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The Villa Sophia - Romantic Honeymoon Spa Retreat

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The Guest House faces south across the pool towards the downtown L.A. skyline.

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Last updated: 12/02/2016
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  • Minimum stay:1 night
  • Sleeps:2
  • Bedrooms:1
  • Bathrooms:1
  • Property type:Villa
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

About the Property

Villa, 1 Bedroom, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 2)

LA Weekly's 'The Best Place to Pretend You're a Celebrity for a Day - 2013' , The Villa Sophia is a glamorous five star luxury designer GUEST HOUSE with private pool and grounds. Location of many TV, movie and fashion shoots including TV show 'Entourage', Victoria's Secret, Vogue, W and GQ Magazines. Former home of cult director, James Whale, best known for his films Frankenstein (1931) and Bride of Frankenstein (1935).

***Please inquire before making a "BOOKING REQUEST" for stays of LESS THAN 3 NIGHTS. We can't always do stays of less than 3 nights.***

*** Please inquire before making a "BOOKING REQUEST" for FILM OR PHOTO SHOOTS. (pricing is $150/hour for 4 people, $25/hour for each add. person) ***

The 750 sq. ft. GUEST HOUSE, is situated on the garden grounds of a large 1927 Mediterranean estate, rests securely above 15' walls and high atop a Los Feliz hilltop. Bright, sunny and spacious it overlooks large emerald tile pool to view of downtown Los Angeles skyline and city lights. Mountains and ocean visible from property. Villa located on a cul-de-sac. Completely private, secluded and tranquil. Located in the celebrity-filled hills of the exclusive Los Feliz neighborhood.

Spa-like GUEST HOUSE built in 2003 has massive stone fireplace,10' venetian plaster walls, surfaces of limestone, tile, marble and stone. Deluxe master bath with huge stone/marble steam shower room. Water closet with toilet and bidet. Brand new surround sound system. Separate entrance with exclusive use of 500 sq. ft. covered grotto sitting area made of ancient terra cotta tiles. EXCLUSIVE USE of entire rear yard lawn and garden, POOL, HOT TUB and additional 500 sq. ft. of outdoor patios


Location: The Villa is situated next to Griffith Park, the largest municipal and urban wilderness area in the United States with many walking and hiking trails. The Park is the home of the Los Angeles Zoo, four Golf Courses, the Greek Theater, the Griffith Observatory, the Autry Museum, horseback riding, public tennis courts, bicycle rental, pony rides, camping, picnic areas, swimming pool, athletic fields etc. Two Frank Lloyd Wright museums, the Hollyhock House and the Ennis-Brown House (by appointment) and Richard Neutra's most famous house, The Lovell House are all in the neighborhood. Walking distance to restaurants, coffee shops, mail/shipping store, grocery and health food stores in Los Feliz Village center.

Coveted Photo Shoot Location: The Villa Sophia is a favorite of directors and photographers and has been used as a location for fashion photo shoots for magazines and publications including Vogue Magazine, Victoria's Secret and GQ Magazine.

Acqua di Parma Hotel Amenities: ACQUA DI PARMA amenities are provided to guests: bar soap, glycerin soap, shampoo, conditioner, body lotion and shower gel.
The Italian luxury perfume maker's prestigious hotel amenities line is inspired by the brand's flagship scent, Colonia. Created exclusively for only the most elegant 5/7 star luxury hotels and resorts worldwide. Reminiscent of Italy, Colonia amenities have a light, fresh and crisp fragrance containing Sicilian citrus, lavender, rosemary, verbena, Bulgarian rose, sandalwood, vetiver, cedar and ylang-ylang. The line is suitable for both men and women.

