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Gorgeous and Private Historic Residence in the Heart of Iconic Hollywood!

16 Reviews
Bedrooms 4
Separate WC's1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights

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Photos and Description of this 4 bedroom holiday home in Hollywood Hills - Van Ness Residence

Main House 4 bedrm/2.5 baths; large rooms; beautiful outdoor pool and gardens

Before entering the gated property, view the iconic Hollywood sign and the beautiful, rolling Hollywood Hills. Once inside, this exquisite, secluded retreat is a lavish, private home featuring a spacious living room, stunning dining room with large pocket doors separating it from living room and adjoining solarium, gourmet kitchen, four large bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms and a relaxing, cozy wine cellar. Incorporated within the grounds is a tranquil front patio with dining table and oversized umbrella, ample seating, fireplace, fountain and covered front porch with plush seating area. The backyard is an unparalleled tropical paradise with swimming pool, Jacuzzi, large stainless steel chef’s barbeque, gas fire pit, and ample seating areas designed with relaxation in mind.

The home’s architectural style is Italianate, boasting a Tuscan exterior with classic California Craftsman interiors, including gorgeous mahogany staircase and woodwork, moldings, two Batch-Elder hearths and built-ins. The Van Ness property was originally built in 1922 -- during Hollywood early years -- by the family of United States President William Howard Taft. Since then, only three families have lived in the home.

The gourmet, fully appointed kitchen features an eight-burner/dual-oven stainless steel range; all stainless steel appliances, including dishwasher, refrigerator and microwave; stainless steel farm sink; baker’s rack; and more. The large, front-loading washer and dryer are adjacent to the kitchen. The home has central air and heat.

The Living Room features a large flat-screen television equipped with cable television with DVR and a Blu-ray player, as well as a library of movies for adults, kids and families to choose from. The Master bedroom and two additional bedrooms have queen-sized beds; the fourth bedroom has a full bed.

After enjoying the glitz and excitement of Hollywood’s entertainment offerings, nightlife, attractions and natural beauty, you’ll return to this peaceful retreat to experience this uniquely relaxing and beautiful Californian destination.

CONTRACT: Guests will be required to sign a rental contract and property rules upon arrival. A copy of these documents will be emailed to you with your Welcome Letter during the week of your arrival. If you would like to see a copy of the rental contract and rules prior to booking, please ask. Thank you.

More Details
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered

Steven B. Clark
Member since: 2014
Speaks English, Spanish
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
23 October, 2016

About Steven B. Clark

I've lived in Los Angeles working in the entertainment industry for nearly 20 years and am now offering resort-style accommodations for guests in the heart of Hollywood. Whether you visit the Main Residence, Summer House or both, I know you'll enjoy your stay as much as I enjoyed the decade I spent living there! When at this home, I enjoyed gardening, swimming, the Hollywood nightlife and dining, sitting by the outdoor fire, and the solitude of reading in the gardens or in the warm ...you too can experience this exquisite, secluded private home -- a truly unique Southern California vacation destination.

Steven B. Clark purchased this house in 2005

Why Steven B. Clark chose Los Angeles area

I immediately fell in love with this property because of its historic, architectural details and charm. It also had relatively untouched landscaping and exterior areas, which allowed me to create a totally new and unique environment, which is one of my favorite things about the property. There's nothing I enjoyed more than entering the gate after a hard day's work and being transported to this relaxing atmosphere, or watching my children running and exploring the property. This location is a true Hollywood gem.

What makes this house unique

Aside from all the great attributes of the house and property, the neighborhood also has a great deal to offer. I love it's proximity to everything in Hollywood. Whether it's Starbucks to start the day, Sunday's Farmer's Market or having a few drinks at a local bar or club then strolling home, it's a great, safe neighborhood. Even better, once you step foot inside the Van Ness property's front gate, you are transported to another world -- one of tranquility, beauty and old Hollywood history. It is walking distance to many of Hollywood's great restaurants, night clubs, bars, shopping, theaters and attractions, and a block away from the popular Franklin strip with six great restaurants, coffee shop, wine/cheese market, grocery store, newsstand and an independent theatre.

