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John Brosnihan

Member since: 2011
Speaks: english

Romantic Two-Story Bungalow w/Expansive Views Next to Hollywood Bowl

15 Reviews
Sleeps3
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 4 nights

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Overview

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1 bedroom, 1 bath, sleeps 4

Looking for a Hollywood Hills hideaway? And yet want all the convenience of being centrally located...as well as the excitement of the dynamic LA nightlife scene? Then come stay at this just-renovated, 1920s bungalow adjacent to the legendary Hollywood Bowl. Originally constructed as part of a neighborhood built by movie studios to provide housing for young starlets, the ambiance continues to evoke the glamour of Hollywood's golden era.

Located just off of Highland Avenue near the Hollywood Bowl, there is immediate access to the 101 freeway leading to both the San Fernando Valley (with its many movie studios) and to downtown. Equally convenient (in walking distance) is the Hollywood and Highland entertainment complex which includes the Kodak Theater, home of the Academy Awards ceremony.

This two-story,one bedroom house is set behind gates in a private, lushly-landscaped, multi-tiered garden. Whether you want to relax in the shade and listen to the waterfall or sunbathe next to the bougainvillea-draped arbor or have dinner on the deck while taking in the spectacular views of the city, the garden offers something for everyone at every time of day.

Built in the 1920s and just renovated, the first story of the house contains a bright and airy living room with French doors that open onto a deck with a BBQ grill and dining table overlooking the city. Also on the first floor is a spacious kitchen that includes both a dishwasher as well as a full-sized washer and dryer.

On the second floor are the bedroom and bathroom. The bedroom has a queen sized bed and even more spectacular views of the city, while the large bathroom contains a jacuzzi tub and separate glass-enclosed shower. There are flat screen televisions in both the living room and bedroom, cable & wifi.

Come and experience the allure and excitement of all that Los Angeles has to offer and stay in this Hollywood Hills retreat.

Please note: the romance and the hidden nature of this jewel of a house are heightened as a result of it being accessed only by a meandering staircase reminiscent of Amistead Maupin's fictional Barbary Lane From 'Tales of the City'. The stairs might not be suitable for everyone. It is about a 2 minute walk from the house to the parking lot. The neighborhood's charm is heightened by this historic setting, and there is a long list of artists and Hollywood luminaries who have called this neighborhood home over the last century. For the convenience of guests staying at this spectacular location, we offer porter service and grocery delivery on request (charges apply).

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Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
John Brosnihan (Owner)
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english

Guestbook comments from the owner

Jane and I had a most wonderful experience getting to know a little of LA. You rental added greatly to that experience. It is such a pleasure to enter an accommodation that has everything in working order: great water pressure, endless hot water supply, fully stocked kitchen, bottled water, beer, coke, wine, herbs, flowers, bathrobes, paper towels, soap, toilet paper, etc., etc. It might surprise you, but a number of quite nice places we have stayed in the States, Italy, France, England, Argentina, Costa Rica, Canada have not been so perfectly provisioned. We thank you for seeing to all of these details for your guests.



If we ever have friends needing a short term rental in the Hollywood area, we would not hesitate to recommend Alta Loma, provided they have the stamina to climb the 133 steps from the parking area to the bedroom. I was breathing fairly heavily when I first traipsed up those stairs, but then I am 68 and a lifelong smoker, not a good combination I admit. But after one or two trips up the staircase, I was fairly well acclimated to the climb.



We thank again, most sincerely, for being such a wonderful host.



Skip and Jane Norris

Carlsbad
Mar 2013
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Romantic Two-Story Bungalow w/Expansive Views Next to Hollywood Bowl
average rating of 5.0 based on 18 reviews
5

Amazing Views and Location near the Bowl!

