Really cute apartments in Hollywood

Old Aug 28th, 2019, 09:49 PM
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Really cute apartments in Hollywood

Just checked into our three-night stay at this gorgeous, authentic Spanish-style apartment building from the 1920s. Had to recommend it!
Adorable, sparkling clean apartments. Gated private parking.
Interior courtyards with gardens, water features and barbecue grills.
Some apartments have private outdoor courtyards.
Very helpful on-site manager who meets you and shows you around, tells you about the neighborhood.
Prices compare to mid-priced hotels.
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It's probably an illegal STR.

"The property to be rented must be the host’s primary residence, where they live for more
than six months out of the year."

"A primary residence is defined as the home where the host resides for more than six months of the year. If there are multiple units on a property, the primary residence is the unit in which the host resides. For example, if a host owns a duplex and lives in one of the units, they are the primary resident of that unit in which they live. The second unit is not the host’s primary residence, even if they own it."

"The residence must not be subject to the City’s Rent Stabilization Ordinance (RSO), which
applies to most non-single-family rental units constructed before 1978...."


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Hahaha. Thanks for the downer. But, I am aware of those restrictions, and would not support any illegal rentals. I checked into it, before committing to renting here. It’s legit.
An historic little apartment building operating legally in the heart of Hollywood. It’s not an owner subletting a unit or something.
It would be pretty hard to fly under the radar with this location on Highland, the number of units, its advertising presence, and its substantial size. From what the on-site manager said, there are about five long-term residents, as well. It could be under some grandfather clause. Maybe considered by the city as an all-suite hotel, or something like that, not an apartment building per se. Check out the website I linked above.
As it’s unusual and so stunning, I thought I’d share.
Just saw the gardener tidying up on our little private patio, which I hadn’t noticed last night, right off the kitchen. Adorable place. Like a mini-resort in the heart of Hollywood craziness. DS lives just up the hill. He and his fiancée work in real estate and property management throughout LA. They helped me check into it.
We plan on using this place regularly in the future. Ordinarily, we wouldn’t want to stay in Hollywood, but this place is special.

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Apparently the owners are still trying to get a license so that they can operate the place as a "boutique hotel". Stay tuned. Enforcement of the new short-term-rental laws starts on Nov 1st.
From the L.A. times about 10 years ago:

"There’s always been a bit of mythology behind the gates of the place they call Villa Valentino.The 18 cozy apartments tucked between the Hollywood Bowl and Hollywood Boulevard are said to have been where silent screen star Rudolph Valentino sneaked away for romantic trysts -- never mind that the legendary “Latin Lover” was already dead by the time the dwellings were finished 80 years ago.The graceful courtyard building is also where residents were told to pack up and flee because the place might blow up from leaking gas -- a claim the city says is untrue.Those living at 2000 N. Highland Ave. assert that the supposed “emergency evacuation” was a ploy by the building’s new owners to get them out so that the designated city historic-cultural monument can be converted into a boutique hotel. Their refusal to leave has led to a seven-month standoff between tenants and the owners, who purchased the building for just under $5 million in November.One Friday evening in December when new owner Rebecca Richards hastily summoned tenants to a meeting and announced that the property was plagued by leaky gas lines, electrical shorts and carbon monoxide buildup. Tenants’ lives were at risk, she said.Residents, who taped the meeting, were told that the gas company and city officials would visit the following Monday to red-tag the whole place. Richards said she had found alternative housing for tenants and arranged for moving vans to arrive Sunday.Because city offices were closed for the weekend, tenants were unable to confirm with officials that Villa Valentino had in fact been deemed uninhabitable, said Janet Eisner, a commercial and music video agent who has lived there four years.Joann Maytas, a 16-year resident, said one tenant called the gas company “and was told the company had no reason to shut down the gas” other than that it had been told tenants were moving out.By moving time Sunday, Villa Valentino residents had decided to stay put. They placed signs in their windows that warned movers not to set foot in their apartments and threatened legal action against anyone who did.“It was clear we were being tricked into ‘voluntarily’ evicting ourselves,” Johnson said.Residents said that after they refused to leave, Richards ordered them to remove patio furniture and barbecues from the courtyards’ common areas. Tenants said Richards also cut off the gardening service, shut down the courtyards’ four signature fountains, placed the laundry room off-limits and prohibited the use of fireplaces.Loss of the fountains, which have since been covered with wood or plastic, was particularly disheartening to Maytas, a professional pond and fountain designer. “They went a long way toward dealing with the heat and the street noise from Highland,” she said.Richards did not respond to inquiries from The Times except to state that “Villa Valentino Hollywood” owns the property, not her. However, property records list both Richards and Villa Valentino Hollywood as owners.A representative of Villa Valentino Hollywood, Scott Houston, described it as a “partnership including approximately 40 modest investors.” He said various long-term options for the building are being explored.Residents, however, said they have been told by an employee of the owners that the plan is to turn Villa Valentino into a hotel. A realty firm’s website suggests that it will be a “remodeled masterpiece” and “boutique condo hotel.”City officials said they are now carefully monitoring repairs to Villa Valentino after inspecting the building in January.A Los Angeles Housing Department spokesman said inspectors found “substantial deferred maintenance.”The housing official said the city has not been advised of any proposal to turn the complex into a hotel. But such an action would require a 60-day notice to tenants, plus payment of relocation fees of up to $17,800 per family.Major renovations cannot begin, he said, until the city reviews a tenant habitability plan that Villa Valentino owners submitted in June."

