Hollywood Apartment Rental Photos and Description
Historic Apt - 1BR/1BA in very cool historic 1926 garden court apartment building. 2 blocks from the heart of Hollywood. Private courtyard with fountain.
Villa Valentino #11 is a one bedroom, one bath apartment built in the 1920’s in the heart of Hollywood. It has been recently restored and fully furnished. It has a private courtyard with fountain with access from both bedroom and living room and a cozy gas log fireplace in the living room. The vintage range in the kitchen adds to the ambiance. Off-street parking. This fabulous property is located just 2 blocks south of the Hollywood Bowl, and 2 blocks north of the “Heart of Hollywood” district at Hollywood Blvd and Highland Ave. Easy walking access to Disney’s El Capitan Theater, the Kodak Theater, Graumann’s Chinese Theater, the Metro station, restaurants galore and many other attractions. Close access to the 101 Freeway.
Designed by the Davis Brothers Architects, Villa Valentino is designated as Los Angles City Cultural Monument #397, and is one of the best remaining examples of the Garden Court style of architecture from the early 20th century. It is a hidden gem. Step back in time.
- non smoking only
- pets not allowed
Guestbook comments from the manager
We are in Hollywood, about to go have lunch at Musso and Franks. We're staying in the historic Villa Valentino, an architectural treasure little changed from the 1920's, when Valentino, Chaplin, DeMille and all of the others lived right up on the steep hill above us in Whitley Heights, which was home to all the famous stars before there was a Beverly Hills or Bel Air or Malibu. Legend has it that Valentino was a visitor to these sublime apartments, where he is said to have carried on romantic trysts. I have no idea how many stars have lived and loved here. It would all be oral history and few are left to tell those tales; but, as they say, "If these walls could talk..."
Now sandwiched between a condo complex and a hotel, the Villa Valentino is like stumbling upon a Mayan temple in the midst of the jungle. When you pull aside the heavy iron gate to this once-famous 18-unit courtyard apartment building, with its whimsical architecture, maze of interior courtyards with fountains, and wildly overgrown exotic foliage, you know how William Holden must've felt when his car broke down and he found himself entering Norma Desmond's decaying mansion in the 1950 classic, "Sunset Boulevard."
Built at the same time as nearby Grauman's Chinese Theater and many other Hollywood landmarks, Villa Valentino is overgrown and decaying in much the same way as Norma Desmond's mansion, but it was purchased a few years ago by investors that want to preserve it. A few apartments are available for nightly rental. Our next-door neighbor, currently on tour, is a guitarist with Counting Crows. The entire Whitley Heights neighborhood, perched on the steep hill behind us, is on the National Register of Historic Places and almost unchanged since it was first built.
Boris Karloff lived there when he made 'Frankenstein' in 1931. The list goes on and on... Valentino and wife Natacha Rambova. William Faulkner. Bette Davis. Janet Gaynor. Carol Lombard and William Powell. Harold Lloyd. Jean Harlow, W.C. Fields, etc. Gloria Swanson lived in a rented house in Whitley Heights while she was portraying Norma Desmond in 'Sunset Boulevard.'
Just outside the gate of the Villa Valentino property is the craziness of downtown Hollywood -- the Walk of Fame, Grauman's Chinese Theatre and all the nut-jobs dressed up like Batman and Spiderman. But once you close that heavy iron gate, it's all gone and you are in a timeless world where the Golden Age of Hollywood seems like only yesterday.