About this listing
Channing House is spacious, light, stylish on a private estate that was once part of Bette Davis’ house, Riverbottom. In Griffith Park just minutes from Hollywood, Los Feliz and Silver Lake and the major studios like Disney, Warner Bros, Universal.
Channing is the largest house available on the estate. The MASTER BEDROOM looks through arched windows to the fruit orchard and the unique round brickwork and shingled roof of the original gate to Riverbottom, Bette Davis’ estate. It is bright and spacious with a king-sized bed, all natural organic mattress and features a comfy custom headboard to snuggle into with your late night novel. A Moroccan chandelier casts soft light patterns on the clear bright walls. Watch the moon rise over the blue foothills of Mount Hollywood.
The stylish Moroccan LIVING ROOM/KITCHEN with the great round white chandeliers that pattern the white washed walls. The large Moroccan wood dining table is bathed in light from the arched windows. Open plan full kitchen with dishwasher, because no one wants to do the dishes while on holiday:-) 32” flat screen television with both digital cable and Apple TV and a handmade Moroccan couch (that can also be used as another bed). The original art on the walls make this a great ‘home away from home’
The second BEDROOM also has Moroccan lights, dark wood floors and two comfy twin beds. The front windows look out toward the San Gabriel Mountains as they turn purple in the evening light.
The slate tiled BATHROOM has a built in shower room and a stack-able washer and drier. The patterned hallway off the living room has the controls for the central heating and air conditioning.
We have a bonus room that can be set up in different ways; an office with the desk and a number of outlets for those on a work trip; or as a little baby room with a crib (let me know when you book if you want to use either of these options).
We just renovated our luscious but water hogging lawn and put down soft sand. We have a new lounge area with billowing curtains that create an outdoor room, we have a few new trees and sitting areas. We are currently planting and things are growing and changing. Our photos are current and we update them as soon as we change things. If you are booking for a few months from now, expect to see the garden a little more grown in when you come to stay
I live part time in one of the houses on the ESTATE with my two young children. We have key-less entry and the grounds are large enough that the house feels very private. With the added bonus that we are right there to answer questions or fix anything that may arise. We share the estate with other houses that are available for let:
Rivergate House https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/6132998
The whole estate at (website hidden)
Dillard’s Pool House (website hidden)
O’Leary’s Cabin (website hidden).
We all enjoy massive organic gardens, almost an acre of garden with an abundance of butterflies and birds, saltwater pool and spa, fire pit, chickens, art studio, fountain area, fruit trees… and Wi-Fi throughout. Rivergate House is the biggest and grandest house on the estate. It is not uncommon as the sun is setting that we all gather to play or chat on the lawn, the park, or in the front orchard. Rivergate is a unique place and a little hard to describe, it feels a little like a village on a summer day.
The grounds are huge with two gardens. The front area, where Channing House is, with the sandy fruit orchard, vegetable garden, gated parking, fountain and seating areas. The back garden is dominated by a large open area to play games on, the salt water pool and spa, the sun bathing area and outdoor shower and loo, and of course the horse stables where a pair of chickens live. Further still and you reach the back gate that opens onto Easter Field and all of Griffith Park.
Interaction with Guests
I live part time in one of the houses on the estate with my two young children. We have keyless entry and the grounds are large enough that the house feels very private. With the added bonus that we are right there to answer questions or fix any thing that may arise.
We share the estate with other houses that are available through airbnb. It is not uncommon as the sun is setting that we all gather to play or chat on the lawn or fruit orchard. It is a unique place and a little hard to describe how at times it feels like village on a summers day.
The NEIGHBORHOOD upscale and residential. Many of the large houses have private stables and it is common to see cowboys riding in the streets. We are just a few miles from Los Feliz, Silver Lake and Atwater (two exits on the freeway, about 5 minutes). We are bicycling distance from the studios (NBC, CBS, Warner Bros, Disney, Nickelodeon …). Additionally, there are four golf courses very near, as well as Travel Town, the LA Zoo, The Autry Museum, several horse riding facilities and playgrounds, Pickwick ice-skating and bowling and of course the wildlife and 52 miles of hiking and horse riding trails in the park.
The City just received a billion dollars and is redeveloping the LA River . There are great cycling trails and running tracks throughout the neighborhood. Downtown Los Angeles is about 15 minutes away, depending a little on the infamous LA traffic (there is a shortcut through the park along Riverside Drive that is very pretty and cuts out some of the traffic).
Burbank and Glendale are home to loads of shopping including the Americana (a high end outdoor mall with fountain, fine restaurants and events). A Pavilions supermarket is one of the finest around and within walking distance.
Nobody walks in LA... you can, but people don't. They drive to Griffith park and hike.
We have great bus and train access, but again, people in LA drive.
You can also bike. There are dedicated lanes on the road and along the river, or you can ride a horse here! (you can book a ride from Sunset Ranch and arrive through the park.)
