Castillo del Lago – Hollywood Castle
On Your Hollywood Sign Tour
Castillo del Lago (Castle of the Lake) is a celebrated residence overlooking the Hollywood Reservoir (Lake Hollywood to us residents). This 9-bedroom home, built in 1926 on three acres of hillside real estate, was home to, among others, Bugsy Siegel, Madonna and Joe Pytka. Built along the ridge below the sign the home commands unimpeded views of the Los Angeles basin including downtown, Hollywood, Beverly Hills and out to the ocean and the Channel Islands (on very clear days). The stripes on the driveway wall painted by Madonna’s brother, once an irritant to neighbors, are now gone but the house continues to loom over the vicinity and invite long stares from our private Hollywood tour guests when we take them up into the hills to be close to the Hollywood Sign.