Tuesday, March 24, 2009

A CHATEAU TO CALL YOUR OWN



For all my love of old Hollywood history, there are very few locales that have seen more of it than the Chateau Marmont. We had after-dinner drinks there last night for Dustin's birthday, and I was elated to finally take a peek inside. My new life aim is to live there.



Built in 1927, it was LA's first earthquake-proof structure, and has survived the last 5 major shakers without so much as a crack. I would even go so far as to say that any minor scratches here and there were probably a result of this grand establishment's ongoing affair with celebrities (stable and...otherwise).
Not only a hotel, there are also 9 cottages and 4 bungalows for all the comforts of home over an extended period.

Truly an icon of Los Angeles that few ever get to experience, the Chateau Marmont has been catering to the famous and elite for almost 80 years. Privacy is the name of the game, with lush landscaping and classic 1920's-era Hollywood architecture tastefully obstructing views of the prying eyes of the paparazzi.



Greta Garbo, Montgomery Clift, Judy Garland and Howard Hughes are a few of my favorite past residents, and - on the darker side - this is where John Belushi sadly died of a drug overdose. But also consider this: Having drinks in the courtyard last night, we were surrounded by tables seating Eva Longoria-Parker, Emily Blunt, Andy Samberg, Seth Meyers and Amy Poehler. With their entourages and not all together of course, but it was definitely the most celebs per capita I think I've ever seen. And this was a Monday night!



I'm no celebri-stalker though, as fun as it was. For me, it's all about the history, the grandeur, and the mystery. So yes - I want to live here someday. Garden Cottage, Hillside Bungalow, Poolside Bungalow, one of the Penthouses? It doesn't matter which - I just need to get incredibly wealthy. To be able to surround myself with so much legend and so many ghosts from one of my favorite eras...it would be a dream come true. And that's that!

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