Grand 1930s architectural gem on several acres with lush gardens and mountain views. Spell-binding ambience, nature, serenity, and beauty are the prime amenities of this bucolic retreat. • LOCATION - In Topanga Canyon, the celebrated vortex of art and eccentricity. Minutes to urban Los Angeles, yet seems a zillion miles away. • NATURE - Surrounded by thousands of acres of the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area, the largest urban park in America • GRAND SCALE - 7,000-square-foot architectural gem on several acres of rural bliss. • DROP-DEAD GORGEOUS - Candy for the eyes. Beauty is perhaps its prime amenity. • AMBIENCE - Great vibe, intimacy and warmth. • MOUNTAIN VIEWS and fresh air. • LUSH GARDENS with meandering pathways, fountains everywhere and lots of vintage outdoor furniture. • WILDLIFE - A Certified Wildlife and Butterfly Habitat. Peacocks roam, bunnies hop about, bees buzz, and hummingbird drink from the fountains helicopter-style. • SPECTACULAR GREAT ROOM with 16-foot high truss-beamed ceiling, grand staircase, and original hardwood maple floors. • THREE BEDROOMS - The Siren Room, Mountain Room, and Tower Room. • 3 ENSUITE BATHROOMS, beautifully appointed. • BIG FIREPLACE in the Great Room to warm the soul. • EXTERIORS - Patios, Verandas, Balconies, and Decks. • BIG CLASSIC SWIMMING POOL - 20’ X 40’, three to eight feet deep with deep azure bottom. • OFF-STREET PARKING - If you visit, please park inside the front gate, not on the neighborhood streets. • PHOTOGENIC - A favorite location with photographers and filmmakers for decades. • NOTORIOUS HISTORY - The property was originally developed in the early 30s as the Sylvia Park Country Club. In the 40’s it was reinvented as a gambling house run by the infamous gangster, Mickey Cohen. In the 50’s it was reborn again as The Canyon Club, a gay nightclub owned and operated by a former vice cop. Other assorted identities include American Legion hall, boarding house, theatre, and a celebrated artist’s haunt that featured world-class chamber music and more. By the late 1980s, the place was an exercise in deferred maintenance, a shipwreck in slow motion listing precariously, with a crumbling foundation, a checkered past, and an uncertain future. In 1989, a local artist with a passion for old houses and history bought the property, moved in with the rats, bats, and one feral cat, shoveled the horse manure from the floor, and began a 25-year journey of rebirth and rehabilitation. Now it is a horticultural retreat for the rejuvenation of mind, body and spirit, and for the preservation of our natural, architectural and historical heritage The rest is history.
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Gerald I. booked a video shoot for 12 people
Bill was very responsive - in addition went above and beyond The space was AMAZING!!! We shot Short Film
Cynthia M. booked a photoshoot for 3 people
This site offered just the feel that my photographer and I sought; “Spanish Villa”. Additionally our host Bill was easy to work with.
Ari C. booked a production for 6 people
Truly a one of a kind location with so much variety for all types of shoots. Bill was amazing to deal with both leading up to as well as the day of the shoot. Highly recommended!
Alexa R. booked a production for 10 people
Bill was a fantastic host, the property was gorgeous and it was a pleasure to shoot at the Mountain Mermaid. There are so many amazing nooks and versatile areas to shoot in. Thank you so much for having us and we look forward to coming back to shoot very soon!
Kevin B. booked a production for 25 people
This is a amazing and beautiful location, alot of great looks and options, there is plenty of parking and Bill (site rep/owner) was great to work with, he is very accommodating and great in communication. I will definitely book this location again.