As we entered Colonial/Wisteria Lane, most of us could identify the Desperate Housewives houses. But if you have watched TV shows and movies, you might recognize houses for other reasons. The houses were filmed as these family homes: Munster’s, Hardy Boys, The Burbs, Live It To Beaver, Nancy Drew, and the Matlock. Other shows/movies include: Harvey, The Little Rascals Save the Day, The House of the Seven Gables, and Best Little Whorehouse in Texas. Save
After driving around looking at other mansions, we arrived at Greystone Mansion & Gardens. It was completed in 1928 for the son of an oil tycoon. The City of Beverly Hills purchased the property in 1965 and became a public park in 1971. The Mansion is now used for weddings, events and filming for TV and movies (Batman’s home). The view overlooking Beverly Hills was amazing. We could pick out different place we had been during the day and a totally different look of Universal Studios from this overlook.
The Spadena House, known as The Witch’s House, is a private home with a purposefully disrepair look with a pointy, lopsided roof, tiny windows and stucco with a distressed paint job. It is surrounded by an eccentric picket fence, made of wavy, warped wooden pickets.The house was built, in 1921, as a set for a few silent films, including Hansel and Gretel, and used as a studio office. It was not built to be lived in. In 1998 the house sold for $1.3 million
In 2010, the Brody house, located at 360 S Mapleton, was sold for the first time, at just under $15 million. It was purchased by flippers, who then sold it to Ellen DeGeneres for $39,888 million. After a few months she sold it to Sean Parker, a tech billionaire, for $55 million. This is all we could see from the street.
The mansions on Mapleton Drive, in the Homby Hills, are hidden behind high walls with large gates and higher hedges and are the most coveted addresses in Los Angles. With all the people driving by to get a glance of them and their houses, it is understandable that they would try to block views of the house. The Spelling house is located at the corner of S. Mapleton and club View Drive.
As we drove around our driver pointed out buildings that included: Getty Gallery Central Library, Walt Disney Concert Hall, LA Staples Center, The Broad Contemporary Art Museum, and the last photo is a downtown street in Los Angles, The exterior of the Beverly Hill Hotel, Beverly Hills, was featured on the album cover of The Eagles “Hotel California” and “California Suite” was filmed at the hotel. The hotel with the surf boards is named Hotel California, Santa Monica, but has nothing to do with the song. The Third Street Promenade, Santa Monica, is a center of business with roots dating back to the 1960s. The Promenade is three blocks of Third Street that were converted into a pedestrian mall.
The TCL Chinese Theatre, a.k.a. Grauman’s theatre, located on Hollywood Boulevard. The theatre rises 90-feet high and two gigantic coral-red columns topped by wrought iron masks, hold the bronze roof. Between the columns is a 30-foot high dragon carved from stone and guarding the theatre’s entrance are the two original giant Heaven Dogs brought from China. Protected by its 40-foot high curved walls and copper-topped turrets, the theatre’s legendary forecourt serves as an oasis to the stars of yesterday and today. Ten-foot tall lotus-shaped fountains and intricate artistry flank the footprints of some of Hollywood’s most elite and welcome its visitors into the magical world of fantasy and whim known as Hollywood. Our tour included stories and fun facts from the theatre’s beginnings to today, ranging from Hollywood premieres, to imprint ceremonies celebrities in the Forecourt of the Stars.
Our room was named The Dining Room, the second largest room at the manor. It had a Grand marble fireplace with intricately carved oak surrounding it. On each side of the king size bed were beautiful original leaded glass bookcase full of antique books. The bed had castle shaped chocolates on the pillows. This room also featured a Jacuzzi surrounded with wood, period antiques and reproductions and looked a little out of place. Save
We checked in at Belhurst Castle. We had reservations at White Springs Manor, a 1900’s Georgian Revival Farm Mansion, located 2 miles West of Belhurst Castle. As we arrived at the Manor, we had a great view of the Seneca Lake valley. After putting our bags in our room we explored the spacious veranda with its large and strolled around the grounds looking at the vineyards and the lake.