Archive for the ‘Celebrity Tours’ Category
Our Private Tour Is All About the Pictures
Everyone takes pictures on vacation, right? It is expected. In this modern age when cell phones double as cameras a family visiting Hollywood can return home with bazillions of digital images from every family member’s phone. We encourage this on every private Los Angeles tour we do. We also bring our own digital SLR camera so that the family can have photographs with everyone in the picture. We also bring our experience from years of exploring the city and thousands of tours that let us know where and how to get the best photos at each destination. We have a lot of fun getting great candid pictures of our guests seeing the Hollywood Sign for the first time or the kids climbing on the giant sloth sculpture at the La Brea Tar Pits. Maybe the women just want to pose in front of DASH before going in to “browse” in the glamorous boutique and maybe pose again after with their packages. The guys are more likely to strike Arnold Schwarzenegger poses either at the handprints in the Grauman’s Chinese Theater forecourt or when we are at the ocean exploring Muscle Beach. Even our snapping a shot of our guests having a “selfie” moment is worth putting into their tour photo album. It is sort of a “behind-the-scenes” shot and perfectly appropriate for Hollywood.
A Favorite Bel Air Road on Our Private Tour
Bel Air is a neighborhood in Los Angeles. A very nice neighborhood. Mansions, swimming pools, gated driveways, security guards, prep schools for the rich and famous and a favorite destination on a Los Angeles private tour. Sure, Beverly Hills has celebrity homes that we often take our guests to see. Beverly Hills has wide palm tree-lined avenues city parks and the Golden Triangle, the business and shopping district that includes Rodeo Drive and Wilshire Boulevard. Bel Air, on the other hand has the Hotel Bel Air, distant and secluded, a beautiful and fancy hideaway for the five-star hotel crowd. Otherwise, we show off narrow twisting streets passing by homes of historic Hollywood importance. There are also fabulous gardens and lollipop trees. Join us on an inspection tour when you visit Los Angeles and we will see where Fresh Prince lived, the home of Ronald Reagan, where the Beverly Hillbillies lived (sorry, not in Beverly Hills at all), the ruins of the estate of Johnny Weissmuller and many other great homes and gardens to go along with all the stories our guides can share of the residents, then and now, of Bel Air.
No FOR SALE Sign at the Playboy Mansion for our Private Tour to See
One of the most popular destinations on every private Los Angeles tour that we do is the notorious Playboy Mansion where Hugh Hefner reigns. Since 1971 he has been the owner and principal occupant of this magnificent Holmby Hills estate which Playboy purchased then for $1.1M. That’s quite a Return on Investment with the current sale price set at $200M. As the CNN video outlines you get an awful lot for your money:
- more than 5 acres of prime residential real estate bordered by the famed Los Angeles Country Club;
- 20,000+ square feet (29 rooms) in a fabulous Arthur Kelly-designed Gothic-Tudor home built in 1927;
- the pool with the famed grotto;
- an aviary and zoo;
- wine cellar;
- screening room;
- basement gym;
- basketball and tennis court; and, of course,
- fabulous neighbors (which we will identify on your luxury tour).
Oh, by the way, Hugh gets to live in the house as long as he wants. That’s part of the sale contract. If you wish to make an offer on the home we have the number to call. Or, just contact us to take a close look at Hef’s neighborhood.
Our Young Private Tour Guest Loves Lucy
Her mom let us know when the private Los Angeles tour reservation was made that her daughter was a devoted I Love Lucy fan (still seen all day, every day, throughout the world – talk about syndication!) and wanted an All Lucy tour. Fortunately that was quite simple for our guides who are themselves Lucille Ball fans and quite knowledgeable about where to go and what to see to fulfill any Lucy fan’s dreams. The Hollywood Walk of Fame is a good place to start. Then there is her house on Roxbury Drive in Beverly Hills, Paramount Studios where her studio with husband Desi Arnaz, Desilu, was located, a mural in Culver City, some poster art at a construction site and, well, lots more. Enough to fill an entire custom tour and create some incredible memories for a young fan.
Our Private Tour Guests See the
Views from the Hills
We are so pleased that Jennifer Aniston is the talk of the town this award season. The multi-faceted actress is impressing critics and audiences in the touching and thoughtful film CAKE which is in theaters now. While we all loved her in Friends she has matured into a real treasure for Hollywood stretching both her comic skills (HORRIBLE BOSSES) while demonstrating to everyone that she can command the screen in smart dramatic performances as well. We conduct an informal poll by recounting how often our private Los Angeles tour guests ask if we can show them where she lives and talking about her performances as we head up into the hills to the little Bel Air vineyard she calls home. And the results of our poll? Jennifer Aniston is as popular as ever and our guests of all ages, from all over the world, are curious about her when they are sightseeing in Hollywood and Beverly Hills.
Private Beverly Hills Tours Back Then
Our private luxury tours into Beverly Hills enjoy much more dramatic entrances today than in yesteryear. And the property around the city limits is much better cared for these days, too. The City of Beverly Hills no longer has horse trails and saddle paths, hitching posts and animal feed stores. A different kind of animal inhabits the city of just under 6 square miles and a wholly different form of conveyance roams the Beverly Hills streets, our sleek black custom van notwithstanding. We can show our guests where the horses were hitched and drive up along the smallest roads to show off the amazing homes and gardens of Hollywood celebrities, some still living there and others famous when the Life Magazine photograph above was taken. Anyone visiting Los Angeles will want to see this “Garden Spot of the World” because it really is a beautiful garden now.
Celebrity Homes Come Alive on Our Private Hollywood Tour
Right on cue (and who would know better) Ron Howard looked up and waved at our private Hollywood tour guests below as their guide was pointing out Ron’s home on the hillside above the Hollywood Bowl. He’s probably making travel arrangements for the premieres of his newest film, RUSH, which opens here in Los Angeles on September 20th. Starring Chris Hemsworth and Olivia Wilde in the true story of a racing competition that happened as much off the track as on. Formula 1 racing has never looked so good and we’ve only watched the trailers. Wow!
A recent comic strip, Brevity, by artists Guy Endore-Kaiser and Rodd Perry, makes good fun of Richard Simmons and his general “outfit” selection. However, all of us at Elite Adventure Tours know Richard from the times we have seem him outside his home which we often pass on our private luxury tours of Hollywood and Beverly Hills. He is never too busy to say hello to our guests and make them smile with his Richard-ness. He is a very loveable man to even the most macho guest we have with us. Richard happily cooperated with us in the making of a little video for our Elite Adventure Tours YouTube Channel that is funny and energetic and makes a good reason to stop by his exercise salon in Beverly Hills for a good workout.