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Before entering the gated property, view the iconic Hollywood sign and the beautiful, rolling Hollywood Hills. Once inside, this exquisite, secluded retreat is a lavish, private home featuring a spacious living room, stunning dining room with large pocket doors separating it from living room and adjoining solarium, gourmet kitchen, four large bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms and a relaxing, cozy wine cellar. Incorporated within the grounds is a tranquil front patio with dining table and oversized umbrella, ample seating, fireplace, fountain and covered front porch with plush seating area. The backyard is an unparalleled tropical paradise with swimming pool, Jacuzzi, large stainless steel chef’s barbeque, gas fire pit, and ample seating areas designed with relaxation in mind.
The home’s architectural style is Italianate, boasting a Tuscan exterior with classic California Craftsman interiors, including gorgeous mahogany staircase and woodwork, moldings, two Batch-Elder hearths and built-ins. The Van Ness property was originally built in 1922 -- during Hollywood early years -- by the family of United States President William Howard Taft. Since then, only three families have lived in the home.
The gourmet, fully appointed kitchen features an eight-burner/dual-oven stainless steel range; all stainless steel appliances, including dishwasher, refrigerator and microwave; stainless steel farm sink; baker’s rack; and more. The large, front-loading washer and dryer are adjacent to the kitchen. The home has central air and heat.
The Living Room features a large flat-screen television equipped with cable television with DVR and a Blu-ray player, as well as a library of movies for adults, kids and families to choose from. The Master bedroom and two additional bedrooms have queen-sized beds; the fourth bedroom has a full bed.
After enjoying the glitz and excitement of Hollywood’s entertainment offerings, nightlife, attractions and natural beauty, you’ll return to this peaceful retreat to experience this uniquely relaxing and beautiful Californian destination.
SUMMER HOUSE ALSO AVAILABLE: The Van Ness residence also features a charming Summer House that beautifully complements the Main House. Available for an additional $199/night, the Summer House has one bedroom and one bathroom; features an oversized, glass French door entry that looks out on an idyllic private garden space and fountain; and includes a living room area, full kitchen, washer/dryer and air conditioning/heater.
CONTRACT: Guests will be required to sign a rental contract and property rules upon arrival. A copy of these documents will be emailed to you with your Welcome Letter during the week of your arrival. If you would like to see a copy of the rental contract and rules prior to booking, please ask. Thank you.
* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay
Additional information about rental rates
1 bed/1 bath Guest House$175
Refundable Damage Deposit$1,500
100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Perfectly located to enjoy the best of Hollywood, the Van Ness property is walking distance from two subway stations, Metro bus stops, Starbucks, numerous restaurants, grocery stores, coffee shops, wine shops, newsstand, guided tours, Hollywood Farmer’s Market, the W Hotel, Griffith Park, the historic Pantages Theater, the Hollywood Walk of Fame, the landmark Capital Records building, trendy bars, night clubs and hot spots, and more!
A slightly longer walk (or short drive) brings you to the Hollywood & Highland shopping district, the historic Grauman’s Chinese and El Capitan Theaters, the classic Roosevelt Hotel, and all Hollywood Blvd., Sunset Blvd, and Vine Street restaurants, bars and attractions. Keep your eyes open, as celebrity sightings are everywhere, and the movie studios and television networks are filming around every corner.
Also nearby is the Hollywood Bowl, Greek Theater, Griffith Observatory, Los Angeles Zoo, Universal Studios theme park, the Sunset Strip, West Hollywood, La Brea Tar Pits, LACMA and many movie studios, including Paramount, Warner Brothers, Walt Disney, Universal, NBC, CBS and ABC. The Van Ness house is convenient to many Los Angeles freeways, including 101, 134, I-5, I-10 and I-110, leading to Disneyland, the Angeles National Forest, LACMA, Downtown Los Angeles, Beverly Hills and famous Rodeo Drive, Venice Beach, Santa Monica Beach, Malibu, The Getty, The Walt Disney Concert Hall, The Music Center (Ahmanson, Dorothy Chandler, Mark Taper), Los Angeles County Natural History Museum, California Science Center, Staples Center, LA Live, The Rose Bowl, Dodger’s Stadium, and everything the City of Angels has to offer.
For the entertainment industry executive or business professional, the home is convenient to The Walt Disney Studios, Warner Bros. Studio and Ranch Facility, Fox Studios, NBC/Universal, CBS Television City, Paramount Studios, Nickelodeon, Cartoon Network and The Los Angeles Convention Center.
Year Purchased: 2005
About the owner: I've lived in Los Angeles working in the entertainment industry for nearly 20 years and am now offering resort-style accommodations for guests in the heart of Hollywood. Whether you visit the Main Residence, Summer House or both, I know you'll enjoy your stay as much as I enjoyed the decade I spent living there! When at this home, I enjoyed gardening, swimming, the Hollywood nightlife and dining, sitting by the outdoor fire, and the solitude of reading in the gardens or in the warm ...you too can experience this exquisite, secluded private home -- a truly unique Southern California vacation destination.
Why the Owner Chose Hollywood: I immediately fell in love with this property because of its historic, architectural details and charm. It also had relatively untouched landscaping and exterior areas, which allowed me to create a totally new and unique environment, which is one of my favorite things about the property. There's nothing I enjoyed more than entering the gate after a hard day's work and being transported to this relaxing atmosphere, or watching my children running and exploring the property. This location is a true Hollywood gem.
The Unique Benefits at this House: Aside from all the great attributes of the house and property, the neighborhood also has a great deal to offer. I love it's proximity to everything in Hollywood. Whether it's Starbucks to start the day, Sunday's Farmer's Market or having a few drinks at a local bar or club then strolling home, it's a great, safe neighborhood. Even better, once you step foot inside the Van Ness property's front gate, you are transported to another world -- one of tranquility, beauty and old Hollywood history. It is walking distance to many of Hollywood's great restaurants, night clubs, bars, shopping, theaters and attractions, and a block away from the popular Franklin strip with six great restaurants, coffee shop, wine/cheese market, grocery store, newsstand and an independent theatre.
The best part about getting around in the area is that you can walk to a lot of great places. I love to walk, so I rarely drive anywhere in the neighborhood or Hollywood vicinity, especially since parking can be challenging and/or costly. Close to two Metro subway stops, numerous bus stops, and taxis and Uber cars are easy to get. The 101 and 5 freeways are very convenient and easily get you to anywhere you need to go!