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.
Our space is very flexible, has multiple rooms plus an outdoor area, and can accommodate groups of various sizes. Please message me with your group size to help coordinate any additional services or uses that can factor into the cost. For large groups, rate will increase based on additional rooms used, valet shuttling, etc. We can handle your catering needs, so please message to learn more about food options and rates. Depending on availability, we can be flexible with your budget, so please message me to discuss. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- GENERAL GUIDELINES AND REQUIREMENTS PARKING: Guest can park at Location (or shuttled from a off-site parking area under certain conditions at Owner’s sole discretion). Location will make valet arrangements with valet company of Location’s choice. NO STREET PARKING. Event Planning: We are providing the Location and do not act as a full service event planner or coordinator. Security Deposit/Repairs: Beyond normal cleaning after the Event, the Client agrees to leave all property of any kind at the Location in as good order and condition as it was immediately prior to any use of Location by Client and to pay for the full amount of any costs incurred due to breakage, loss or damages to the Location whether caused by Client, the Client’s guests, contractors or agents. If the full cost is less than the Security Deposit, the difference will be refunded. If the full cost is greater, PeerSpace will charge the Guest the difference. Client agrees to pay for the replacement and replanting of damaged plants and grass. Music/Sound Levels: The Location is a private home located in a quiet residential neighborhood. For this reason, it is extremely important that the volume of the music and the noise level in general be kept at moderate levels both inside and outside. Sound levels are at the sole discretion of Owner. Unreasonably loud music or noise can be cause for termination of the Event. Location reserves the right to set music and P.A. levels at its discretion, however, past Clients have not objected to our sound level requirements. No live amplified bands are allowed at Location. Inside the House: Most interior spaces are equipped with a very good sound system allowing for the playing of CD’s. Outside Pool Area, Patios and Balconies: Low volume background and only is permitted outside. Absolutely no public address system/amplification by microphones is permitted outside. Security: Security has not been a problem with past events. However, it is the responsibility of the Client to insure that their guests maintain a proper level of conduct during the Event. Usually, the Client appoints some members of their party to perform the duties of insuring that all guests respect these rules. With some events, Location may require professional security personnel at additional cost to the Client. Supervision of Children: Client understands that there is a pool and many other water features, moving vehicles, undeveloped wild-land acreage, and other potentially dangerous conditions to children, and that it is the Client’s sole responsibility to be sure there is sufficient quality supervision of children attending their Event. Client requested that Location waive the usual requirement that Client hire someone to oversee and supervise the children, and Location agreed to do so. Client agrees to assume full resonsibility and liability for safety of the children. Rest Rooms: There are two ground floor rest rooms available. Kitchen: Location’s kitchen is not available for cooking or washing. Catering area and kitchen are to be set up on east patio outside. Decorations/ Signage: Tacks, nails, staples or other damaging fasteners are not to be used. Low-tack tape and string are acceptable. Rice and bird seed are not permitted. Decorations/ alterations are subject to approval. Event Insurance: Clients are to obtain Day-of Event Insurance. Insurance Certificate: Music providers and other contractors, event services and vendors that work at Location must be insured carrying at least $1,000,000.00 General Liability and $1,000,000.00 Property Damage and Forward a Certificate of Liability Insurance to the Host 90 days prior to Event Date. Host will message details regarding who should be listed as a certificate holder and additional insured. Photography: Clients agree to allow Location to use photography/videography from their wedding taken ether by photographer.videographer they hire, or taken by others, on it’s website and for other promotional means.
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!
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!
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.
We did a swimwear shoot on this site, and it is an absolutely gorgeous property with an incredible array of unique vignettes. The sunlight is perfect during the day with great exposures. Fabulous stucco, wood and metal backdrops that evoke a villa in Tuscany or Barcelona. In addition, Bill, the owner, is very friendly and helpful.
Our group had a fantastic off-site. Bill helped us with all of the details, even recommending a fantastic caterer for lunch and dinner. The main room accommodated everyone comfortably and gave us the ability to have presenters speak (no microphone needed) and do break out sessions. Would highly recommend this location for your next corporate gathering, company meeting or day of bonding. There were plenty of outdoor areas to convene in and the entire setting is so relaxing, it was easy to focus and be productive while getting the most out of a day away from the office.