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The Most Beautiful House In Los Angeles.

Bedrooms 5
Half Baths2
Space 13,329 sq. ft.
Property type estate
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

Amazing modern luxury in a historic architectural gem.

It’s completely invisible until you’re well up the woodland path. Then suddenly, it materializes, and you have to catch your breath. How could something so immense have been so hidden?

In the view of many, this is the finest Arts & Crafts home in America. It’s definitely the largest: 13,000+ square feet on two acres of secluded forest in the Hollywood Hills. Minutes above Paramount Studios and the W Hotel, it’s a timeless, exhilarating private world where hand-tooled mahogany paneling meets high-tech WiFi.

After an award-winning thirty-year top-to-bottom restoration — from period interiors to new mechanical and electronic systems, plus a meticulously restored landscape with original waterfalls and ponds — Artemesia is now available for you to experience on your visit to Southern California.

The estate was built in 1913, the year of the very first feature-length Hollywood film, and its effect was startling. People used to the stuffy interiors and machine-made décor of the Victorian era were taken aback by the ambience: open, natural, warmly human. Today, that’s exactly what makes Artemesia so endlessly invigorating.

A soaring view over Hollywood to the ocean

The pièce de résistance is the astonishing vista, sweeping down the canyon and across Hollywood all the way to the Pacific. At a time when glassmakers were just starting to fabricate large panes, Artemesia’s huge plate glass windows showcased the unobstructed panorama and admitted floods of light. Today, that light washes over gleaming expanses of original oak flooring that demand sliding in your socks. The vista can be seen from almost every room and an array of outdoor spaces, crowned by an astonishing 104-foot front terrace.

A world of endless welcoming spaces

The only question is which space to choose. A creamy, lattice-paneled breakfast solarium is the perfect spot for afternoon homework and family games. A breezy sleeping porch hides five pull-down Murphy beds. Tiled steps descend to a luxurious sunken Roman soaking tub. A remote cliffside patio casually flaunts its view of the Hollywood Sign — which only appeared ten years after the home was built. As you wander the wooded acres of oaks and sycamores, fleeting glimpses of wildlife flash between the trees. Somewhere, you hear the sounds of children splashing in the pool and laughter from the s’mores crowd around the fire pit.

Artemesia’s lights up in a different way for expansive dinners in a dining room that easily seats forty, or for galas in the 2,000-square-foot ballroom that opens onto the stunning Lower Terrace.

Then there’s room after room of hand-crafted beauty, every detail meticulously restored and ready to be admired again and again. Rich fumed oak and mahogany paneling. Sparkling leaded glass, including a full Louis Comfort Tiffany glass ceiling. Six massive Batchelder tile fireplaces. Original tapestry wall coverings. Coffered, medallioned and beamed ceilings. All-original light fixtures. In fact, the only structurally remodeled room is the superb gourmet kitchen, sensitively interpreted in authentic period style. A fireplace pavilion complete the compound.

There are many grand estates. Then there is Artemesia . An exquisite blend of historic beauty and modern pleasures, hidden in a forest in the heart of Los Angeles. There’s nothing else like it. And once you’ve seen it, nothing else will do.

More Details

Leonard Fenton
Member since: 2015
Speaks: english, french, spanish
Response time:
Within 2 days
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Calendar last updated:
April 29, 2017

About Leonard Fenton

I have worked for three decades to carefully restore, decorate, and maintain this architectural treasure and upgrade it with modern conveniences and a high level of luxury. Artemesia is on its way to being listed in the National Registry of Historic Places. I am proud to share my home with respectful guests who are looking for more than just a comfortable bed and a kitchen. Staying at Artemesia is a fun get-away experience all on its own, apart from all the wonderful Southern California sites located a short hop away.

Leonard Fenton purchased this estate in 1987

Why Leonard Fenton chose Los Angeles County

Artemesia is perhaps the finest estate available for rental in Southern California. The level of luxury and comfort is unparalleled, and the convenience of the location cannot be matched. What's more, you will be staying in one of America's most significant architectural houses, and the largest Craftsman style house ever built. Your stay at Artemesia will be a memory for a lifetime.

What makes this estate unique

Your stay at Artemesia will be filled with comfort, luxury, and excitement. We provide a full-time housekeeper to keep things neat and tidy for you. On request,we can also provide an onsite cook to prepare your meals, a chef to arrange a gourmet in-home culinary dining experience, and a private car and chauffer to bring to to Los Angeles's most fun and most exciting spots. A concierge is available on call to help with sightseeing arrangements or to plan for fine restaurant dining. We give you the finest L'Occitane toiletries, plus fluffy bathrobes and slippers to ease your relaxation.


