About This Listing
THE LOCATION AND HOME
This beautiful, warm, large home is located in an exclusive and very safe area of Burbank known as the Rancho Equestrian. The area is dedicated to homes with horse stables. Our home was built in 1938 in the Art Moderne style, with curving walls and hardwood floors throughout. The house was renovated in 2006 and the interior again in 2011
Hollywood star Ava Gardner and her husband (#2), big band jazz musician Artie Shaw lived here in the early 1940's.
The guest room is a spacious 15' x 12' with windows on two sides. It includes a 6' x 6' walk-in closet. The room also includes a 32' Sony TV, DirectTV with over 500 free channels, large desk, free internet connection, shelf space, mini-frig, and a private full bathroom.
The house has a library with over 1,000 books for your enjoyment, a large, comfortable living room with wood burning fireplace. The beautiful dining room seats 12 and has wall to wall, floor to ceiling windows and French doors opening to the patio rose garden. We have a large, modern, eat-in kitchen. Central air conditioning and heating.
A complimentary continental breakfast is included; box lunches are available for a small fee. Internet and DirecTV included. Upon request, free fax, copier, scanner, laptop computer, and printer. Laundry facilities.
Outside, we're on a double sized lot where there are four gardens, of which two are secluded by high walls, with over 100 rose bushes, fruit trees (guava, peach, apple, apricot, cuties), and extensive various species of lavender.
For musicians and songwriters, we have a detached High Sierras style cabin entirely paneled in honey colored knotty pine and fully instrument-equipped for qualified musicians. Built-in fireplace.
We have a horse stable with four stalls and a turn-out for those who want to bring their horses for an additional stabling fee. The Los Angeles Equestrian Center, a premier horse facility, is 8 minutes walk from our house. At least 6 stables with rental horses and guides are within close walking distance with over 200 miles of horse trails virtually across the street from us.
Plenty of off street parking for cars or even oversize rigs. Many visitors and local residents walk here.
Several restaurants are within walking distance, some with live music nightly.
Walking or a 5 minute drive:
Los Angeles Equestrian Center
NBC Studios with the Jay Leno Tonight Show
Warner Brothers Studios
Within 10 minutes drive is:
Universal City Walk
Universal Studios Theme Park
Forest Lawn Memorial Park
Another 5 minutes drive away is Hollywood.
Within 15 minutes drive to:
Downtown Los Angeles
Los Angeles Zoo
Championship golf courses
Gene Autry Western Museum
Museum of Contemporary Art MOCA
Among many other attractions, and we're only a short distance to the beaches.
We are only about 20 minutes drive from the Griffith Observatory overlooking Hollywood.
A free basketball court and tennis courts are only one block away and a public swimming pool is a five minute drive.
For backpackers, we are 4 hours drive from the High Sierras, and for local hiking we are only minutes away from three separate mountain ranges surrounding the San Fernando Valley with hundreds of miles of hiking trails.
Public transportation is just a 5 minute walk away.
One of us smokes some, but only outside.
Pets are very welcome, but we have to be sure our indoor-only, animal and people-friendly cat "Mad Max" is protected, so we'll have to work out details with you for your pet. We have a very large and secure back yard for pets, large cages if needed for various animals, stalls for horses, an enclosed patio for other types of critters.
Kitchen and appliance use is permitted, just rinse and stack your dishes.
This stay was a truly beautiful experience for my daughter! She loved
the surroundings, but most of all the hosts. Phyllis was welcoming, upbeat and helpful. The surroundings were “just gorgeous’’. When my
daughter returns to LA again, there will be no other place but the Neel home. Thank you, Phyllis and Randy, for providing such a very special experience for my daughter.
Phyllis was very friendly and I felt welcomed. The room was very clean and has a comfortable bed. The room has nice amenities like a walk-in closet, hardwood floors, a big TV, and mini fridge. The neighborhood is very safe and quiet at night, with lots of convenient things and sight-seeing nearby. I had a good experience and I would stay again. I recommend it.
Phyllis was a great hostess and made sure that I had everything I needed. The house is beautiful and clean and the kitchen had everything. The neighborhood is safe and walking distance to a grocery store and Starbucks as well as other coffee shops and the equestrian center. Since I was on work assignment, I wasn't there very much but the room is very cozy and quiet. She was wonderful at accommodating me when I had to leave unexpectedly for a family emergency. I would highly recommend this beautiful home.
Phyllis and Randy are very warm hosts, and fun to talk with. Phyllis gave us a lot of useful information about the neighborhood and what we could do in LA. The room is nice and clean, and there is a small fridge in the walk-in closet helps a lot on keeping our fruits fresh (They prepared fruits in their big fridge in the kitchen that guests can eat, just we also brought some by ourselves). Appreciated the coffee and pastries in the morning. Neighborhood is safe and quiet, very convenient for going to Universal studio. I would recommend this nice place.
We really enjoyed our 3-day stay at Phyllis and Randy's lovely home. They were very warm and friendly, and were always willing to answer any of our questions! Phyllis also responds to messages VERY quickly! The house is very sunny and clean, the garden is lovely (so many roses!), and the bedroom and (private) bathroom are spacious and comfortable. Phyllis even made extra coffee in the morning for us, which we greatly appreciated along with the provided breakfast/snacks, such as hardboiled eggs, pastries, and fruit. The resident animals made this visit even better (if that was possible): Max the cat was super sweet and loved attention and rubs, and the mare and stallion in the stalls were playful and beautiful. Phyllis also fed the squirrels every morning in the back patio, some of which she had helped raise herself! We would definitely stay with Phyllis and Randy again if/when we make plans to return, and you should too!
Phyllis and Randy's home is located in a great neighborhood in Burbank, conveniently located near anything you might need. I was warmly welcomed and was made to feel at home. I especially appreciated the pastries and fruit in the morning. I would happily stay with them again.
I had a wonderful few days with Phyllis and Randy. Not only did they make me feel very welcome and at home, they were a mine of information and were able to advise me on lots of things. This was a very special holiday for me and I would love to stay there again if I possibly could. A***** recommendation from this happy person!
About the Host, Phyllis
I am a horse lover and spend as much of my time with them as possible. We breed the rare Andalusian breed originally from Spain (the horse on which most "Knight" chess pieces are modeled. Our horses are movie stars, have been featured in books and magazines and are all around worldly and wise. I love to travel, been to Poland, Hungry, Austria and England. Can't wait to see more of our beautiful planet. I am a music buff and appreciate all genres of music. My husband and I are both passionate, fun-loving people.
I'm Randy, the "horse-husband," skilled at mucking stalls and changing water buckets. In my spare time from that, I'm an attorney and a mortgage lending company owner. I'm also an owner of a fledgling film production company. Like Phyllis, I'm an avid reader, hence our large library, though my taste runs to classics and to baseball. I've been an adult league hardball baseball player for the past 17 years (left field). Taking a DL break this year and coaching instead. We both have a lot of other interests and enjoy good conversation over a glass of wine or cup of coffee.