LA Weekly's 'The Best Place to Pretend You're a Celebrity for a Day - 2013' , The Villa Sophia is a glamorous five star luxury designer GUEST HOUSE with private pool and grounds. Location of many TV, movie and fashion shoots including TV show 'Entourage', Victoria's Secret, Vogue, W and GQ Magazines. Former home of cult director, James Whale, best known for his films Frankenstein (1931) and Bride of Frankenstein (1935).
The 750 sq.ft. GUEST HOUSE, is situated on the garden grounds of a large 1927 Mediterranean estate, rests securely above 15' walls and high atop a Los Feliz hilltop. Bright, sunny and spacious it overlooks large emerald tile pool to view of downtown Los Angeles skyline and city lights. Mountains and ocean visible from property. Villa located on a cul-de-sac. Completely private, secluded and tranquil. Located in the celebrity-filled hills of the exclusive Los Feliz neighborhood.
Spa-like GUEST HOUSE built in 2003 has massive stone fireplace,10' venetian plaster walls, surfaces of limestone, tile, marble and stone. Deluxe master bath with huge stone/marble steam shower room. Water closet with toilet and bidet. Brand new surround sound system. Separate entrance with exclusive use of 500 sq. ft. covered grotto sitting area made of ancient terra cotta tiles. EXCLUSIVE USE of entire rear yard lawn and garden, POOL, HOT TUB and additional 500 sq. ft. of outdoor patios
Location: The Villa is situated next to Griffith Park, the largest municipal and urban wilderness area in the United States with many walking and hiking trails. The Park is the home of the Los Angeles Zoo, four Golf Courses, the Greek Theater, the Griffith Observatory, the Autry Museum, horseback riding, public tennis courts, bicycle rental, pony rides, camping, picnic areas, swimming pool, athletic fields etc. Two Frank Lloyd Wright museums, the Hollyhock House and the Ennis-Brown House (by appointment) and Richard Neutra's most famous house, The Lovell House are all in the neighborhood. Walking distance to restaurants, coffee shops, mail/shipping store, grocery and health food stores in Los Feliz Village center.
Coveted Photo Shoot Location: The Villa Sophia is a favorite of directors and photographers and has been used as a location for fashion photo shoots for magazines and publications including Vogue Magazine, Victoria's Secret and GQ Magazine. Please see website www.thevillasophia.com for more information.
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I am a single man who lives alone in the main house. The property is big enough so that guests and owner's paths rarely cross...although I am available at all times for any reason necessary.
tim purchased this villa in 2000
The Villa Sophia is located in the eastern Hollywood Hills, in the Los Feliz neighborhood of Los Angeles. Although you are walking distance to Los Feliz Village where you can find all the conveniences of a major city, up here in the Hills you feel as if you are in the country. The guest house faces south providing all day sunshine and the only sounds are of the birds singing, the gentle breeze blowing and the soft murmur of the fountain...
Peace and tranquility with views, all day sunshine, ocean breezes in total luxury.
My girlfriend and I stayed at the Villa Sophia for three wonderful nights. Since we live in different cities, my girlfriend always comes to visit once awhile. We try to stay at different places every time instead of my own. So we have been to the SLS, the W Hotel Westwood, Sofitel at Beverly Hills, Chateau Marmont etc...Compare to most of the accommodation in LA, we like the Villa Sophia the best in every aspect.
Nowadays, “A hidden gem” has been overused so many times, but the Villa Sophia is really the place that matches this phrase.
As soon we walked into the villa at night, the night view of downtown LA just amazed us. The view was just as the same as you can get from the Griffith Observatory. And the next morning when we woke up, everything surrounding the pool house makes it unbeatable. The house, garden and pool just brought an aesthetic and illusionary feeling of being in Tuscany instead of busy and crowded Los Angeles. The uniqueness and tranquility just can’t be found at those fancy Beverly Hills hotels (Although some of them are very cool hotels, but compared to the private space you can have, they are even more expensive).
Despite the perfect atmosphere and scenery, the details of the house are still among the best. The room is equipped with beautiful floor to ceiling windows, marble shower room with steam system, aesthetic paintings, decent stereo and books and movies! The bed is super comfortable, and my girlfriend says the shower product is her favorite and the best (Tim you really have a good taste!). Also there’s microwave, dinnerware, any daily necessities.
