The Villa Sophia - Romantic Honeymoon Spa Retreat

This is what you see, out the window, from your bed.
This is what you see, out the window, from your bed.Guest house to the left is steps from the pool.The Villa Sophia.The Villa Sophia -  here is the entrance onto the estate.Sunrise.Street view of The Villa Sophia.  Parking is plentiful on this dead - end streetYoga mats.Pathway that leads out. Turn right at the foot of the stairs and thru the loggiaJetliner views of downtown Los Angeles.Poolside drinks.The loggia is your private entrance and exit.  This couple is heading out...Romantic honeymoon suite with king size upholstered bed.View of the spa-like bathroom from inside the extra large shower room.The Guest House is on the ground level, facing the pool.Romantic accent lighting. This couple eloped from France and got married here.Lush garden, peaceful and privateMaster bathroom.Poolside dining.   The guest house has 3 doors directly in front of the pool.Anubis greets you at the top of the steps leading onto the property.Bathroom with marble counter, double sinks, iron chandeliers, stone shower room.Walk thru this loggia on your way to the pool house.Enter your garden paradiseking size luxurylooking towards bathroom from living areaLooking west form the front of the estate - the pacific ocean.Antique bronze double tailed mermaid/cherubs hold up the pool side dining table.Poolside dining table.dining al frescoSophie - The Villa Sophia hostess.  If you don't want a hostess, close the gate.View east - rolling hills as far as the eye can see.  Pasadena in the distance.View south of downtown Los AngelesView across your pool to your lawn.Twin brothers had a double wedding on this day.aerial view of propertyNight time by the pool.  This couple eloped from France and got married here.Wedding on the lower terrace on this day.The loggia.  Nice architecture.Inside looking out.banana and palm treesExercise equipment.pool is steps from guest housePool umbrella.  Total peace and privacy.
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From $316 / night

4565 Dundee Dr, Hollywood, CA 90027
The Villa Sophia - Romantic Honeymoon Spa Retreat
1 bedrooms
2 guests
1 night min

Overview Description


Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1
Sleeps: 2
Type: Villa
Per night: $395
Per week: $2,370
Pets allowed: No
Internet: No
Description of the Hollywood vacation villa rental
THE VILLA SOPHIA - LA Weekly's "The Best Place to Pretend You're a Celebrity for a Day - 2013". Glamorous Hollywood luxury designer GUEST HOUSE of 750 sq.ft. situated on garden grounds of 1927 Mediterranean estate. Rests securely above 15' walls, high atop Los Feliz hilltop with views. Location of many TV, movie and fashion shoots including TV show 'Entourage', Victoria's Secret, Vogue, W and GQ Magazines. Home of cult director James Whale during production of his cult classic films Frankenstein (1931) and Bride of Frankenstein (1935).

Bright, sunny and spacious it overlooks large emerald tile pool to south facing view of downtown Los Angeles skyline and city lights. Mountains and ocean visible from property. Villa located on a quiet 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.

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Area Information
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.

About the owner

Owner Profile



Begins Ends Week
Weekly Monthly Min
Mar 01 2016 Dec 31 2017 $395 $395 $2,370 $9,480 1 Night
Check In: 3 p.m. Check Out: 11 a.m.
Lodging tax: 14%
Deposits: $395 security hold
Payment Options: American Express, Cashier's Check, Discover, Mastercard, Money Order, PayPal, Personal Check, Visa
Other Fees: $80 cleaning fee for stays of 3 days or less

Reviews (1)

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Johanne Reny

Fabulous Pool House with a Tuscany Feel

Johanne Reny

Quebec City, Quebec, Canada

Fabulous Pool House with a Tuscany Feel

April 18, 2013

Villa Sophia, what more can one ask for... An awesome pool house in an Italian-style setting. The pool, the spa, the steam room and the landscaping are extraordinary. The view is spectacular. We were so glad to get back to the Villa to enjoy the quietness and luxury of the house. The fireplace, the kitchenette, the Nespresso latte machine, everything was there to satisfy our needs. Sophie came to see us every morning to get her biscuits.... Our daughter was so glad to see her. It was great to be so close to Griffith Park with its endless trails. The best way to appreciate Villa Sophia is to stay in the Loz Feliz area away from the LA traffic. Tim was very discreet, he made us feel at home and was available if we had any questions. We will definitely go back to relax at the Villa. Tim, thanks for allowing us to feel like this was our place for the week.

