Help with gardening and DIY projects in a beautiful safe neighbourhood, Encino, Los Angeles, USA


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    Green, Solar and Internet Professional with fixer upper House in Los Angeles, enjoys hosting interesting, thoughtful, helpful & handy people. Covid-19 OMG, :-( has changed things. At this time only accepting vaccinated Workawayers and mask wearers and prioritizing workawayers with reviews from previous hosts. Please when contacting me explain which projects you're best suited to help with. Best fit for vacationer visiting LA to explore Southern CA with desire to volunteer and help with projects.

    CURRENT PRIORITY: Rake and Vacuum fallen leaves in rear of yard with mulched/vaccuum into plastic garbage bin and move a bin at a time to side yard to spread among fruit trees. Move rocks and clean rear yard. Weeding and trimming. Picking tomatoes for us to eat and dehydrate. Gophers are a constant problem and want help eradicating by placing traps and smoke sticks.

    Carpentry skills appreciated: Fix Cedar Wood Picket Fence. If you can repair a wood gate and boards damaged by gophers, and stabilize the fence posts, that would be awesome. Please mention if you're skilled in carpentry.

    Other big projects, Deep cleaning house. Organizing for garage sale. Have you done garage sales before? There are rodent traps in garage let me know if you would be willing to bait them and remove a dead rodent. Cleaning dirty garage, mopping floors in house. Interior and exterior paint prep and painting, Cleaning and painting outdoor furniture... Please let me know what projects you feel qualified for and would enjoy the work.

    Need help learning how to shoot and edit simple Green and Organic Cooking "how to" videos to upload to youtube

    The house is in a safe, upscale neighborhood near hiking and just a couple of blocks to Ventura Blvd. a main street, with restaurants, shopping and bus to anywhere and MTA. You van catch a bus 2 blks away to anywhere in LA and walk to shopping. Please mention if you have a car and if it's a truck or van. Sorry am not taking RV's at this time.

    Centrally located to explore LA. 1 mile away from major freeways. Be in Malibu in 25 minutes. be in Hollywood, the Westside or Santa Monica in 1/2 an hour. Not far from from Westwood and UCLA. Very centrally located to be anywhere in LA in 20 minutes to 1/2 hour.

    Please let me know if you have a car or truck.

    This is not a free food workaway, but a great fit for vacationers with a food budget who prefer organic food. The trade is for a comfortable place to stay. Not accepting anyone who drinks alcohol regularly. Our way of cultural exchange is sharing meals and conversation This is a residential home. Looking for LA vacationers/volunteer with polite guest behavior (Please do not be someone who is someone who would go through our drawers and cabinets without an invitation to do so, or assume that you can use and touch everything. That's not OK here. Please practice the Golden Rule... If you don't want me going through your things (and I won't even go in your room without an invitation) then don't go through my things without permission. Think of your invitation to stay, like visiting a relative, whom you offer to help out in exchange for a comfortable place to stay in LA for a two-week sight-seeing adventure, and sharing good food.

    Foodies on vacation, looking to sight-see who have a travel budget for food and entertainment encouraged to apply. I enjoy cooking and sharing great food with friends and helping people find fun things to do in LA. Best fit for people who speak conversational English, I love to cook and enjoy cooking with other cooks. If you're not a cook but like doing dishes that's a treat for me. I don't mind being the chef for the most part, but a fringe benefit for me doing workaway, is cooking but not not doing dishes for two weeks. If you are very organized, put things back where they belong, and enjoy doing dishes, mention it.

    There is heavy yard work to do. Weed wacking, raking, digging, cutting and removing old metal irrigation pipes, cleaning garage and prepping garage sale. The tasks outside can be a workout, Are you up to an outdoor workout?

    On computer and phone: Need help figuring out why my Firefox no longer saves bookmarks like before and some MacBook Pro and apple iPhone quirks after changing from one MacBook Pro to another. Need help setting up email boxes to include business email, and personal, with new versions on apple devices.

    Foodies Welcome. I love to cook organic food, but am not a Vegan. This is a fun choice for people who enjoy outdoor gardening projects. Great choice if you enjoy painting and refinishing furniture, are experienced with indoor or outdoor painting and prep, and like cleaning and organizing. Let us know when you apply how you want to help.