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Very interesting. I’ll look for the ghost of Rudy Valentino tonight! There’s always a story behind historic properties. Especially in Hollywood.
That article is 10 years old. There doesn’t seem to be any discord now, at least not from people we’ve encountered in the courtyards. Certainly no boarded up fountains or unkept courtyards. That must all be behind them. Whatever renovations have been completed.
The buildings are remarkably in good shape, with all details meticulously maintained. Love the retro push button light switches, just like granny’s house. Even AC has been added to the units.
I imagine, with both Hilton and Holiday Inn across the street, they keep the place on its toes. DIL works at Sotheby's, I’ll ask her to see what they know about it. I’ll also ask the property manager when I see her again.
I hope this place will be available for years to come, as we are here often to visit. If anyplace is a perfect boutique hotel, it’s this one. I’d hate to see it replaced by a cookie cutter hotel chain.
Heading out now to see the area. Maybe we’ll go to Musso & Frank’s for more old Hollywood vibes. When in Rome. . ..

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" I’ll look for the ghost of Rudy Valentino tonight!"

Go to Hollywood Forever Cemetery. You can see him there.

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I know, maitai! I think that cemetery has become a sort of entertainment venue, with films and live music, right? Not a bad use of that much land.
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Apparently the owners are still trying to get a license so that they can operate the place as a "boutique hotel". Stay tuned. Enforcement of the new short-term-rental laws starts on Nov 1st.
From the L.A. times about 10 years ago:

"There’s always been a bit of mythology behind the gates of the place they call Villa Valentino.The 18 cozy apartments tucked between the Hollywood Bowl and Hollywood Boulevard are said to have been where silent screen star Rudolph Valentino sneaked away for romantic trysts -- never mind that the legendary “Latin Lover” was already dead by the time the dwellings were finished 80 years ago.The graceful courtyard building is also where residents were told to pack up and flee because the place might blow up from leaking gas -- a claim the city says is untrue.Those living at 2000 N. Highland Ave. assert that the supposed “emergency evacuation” was a ploy by the building’s new owners to get them out so that the designated city historic-cultural monument can be converted into a boutique hotel. Their refusal to leave has led to a seven-month standoff between tenants and the owners, who purchased the building for just under $5 million in November.One Friday evening in December when new owner Rebecca Richards hastily summoned tenants to a meeting and announced that the property was plagued by leaky gas lines, electrical shorts and carbon monoxide buildup. Tenants’ lives were at risk, she said.Residents, who taped the meeting, were told that the gas company and city officials would visit the following Monday to red-tag the whole place. Richards said she had found alternative housing for tenants and arranged for moving vans to arrive Sunday.Because city offices were closed for the weekend, tenants were unable to confirm with officials that Villa Valentino had in fact been deemed uninhabitable, said Janet Eisner, a commercial and music video agent who has lived there four years.Joann Maytas, a 16-year resident, said one tenant called the gas company “and was told the company had no reason to shut down the gas” other than that it had been told tenants were moving out.By moving time Sunday, Villa Valentino residents had decided to stay put. They placed signs in their windows that warned movers not to set foot in their apartments and threatened legal action against anyone who did.“It was clear we were being tricked into ‘voluntarily’ evicting ourselves,” Johnson said.Residents said that after they refused to leave, Richards ordered them to remove patio furniture and barbecues from the courtyards’ common areas. Tenants said Richards also cut off the gardening service, shut down the courtyards’ four signature fountains, placed the laundry room off-limits and prohibited the use of fireplaces.Loss of the fountains, which have since been covered with wood or plastic, was particularly disheartening to Maytas, a professional pond and fountain designer. “They went a long way toward dealing with the heat and the street noise from Highland,” she said.Richards did not respond to inquiries from The Times except to state that “Villa Valentino Hollywood” owns the property, not her. However, property records list both Richards and Villa Valentino Hollywood as owners.A representative of Villa Valentino Hollywood, Scott Houston, described it as a “partnership including approximately 40 modest investors.” He said various long-term options for the building are being explored.Residents, however, said they have been told by an employee of the owners that the plan is to turn Villa Valentino into a hotel. A realty firm’s website suggests that it will be a “remodeled masterpiece” and “boutique condo hotel.”City officials said they are now carefully monitoring repairs to Villa Valentino after inspecting the building in January.A Los Angeles Housing Department spokesman said inspectors found “substantial deferred maintenance.”The housing official said the city has not been advised of any proposal to turn the complex into a hotel. But such an action would require a 60-day notice to tenants, plus payment of relocation fees of up to $17,800 per family.Major renovations cannot begin, he said, until the city reviews a tenant habitability plan that Villa Valentino owners submitted in June."
Wow, Clark. This is a fascinating story. So do you know what happened? Did most of the people leave voluntarily and did they get their relocation moneys?