Hollywood Hills Estate Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • estate
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 13329 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 14
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome ...
Location Type:
  • Resort
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 2 Half Baths
  • Master Bath - toilet , shower
    Middle Bath - toilet , shower
    Maid's Bath - toilet , tub , shower
    Powder Room - toilet , Ground floor
    Powder Room, Lower Level - toilet , Entertainment level powder room
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 14
  • Master Bedroom - 1 king , Master bedroom
    Middle West Bedroom - 1 queen
    Maid's East - 1 queen , Nice room with walk in closet. Shares bath with Maid's West.
    Middle East - 1 queen , Lovely room with canopy bed; shares bath with MIddle West.
    Maid's West - 1 queen , 1 twin/ single , Nice bedroom with closet; shares bath with Maid's East.
    Sitting Room: Additional Space - 1 queen , Large sitting room with swing out queen bed. Must request.
  • Books
  • Pool Table ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Hot Tub
  • Private Pool
Onsite Services:
  • Car Available
  • Chauffeur
  • Concierge
  • Private Chef
  • Staff
  • botanical garden
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • theme parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • equestrian events
  • golf
  • swimming
  • tennis

Learn more about this vacation rental at the owner's website:


4/5 -
(1 traveler reviews)

The Most Beautiful House In Los Angeles.
average rating of 4.0 based on 1 reviews

Great Historic home with a ton of charm!

  • 4 of 5

This was a family vacation that included 6 adults and 4 children so we were looking to rent instead of being split up into a bunch of hotel rooms. There is to much history for me to put down on this review so ill leave this link.. Google Artemesia LA home.

Our goal as a family was to have a view of the city and be somewhat close to all of the attractions. We didnt exactly look for this home for his attributes, we came across the home by accident. And Im glad we did. The home is old, so be prepared for an antique look, but everything is extremely clean (for those allergy people). We enjoyed the size of the house because every family setting we found ourselves using a different room. The rich dark wood and the old fire places nearly take you back in time. Its a very neat feeling walking through this home. Its perfectly tucked into a hill providing a surprising depth of privacy. Our kids loved walking around the house and enjoying the heated pool. The showers are old but we had plenty of pressure and hot water. Some people find it romantic and unique to use a shower that old in good working condition (we did), and others prefer modern facilities. If you are looking for a modern Kholer shower with 20 heads then this isnt your place.

This was the owners first time renting out his home and there were a few kinks the first day, but overall his first time was a very solid performance. The house is set up for 2 or 3 families since there are only 2 master bedrooms, depending on how the owner rents it out. There are two other bedrooms that are medium size, and the last two bedrooms are extremely small, more geared for small children. total of 6.

There is a grocery store, liquor store, and other establishments literally 2 minutes from the house. Lenny, the owner, was very helpful in doing everything possible to make our family vacation one to remember. The staff Lenny provided was outstanding. They will take care of you ! This was my first review for a home so I apologize to the readers if I missed anything.

  • Submitted: Mar 27, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
10 Miles
Burbank Airport or LAX
Nearest Train
7 Miles
Downtown Los Angeles
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
Hollywood Freeway
Nearest Beach
20 Miles
Santa Monica
Car: recommended

For the very first time this famous historic 1915 mansion is now available for rent. Lovingly restored inside and out, Artemesia is set on two acres of beautiful park-like grounds. The location is just up the street from Hollywood Boulevard, the Capital Records Building and the W Hotel, just one mile from Universal Studios, and under an hour from Disneyland. The mansion sits on its own two-acre gated compound on a secure private gated street, with a luxurious swimming pool and spa, fish ponds, water features, walking paths and lots of room for children to roam and play. There are amazing views across the city and to the ocean from most rooms. If you want to experience the luxury of old Hollywood, this is the place to stay. Head west to shop on Rodeo Drive, visit the Getty Museum, or swim in the Pacific Ocean, see Malibu, the state parks and Santa Monica. Head east and you’re in downtown in minutes with the Disney Concert Hall, Chinatown, and Little Tokyo. Five minutes down the road are the attractions of Sunset Boulevard and the Sunset Strip with its clubs and restaurants. Universal Studio is 15 minutes away and Disneyland is less than one hour. Staying at historic Artemesia will make your trip one you’ll remember forever.


Rates & Availability

Hollywood Hills Estate Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Year round
Mar 1 2017 - Oct 31 2017
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $10,000
Tax Rate 10.0%

Housekeeper and cook are provided. Driver with car is provided for up to four hours each day. Limited concierge service is also included. Other services on request. Guests must purchase an insurance policy protecting the property and contents during their stay, which the host will arrange for them.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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