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The Villa Sophia - Romantic Honeymoon Spa Retreat - Central Los Angeles Hilltop

Los Feliz, Los Angeles, CA, USA
  • Guest House750 sqft
  • Bedrooms1
  • Sleeps4
  • Bathrooms1
  • Half Baths0
  • Minimum Stay3 nights

Large Guest House with Pool and Hilltop Views - 1 Bedroom 1 Bath, (Sleeps 2 - 4)

The Villa Sophia - LA Weekly's 'The Best Place to Pretend You're a Celebrity for a Day". This sumptuous, cozy and elegant GUEST HOUSE is like a private spa suite at a five star hotel, except that you have the hotel to yourself! Bright, sunny and spacious, the GUEST HOUSE overlooks a huge, private, 8' deep emerald tiled swimming pool to views of the downtown Los Angeles skyline, rolling yellow hills to the east and city lights. You will be surrounded by the lush garden grounds of an enchanting and historic, 1927 Old Hollywood, Los Feliz Hills estate that rests high upon 15' castle walls all around. One of the most filmed and photographed locations in Hollywood. Used often as an "Italian Villa" in films. Located in Central Los Angeles near to Griffith Park and the Griffith Observatory. Walking distance to the Greek Theater. Views are reminiscent of Tuscany looking east from bed. Enjoy number one rated Acqua di Parma hotel amenities and deluxe Italian linens by Rivolta Carmignani. Truly the finest luxury accommodations in Los Angeles. Totally private, peaceful and tranquil. Secluded in the exclusive, celebrity filled Los Feliz Hills neighborhood. Mountains and Pacific Ocean visible from property. Located on a small, hidden cul de sac for added privacy. Luxurious and private, this Hollywood Hills designer GUEST HOUSE was built in 2005. It does not get any better than this. Sublime and surreal. Magical.

*** FILMING REBATES: The Villa Sophia is sometimes rented as a location for photography, filming or special events. Any filming or event at The Villa Sophia on any day during your stay that requires use of the rear garden or exterior pool areas entitles the Renter to compensation. Renter will receive either $75/hour OR a full reimbursement of their daily rental fee. You will not be disturbed in the Guest House.

Acqua di Parma Hotel Amenities: ACQUA DI PARMA amenities are provided to guests: bar soap, glycerin soap, shampoo, conditioner, body lotion and shower gel.

The Italian luxury perfume maker's prestigious hotel amenities line is inspired by the brand's flagship scent, Colonia. Created exclusively for only the most elegant 5/7 star luxury hotels and resorts worldwide. Reminiscent of Italy, Colonia amenities have a light, fresh and crisp fragrance containing Sicilian citrus, lavender, rosemary, verbena, Bulgarian rose, sandalwood, vetiver, cedar and ylang-ylang. The line is suitable for both men and women.

Property Manager

Tim Vlahos

Member Since 2008
Response rate:
Response time:
within a few hours
Calendar last updated:
Apr 19, 2018
About Tim Vlahos

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 Vlahos purchased this Guest House in 2000

Why Tim Vlahos chose Los Feliz

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 fountains...

What makes this Guest House unique

Peace and tranquility with views, all day sunshine, ocean breezes in total luxury.


    • Internet
    • Air Conditioning
    • Swimming pool
    • Heater
    • Fireplace
    • Satellite or Cable
    • Washer & Dryer
    • Hot Tub
    • Parking
    • TV
    • No Smoking


      • 1 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
      • Bedroom 1
        1 king
      • Bright, sunny and spacious with a south facing view overlooking a large emerald tile swimming pool to a view of the downtown Los Angeles skyline and city lights. 10' tall Venetian Plaster walls, huge armoire/entertainment center, floor to ceiling custom storage cabinets and shelves, massive stone fireplace, custom hand forged iron doors, windows and sconces, limestone floors. Deluxe upholstered 'Ralph Lauren' King sized bed. All bed linens are from luxury Italian manufacturer 'Rivolta Carmignani'. Sheets, pillowcases and duvet cover are 300TC mercerized, Egyptian cotton satin. For extra guests there is an inflatable bed and linens. $75/night. In November 2010 RIVOLTA CARMIGNANI became the first company in Italy to be certified under the OEKO-TEX Standard 1000 for it's environmentally friendly and socially responsible production conditions.


      • 1 Bathroom
      • Bathroom 1
        toilet, shower, bidet, Luxury Spa type bathroom of marble, stone, tile w chaise.
      • Romantic spa like bathroom with double bathroom sinks made of copper, huge stone/marble shower room with rain shower head, additional side mounted and hand held shower heads, double steam units with marble seating for 4, chaise lounge chair, laundry basket, two Hammacher Schlemmer terrycloth bathrobes and HAMMACHER SCHLEMMER Turkish towels, limestone/tile floors, marble counter-tops, generous space with custom cabinets of reclaimed wood, plentiful pool and bath towels. Toilet and bidet in separate water closet. waterproof shower radio. AQUA DI PARMA hotel amenities - shampoo, conditioner, body wash, body cream, glycerin soap and bar soap.