The owner, Tim is such a considerable host that makes sure everything is here and functional for your needs. He never makes you feel ignored but never being intrusive. His cute dog Sophie always came for her biscuits which Tim puts in a pool house cookie jar. (there are gates surrounding the pool/guest house area if you want privacy from Sophie)
Words and pictures can’t really explain how amazing The Villa Sophia is. Just go and experience it yourself. We are already planning to visit Tim and Sophie and stay there again.
Thank you, Tim, for opening your place to let us experience and appreciate the true beauty of The Villa Sophia.
The Villa Sophia is a beauty. It is a wedge of paradise which looks like an Italian Count and a starlet co-created their dream house. The pool house /guest house is so luxe that you find it hard to leave. A gas fire lights the main living area at night and the kitchen facilities are generously stocked while the bath is phenomenal. A shower fit for small get togethers, lovely fittings and amenities. Outside you are able to look over the balustrade onto the City and are close but enough removed to really feel at peace. It was one of the most delightful places I have stayed and my young companion traveller was delighted by the fountain over the exceptional tiled pool and the gracious patios and lawns for lounging. True indoor/outdoor California gracious living. I count the days until we can return.......
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.
Villa Sophia is absolutely gorgeous. My husband and I were visiting our son in Los Angeles and stayed 6 nights. The pool house is private, luxurious, and extremely comfortable and convenient. We enjoyed several restaurants in Los Feliz and in downtown LA. We enjoyed our stay and will definitely return. Tim was an excellent host and although he is very helpful, he is unobtrusive. It was an ideal stay and we enjoyed our daily visits with Sophie.
I've never written a review before but Villa Sophia is so incredible I want others to know. The pictures and descriptions are good but it's so much more breathtaking in person. Even from our huge, cozy bed we had outstanding views of the sun rising, the evening city lights, the pool and grounds. Very private and romantic. More spacious than it looks in the pictures and beautifully decorated. Equipped with everything we needed and more. The owner, Tim, was so helpful and nice and we loved his dog Sophie's visits. Felt like a home away from home but way better. A very special place that made us feel very special. My husband wants to add that the steam shower will knock your socks off! We look forward to visiting again!
We had an EXCELLENT experience staying at The Villa Sophia. It was even better in real life and Tim was a perfect host. Hands down, it was the best stay we've had in LA so far, well-maintained with plenty of amenities, not to mention the scenic surroundings. We travel to LA for work every few months and for once, it was nice to come home to a peaceful setting in a convenient location. Highly recommend!
This was by far the most impressive stay we have ever experienced in LA. We have enjoyed trips to Los Angeles for the past 4 years staying at some really popular hotels with each visit. The Villa Sophia is incomparable. With 5 star accommodations, breath-taking views, and a great host in Tim, you won't want to leave!
The Villa Sophia is located in the hills of Hollywood, but you will feel like you are in Italy. The Villa Sophia comes complete with a steam shower, private spa and pool, all with views of Los Angeles.
Tim, thank you again for sharing your place of sanctuary with us. We left refreshed and rejuvenated. You are an amazing host. We are blessed to know you!
The Villa is situated next to Griffith Park a U.S. historic-cultural monument and the largest municipal and urban wilderness area in the United States with many walking and hiking trails. The Park is the home of the Los Angeles Zoo, four Golf Courses, the Greek Theater, the Griffith Observatory, the Autry Museum, horseback riding, public tennis courts, bicycle rental, pony rides, camping, picnic areas, swimming pool, athletic fields etc. Two Frank Lloyd Wright museums, the Hollyhock House and the Ennis-Brown House (by appointment) and Richard Neutra's most famous house, The Lovell House are all in the neighborhood. Walking distance to restaurants, coffee shops, mail/shipping store, grocery and health food stores in Los Feliz Village center.
Other Activities: WITHIN 3 MILES:
Wildlife viewing, golf, tennis, shopping, basketball court, biking, hiking, L.A. Zoo, Griffith Park Observatory, architectural tours, bird watching at the L.A. River, several equestrian centers, bowling alley, ice skating rink and more...
Golf: 4 local golf courses within Griffith Park
Ski: Big Bear is approx. 100 miles from Villa Sophia
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly *||Event|
My Standard Rate
1 night minimum stay
|cleaning fee||$85.00 + Tax|
|Property Damage Protection||$59.00|
|Notes||Additional guests will be considered for $75/night. The guest house is large (750 sq. ft. or 70 sq. meters) but only has one king size bed. There is an inflatable bed and linens for extra guests. No other charges.|
* Approximate monthly rate. Actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay.
Payment is usually accepted in the quoted currency (USD) unless the currency and the amount is specifically agreed in advance with the owner / advertiser.
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