The SpaceWith a little help from my dad, I recently transformed what was a forgotten storage basement into a peaceful, inviting little nook with natural wood finishes, dimmable recessed lighting, and a painted concrete (original!) floor. It gets plenty of indirect sunlight throughout the day, too. The private ¾ guest bathroom is separated from the room, located upstairs past the living room and through the kitchen. The coming and going is easy with no-hassle driveway parking and a private entrance. Other features included are a small wardrobe with full-length mirror, desk, little library, TV/Apple TV, DVD player, mini fridge, microwave, coffee maker, coffee, tea, bottled water, basic eating utensils, a white noise machine, and space heater or fan, depending on the weather. Guest AccessGuests may hang out on the front porch or in the back patio, and are asked to keep in mind the proximity of my bedroom above The Lay Low when enjoying the room or shared spaces. Being in a nearly century old home, you may hear a little creaking of the floorboards if I am walking around the rest of the house, though I always tread lightly to keep it minimal! For those who may find stairs a challenge physically, please look at the photos to make sure the steps leading towards the bathroom won’t be a problem. Last, for people who are really tall, please consider that the ceiling in the basement is lower than what’s standard in a regular room at about 6’8” high. Interaction with GuestsI've lived in the neighborhood for about 12 years and know it pretty well, though it's constantly evolving, so I love to discuss or recommend my favorite local spots, old and new! I'm pretty busy but usually not a problem to respond to my guests' questions promptly. I always welcome inquires about any special accommodations as well. The NeighborhoodIf you haven’t been introduced to the neighborhood, this is a great way to discover Highland Park's and the rest of the North East's unique dynamic and eclectic mix of restaurants, art galleries, vintage shops, record stores, home boutiques, bars, and all the local curiosities. Should need arise, you’ll also find most any staple store or service within a few blocks, such groceries, laundromats, the post office, and drug stores. Getting AroundIf you want to venture out, transportation is a snap, whatever your preferred mode, since The Lay Low is a 4 minute drive to the 2 freeway (head south to rest of LA or north for an amazing hike in the San Gabriels) and 5 minutes to the 110 (downtown LA/ Pasadena). No car? Good for you. Two Metro Gold Line light rail stops are each about 1.5 miles away, linking you to the entire city and beyond.