Owner Supplied Testimonials

Guest: Maria & George(New York)
Date of Stay: 10/16/09 Review Submitted: 01/25/10

The Villa Sophia was absolutely amazing! It was a perfect secluded romantic getaway. There's nobody around to disturb you and the view is breathtaking. It was very luxurious we would start off our day by using the steam room then have our morning coffe by the pool and fill our eyes with the relaxing view. We would go site seeing and could not wait to return and relax by the pool again. At night, the lights of the city looked like twinkling stars. I can't wait to return to Los Angeles to stay at the Villa Sophia. I highly recommed The Villa Sophia you will not be disappointed.

Date of Stay: 11/12/09 Review Submitted: 12/14/09

My husband and I stayed at the Villa Sophia to celebrate my 30th birthday in Novemebr 2009. It is a birthday that I will never forget. The amazing views of downtown LA from the backyard are just unforgettable. You will feel like you have reached celebrity status in this posh home away from home. You might even get lucky enough to spot a celeb or two roaming around town like we did!! I hope we have the chance to visit again! Definitely a place that you will never forget!!

Guest: Melissa109(Philadelphia, PA)
Date of Stay: 11/18/09 Review Submitted: 11/18/09

My husband and I were recently in LA to celebrate my 30th birthday. If you are traveling to LA, this is THE place to stay while you are there. We had a blast staying here, it is pure luxury at its finest!! We cannot wait to stay here again someday!!

Date of Stay: 11/20/09 Review Submitted: 02/01/10

Until now I have stayed at Chateau Marmont Hotel when visiting Los Angeles but this is way more private and luxurious. It's like being in your own villa with your own huge pool, amazing garden and stunning view. For me. it's a better alternative than any top of the line hotel suite. It's very tranquil, quiet and peaceful... Sunny too! The furnishings are gorgeous. For me this is the answer to never staying at a hotel in LA again!

Guest: Jenny and Brian(Long Beach, CA)
Date of Stay: 02/11/10 Review Submitted: 02/11/10

What a wonderful experience! Tim and his lovely dog, Sophie, are great hosts and Villa Sophia is a real treat. We enjoyed how easy it was to walk to Griffith Park and Los Feliz and how incredible our stay was up on top of the world.

Guest: Michaele Musel(Denver, CO)
Date of Stay: 02/17/10 Review Submitted: 02/17/10

My stay here was really quite amazing! Everything about this place is top notch! Tim and Sophie made me feel right at home! Will definitely be back for more sun and relaxation!

Guest: wrmystery(Washington, DC)
Date of Stay: 02/24/10 Review Submitted: 03/09/10

VIlla Sophia is exactly as described and more. It has every amenity and comfort, as well as extraordinary views. It is quite easy to get to everything, with a lovely neighborhood + shops and restaurants quite close by. Griffith Park is practically next door, with its amazing trails as well as the Observatory itself. The owner is charming and helpful, and definitely respects your privacy. The property was beautifully designed, immaculately clean and very well maintained. The pool and hot tub (as well as the enormous shower) are delightful. One does need a car, not surprising in LA. We were there for some work related meetings, but also enjoyed visits to the Hammer Museum, the Museum of Jurassic Technology, the Machine Project and Griffith Park. We also liked having lunch at the Trails Cafe in Griffith Park, brunch at Grub and dinner at Lou (fabulous wine) and the Edendale Grill. Villa Sophia is a special haven - we will definitely return, and have already recommended it to several close friends.

Guest: Windmiller(Minneapolis, MN USA)
Date of Stay: 02/28/10 Review Submitted: 03/26/10

"Beauty, romance, privacy. Villa Sophia is a little bit of Tuscany in the heart of Los Angeles. You come down from the quiet of the garden aerie and you are in the midst of an exciting, glamorous city. It's the best of both worlds."

Guest: lifesajourney(Chicago)
Date of Stay: 03/10/10 Review Submitted: 06/08/10

I have stayed at Villa Sophia two times and each time it was completely luxurious and relaxing to the point of being healing. The pool house is totally deluxe from the huge marble steam shower to the stone fire place. The Tuscan villa setting can not be surpassed. There are hotel rooms in LA that cost over 1,500 that do not provide this level of privacy, location and fantastic amenities. I didn't even need to leave to get a cappuccino because there's a top of the line Nespresso machine. I also enjoyed having a yoga mat, pool weights, pilates ring and weights. Essentially, there's a make shift gym. I would get up in the morning, have a cappuccino and practice yoga looking over the charming hillside of Los Feliz before heading off to meetings. There are simply too many reasons to choose this place if you are after a totally peaceful, deluxe, spa-like experience.In addition, Tim (owner of the property) is very professional, polite and helpful.I highly recommend Villa Sophia and would not even think of staying anywhere else in LA.

