Castillo del Lago in Hollywood
Before Our Private Los Angeles Tour Came By
We recently showed a lovely current tour photo of the estate atop the hill overlooking Lake Hollywood (thus “Castle of the Lake” — Castillo del Lago). This 1926 estate was constructured for oil magnate Patrick Longdon by architect John de Lario and its colorful history includes ownership by Bugsy Siegel, the notorious gangster who used the out of the way location as a secret gambling facility, as well as Madonna who completely renovated the property with some touches that went far enough to disturb and anger her neighbors. More recently commercial director Joe Pytka owned this great place. Talk is that spirits have continually occupied the house and may still reside there. We take most of our private Los Angeles tour guests up into these hills to get close to the recently refurbished Hollywood Sign and show them this and other great homes around the old reservoir.