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Boutique-Homes Discovers LA Through The Movies


Much of cinematic history resides and is etched in our collective consciousness through a shared experience of being transported back and forth in time to places we've been, or places we'd love to go.



Los Angeles invokes the glamour of Hollywood, the grittiness of classic film noir thrillers, the innocence of beach blanket parties and the promise of unlimited opportunity. In film, these narratives also showcase the city and it's diverse architecture, creating iconic imagery and indelible memories. Many locations and homes will forever be associated with a film and become as much a character as the human stars themselves.

With so many cultures, economies and architects influencing and contributing to it's identity, Los Angeles has retained some of it's original classic architecture but also inspired designers and architects to create something entirely new on this sun bleached canvas.


At we were as inspired by the films as we were by the diversity of style and design and have highlighted some of the homes and locations as a guide to discovering LA through our eyes and through a few great movies that take place here.


SUNSET BLVD is Hollywood at his tragic and glamorous best. Long considered one of the best films ever made, the allegorical tale documents the demise of a once famous star's glory and sanity while tucked away in the beautiful neoclassical (the real life Getty) mansion on the famed boulevard of dreams. While some of these beautiful original mansions are also a thing of the past, several remain and should not be missed like our The Villa Sophia once the home of famed Hollywood director James Whale.


LA CONFIDENTIAL'S 1950's film noir crime thriller is a study in original period detail and architecture and features even earlier modern architectural gems like Neutra's Lovell House. We've found treasures that invoke that same early modernist sensibility like the Mackey Penthouse and the equally sleek and stunning Fitzpatrick-Leland House. Situated in completely different neighborhoods both are modernist masterpieces.



LA STORY'S contemporary tale has made the city it's star along with Steve Martin and highlights the kind of quirky Venice bungalows that we love like the Cactus Flower and the Modern Beachside Home in Malibu.



MULHOLLAND DRIVE, David Lynch's dark and surreal tale is a sensory, dreamlike experience of LA in the beginning of the 2000's. The street itself is rarely seen but the noir style and use of classic LA apartments like the modern Venice Beach Loft and Oakpoint Midcentury evoke the same structural and interior feel.

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SWINGERS is a slice of 1990's LA life seen through the mostly nocturnal, seedy ramblings of it's stars. It does however make good use of the iconic nightspots, and the east LA and Hollywood locations and houses like our Los Angeles Hideaway and Venice Place.



LESS THAN ZERO's bleak cautionary tale of drugs and excess in LA starts as a bright and optimistic tale of young love and future possibility. The comfort and security of Robert Downey Jr.s once cohesive family home in the Palisades reminds us of our Villa Palisades while the stark, modern party house of James Spader's sleazy drug dealer is sleek and modern like our Mackey Penthouse.



Many other quintessentially LA based stories fire our imagination and immerse you in the architectural as well as social, political and personal history of this great city. From CHINATOWN with it's classic old money Spanish mansions and early Craftsman designs, to the landmark Dietrichson House in DOUBLE INDEMNITY with it's panoramic views of Los Angeles from the Hollywood Hills.


Aside from James Dean's brooding, emotional portrayal of disaffected youth in REBEL WITHOUT A CAUSE, The Griffith Observatory has become a synonymous symbol forever associated with the film while the neoclassical Beverly Hills mansions and now demolished historic Ambassador Hotel are unmistakable LA destinations in THE GRADUATE.



BLADE RUNNER'S dystopian view of the future was a film shrouded in darkness throughout but showcased one architectural gem in particular. The famed Frank LLoyd Wright Ennis House in Los Feliz served as a shadowy backdrop in much of the interiors. Considered one of Wright's personal favorites, the unmistakable stone and wood construction and Mayan influences stole every scene.


Follow us for an up close and personal relationship with some our favorite movies and discover some of the hidden gems of Los Angeles that have created lasting impressions in great storytelling and diverse characterizations of LA architecture.

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