“The temple in the clouds.” That’s what they call it. It's a one-of-a-kind 60-acre mountain property located high above Los Angeles in the Santa Monica Mountains. It’s a tough place to describe; there is no 140-character combination that will do it justice. The simplest illustration: it can be what you want it to be. It’s an upscale living quarter meets natural paradise meets hippie compound. It’s played host to some of history’s biggest icons; Jimi Hendrix & Andy Warhol to name a few, as well as served as a playground for acts such as Bon Jovi, The Doors, and even Playboy. It all began with S&H Green Stamp heir Lewis Marvin III purchasing the property in 1957. One step onto this place and it is very clear that Marvin had a unique taste; he was a true lover of animals and pursued an eccentric search for enlightenment - all very present here. What once served as a home for Marvin, his wife and three children, has now become one of the most recognizable backdrops for movies, photo shoots, and music videos in Southern California. The most astonishing aspect is it’s attention to detail. The living spaces are spread between three buildings: the Round House, a geodesic dome, and a trailer converted into a small home. The Wall Street Journal described the breathtaking Round House as“a two-story living room built inside a water tank-like building whose interior includes porous rainforest-wood walls, a giant chandelier and 20-foot tall windows looking out on the Santa Monica Bay far below." In between the living quarters is a garden sanctuary adorned with symbols, statues, and art representing peace, religion, and spirituality. Spend a few hours here and you’ll be immersed into a unique space unlike any other. The ultimate grab is the view. And this isn’t a view you can get anywhere; it is like nothing else that exists in Southern California. The property sports a panoramic 360 degree view of Los Angeles that is to die for. For a city like LA that is known for being incredibly expansive and fragmented, everything from Downtown LA to the Santa Monica bay is all but framed into a perfect picture here. Being almost 2,000 feet above the Pacific Ocean will do that for you. “It’s a world apart,” says Barbara Wayne, Mr. Marvin’s widow. “It’s contributed greatly to the imagination of anyone who comes to visit – my children included.” It is now available for bookings. Welcoming all movie shoots, photo shoots, music video productions, and artistic events. **Location is extremely private and not open to the public**
- Guests must maintain standard general liability insurance of $1 million and show proof. We will inform you of the name to add as an additional insured on the policy. - Guests must sign a contract which will be provided via e-mail at booking. - Crews at 15 or more guests are allowed but will be charged at a rate of $450/hr. (Capped at 30). ** Location is rented by the day not by the hour. Any event booked for 8 hours or less will be charged the 8-hour fee. Any additional hours will be charged by the hourly rate **
This location filled all of our production needs and then some, Johnny worked with us to figure out all the logistics and come shoot day we were able to just focus on the creative and shoot all over this magical location! We wish we had another day to shoot because there’s limitless possibilities for backgrounds here.
What a truly unique and one-of-a-kind location! It's a little bit of a trek to get there but totally worth it! The host was super accommodating and Johnny was a fantastic site rep to work with. Highly recommend.
Johny was a great host and extremely helpful with not only the booking process but also on day of, leading the crew up to the property. The location itself is so beautiful, worth the drive! Perfect for photo shoots with lots of nooks and areas to shoot. Thank you for having us!