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

Bedrooms 1
Space 1,100 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 4 nights


About the property

1 bedroom, 1 bath, sleeps 4

Looking for a Hollywood Hills hideaway? And yet want all the convenience of being centrally 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 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).

More Details

John Brosnihan
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
February 20, 2018

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

Mar 2013
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Hollywood Hills House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1100 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 3
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Monument View
  • Mountain View
  • Town
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Filtered Water
  • Fireplace
  • 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
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , jetted tub
  • 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.
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Balcony
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Courtyard
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Small Cooler
  • Terrace
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Wood Deck
  • 10 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • jetted tub
Onsite Services:
  • Housekeeper
  • 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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Romantic Two-Story Bungalow w/Expansive Views Next to Hollywood Bowl
average rating of 4.95 based on 23 reviews

Fabulous Bungalow

  • 5 of 5

We absolutely loved our stay in John's Hollywood Bungalow. The house is completely stocked with everything you need. Beautiful furnishings and very tastefully decorated. John went out of his way to make us feel at home. He had several bottles of wine available and even had fresh flowers throughout the house. He was easy to get in touch with and responded to our questions promptly. We stayed 10 days, and on some days we never left the house. There are three different beautiful outdoor living areas to relax, entertain, nap, or open a bottle of wine and watch the moon rise above the Hollywood hills. There is an outdoor water fall and pond that will add to your relaxation as it drowns out some of the city noise which really wasn't very much at all. The kitchen is well stocked with all the appliances you need to prepare gourmet meals. There are spices, coffee, and some condiments as well. The dinnerware is very nice. We entertained family and friends on 4 different occasions and everyone was very impressed with the Bungalow. The bed is very comfortable and the linens are 1000 count Egyptian cotton. There are plenty of towels and washcloths. The entire house is very very clean. The full size washer and dryer allowed us to do laundry as we needed. Yes, as others have stated, there are exactly 109 stairs from the parking lot to the front door, but other than the first day, when we carried our luggage up, we didn't mind the walk. Being next door to the Hollywood Bowl was great. We attended 2 shows and didn't have to find a parking space because it's a simple walk to the front gate of the Bowl. Don't let the Bowl discourage you. We could not hear a sound from the Bowl at the bungalow and as long as we timed our departure and arrivals at night, we didn't mind the traffic. The location is great! Easy access to both Hollywood Blvd or the Valley. We will be staying again on our next trip trip back to LA. We absolutely love this house. Since our retirement last November, we have traveled extensively and stayed in over 25 Home Away/Air B&B's and this by far has been our favorite. Thank you John for the perfect stay. We were sad to leave.

  • Submitted: Aug 13, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Million dollar view

  • 4 of 5

Re-property, I would rent this again

  • Submitted: May 3, 2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Cute home with great location

  • 5 of 5

We are a family of 4 who stayed in this home for a week. It had everything we needed! Perfect location for everything we wanted to do! We walked to Hollywood blvd which was an easy and short walk. It took us 5 minutes to get to universal studios we even want back to see a movie at universal walk.

We wouldn't have changed a thing! The owner communicated well and was available if we needed anything!

  • Submitted: Apr 4, 2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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This place has it all !

  • 5 of 5

This bungalow was everything we read about and more. We had a wonderful time and John was great in responding to our questions and when we had an issue with the tv he was there right away to help (minor issue just had to reset the box - would've done it but not being our house felt it better to call )

The location was just where we wanted to be, directly next door to the Hollywood Bowl, a short walk downtown to Hollywood Blvd, and easy access to the highways.

The house was spotless and very comfortable, and the kitchen was well stocked with everything, the bed was very comfortable and the bathroom was well stocked with towels.

We totally enjoyed sitting on the deck in the morning sipping our coffee while watching the hummingbirds flutter around and listening to the water fountain in the garden. It was easy to want to stay there all day !

The stairs were a challenge the first day after spending the day traveling but they did get easier, truly a Hollywood Hills experience.

This was our first trip to LA and we will be back, and wouldn't think of staying anywhere else !! Thanks again John.

  • Submitted: Sep 15, 2016
  • Stayed: September 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Amazing Rental in a Great Location!

  • 5 of 5

We really enjoyed staying at this property on a recent visit to LA to visit our son. The apartment is well equipped with beautiful furnishings. There are three outdoor areas and amazing views of the Hollywood Hills. The location is perfect, right next door to the Hollywood Bowl, walking distance to Walk of Fame, a ten minute drive to Universal and close to the 101 Freeway. As mentioned in other reviews, there are a lot of stairs, but it's well worth the climb. We've stayed in a lot of VRBO/Home Away rental properties and John is the most communicative and responsive owner we have encountered. We highly recommend this property and would definitely stay there again.

  • Submitted: Sep 6, 2016
  • Stayed: August 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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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: March 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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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


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $150
Pet Fee $150
Damage Insurance $59

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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

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