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Welcome to Wolf’s Lair: A Norman Castle with Views of Hollywood Reservoir, Hollywood Sign, & Griffith Observatory

Nestled on nearly four acres atop a pristine promontory in the Lake Hollywood neighborhood of Beachwood Canyon, this stunning 1920s replica of a Norman Revival Fairytale Castle has unrivaled 360 degree views of the Hollywood Reservoir, the iconic Hollywood sign, and the majestic Griffith Observatory.

2869 Durand Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90068

$15,000,000 | 8 Beds | 5.5 Baths | 4,967 Sq. Ft. | $3,020 per Sq. Ft. |  3.47 Acres | Built in 1927

Originally built in 1927 by L. Milton Wolf, this singular eight-bedroom compound seamlessly blends history, architectural significance, and natural beauty all amidst the spectacular backdrop of Hollywood’s most prized landmarks.

L. Milton Wolf was a great, and by all accounts eccentric, 1920s art director for film and one of the original Hollywoodland developers.

Wolf’s Lair is his masterpiece. The castle is a testament to the power of imagination and the art of creativity.

The property includes multiple structures, including a two-room gatehouse and a guest house famously redesigned in the 1960s by legendary mid-century modern architect John Lautner.

The estate’s rich history is observed in its coffered ceilings, intricately carved wood, gable windows, and turrets.

Wolf’s Lair, as many of the original Hollywoodland homes in this neighborhood do, has a storied past: Debbie Reynolds, Marlon Brando, and The Beatles were all reportedly occupants at various times.

Most recently, recording artist and musician Moby sold the home to its current owner who oversaw a significant restoration of the property.

Inside the main house, there are unparalleled views from nearly every room including this cozy and bright breakfast nook.

But, thankfully all of the best timeless elements have been left intact including this gorgeous coffered ceiling and all of the home’s expansive picture windows that perfectly frame the backyard and mountains.

Imagine waking every morning to this jaw-dropping tableau.

Every room offers the opportunity to leave Los Angeles behind and become enchanted with all the magic of a bygone era.

Sometimes referred to as “the castle on the hill,” the estate has been incredibly well-preserved and continues to capture the imagination of Hollywood history and architecture enthusiasts alike.

The property’s incredibly expansive grounds include a pergola-shaded dining area with jetliner views of Griffith Observatory, which only becomes more breathtaking as the sun begins to set.

A glistening pool and grotto is perfectly private, with no neighbors in sight.

Wolf’s Lair has its own private, manicured hiking trails throughout the property.

The nearly four acres is walled and gated for the most discerning of celebrity clientele.

The park-like grounds offer endless vantage points for enjoying views of the Hollywood Sign.

And on clear and sunny Los Angeles days those views stretch all the way to the Pacific.

2869 Durand Drive also offers the extraordinarily rare opportunity to own not one but two architecturally significant homes. The two bedroom guest house designed by John Lautner is stunning and legendary in its own right.

Clad in gorgeous wood, the guest house is a wonderful time capsule of Lautner’s signature tile.

The guest house’s kitchen overlooks the shimmering lake.

The property is perfect for nature lovers and solitude seekers. With much to explore and discover, the grounds are always sure to enchant and inspire.

Wolf’s Lair is one of the great homes of all of Los Angeles, captivating generations of people strolling the 3 mile trek around the reservoir below.

Visionary at the time of its construction, with style and charm to last lifetimes, Wolf’s Lair offers an extraordinary and rare combination of seclusion and accessibility to some of LA’s best cultural landmarks, nightlife, shopping and cuisine. It’s a majestic once-in-a-life time home that will delight and dazzle generations to come.

I would love to get you a private tour of Wolf’s Lair in the Hollywood Hills. Call me today at (323) 697-3040 or email me at jacqueline.tager@sothebyshomes.com.

Listing provided courtesy of Billy Rose, The Agency.

Jacqueline Tager | DRE# 1476997
jacqueline.tager@sothebyshomes.com | (323) 697-3040
Sotheby’s International Realty – Los Feliz Brokerage
1801 N Hillhurst Avenue Los Angeles, CA 90027


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