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This is a flexible situation. You need experience in some if not all of these trades - carpentry, plumbing, electrical, painting, masonry, restoration, landscaping, etc. You need the ability to be very detail oriented and to be able to work at a high level of quality without supervision. There is a lot of work on rental home repairs and even more work on the home that you would be living in. It is a craftsman style home from 1912. At this home we want to at a minimum:
  1. Strip the wallpaper and replace
  2. Strip paint on Doug Fir trims and coat with Tung Oil
  3. Strip old carpets and finish hardwood floors or install Sisal or Seagrass carpeting
  4. Add skylights
  5. Fix leaky skylight
  6. Repaint outside and some inside
  7. Change 1/2" copper piping for 3/4" and install new shower fixtures
  8. Install small kitchen
  9. Remodel old kitchen
  10. Remodel bathroom
  11. Replace broken windows
  12. Fix existing sprinkler and drip irrigation systems
  13. etc, etc.

I have been doing this for many years and it works great as a true win-win situation for responsible, honest, punctual people who need flexibility in their lives for auditions, starting their own business, figuring what they want to do when they grow up or any other reason. It is usually not suitable for someone with a full time job.

There is full home use for tenant only, i.e. no guests are allowed at anytime. The deal here is that there are not guest privileges to keep it safer and more private for everyone.


A $500 deposit deposit as well as references, are required.

We have a four step process:

  1. Phone interview.
  2. If the phone interview goes well then we do an in person interview and tour and application get filled out.
  3. If the in person interview goes well we connect the next day with final questions and then we work together for a day to see if we can work together well.
  4. If that goes well, the person may move in provided they pass the background check and have the deposit.
    As in any rental, I cannot hold a room without a deposit as well as cash or hours for the time the room is held. Therefore, if you are not looking for a rental soon, please contact us closer to the time you will need a place to see if something is still available.
If you Love the idea of living in nature but only 3 minutes to Hollywood...

Then you can exchange your rent and utilities for 25 flexible hours of work per week if you are a single person or 40 hours per week if you are two sharing one room.

You can earn a salary for hours you work above your exchange hours.

Great location in Laurel Canyon, 3 minutes to Sunset, 5 minutes to Ventura Blvd but a feeling that you are in the middle of the country. All you see from the windows are trees.

The home was built in 1912 as a hunting lodge for the vice president of Southern Pacific Railroad.

The home is decorated with antiques and has hardwood floors and a wood burning fireplace.

                              The first floor has the living room, dining room,



Living room and dinning room





Kitchen looking to breakfast room



Stove area of kitchen


  and breakfast room.

Breakfast room


  There are 5 acres of land & lots of gardens & hiking trails.


  There is one private room currently available for this exchange:

Room #1


This room is 12x14'. Cat or dog may be ok. There is a shared bathroom adjoining this room as well as a bathroom downstairs.


  The exchange covers the cost of:
  • water
  • electricity
  • gas
  • high speed internet
  • firewood
  • laundry
  • The home is less than 5 minutes from the dog park & there are lots of hiking trails, if you want to hike on our trails you can go up the mountain and down in about 15-30 minutes depending on how far & fast you want to go.
    Plenty of parking on private property.                               

If interested, please respond with why you think this would be a mutually beneficial situation and  include a resume and photo.


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