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Phillip Roth

Member since: 2014
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Speaks English

WALK TO UNIVERSAL STUDIOS & METRO! Family-Friendly 3BR, 2BA w/ Pool & Hot Tub

14 Reviews
Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights

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Photos and Description of this 3 bedroom holiday home in San Fernando Valley - Universal Island House

3BR, 2BA Oasis w/ Heatable Pool, Hot Tub, Kitchen, Garage, Driveway

Check-in is after 5PM.

Check-out is at 11AM.

Please contact us if you'd like an earlier/later time. We are relatively flexible.



- The CLOSEST vacation home to Universal Studios--only a 15-minute walk!

- A private 3-bed, 2-bath oasis w/ heatable pool, hot tub, kitchen, garage, driveway

- 15-minute walk to Metro station

- 10-minute drive to Warner Bros. and Disney Studios, Studio City's Ventura Boulevard shopping district

- One Metro stop to Heart of Hollywood at Hollywood/Highland (Dolby & Mann's Chinese Theaters, Walk of Fame, Jimmy Kimmel)

- Heatable pool and hot tub underneath jungle foliage

- Charcoal grill on pool deck, with lighter fluid provided

- 2-car, remote-controlled garage and 1-car driveway

- 3 flatscreen televisions, all with DirecTV (no DVR)

- DVD players in living room and master bedroom

- High-speed wireless Internet

- Bose Soundtouch wireless speaker system

- Romantic loft master bedroom with gas fireplace and memory foam-topped king bed

- Luxurious master bathroom with full bathtub, dark grey marble flooring and shower, walk-in closet

- Queen memory foam bed and pillows in second bedroom

- Memory foam couch and chaise sleeps 1-2

- Cushioned seat and ottoman sleeps 1

- Pack 'n play/playard, car seat, and two high chairs

- Lounge area with gas fireplace, workspace, board games

- Fully equipped kitchen for complete food preparation

- White vintage 6-burner stove, oven, and broiler with vent

- Dishwasher, microwave, toaster oven, coffee maker, teapot

- Refrigerator and freezer with ice maker and water filter

- Extra linens, pillows, and beach towels

- Ample shelving and closet space in all bedrooms

- Thermostat for both heating and A/C

- Washer and dryer with detergent provided

- Library of travel, cooking, science fiction, and children's books

- Stone's throw from Weddington Park with running track and baseball diamonds

- 5-minute drive to supermarkets, pharmacy, Starbucks, restaurants, Toluca Lake's Riverside Drive shopping district, junction of 101, 134, and 170 Freeways

- 15-minute drive to Burbank Bob Hope International Airport

- Cleaning supplies, paper towels, and trash bags

- Iron, ironing board, hangers, and cleared closets

- Hair dryer, hand soap, air freshener, and toilet paper

- Smoke and carbon monoxide detectors

- Fire extinguisher and first aid kit

- Street parking available nights and weekends

- Weekly gardener and pool service

- Property managers exclusively assigned to this house

- Secluded neighborhood, yet close to everything



My property managers Jason and Amie will greet you upon check-in to grant you access, give you keys and a garage door opener, and provide you with an in-depth tour of the house.



My property managers Jason and Amie live 5 miles away in Hollywood. They can be reached via text or phone, and can come to the property with 30 minutes notice to attend to any urgent matters.

My company has offices in nearby Sherman Oaks, and my assistants are also available to attend to urgent matters. I live in Europe, and can be reached via phone or email.



In the early 60s, the Los Angeles River, which provides the north border of the neighborhood, flooded. For weeks, residents could only access their homes by boat, bringing about the neighborhood's name: The Island.

Though a risk of the river flooding no longer exists, The Island maintains a secluded, private feel for its residents. While a convenient 15-minute walk to Universal Studios and the Universal City Metro Station, and a short drive to the junction of the 101, 134, and 170 freeways, The Island is made secluded by the river bordering it to the north and the ample-sized South Weddington Park to the south and west.

Many of our neighbors are in the entertainment industry, and enjoy The Island for both its tranquil atmosphere and convenience to all LA has to offer.



The Universal City/Studio City Red Line Metro station is a 15-minute walk from the house.

The Metro station is one stop from the Heart of Hollywood at Hollywood/Highland, home to the Dolby Theater, Mann's Chinese Theater, Walk of Fame, El Capitan Theater, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, and much more.

The Metro station also provides a gateway to Downtown L.A. (Staples Center), Santa Monica (Santa Monica Pier, Venice Beach), Wilshire Boulevard, LAX, and much more.