Date of Stay: 05/01/10 Review Submitted: 07/31/10

We were lucky enough to stay in the pool house for a portion of our honeymoon. While there, we spent our days hanging by the pool and touring the many sights. The location is so convenient, everything is close by! The pool house itself was comfortable, relaxing and absolutely perfect for us! We spent every sunny opportunity we could just relaxing by our pool enjoying the incredible surroundings. Tim was the perfect host, and made us feel right at home. We feel so lucky to have found this place, and can't wait to return again!

Guest: jdarling(Minnesota)
Date of Stay: 05/09/10 Review Submitted: 05/22/10

Hard to describe what an amazing time this was. One of the most romantic places my wife and I have ever been to and quite honestly, the most peaceful. Tim is an amazing host and had the placed stocked with everything we needed for a convenient stay. The view was fabulous, the pool temperature was perfect - and he's built just about the greatest shower/steam room imaginable. Can't wait to come back.

Guest: Bob(Sacramento, CA)
Date of Stay: 06/18/10 Review Submitted: 07/09/10

Villa Sophia was a wonderful place to stay and I would recommend it to anyone who is looking for a quality and different experience in the Los Angeles area. Our host Tim Vlahos has put a lot of care into the building of the guest house and pool with quality items throughout. With a sweeping view of the downtown LA skyline, the guest house is peaceful and quiet and close to all the restaurants, botiques and stores of Los Feliz village. This is the first time I've stayed in the Los Feliz area and I found it to be quite convenient for many reasons - close to the Burbank airport, and close to downtown so that getting to various places was fairly efficient considering the traffic in the LA basin. The pool and hot tub are first class, and it was wonderful to soak in the hot tub after a concert at the Music Center. The spa bathroom with the steam shower was a frequent and pleasant indulgence. Tim was a wonderful host, and Sophie the dog became an instant pal. I felt as though I had discovered Shangri-la in LA, and I hope to return many times in the future.

Date of Stay: 07/01/10 Review Submitted: 07/31/10

The location and house were fantastic, Tim was also a treat to meet and chat with, very private and top notch! Simply incredible! Our new home away from home in the Hoolywood Hills!

Guest: sonia(London)
Date of Stay: 07/04/10 Review Submitted: 07/09/10

Villa Sophia has been the heavenly hideaway in the hills I wished for! Thank you so much Tim and Sophie for your attention to detail, your understanding of comfort and all the wonderful times... Loved the heated pool, the steam, the tv, the Nespresso..hahaha I will miss that bed..soo comfortable..I got lost!! So much love and gratitude, Sonia

Date of Stay: 07/20/10 Review Submitted: 07/31/10

After seeing the amazing pictures online, I decided that this was the perfect place to propose to my girlfriend of 6 years. She was absolutely stunned and speechless when she saw Villa Sophia. We felt like we were standing in Italy and looking at a picturesque view of downtown la at the same time. It was truly a surreal feeling. We were only able to stay one night, but we made the best of it by making enough espressos to keep us up all night. At 6am we sat in the hot tub and watched the sun come up over the mountains. The intricate décor and abundance of amenities made Villa Sophia the perfect place for an unforgettable proposal. Thanks Tim for accommodating us and we look forward to coming back soon!

Guest: Angela(San Antonio,Tx)
Date of Stay: 07/31/10 Review Submitted: 08/12/10

Everything about Villa Sophia is first class. Tim is a great host and he really did think of everything to make his guests comfortable. The linens, beautiful lighting, fantastic spa shower and of course the pool and terrace were simply luxurious. My husband had music playing constantly throughout the villa with the first class sound system. Although not a full kitchen, we had everything there we needed but the stove , and who wants to cook on vacation anyway? The views are gorgeous and I must admit, having a private pool and hot tub was just awesome! We love the Los Feliz area and we were minutes by car from grocery,restaurants and our son! I know we'll be back. Tim, his adorable dog, Sophie and his cat Mittens made us feel very welcome.

Date of Stay: 08/28/10 Review Submitted: 12/02/10

This is the perfect place to stay in L.A. Absolutly private, fantastic views and an amazing pool. We spent wonderful, relaxing 10 days at Villa Sophia. Thanks Tim! I highly recommend this property.