      Location Type

        • Downtown
          The Villa Sophia has straight on views of the downtown Los Angeles skyline.
        • Golf Course View
          ​Roosevelt Municipal Golf Course is a picturesque executive 9-hole course located across the street from the Greek Theatre. It is walking distance and can be seen from The Villa Sophia.
        • Monument View
          The Villa Sophia has a view of the iconic Griffith Observatory which is on the next hilltop to the west.
        • Mountain View
          The Villa Sophia has views of the rolling hills to the east. The view is reminiscent of Tuscany.
        • Ocean View
        • Resort
          The Villa Sophia has the feel, ambiance and amenities of a spa resort.
        • Rural
          While The Villa Sophia is located in the city of Los Angeles, it is also on the edge of the 4300 acre Griffith Park. The Guest House sits on a promontory surrounded by open space and woods.
        • Village
          The Villa Sophia is a one mile walk to Los Feliz Village.


            • Away From It All
            • Historic
            • Romantic
            • Spa
            • Tourist Attractions


                • Guests provide their own meals


                    • Local Activities Guide
                    • Air Conditioning
                    • Bottled Water
                    • Fireplace
                      Large stone fireplace. Gas powered.
                    • Fitness Room / Equipment
                    • Free Long Distance
                      within the USA only
                    • Gas Fireplace
                      Huge Stone Fireplace
                    • Hair Dryer
                    • Heating
                    • Internet
                      High Speed DSL
                    • Iron & Board
                    • Linens Provided
                    • Basic Soaps
                    • Local Restaurant Guide
                    • Paper Towels
                    • Parking
                      We are near the end of a dead-end street with plenty of street parking. The Villa Sophia has no driveway as we are located 45 steps up from the street below. Please park on the uphill side of Villa.
                    • Parking On Street
                    • Shampoo
                    • Telephone
                      land line with private number - free of charge for domestic calls
                    • Thermos Bottle
                    • Toilet Paper
                    • Towels Provided
                    • Washing Machine
                      House Keeper will do laundry for an extra charge of $20/hour. Housekeeper visit is minimum 4 total hours or $80. You can have whatever combination of cleaning and laundry you would like.
                    • Wireless Internet
                      High Speed DSL


                        • Kitchen
                          kitchenette with Nespresso Machine and complimentary coffee capsules, coffee maker, toaster oven, microwave, toaster, electric tea kettle, ice machine, sink, refrigerator
                        • Catering Available
                        • Dishes & Utensils
                        • Freezer
                          Sub Zero freezer with ice machine.
                        • Ice Maker
                        • Coffee Maker
                          N'espresso Machine with free coffee capsules
                        • Kitchenette
                        • Microwave
                        • Mini Refrigerator
                        • Refrigerator
                          Sub Zero under counter fridge, freezer and ice machine.
                        • Toaster
                          Toaster oven.


                            • Dining
                              Small fold up dining table for inside the Guest House and a large poolside dining table outside.
                            • Dining Area
                            • comfy seating for 4 people


                                • Books
                                  25 or so miscellaneous books
                                • CD Player
                                • DVD Player
                                • Games
                                • Radio
                                • Satellite / Cable
                                  Time Warner cable TV
                                • Stereo
                                • Television
                                  40' flat screen
                                • Toys
                                  Miscellaneous children's toys mostly for the water left by prior guests.
                                • Video Library
                                  25 or so movies library.


                                    • Deck / Patio
                                      There are 2000 square feet of stone and terra cotta terraces in the guest house area surrounding the pool. This includes a three different covered sitting areas.
                                    • Gazebo
                                    • Lawn / Garden
                                    • Patio
                                    • Raft
                                    • Terrace


                                        • Long-term Renters Welcome
                                        • Low Allergen Environment
                                        • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
                                        • wheelchair inaccessible

                                          Pool / Spa

                                            • Hot Tub
                                              large enough for 8 people
                                            • In Ground Pool
                                            • Jacuzzi
                                            • Outdoor Hot Tub
                                            • Outdoor Pool
                                            • Private Pool
                                              8.5' deep (3 meters), completely tiled
                                            • Sauna
                                              Steam shower room with 2 steam generators. This is a favorite feature of The Villa Sophia guests. If you toggle back and forth between the 2 steam units you can continuously steam shower for hours.
                                            • Steam Shower

                                              Onsite Services

                                                • Massage


                                                    • nude beach
                                                    • botanical garden
                                                    • cinemas
                                                    • coin laundry
                                                    • health/beauty spa
                                                    • library
                                                    • live theater
                                                    • museums
                                                    • churches
                                                    • playground
                                                    • recreation center
                                                    • restaurants
                                                    • synagogues
                                                    • theme parks
                                                    • winery tours
                                                    • zoo