The house is less than 5 minutes driving from the junction of the 101, 134, and 170 freeways.

The house is a 5-minute drive from the nearest supermarket and shopping center, as well as the Toluca Lake shopping district on Riverside Drive.

The house is a 10-minute drive from Warner Brothers and Disney Studios, as well as Studio City's shopping district on Ventura Boulevard.

The house is a 15-minute drive from Burbank Bob Hope International Airport.




Quiet hours at the property are as follows: Sunday-Thursday, 10PM - 7AM; Friday-Saturday, 11PM - 7AM.

Once these hours begin, please bring all outside activities indoors (including all activity in, by, or around the pool) and refrain from excessively loud music or noises that may permeate beyond the walls of the house.

We live in the suburbs, and share walls with the homes of several families, and a woman in a guest house with very thin walls. WE HAVE ZERO TOLERANCE FOR VIOLATION OF OUR QUIET HOURS. Any noise complaint we receive is grounds for immediate eviction and a refund on the remaining nights on your reservation.


As many as two cars fit in the garage, and as many as one fit on the driveway. Please do not break anything in the garage or block the sidewalk in parking; the latter is subject to a ticket from the city.

Per city rules, parking on our street is not allowed Monday-Friday 8AM - 6PM. Additional parking is available at South Weddington Park, just south of the property.


Please turn off the pool heater and jets after usage. Leaving the heater on causes the pool's chlorine to dissipate much more rapidly, resulting in water that's murky, filmy, and unfit for swimming. Leaving on the jets can cause the pool and spa to drain completely overnight!

Any party failing to comply with this rule will be subject to post-stay fees not already included in the rental rate and cleaning fee.


Though smoking is allowed on the pool deck and front patio, it is NOT allowed at any time inside the house.

Any party leaving behind odors from smoking will be subject to post-stay fees not already included in the rental rate and cleaning fee.


Though pets are permitted to stay at the house, we ask that you pick up after them. A dog bed in the lounge area is available for use.

Any party leaving behind odors or stains from pets or any other pet-related damage will be subject to post-stay fees not already included in the rental rate and cleaning fee.


As long as our neighbors don't hear you, nothing is broken or damaged, and nothing illegal occurs on the property, you'll generally be okay. Have fun, relax, and make yourself at home. :)

More Details
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • limited accessibility
  • pets considered
  • smoking allowed
Phillip Roth (Owner)
Member since: 2014
Call Owner
Speaks English

About Phillip Roth

I live in Bulgaria where I have a movie studio where I produce films for Sony, Universal, Fox, Lifetime Channel and many other channels and companies around the world. If you look up my name in under Phillip J. Roth you can see the list of over the 100 movies I have produced, directed and written to date. My passion is skiing and I still compete on an international level in Eastern Europe where I am the only American racing and representing the United States in Eastern zero percent. Some of these ski races have taken me to Serbia, Turkey, Bosnia, Greece, Romania and I was even invited to compete in Iran but was prevented to attend because the Iranians wouldn't give me a visa, but my team did go and had a very interesting time skiing some very challenging mountains. My other passion Is wake-boarding in which I do mainly on a local lake called Iskra near Sofia, a local cable park or in the Greek isles. I am married to Ekaterina Roth, a former model and is a 3x winner of Mrs. Bulgaria, representing Bulgaria in various international contests in Orlando, Palm Springs and The Domican Republic. We have 2 girls 8 and 3 and I have a son and daughter 16 and 25. All were raised and went to high school here in Bulgaria. We rarely get back to the states so I hope you enjoy the house. We have a lot of great memories.

Phillip Roth purchased this house in 1994

Why Phillip Roth chose San Fernando Valley

This is the closest vacation home to the entrance of Universal Studios. It's in the center of all LA has to offer, being walking distance from the Metro Station, 5 minutes from the junction of the 101, 134, and 170, and 10 minutes from Warner Brothers and Disney Studios.

In addition, It's an open, airy home that still maintains a cozy, family-friendly feel in a safe, secluded neighborhood. The pool, hot tub, lounge area, gas fireplaces, loft bedroom and hundreds of reading and entertainment options combine to make this the perfect den for groups of all sorts and sizes.

