of course,you have to see...
of course,you have to see Rodeo Drive and its fashion boutiques;but most of the city is a collection of wonderful villas with handsome gardens;you will see hundreds of warnings:'beware!this house is protected from robbers!armed response in case of tresspassing!';picture is:wilshire blvrd
Music in the Mansion
Originally the largest family estate in Beverly Hills, the grounds once covered 425 acres with a lake, brook and cascading waterfall. Today, it is a filming location and a center for cultural activities and events. Many movies, such as War and Rememberance and The Witches of Eastwick, have used Greystone as a set. You can enjoy a self-guided tour of the Formal Gardens, Mansion Gardens and Lower Grounds Estate.
Greystone Mansion offers concerts in the setting of what was the former residence of the Beverly Hills Doheny family. Music in the Mansion performances are held in the unique and intimate setting of the historic Greystone Mansion's living room. Concerts, usually scheduled for early spring, begin at 1:30pm and are followed by a light reception and a first floor tour of the Mansion. A regular event for local Beverly Hills residents.
Call (310) 285-2529 and (310) 550-4753 to purchase tickets.
Designed by renowned Southern California Architect Gordon B. Kaufman, this English Gothic Revival mansion consists of over 46,000 square feet of living space and was completed in 1928 for the prominent Doheny family.
The landscape architect, Paul G. Thiene, created the lush gardens surrounding the estate using a potpourri of Gothic and neoclassic architectural styles.
Currently owned by the City of Beverly Hills, Greystone Estate was recognized as a Historic Landmark and placed on the Register of Historic Places in 1976. Proceeds from this event go towards the restoration of Greystone Estate.
The Greystone Mansion interiors will be richly decorated in the elegant and classic design of the 1920s. The ASID designers created their own unique look in all of the rooms on the first and second floors located within the main part of the mansion.
The Mansion is currently used to house Beverly Hills Events; such as the 2007 Garden and Design Showcase.
Tour the mansion estate rooms, richly decorated by American Society of Interior Designers LA Chapter and see the lush gardens firsthand.
October 26 – November 11, 2007
10:00 am – 3:00 pm daily, except Oct. 29 & Nov. 5
(House entry is on the half hour beginning at 10 am)
Come directly to Greystone Estate
905 Loma Vista Dr.
Beverly Hills, CA
Admission: General Admission $30 each
Groups of 20 or more $25 each
No infants or children under the age of 12 allowed for weekday tours.
On-site self parking.
On site restaurant (no outside food will be allowed into the estate).
Serious motion picture research done here
This is the other Academy site (at La Cienega and Olympic) - the Douglas Fairbanks Center for Motion Picture Study - named in the honor of the Academy's first president.
A key attraction for some visitors will be the 1928 Mission-style building itself, with its tile roof and ornate, picturesque tower. This was formerly the old Beverly Hills Waterworks; take a look at the vintage photos in the lobby to see what the place used to look like when it was just a dilapidated water-treatment plant, and you'll have to admire the recent restoration effort. Situated in a small park, there's even a putting green and a soccer field on the south side of the building. (Since the lobby is named after Bob Hope, perhaps that explains the putting green...)
Inside, you again must check-in with a guard at the door (tell him you've come to see the library), then go upstairs. The large research library on the second floor contains an extraordinary collection of reference books concerning the history of motion pictures, but little else to attract members of the general public. Yes, there is some minor Hollywood memorabilia displayed under glass in the library's south wing, but that's all.
However, if you have serious research to do about motion pictures, this is the perfect spot. The Academy Film Archive is the finest and most complete film archives in the world. They have also attempted to collect every English language book on the subject of motion pictures. Included are more than 20,000 books, 60,000 screenplays, 12,000 films, 15,000 posters, 1,400 periodicals, 200,000 clippings, plus six million movie stills and photographs on file, all of which are available to researchers and students.
Beverly Hills Trolley
While you're visiting, you might want to ride the Beverly Hills Trolley. Operated by the city of Beverly Hills, this charming little tram offers a 30-minute tour of Beverly Hills, complete with professional tour guides who show visitors the city's posh downtown area and luxury neighborhoods. There is a $2.00 service charge per person (kids under 12 are free). Tours start at the corner of Rodeo Drive and Payton Way, and run once per hour, beginning at 10:30 AM. The last tour is at 5:30 PM (4:30 PM in winter). But bear in mind that the trolley only runs during "tourist season." It operates Tuesday through Saturday during the summer (July 1 through Labor Day) andduring the winter holidays (after Thanksgiving through New Year's Eve). For more information, phone (800) 345-2210.
(Oh yes... by now it should go without saying that Rodeo Drive is pronounced "Ro-day-o," not "Ro-dee-o."