Thank you for your interest in the world-renowned Houdini Estate, America’s most famous historic house in private hands.
The following is what you need to know to select a Rate at the end of this letter.
WHAT IS THE MYSTIQUE OF THE HOUDINI ESTATE?
This legendary $15 million landmark can be all yours for a short-term rental. It provides a 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 centenary trees in five acres of romantic gardens tended by 15 gardeners, intriguing artwork in unexpected places, seasonally curated flowers, sunny and shady photographic vistas, nine levels for entertainment, various locations for meals and ceremonies, hours of hiking trails, hidden passageways, a natural spring, a three-story waterfall, and outdoor and indoor jacuzzis. Your guests will never be bored.
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, two traffic lights from Hollywood Blvd.
When your celebration is at The Houdini Estate, people do come; don’t count on available seats. And they will remember your event for a lifetime. (Click The Wall Street Journal article at https://goo.gl/rVaQVt.)
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CURRENT 2021 RATES, ENTIRE ESTATE, FOR A CELEBRATION OF UP TO EIGHT HOURS. ONE DAY AND NIGHT INCLUDED.
(Count hosts, guests, vendors, staff, and performers in your total approximate headcount.)
Rate #1 - Up to 50 people $9,990
Rate #2 - 51 to 75 people $12,990
Rate #3 - 76 to 100 people $15,990
Rate #4 - 101 to 125 people $17,990
Rate #5 - 126 to 150 people $19,990
Rate #6 - 151 to 175 people $21,990
Rate #7 - 176 to 200 people $23,990
Rate #8 - 201 to 225 people $25,990
Rate #9 - 226 to 250 people $27,990
Rate #10 - 251 to 275 people $29,990
Rate #11 - 276 to 300 people $31,990
FAMILY AFFAIRS, SECOND CONSECUTIVE EVENT, 501(c)(3) NONPROFIT LUNCHEONS, AND BUSINESS MEETINGS (SUNDAY TO THURSDAY NIGHTS)
Rate #12 - Up to 25 people $4,990
Rate #13 - 26 to 50 people $6,990
Rate #14 - 51 to 75 people $8,990
Rate #15 - 76 to 100 people $10,990
Rate #16 - 101 to 125 people $12,990
Rate #17 - 126 to 150 people $14,990
Rate #18 - 151 to 175 people $16,990
Rate #19 - 176 to 200 people $18,990
Rate #20 - 201 to 225 people $20,990
Rate #21 - 226 to 250 people $22,990
Rate #22 - 251 to 275 people $24,990
Rate #23 - 276 to 300 people $26,990
$175 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.
MINIMUM EVENT RENTAL
$9,990 minimum for weekend (Friday - Saturday)
$6,990 minimum for weekday (Sunday - Thursday)
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.
ADDITIONAL SERVICE CHARGES
Cleaning service fee: $399
Extra bed service: $59 each
Outdoor heater service: $89 each
Pool heating service: $100 each day
Firewood per fireplace service: $59
City tax: 14% of overnight stay portion of rent
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 people.
FREEDOM OF CHOICE
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 ordinance;
music can be played indoors until 1:30 a.m.;
LIVE BAND performance surcharge: $5,000;
OUTDOOR AMPLIFICATION at the Estate limited to 85 decibels.
Additional weekend night for up to 15 people: $3,000 (Friday - Saturday)
Additional weekday night for up to 15 people: $1,750 (Sunday - Thursday)
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.
WINTER LOW-BUDGET OPTIONS
Events receive a 20% discount in January, 15% discount in February, 10% discount in March.
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 a 40% security deposit; other events require a 100% security deposit.
WE CAN ANSWER MORE QUICKLY WHEN GIVEN THIS INFORMATION:
Proposed date(s) of the booking and hours of the booking:
Type: charity dinner, filming, personal celebration, wedding, etc.:
Approximate number of guests, staff, and other personnel:
Using the Rate lists above, which Rate(s) would you like more information about?:
We receive many requests, but The Houdini Estate rarely opens its gates to visitors. As part of the selection process, we ask your group for a $100 donation for an exclusive tour 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. We are kid and pet friendly.