Manager

Member since: 2008

Speaks: english
Response time: Within 12 hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 12/02/2016

Property Type

  • Villa
  • 750 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental

Meals

  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Onsite Services

  • Housekeeper Optional

Suitability

  • Long-Term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Not Allowed
  • Unsuitable For Elderly Or Infirm
  • Wheelchair Inaccessible

Bedrooms: 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2, Beds for 2

  • Bedroom 1: 1 king

    ...moreless

  • Bright, sunny and spacious with a south facing view overlooking a large emerald tile swimming pool to a view of the downtown Los Angeles skyline and city lights. 10' tall Venetian Plaster walls, huge armoire/entertainment center, floor to ceiling custom storage cabinets and shelves, massive stone fireplace, custom hand forged iron doors, windows and sconces, limestone floors. Deluxe upholstered 'Ralph Lauren' King sized bed. All bed linens are from luxury Italian manufacturer 'Rivolta Carmignani'. Sheets, pillowcases and duvet cover are 300TC mercerized, Egyptian cotton satin. For extra guests there is an inflatable bed and linens. $75/night. In November 2010 RIVOLTA CARMIGNANI became the first company in Italy to be certified under the OEKO-TEX Standard 1000 for it's environmentally friendly and socially responsible production conditions....moreless

Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom

  • Bathroom 1: toilet, shower, bidet

    ...moreless

  • Romantic spa like bathroom with double bathroom sinks made of copper, huge stone/marble shower with rain shower head, additional side mounted and hand held shower heads, double steam units with marble seating for 4, two Hammacher Schlemmer terrycloth bathrobes and HAMMACHER SCHLEMMER Turkish towels, limestone/tile floors, marble counter-tops, generous space with custom cabinets of reclaimed wood, plentiful pool and bath towels. Toilet and bidet in separate water closet. wireless waterproof shower speaker with dock transmitter. AQUA DI PARMA hotel amenities - shampoo, conditioner, body wash, body cream, glycerin soap and bar soap....moreless

Other Amenities

  • Brand new surround sound stereo system, Ipod dock, DVD/CD player, Playstation, 40' flat screen TV w/ cable T.V., 488 channels. NESPRESSO machine with complimentary coffee capsules, King sized bed. hair dryer, hair straightening iron, iron and ironing board, steamer, Pilates magic circle with workout DVD, Yoga mats, blocks, strap and eye pillow, aqua fitness swim gloves, jog belt and barbells. ACQUA DI PARMA soap, lotion, shampoo, conditioner and bodywash provided. Complimentary Nespresso capsules, milk, wine, bottled water. Wireless and direct connect high speed internet hub. Cell phone booster and free land-line telephone, wireless waterproof shower speaker with dock transmitter, sleep masks, printer and copy machine. Hammacher Schlemmer towels. Goown pillows and duvet. All bed linens are from luxury Italian manufacturer RIVOLTA CARMIGNANI. Sheets, pillowcases and duvet cover are 300TC mercerized, Egyptian cotton satin. Separate 500 sq. ft. tiled grotto seating area....moreless

Entertainment

  • Books:

    25 or so miscellaneous books...moreless

  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable:

    Time Warner cable TV...moreless

  • Stereo
  • Television:

    40' flat screen...moreless

  • Toys:

    Miscellaneous children's toys mostly for the water left by prior guests....moreless

  • Video Library:

    25 or so movies library....moreless

Theme

  • Romantic

Attractions

  • Botanical Garden
  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Coin Laundry
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Library
  • Live Theater
  • Museums
  • Nude Beach
  • Playground
  • Recreation Center
  • Restaurants
  • Synagogues
  • Theme Parks
  • Winery Tours
  • 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
  • Photography
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Downtown:

    The Villa Sophia has straight on views of the downtown Los Angeles skyline....moreless

  • Golf Course View:

    ​Roosevelt Municipal Golf Course is a picturesque executive 9-hole course located across the street from the Greek Theatre. It is walking distance and can be seen from The Villa Sophia....moreless

  • Monument View:

    The Villa Sophia has a view of the iconic Griffith Observatory which is on the next hilltop to the west....moreless

  • Mountain View:

    The Villa Sophia has views of the rolling hills to the east. The view is reminiscent of Tuscany....moreless

  • Ocean View
  • Resort:

    The Villa Sophia has the feel, ambiance and amenities of a spa resort. ...moreless

  • Rural:

    While The Villa Sophia is located in the city of Los Angeles, it is also on the edge of the 4300 acre Griffith Park. The Guest House sits on a promontory surrounded by open space and woods....moreless

  • Village:

