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Mid Century Modern Glamour House

9 Reviews
Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights

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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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  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
Ian (Owner)
Member since: 2013
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Speaks: english

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 County

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.


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Mid Century Modern Glamour House
average rating of 5.0 based on 9 reviews
Girard Ohio

Peaceful Mid- Century Modern Home

  • 5 of 5

This is a fantastic home in the Hollywood Hills. Outside it features great views of Los Angeles, a heated pool, and walking trails that weave through the canyon. Inside was furnished with mid-century modern furniture and very cool art. The bathrooms were updated nicely and the bedrooms had very comfortable beds. The owner was very responsive to all our requests and we really enjoyed our stay. Thanks for everything Ian and Crystal!

  • Submitted: Apr 5, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful retreat

  • 5 of 5

We had an amazing time! Ian was very helpful and quick to respond to emails and calls. It was an unforgettable experience, the linens were lovely, and the water was warm. Light gently streamed thru the windows, and the view of the sunset was epic.

  • Submitted: Mar 30, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
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  • 5 of 5

We very much enjoyed our stay. The house is comfortable and the views were incredible. Thanks Ian!

  • Submitted: Mar 17, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
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Los Angeles, CA, USA

Hollywood Experience

  • 5 of 5

PROS: Iconic, peaceful, great location, and one-of-a-kind.

CONS: Somewhat isolated from the busy city (which, in my opinion, is a good thing!)

I first came across this house after researching Mid-Century Modern houses in Southern California for an engagement shoot. Similar houses (e.g. Stahl, Neutra-VDL, etc.) in the Los Angeles area are difficult to book because they are not privately owned, so it was a great joy to find this house! It has that classic look immortalized by Julius Shulman's photography and staying here for a weekend is ideal for a true Hollywood experience.


My correspondence with the owner was top-rate. He was responsive, kind, and really made us feel at home. You know it's going to be a good stay when you are asked, "What temperature would you like the pool?" Amazing.


The house ranks among the most beautiful Mid-Century Modern houses in Southern California. You can tell the owner spent a great deal of thought and effort into the interior design. The bedrooms were comfortable and everything was in good working order. As soon as you walk out the front door, the Hollywood sign is fully in view. From the backyard, one can see the downtown LA skyline, which is really beautiful at night. The morning and evening are great times to make use of a walking trail adjacent to the property that circles a small canyon and passes through a park before returning back to the front of the house. Very beautiful and lots of local wildlife to see.


The weather was cold at night during our stay, but the pool was warmed, so it was perfect for relaxation. The master bedroom has Apple TV and the study was a great place to read. The house is located between two major activity centers in Los Angeles: Hollywood and Studio City. It is in close proximity to Universal Studios and Universal CityWalk. Plenty to do and plenty to eat.

As a final note, I would suggest this place to those visiting the Los Angeles area from out of town that want a "Hollywood experience" and also those looking for a romantic getaway. If you appreciate art and architecture, especially those mid-century modernist masterpieces, then you'll really love this house. Thanks for a great stay!

  • Submitted: Nov 22, 2015
  • Stayed: Nov 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Relaxation palace

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful home with a great pool, amazing views and all the comforts. Everything went smooth as silk from first contact to check out. The home was more impressive in person than in the pictures.

  • Submitted: Sep 10, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Heaven In The Hollywood Hills

  • 5 of 5

Booked an amazing weekend trip on very short notice and was rewarded with a gem nestled away in the California hills. Exquisite home, well appointed and cared for. For those who appreciate architecture, the home is a sure treat. Enjoy amazing views, walking trails and look up from the front porch or back deck at the Hollywood sign. Truly an amazing property with an amazing staff and owner. You will not be disappointed if you say at this hidden treasure.

  • Submitted: Apr 3, 2015
  • Stayed: Mar 2015
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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

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Jul 8 2016 - Sep 6 2016
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

cleaning fee $150
Property Damage Protection $59
Pet Fee $100
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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Los Angeles County House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 3500 sq. ft.
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
    Baby Bathroom - toilet , shower , small, converted to baby changing station
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Original Master Suite - 1 king , 1 sleep sofa /futon , Non allergy pure latex mattress, private patio
    Poolside Suite - 1 king , 1 sleep sofa /futon , Tempurpedic Bed, Luxury bedding, Pool, Cyn views
    Den/Bedroom - 1 queen , Cyn, Pool views, Shoji Screen, Library
    Baby Room - 1 double , 1 baby crib , attached to bathroom/baby changing station
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered
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

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