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 was a great place, such a huge house and warm hosts! Very clean. It was also fun to meet the horses!
Phyllis and her husband were extremely amenable and helpful. The place was clean and charming. Would definitely recommend.
Great person.. Great host.. Her house was beautiful and very clean. They are very informative for touristic information...
Phyllis and Randy were exceptional hosts during my too short stay in Burbank. Their house is located within close proximity to the highway, yet in the quiet Equestrian Ranch neighborhood of Burbank.
In addition to providing a super comfortable bed with amazing sheets, Phyllis went out of her way to make sure I was well looked after. A continental style breakfast was available in the mornings with organic fruit, yogurt and coffee. Phyllis made a huge pot of bean soup which was delicious and insisted I take some "to-go" in her tupperware. With LA traffic heading to San Diego, having food rations in the car proved vital.
Highly recommend a stay with Phyllis, Randy, Max the cat and their two horses!
It was a great pleasure for me to stay in this lovely house in a perfect area. I had a wonderful time with Phyllis and Randy and enjoyed the inspiring conversations in their beautiful home. Thanks a lot. I will definitely come back again!
Phyllis and randy truly made us feel at home ... I Saw horses in the ranch before , but never in a suburban neighborhood, in someone's backyard ! We spend some time with the horses and listened to Phyllis telling her horse stories . Randy gave us a detailed account of the history of the house : Hollywood star Ava Gardner and Artie shaw used to stay at the exact room where we slept! What a piece of history ... Randy told very good stories :) they both gave us good recommendations on local places to go ... They are kind of couple make you feel so safe and comfortable when on the road... Really enjoyed our stay so much !!! Thanks Phyllis and Randy for letting us stay ...
I loved my time here! I felt very welcome, the room is huge and clean. Phyllis and randy are super nice people who definitly enhanced my stay in Burbank. Highly recommended :) thanks guys!!
Antonia thank you so much for the great review! We loved having you here, but I'm so disappointed that I didn't get to spend a little more time with you! You are an amazing woman and whatever you do you will be successful! Be well and please come back so we can play with the horses! xxx Oh and what does Meh mean? Missed you as soon as you got into the car...
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.