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Hollywood Urban Villa

Bedrooms 2
Space 2,100 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 6 nights


About the property

A private compound, centrally located in West Hollywood District of Los Angeles

Hidden from the street view, this walled and secured urban villa features a truly unique indoor-outdoor lifestyle. Upon entering the home, the city disappears and the feeling of relaxation prevails. You become present to the water features, gardens and pools. The home is designed with open and flowing interior space, integrated to the outdoor areas through glass and retracting doors, thus perfectly incorporating the Southern California indoor/outdoor lifestyle.

Sleek yet elegantly warm and cozy, this contemporary design features a large entrance courtyard, a spacious living and dining area with hardwood floors. The kitchen-den opens to the pool and patio highlighted by an outdoor living room and a separate guesthouse -- which is the third bedroom and bath with kitchenette. Throughout, the stylish furnishings are accented by fine art, exotic planting and designer lighting and color scheme. Flat screen televisions are located in the kitchen-den and each of the bedrooms.

Both the living room and the rear outdoor living room have working fireplaces and comfortable furnishings to relax on your lazy vacation days. The open floor plan leads from the entrance courtyard -- which is an outdoor living room -- though a wall of glass doors to the living room and the raised dining area. The flow continues to the fully equipped gourmet kitchen. It features an island which includes a bar separating the kitchen from the relaxed den which opens through french doors to the outdoor living room and pool. Lush greenery and artworks define the huge outdoor room. On one side is an outdoor covered seating area which is an ideal setting for partying and alfresco dining. Another area, raised slightly above the pool, provides chaises to relax by the pool. A side patio provides a barbecue and fresh herbs to clip for your gourmet dining.

Bedrooms in the main house include comfortable seating areas, carpeted floors and large closets. The master bedroom opens to the pool and rear outdoor living room through French doors and it includes an en suite bathroom with a sunken, spa tub, shower and steam. A washer and dryer are concealed and located on the bedroom hallway.

Central air provides added comfort, and the pool and spa can be heated. Uncovered parking is provided for two cars in tandem. Street parking is available for guests.The property is gated for added privacy and security.

*Kindly note, this property has a 7 NIGHT MINIMUM*

More Details

Property Manager
Robert McCray
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english, german, spanish
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
February 19, 2018

About Robert McCray

I have a great interest in interior design and architecture. Having traveled a great deal, I have come to appreciate certain design styles and spacial configuration in homes, especially with the courtyard homes of colonial Mexico. When I moved to Southern California, the perfect climate became an additional motivator to explore outdoor living design.

Robert McCray purchased this house in 1999

Why Robert McCray chose Melrose

This particular house, I simply call Genesee. It was the fourth property which I had purchased and renovated in the area and, due to circumstance, became the property where I chose to live. Originally a duplex, Genesee was completely renovated and converted to a single family home. The swimming pool and outdoor living features were added within the last 4 years, but have become the defining elements for the lifestyle associated with Genesee.

What makes this house unique

When at Genesee, you will naturally feel drawn to the water of the swimming pool. The salt waters of the pool are always warm due to the solar heating system. The gardens surrounding the pool are tropical and full of exotic surpasses, including pleasurable fragrances. An outdoor fireplace adjacent to the swimming pool provides the opportunity to further enhance the exotic feel of the backyard to that of a near spiritual experience.


Melrose House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2100 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Not suitable for children
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered
  • Non smoking only
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Covered Parking ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
  • Three full bathrooms located within home and guesthouse. The master bathroom includes a sunken jacuzzi tub and an oversized steam shower.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • King size beds (1) The master bedroom has a California King, Queen size Beds (1) The guestroom has a queen bed., Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) The guest house has a comfortable queen sofa bed.
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • VCR
  • Video Library ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
  • Sauna ...
  • jetted tub ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • theme parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
One of the greatest amenities of this house is that of privacy. The house is surrounded by 8 foot walls, lush tropical landscaping and secured gates. Although located in a sub-urban area, no neighbors have visible access to the property.


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Hollywood Urban Villa
average rating of 5.0 based on 20 reviews

Wonderful Christmas Stay

  • 5 of 5

This villa was ideal for a fun Family Christmas. The house is absolutely perfect and the privacy even makes it better...comfortable beds and great bed AND bath linens...A lovely basket of goodies to greet us along with some poinsettias to set the holiday mood. Two minor glitches, however. The furnace worked intermittently - something we really depended on as the weather was quite chilly during our stay. Apparently, it is scheduled to be replaced after the next tenants leave so shouldn't be a problem for future tenants. The second issue was the cleaning ladies arrived at 9:00AM on our day of departure. We were told they needed time to prepare for the next arrivals scheduled for 2:00PM. My suggestion would be to extend the time of arrival to 4:00PM which is most commonly used...this would allow the departing guests time to get out of bed before the cleaners arrived. We were aware they were arriving before our scheduled departure of 11:00AM , however I didn't expect them quite that early. These two fairly minor issues certainly did not take away from our wonderful stay...thank you Robert for sharing your lovely home.