    The Villa Sophia is a one mile walk to Los Feliz Village....moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Basketball Court
  • Cycling
  • Equestrian Events
  • Golf
  • Golf Privileges Optional
  • Hiking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Swimming
  • Tennis

Dining

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 4 people

General

  • Air Conditioning
  • Basic Soaps
  • Bottled Water
  • Fireplace
  • Fitness Room / Equipment
  • Free Long Distance:

    within the USA only...moreless

  • Gas Fireplace:

    Huge Stone Fireplace...moreless

  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet:

    High Speed DSL...moreless

  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided:

    extra set of linens included...moreless

  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking:

    We are near the end of a dead-end street with plenty of street parking. The Villa Sophia has no driveway as we are located 45 steps up from the street below. Please park on the uphill side of Villa....moreless

  • Parking On Street
  • Shampoo
  • Telephone:

    land line with private number - free of charge for domestic calls ...moreless

  • Thermos Bottle
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine:

    House Keeper will do laundry for an extra charge of $20/hour. Housekeeper visit is minimum 4 total hours or $80. You can have whatever combination of cleaning and laundry you would like....moreless

  • Wireless Internet:

    High Speed DSL...moreless

Kitchen

  • Catering Available
  • Coffee Maker
  • Freezer
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen:

    kitchenette with Nespresso Machine and complimentary coffee capsules, coffee maker, toaster oven, microwave, toaster, electric tea kettle, ice machine, sink, refrigerator...moreless

  • Kitchenette
  • Microwave
  • Mini Refrigerator
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster

Outside

  • Deck / Patio:

    There are 2000 square feet of stone and terra cotta terraces in the guest house area surrounding the pool. This includes a three different covered sitting areas....moreless

  • Gazebo
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Patio
  • Raft
  • Terrace

Pool / Spa

  • Hot Tub:

    large enough for 8 people...moreless

  • In Ground Pool
  • Jacuzzi
  • Outdoor Hot Tub
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool:

    8.5' deep (3 meters), completely tiled...moreless

  • Sauna:

    Steam shower room with 2 steam generators. This is a favorite feature of The Villa Sophia guests. If you toggle back and forth between the 2 steam units you can continuously steam shower for hours. ...moreless

  • Steam Shower

House Cleaning

  • Housekeeper Optional
 

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My Standard Rate
1 night min stay
$395
$2,370 $9,480
* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

Additional information about rental rates

Fees and Rental Conditions:

  • cleaning fee $85 + tax
  • Property Damage Protection $59
  • Tax Rate 14%

Notes:

Additional guests will be considered for $75/night. The guest house is large (750 sq. ft. or 70 sq. meters) but only has one king size bed. There is an inflatable bed and linens for extra guests. No other charges.


Manager's cancellation policy:

100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.


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Location

25 Miles
Nearest Airport
Los Angeles International

Car: Recommended

The Villa is situated next to Griffith Park a U.S. historic-cultural monument and the largest municipal and urban wilderness area in the United States with many walking and hiking trails. The Park is the home of the Los Angeles Zoo, four Golf Courses, the Greek Theater, the Griffith Observatory, the Autry Museum, horseback riding, public tennis courts, bicycle rental, pony rides, camping, picnic areas, swimming pool, athletic fields etc. Two Frank Lloyd Wright museums, the Hollyhock House and the Ennis-Brown House (by appointment) and Richard Neutra's most famous house, The Lovell House are all in the neighborhood. Walking distance to restaurants, coffee shops, mail/shipping store, grocery, and health food stores in Los Feliz Village center. It is also within walking distance to Roosevelt Municipal Golf Course and Vermont Canyon tennis courts

Other Activities: WITHIN 3 MILES:

Wildlife viewing, golf, tennis, shopping, basketball court, biking, hiking, L.A. Zoo, Griffith Park Observatory, architectural tours, bird watching at the L.A. River, several equestrian centers, bowling alley, ice skating rink and more...

Golf: 4 local golf courses within Griffith Park

Ski: Big Bear is approx. 100 miles from Villa Sophia

 

Manager info

Year Purchased: 2000

About: I am a single man who lives alone in the main house. The property is big enough so that guests and owner's paths rarely cross...although I am available at all times for any reason necessary.

