The Paramour in Silverlake, a 22,000-square-foot Mediterranean
estate with 14 bedrooms, 60-foot pool, and industrial kitchen
set on 4.5 acres of terraced hilltop with view of the Hollywood
sign, a spooky round tower and weathered statues, had been inhabited
by nuns "educating" fallen girls and now has it's own ghost.
The Mansion was built in 1923 by Edward Doheny's business partner
Charles Canfield and originally named Crestmount. The mansion
had been a gift to Canfield's daughter, Daisy, upon her marriage
to the silent film star Antonio Moreno. Daisies mysterious death,
her car plunged off Mulholland Drive, caused some people to
speculate murder. The same people believe that the ghost of
Paramour is Daisy trying to find peace.
A lot of people are in line to throw parties, or film movies,
or shoot pictures, or get married, at Dana's house ever since
Leonardo DiCaprio, Steve Miner, Bruce Weber, and Anne Heche,
respectively, did the same. Dana who owns and develops properties
in Silverlake describes some of the rooms as "kind of baronial
decay-dispossessed rock star."
One of Pasadena's most unique buildings, the Castle Green was
built in 1898 as the annex for the famous Hotel Green. The Castle
Green is an imposing seven story Moorish Colonial and Spanish
style building sitting next to Central Park in Old Pasadena
at Raymond and Green Street. www.castlegreen.com
The beginnings of the Theatricum Botanicum stretch back to
the early 1950s when Will Geer opened a theatre for Blacklisted
actors and folk singers on his Topanga property. He also cultivated
a large garden and, unable to find work in Hollywood, Will and
his family earned a living by selling vegetables, fruit, herbs,
and theatre. Famous for their Shakespeare productions they also
offer a theater Academy, educational programs and concert from
classic to Nina Hagen. The Theatricum offers a natural, rustic
parklike setting, stages and a romantic creek running through.