The grandest house on this private estate abutting Griffith Park. Enjoy the saltwater pool and hot tub, the sauna/steam room, adobe fireplace, French Lavender maze, lawn and hammocks, gourmet kitchen, electric car port, stylish Moroccan/English décor. Catch a glimpse of the horses on trail as the sun sets. Bucolic sounds of horses and the LA River just out the back gate make it hard to believe you are in the heart of the city.
Enter the estate through the gatehouse that once belonged to Bette Davis and her house Riverbottom. This historic estate was once owned by the famous actress back in 1940 and still has original features and snippets of Hollywood history. The house is grand, stylish and updated.
The large carved-wood front doors of Rivergate House open on the HALL. High valued ceilings dominated by big, round, white Moroccan chandeliers. The view of the garden and scent of Lavender spill in through the sliding doors.
The huge open plan HALL has a chiefs KITCHEN which includes a double oven, plate warmer, dishwasher, built-in brick grill, Sonos music system, etc. The adobe fireplace is great for marshmallow cooking after dinner. The guest bathroom off from the hall also has a shower. There is a large Moroccan dining table in the center of the room. On the other side of the room there is a Moroccan DEN with 48.5" TV (Digital Cable with the movie package, Amazon and Netflix)
The large arched window looks to the fountain and front COURTYARD area. The white arches and tile make this café sitting area perfect to take your morning coffee and listening to the trickle of the large blue fountain. The gated parking lot is patterned with brick and lined with planted stone pots. On the other side of the little entry courtyard is a bench under the tree; sometimes there is a slight breeze rocking the giant hanging bird cage.
The MASTER BEDROOM with its King sized bed and claw foot tub has great charm. Valued exposed beams, gray and white with vintage accents. The English armoire has an Apple TV, the Moroccan rug on the black wood floors catches the dappled light from the matching Moroccan chandeliers
The SECOND BEDROOM is actually biggest and has two twin beds, English armoire and toy chest. It is a large room with space to tumble around in. The en-suite bathroom has a steam/ sauna shower room and a separate bath tub.
Rivergate House is in the center of Rivergate Estate. The estate has a number of houses available through VRBO. The interior space is exclusive to this listing. The exterior is shared with the other guests staying in the houses on the estate.
All the houses on the estate enjoy massive organic gardens, almost half acre of garden with an abundance of butterflies and birds. The lawn surrounds the saltwater pool and spa, fire pit and grill and of course the horse stables where Reina and her baby foal Tessa live. The art studio is also under the arches of the barn at the far end of the estate (please check out my two Airbnb Experiences for painting https://www.airbnb.com/experiences/65880 and horseback riding https://www.airbnb.com/experiences/70605 and https://www.airbnb.com/experiences/78904 is the new horseback VIP ride.
We also have a garden bathroom with outdoor shower, covered seating area, a couple of outdoor dining areas, sun deck, large shade trees, hammocks and café tables, fountain area, fruit orchard, vegetable garden. A maze of French Lavender for children to solve and Wi-Fi throughout. You can often find me planting or watering, things are growing and changing. Our photos are current and we update them regularly.
Please don't let the rural setting and the hooting of the owls fool you, we are still in the heart of the city and you should be aware that you can sometimes hear the freeway, helicopters, dogs and sirens typical of city living. I mention it because it seems out of place while you lounge in the sun on the lawn feeling like you are out in the country.
O'Leary's Cabin http://vrbo.com/465113which is at the far end of the estate and shares a roof line with the original stable block. It was named after Humphrey Bogart’s character Michael O’Leary, the knowing stableman in Dark Victory
Dillard's Pool House http://www.vrbo.com/488798 is in the heart of the estate. Named after one of Bette Davis' favorite leading men; Preston Dillard played by Henry Fonda in the famous 1938 movie Jezebel.
Channing House is also two bedrooms and is at the far front of the grounds http://www.vrbo.com/479934 . Named after Margo Channing, Bette Davises’ larger than life character in All About Eve 1951;
The whole Rivergate Estate at http://www.vrbo.com/708660
Rivergate is our country house, my family and I stay in all of the houses (it is helpful for me to know how they function as holiday homes first hand). The grounds are large enough that the house is private. With the added bonus of friends and fellow travelers nearby to make friends with. When we are not staying in one of the houses we are just over the hill in Hollywood at Sunset Ranch. It is helpful that I am right here to answer questions or fix anything that may arise.
I won the Airbnb Hero Award and take my role as host very seriously. I take your happiness and wellbeing personally and am honored to facilitate this community of travelers sharing this great estate.
Other things to note:
We charge a high cleaning fee. This is for the standard cleaning that we do before each guest and the small repairs, repainting, replacing damaged furniture, rugs, upholstery and minor fixes. We all break things and spill. It isn't very pleasant to have a lovely holiday only to get in to the nitty gritty of broken glasses or wall scratches at the end of it. These things happen and the second half of the cleaning fee goes toward the repairman.
We do not host parties. The grounds and shared space is monitored 24/7. We also have recording security cameras.
Nobody walks in LA... you can, but people don't. They drive to Griffith Park and hike.
One can walk to many restaurants. Because we are in the midst of many of the studios, Uber and Lyft cruise the area, you can get a ride in minuets any time of day. We are very close to 5 and 134 freeways for easy access to most of LA and the valley.
We have great bus and train access, but again, people in LA drive.
You can also bike. There are dedicated lanes on the road and along the river, or you can ride a horse here! You can book a ride from Sunset Ranch