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Yes, Clark, do you have any idea what happened?
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New laws are on the books, enforcement begins Nov 1st, and as far as I understand, no apartment under "rent control" can be used as a short-term rental under any circumstances. That's probably why the owners want to classify their building as a "boutique hotel".

Apparently it's taking them quite a while to weed-out all of the permanent tenants, the letter below was written in 2015:

The Honorable Mike Bonin
Los Angeles City Hall
200 North Spring Street, Room 475
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Re: Council File #14-1635-S2, Short Term Rentals
Dear Councilmember Bonin,
I am writing to urge you to quickly take action to curb the short-term rental
problem in Los Angeles, and relieve the pressure it is putting on our
neighborhoods. I have lived at 2000 N. Highland Avenue #2 in Los Angeles for
22.5 years. My building is on the historic register as Roman Gardens-Historic/
Cultural Monument #397, and is a rent-controlled building built in 1926. Since
new owners (Villa Valentino Hollywood L.P.) purchased the property in 2008,
they have been turning it into an Airbnb hotel, with 10 apartments converted to
hotel use, 5 apartments with “old” rent-controlled tenants remaining, and 1
apartment under renovation. They have not invoked the Ellis Act and I do not
believe that the City is aware of the conversion. There are 10 apartments listed
as nightly rentals on both Hollywood-Hideaways.com and Homeaway.com. Not
only has the community atmosphere among tenants been eliminated, but “old”
tenants are constantly harassed (laundry room reserved for only nightly tenants
and housekeeping services; parking spaces moved out onto a very busy street)
and threatened with eviction.
I am currently facing an eviction trial on 9/3 as the landlord claims that my
cats, that have lived here for 11 years, are now suddenly a nuisance and in
violation of my lease. As my neighbor, Rob, says: the cats aren’t the real
problem, YOU’RE the problem (meaning me since they want my apartment).
Meanwhile I have to deal with the constant turn-over of hotel guests, our
common courtyard turned into a hotel lobby/smoking room with gatherings
until all hours, and people constantly rolling suitcases in and out. I never know
who is coming or going. LAHD code enforcement division has not returned my
call regarding this issue, and the LAHD RSO division says that they cannot do
anything to help me with my eviction.
I ask that you put neighborhoods first, support enforcement of existing zoning
and occupancy laws that prohibit short-term rentals, and craft legislation that
protects affordable housing, RSO housing, the stability of our communities and
the quality of life in our neighborhoods.
Thank you for your consideration.
Sincerely,
JoAnn Matyas
2000 N. Highland Avenue #2
Los Angeles, CA 90068

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Interesting. I feel for the resident. That letter is four years old. We didn’t sense any discord whatsoever. We saw a cat in the courtyard, and the property manager has a small dog. I think short-term guests are allowed to bring a pet, but I’m not sure.
You’d think they could come up with a satisfactory solution for all.
Change is never easy. The location would be tough for long-term residents, I think. Highland Avenue is so busy and such a touristy area. Fine place for a visit, but difficult to live long-term.
It really is a special and beautiful property, and so very well-kept. Sort of like The Beacon Hotel in NYC, also previously an apartment building.
We hope they come up with a compromise. We’d love to return. Hopefully the owner won’t give up and bulldoze it. That land must be worth a fortune, and could earn a LOT more money than it is now.

