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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 centrally located, $15 million private landmark can be all yours short term. It provides a unique and exclusive way to escape the banality of the usual hotels and the inconvenience of distant venues. In addition to enjoying the historic house beautifully decorated according to Houdini’s era, you will experience the magic of century-old trees in five acres of romantic gardens tended by 15 gardeners and sustained by The Estate's natural spring water; intriguing artwork in unexpected places; seasonally curated flowers; fabulous sunny and shady photographic vistas; nine terraced levels for entertainment, meals, and ceremonies; hours of hiking trails; hidden passageways; a three-story waterfall, and outdoor and indoor spas. 

 

Adding a unique charm to The Estate are brilliantly colored koi, regal peacocks, inquisitive turtles, giant bullfrogs, stately blue herons, and wild deer and their babies. Your guests will never be bored. All of this in famed Laurel Canyon, two traffic lights from Hollywood Blvd. When your celebration is at the mythical Houdini Estate, don't expect empty chairs - people do come. They will remember your event for a lifetime. (Click The Wall Street Journal article at https://goo.gl/rVaQVt and the Newsbreak article at https://share.newsbreak.com/p4as4g08.)

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SHOWINGS

We receive many requests to see The Estate, but the property rarely opens its gates to the just curious; we request a $100 donation to send someone knowledgeable about the property and event possibilities to open the gates to your group for an exclusive tour. Your $100 goes 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.

2022 RENTAL RATES

ALL PROCEEDS GO TO CHARITY

You get the entire Estate for up to an eight-hour event with a night included. Count hosts, guests, vendors, staff, and performers in your total approximate headcount.

Friday and Saturday

Rate #1 - Up to 100 people, $17,990

Rate #2 - 101 to 125 people, $19,990

Rate #3 - 126 to 150 people, $21,990

Rate #4 - 151 to 175 people, $23,990

Rate #5 - 176 to 200 people, $25,990

Rate #6 - 201 to 225 people, $27,990

Rate #7 - 226 to 250 people, $29,990

Rate #8 - 251 to 275 people, $31,990

Rate #9 - 276 to 300 people, $33,990

More than 300 people, please inquire.

 Sunday to Thursday

Rate #10 - Up to 25 people, $5,990

Rate #11 - 26 to 50 people, $7,990

Rate #12 - 51 to 75 people, $9,990

Rate #13 - 76 to 100 people, $11,990

Rate #14 - 101 to 125 people, $13,990

Rate #15 - 126 to 150 people, $15,990

Rate #16 - 151 to 175 people, $17,990

Rate #17 - 176 to 200 people, $19,990

Rate #18 - 201 to 225 people, $21,990

Rate #19 - 226 to 250 people, $23,990

Rate #20 - 251 to 275 people, $25,990

Rate #21 - 276 to 300 people, $27,990

For complex, elaborate events, weekend rates apply.

There is a $200 penalty charge above any rate you pre-select for each additional person actually attending the event; a charge of 10 percent of the rental amount for each additional hour beyond eight hours the event overextends; and a 10 percent holiday surcharge for national holidays, Valentine's Day, Easter, and related weekends due to overtime personnel costs.

 

CHECK-IN AND CHECK OUT

You are welcome to arrive at 3 p.m. to prepare The Estate, have your celebration, spend the night before or after your event, and enjoy the property until the 11 a.m. departure. You may book a half-day if you need additional time.

 

ADDITIONAL SERVICES

Cleaning: $399

Extra rollaway bed: $99 each

Outdoor heater service: $89 each

Pool heating: $100 each day

Firewood per fireplace service: $59

City tax: 14% of only the overnight portion of the rent

 

PARKING

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. 

 

MUSIC

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 RENTAL

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.

 

PAYMENT

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.

 

Please visit us at www.TheHoudiniEstate.com. For questions not covered in this letter or on our website, please e-mail us at info@TheHoudiniEstate.com. We’ll be glad to hear from you!

 

Regards,

Aris Simon

 

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?:

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