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The Villa Sophia - Romantic Honeymoon Spa Retreat - Central Los Angeles Hilltop

Bedrooms 1
Space 750 sq ft
Property type guest house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

Large Guest House with Pool and Hilltop Views - 1 Bedroom 1 Bath, (Sleeps 2 - 4)

The Villa Sophia - LA Weekly's 'The Best Place to Pretend You're a Celebrity for a Day". This sumptuous, cozy and elegant GUEST HOUSE is like a private spa suite at a five star hotel, except that you have the hotel to yourself! Bright, sunny and spacious, the GUEST HOUSE overlooks a huge, private, 8' deep emerald tiled swimming pool to views of the downtown Los Angeles skyline, rolling yellow hills to the east and city lights. You will be surrounded by the lush garden grounds of an enchanting and historic, 1927 Old Hollywood, Los Feliz Hills estate that rests high upon 15' castle walls all around. One of the most filmed and photographed locations in Hollywood. Used often as an "Italian Villa" in films. Located in Central Los Angeles near to Griffith Park and the Griffith Observatory. Walking distance to the Greek Theater. Views are reminiscent of Tuscany looking east from bed. Enjoy number one rated Acqua di Parma hotel amenities and deluxe Italian linens by Rivolta Carmignani. Truly the finest luxury accommodations in Los Angeles. Totally private, peaceful and tranquil. Secluded in the exclusive, celebrity filled Los Feliz Hills neighborhood. Mountains and Pacific Ocean visible from property. Located on a small, hidden cul de sac for added privacy. Luxurious and private, this Hollywood Hills designer GUEST HOUSE was built in 2005. It does not get any better than this. Sublime and surreal. Magical.

*** FILMING REBATES: The Villa Sophia is sometimes rented as a location for photography, filming or special events. Any filming or event at The Villa Sophia on any day during your stay that requires use of the rear garden or exterior pool areas entitles the Renter to compensation. Renter will receive either $75/hour OR a full reimbursement of their daily rental fee. You will not be disturbed in the Guest House.

Acqua di Parma Hotel Amenities: ACQUA DI PARMA amenities are provided to guests: bar soap, glycerin soap, shampoo, conditioner, body lotion and shower gel.

The Italian luxury perfume maker's prestigious hotel amenities line is inspired by the brand's flagship scent, Colonia. Created exclusively for only the most elegant 5/7 star luxury hotels and resorts worldwide. Reminiscent of Italy, Colonia amenities have a light, fresh and crisp fragrance containing Sicilian citrus, lavender, rosemary, verbena, Bulgarian rose, sandalwood, vetiver, cedar and ylang-ylang. The line is suitable for both men and women.

More Details

Property Manager
Tim Vlahos
Member since: 2008
Speaks English
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
16 July, 2018

About Tim Vlahos

I am a single man who lives alone in the main house. The property is big enough so that guests and owner's paths rarely cross...although I am available at all times for any reason necessary.

Tim Vlahos purchased this guest house in 2000

Why Tim Vlahos chose Los Feliz

The Villa Sophia is located in the eastern Hollywood Hills, in the Los Feliz neighborhood of Los Angeles. Although you are walking distance to Los Feliz Village where you can find all the conveniences of a major city, up here in the Hills you feel as if you are in the country. The guest house faces south providing all day sunshine and the only sounds are of the birds singing, the gentle breeze blowing and the soft murmur of the fountains...

What makes this guest house unique

Peace and tranquility with views, all day sunshine, ocean breezes in total luxury.

Guestbook comments from the manager

My girlfriend and I stayed at the Villa Sophia for three wonderful nights. Since we live in different cities, my girlfriend always comes to visit once awhile. We try to stay at different places every time instead of my own. So we have been to the SLS, the W Hotel Westwood, Sofitel at Beverly Hills, Chateau Marmont etc...Compare to most of the accommodation in LA, we like the Villa Sophia the best in every aspect.

Nowadays, “A hidden gem” has been overused so many times, but the Villa Sophia is really the place that matches this phrase.

As soon we walked into the villa at night, the night view of downtown LA just amazed us. The view was just as the same as you can get from the Griffith Observatory. And the next morning when we woke up, everything surrounding the pool house makes it unbeatable. The house, garden and pool just brought an aesthetic and illusionary feeling of being in Tuscany instead of busy and crowded Los Angeles. The uniqueness and tranquility just can’t be found at those fancy Beverly Hills hotels (Although some of them are very cool hotels, but compared to the private space you can have, they are even more expensive).