  • 5 of 5

The house was extremely close to the Hollywood Bowl--right down the stairs and to the left. Amazing how close it was! The terraces were absolutely a private retreat. We were able to sit and relax to the sounds of the waterfall and watch a near full moon rise right over the hills of Hollywood as we lay back in the chaise lounges. The views were spectacular and well worth the exhausting climbs, which do get a bit easier after a few trips. We spent most of our time on one of the three outdoor living areas. The deck off the living room was sweet to eat, drink, and chill while taking in the views of palms and terra cotta rooftops to the left and the lights and sounds of Hollywood to the right.

Although we did not meet John until we were departing, he was always responsive and helpful via phone or text. The house itself was well appointed with the necessities for cooking, imbibing, and relaxing. The many candles throughout the house were a nice touch. The bed was very comfortable with nice linens and pillows and we slept quite well with a cool breeze blowing through the windows.

If you stay here, be sure to check out some of the following that we experienced: Ralphs for your groceries and beverages (they have beer/wine/liquor), The Griddle for one of the best breakfasts anywhere (you will be awed by the size of the pancakes, but expect a wait of 20-30 minutes), Pinks Hotdogs for late night grub, El Matador State Park for a sunset over the Pacific (right up the Pacific Coast Hwy) after a scenic and picturesque drive through Topanga Canyon, and of course the Hollywood Bowl (it could not be more convenient)!

We are not huge fans of the "Rich and Famous," but there are many attractions to suit the wishes of anyone traveling to this famous area. I highly recommend staying in this bungalow if you have the chance.

  • Submitted: Apr 4, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Charming house with stunning views over H'wood

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I loved staying at this house for about a week while visiting LA and Hollywood. The house is lovely, comfortable, well equipped, and has gorgeous views of Hollywood and LA beyond. The immediate neighborhood is very charming, historic and just cool. The owner is great ... very helpful, went above and beyond to take care of things. The short walk in from parking lot is more than worth it ... sense of privacy and "tree-house setting" are the rewards. We would happily stay there again ... a perfect situation.

  • Submitted: Feb 25, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
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5

A well appointed and updated 1930's home. Luxurious and beautiful.

  • 5 of 5

The directions to the home that are provided could be improved and the many stairs may be an issue for older or physically challenged people but the reward is worth it. Luxurious indoor and outdoor space with absolutely everything one could ask for. A perfect place for a couple. The home is in an excellent location, private but also close enough to the freeway to get anywhere fast. The internet was intermittent but being fixed as we left.

  • Submitted: Feb 24, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Cant Wait To Return!!

  • 5 of 5

I was looking for a unique accommodation for my 50th Birthday trip down to Hollywood, and this unit delivered! You will get your workout climbing to it via many stairs (be advised if your disabled or a out of physical shape)... but the climb is well worth it. A multi-level patio-deck system awaits you with garden views or views of the Hollywood hills! The unit is clean and the décor imaginative and interesting, well done. The bathroom has a Jacuzzi tub with a 270 degree view most of which is of Hollywood Hills and the valley. The kitchen is well stocked with pans and utensils, and boasts modern appliances with granite counter tops, very nice we made several meals and enjoyed them on the view deck. The bedroom has a comfy bed, and more views! Parking can be a challenge if you have a full size car or larger, it wont fit in the 1 car garage supplied. If this is the case you will need to use crowded visitor parking or find parking outside the complex. Smaller cars will fit in the garage. John was great and made things easy from start to finish. Residing here for our four night stay made us feel like movie stars enjoying the life of luxury. A super cool place to stay, way better than a hotel!! We cant wait to return!!

  • Submitted: Jan 4, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2015
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One of the best experiences I have ever had traveling!!

  • 5 of 5

The property and the owner, John, were so nice. The home was decorated with fresh flowers upon arriving, it was very clean and John went above and beyond to make us feel comfortable with our stay! He even accommodated us when we had to change our dates, because of changes in our departure and returning flights. I also mentioned on the phone that I needed to stop and pick up french vanilla creamer for my coffee for in the morning (we arrived late in the evening) and he offered to buy some for me! Not only did he get creamer and leave it at the house for us but he also bought french vanilla coffee... He was helpful when we needed him, he was just a phone call away however never overbearing - I think we only saw him one time when we arrived. It truly was one of the smoothest, easiest and most enjoyable stays I have had ~ and I've had quite a few. Thank you John for making our 1st visit to LA so very comfortable and we will be back again. We wouldn't think of staying anywhere else. I give you a 10 star out of 5 stars John!!