What makes this house unique

Did we mention we're the closest vacation home to Universal Studios? All the same, you won't find three-bedroom house with a pool and hot tub (not to mention all the other amenities) this affordable anywhere else in LA.


based on 14 holidaymaker reviews

WALK TO UNIVERSAL STUDIOS & METRO! Family-Friendly 3BR, 2BA w/ Pool & Hot Tub
average rating of 4.428571 based on 14 reviews

Beautiful airy a lot of light beautiful landscape Denny House

  • 5 of 5

My initial vision of this house is how bright,airy Open floorplan) and open this house was.there where no curtain which was not needed for privacy because of the beautiful landscape even though the propery was small,big windows in the back of the house allowing you to view the pool and hot tube. The house had a gas stove which I never used before but as I turns out I actually like using it over my electric stove. Amy and Jason who manage the house could not have been more accommodating ,they even had a pack and play for our new grandson and even toys and Legos in the house tht our granddaughter played with the whole time as she forgot to bring her toys. Dead end street and quite so no traffic and a nice park just down the street that we went to a few times. Universal was across the street about a 10 to. 15 min walk we walked back from universal studio ,got dropped there . Nice grocery store Ralph's like 5 to 10 minutes care ride. Washer dryer nice to keep up with your laundry.Again it was just a really nice open airy house with a lot of light heated pool small but good enough size and a nice hot tube,loved the house and the landscape!!!!!!!would go back again. Almost forgot there was a little brick porch in the front of the house and we would sit in the morning and listen to the birds and enjoy the greenery while having our coffee. This house was well maintained and if I had a question I would Jason and he would call right back.3 bedrooms one with 2 queen beds and nice. Upstairs loft beautiful and big the beds where so comfortable,would definitely recommend this house especially if you plan taking advantage of what this house has to offer and like a serene landscape

  • Review Submitted: May 25, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
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stay was comfertable

  • 5 of 5

The house was a nice place to stay close to Universal Studios the pool was great for my kids to enjoy. Would stay again.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 26, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for your review, Juan! We look forward to hosting you and your family again! Best, Jason and Amie
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This property was perfect for our family of 8 visiting universal studios!

  • 5 of 5

We use vacation rental houses multiple times per year and this is my favorite house we have ever rented. It was large and roomy for our family (4 adults and 4 kids). The pool and spa were a fave. We swam first thing in the morning and every evening. You get to control the temp of the pool and hot tub which is unheard of in vacation rentals. The location was ideal for us visiting Universal Studios. We walked 10 minutes around the park and then took the shuttle tram up the hill the last 10 minutes. Jason was a great host and available by text or call anytime. Kids loved the huge tub upstairs and the well stocked supply of Legos. My only warning/advice is to be careful with kids while cooking/baking on that vintage stove/oven. It is super cute, but super hot. The entire exterior is dangerously hot to the touch if the oven is on.

We loved this place and can't wait to come back. The price cannot be beat either. What a deal. Thanks Jason!

  • Review Submitted: Apr 21, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for your review, Elisabeth! We'll be sure to make note of the vintage oven in the property's online listings, related documentation, and the check-in tour. We're looking forward to hosting you and yours again! Best, Jason and Amie
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Beautiful & welcoming vacation home, it was very relaxing.

  • 5 of 5

My family loved the denny house, it was like vacationing grandma's anything you could possibly need they had already thought of. Jason the property manager was very friendly & helpful. My kids are teenagers & they enjoyed the property, the house was also equipped with everything you would need if you had young kids as well. Way better then any hotel & so close to everything that you can walk to Universal studios & downtown Hollywood can't wait to stay here again!

  • Review Submitted: Apr 12, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for your kind words, Stacey! We look forward to hosting you and your family again! Best, Jason and Amie
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In need of a Hollywood makeover

  • 3 of 5

After reviewing a number of houses to stay, I chose Denny Island for the spacious layout (from photos) and proximity to Universal Studios. Overall, it was a spacious house although I would argue it is best for 6 not 8 people (only beds for 6, couches for the remaining two). The property manager, Jason, was happy for us to make do with additional bedding available at the property for two children. The kitchen is old but functional, and the pool great for the kids (however, be aware of the noise restrictions – we got a call at 7.30pm one evening saying a neighbour had complained about the noise even though the noise curfew is 10pm – we did get an apology later but frustratingly, this was after the kids had vacated the pool). To add to our frustration, for the duration of our stay, we had no TV or radio reception. The property manager was great trying to help us and even offered movie vouchers as compensation, however, it is very difficult to celebrate New Year’s Eve when you have a member of your group who is unwell, going out is not an option and you cannot even watch the countdown on TV (or listen to it on the radio for that matter. We were also very much looking forward to watching the Rose Bowl the next day but alas were unable to. To compensate us for all of the issues (shower upstairs didn't work for a few days and even then was a challenge to turn on; dishwasher may not clean your dishes properly; and pool may or may not heat, a little temperamental at times), we were offered a partial refund of the cost of the rental, however, it is now over a month later and we are yet to see the refund cheque! Overall, Denny Island is a good house in a good location but don't make noise after 7.30 pm or you will most likely get a call to say be quiet and book it without expectation of anything amazing. It is well located but old and needing some updating .

