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Mid Century Modern Glamour House

Bedrooms 5
Separate WCs1
Space 3,500 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights


About the property

Very Private Architecturally Significant 4 Bed/4 Bath Under the Hollywood Sign!

Private Mid Century Resort

Mid century modern masterpiece by Kazumi Adachi built in 1958. Over 250 editorial and celebrity photo shoots for Vogue, Bazaar, Marie Clare, GQ, etc. and dozens of commercial shoots have taken place at this house over the past 15 years. Most recently: Cindy Crawford, Adelle, Zooey Deschanel, and fashion house Celine. Many of the worlds top photographers and art directors have lavished this home with praise referring to it's 'timeless soul', 'zen like quality', and one in particular said it was like 'your own private island in the city!' This home epitomizes indoor/outdoor living.

Located in famous Beachwood Canyon (where stars such as Bogart, Gable and Chaplin had their 'secret' homes), this very private property abuts over 600 acres of the largest urban park in America, Griffith Park . Horseback riding at the famous Sunset Ranch is only a ten minute walk down the trail. The other trail leads directly to Lake Hollywood or you can hike to the Hollywood sign and Griffith Park Observatory.

At nearly 1/2 an acre, It is a much larger property than one normally finds in the hills. The 3400 sq. ft. house is sited on its own flat pad on a ridge directly under the Hollywood Sign with views in all directions. Walls of glass surround the free form pool, which looks and feels nearly identical to Sinatra's Palm Springs home. Furnished with original and important pieces, this home is for the very sophisticated art and nature lover who values privacy and architectural integrity in both materials and design. The public places are suitably grand for entertaining while large suites provide sanctuary. The en suite bathrooms are phenomenal. Stellar views of downtown Los Angeles all the way to Long Beach from the pool area.

Wonderful central location: just a few minutes to Hollywood nightclubs and restaurants, theaters and major venues like the Hollywood Bowl or Greek theater; 15 min. to downtown; and 10 min to all the major studios in either Hollywood or Burbank. If you want to step back in time for an authentic Californian sophisticated modern experience, look no further...

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Member since: 2013
Speaks English
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Calendar last updated:
13 July, 2018

About Ian

Hi, I am an Architect, restauranteur and surfer, I grew up in Los Angeles at the Beach yet was always drawn to the hope and history of old Hollywood. After studying architecture at UC Berkeley, I moved back to Los Angeles and found myself a career in Film production and development. Never content with one career, I restore architecturally significant homes, have owned for 16 years one of the oldest bars in Hollywood and try to make sure to surf everyday!

Ian purchased this house in 2002

Why Ian chose Hollywood Hills

As significant as a Lautner or Neutra, I purchased this Kazumi Adachi designed house because it was like an architectural oasis in the middle of the wilderness and yet 5 minutes from the hustle and bustle of Hollywood. I didn't think a property like this existed in the hills as it is a 'Palm Springs' style home on a large flat pad -- in fact it is almost a copy of Sinatra's Twin Palms estate in Palm Springs. This was also where Hollywood stars like Bogart and Gable had their 'secret' homes and the ghosts are still here! But it isn't all glamour and parties; to the Chumash Indians, this area was sacred and I could feel the land and mountains calling to me.

What makes this house unique

This home was designed for a wealthy couple who had fallen in love with Japanese architecture so they hired a Japanese American modernist architect. This is his largest home and quite certainly the best. It is a design with very few walls and an indoor/outdoor quality that fully exploits the climate in Southern California. Another benefit is that the air is good up here! And you can actually see stars at night! As an architect, I felt the house needed me to undo some wrong-headed remodels over the years and return the house to it's original integrity. This has been a painstakingly slow (and expensive!) but joyous journey. Maintaining the integrity of its 1958 vintage design and making the proper material choices has been a passionate endeavor since the day I bought this property. The siting of the house is magnificent -- private and flat (no stairs in the hills is a rarity). There are two master suites with only the best king size beds and en suite bathrooms that will take your breath away. All the rooms are large and flow into one another and the three large patios/lanais. The concrete floors and veneered walls and large glass sliding doors convey a sense of strength, authenticity, and minimalist beauty that does not feel brutal or industrial in any way. It is truly like living in an art piece. John Lautner once told me (personally) that 'great architecture will change your life' and this house is proof of that wonderful statement.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Hollywood Hills in Los Angeles

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 3500 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 7
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed ...
  • Pets considered
  • Non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • city centre ...
  • Monument View ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • village ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 8 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Powder Room - Toilet , Guest, powder room
    Hollywood Sign Bathroom - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Hollywood Sign view, marble, luxury fixtures, towel warmer
    Canyon View Spa Bath - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure , Massive marble skylit wet room with ceiling filled tub
    bathroom 4 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , incredible marble shower and big views of canyon
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Original Master Suite - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , 1 Sofa bed/Futon , Non allergy pure latex mattress, private patio
    Poolside Master Suite - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , 1 Sofa bed/Futon , Tempurpedic Bed, Luxury bedding, Pool, Cyn views
    Hollywood Sign Master Suite - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , glass room in the trees, private, head on H. Sign view!
    Small bedroom 4 - 1 Double Bed , 1 Cot , Shares bathroom with Hollywood sign suite
    Den/bedroom - 1 Large Double Bed , can convert the den into 5th bedroom with queen bed
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Private Pool ...
  • arboretum
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • library
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • theme parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • Miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • 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:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • swimming
  • tennis


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average rating of 4.909091 based on 22 reviews

Amazing Home

  • 5 of 5

I rented the house for a getaway and surprise for my boyfriend. The house was more than perfect for the weekend. The location is super close to hiking trails, the design of the home is breathtaking. We couldn't have asked for a sweeter experience. Each of the master bedrooms have their own special uniqueness to them. Perfect amount of space for our group. The owner was very communicative and made the experience very easy with tips and recommendations. Our only wish was we wished we stayed longer.