The best part about getting around in the area is that you can walk to a lot of great places. I love to walk, so I rarely drive anywhere in the neighborhood or Hollywood vicinity, especially since parking can be challenging and/or costly. Close to two Metro subway stops, numerous bus stops, and taxis and Uber cars are easy to get. The 101 and 5 freeways are very convenient and easily get you to anywhere you need to go!


based on 16 holidaymaker reviews

Gorgeous and Private Historic Residence in the Heart of Iconic Hollywood!
average rating of 4.75 based on 16 reviews

Great stay during our wedding

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at the Van Ness house for our wedding, and the property is absolutely gorgeous. We highly recommend it for special occasions. There is tons of outdoor seating in both the front and back yard, the pool is awesome, and there is tons and tons of space for entertaining. Everything in the house was in good and working condition. Our only complaint, and it is minor, is that the mattresses were on the soft side (we slept in two different rooms to see if it was one specific bed) and we prefer a more firm mattress.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 6, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Disappointed - broken grill/broken hot tub

  • 2 of 5

We are disappointed and frustrated about our recent stay. I have tried contacting the owners Steven and Alfonso and they have not responded. We spent alot of money and were hoping for a stress free vacation, but things kept going wrong. I have asked for a partial refund for all the headaches, but the owners do not care to respond. The grill did not work when we checked in and we were initially told it wouldn't work till the night before we left. We purchased lots of groceries before checking and planned to grill. We feel we should have been notified that it didn't work and it should have been fixed prior to our arrival. I told Jeremy who let us in that was unacceptable and his first response was we could leave and find somewhere else to stay. We booked this home months ago so that was not an option. Also, the hot tub was broken and did not heat. They were unable to fix while we were there. The owner asked if we would mind checking out an hour early if he let us in an hour early. We agreed, however prior to our flight I texted Jeremy who was supposed to let us in and he said ABSOLUTELY NOT, no exceptions. I tried to contact Alfonso and left 3 messages and he never returned my calls. One other thing renters shouuld know is that there is a man that stays in the garage on the property that has been converted to a room so he can see you whenever you are at the pool or outside. We did not like that at all and found it strange and somewhat scary. That should be disclosed. Also, description shows plenty of parking in driveway, yet we were told to park on the street. We ran out of paper towels and had to constantly wash towels and there were not separate pool and bath towels. All in all, while this is a beautiful home, we eould never recommend or return. The owners do NOT CARE or respond.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 29, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Please look at our excellent track record and don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions. We typically would not respond to a negative review but in this case, we feel forced to make an exception. Shari asked if she could check in early and was allowed to do so at no cost. There was a misunderstanding regarding the exact check in time, but that go clarified with one phone call. We did realize the grill was not working properly that day and let her know we were getting a new grill. It would have been there the next day. She said that was unacceptable and that she would not feed her children anything until the grill was fixed. At that point and with that type of response, we did suggest that if not having the grill for one day was a deal breaker, we would give her a full refund. We much rather cut our losses than have an unhappy guest. She said no to a refund and demand the grill be fixed that day. I did pay for the grill to get fixed that day and was all done and working by that evening. The time without the grill was three and a half hours. The main house and the summer cottage are listed as two different listings. Currently there is a property manager on site. There is a fence and dense vegetation that divide both properties. If you read any of our reviews, it is not an issue as they are both private and separate. We, as well as our guest have found it more than help full to have the property manager available for any emergencies. For example, Shari overheated the hut-tub by leaving it on all night. The property manager was able to take care of it immediately. Shari’s unreasonable reaction regarding the grill was a clear indicator of the care she had towards our home. We did not claim any of her deposit, even though her stay required more than a typical cleaning. She allowed her children to remove window screens from the second floor windows and climb out onto the roof of the home. The security company was notified of the incident and it caused minor damage to one of the screens. She also left the hot-tub on all night causing it to overheat. We definitely would have much rather cancelled the reservation than have this lack of respect for our home. It is worth nothing that she personally asked me for money in exchange for a positive review. Like I said our excellent track record speaks for itself and we felt no need to reimburse her for not having a grill for a few hours.
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Beautiful historic property in great location.

  • 5 of 5

The Van Ness property was an amazing property - we loved the period features and historic charm. The pool and yard made the property feel secluded even though it is in a convenient location within the city. We would definitely consider returning on a future visit.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 22, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful and relaxing house in Hollywood

  • 5 of 5

The house is beautiful and within walking distance of the walk of fame and the Chinese theatre. It was about a 15 minute drive to Warner Brothers Studio and the Griffith Observatory (both of which I recommend). We enjoyed the pool, hot tub, outdoor grill, large dining room and relaxing on the front porch. Steven made sure we were checked in ok, but a little slow to respond to emails. I highly recommend this place!

