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Mid Century Modern Glamour House

Bedrooms 5
Half Baths1
Space 3,500 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights


About the property

Very Private Architecturally Significant 4 Bed/4 Bath Under the Hollywood Sign!

Private Mid Century Resort

Mid century modern masterpiece by Kazumi Adachi built in 1958. Over 200 editorial and celebrity photo shoots for Vogue, Bazaar, Marie Clare, GQ, etc. and dozens of commercial shoots have taken place at this house over the past 15 years. Most recently: Cindy Crawford, Adelle, Zooey Deschanel, and fashion house Celine. Many of the worlds top photographers and art directors have lavished this home with praise referring to it's 'timeless soul', 'zen like quality', and one in particular said it was like 'your own private island in the city!' This home epitomizes indoor/outdoor living.

Located in famous Beachwood Canyon (where stars such as Bogart, Gable and Chaplin had their 'secret' homes), this very private property abuts over 600 acres of the largest urban park in America, Griffith Park . Horseback riding at the famous Sunset Ranch is only a ten minute walk down the trail. The other trail leads directly to Lake Hollywood or you can hike to the Hollywood sign and Griffith Park Observatory.

At nearly 1/2 an acre, It is a much larger property than one normally finds in the hills. The 3400 sq. ft. house is sited on its own flat pad on a ridge directly under the Hollywood Sign with views in all directions. Walls of glass surround the free form pool, which looks and feels nearly identical to Sinatra's Palm Springs home. Furnished with original and important pieces, this home is for the very sophisticated art and nature lover who values privacy and architectural integrity in both materials and design. The public places are suitably grand for entertaining while large suites provide sanctuary. The en suite bathrooms are phenomenal. Stellar views of downtown Los Angeles all the way to Long Beach from the pool area.

Wonderful central location: just a few minutes to Hollywood nightclubs and restaurants, theaters and major venues like the Hollywood Bowl or Greek theater; 15 min. to downtown; and 10 min to all the major studios in either Hollywood or Burbank. If you want to step back in time for an authentic Californian sophisticated modern experience, look no further...

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Member since: 2013
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
June 15, 2017

About Ian

Hi, I am an Architect, restauranteur and surfer, I grew up in Los Angeles at the Beach yet was always drawn to the hope and history of old Hollywood. After studying architecture at UC Berkeley, I moved back to Los Angeles and found myself a career in Film production and development. Never content with one career, I restore architecturally significant homes, have owned for 16 years one of the oldest bars in Hollywood and try to make sure to surf everyday!

Ian purchased this house in 2002

Why Ian chose Los Angeles

As significant as a Lautner or Neutra, I purchased this Kazumi Adachi designed house because it was like an architectural oasis in the middle of the wilderness and yet 5 minutes from the hustle and bustle of Hollywood. I didn't think a property like this existed in the hills as it is a 'Palm Springs' style home on a large flat pad -- in fact it is almost a copy of Sinatra's Twin Palms estate in Palm Springs. This was also where Hollywood stars like Bogart and Gable had their 'secret' homes and the ghosts are still here! But it isn't all glamour and parties; to the Chumash Indians, this area was sacred and I could feel the land and mountains calling to me.

What makes this house unique

This home was designed for a wealthy couple who had fallen in love with Japanese architecture so they hired a Japanese American modernist architect. This is his largest home and quite certainly the best. It is a design with very few walls and an indoor/outdoor quality that fully exploits the climate in Southern California. Another benefit is that the air is good up here! And you can actually see stars at night! As an architect, I felt the house needed me to undo some wrong-headed remodels over the years and return the house to it's original integrity. This has been a painstakingly slow (and expensive!) but joyous journey. Maintaining the integrity of its 1958 vintage design and making the proper material choices has been a passionate endeavor since the day I bought this property. The siting of the house is magnificent -- private and flat (no stairs in the hills is a rarity). There are two master suites with only the best king size beds and en suite bathrooms that will take your breath away. All the rooms are large and flow into one another and the three large patios/lanais. The concrete floors and veneered walls and large glass sliding doors convey a sense of strength, authenticity, and minimalist beauty that does not feel brutal or industrial in any way. It is truly like living in an art piece. John Lautner once told me (personally) that 'great architecture will change your life' and this house is proof of that wonderful statement.