                                                      Leisure Activities

                                                        • antiquing
                                                        • bird watching
                                                        • horseback riding
                                                        • miniature golf
                                                        • photography
                                                        • scenic drives
                                                        • shopping
                                                        • sight seeing
                                                        • walking
                                                        • wildlife viewing

                                                          Local Services & Businesses

                                                            • ATM/bank
                                                            • Babysitter
                                                            • fitness center
                                                            • groceries
                                                            • hospital
                                                            • laundromat
                                                            • massage therapist
                                                            • medical services

                                                              Sports & Adventure Activities

                                                                • basketball court
                                                                • cycling
                                                                • equestrian events
                                                                • golf
                                                                • golf privileges optional
                                                                • hiking
                                                                • mountain biking
                                                                • swimming
                                                                • tennis


                                                                    • Brand new surround sound stereo system, Ipod dock, DVD/CD player, Playstation, 40' flat screen TV w/ cable T.V., 488 channels. NESPRESSO machine with complimentary coffee capsules, King sized bed. hair dryer, hair straightening iron, iron and ironing board, steamer, Pilates magic circle with workout DVD, Yoga mats, blocks, strap and eye pillow, aqua fitness swim gloves, jog belt and barbells. ACQUA DI PARMA soap, lotion, shampoo, conditioner and bodywash provided. Complimentary Nespresso capsules, milk, wine, bottled water. Wireless and direct connect high speed internet hub. Cell phone booster and free land-line telephone, wireless waterproof shower speaker with dock transmitter, sleep masks, printer and copy machine. Hammacher Schlemmer towels. Goown pillows and duvet. All bed linens are from luxury Italian manufacturer RIVOLTA CARMIGNANI. Sheets, pillowcases and duvet cover are 300TC mercerized, Egyptian cotton satin. Separate 500 sq. ft. tiled grotto seating area.

                                                                      House Rules

                                                                      Check-in: 3:00 PM

                                                                      Check-out: 11:00 AM

                                                                      Cancellation Policy

                                                                      100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.

                                                                      73 Reviews


                                                                      Latest reviews

                                                                      Beautiful stay with wonderful host

                                                                      Dawn M.

                                                                      The views of downtown la is amazing

                                                                      A True Hollywood Hills Estate!

                                                                      Cathy C.

                                                                      I was so so happy with the whole property & the owner, Tim, could not have been better. In fact, he is the BEST! We have become fast friends & I cannot wait to return. I told him I did not want to leave! Thanks Tim!

                                                                      Timeless Tuscan charm in the heart of L.A.

                                                                      Joe S.

                                                                      Neither words nor photos can accurately convey how much we enjoyed our stay at Villa Sophia. Old world grandeur and charm, modern amenities, stunning views, and the delightful daily visits from canine hostess extraordinaire, Sophie!

                                                                      Tim, the owner, has created a spectacular vacation retreat that transports you to other places and time periods - all just blocks from great dining and shops. He's also a heck of a nice guy.

                                                                      The suite, itself, seemed more spacious than I expected from the photos. The bathroom is wonderfully large, with two sinks and more counter space than you'll ever need (rare in vacation rentals). The steam shower is an experience not to be missed, a relaxing and invigorating shower or spa that just happens to look out over downtown L.A. The bed was exceptionally comfortable, and the bedding and towels were all top notch. The property is beautifully landscaped, with a leisurely Mediterranean ambiance, and a variety of places to just sit and admire the sumptuous surroundings. I could go on and on, but as I said, words can't do justice to this rare and memorable place. You just have to see it for yourself.

                                                                      Thanks for a one of a kind truly special stay, Tim and Sophie!

                                                                      Truly magical!

                                                                      Mary M.

                                                                      My daughter and I loved it. The best hot tub ever!

                                                                      Honeymoon for the books!

                                                                      Michelle M.

                                                                      This is one of the most beautiful, secluded, private, romantic, peaceful, serene, epic, majestic places I've ever been. To have been able to stay for 10 days was just incredible. There is nothing I would change outside, everything is perfect. The only suggestion we had would be to bring a Roku stick with you as there is no streaming options available but that really is a) not the point of the stay, and b) not important at all. Everything was absolutely stunning. We spent every morning watching the sunrise from the hot tub with a nice hot cup of coffee. You can not beat the view. We couldn't have asked for a more perfect place to spend our honeymoon. We hope to be back for our anniversary! Thanks, Tim!


                                                                      Emi G.NEW YORK

                                                                      Great spot!


                                                                      Los Feliz, Los Angeles, CA, USA

                                                                      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. It is also within walking distance to Roosevelt Municipal Golf Course and Vermont Canyon tennis courts 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

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                                                                      The guest house is large (750 sq. ft. or 70 sq. meters) but only has one king size bed. We charge $75/night for each additional person/child. There is a rollaway bed for extra guests. There are Full (54” wide) and Twin (39” wide) inflatable beds as well. There is a crib for infants.

                                                                      73 Reviews
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