  • Review Submitted: Feb 16, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: My property managers do there best to make our guests stay the best that can be. Unfortunately acts of God such as a massive wind storm that knocked out power and Sattelite TV through out LA the day before these guest arrived can't always be addressed in a timely manner. Jason my property manager gave these guests gift certificates for Universal Studios movie theater and a very nice basket of food to compensate for the lack of no Sattelite TV during their 4 night stay. The pool and hot tub and the rest of the house functioned as advertised and no guest before or after has had an issue. For the record the house is priced at least 25% below comparable houses in Studio City and we have many return guests and we do not charge additional fees to run the pool or hot tub at the tempatures that can reach 40c+. The guests in question brought up issues that no one else has before or after and then asked for a 100% refund ( 4 nights). I am more than willing to try compensate a guest for shortcomings during their stay but I can't really see a full refund for no Sattelite TV as reasonable.
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Lovely house, nice neighborhood

  • 4 of 5

We had a good stay at the Denny Island House. We had 3 adults , a 1 year old and a 3 year old. They arranged for 2 pac n plays, and a high chair. There were a few minor maintenance issues, that I believe they were unaware of and now plan to address. The beds were all comfortable and the linens in good condition. It was too cold for the pool, but we enjoyed the hot tub. They were very nice to deal with. We will plan to stay there again.

  • Review Submitted: Feb 6, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jan 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for your review, Jane! We've addressed and fixed the minor issues you pointed out to us upon your departure. We look forward to hosting you and your family again! Best, Jason and Amie
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Nearest Airport
5 Miles
Burbank Bob Hope International Airport
Nearest Barpub
0.5 Miles
Universal Bar & Grill
Nearest Golf
3 Miles
Weddington Golf & Tennis
Nearest Train
0.5 Miles
Universal City Metro Station
Nearest Motorway
0.75 Miles
101 Freeway
Nearest Restaurant
0.5 Miles
Ca del Sole
Nearest Ski
78 Miles
Mt. Baldy
Nearest Beach
20 Miles
Santa Monica Beach
Car: recommended


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Studio City, San Fernando Valley

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8 Sep 2016 - 13 Sep 2016
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Additional pricing information

Property Damage Protection £60
Cleaning and maid fee £103

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in the San Fernando Valley in the Los Angeles area

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 2800 sq. ft.
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Garage ...
  • 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 ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • The MASTER BATHROOM continues the romance of the master bedroom with its lavish dark gray marble floor and shower. The full-sized bathtub, two sinks, walk-in closet, and vanity mirror complete the sumptuous bathing experience. ||| The tiled DOWNSTAIRS BATHROOM includes a glass-paned shower, hair dryer, and plenty of pool towels for your entire party.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Master Bedroom - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , 1 Sofa bed/Futon
    Bedroom 2 - 2 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Large Double Bed
  • The carpeted upstairs MASTER BEDROOM includes two balconies: one overlooking the living room, the other overlooking the backyard pool. The room includes a king bed with memory foam top, cushioned seat and ottoman (sleeps 1), two wardrobes, 40" flatscreen with DirecTV, DVD player, and the house's other gas fireplace. European-inspired artwork and rustic wooden walls keep intact all of the charm and romance you'd expect from this loft nest. ||| The softly-lit SECOND BEDROOM downstairs includes two queen beds--one with a memory foam mattress and pillows--along with a nightstand, shelving unit, closet, and large mirror. The closet stores a playard/pack 'n play, car seat, two high chairs, and Legos and Tinkertoys, without sacrificing the room's ample space for four. ||| The THIRD BEDROOM includes a queen bed, shelving unit, nightstand, and garment rack. The living room includes a memory foam couch and chaise (sleeps 1-2).
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome ...
  • limited accessibility ...
  • pets considered ...
  • smoking allowed ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Staff
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • library
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • theme parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • horse riding
  • Miniature golf
  • photography
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
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
  • ice skating
  • Racquetball
  • Rock Climbing
  • roller blading
  • swimming
  • tennis
We try to be as accommodating as possible to all types of groups, so please message us if you have any additional questions or concerns.

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