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What Is The Mystique Of The Houdini Estate®?

This legendary $15 million landmark can be all yours. It provides a private, unique and exclusive way to escape far-flung venues and the usual hotels, as well as create lifelong remembrances. In addition to enjoying a historic house beautifully decorated according to Houdini’s era, you will experience the magic of five acres of romantic gardens tended by 15 gardeners, intriguing artwork in unexpected places, seasonally curated flowers, sunny and shady photographic vistas, multiple locations for meals and ceremonies,  an hour of hiking trails, hidden passageways, a natural spring, a three-story waterfall, and outdoor and indoor jacuzzis.

Brilliantly colored koi, regal peacocks, inquisitive turtles, giant bullfrogs, stately blue herons, and wild deer and their babies also add a unique charm to the estate. All of this in famed Laurel Canyon, only six minutes from the Sunset Strip. When your celebration is at The Houdini Estate®, people attend with eagerness, and remember it for a lifetime. (See The Wall Street Journal article.)

Ample lawn for 400 guests.

Showings. ( Sorry, no public tours )

We receive many requests, but the private Houdini Estate rarely opens its gates to visitors. As a pre-selection, we ask your group for a $100 donation for an exclusive preview and send someone knowledgeable about the Houdini Estate and event planning to open up the property and explain its possibilities. Your $100 is donated entirely to an IRS-recognized charity, and you receive a $100 credit toward your rent. Bring comfortable shoes and reserve an hour for the showing.

2020 RATES – Venue only.

  • Plan #1 – Up to 100 people $14,990
    Plan #2 – 101 to 125 people $16,990
    Plan #3 – 126 to 150 people $18,990
    Plan #4 – 151 to 175 people $20,990
    Plan #5 – 176 to 200 people $21,990
    Plan #6 – 201 to 225 people $23,990
    Plan #7 – 226 to 250 people $25,990
    Plan #8 – 251 to 275 people $27,990
    Plan #9 – 276 to 300 people $29,990
    Plan #10 – 301 to 350 people $30,990
    Plan #11 – 351 to 400 people $31,990
    Plan #12 – 401 to 450 people. $32,990
    Plan #13 – 451 to 500 people $33,990
    Plan #14 – 501 to 600 people $34,990


  • Plan #15 – Up to 30 people $4,600 (Second Events Only)
    Plan #16 – 31 to 45 people $5,700 (Second Events Only)
    Plan #17 – 46 to 60 people $6,990
    Plan #18 – 61 to 75 people $7,900
    Plan #19 – 76 to 90 people $9,000
    Plan #20 – 91 to 105 people $10,100
    Plan #21 – 106 to 125 people $11,200
    Plan #22 – 126 to 150 people $13,990
    Plan #23 – 151 to 200 people $14,990
    Plan #24 – 201 to 250 people $15,990
    Plan #25 – 251 to 300 people $17,990
    Plan #26 – Photography and Filming


$9,990 minimum for weekend
$6,990 minimum for weekday
10% holiday surcharge during national holidays, Valentine’s Day, Easter, and Cinco de Mayo along with their related weekends.


You are welcome to enter the grounds to prepare the estate, have your celebration, spend the night, and the following morning after the event, tear down, collect your belongings, rest, and enjoy the property until 11 a.m.


Cleaning fee: $399
Extra bed service: $59 each
Outdoor heater service: $59 each
Pool heating service: $100 each day
Firewood service per fireplace: $59
City tax: 14% of overnight stay portion of rent
$150 penalty charge per additional person above the event rate plan you select.
10% of the rental amount for each additional hour beyond eight hours that an event overextends.


The gated and fenced estate can park 50 cars for a typical gathering and up to 150 cars with a valet. With shuttles, valet, Uber, and Lyft, the spacious property can host up to 1,500 friends.


We provide the estate and its engineering support staff; you have the creative freedom to bring your own caterers, musicians, equipment, rentals and decorations. We’re also happy to make suggestions about vendors and help you in planning your event. Please note that outdoor music of moderate volume is allowed until 10 p.m. per the ordinance, and indoors until 1:30 a.m.


Additional weekday night for up to 15 people: $1,750
Additional weekend night for up to 15 people: $3,000
Each additional group of up to 15 people is $1,500 per group.
You can also book an additional overnight stay.
Eight people can comfortably sleep in the house’s four bedrooms.
Inquire if you need nearby houses to lodge guests.


Events receive a 20% discount in January, 15% discount in February, 10% discount in March.

(Count hosts, guests, vendors, staff, and performers in your total approximate headcount.)

Eight people can comfortably sleep in the house’s four bedrooms. 10% holiday surcharge during national holidays, Valentine’s Day, Easter, and Cinco de Mayo along with their related weekends.

You’re welcome to stay at The Houdini Estate® without booking an event. The minimum vacation rental is three days and two nights. Weeknights (Sunday through Thursday) are $1,750 per night; weekend nights (Friday and Saturday) are $3,000 per night. All short-term rentals including those with events are plus city tax if people stay overnight at the house. Eight people can comfortably sleep in the house’s four bedrooms. Regular check-in time is 4 p.m. and check-out is 11 a.m.

Private photography or filming sessions at the property are available Sunday to Friday. If your desired private photo or filming session is on a Saturday, it can be booked only within 30 days of the desired date, not before. The minimum charge is $1,750 for Sunday to Friday and $3,000 for Saturdays, for one to three hours in the garden. Thereafter, the rate is $399 per hour. If you wish to shoot inside the house, there is an additional $500 charge. Up to 25 people are allowed at the photo session; more than 25 is priced as an event. There is access to two restrooms outside. Professional photography and filming have different payment parameters; please inquire.


A 10% reservation fee, with a $2,000 minimum, holds your desired dates; the first third of the remaining balance is due 30 days after paying the reservation fee; the second third is due 120 days before your arrival; the last payment is due no later than 90 days prior to the rental. Credit cards, checks, wires, and cash are accepted. Weddings need 40% security deposit; other events require a 100% security deposit.


For questions, please fill out the form below, send us an e-mail at, or call toll free 844-HOUDINI (844-468-3464) or 323-886-4949. We’ll be glad to hear from you.

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