Hollywoodland House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 3500 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 7
  • pets considered
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Monument View ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Village ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage ...
  • 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 ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 8 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Powder Room - toilet , Guest, powder room
    Hollywood Sign Bathroom - toilet , shower , Hollywood Sign view, marble, luxury fixtures, towel warmer
    Canyon View Spa Bath - toilet , combination tub/shower , tub , shower , Massive marble skylit wet room with ceiling filled tub
    bathroom 4 - toilet , shower , incredible marble shower and big views of canyon
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Original Master Suite - 1 king , 1 sleep sofa /futon , Non allergy pure latex mattress, private patio
    Poolside Master Suite - 1 king , 1 sleep sofa /futon , Tempurpedic Bed, Luxury bedding, Pool, Cyn views
    Hollywood Sign Master Suite - 1 king , glass room in the trees, private, head on H. Sign view!
    Small bedroom 4 - 1 double , 1 baby crib , Shares bathroom with Hollywood sign suite
    Den/bedroom - 1 queen , can convert the den into 5th bedroom with queen bed
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Private Pool ...
  • arboretum
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • theme parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • 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:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • swimming
  • tennis


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
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Mid Century Modern Glamour House
average rating of 4.882353 based on 17 reviews

Photos do not do justice-- STUNNING, magical airy villa!

  • 5 of 5

VERY RARE FIND! I cannot recommend this place enough. I'm always looking for interesting luxe/high end vacation stays and this might be the best I've ever found. You'll feel as if you are on a film set, incredibly glam mid-century-- from every angle this house is a gem, an architect's dream. Would definitely come back! The hosts were also very gracious and helpful.

  • Submitted: Mar 26, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A stunning home in a high-above-the-city location

  • 3 of 5

The Beachwood Canyon home had lots of style and lived up to its description as an important architectural moment. The two finished bedrooms were comfortable though one had no door. The third bedroom (just finished) is spectacular but smelled peculiarly and felt unfinished. We did not know that ahead of time which was a problem as we had to use the lovely but anything-but-soundproof den as a bedroom.

The kitchen had plenty of equipment and tools. Lots of cabinets and closets filled with flotsam, though. Unusual in a rental house of this price.

Crystal, the home agent, was pleasant and prompt.

Not our favorite VRBO rental by a longshot because of the third bedroom fiasco and the lack of privacy in the bedrooms.

  • Submitted: Mar 23, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful property. Amazing location. Would definitely recommend to others

  • 5 of 5

We had an incredible time staying here. Couldn't have asked for anything more. Ian thank you for sharing your amazing home and for being so wonderful to work with. Definitely one of our favorite vacations so far. Thank you again for everything!!

  • Submitted: Mar 23, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Loved the house, and the location

  • 5 of 5

The house was amazing, and the owner and his concierge were so accommodating, and helpful. It was a perfect family vacation.

  • Submitted: Jan 3, 2017
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great home and great experience.

  • 5 of 5

The house is very nice, with a lot of character. It was very clean on arrival. It also has beautiful views and the Hollywood sign is just above.

The owner handled the rental in an extremely professional and friendly manner, and I couldn't be more pleased.

I recommend this property and give it two enthusiastic thumbs up!

  • Submitted: Jul 22, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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amazing, beautiful house

  • 5 of 5

the house was exactly as it looked in the pictures--maybe even better! the fact that you could see the Hollywood sign from multiple points in the house was beyond amazing. not pictured are the insanely awesome lemon trees in the backyard and the unbelievable sunset views you'll get standing there while breathing in the citrus. try it with the window in the master bath open and the egg-shaped pristine white tub filling up from a waterfall-like faucet in the ceiling as the skylight floods the bath with rosy glow. heaven.

ian and crystal were so responsive and so flexible and nice. every person who stayed in the house with me now wants to rent it for their next getaway! hiking, pool, BBQ, relaxing, and that will get it all.

  • Submitted: Jun 15, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
15 Miles
Burbank, LAX
Nearest Barpub
4 Miles
Burgundy Room
Nearest Ferry
15 Miles
Marina Del Rey, San Pedro
Nearest Golf
4 Miles
Griffith Park
Nearest Train
3 Miles
Metro at Hollywood and Vine
Nearest Motorway
3 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
Beachwood Village Cafe
Nearest Beach
20 Miles
Malibu, Santa Monica, Zuma
Car: necessary

Lake Hollywood and the Mulholland Dam are just a 5 minute walk away. Both the Hollywood Sign and Griffith Observatory can be hiked to. Griffith Park is the largest urban park in America and this property sits within it. The area is filled with interesting and significant architecture as well as 'secret' winding roads and staircases -- Beachwood Canyon was designed in the 1920's as a European style hillside village. Wildlife such a coyotes, hawks, deer, bobcats are present and inhabit the canyons that were used for decades by the Hollywood studios for their wilderness locations. Yet, drive 5 minutes and you are in the bustling new urban center of Hollywood or Universal City. Downtown Los Angeles is as close as 15 minutes away. Beverly Hills is 20 minutes away.


Rates & Availability

Hollywoodland House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Jun 7 2017 - Sep 11 2017
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection $59
Pet Fee $100
cleaning fee $165
pool heat $150
Tax Rate 12.0%

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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