    Need Help painting bathroom walls and faux finishing and painting cabinets. (Are you a talented and experienced indoor painter?)

    * Please let me know what projects you're qualified to help with and what kind of food you want to share. I love to cook and love when volunteers do the dishes to give me a two-week break from dishwashing.

    Speaking conversational English a must. Happy to help you improve your English but am not good struggling communicate. Best if you're comfortable speaking and understanding English. if not please let me know. I'm sorry. Must be comfortable being a good guest. Good manners are a must. It's important you be comfortable following instructions as you're a guest for 2 weeks on projects planned before you arrive. I want you to have a wonderful time visiting LA. I have plans in place to get projects done, so please don't be someone who resents or ignores instructions for projects . Please be someone who puts things back where you found them (so we can find them when you leave) and is neat and organized about tasks and tools.

    We do 2-Week Workaways. The ideal workawayers are looking to experience a fun-filled adventure exploring LA, and appreciate the value of staying here for free for two-weeks. Vacationers with a budget and desire to get out and see LA & enjoy sightseeing are the best fit.The help we're asking for is important, but not too hard for people who enjoy the tasks described. There's plenty of time to explore Los Angeles and fun things to do nearby.

    Encino is a very nice, safe neighborhood, close to gorgeous hiking and a bus stop 2 blocks away. You can expect a private room or 2 people to a room. You may be the only/lone workawayer or we may have another workawayer or two. Organic Garden (In season with yummy free farm to table food grown on-site). Otherwise, food not included but foodies encouraged to join.

    Good Internet available. Please be sure to let me know if you plan to work from here online. Sorry, No children, pets or RV's.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Help with Eco Projects
    DIY and building projects
    Farmstay help
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Help around the house
    General Maintenance
    Help with Computers/ Internet

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    About me: I'm a solar design consultant, who had a digital imaging and graphics business for major movie posters and advertising for many years, now involved in a green internet startup. Am launching an internet directory and green website. Am LGBTQ friendly. Have extensive experience in business and as an employer. We're creative people, who enjoy nature, share meals and create a community to cook together, share stories around the table, and explore Los Angeles.

    My joy in workaway is a mutually happy and rewarding two-weeks. I want to get projects done, and am looking for conscientious volunteers who care about detail, and offer you a friendly, welcoming, free and safe place to enjoy your stay in LA. Most people who stay here like to cook, hike, go to the beach, and museums.

    In addition to lodging, I volunteer hours, to take you on a gorgeous neighborhood hike, or up to Universal Citywalk, tour Malibu or another must-see LA spot, and help you plan your independent adventures.

  • Help


    When you contact me please mention what projects you are well suited to help.

    I do two week workaways. Not longer. Perfect for travelers visiting LA for 2 weeks who want to hang out, eat well, do some work and sight see around Southern CA.

    Current Top Projects

    Spreading a Huge Pile of Wood Chips. Dig out dirt kicked up by gophers and carefully clean root areas of fruit trees to create a basin for deep watering the fruit trees. Then spread wood mulch dropped off by tree trimmer on two sides of property outside, leaving clear circles of rocks around trees and a foot clearance around house.

    Use speeder to put diatomaceous earth around perimeter of house. Fill gopher holes on side hill with wood mulch.

    Catch Gophers in Traps. Clearing dirt kicked up by gophers in street.

    Digging out areas and covering with gopher wire, replacing dirt and planting succulents, sage, native and pollinator plants/

    PLANTING. Vegetables.

    Watering fig, Avocado and Citrus Trees.

    Deep Clean House. Organize for Garage Sale. Outdoor sweeping and weeding.

    Help setting up MacBook Pro, i-phone preferences to be ideal. Help setting up yahoo.mail and other email to be ideal.

    Repair drywall ceiling and lap and plaster. Prep for painting room. Paint bathroom.

    Paint Outdoor Cabinet/Refinish Wood Furniture

    Fix Cedar Wood Picket Fence and Gate.

    Please Let me know which of the projects you’d like to help with.

