Posts Tagged ‘garden’
English Country Gardens Impress Our Private Tour Guests
The Greystone Mansion (or the Doheny Mansion if you want to be historically correct) is a Beverly Hills city park favored by the Hollywood filming community wishing to have open access to a mansion, grand staircase, driveway, portico and gardens for a setting befitting wealthy and successful characters. The residence and garden are also used continuously for fundraising events and special festivals. In between all these activities the exquisite park and gardens are open for visitors. Our Los Angeles private tour will almost always pass by the mansion so we can talk about some of its illustrious history (infidelity, suicide, unsolved murder) as well as its famous architect (Gordon Kaufman) and purchaser (Edward Doheny for his son Ned) up to its eventual purchase by the City of Beverly Hills to prevent its demolition by the then current owner, Paul Trousdale. In 1928 when the 46,000 sq.ft. home was completed it was the most expensive home in California ($4M). The park and grounds are open for visitors when not in use by a film production crew or other function that helps the city defray the costs of maintaining this beautiful facility. Are you interested in visiting the home? We can talk about making that happen.
A Garden of Delight for our Beverly Hills Tours
Beverly Hills has a number of wonderful parks and greenswards for sitting and enjoying the yearlong fabulous weather, drinking a latté and watching pedigreed pooches parade by. The newest park area is right in the middle of the Golden Triangle as the Beverly Hills business district is known. Located behind the Montage Hotel between Beverly Drive and Cañon Drive there are 33,000 square feet of open space with sculpted gardens, water sculptures and seating areas. During the day it is the perfect lunch spot for brown baggers and to-go orders from nearby restaurants and bakeries. In the evening it is a romantic getaway for couples under the gaslamps. Summertime concerts in the plaza make it a special destination for everyone and not just our private Los Angeles tour guests. You are likely to see our tour guides relaxing in the shade as they prep for a tour with guests from the Montage. Look for the large digital SLR cameras slung over their shoulders and a smartphone surfing local fun activities. But wait, that could be any tourist!