2869 Durand Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90068
Built in the 20’s by eccentric real estate developer L. Milton Wolf, the “Wolf’s Lair Castle” sits perched above Hollywood, just under the famous hilltop sign. Built as a replica of a Norman castle, this historical mansion sits on the banks of Hollywood Reservoir. Home to bad girl Shelley duVal, Marlon Brando and Debbie Reynolds at one point or another. Even The Beatles apparently have lived here over the course of it’s almost 100 year old history as guardian of the Hollywood sign.
Purchased for $4 million by musician and artist Moby, another $2 million was invested into restoring it over the course of a few years. Sold just late last year in November 2014, Moby sold Wolf’s Lair Castle for a good profit to activist graffiti artist (unconfirmed) Banksy – which is a pretty amazing feat for a graffiti artist I would like to think.
Inside, there’s a speakeasy, underground cellar bar that was built during Prohibition. There’s a secret tunnel leading to the castle from the gatehouse and miniature turrets designed for the original owner’s pet monkey. The guest house is actually designed by famous architect John Lautner, although it isn’t one of his best works. The compound is said to be haunted. Milton Wolf, who also owned the Texaco station down the hill, apparently died at the dining room table. Shrill cries from his pet monkey are said to be heard (on a windy day).