Despite the perfect atmosphere and scenery, the details of the house are still among the best. The room is equipped with beautiful floor to ceiling windows, marble shower room with steam system, aesthetic paintings, decent stereo and books and movies! The bed is super comfortable, and my girlfriend says the shower product is her favorite and the best (Tim you really have a good taste!). Also there’s microwave, dinnerware, any daily necessities.

The owner, Tim is such a considerable host that makes sure everything is here and functional for your needs. He never makes you feel ignored but never being intrusive. His cute dog Sophie always came for her biscuits which Tim puts in a pool house cookie jar. (there are gates surrounding the pool/guest house area if you want privacy from Sophie)

Words and pictures can’t really explain how amazing The Villa Sophia is. Just go and experience it yourself. We are already planning to visit Tim and Sophie and stay there again.

Thank you, Tim, for opening your place to let us experience and appreciate the true beauty of The Villa Sophia.
Mar 2014
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday guest house in Los Feliz in Los Angeles

Property Type:
  • guest house
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 750 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 15:00 / Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • city centre ...
  • Golf Course View ...
  • Monument View ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Ocean View
  • resort ...
  • rural ...
  • village ...
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Basic Soaps
  • Bottled Water
  • Fireplace ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment
  • Free Long Distance ...
  • Gas Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Parking On Street
  • Shampoo
  • Telephone ...
  • Thermos Flask
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Catering Available
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Freezer ...
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Kitchenette
  • Microwave
  • Mini Refrigerator
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Bidet , Luxury Spa type bathroom of marble, stone, tile w chaise.
  • Romantic spa like bathroom with double bathroom sinks made of copper, huge stone/marble shower room with rain shower head, additional side mounted and hand held shower heads, double steam units with marble seating for 4, chaise lounge chair, laundry basket, two Hammacher Schlemmer terrycloth bathrobes and HAMMACHER SCHLEMMER Turkish towels, limestone/tile floors, marble counter-tops, generous space with custom cabinets of reclaimed wood, plentiful pool and bath towels. Toilet and bidet in separate water closet. waterproof shower radio. AQUA DI PARMA hotel amenities - shampoo, conditioner, body wash, body cream, glycerin soap and bar soap.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed
  • Bright, sunny and spacious with a south facing view overlooking a large emerald tile swimming pool to a view of the downtown Los Angeles skyline and city lights. 10' tall Venetian Plaster walls, huge armoire/entertainment center, floor to ceiling custom storage cabinets and shelves, massive stone fireplace, custom hand forged iron doors, windows and sconces, limestone floors. Deluxe upholstered 'Ralph Lauren' King sized bed. All bed linens are from luxury Italian manufacturer 'Rivolta Carmignani'. Sheets, pillowcases and duvet cover are 300TC mercerized, Egyptian cotton satin. For extra guests there is an inflatable bed and linens. $75/night. In November 2010 RIVOLTA CARMIGNANI became the first company in Italy to be certified under the OEKO-TEX Standard 1000 for it's environmentally friendly and socially responsible production conditions.
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Gazebo
  • Garden
  • Patio
  • Raft
  • Terrace
  • 4 garden chairs
  • 4 deck chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • not suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • In Ground Pool
  • Jacuzzi
  • Outdoor Hot Tub
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool ...
  • Sauna ...
  • Steam Shower
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • laundrette - not serviced
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • library
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • naturist beach
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • theme parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • Miniature golf
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • Basketball Court
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • golf
  • golf pass optional
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • swimming
  • tennis
Brand new surround sound stereo system, Ipod dock, DVD/CD player, Playstation, 40' flat screen TV w/ cable T.V., 488 channels. NESPRESSO machine with complimentary coffee capsules, King sized bed. hair dryer, hair straightening iron, iron and ironing board, steamer, Pilates magic circle with workout DVD, Yoga mats, blocks, strap and eye pillow, aqua fitness swim gloves, jog belt and barbells. ACQUA DI PARMA soap, lotion, shampoo, conditioner and bodywash provided. Complimentary Nespresso capsules, milk, wine, bottled water. Wireless and direct connect high speed internet hub. Cell phone booster and free land-line telephone, wireless waterproof shower speaker with dock transmitter, sleep masks, printer and copy machine. Hammacher Schlemmer towels. Goown pillows and duvet. All bed linens are from luxury Italian manufacturer RIVOLTA CARMIGNANI. Sheets, pillowcases and duvet cover are 300TC mercerized, Egyptian cotton satin. Separate 500 sq. ft. tiled grotto seating area.