  • Review Submitted: Jun 24, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great bachelorette vibes

  • 5 of 5

My girlfriends and I had a delightful stay on the van Hess property. The pool and jacuzzi were amazing and the bedrooms can easily sleep 8. Just be careful with noise at night after 10 pm as you will be asked to keep quiet due to the residential neighborhood. The property was perfect for our event. I would love to rent the space again.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 16, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Amazing oasis in Hollywood!

  • 5 of 5

This house is beautiful!!! So meticulously maintained with original woodwork and fixtures true to period. Beautifully decorated and furnished. The outside yard spaces are so private and the pool/spa area is amazing. Property manager was available and quickly answered any questions we had in a timely manner. Walking distance to train system to access LA

  • Review Submitted: May 31, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
18 Miles
Los Angeles International Airport
Nearest Barpub
0.3 Miles
Franklin Strip Bars
Nearest Golf
4.5 Miles
Griffith Park
Nearest Train
0.5 Miles
LA Metro
Nearest Motorway
0.2 Miles
101 Freeway
Nearest Restaurant
0.3 Miles
Franklin Strip Restaurants
Nearest Ski
110 Miles
Big Bear Mountain/Snow Summit
Nearest Beach
15 Miles
Santa Monica Beach
Car: recommended

Perfectly located to enjoy the best of Hollywood, the Van Ness property is walking distance from two subway stations, Metro bus stops, Starbucks, numerous restaurants, grocery stores, coffee shops, wine shops, newsstand, guided tours, Hollywood Farmer’s Market, the W Hotel, Griffith Park, the historic Pantages Theater, the Hollywood Walk of Fame, the landmark Capital Records building, trendy bars, night clubs and hot spots, and more!

A slightly longer walk (or short drive) brings you to the Hollywood & Highland shopping district, the historic Grauman’s Chinese and El Capitan Theaters, the classic Roosevelt Hotel, and all Hollywood Blvd., Sunset Blvd, and Vine Street restaurants, bars and attractions. Keep your eyes open, as celebrity sightings are everywhere, and the movie studios and television networks are filming around every corner.

Also nearby is the Hollywood Bowl, Greek Theater, Griffith Observatory, Los Angeles Zoo, Universal Studios theme park, the Sunset Strip, West Hollywood, La Brea Tar Pits, LACMA and many movie studios, including Paramount, Warner Brothers, Walt Disney, Universal, NBC, CBS and ABC. The Van Ness house is convenient to many Los Angeles freeways, including 101, 134, I-5, I-10 and I-110, leading to Disneyland, the Angeles National Forest, LACMA, Downtown Los Angeles, Beverly Hills and famous Rodeo Drive, Venice Beach, Santa Monica Beach, Malibu, The Getty, The Walt Disney Concert Hall, The Music Center (Ahmanson, Dorothy Chandler, Mark Taper), Los Angeles County Natural History Museum, California Science Center, Staples Center, LA Live, The Rose Bowl, Dodger’s Stadium, and everything the City of Angels has to offer.

For the entertainment industry executive or business professional, the home is convenient to The Walt Disney Studios, Warner Bros. Studio and Ranch Facility, Fox Studios, NBC/Universal, CBS Television City, Paramount Studios, Nickelodeon, Cartoon Network and The Los Angeles Convention Center.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Hollywood Hills, Los Angeles area

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2 night minimum stay
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Additional pricing information

Pet Fee £164
Property Damage Protection £48

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Hollywood Hills in California

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 2700 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 10 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 3 - Toilet
  • Downstairs bedroom has a half bath
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed , Master bedroom has full bath attached and great views
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Large Double Bed , Half bath attached; on 1st floor with great views of pool
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Large Double Bed , 2nd floor bedroom shares main full bath on 2nd floor
    Bedroom 4 - 1 Double Bed , 2nd floor bedroom with full bed and shares main bathroom
  • DVD Player ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Barbecue ...
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Private Chef
  • Staff
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • laundrette - not serviced
  • festivals
  • library
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • theme parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • Basketball Court
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • golf
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • mountain climbing
  • swimming
  • tennis
The Main House sleeps 10 in beds 4 queen beds, one full-size sofa bed). There is a $50/per person per night fee for additional guests, but there is a 12 guest maximum.

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