Why Los Feliz, Los Angeles, CA, USA:
The Villa Sophia is located in the eastern Hollywood Hills, in the Los Feliz neighborhood of Los Angeles. Although you are walking distance to Los Feliz Village where you can find all the conveniences of a major city, up here in the Hills you feel as if you are in the country. The guest house faces south providing all day sunshine and the only sounds are of the birds singing, the gentle breeze blowing and the soft murmur of the fountain...

The Unique Benefits at this Villa:
Peace and tranquility with views, all day sunshine, ocean breezes in total luxury.


Contact us

Speaks: english
Response time: Within 12 hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 12/02/2016

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Photos

  • The Guest House faces south across the pool towards the downtown L.A. skyline.

    The Guest House faces south across the pool towards the downtown L.A. skyline.

  • The view of downtown Los Angeles looking out  from inside the  shower/steam room

    The view of downtown Los Angeles looking out from inside the shower/steam room

  • This is your private entrance and exit to the Guest House, thru the loggia.

    This is your private entrance and exit to the Guest House, thru the loggia.

  • The Villa Sophia with the Griffith Park Observatory     on the next hilltop...

    The Villa Sophia with the Griffith Park Observatory on the next hilltop...

  • Luxurious but relaxed European style Villa retreat. Honeymoon Suite.

    Luxurious but relaxed European style Villa retreat. Honeymoon Suite.

  • The large fireplace adds warmth to this stone and marble honeymoon spa retreat.

    The large fireplace adds warmth to this stone and marble honeymoon spa retreat.

  • Private spa for two. Big spa shower room with double steam bath and rain shower.

    Private spa for two. Big spa shower room with double steam bath and rain shower.

  • Italian Acqua di Parma hotel amenities.  #1 rated hotel amenities in the world.

    Italian Acqua di Parma hotel amenities. #1 rated hotel amenities in the world.

  • Fashion photo shoot - Elle Magazine

    Fashion photo shoot - Elle Magazine

  • Feel the romance of The Villa Sophia in Los Feliz. (bridal photo shoot)

    Feel the romance of The Villa Sophia in Los Feliz. (bridal photo shoot)

  • Night time lighting with views of the city beyond.

    Night time lighting with views of the city beyond.

  • These poolside club chairs are the best seats  in the house.  Sunrise in L. A.

    These poolside club chairs are the best seats in the house. Sunrise in L. A.

  • Guest House with private pool, hot tub, gardens, exterior lounge,  dining areas.

    Guest House with private pool, hot tub, gardens, exterior lounge, dining areas.

  • Authentic Tuscan villa in Los Angeles - Guest House entrance is in  lower right.

    Authentic Tuscan villa in Los Angeles - Guest House entrance is in lower right.

  • This is what you see as you enter your private oasis.

    This is what you see as you enter your private oasis.

  • Spectacular views from atop the Hollywood Hills in Los Feliz.  (east view shown)

    Spectacular views from atop the Hollywood Hills in Los Feliz. (east view shown)

  • Luxury spa bathroom w double steam shower and sinks, chaise lounge, water closet

    Luxury spa bathroom w double steam shower and sinks, chaise lounge, water closet

  • Kitchenette on the left  next to water closet w bidet and toilet on the right.

    Kitchenette on the left next to water closet w bidet and toilet on the right.

  • Inside the master bedroom looking out.  King size bed.

    Inside the master bedroom looking out. King size bed.

  • Entrance of The Villa Sophia in Los Angeles. Praise to Sophia, Goddess of Wisdom

    Entrance of The Villa Sophia in Los Angeles. Praise to Sophia, Goddess of Wisdom

  • Wake up to this view from bed in your tropical garden paradise.  Peaceful

    Wake up to this view from bed in your tropical garden paradise. Peaceful

  • Outdoor dining table and grass courtyard.  Peace and quiet in a classical garden

    Outdoor dining table and grass courtyard. Peace and quiet in a classical garden

  • Downtown Los Angeles skyline views.

    Downtown Los Angeles skyline views.

  • Ahhh.....

    Ahhh.....

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This listing was first published here in 2008.

Date last modified - Friday, December 09, 2016

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