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Historic Apt - 1BR/1BA garden court apartment - Villa Valentino #11

Sleeps4
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms1
Space 642 sq. ft.
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 3 nights

Overview

About the property

1 Bedroom, 1 Bath, Sleeps 4

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.

More Details

Property Manager
Scott Houston
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english, spanish
Manager indicates their response time is:
Within a day
Calendar last updated:
April 27, 2017

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.
Jun 2012
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Amenities

Hollywood Hills Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
Floor Area:
  • 642 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
General:
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Iron & Board
  • Washing Machine
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
Bedrooms:
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • 1 Queen bed, 1 Sofa Bed bed
Entertainment:
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
Outside:
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill
Attractions:
  • cinemas
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries

Reviews

Exceptional! 4.9/5 -
(40 traveler reviews)

Historic Apt - 1BR/1BA garden court apartment - Villa Valentino #11
average rating of 4.95 based on 41 reviews
Chester, VA
5

Hollywood Escape

  • 5 of 5

Rating Details:

The property manager was very helpful.

The vacation rental was spotless.

I was very happy with the location.

I was very satisfied with the condition of the vacation rental.

Overall, I recommend this vacation rental.

Reviewer Comments:

It was a charming apartment! We loved the furnishings, fresh linens and everything we needed was provided. It was a great location away from the noise but within walking distance of Hollywood Blvd.

  • Submitted: Apr 11, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Bulimba, XX
5

Hollywood Hideaways,

  • 5 of 5

Rating Details:

The property manager was very helpful.

The vacation rental was spotless.

I was more than happy with the location.

I was more than satisfied with the condition of the vacation rental.

Overall, I recommend this vacation rental.

Reviewer Comments:

Great place to stay, with old word Spanish charm.Units are all self contained with every thing needed to enjoy your stay while cutting back on the expense of dining out.Tucked away of the main road, only several hundred meters from Hollywood Boulevard and the walk of Fame.

  • Submitted: Apr 6, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Hidden Gem

  • 5 of 5

Private and secluded apartment hidden and gated from the busy road. The Hollywood Walk of Fame is about a 3 block walk. The apartment was very clean and had plenty of kitchen amenities, towels, linens, etc. The pictures are very accurate and representative. I would definitely stay here again.

  • Submitted: Apr 2, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Knoxville, Tn
5

Fabulous!

  • 5 of 5

Rating Details:

The property manager was very helpful.

The vacation rental was spotless.

I was very happy with the location.

I was very satisfied with the condition of the vacation rental.

Overall, I recommend this vacation rental.

Reviewer Comments:

This was a wonderful find! It is charming and the villas are restored perfectly, combining the modern day conveniences we are all used to but keeping the history intact. It is like a small village tucked away from the LA madness!

  • Submitted: Oct 14, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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katie, TX
5

home to relaxtion

  • 5 of 5

Rating Details:

The property manager was very helpful.

The vacation rental was spotless.

I was very happy with the location.

I was very satisfied with the condition of the vacation rental.

Overall, I recommend this vacation rental.

Reviewer Comments:

Had an awesome time. Carrie was great and helped us with any questions we may have had or was there for us right away when we needed her. The location was fantastic you couldn't ask for a better place to be close to everything that we wanted to see from Hollywood Walk of Fame to Universal Studios to the wax museum tours anything and everything that you would come to Los Angeles Hollywood California to do was right there within walking distance we did not have to use our rental car very much at all I would definitely recommend this place to anyone definitely will come back

  • Submitted: Sep 7, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Casselberry, Fl
5

Wonderful escape

  • 5 of 5

Rating Details:

The property manager was very helpful.

The vacation rental was spotless.

I was very happy with the location.

I was very satisfied with the condition of the vacation rental.

Overall, I recommend this vacation rental.

Reviewer Comments:

The best Hollywood has to offer!!

  • Submitted: Jul 8, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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