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The Villa Sophia - Romantic Honeymoon Spa Retreat - Central Los Angeles Hilltop
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Simply Amazing!

  • 5 of 5

No complaints what so ever and we highly recommend here to anyone that wants to have a nice peaceful stay but still wants to be close to just about everything going on in Hollywood. Tim thanks again for the wonderful accommodations.

  • Review Submitted: 06-Jun-2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Peace & Serenity

  • 5 of 5

Great location away from the LA chaos!

  • Review Submitted: 09-May-2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beautiful stay with wonderful host

  • 5 of 5

The views of downtown la is amazing

  • Review Submitted: 14-Jan-2018
  • Date of Stay: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A True Hollywood Hills Estate!

  • 5 of 5

I was so so happy with the whole property & the owner, Tim, could not have been better. In fact, he is the BEST! We have become fast friends & I cannot wait to return. I told him I did not want to leave! Thanks Tim!

  • Review Submitted: 09-Jan-2018
  • Date of Stay: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Timeless Tuscan charm in the heart of L.A.

  • 5 of 5

Neither words nor photos can accurately convey how much we enjoyed our stay at Villa Sophia. Old world grandeur and charm, modern amenities, stunning views, and the delightful daily visits from canine hostess extraordinaire, Sophie!

Tim, the owner, has created a spectacular vacation retreat that transports you to other places and time periods - all just blocks from great dining and shops. He's also a heck of a nice guy.

The suite, itself, seemed more spacious than I expected from the photos. The bathroom is wonderfully large, with two sinks and more counter space than you'll ever need (rare in vacation rentals). The steam shower is an experience not to be missed, a relaxing and invigorating shower or spa that just happens to look out over downtown L.A. The bed was exceptionally comfortable, and the bedding and towels were all top notch. The property is beautifully landscaped, with a leisurely Mediterranean ambiance, and a variety of places to just sit and admire the sumptuous surroundings. I could go on and on, but as I said, words can't do justice to this rare and memorable place. You just have to see it for yourself.

Thanks for a one of a kind truly special stay, Tim and Sophie!

  • Review Submitted: 15-Nov-2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Truly magical!

  • 5 of 5

My daughter and I loved it. The best hot tub ever!

  • Review Submitted: 13-Nov-2017
  • Date of Stay: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Griffith Observatory
The Old Zoo @ Griffith Park
Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens
Griffith Park—Harding & Wilson Courses
Enterprise Rent-A-Car
Spokes'n Stuff
Autry Museum of the American West
Autry Museum of the American West
Nearest Airport
25 Miles
Los Angeles International
Car: recommended

The Villa is situated next to Griffith Park a U.S. historic-cultural monument and the largest municipal and urban wilderness area in the United States with many walking and hiking trails. The Park is the home of the Los Angeles Zoo, four Golf Courses, the Greek Theater, the Griffith Observatory, the Autry Museum, horseback riding, public tennis courts, bicycle rental, pony rides, camping, picnic areas, swimming pool, athletic fields etc. Two Frank Lloyd Wright museums, the Hollyhock House and the Ennis-Brown House (by appointment) and Richard Neutra's most famous house, The Lovell House are all in the neighborhood. Walking distance to restaurants, coffee shops, mail/shipping store, grocery, and health food stores in Los Feliz Village center. It is also within walking distance to Roosevelt Municipal Golf Course and Vermont Canyon tennis courts

Other Activities: WITHIN 3 MILES:

Wildlife viewing, golf, tennis, shopping, basketball court, biking, hiking, L.A. Zoo, Griffith Park Observatory, architectural tours, bird watching at the L.A. River, several equestrian centers, bowling alley, ice skating rink and more...

Golf: 4 local golf courses within Griffith Park

Ski: Big Bear is approx. 100 miles from Villa Sophia


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday guest house in Los Feliz, California

Rental Basis:
per property
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My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £65 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

cleaning fee £71.77 + Tax
Property Damage Protection £44.57

The guest house is large (750 sq. ft. or 70 sq. meters) but only has one king size bed. We charge $75/night for each additional person/child. There is a rollaway bed for extra guests. There are Full (54” wide) and Twin (39” wide) inflatable beds as well. There is a crib for infants.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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