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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;
TAKE A CAR / CAB TO:
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.
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
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2 night min stay
Rates are based on 2 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
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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.
Spring is here!
Living room has fireplace and flat-screen TV with X-Box 360 & unlimited Netflix
another view of the kitchen
Master bed with king bed and ceiling fan (HD TV with DVR cable not shown)
View of queen bedroom showing windows and HD TV.
Built-in desk and view of the yard and hammock in full bedroom
Tiki bar in the back yard, outside the master bedroom
Relax in the hot tub
Front yard and drive
Relax in the backyard and take in views of the canyon
A family of deer seen on the hillside across from the back yard
Front patio and path to front door
One bedroom with queen bed
One bedroom with full bed and desk (HD TV with DVR cable not shown)
Full bathroom (with tub and shower)
Front yard with private hot tub
Enjoy views of the canyon from the hot tub
A view of the jacaranda tree from the hammock in the back yard
Detail of Hockney's painting, Nichols Canyon
Shady spring day in the front yard
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