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Rivergate House with Salt Water Pool and Hot Tub in Griffith Park

People6
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms3
Space 2,300 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 1 - 2 nights

Overview

About the property

Rivergate House is the largest house on the estate, once owned by Bette Davis

The grandest house on this private estate abutting Griffith Park. Enjoy the saltwater pool and hot tub, the sauna/steam room, adobe fireplace, baby grand piano, French Lavender maze, lawn and hammocks, gourmet kitchen, electric car port, stylish Moroccan/English décor. Catch a glimpse of the horses on trail as the sun sets. Bucolic sounds of horses and the LA River just out the back gate make it hard to believe you are in the heart of the city.

Enter the estate through the gatehouse that once belonged to Bette Davis and her house Riverbottom. This historic estate was once owned by the famous actress back in 1940 and still has original features and snippets of Hollywood history. The house is grand, stylish and updated.

The large carved-wood front doors of Rivergate House open on the HALL. High valued ceilings dominated by big, round, white Moroccan chandeliers. The view of the garden and scent of Lavender spill in through the sliding doors.

The huge open plan HALL has a chiefs KITCHEN which includes a double oven, plate warmer, dishwasher, built-in brick grill, Sonos music system, etc. The adobe fireplace is great for marshmallow cooking after dinner. The guest bathroom off from the hall also has a shower. There is a large Moroccan dining table and baby grand piano in the center of the room. On the other side of the room there is a Moroccan DEN with 48.5" TV (Digital Cable with the movie package, Amazon and Netflix)

The large arched window looks to the fountain and front COURTYARD area. The white arches and tile make this café sitting area perfect to take your morning coffee and listening to the trickle of the large blue fountain. The gated parking lot is patterned with brick and lined with planted stone pots. On the other side of the little entry courtyard is a bench under the tree; sometimes there is a slight breeze rocking the giant hanging bird cage.

The MASTER BEDROOM with its King bed and claw foot tub has great charm. Valued exposed beams, gray and white with vintage accents. The English armoire has an Apple TV, the Moroccan rug on the black wood floors catches the dappled light from the matching Moroccan chandeliers

The SECOND BEDROOM is actually biggest and has two twin beds, English armoire and toy chest. It is a large room with space to tumble around in. The en-suite bathroom has a steam/ sauna shower room and a separate bath tub.

Guest Access

Rivergate House is in the center of Rivergate Estate. The estate has a number of houses available through VRBO. The interior space is exclusive to this listing. The exterior is shared with the other guests staying in the houses on the estate.

All the houses on the estate enjoy massive organic gardens, almost half acre of garden with an abundance of butterflies and birds. The lawn surrounds the saltwater pool and spa, fire pit and grill. The art studio is where I offer a Painting Experience https://www.airbnb.com/experiences/65880. We also have a garden bathroom with outdoor shower, covered seating area, a couple of outdoor dining areas, sun deck, large shade trees, hammocks and café tables, fountain area, fruit orchard, vegetable garden. A maze of French Lavender for children to solve and Wi-Fi throughout. You can often find me planting or watering, things are growing and changing. Our photos are current and we update them regularly.

Please don't let the rural setting and the hooting of the owls fool you, we are still in the heart of the city and you should be aware that you can sometimes hear the freeway, helicopters, dogs and sirens typical of city living. I mention it because it seems out of place while you lounge in the sun on the lawn feeling like you are out in the country.

O'Leary's Cabin http://vrbo.com/465113which is at the far end of the estate and shares a roof line with the original stable block. It was named after Humphrey Bogart’s character Michael O’Leary, the knowing stableman in Dark Victory

Dillard's Pool House http://www.vrbo.com/488798 is in the heart of the estate. Named after one of Bette Davis' favorite leading men; Preston Dillard played by Henry Fonda in the famous 1938 movie Jezebel.

Channing House is also two bedrooms and is at the far front of the grounds http://www.vrbo.com/479934 . Named after Margo Channing, Bette Davises’ larger than life character in All About Eve 1951;

The whole Rivergate Estate at http://www.vrbo.com/708660

Guest interaction

Rivergate is our country house, my family and I stay in all of the houses (it is helpful for me to know how they function as holiday homes first hand). The grounds are large enough that the house is private. With the added bonus of friends and fellow travelers nearby to make friends with. When we are not staying in one of the houses we are just over the hill in Hollywood at Sunset Ranch. It is helpful that I am right here to answer questions or fix anything that may arise.