Date of Stay: 10/29/10 Review Submitted: 12/02/10

There are insufficient words to describe what a magnificent place this is. It is such a gift that Tim is willing to open his home and share it with others. From the steam shower to the outdoor jacuzzi our time here was completely relaxing. The wine and chocolate a pleasant suprise. We enjoyed the Nespresso regulary-in fact loved it so much we will replace our dated and unused machine at home with one soon. Our only regret is that our business required us to be gone as much as we were-but the time we were there was such a peaceful interlude. Better than a five star resort! Thanks so much Tim!

Guest: Alex Henchley(London)
Date of Stay: 10/04/10 Review Submitted: 11/09/10

My wife and I stayed at Villa Sophia in October 2010. We would recommend it, very quiet, relaxing with a pool, hot tub and steam bath. The pool house was very spacious with a small kitchen. Much better than staying in a hotel.

Date of Stay: 09/01/10 Review Submitted: 12/02/10

On arrival, my husband and I gasped at the obvious features - the amazing view, the beautiful pool and hot tub (spa), huge bathroom with steam room and gorgeous decor. We couldn't believe that we didn't have to share this with anyone (except each other!). On further investigation we were delighted to discover the little touches that make Sophia Villa even more special: delicious wine and chocolates, L'Occitane bathroom products and the world's most comfortable bed! We will definitely stay here again!

Guest: happy traveler(New York, NY)
Date of Stay: 08/31/10 Review Submitted: 09/10/10

Everything about our stay at the villa was perfection. The location's terrific, the views are unbeatable, and Tim (along with friendly pets Sophie and Mittens) is a wonderful host. The pool and villa are every bit as beautiful as the pictures suggest. Perfect stay for an independent couple looking to enjoy LA and relax in a private, gorgeous environment. Highly recommended!

Guest: Joanna and Andreas from Warsaw, Poland
Date of Stay: 08/28/10 Review Submitted: 12/02/10

This is the perfect place to stay in L.A. Absolutly private, fantastic views and an amazing pool. We spent wonderful, relaxing 10 days at Villa Sophia. Thanks Tim! I highly recommend this property.

Guest: worldtraveler777_11 from Nashville, Tennessee
Date of Stay: 12/24/10 Review Submitted: 01/08/11

After almost 3 years we took a vacation that did not involve work and saw this amazing property. We have traveled here in the USa and abroad and sometimes when you get to a property, it is not all that it was advertised. To be honest, the pictures do not do it justice, as it is more beautiful in person. The grounds, landscaping, furniture and everything together makes one think that you are in a 5 star spa resort! The shower that also acts as a steam room is the "piece de resistance". Tim has excellent taste and has painstakingly created a space that is elegant, has wondeful views [ you can see downtown la ] , and most importantly, very private. We felt that we had this beautiful property all to ourselves as we only saw our host one time during our stay. Tim was always available by phone or email if you had a question or he saw a way to make things more comfortable for you! Tim greeted us upon arrival and went over the operation of the pool, hot tub, steam shower, etc and also helped us with our luggage. We highly recommend this property to anyone that seeks an oasis that soothes your mind as well as body! We cant wait to return to this beautiful property!

Guest: Brian Chesky
Date of Stay: 01/15/11 Review Submitted: 01/19/11

Amazing! Staying at Tim and Sophia's place was truly a remarkable experience; the kind where you instantly think to tell all of your friends. It is actually shocking to think that you could get this grandiose villa in the hills of Los Feliz, just next to the Hollywood Hills, for under $400 a night. The home was built in 1927, but the poolhouse that you will be staying in was recently built in 2003. You will have exclusive access to an exquisite pool and hot tub, where you will be able to enjoy a view of the Los Angeles skyline, and view into the horizon for miles. You may recognize the house as the set for the Bride of Frankenstein movie. Quite secluded, and basking in the warm rays of Souther California, this luxurious dream home created a weekend I will never forget.

Guest: ranster
Date of Stay: 02/04/11 Review Submitted: 02/10/11

Worth every cent! We feel so lucky to have secured a booking here Tim and Sophia were perfect hosts -giving us sufficient privacy not to intrude but also did not make us feel forgotten.We stayed in 5 star hotels in New York and San Francisco and the comfort and facilities in Villa Sophia surpassed both.We especially liked the espresso machine, steam room/shower and open fire. (and Sophie of course) We will definitely return- next time for a longer stay.

