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Lori Seyer

Member since: 2007
Call Manager
Speaks: english, spanish

Legendary 'Houdini Estate,' Full of Amenities in the Hollywood Hills

2 Reviews
Bedrooms 3
Property type estate
Minimum Stay 3 nights

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3 large bedrooms, 4 granite bathrooms, sleeps 8 to 10

The former home of legendary magician Harry Houdini, the historic Houdini Estate is a masterpiece of intricate craftsmanship and design. Located in the Hollywood Hills minutes from Sunset Blvd., Beverly Hills, and Universal City, the five-acre property is the most famous estate in America still in private hands.

Highlights include a dramatic, three-story waterfall fed by a natural mineral spring, century-old palms and exotic trees, canyon views, one hour of hiking trails, pool, spa, BBQ patio, 7 gazebos, terraced gardens, koi pond, and parking for 80+ cars.

The house features an open-plan kitchen, 3 large bedrooms, 4 granite bathrooms, 3 fireplaces, washer/dryer, wireless Internet availability, and flat-screen TVs in all rooms. Available for film shoots, still shoots, charity events, romantic get-aways, relaxing vacations, family bonding, and other regenerative life events. Sleeps 8 to 10.

  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • pets considered
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
Lori Seyer (Property Manager)
Member since: 2007
Call Manager
Speaks: english, spanish

Guestbook comments from the manager

My daughter wanted a fantasy wedding and we looked at numerous location around L.A. before coming to the Houdini, it was just perfect!

From our first meeting with Lori, to our last e-mail with her, it has just been perfection. Not just the amazing location, but Lori and her amazing staff, and her recommendations for services, made this a perfect day for our daughter and our new son in law.

One of the things we loved about this venue is that in photo's, you could be placed in Italy or Spain. It is truly a magical location!

We will cherish this day and our time at the Houdini forever!!!
Nov 2015
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2 traveler reviews

Legendary 'Houdini Estate,' Full of Amenities in the Hollywood Hills
average rating of 3.0 based on 3 reviews

Beautiful and unique property

  • 5 of 5

I found the Houdini house to be absolutely amazing! I coordinated a wedding there in November for a unique couple who wanted a non-tradish event and the guests would not stop raving about the property. It truly was the highlight of the event. Since November I have returned to see about booking more events there and each time I come in there are new improvements and amenities. They have a coffee maker and fridge in each room. Swimming pool, jacuzzi and huge TV's in every room that worked fine when we were there. We even did an after party where guests came in and played Guitar Hero and then at 2 am decided to go swimming with the remaining guests. Talk about unique, you will not find another rental so flexible and willing to accommodate.

  • Submitted: Feb 5, 2008
  • Stayed: Oct 2007
  • Source: HomeAway
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Not ready for renting!

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We were quite surprised to arrive and find that there was a lot of renovation going on on the grounds of the property as well as renovation and fixes inside the property.

The heat did not work the first night we were there and it was an extremely cold night.

In addition, the house has significant pest issues (ants and what the owner said were "gophers" in the walls of the house).

There were holes in the walls where in progress wiring work was happening and only one of the four big screen flat panel televisions worked.

The sofa in the main room needed to be replaced as well as the dining table and chairs.

There was just crap everywhere in the pantry and kitchen cabinets and drawers!

I could go on and on. Needless to say, the renter did not disclose any of these things to me prior to agreeing to rent to me. In fact, he specifically misled me.

Please do not waste your money!!

  • Submitted: Jan 15, 2008
  • Stayed: Nov 2007
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We're very sorry for your unfortunate experience. When you visited the Houdini Estate, the property was under renovation and a different management. It should not have been rented at that time. We changed managers soon after your visit, and Houdini is now a resplendent jewel!
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Nearest Airport
15 Miles
Los Angeles International
Nearest Barpub
2 Miles
Nearest Ferry
33 Miles
Santa Catalina, San Pedro
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
Nearest Train
12 Miles
Union Station, Los Angeles
Nearest Motorway
4 Miles
Freeway 101
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Nearest Beach
15 Miles
Car: recommended

The Houdini Estate is located in one of the most intriguing area of Los Angeles, close to many of the area's main attractions such as Sunset Boulevard, Beverly Hills, Hollywood, West Hollywood, the Kodak Center, the Hollywood Bowl, Griffith Park, and Universal Studios.


Rates & Availability

West Hollywood Estate Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $350
Cleaning $350
Refundable damage deposit $5,000

National holiday weekends, Easter and Halloween all cost 66% more.

Any party, event or gathering must be authorized by property manager.

Comfortably sleeps up to eight guests, ten with couches. Please inquire for additional guests.

Long-term rentals available. Event rates available.

Available for charitable events and film or photo shoots.

Event prices range from $5,000 up to 30 people to $16,000 for 400 guests. Please inquire.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Los Angeles County Estate Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • estate
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2500 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Mountain
  • Town
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Basic Soaps
  • Bottled Water
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Safe
  • Shampoo
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , tub , shower
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
  • Bedroom with twin beds also has a double-sized sofa bed. Two roll-away cots are available.
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library
  • Pool Table
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
Communication / Internet:
  • fax
  • Balcony
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Towels
  • Child's Swing
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Terrace
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Wood Deck
  • 20 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • pets considered
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Hot Tub
  • Jacuzzi
  • Outdoor Hot Tub
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool
Onsite Services:
  • Car Available
  • Chauffeur
  • Private Chef
  • Staff
  • arboretum
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • pond
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • theme parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountaineering
  • roller blading
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing

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