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Member since: 2008
Speaks English

The Villa Sophia - Romantic Honeymoon Spa Retreat

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Overview

Photos and Description of this 1 bedroom holiday villa in Central LA - Villa Sophia

Villa, 1 Bedroom, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 2)

LA Weekly's 'The Best Place to Pretend You're a Celebrity for a Day - 2013' , The Villa Sophia is a glamorous five star luxury designer GUEST HOUSE with private pool and grounds. Location of many TV, movie and fashion shoots including TV show 'Entourage', Victoria's Secret, Vogue, W and GQ Magazines. Former home of cult director, James Whale, best known for his films Frankenstein (1931) and Bride of Frankenstein (1935).

***Please inquire before making a "BOOKING REQUEST" for stays of LESS THAN 3 NIGHTS. We can't always do stays of less than 3 nights.***

*** Please inquire before making a "BOOKING REQUEST" for EVENTS, FILMING OR PHOTO SHOOTS. Pricing is not the same as overnight stays. ***

The 750 sq. ft. GUEST HOUSE, is situated on the garden grounds of a large 1927 Mediterranean estate, rests securely above 15' walls and high atop a Los Feliz hilltop. Bright, sunny and spacious it overlooks large emerald tile pool to view of downtown Los Angeles skyline and city lights. Mountains and ocean visible from property. Villa located on a cul-de-sac. Completely private, secluded and tranquil. Located in the celebrity-filled hills of the exclusive Los Feliz neighborhood.

Spa-like GUEST HOUSE built in 2003 has massive stone fireplace,10' venetian plaster walls, surfaces of limestone, tile, marble and stone. Deluxe master bath with huge stone/marble steam shower room. Water closet with toilet and bidet. Brand new surround sound system. Separate entrance with exclusive use of 500 sq. ft. covered grotto sitting area made of ancient terra cotta tiles. EXCLUSIVE USE of entire rear yard lawn and garden, POOL, HOT TUB and additional 500 sq. ft. of outdoor patios

Location: The Villa is situated next to Griffith Park, 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.

Coveted Photo Shoot Location: The Villa Sophia is a favorite of directors and photographers and has been used as a location for fashion photo shoots for magazines and publications including Vogue Magazine, Victoria's Secret and GQ Magazine.

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.

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Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • not suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
tim (Property Manager)
Member since: 2008
Speaks English

About tim

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 purchased this villa in 2000

Why tim chose Los Angeles

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 fountain...

What makes this villa 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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The Villa Sophia - Romantic Honeymoon Spa Retreat
average rating of 4.983871 based on 107 reviews
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Our home away from home.

  • 5 of 5

We always love staying at the Villa Sophia when we need to be in LA. No hotel can compare. It's quiet, comfortable, and luxurious. It's always clean, and offers all kinds of small amenities that make the stay even extra special: waters, lovely soaps, make-up towels, q-tips, wine glasses, cheese boards, coffee, tea, white linens, and a huge steam shower. Excellent.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 15, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Fantastic Place for a Couples Getaway!!

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I celebrated our anniversary at Villa Sophia. It is even better than the pictures! Clean, quiet, private setting. Beautiful views. Wonderful pool & hot tub. Gracious host. Good restaurants close by. Doesn't get any better than this!

  • Review Submitted: Jun 30, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Simply Wonderful

  • 5 of 5

Tim was warm, welcoming and easy to work with. The place was everything we hoped for and more. The steam shower, gas fireplace, pool, jacuzzi, and views... it was the perfect setting to relax, unwind and reconnect. Perfectly quiet and private, and romantic. We wished we could've stayed longer -- next time.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 2, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
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Erie, PA
5

Didn't Want to Leave!