Guest: Batman (Middle East)
Date of Stay: 03/23/11 Review Submitted: 03/30/11

There isn't a word in the Webster Dictionary to describe how wonderful my stay was at the Villa Sophia. From the time I reserved it online Tim was the elite professional and provided information to the letter without a hiccup. I was skeptical at first as I was coming from a great distance - the middle east and had never rented a vacation property. But Tim quickly put to rest any uncertainty. The pictures on the internet DOESN'T do Villa Sophia any justice but I understand you have to put something up for advertisement. Tim has opened his wonderful pool house to the world and I encourage anyone looking for something special and unique then this is the place. I will never stay in a hotel again as long as VIlla Sophia is available when I'm in the Los Angeles area. Los Feliz hills is a well kept secret that I'm glad I stumbled up on. The local attractions were cozy, laid back and romantic. So may I extend my sincere thanks and gratitude to Tim for opening the Villa Sophia to me. JW

guest: Lisa KIngsley San Miguel, Mexico
Date of Stay: 03/21/11 Review Submitted: 04/06/11

I just had the pleasure of staying at The Villa Sophia for the 3rd time and another review is in order because there are new luxuries since my trip - including a gorgeous new bed, walk ways with flowers, 2 huge olive trees that lend the perfect amount of shade to the lounge chairs by the pool, aqua de parma amenities - yum! And lastly, it was raining and I discovered the fireplace, which made a dreary week, cozy and warm. Once again, it's simply the best "hotel room" in LA - even in the rain! Highly recommended!

Guest: Anna from Sweden
Date of Stay: 04/18/11 Review Submitted: 05/09/11

"THE BEST VACATION EVER!" The Villa is even more beautiful than the pictures suggest. It is absolutely gorgeous with its view of downtown L.A., the pool and everything that makes the experience Tuscan as well as Hollywoodesque. The first class furniture and accessories ranges from Cartier key chains to a wonderfully soft Williams- Sonoma cashmere blanket which adds to the luxurious feel to the place . Needless to say everything was clean and very comfortable (I'm especially thinking about the bed which was particularly comfortable- I've never slept so well!). Everything from booking, paying, checking in, to staying at the Villa has been a pleasure. Tim is the perfect host- barely visible but always very welcoming. My fiancé and I enjoyed the stay so much that we instantly started to plan our return to the Villa. To verbalize how we feel about our stay at the Villa is much harder than I imagined- there's simply no words! Let me just say that it was an outstanding vacation rental and that I think it's by far the best way to experience Los angeles!

Guest: Jan (Edmonton, Alberta, Canada)
Date of Stay: 05/22/11 Review Submitted: 06/21/11

We recently spent 6 days at this wonderful property. From the moment we arrived we knew we had picked the perfect place. The accommodation, grounds, pool, view, all remarkable. Our host Tim was very gracious and we appreciated the privacy provided by this terrific home. The location was perfect, and my husband enjoyed being able to have his daily 'runs' in the area. This property is the place for those seeking something special and exclusive in the heart of LA! Many thanks Tim! We shall return!

Guest: Stephanie
Date of Stay: 05/21/11 Review Submitted: 07/18/11

Enticed by the enchanting photos of Villa Sophia, my 21 year old daughter and I soon found ourselves outside it's walled gate and door. Tim, the villa's charming owner, welcomed us and graciously escorted us to the pool house . Well, the photos had lured us, and the actual experience captivated us. So much so that we promptly booked our next longer stay even prior to departure! Although typically guests of many of the 5 Star hotels in the Los angeles area, this time we found ourselves seemingly magically transported into a whole other world, easily making this our overall favorite. What was best about it? The privilege of finding ourselves enjoying top notch accommodations within a space whose dimensions seamlessly expanded to include the breathtaking garden and pool, with vistas of the skyline twinkling in the background. There are no bad days here - even on a rainy morning we happily sipped coffee by the crackling fireplace and marveled at the almost fairy tale like setting we found ourselves in. The photos and description of this property are modest in terms of what we actually enjoyed. What remains an additional plus is the warmth and grace of it's owner, who has left no stone unturned to ensure that his pampered guests feel happy, welcome, and at home!

Guest: Alex Henchley (London)
Date of Stay: 06/24/11 Review Submitted: 08/08/11

This was the second time we have stayed at Villa Sophia. It is a fantastic place to stay. Close enough to downtown LA, 10 minutes drive, Universal Studios and Griffin Park but tucked away in the hills that you would not realise you were so close. We stayed here for our anniversary. It was extremely romantic. We especially enjoyed watching the sunsets from the hot tub. It is great value compared to a five star hotel with the various taxes, parking and internet charges. Facilities include a shower room that turns into a steam room, hot tub, swimming pool, exercise mats and weights. Villa Sophia has a homely feel added to with the appearance of the owners dog, Sophie who was really friendly and fun.

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