With a combination of spectacular view and luxury camping, the "Tiny Tiki Retro Hideaway" is a unique experience. Relax and retreat on a sandstone mesa, high above the city lights. Nobody will find you at this hideaway created by designer Julia Borgstrom Kastendiek. Our 1954 vintage travel trailer, patio, 2nd vintage trailer and a shady gazebo offer an unforgettable staycation or highlight of your travels.
What is remote?
Is remote a feeling you get or an actual place on a map? Some people feel they have discovered a secret hiding in plain sight, a retreat that feels like a million miles from what they left at home. Others appreciate its closeness to beaches and sights, but especially for its far above the rest proximity to sun, air, clouds, cliffs and stars. Somehow the road to Tiny Tiki Retro Hideaway is just long enough and steep enough to create a separation from the rest of the world. Relaxation, delight , living in the present, a positive feeling and a trust that memories are being made become real. As you rest and read or dine al fresco, not a care or a worry will make it through the veil of remoteness, which fell over you when you came up here.
Airstream! Airstreams! Airstreeeam!!! Why does everybody yell for Airstreams?? Is it because the silver hot dog shape and vibe is just so iconic? Is it because you can get old or new, short or long, any day of the week? Personally, I just don't get it.
I like to say: Did you always want to sleep in an Airstream? They are the Mercedes' of the vintage trailer world. Spartans, however, are like an old Bentley and are more collectible due to unrivalled mid-century design, monocoque aircraft construction and beautiful real wood paneling and cabinetry throughout. Our trailers, a 1954 24' Spartan Manor, ( the smallest made that year) and 15' 1963 Office trailer, are restored and are kept true to their original beauty and function.
Gypsy the Spartan Manor.
All about our vintage trailer.
When you arrive at the Tiny Tiki Retro Hideaway, you may be flabbergasted at the view, and the memory of driving up the steep hill is still fresh in your mind. When your host opens your guesthouse for the next few days you may not really be paying attention. But the specialness of it will sink in soon and so the curiosity will rise, because it's unlikely you have ever been inside a trailer like Gypsy.
"Gypsy" our 1954 Spartan Manor was built at Spartan Aircraft Company, a retooled aircraft factory in Tulsa Oklahoma in 1954. J. Paul Getty owned the factory and spared no expense in design and construction. At that time, when need for post war housing skyrocketed, a fine trailer like this cost nearly 1/2 as much as a house; but, it had an advantage: you could tow it to your next job location, and live in comfort in a trailer park community.
Gypsy is one of the smallest trailers built by Spartan, and is one of the most rare and collectible. At 24', 3" or total 27', 2" with the tongue, it weighs 5280 lbs and cost new 3748$. Nowadays a 24' trailer on craigslist starts at 10,500$, and goes up to 27,000$.
Julia and Michael purchased Gypsy in New Orleans, Louisiana and Michael and the seller towed it with his F-250 to Chatsworth in 2016. It was remodeled and restored with much care by Julia, until opening as a guesthouse in 2018. Of its life previous to California, little is known, except that 2 elderly gentlemen lived in it at different times in the last 15 years. Wouldn't it be nice to know where else Gypsy rested and gave classy shelter to her inhabitants?
Outdoor bed inside 2 layers of curtains and under a shade structure. Very romantic<><>
A very rare 1954 Spartan Manor vintage trailer, large patio, furnished gazebo, and 2nd 1963 trailer are tucked under the sandstone cliffs.
Inside "Gypsy" the Spartan Trailer observation lounge is a custom settee and dining area.
From the Tiny Tiki Trailer Zone is an amazing view that encompasses most of the San Fernando Valley.
Custom double bed in the private sleeping cabin.
Custom tiled bathroom with shower and custom vanity and shelving. Large original cabinet, real toilet.
A well equipped kitchen, custom flooring by designer. AC and heat. Midcentury accoutrements.
In the evening the Zone excels with the fairy lighting and moon shining overhead.
Vintage table ware made in Santa Monica. 2 large chaises, 2 large shade umbrellas.
Saddle Peak is 8 miles to the South. Big Sky every day.
Beautiful encompassing colorful sunsets.