  • Submitted: Jan 10, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Santa Fe, NM

Metropolitan Oasis

  • 5 of 5

My partner and I together with our best friends now vacation to the Hollywood Urban Villa biannually, with this visit marking our third stay. We all unanimously agree: This is one of the most beautiful, meticulously kept and wondrously epic vacation rentals in all of VRBO.

Each time we stay, we discover something new. From the outdoor heated saltwater pool with spillover hot tub; to the grand master bedroom featuring ensuite bath complete with twin headed steam shower and sunken jacuzzi tub; through the attached guest house (alternatingly peaceful, private to optionally open air) complete with its own large bed, sitting area, bar, kitchenette and 3/4 bath) you know you've arrived to something special the moment you walk in the door. Beautiful plants, indoor and out, nestled in practically every nook yet free from any dust or clutter, envelope this property with the ambiance of a modern central american palace.

You're free from the sounds of street noise or cars, welcome to enjoy your own music indoor and out, while sensing complete peace within the home's generous garden walls. Yet at the same time you're 1.5 blocks from Melrose with some of the best shopping, restaurants, salons & spas LA has to offer. Enjoy a day of sheer relaxation with your lover and friends, having anything under the sun delivered in minutes to your private oasis. Walk bike, drive or rideshare to outstanding dining and nightlife. Anyone who is lucky enough to join your adventures here will know they've arrived into the lap of luxury. Whatever you spontaneously desire, is yours at a moments notice!

The home's owner, Robert, is the cherry on top: The host with the most, ever mindful of making the space perfect prior to arrival, and perpetually treats with a welcome basket. We always leave something wanted behind to return the thanks: A fresh bottle of fine liquor or wine, and a few unopened items from TJs or Whole Foods to thank him for another trip to paradise.

Had a blast & looking forward to our next visit!!

  • Submitted: Jan 6, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Lookout Mtn

Our home away from home in West Hollywood

  • 5 of 5

My wife, two teenage kids and I stayed at Genesee house for a weak while visiting friends and family in LA. We were greeted by Robert's friend Huguette "Frenchie" with chardonnay and cheese, a delight after a trip across the country. The home was perfect for our family of four with wonderful gathering spaces and enough elbow room for everyone to find their space. Huguette was only a phone call away if we had any questions. We felt very much at home and at ease in the neighborhood.

Thanks for sharing your wonderful home with us.

  • Submitted: Dec 6, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Private Oasis

  • 5 of 5

We spent 3 lovely weeks in this house.The house was truly amazing! Very clean, comfortable, and we felt at home. Everyone that we met was totally helpful and very friendly. We where greeted with snacks & special made dog cookies for our dog. The back yard is incredible and had a great heated pool and hot tub entertainment area with fireplace for those cool night. This property is truly a private tropical oasis in the middle of Hollywood. I would recommend anyone to stay. We are looking forward to another trip back.

Thank you for opening your beautiful home to us.

  • Submitted: Oct 14, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Boston ma


  • 5 of 5

The most delightful property, inside and out! Very elegant and comfortable at the same time! The decorating is amazing, everything one might want and need! The owner is obviously a very artistic and gracious person. Would go back in a second!hopefully next year!

  • Submitted: Mar 28, 2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Lovely House, Caring Host

  • 5 of 5

The house is beautiful, quiet and well equipped, and has a driveway, which is invaluable because parking is difficult on residential streets in Los Angeles. We loved the tranquil outdoor space. The kitchen is stocked with all possible spices, condiments and good cookware, and the host kindly left milk, cream, good coffee and lots of snacks. We were very happy here.

  • Submitted: Mar 22, 2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
12 Miles
Nearest Beach
14 Miles
Santa Monica Pier
Car: not necessary

Located on a quiet residential street just off Melrose Avenue, this property is technically located in Hollywood, but is only blocks from West Hollywood and minutes from Beverly Hills. Fine dining, grocery stores, museums, attractions, bars, clubs and great shopping are within walking distance of the home. Of special note, The Grove, The Farmer's Market, CBS Studios, are all located adjacent to the neighborhood.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Damage Deposit $500

Nightly rates are subject to vary from the averages set above and are not confirmed until contract is executed.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the manager or check their rental agreement when booking the property.

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