I won the Airbnb Hero Award and take my role as host very seriously. I take your happiness and wellbeing personally and am honored to facilitate this community of travelers sharing this great estate.

Other things to note:

We charge a high cleaning fee. This is for the standard cleaning that we do before each guest and the small repairs, repainting, replacing damaged furniture, rugs, upholstery and minor fixes. We all break things and spill. It isn't very pleasant to have a lovely holiday only to get in to the nitty gritty of broken glasses or wall scratches at the end of it. These things happen and the second half of the cleaning fee goes toward the repairman.

We do not host parties. The grounds and shared space is monitored 24/7. We also have recording security cameras.

Getting Around:

Nobody walks in LA... you can, but people don't. They drive to Griffith Park and hike.

One can walk to many restaurants. Because we are in the midst of many of the studios, Uber and Lyft cruise the area, you can get a ride in minuets any time of day. We are very close to 5 and 134 freeways for easy access to most of LA and the valley.

We have great bus and train access, but again, people in LA drive.

You can also bike. There are dedicated lanes on the road and along the river, or you can ride a horse here! You can book a ride from Sunset Ranch

More Details

Owner
Amelia Pitti
Member since: 2013
Speaks English
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
17 September, 2017

About Amelia Pitti

Rivergate is our country house, my family and I stay in all of the houses (it is helpful for me to know how they function as holiday homes first hand). The grounds are large enough that the house is private. With the added bonus of friends and fellow travelers nearby to make friends with. When we are not staying in one of the houses we are just over the hill in Hollywood at Sunset Ranch. It is helpful that I am right here to answer questions or fix anything that may arise.

I won the Airbnb Hero Award and take my role as host very seriously. I take your happiness and wellbeing personally and am honored to facilitate this community of travelers sharing this great estate.

Amelia Pitti purchased this house in 2012

Why Amelia Pitti chose Glendale

The NEIGHBORHOOD upscale and residential. Many of the large houses have private stables and it is common to see cowboys riding in the streets. We are just a few miles from Los Feliz, Silver Lake and Atwater (two exits on the freeway, about 5 minutes). We are bicycling distance from the studios (NBC, CBS, Warner Bros, Disney, Nickelodeon …). Additionally, there are four golf courses very near, as well as Travel Town, the LA Zoo, The Autry Museum, several horse riding facilities and playgrounds, Pickwick ice-skating and bowling and of course the wildlife and 52 miles of hiking and horse riding trails in Grffith Park.

Don’t let the rural setting and the hooting of the owls fool you, we are still in the heart of the city and you should be aware that you can sometimes hear the freeway, helicopters, dogs and sirens typical of city living. I mention it because it seems out of place while you lounge in the sun feeling like you are out in the country.

What makes this house unique

There are great cycling trails and running tracks throughout the neighborhood and into the Park. Downtown Los Angeles is about 15 minutes away, depending a little on the infamous LA traffic (there is a shortcut through the park along Riverside Drive that is very pretty and cuts out some of the traffic).

Burbank and Glendale are home to loads of shopping including the Americana (a high end outdoor mall with fountain, fine restaurants and events). A Pavilions supermarket is one of the finest around and within walking distance.

Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Riverside Rancho in Glendale

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 2300 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 15:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Min. age of primary renter: 21
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only ...
  • No more than two additional guests at a time on the property. If you have a group, please speak with Amelia 213 215 0820 before inviting them.
  • Please use the pool and hot tub at your own risk.
  • We share the grounds with other holiday homes. Please be kind and courteous to our other guests. No music or loud talking after 9.30 or before 7am
Location Type:
  • city centre ...
  • rural ...
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove ...
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • master - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , The MASTER BEDROOM with its King bed and claw foot tub
    second bedroom - 2 Single Bed , The second bedroom is the biggest, with twin beds, steamroom
  • The MASTER BEDROOM with its King bed and claw foot tub has great charm. Valued exposed beams, gray and white with vintage accents. The English armoire has an Apple TV, the Moroccan rug on the black wood floors catches the dappled light from the matching Moroccan chandeliers
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
Outside:
  • Terrace
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
Suitability:
  • limited accessibility
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool
  • Heated Pool
  • Hot Tub
  • Sauna
Attractions:
  • arboretum
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • library
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • synagogues
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • 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:
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • mountain biking
  • swimming
  • tennis
Notes:
We do not host parties. The grounds and shared space is monitored 24/7 with security cameras.

