid
3 BR | 3 BA | SLEEPS 12
From $2500 / nt - 1 nt min.
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from $2500 /nt
Love Nest
1 BR | 1 BA | SLEEPS 2
From $350 / nt - 1 nt min.
Available
from $350 /nt
Secret Garden
1 BR | 1 BA | SLEEPS 2
From $300 / nt - 1 nt min.
Available
from $300 /nt
Mountain Room
1 BR | 1 BA | SLEEPS 2
From $350 / nt - 1 nt min.
Available
from $350 /nt
Casita Trailer
2 BR | 1 BA | SLEEPS 2
From $300 / nt - 1 nt min.
Available
from $300 /nt
Topanga Treehouse
1 BR | 1.5 BA | SLEEPS 2
From $300 / nt - 1 nt min.
Available
from $300 /nt
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