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Canyon Breezes - Hollywood Hills Retreat - Minutes from Hollywood Sites

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Last updated: 12/13/2014
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  • Minimum stay:2 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:Yes

Hollywood Hills house description

You’re in the very heart of Hollywood, but you won’t even believe you’re in L.A.! Welcome to lower Nichols Canyon in the Hollywood Hills. This retreat is quite unlike most of LA (and even Hollywood)--you’ll find yourself surrounded by the peaceful greenery of canyon hillsides with a seasonal stream running behind the house… and you can even occasionally glimpse a family of deer on the hillside. Yet you’re an unbelievably short drive (or even walk—yes, walking in L.A.!) from the excitement of Hollywood! (See our map that points out all the nearby sites.)

When you're not out enjoying the sights, this Canyon Retreat is your perfect home away from home. The living room has a fireplace and a large flat-screen HD TV with cable DVR, an XBox 360, and unlimited downloadable Netflix. There are 3 bedrooms (each with their own HD TV), a full bath, a fully equipped kitchen and a separate dining room. This property is particularly unique in LA for the large amount of yard space to enjoy. Have a BBQ, or enjoy a drink at the tiki bar out back! We've also just added a jacuzzi/hot tub! It's in a very lovely and private spot in the yard overlooking the canyon.

“Turn off your mind, relax, and float downstream…” You’ll be resting your head where members of the Beatles once did. Derek Taylor, publicist for The Beatles, The Beach Boys, The Birds, and many others once lived here with his young family. The former babysitter for Derek Taylor once visited and confirmed to the current owners that she used to babysit on weekends, when Paul McCartney was often a guest and wrote songs on the grand piano that was in the living room at the time. An artist's illustration of this house can be seen in Derek Taylor and George Harrison's rare book 'Fifty Years Adrift' (we tried to include a scan we have of the page the drawing is on, but apparently it doesn't meet VRBO's image requirements).

Nichols Canyon is conveniently located a very few minutes’ drive, bike ride, or walk from Hollywood’s major attractions. Grauman's Chinese Theater, the El Capitan Theater, the Jimmy Kimmel Live show, the Kodak Theater (site of the Academy Awards), and the Hollywood & Highland Center is to one side down Hollywood Boulevard. The famous part of Sunset Boulevard is to the other--with the Key Club, the Whiskey-A-Go-Go, the House of Blues, the Viper Room, and the historic hotel Chateau Marmont, among others.

A few blocks to the south of our Nichols Canyon location brings you to the hip neighborhoods of Melrose Avenue and West Hollywood for cutting-edge shopping, top-end food finds, and and world-famous nightlife. New restaurants from renowned chefs like Gordon Ramsay at The London, and Mario Batalli at nearby Osteria Mozza, let alone other sweethearts of food celebrity like Michael Bayless, Susan Fenniger and others, make this a foodie’s haven!

Come stay in Nichols Canyon in the Hollywood Hills -- and imagine the life of one of the many stars that have enjoyed this neighborhood over the years!

This is a large Hollywood home that has been split into two completely separate private sections. The section that is for rent is the main house with private entry, its own front patio and back yard. So we'll be there to greet you at check-in and show you around and how everything works. After that, you'll barely notice we're there if we are staying in the other unit on the property. But we are also on hand or nearby (if out of town) if you need anything (locked the keys in the house, internet stopped working, etc.).

Grauman’s Chinese Theater 15 minutes;
Hollywood & Highland Center & the Kodak Theater: 15 minutes
(the Kodak Theater is the site of the Academy Awards);
Sunset Strip 15 minutes;
L.A. Metro Station 15 minutes;
Hollywood Blvd. shops 15 minutes;
Hollywood nightclubs 15 minutes;
Hollywood area restaurants 15 minutes;

Sunset Strip: 5 minutes;
Grauman’s Chinese Theater / Hollywood & Highland: 5 minutes;
Hollywood Restaurants & Nightlife: 5 minutes;
Hollywood Bowl: 10 minutes;
Cinerama Dome / Arclight Theaters: 10 minutes;
Pantages Theater: 10 minutes;
LA Griffith Park / Zoo: 15 minutes;
Universal Studios: 10 minutes;
Paramount Studios: 10 minutes;
L.A. County Art Museum (LACMA): 10 minutes;
The Grove & Farmer’s Market: 10 minutes;
Amazing shopping at:
Beverly Center, Third St. Rodeo Drive: 10 minutes;

METRO STATION is a 20 minute walk;
(or a 5 minute walk to a bus that will get you there in 5 minutes), ...and from there you can go to:
Staples Center: 10 minutes by Metro;
Universal Studios: 10 minutes by Metro;
Gibson Amphitheater: (at Universal Studios);
L.A. Convention Center: 15 minutes by Metro;
Disney Concert Hall & Ahmanson Theater: 10 minutes by Metro;
Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA): 10 minutes by Metro;
Union Station (train) & Olvera Street / Chinatown: 20 minutes.


