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Johnny Weissmuller pool on his now long-abandoned Bel Air estate

Johnny Weissmullers' Ghostly Swimming Pool | Private Los Angeles Tours

No celebrity homes tour is complete without a visit to the abandoned estate in Bel Air once owned by Johnny Weissmuller, Olympic swimmer and movie Tarzan.

Pink, green and fabulously famous. The Glam Pad: The Beverly Hills Hotel

The Beverly Hills Hotel: Pink & Green Poolside Renovations - The Glam Pad

I’ve been California Dreaming of The Beverly Hills Hotel lately, as the iconic pink and green color scheme and banana leaf motif is serving as the inspiration for our dining room renovation. So I could not have been more thrilled when I learned that today was the official launch of the newly refreshed poolside Cabana Café! …

Completed in 1920, the charm & artistry of the French Village made it instantly popular with Hollywood’s creative elite. The charming French Pavilion had originally been home to the designer Adrian. By 1930, it had been taken over by writer Cyril Hume & his wife, actress Helen Chandler. Both were to achieve notable successes while living there, Hume as the screenwriter for Tarzan of the Apes for MGM & Chandler as “Mina,” in Dracula (1931), which was filmed just up the Pass at Universal.

The Lost French Village of Hollywood

Once, long before the Hollywood Freeway obliterated everything in its concrete wake, there sat at the mouth of the Cahuenga Pass an enchanting little group of bungalows and artist’s studios known a…

An aerial view of the ramshackle villas that made up the Garden of Allah, Hollywood, CA

The Garden of Allah: The Lotus-Eaters' Hideaway

"I'll be damned if I'll believe anyone lives in a place called 'The Garden of Allah.'"--Thomas Wolfe, in a letter to F. Scott Fitzgera...

1933 Interior Of The Max Factor Salon On Highland Ave. In Hollywood

Historic Photograph of Interior Of The Max Factor Salon On Highland Ave. In Hollywood

1933 Interior Of The Max Factor Salon On Highland Ave. In Hollywood

Jayne Mansfield's Pink Palace

Jayne Mansfield's Pink Palace

Garden Of Allah Hotel In West Hollywood

Historic Photograph of Garden Of Allah Hotel In West Hollywood

Garden Of Allah Hotel In West Hollywood | Historic photography of Hollywood:

This is the ticket booth of Grauman's Chinese Theatre forecourt during the May 1936 run of an MGM picture called “Robin Hood of El Dorado” starring Warner Baxter. This booth was added to Grauman’s in 1934 and was referred to as a “grind” box-office. That marked the change from presenting a “movie + stage show” format to a “short + newsreel + feature.” This format (known as “grind”) ran continuously all day and you could stay as long as you wanted!

This is the ticket booth of Grauman's Chinese Theatre forecourt during the May 1936 run of an MGM picture called “Robin Hood of El Dorado” starring Warner Baxter. This booth was added to Grauman’s in 1934 and was referred to as a “grind” box-office. That marked the change from presenting a “movie + stage show” format to a “short + newsreel + feature.” This format (known as “grind”) ran continuously all day and you could stay as long as you wanted!

Top: The Garden of Allah Hotel on Sunset Boulevard as it appeared around 1935; bottom: the dreary shopping center that replaced it in 1959 as it appears today.

Top: The Garden of Allah Hotel on Sunset Boulevard as it appeared around 1935; bottom: the dreary shopping center that replaced it in 1959 as it appears today.

HUSH MONEY! MURDER!: The Famed Chateau Elysee | Hollywood Reporter

HUSH MONEY! MURDER!: The Famed Chateau Elysee

The Church of Scientology transformed a landmark Hollywood property -- one with an intriguing backstory -- into the Celebrity Centre International.

The home where William Desmond Taylor was found murdered in 1922.

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This is the 20,000-square-foot Castillo del Lago, a Spanish colonial style castle built by oil baron Patrick Longden in Beachwood Canyon, Los Angeles, in 1926. In the 1930's, Gangster Bugsy Siegel ran a gambling operation out of the place. With 32 rooms, an elevator, and city and lake views.

Patrick Longden’s Castillo del Lago, Beachwood Canyon, Los Angeles

Even in a city known for its “anything goes” attitude toward architecture, this place is a standout. It is the 20,000-square-foot Castillo del Lago, a Spanish colonial style castle built by oil bar…