Other Things to Note
Boring Legal Things: A 12% Transient Occupancy Tax, imposed by the city of Glendale, has been added to the final cost of the rental room (which we pay to the city). This is supposed to stated separately as an additional cost to your room rental, however AirBnB does not allow for this option in pricing.
We charge a high cleaning fee. This is for the standard cleaning that we do before each guest and the small repairs, repainting, replacing damaged furniture, rugs, upholstery and minor fixes. We all break things and spill. Is isn’t very pleasant to have a lovely holiday only to get in to the nitty gritty of broken glasses or wall scratches at the end of it. These things happen and the second half of the cleaning fee goes toward the repairman.
Like in the country, if you see a gate open, leave it open, if it is closed, close it after you.
No smoking inside please. If you smoke, please do so outside and use an ashtray. Please empty the ashtray in the outside bins and not in the house
No more than two guests at a time on the property. If you have a group, please ask Amy (phone number hidden)
Please Use the pool fence gates. They can be a little tricky to operate as they are designed to keep toddlers out. Pull the toggle on the top of the gate up to open. If in frustration you take the fence down, please make sure you put it together again for the sake of the kids on the property. MAKE SURE THE GATE IS COSED AFTER USE and that the pool is secured once you have finished. Again, we have young children on the property and really like them and want to ensure their safety☺
To operate the spa, push the spa on button once on the puck mounted in the gray box in the wall by the fire pit. There are also buttons for the bubbles and the pool lights. Be patient, if you push the buttons repeatedly the pool gets cross and resets itself☺
the estate is great for dogs and we do allow them (with a $100 cleaning fee). Please keep them on a leash in the pool garden (no pooping in this area please). You are welcome to let them off leach to run around in the front garden. There is a great sandy area out the back gate known as Easter Field and Bette Davis Picnic Area. Please pick up after your dog and place it in the outside bins. Please do not leave your dog unattended.
We share the grounds with other holiday homes. Please be friendly and courteous to our other guests. No noise, music or loud talking after 10.30 or before 7am. Whispering is okay as long as there is kissing involved or there is a full moon ☺
Trash is in the bins down the back alley behind the ping pong area. Trash day is Tuesday morning.
Redish for rubbish
Gray for recyclables
Green for grown things.
Please take care of the floors, walls and furniture; some of it is expensive and imported.
Hope this is not to frightening or strict. If you have any questions, issues, problems or recommendations, please let us know.
We had a wonderful time at Amy's place in LA. It was a very welcome oasis of calm in the middle of the city. It's super close to some of the studio tours, just a ten minute drive. We also visited the Getty, Dodgers stadium and even Santa Monica with ease.
The house has all the facilities we could have asked for on a family break. Our teenage children particularly enjoyed the Apple TV and Netflix as well as the inviting pool.
I would highly recommend this property. We would love to stay there again next time we visit LA.
Staying at Channing house is a fantastic experience. After having spent many hours driving through LA (so much driving in LA!) what a reward to find a place where you could just rest by the pool, drinking a well deserved glass of wine, enjoying the garden and the quietness of Rivergate! Alena is a great host, she has done anything she could to make sure that our stay went as well as possible. The location is perfect for driving in any places of interest in LA (Downtown and Echo Park are 15mins away, Beverly hills maybe 20 mins and Santa Monica just a bit more than 30 mins, anyway all hot spots are spread out everywhere in LA and you have to drive...a lot... We would definitively recommend this place for families visiting LA.
Our family had a wonderful time staying at Channing House. It is in a great location for exploring LA yet offered a peaceful retreat after a busy days sightseeing. Amy and Alena were friendly and welcoming and great hosts- with extra little touches like flowers, fruit and store cupboard ingredients. The decor was lovely and it was great to have off street parking too. would recommend and would want to stay here again if ever in LA
There were flowers in the house when we arrived. The house was lovely. It is only a 10 minute walk to the LA Equestrian Center which was perfect for us. We could cook and do laundry which helped defray the cost of our trip. The house is close to many activities.
Amy was really good at making us feel comfortable in the house and the place was amazing. It's in a really nice neighborhood and the pool and the small garden is fantastic if you want to take a step back from the busy life in LA and just relax. Would recommend this to everyone who is visiting LA!
The Channing House was charming and spacious! And, Amy, our host was very accommodating. She was always available and ensured that our stay was comfortable and we had what we needed. The grounds are absolutely beautiful! There's plenty of space to play soccer in the yard, there's a wonderful swimming pool and hot tub, and Misty, the pony, was by far my kids' favorite attraction. The location is ideal, too. It's near Griffith Park, the LA Zoo, Universal Studios... We really enjoyed our stay here.
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About the Host, Amy
I am a mom and artist. Originally from London, England; I have been in California for 12 years and live on the property with my two very young children. I love my role as host and go to great effort to ensure a lovely experience for my guests.