Amazing! With its Mediterranean Revival style 1920’s design, sunbathed and secluded pool, and picturesque expansive views, The Villa Sophia was a truly remarkable experience that feels like old Hollywood meets classic St. Tropez. Even the photographs—which show how beautiful the home is—can’t truly prepare you for how amazing your stay will be. You really feel like a celebrity enjoying a long weekend at your private chateau…relaxing…warm…beautiful…exclusive.
Once you step inside the poolhouse, which is where you will be staying/sleeping, you immediately feel as though you’ve entered a spa. Clean, well-designed and spacious. Not to mention it has an actual, huge spa-like shower area. The bed was incredibly comfortable and the room itself is very quiet, making it the perfect setting to get relaxing sleep. And then...there are few better ways to wake up in the morning than to the slow sunrise peeking up through the floor-to-ceiling windows (with curtains) that make up an entire side of the poolhouse overlooking the pool and city skyline.
To top it all off, Tim (and Sophia!) were incredible hosts. Friendly, helpful and respectful. We got to chat with Tim for a bit and really enjoyed the conversation. If you have the chance, have him tell you the history of the house (which was built in the ‘20s) as well as the pool/poolhouse (which he had constructed in the early 2000s).
Beyond the home itself, which truly is incredible, The Villa Sophia is located in a really great area. In the hills of Los Feliz (beautiful neighborhood), just next to the famed Hollywood Hills, you are within walking distance to great bars and restaurants (in Los Feliz), as well as great hiking and running trails (Griffith Park). In fact, I’d suggest it is a must do to hike up to the Griffith Observatory, both for the hike itself as well as the beautiful views once at the observatory.
Long story short, it’s the type of place you never want to leave but when you do, you immediately want to show the photos to everyone you know. Highly, highly, highly recommended. Thanks Tim and Sophia! My wife and I had an amazing visit. We definitely hope to stay again.