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 front doors of Rivergate House opens on the main hall. High valued ceilings dominated by big round white Moroccan lights, the view of the garden and pool spill in through the French doors. The open plan room has a chiefs kitchen (double oven, plate warmer, dishwasher, equipment) and the adobe fireplace (gas and wood burning), great for marshmallow cooking after dinner. On the other side of the room, a Moroccan den with TV (Cable, Apple TV and Netflix) Sonos music system and a chest of toys. The large wood Moroccan dining table in the center of the room is the heart of the whole family house.
The large arched windows look to the fountain and front courtyard area. The white arches and tile make this café sitting area perfect to take your morning coffee. The gated parking lot is patterned with brick and lined with planted stone pots; there is a tall blue fountain the birds like to come to. On the other side of the little entry court yard is a bench under the tree; sometimes there is a slight breeze rocking the hanging bird cage.
The master bedroom with its King bed has great charm with valued exposed beams, gray and white with vintage accents. The second bedroom is actually biggest, with twin beds and simple children's wall decals, a large room with space to tumble around. Both bedrooms are en suite with shower (sauna and steam room) claw foot bath tub. The house is grand, stylish and updated.
We just renovated our luscious but water hogging lawn and put down soft sand. We have a new lounge area with billowing curtains that create an outdoor room, we have a few new trees and sitting areas. We are currently planting and things are growing and changing. Our photos are current and we update them as soon as we change things. If you are booking for a few months from now, expect to see the garden a little more grown in when you come to stay
We have key-less entry and the grounds are large enough that the house feels very private. The estate is shard with other houses that are available for let.
We all enjoy massive organic gardens, almost an acre of garden with an abundance of butterflies and birds, saltwater pool and spa, fire pit, chickens, art studio, fountain area, fruit trees… and Wi-Fi throughout. Rivergate House is the biggest and grandest house on the estate. It is not uncommon as the sun is setting that we all gather to play or chat on the lawn, the park, or in the front orchard. Rivergate is a unique place and a little hard to describe, it feels a little like a village on a summer day.
We are located just minutes from Hollywood, Los Feliz and the major studios in an upscale and residential neighborhood. Many of the large houses have private stables and it is common to see cowboys riding in the streets.: Warner Bros, NBC, CBS, Disney, Nickelodeon. And all the amenities of Griffith Park are on your doorstep. (horse riding, bowling and ice skating at pickwick, bike rentals and play grounds and four golf courses, Autry Museum, the LA Zoo, Travel town and Walt’s Barn; and on the other side of the park is the observatory, Sunset Ranch and the HOLLYWOOD sign. and of course the wildlife and 52 miles of hiking and horse riding trails in the park.
There are great cycling trails and running tracks throughout the neighborhood. Downtown Los Angeles is about 15 minutes away, depending a little on the infamous LA traffic (there is a shortcut through the park along Riverside Drive that is very pretty and cuts out some of the traffic).
Burbank and Glendale are home to loads of shopping including the Americana (a high end outdoor mall with fountain, fine restaurants and events). A Pavilions supermarket is one of the finest around and well within walking distance.
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.
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