Hollywood is getting a facelift! Many of the local gems – from apartments to theaters – are getting some much needed attention now that the neighborhood is coming back to life with new business. Villa Carlotta is now getting it’s moment.
After stalking the ongoing $5.5 million renovation on this heritage building in my Beachwood Canyon/Franklin Village neighborhood, I noticed they finally brought in the furniture, at which point I contact them immediately for a property tour. While it is wonderful to see the beautiful building (originally built in 1926 by Elinor Ince, the widow of early studio head Thomas Ince, who died somewhat mysteriously in 1924 after a party on William Randolph Hearst’s yacht. For more on this watch the movie “Cat’s Meow“), this recent renovation was not without controversy as it evicted long time residents a few years back after it was sold with the original plan to be a luxury hotel. However, due to some obstacles, the Villa Carlotta was instead turned into “extended stay residential hotel living” suites, which will be a perfect addition for people in the film and music industry working near by, yet constantly on the move from one city to the next. (*As I mentioned in a previous article, the number of companies that have moved back into Hollywood has skyrocketed in recent years, so their timing it perfect).
I was happy to see all of the original hard wood on the floors and beams, and all the cupboards and nooks, that reflect the design sense of the 1920s when both Villa Carlotta and Château Elysee across the street (now the ‘Scientology Celebrity Center’). In keeping with the needs of past notorious guests (actor Edward G. Robinson, actress Marion Davies, writer William Saroyan, film producer David O. Selznick, architect William Neff, famous gossip scribe Louella Parsons), the 50 units offer everything from studios to a two level/two town house, a charming shared courtyard space and roof deck with a sprawling view of the Hollywood Hills. They also offer a concierge service, all the usual trimmings – gym, etc, and it is just steps away from the restaurants in Franklin Village, set amid a residential area, and a quick uber ride to hot spots in Hollywood and Silver Lake. If you can afford it, consider this your new home away from home!
*View from the Villa Carlotta, onto the Château Elysee across the street
Author: Carrie Mitchell
Carrie A. Mitchell is the founder of L’Aventure Travel, the host of the Suitcase Sojourn Podcast, and author of the children’s travel book “To Be We”. Carrie is a global travel and hospitality expert who works with publications, brands and entertainment outlets on a number of travel related projects, from marketing consulting to editorial coverage to hosting & producing content for the web, TV and podcasts. She is always seeking to learn from people and places around the world, and share through her cultural exploration (40+ countries and counting)