The Rivergate House

glendale, los angeles
2 bedroom - 3 bath
(2 reviews)
Travel dates:
$644 - $737 per night (USD)
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Property perks

  • Concierge
    A concierge service is available for this property
  • Baby rental
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  • Professional
    This property is professionally managed by a trusted partner

Perks for the Parents

This beautiful Moroccan-influenced home is part of a collection in an estate once owned by Bette Davis, and has a heated saltwater pool and hot tub and easy access to Griffith Park for family fun in Los Angeles. The garden is perfect for a family, with paths, pergolas, tame chickens, a French lavender maze, hammocks and a drought-resistant sand garden. It is a great location for exploring the city yet staying somewhere peaceful and quiet with enough space for all the family. You can be in downtown LA in 15 minutes, yet relax by the pool with views of mountains around you. The host can also can offer a stocked fridge, art lessons, and horseback riding. There are horses on the property.

Why Kids Love it

There is plenty of space to play, and the house is equipped with toys, books and games. There is a shared pool on the property and other houses in the collection are often rented by other families, providing instant playmates. There is a lavender maze,outdoor seating and dining and a 'beach' for making sandcastles or practicing zen gardening. There is bike riding in the front car park, all gated and secure. The back gate leads to Easter Field and Griffith Park. Nearby take your pick from family activities including the LA Zoo, ice skating, bike rentals, Travel Town, Walt’s Barn, pony rides, kayaking, hiking and playgrounds.

Things to Know

The residence is part of a collection of properties on a private estate. They can be booked in tandem for larger family gatherings. There is a heated saltwater pool with a temporary toddler fence that can be erected on demand (please request on booking). There is a friendly pair of chickens on the grounds to pet. It isn’t as quiet as the countryside at night - you might hear owls hooting, but you might also hear the freeway, helicopters and sirens, typical of city living. A double and single air bed, and a travel crib, can be added to the bedrooms for an extra fee. Please note that the rate shown is based on 2 adults and 2 kids. For larger groups please contact the host for accurate pricing. Pets will be considered for an additional fee.

About the Location

This unique estate is in Griffith Park in the heart of Los Angeles. While just 15 minutes from downtown LA, it is not uncommon to see a cowboy riding down the street, as many of the private houses in the area have horses. It is close to the 5 and 134 freeways for parents working in the city or wanting to take day trips to Disneyland, Universal Studios, Hollywood and more. The estate has views of Mount Lee (where the Hollywood sign is located) and backs on to Easter Field with Griffith Park beyond it.

Accommodation Details

The 2-bedroom house has a main open plan room with chef’s kitchen, fireplace, large dining table and Moroccan-style den and lounge area. The master bedroom has a kingsize bed. The second bedroom has 2 twin beds; both bathrooms are ensuite, one with a clawfoot tub and the other with a sauna/steam room and bath. There are organic gardens with an outdoor lounge, French lavender maze, secret garden, seating areas and a gated parking lot. There is a pool with views of Mount Lee.

Style Notes

This grand, stylish home is owned by an interior designer and is part of an estate once owned by Bette Davis. There is a Hollywood influence throughout and it still has original features dating back to her tenure here in the 1940s. Today it is a combination English and Moroccan influences, with whitewashed walls, tiled floors and huge imported chandeliers that cast a pattern on the wall. We love the beautiful gardens and the shared play spaces.

  • Air Conditioning
  • Baby Bath
  • Baby Monitor
  • Babysitter / Nanny
  • Backyard / Garden
  • Balcony
  • Bathtub
  • Bed Rails
  • Bicycles
  • Cabinet Locks
  • Changing Table
  • Chef / Catering
  • Children's Dinnerware
  • Corner Guards
  • DVD Library
  • DVD Player
  • Dishwasher
  • Elevator
  • Fireplace Guards
  • Game Console
  • High Chair
  • Housekeeper
  • Outlet Plugs
  • Parking
  • Pet-friendly
  • Pool
  • Pool Gate
  • Stair Gates
  • Television
  • Toys / Children's Books
  • Washer / Dryer
  • Wifi
  • Window Guards
1 king
2 twin / single
1 double air bed
1 air bed
Amy B.
Member since March 04, 2014
I am a mom of two school-age children, Winston and Vivienne. I'm originally from England but have been here in LA for 15 years. We split our time between Rivergate House and Sunset Ranch, my husbands horse riding facility on the Hollywood side of Griffith Park. I am also a keen painter and can often be found in the studio or pruning the lavender in the garden.

2 reviews

Julia S.
Visited in October 2017
LOVED this house!!! It is incredibly relaxing and beautiful, and very fun for small children. The property is wonderful - lots to do and plenty of room to run around. One thing I wish I'd known: although the property backs up to Griffith Park, there's really no way to get there on foot that we could find. Not a deal breaker; I just would have brought a different stroller. Overall we had a great stay!
Jane R.
Visited in May 2017
Our stay at Rivergate House was super. The host was very friendly and welcoming! The house and garden and pool area were SOOOOO relaxing. We loved our time there. Wished we could have stayed a week!!

Glendale, Los Angeles

In the Verdugo Mountains

Between Burbank and Pasadena, Glendale is one of the city’s most prestigious and admired neighborhoods, with some stunning architecture courtesy of Frank Lloyd Wright, plus play spaces and kids cafés, and some of the city’s most family-friendly attractions within easy reach, including Los Angeles Zoo, a couple of miles away.