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Property Type

  • 1 story
  • House

Accommodation Type

      • Vacation Rental


          • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


          • Long-Term Renters Welcome
          • Alternative Lifestyle
          • Children Welcome
          • Non Smoking Only:

            Smoking outdoors only. However, due to wildfire danger in California, please use caution with open flame outdoors, and extinguish cigarettes in provided ashtray....moreless

          • Pets Not Allowed:

            We will consider pets for stays of a month or longer, and an additional deposit will be determined....moreless

          • Wheelchair Accessible:

            The home is basically one-level with one step at the entry and two steps up from the main level to living room or master bedroom. There are two other bedrooms on the main level, as well as the kitchen, dining room and bathroom....moreless

          Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6, Beds for 6

          • Master Bedroom: 1 king

            Room has HDTV, walk-in closet & door to backyard & Tiki Bar...moreless

          • Bedroom 2: 1 queen

            Room has an HDTV...moreless

          • Bedroom 3: 1 double

            Room has an HDTV and built-in desk...moreless

          • King size beds (1) California King, Queen size Beds (1), Double Beds (1)...moreless

          Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom

          • Bathroom 1


          • Full bath with shower and separate tub

          Other Amenities

              • There's a Tiki Bar in the back yard for your enjoyment! Also, for music enthusiasts, there is an upright piano in the living room Many restaurants, nightclubs within walking distance (15 minutes) and driving distance (5-10 minutes). Many music venues for jazz, rock, alternative, pop (Knitting Factory, Nokia, Staples Center, Kodak Theater, The Gig, Avalon, Catalina Jazz Club, etc.) are a 5 to 20 minute drive away. Dodger Stadium is 20 minutes by car, Disneyland 30-60 minutes by car -- all depending on traffic....moreless


              • Books:

                A nice collection of Hollywood-themed books for your reading enjoyment !...moreless

              • CD Player
              • DVD Player
              • Games:

                Classic board games...moreless

              • Music Library:

                Make your own music...on our lovely piano !!...moreless

              • Satellite / Cable:

                each bedroom has its own cable DVR unit with HBO...moreless

              • Stereo:

                Compact CD/radio Ipod/Iphone player (also charges Ipod/Iphone while docked)...moreless

              • Television:

                (4) 42' HD flat screen TV with unlimited downloadable Netflix in the living room, and smaller HD flat screen TV in each bedroom. All HDTVs have DirecTV DVRs and HBO...moreless

              • Video Game Console:

                X-Box 360...moreless

              • Video Games:

                adult and kids game libraries as well as X-Box Live...moreless

              • Video Library:

                VHS Collection of kids movies -- most of the Disney animated features made...moreless


              • Away From It All
              • Family
              • Romantic
              • Tourist Attractions


              • Churches
              • Cinemas
              • Health/Beauty Spa
              • Library
              • Live Theater
              • Museums
              • Playground
              • Recreation Center
              • Restaurants
              • Synagogues
              • Theme Parks
              • Zoo

              Local Services & Businesses

              • ATM/Bank
              • Babysitter
              • Fitness Center
              • Groceries
              • Hospital
              • Laundromat
              • Massage Therapist
              • Medical Services

              Leisure Activities

              • Antiquing
              • Bird Watching
              • Horseback Riding
              • Miniature Golf
              • Scenic Drives
              • Shopping
              • Sight Seeing
              • Walking

              Sports & Adventure Activities

              • Basketball Court
              • Cycling
              • Golf
              • Hiking
              • Ice Skating
              • Racquetball
              • Roller Blading
              • Swimming
              • Tennis


              • Dining:

                In addition to the dining room, there is a dining area in the kitchen...moreless

              • Dining Room
              • Seating for 6 people


              • Air Conditioning
              • Clothes Dryer
              • Gas Fireplace
              • Hair Dryer
              • Heating:

                Space heaters for rooms are provided....moreless

              • Iron & Board
              • Linens Provided
              • Living Room:

                Enjoy the piano !...moreless

              • Parking Off Street:

                gated property with circular drive and enough parking for 2 vehicles...moreless

              • Towels Provided
              • Washing Machine
              • Wireless Internet


              • Catering Available
              • Coffee Maker
              • Cooking Utensils
              • Dishes & Utensils
              • Dishwasher
              • Ice Maker
              • Kitchen
              • Microwave
              • Pantry Items
              • Refrigerator
              • Stove
              • Toaster


              • Deck / Patio:

                Front patio with gas grill and picnic table and 2 patio chairs, as well as a back patio and yard off the master bedroom with tiki bar and chaise lounges and a hammock ...moreless

              • Lawn / Garden
              • Outdoor Grill:

                New propane gas grill on front patio, Weber charcoal grill on back patio. ...moreless