  • Submitted: Nov 20, 2015
  • Stayed: Nov 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Great Hideaway!

  • 5 of 5

I'm the type of person who likes to read as much as possible about a property before making a decision to book, so when I write reviews I try to give as much detail as I can. That having been said, I'll start off by saying John was great! He was always quick to email/message back and immediately sent all the info I would need re the rental. The day we arrived, we had our directions all laid out but wasn't expecting the turn into Alta Loma to be so immediate if turning off Odin (exiting off the 101) so we did spend awhile circling the neighborhood to get back in. Once we got our bearings, the area was easy to navigate and we got a hang of the easiest ways in and out of the parking area. Also, we were expecting the stairs up to the house (about 118 of them!) but that did not make them any easier ! Especially in 95 degree weather. Best tip: find the house first (I ended up going through the back door first) then go back for your luggage! We learned the hard way. Alta Loma Terrace and the property is gorgeous. Beautiful views, lovely outdoor seating areas, landscaping and I love the history behind the neighborhood. Also, a previous reviewer was right: plan to rent a small car if you're staying here. There was only 1 night (of 6) that we had to park in the garage (we came home pretty late) and our Hyundai Elantra rental barely fit in. And we may or may not have had to purchase some touch up paint to fix some scratches (or "scrapes"!). We chose this location because it was close to the Hollywood Bowl. Just a quick walk up the hill and close enough to hear the concerts (and sound checks) from the house that we didn't attend. The house itself was great and has just about everything you'd need. There was water in the fridge when we arrived which was nice. The kitchen was stocked with staples: sugar, salt/pepper, coffee, green tea (I did add some english breakfast), ketchup, butter etc. There were Tide pods for the washer/dryer but , luckily, we brought dryer sheets with us. The wi-fi was moody. Any time it cut out we would just turn it off and back on and it'd start working again. The bed is VERY comfortable and the breezes that flowed through the house were great. Especially with the heat and the A/C was not working. John was very apologetic and did bring us some fans which we made good use of. As mentioned before, the house is tucked away but it is still very close to the 101 and the traffic and helicopters overhead can be very loud. If you're a light

  • Submitted: Oct 24, 2015
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
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Car: recommended

Originally constructed as part of a neighborhood built by movie studios to provide housing for young starlets, the ambiance continues to evoke the glamour of Hollywood's golden era in the neighborhood of the Alta Loma Stair Streets. A short jaunt to all the excitement of Hollywood & Highland, and right next door to the Hollywood Bowl, this legendary neighborhood is and has been home to many exalted luminaries of the entertainment world over the years. A world away from the rest of the city, accessed by a meandering staircase reminiscent of Amistead Maupin's fictional Barbary Lane From 'Tales of the City' with airliner views of the LA basin at your feet.

Other Activities: clubs, restaurants, events

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Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $150
cleaning fee $150 + Tax
Property Damage Protection $59
Tax Rate 14.0%

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Amenities

Los Angeles County House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1100 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Monument View
  • Mountain View
  • Town
Theme:
  • Romantic
General:
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Filtered Water
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Gas Heating
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Area
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking Off Street
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace
Kitchen:
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , jetted tub
Bedrooms:
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 3
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
  • Bedroom has fireplace and view deck with seating. A third and fourth person can be accommodated with duvet and linens provided for the two long sectional couches in living room, which are single mattress size. A Pack-N-Play port-a-crib can also be provided for a baby.
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
Outside:
  • Balcony
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Courtyard
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Small Cooler
  • Terrace
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Wood Deck
  • 10 garden chairs
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Whirlpool
  • jetted tub
Onsite Services:
  • Housekeeper
Attractions:
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • theme parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis

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