Celebrated in song and later inspired by Shakespeare’s Mermaid Tavern, this fabled retreat features a fascinating history, classic beauty and a stunning mountain landscape. Originally built as a country club house in 1930 when the Santa Monica Mountains were a distant and very rural destination, the Mermaid’s storied history spans decades of change and adaptation. From a gambling hall and brothel run by gangster Mickey Cohen to a gay nightclub in the 1950s, to one of the more celebrated artist hangouts of the 70’s, this beautiful Spanish gem has seen it all.
Tucked away in a quiet and private canyon surrounded by thousands of acres of mountain terrain and lush gardens, the classic Mediterranean architecture has been lovingly and faithfully restored to its former glory. Rustic and graceful, the house’s grand scale is majestic but remains intimate and inviting. The massive great hall is the heart of the house with soaring vaulted ceilings, arched windows and a grand fireplace to gather round. Bright and expansive, the interiors are furnished elegantly and comfortably with simple classic pieces and a unique collection of antiques.
The gourmet kitchen and adjacent dining room can serve large groups inside or alfresco in the vast gardens. Up the grand staircase are three en suite bedrooms each with tasteful and refined ambience and great individual style.
The property meanders through lush mature gardens with fountains and many peaceful spots to enjoy the wild natural beauty, mountain views and native wildlife. A large pool is nestled discreetly into the gardens for cooling off in the summer.
This grande dame is a gracefully preserved vintage gem with a slightly checkered past that will charm and inspire you with its beauty, artistic spirit and fascinating heritage.
Three other properties on the same site as also available for rent through BoutiqueHomes: Rainbow Studio, the Blue Bungalow, and the Casita Trailer.
Wifi throughout, TV/DVD, laundry facilities, housekeeping. Off street parking for two cars available.
Set above the coast in the Santa Monica mountains, Topanga Canyon is a bucolic and peaceful mountain community that straddles the Pacific coast and the San Fernando Valley. Featuring the largest state park within city limits in the US, there are miles of wilderness and land to explore. It’s just a short drive to Malibu or Santa Monica and a half hour from the greater Los Angeles area.
Topanga, California. Nearest airport: LAX (23 miles).
BEST TIME TO VISIT: Year round
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