Reviews

Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
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average rating of 4.9 based on 10 reviews
5

We loved this spacious home

  • 5 of 5

I stayed here with my wife and 2 teenage daughters. We loved the spacious grounds, great location, great bathroom and kitchen. Overall, an awesome place to stay!

  • Review Submitted: Apr 15, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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4

Great location. Responsive owner

  • 4 of 5

We were showing at LAEC and this is the perfect location. The house and grounds are nice and the beds are comfortable. Amy is an awesome owner.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 16, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Just right for us

  • 5 of 5

We had a pastoral retreat for 2 couples....The place was great for what we wanted.....It was close to town.....yet it was certainly quiet, peaceful. We would use it again....It was very clean, neat, tidy.....

Ron

  • Review Submitted: May 9, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Amazing, probably the most family friendly place I've ever stayed

  • 5 of 5

This place is FANTASTIC. I hope to stay here again! The houses are spacious and comfortable and the property itself is just so cool-- a heated pool and hot tub (with a toddler fence), a lavender maze, fruit trees (we picked and ate oranges off the property), horses winnying nearby, hammocks, a great outdoor table, what more could one ask for? All of our families-- mine, my sister's, my brother's-- had a blast. Our master bed in the large house was very comfortable (assuming the rest are). Really it is a perfect place for families visiting LA, certainly if your activities are focused on the "east side," if I've got my LA terminology right. Amy is lovely and accommodating to boot. Five stars!

  • Review Submitted: May 5, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Lovely, convenient home near Griffith Park

  • 5 of 5

Rivergate is a wonderful option for a visit to the Los Angeles area. It is clean, spacious, extremely comfortable, with beautiful outdoor amenities. It is adjacent to Griffith Park, in a suburban neighborhood. We couldn't be happier with our stay!

  • Review Submitted: Feb 23, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Wonderful Stay.

  • 5 of 5

Our small team typically books a house as apposed to hotels because we carry a ton of equipment. We were filming in Downtown LA and this location could not have been more convenient especially being gated. The house is charming and the property is very peaceful. Amy was available any time I had a question about the house or local restaurants. Unfortunately because of the high volume of work I didn't have the time to enjoy the salt water pool but I am sure it is wonderful. I highly recommend this house to anyone traveling in the area and wants to stay outside the main city.

  • Review Submitted: Feb 9, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jan 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Location

Car: recommended

the NEIGHBORHOOD upscale and residential. Many of the large houses have private stables and it is common to see cowboys riding in the streets. We are just a few miles from Los Feliz, Silver Lake and Atwater (two exits on the freeway, about 5 minutes). We are bicycling distance from the studios (NBC, CBS, Warner Bros, Disney, Nickelodeon …). Additionally, there are four golf courses very near, as well as Travel Town, the LA Zoo, The Autry Museum, several horse riding facilities and playgrounds, Pickwick ice-skating and bowling and of course the wildlife and many miles of hiking and horse riding trails in the park.

There are great cycling trails and running tracks throughout the neighborhood. Downtown Los Angeles is about 15 minutes away, depending a little on the infamous LA traffic (there is a shortcut through the park along Riverside Drive that is very pretty and cuts out some of the traffic).

Burbank and Glendale are home to loads of shopping including the Americana (a high end outdoor mall with fountain, fine restaurants and events). A Pavilions supermarket is one of the finest around and well within walking distance.

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Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Riverside Rancho, Los Angeles area

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
USD
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
 
summer
1 May 2018 - 31 Aug 2018
1 night minimum stay
£555
for 1 night
From
£431
From
£464
Thu,Fri,Sat,Sun
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add £50 per night, per additional guest
 
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
£937
for 2 nights
From
£406
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add £41 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

Cleaning Fee £73.26
Additional Guest Fee £37 per person per night
Pet Fee £74

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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