    Fixing drip irrigation and checking and replacing broken outdoor sprinklers

    We need to have a big garage sale coming up and need to sort and price things to get that ready and clear the house of everything being sold. The garage is dirty. Are you ready to take on this help with some heavy lifting?

    Painting Bathroom. Let me know if you're an experienced indoor painter.

    Need help learning how to shoot and edit simple Green and Organic Cooking "how to" videos to upload to YouTube.

    Please note what you are good at when you contact us and what if any projects you would not want to do. (Would you trap a gopher?) Yikes! Lots of heavy yard and garden work to get done in the gorgeous CA sunshine, indoor painting and prep, general cleaning, yard sale prep and fixing stuff around the house are ongoing. Looking for people willing to jump in on priority projects. Many apply. Our selection is made, based on who we feel will enjoy their stay here the most and who can help us the most. This is a very nice convenient to get around LA and safe neighborhood.

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent

  • Accommodation


    Nice Residential home in upscale Los Angeles neighborhood not far from gorgeous hiking spot and central to freeways while offering lots of trees. Ongoing project going on to transition a suburban lot transition into more of an urban/suburban tree forest with organic and native plant gardens. Large rooms. Spacious house in a beautiful, safe LA neighborhood of Encino. One room has a queen and a 2nd twin bed. Good for 1-couple or 2 in separate beds. The second room had some damage and needs repair? (Have you done ceiling repair? Let me know). May be a private room or two to 3 in a room or couple in a private queen bedroom. I like to coordinate more than one workawayer for fun and productivity, but it doesn't always work out that way. Best for those who like meeting new people and plan to enjoy exploring LA independently without feeling lonely.

    Kitchen access to prepare meals community style. We don't provide free food. Our goal in sharing is to trade for a lovely place to stay and pitch in for meals community style. We try and recommend and help you find fun things to do while visiting LA, and have a comfortable home base to share some community style meals together.

    Off-street parking (Tell us if you have a car). Only 2 Blocks from Ventura Blvd. the main shopping, restaurants, with a Bus Stop connecting to subway for getting all-around LA. Very convenient, SFV location, 1 mile from Sepulveda entrance to 405 and 101 freeways. Easy commute all over LA, (Within 25-35 Minutes) to Westwood, Hollywood, Burbank, Malibu, Santa Monica, Downtown. Offer 2 weeks work-away volunteer opportunities at Club Encino :) . If you plan to stay in CA longer, consider booking several work-aways for diversity. People who volunteer here for a 2-week workaway often visit other areas of CA such as the San Francisco Area, San Diego, or travel the US then come here for two weeks.

    House Rules: No excessive drinking or drugs other than moderate marijuana. ***No Food, Sugar drinks or smoking in bedrooms. No cigarette smokers welcome -- I'm sorry. I quit smoking so smoke and having smokers -- knowing they had cigarettes -- or if I smelled smoke on someone and knew they had cigarettes, would be hard for me. Please Do your dishes after eating (We get ants); No messes or dishes left on counters or sink. Be mindful and don't break things. This is a private home and like anyone you visit, you are not welcome to touch or use everything in the house without asking. Please ask, and replace any spices or condiments you use frequently.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Encino is a very safe Los Angeles neighborhood,, in the San Fernando Valley, over the Hill from Bel-Air. Nice restaurants and shops within blocks. The house is spacious, arty, and 2 Blocks South of Ventura Blvd. a main drag through LA making it easy to catch a bus to the Metro or get to freeways. We're Centrally located, with easy walkable access to bus system and freeways. It's in "The Valley" SFV, near Sherman Oaks and Studio City. Nice neighborhood to walk, run, restaurants, shopping, and public transportation 2 blocks away. Great hiking nearby. 30 Minutes to Malibu and Santa Monica. Easy access wherever you want to go. Not far from UCLA and Hollywood. Am not able to accommodate pets, families or campers in the driveway... Sorry. One car is OK.

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

    • Can host families

  • Can host digital nomads

    Can host digital nomads

    Good Internet. Have hosted people who work online before. Be sure to let me know if you plan to work from here online.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    maximum 15 hours a week over 4 days

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