              • Water Sports Gear:

                boogie board and ice chest, if you're planning a trip to the beach...moreless

              Payment Type

              • Discover
              • Mastercard
              • Visa

              Pool / Spa



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                  • Cleaning Fee $75
                  • Refundable Damage Deposit $200
                  • Tax Rate 14%


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                  10 Miles
                  Nearest Airport
                  2 Miles
                  Nearest Barpub
                  The Pikey
                  40 Miles
                  Nearest Ferry
                  Catalina Express
                  5 Miles
                  Nearest Golf
                  Griffith Park (4 courses)
                  2 Miles
                  Nearest Train
                  Hollywood & Highland (Metro)
                  2 Miles
                  Nearest Motorway
                  Hollywood Fwy. (101)
                  1 Miles
                  Nearest Restaurant
                  Pace' (romantic Italian in Laurel Canyon)
                  40 Miles
                  Nearest Ski
                  10 Miles
                  Nearest Beach
                  Santa Monica, Venice

                  Car: Recommended


                  Owner info

                  Year Purchased: 2000

                  About the owner: Despite the purchase date, I've lived at this property for 20 years. (I rented here before I owned.) I also grew up in the area and am the perfect resource to ask for help in planning your trip.

                  Why the Owner Chose Hollywood Hills:
                  You can't get much more interesting than the history of Nichols Canyon. A few hundred yards down the street is Joan Crawford’s old mansion on Courtney Avenue. Bogart’s manager used to live next door. Just a few of the celebrities and artists who have lived, worked and played in Nichols Canyon over the years include: Dan Ackroyd, Kevin Costner, Ellen DeGeneris, Eva Gardner, George Harrison, Rob Lowe, Steve McQueen, Julia Roberts, Ryan Seacrest, Frank Sinatra, Ringo Starr, Bruce Willis, Adam Sandler, among many others. Artist David Hockney lived on upper Nichols Canyon and one of his famous paintings is of the Canyon with Nichols Canyon Road winding through it, from its starting point at Hollywood Boulevard (shown in one of our rental photos).

                  The Unique Benefits at this House:
                  Nichols Canyon is one street over from historic Laurel Canyon, where Jim Morrison, Joni Mitchell, “Mama” Cass Elliott, Frank Zappa, Buffalo Springfield, and Timothy Leary, among others once lived and thrived in the 60's. A trend of artist-residents continues to this day as Trent Reznor, Meg Ryan, Justin Timberlake and others have called the canyon their home.

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                  • Living Room

                    Living Room

                  • Spring is here!

                    Spring is here!

                  • Living room has fireplace and flat-screen TV with X-Box 360 & unlimited Netflix

                    Living room has fireplace and flat-screen TV with X-Box 360 & unlimited Netflix

                  • another view of the kitchen

                    another view of the kitchen

                  • Master bed with king bed and ceiling fan (HD TV with DVR cable not shown)

                    Master bed with king bed and ceiling fan (HD TV with DVR cable not shown)

                  • View of queen bedroom showing windows and HD TV.

                    View of queen bedroom showing windows and HD TV.

                  • Built-in desk and view of the yard and hammock in full bedroom

                    Built-in desk and view of the yard and hammock in full bedroom

                  • Tiki bar in the back yard, outside the master bedroom

                    Tiki bar in the back yard, outside the master bedroom

                  • Relax in the hot tub

                    Relax in the hot tub

                  • Front yard and drive

                    Front yard and drive

                  • Relax in the backyard and take in views of the canyon

                    Relax in the backyard and take in views of the canyon

                  • A family of deer seen on the hillside across from the back yard

                    A family of deer seen on the hillside across from the back yard

                  • Front patio and path to front door

                    Front patio and path to front door

                  • Front patio

                    Front patio

                  • Kitchen


                  • Dining Room

                    Dining Room

                  • One bedroom with queen bed

                    One bedroom with queen bed

                  • One bedroom with full bed and desk (HD TV with DVR cable not shown)

                    One bedroom with full bed and desk (HD TV with DVR cable not shown)

                  • Full bathroom (with tub and shower)

                    Full bathroom (with tub and shower)

                  • Front yard with private hot tub

                    Front yard with private hot tub

                  • Enjoy views of the canyon from the hot tub

                    Enjoy views of the canyon from the hot tub

                  • A view of the jacaranda tree from the hammock in the back yard

                    A view of the jacaranda tree from the hammock in the back yard

                  • Detail of Hockney's painting, Nichols Canyon

                    Detail of Hockney's painting, Nichols Canyon

                  • Shady spring day in the front yard

                    Shady spring day in the front yard

                  VRBO #423132

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                  This listing was first published here in 2012.

                  Date last modified - Wednesday, December 17, 2014

                  $225 per night (USD)

                  3 Bedroom / 1 Bathroom
                  Sleeps 6

                  View calendar: Updated 12/13/14
                  Minimum stay: 2 nights
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