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"It would be pretty hard to fly under the radar with this location in Hollywood".

Well, this letter to the city council is from 2017....I would imagine if there are still "permanent" tenants on the property that the fight continues to evict them.

"STRs have ruined our once wonderful community of great neighbors and family-like friends. Angelenos. For 8 years
now, the current owners of our building continue to operate as a non-permitted, short term, rogue hotel with complete
disregard of all city ordinances. Shamelessly harassing legal tenants in favor of any transient
or tourist with a common credit card. This influx of complete strangers has given us great concern for the safety of our
property and persons."
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There are always two or more sides to every story. Who is right and who is wrong?
I believe the Villa Valentino is operating legally now, and we will see what happens on Nov 1.
There certainly were no “transients” on site, so I take that letter with a grain or two of salt. I don’t think transients are their target market.
Is it wrong for its owners to decide to operate it as a hotel, rather than as an apartment building? I think it’s their prerogative, assuming residents are treated fairly. Any time you sign a lease anywhere, you are not guaranteed a life-long residency. The owner can always raise your rent, sell or revise the property as appears to be the case here. Makes sense tenants might be upset, but doesn’t make them right.

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Change is never easy. The location would be tough for long-term residents, I think. Highland Avenue is so busy and such a touristy area. Fine place for a visit, but difficult to live long-term.
In your opinion as a tourist. And yet, people did reside there and apparently wanted to stay.
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. . . There certainly were no “transients” on site, so I take that letter with a grain or two of salt. I don’t think transients are their target market. . .
Anyone who stays for less than 30 days is, by definition for tax purposes, a transient. Short stay = transient occupancy. This means you. It doesn't mean homeless if that's what you're implying. Government entities collect "transient occupancy taxes" for stays under 30 days. So don't kid yourself that you aren't having an impact.

I'm not against short term rentals by any means. I have provided them in my home. But no one was evicted from their homes in the process. That's the sad part of this story.
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Well, we can parse words all day long, I suppose.
In my experience, the term “transient” is always used in a derogatory fashion, as opposed to saying “traveler, tourist, guest, visitor”, etc.
I am not “kidding myself” or anyone else about whatever impact I made by staying in the heart of Hollywood with tens of thousands of other people.
Just stating my "opinion as a tourist"-- given this site is specifically for travelers/tourists to do exactly that.
Like it or not, the Villa Valentino is now a very nice, all-suite, short-term rental facility.
Offering short-term rentals in your home in a residential neighborhood is another thing entirely. If you do it, I imagine neighbors have certain feelings about it, which is the sad part of that story.
I know around here, it is a hotly-debated topic. Neighbors do not welcome VRBOs next door.
As I said above, there are two or more sides to every story. Any historic property can certainly have a storied past.
My intent is to share this great rental property for others who might be interested. If you're not interested, don't stay there.

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“There were no transients”. Umm, what do you call someone staying for three days?
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There was no intent to trash your post. Just pointing out that no matter how "legal" a rental may look to you, there are , as you say, "two sides to every story". We'll see what happens in November when every legal rental must list their rental license # in all advertising....or pay a fine. I hope you get to stay there again if everything is on the up-n-up. Do check for their city registration number.

"Makes sense tenants might be upset, but doesn’t make them right. "
If the property has been trying to evict everyone since 2009....and tenants who've had "eviction hearings" over the last 10 years are still on the premises....then I'd think that some judge has decided they have some rights to stay.

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Thanks, Clark, I wasn’t referring to you.
Big IFs all the way around, since every one of us is just speculating.
Next time I’m visiting, I’ll definitely look into staying there again.
I did specifically inquire of the manager before I reserved this time, and he assured me that all their documentation is in order. Whatever that means.
Because a fair amount of money has been spent to authentically renovate the property, and to maintain its elaborate gardens, I’m guessing the owners have worked it out to everyone’s satisfaction, or they would not have committed that kind of money. I don’t think it’s cheap to install AC in historic stucco/plaster rooms, either.
In any event, I recommend the Villa Valentino. (Assuming it’s legit.)

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