Hollywood Hills Celebrity Estate - Views with Pool

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“ Excellent ”
1 Review
8545 Franklin Ave, Hollywood Hills, CA 90069



Bedrooms: 4
Bathrooms: 3
Sleeps 8
Per night $895 - $995
Per week $5,950
Type: Villa
Description of the Hollywood Hills vacation villa rental

The Orson Welles Luxury View Estate was originally owned by one of Hollywood's golden boys, Orson Welles. Sitting just atop Sunset Blvd, this luxury 3 bedroom plus one office estate features a luxury pool & spa overlooking the stunning views of Hollywood and beyond below. Large yards, lagoon pool with waterfall and jacuzzi. Completely remodeled kitchen with Viking Appliances and new bathrooms. Entertainment game room with pool table. This estate, originally built in 1928, and recently remodeled in several different sections, features an incredible lagoon style pool & spa on a roughly 20,000 square foot lot.

The Cape Cod style home has an amazing Hollywood history. Sidney Toler, who played Charlie Chan in the late 30s and 40s built the house on a private knoll in 1933. After several years, the house was then inhabited by Orson Welles the great American filmmaker, actor, theater director, screenwriter, and producer, who worked extensively in film, theater, television and radio. Noted for his innovative dramatic productions as well as his distinctive voice and personality, Welles is widely acknowledged as one of the most accomplished dramatic artists of the twentieth century, especially for his significant and influential early work – despite his notoriously contentious relationship with Hollywood. Welles first found national and international fame as the director and narrator of a 1938 radio adaptation of H. G. Wells's novel The War of the Worlds which was reported to have caused widespread panic when listeners supposedly thought that an extraterrestrial invasion was occurring. Although these reports of panic were mostly false and overstated,the y rocketed Welles to instant notoriety. Orson Welles wrote Citizen Kane while living here at this house. Citizen Kane (1941), his first film with RKO, in which he starred in the iconic role of Charles Foster Kane, is often considered the greatest film ever made. Several of his other films, including The Magnificent Ambersons (1942), Touch of Evil (1958), Chimes at Midnight (1965), and F for Fake (1974), are also widely considered to be masterpieces. Rita Hayworth, once the wife of Orson Welles also lived in the house with him. Other famous celebrities that have lived here since include spouses Ida Lupino and Howard Duff. Peter Lorre (Casablanca, Maltese Falcon and various Alfred Hitchcock films) lived in the house until he died in 1969. The house was then purchased by Paul Williams, the Oscar, Grammy and Golden Globe winning songwriter who wrote songs for Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra, Barbara Streisand, David Bowie who sold it in 2004. The current owner now makes this Hollywood landmark availble for the lucky others who want to experience its magic, charm and remarkable history.

Joe Liebke

Area Info
The perfect location in the best part of Hollywood less than one minute above the Sunset Strip with the best restaurants,, theaters, clubs and amazing nightlife.


Property Rates

Begins Ends Week
Weekly Monthly Min
Jan 01 2015 Dec 31 2016 $895 $995 $5,950 - -
: 4 p.m. : 11 a.m.
Deposits: $2,000.
Payment Options: Cashier's Check, Money Order, PayPal
Other Fees: Cleaning $350


Reviews for this vacation villa rental in Hollywood Hills, California

John Brix

John Brix

Los Angeles

Picture Perfect at Your Fingertips

September 18, 2012

What a gourgeous home with plenty of space... a retreat that feels like a million miles away while being right in the middle of the bustling city. Great for families who want a getaway while not being removed from life... be sure to prepare yourself before your stay is over because you won't want to ever leave.

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