  • 5 of 5

I know when you see photos like these you think they must be photo-shopped or he got just the right angle and the whole property can't be that great. That's what I thought too. But literally every square inch of this property is amazing! We spent every night watching the sunset over the city from the comfort of our hot tub. The exclusive neighborhood is on a really narrow windy street with no thru traffic and is ultra-private. The first night we were there we discovered that there wasn't any hot water. Tim the owner was easy to contact and he immediately went into action fixing the problem (gas pipes had flooded due to recent rains). He actually brought us champagne and cheeses for the inconvenience. His dog Sophie is adorable. When looking through the guest book we saw that many people were repeat customers and I definitely see why. We truly felt like celebrities staying here and would stay again in a heartbeat! One thing to note: its not a full kitchen so if you have plans to cook, you may need to rethink. There's a mini-fridge, microwave, dishes, etc, but no oven or stove. Also, if you have mobility issues, there are 50-odd steps going up to the guesthouse so keep that in mind.

  • Review Submitted: Jan 25, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jan 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Houston, TX
5

Second Time Around & Still Awesome

  • 5 of 5

This is our second time staying at Villa Sophia and unlike other rentals that are not kept up with time this one only gets better. The place was as wonderful if not better than how we remember it. Tim is a gracious host and a pleasure to do business with, see you in few years!!

  • Review Submitted: Oct 14, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
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Stoneham
5

A Beautiful Oasis!

  • 5 of 5

We had a fabulous stay at Tim's lovely home. Not only was Tim a pleasure to meet (as was Sophie!), but the home was a delight to stay in. We made use of the pool/jacuzzi and the fabulous steam shower to great effect. The added touches within the home were superb! The espresso maker within the well stocked kitchenette was an unexpected bonus and the many adaptors Tim provided for use with the sound system were so thoughtful.

Tim was a wonderful host and warmly welcomed us to his home. He also graciously assisted us when there was a minor issue with the fridge (promptly fixed!) and when we foolishly couldn't open the door (Tim rescued us late at night and kindly showed us we were turning the key the wrong way - our apologies again, Tim!). During our stay there was also an evening photo shoot and Tim made sure to speak with us well in advance of our visit to make accommodations for this brief inconvenience.

The location of the Villa Sophia was perfect for our needs. The sweeping views of Los Angeles were breathtaking to see in person both during the day and lit up at night. When we did leave the Villa we were able to easily access many of the attractions we were interested in and also enjoy the charming Los Feliz area.

In short, this property is highly recommended! This was our first stop on the way to Thailand, but next time we will have to reverse the order and make this our final destination!

  • Review Submitted: Sep 18, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
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Location

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

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Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday villa in Central LA, Los Angeles area

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1 night minimum stay
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£2,196
£8,425
 

Additional pricing information

cleaning fee £65 + Tax
Property Damage Protection £45
Tax Rate 14.0%

Additional guests will be considered for $75/night. The guest house is large (750 sq. ft. or 70 sq. meters) but only has one king size bed. There is an inflatable bed and linens for extra guests. No other charges.

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  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
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Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday villa in Central LA in Los Angeles area

Property Type:
  • villa
Meals:
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 750 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • city centre ...
  • Golf Course View ...
  • Monument View ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Ocean View
  • resort ...
  • rural ...
  • village ...
Theme:
  • Romantic
General:
  • 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 ...
Kitchen:
  • Catering Available
  • Coffee Maker
  • Freezer
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Kitchenette
  • Microwave
  • Mini Refrigerator
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Bidet
  • Romantic spa like bathroom with double bathroom sinks made of copper, huge stone/marble shower with rain shower head, additional side mounted and hand held shower heads, double steam units with marble seating for 4, 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. wireless waterproof shower speaker with dock transmitter. AQUA DI PARMA hotel amenities - shampoo, conditioner, body wash, body cream, glycerin soap and bar soap.
Bedrooms:
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • 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.
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
Outside:
  • Terrace ...
  • Gazebo
  • Garden
  • Patio
  • Raft
  • Terrace
  • 4 garden chairs
  • 4 deck chairs
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • 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
Attractions:
  • 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
Notes:
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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