  • Review Submitted: 20-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Incredible Gem!

  • 5 of 5

I can find nonword to describe this sublime house! Werever you look, it's a matter of taste and refinement. Moreover, unlike many overdesigned houses, this one is really comfortable and welcoming, easy to live in, just perfect.

You will find everything you need and more.

We spent 15 days there and found no defaults.

The hollywood sign is watching over you and the little trail to go there is amazing.

A gem!

  • Review Submitted: 29-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Hollywood sign in the backyard!

  • 5 of 5

We rented for 14 days, me, my 3 yrs old son, GF and my parents.

We had a good time, Lost of sun in the yard. So we enjoyed the pool.

Simple and easy with Ian and Crystal.

The pool area needs some attention, but mostly i think the its due to the fact that the company that is hired to take care of the lanscaping every week, was not going in the pool area. So lost of dead leafs in the yard going into the pool. I did tell Crystal, she was surprised it wasn't being done like they pay for it.

Good location, But a bit fare from the beaches, with all the traffic in LA.

Very quiet neighbourhood even do many walk up the street to visit the sign, but not an issue.

Overall i give it an A.

  • Review Submitted: 07-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Fabulous location near the Hollywood Sign

  • 5 of 5

Owner and property manager are great to work with. Fun pool and house design is so cool! We really enjoyed it!

  • Review Submitted: 23-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A Mid-Century Five Star Luxury Resort

  • 5 of 5

We are experienced renters of luxury vacation homes around the world, including in LA, and this house is so great, for so many reasons. First of all is the setting, high up in the Hollywood Hills , surrounded by parks and hiking paths, with pastoral views out every window, along with views of the lush mature landscaping of the house’s own property, and a view from the East side of the pool of downtown LA in the distance. There also are views of the iconic Hollywood sign from multiple fun spots in the house. It really is peaceful. Secondly is the architecture and layout of the house, designed by the famous Kazumi Adachi, which is a lovely mid-Century modern specimen. There are three very private and completely separate Master suites with luxury hotel-quality, incredibly comfortable king beds, sitting areas, and unique and sexy baths. (The abundant stacks of white bath towels were a plus.) The brand new third bedroom is a stunner, surrounded by windows. It has its own A/C to deal with solar warmth. The AC system for the house was great, which is not always the case with rentals or older houses. The sound system was really good and easy to. use with ones devices. The kitchen is modern, even though not recently redone, and equipped for a crowd. It has all the cookware and crockery needed. The common areas (LR, DR and office/library) are large and attractive, but in good weather – which is all we had, happily - you will want to spend your time outside by the beautiful landscaped heated pool. Finally, the owner and his local assistant could not have been nicer or more accommodating. The best testimony we can give for this house is we were so sad to leave but have plans to return!

  • Review Submitted: 01-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Photos do not do justice-- STUNNING, magical airy villa!

  • 5 of 5

VERY RARE FIND! I cannot recommend this place enough. I'm always looking for interesting luxe/high end vacation stays and this might be the best I've ever found. You'll feel as if you are on a film set, incredibly glam mid-century-- from every angle this house is a gem, an architect's dream. Would definitely come back! The hosts were also very gracious and helpful.

  • Review Submitted: 26-Mar-2017
  • Date of Stay: March 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
15 Miles
Burbank, LAX
Nearest Barpub
4 Miles
Burgundy Room
Nearest Ferry
15 Miles
Marina Del Rey, San Pedro
Nearest Golf
4 Miles
Griffith Park
Nearest Train
3 Miles
Metro at Hollywood and Vine
Nearest Motorway
3 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
Beachwood Village Cafe
Nearest Beach
20 Miles
Malibu, Santa Monica, Zuma
Car: necessary

Lake Hollywood and the Mulholland Dam are just a 5 minute walk away. Both the Hollywood Sign and Griffith Observatory can be hiked to. Griffith Park is the largest urban park in America and this property sits within it. The area is filled with interesting and significant architecture as well as 'secret' winding roads and staircases -- Beachwood Canyon was designed in the 1920's as a European style hillside village. Wildlife such a coyotes, hawks, deer, bobcats are present and inhabit the canyons that were used for decades by the Hollywood studios for their wilderness locations. Yet, drive 5 minutes and you are in the bustling new urban center of Hollywood or Universal City. Downtown Los Angeles is as close as 15 minutes away. Beverly Hills is 20 minutes away.


Prices & Availability

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Additional pricing information

Cleaning Fee £139.77
Pet Fee £75.55
Property Damage Insurance £44.57

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • 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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