Skip to content
culture walk

Historic Mansions of Hancock Park

culture walk

Historic Mansions of Hancock Park

20 reviews
Paused through 3rd of April. To protect the health of our community, all Airbnb Experiences are paused due to coronavirus (COVID-19). Visit the Help Centre for the latest updates before you book.
Duration
2 hours
Group size
Up to 3 people
Includes
Drinks
Hosted in
English
culture walk

Historic Mansions of Hancock Park

culture walk

Historic Mansions of Hancock Park

20 reviews
Paused through 3rd of April. To protect the health of our community, all Airbnb Experiences are paused due to coronavirus (COVID-19). Visit the Help Centre for the latest updates before you book.
Duration
2 hours
Group size
Up to 3 people
Includes
Drinks
Hosted in
English

What you'll do

We'll drive/walk through the historic Hancock Park neighborhood, once home to silent film stars like Buster Keaton, music legends like Nat King Cole, and moguls like Howard Hughes. The uniquely preserved mansions in the area were home to the city's wealthy elite at a time when Beverly Hills was just a lima bean farm. You'll see the theater where 13-year-old Judy Garland was discovered, the house from "Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?", and the apartment building made famous by Mae West. You'll hear stories about racist neighbors, deadly drunk driving accidents, the Mexican-American war, JFK's shenanigans during the 1960 Democratic National Convention, the origin of Ralphs Grocery Stores, '80s movie villains, Freemasons, and Prince William and Princess Kate's honeymoon. The streets of Hancock Park are a nexus point for Los Angeles architecture, politics, entertainment industry milestones, and scandal...and yet even most locals are unaware of how deep its roots go. This is a unique chance to access it all!

Your host

Learn more about Jeff

Jeff

I'm a New York Times best selling author, a documentary filmmaker, and a travel blogger who is in love with Los Angeles history. After years of living adjacent to the mansions of Hancock Park, I was disappointed to find that not a single organization or company was offering tours of the area, so I developed my own! This one-of-a-kind journey into this too-often-overlooked neighborhood took months of exhaustive research, and I'm still learning new details about the neighborhood to this day. Originally the tour was something I exclusively offered to family and friends, but the history of the area is so fascinating that I'm excited to finally share it with as many people as possible!

What's included

Drinks
Bottled Water

Guest photos

Guest reviews

Navigation section for review pages

Where you'll be

We'll begin at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre and do a loop through the Hancock Park and Windsor Square neighborhoods. We'll drive past stunning 1920s mansions that have served as homes to Hollywood stars past and present, that have been featured in famous films, and that have figured into the colorful history of Los Angeles. We'll return to the Ebell at the tour's end.

This experience is available starting April 07, 2020

To protect the health and safety of our community, all Airbnb Experiences are paused until Friday 3 April due to coronavirus (COVID-19). Visit the Help Centre for the latest updates before you book.

Things to keep in mind

Cancellation policy

Any experience can be cancelled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Communication policy

Always communicate through Airbnb. To protect your payment, never transfer money or communicate outside the Airbnb website or app.

Guest requirements

Up to 3 guests ages 18 and up can attend.

Government ID

You’ll need to take a picture of yourself that matches the photo on your ID. This is so Airbnb can confirm who’s actually going on the experience. You’ll only have to do this once.

More tips

There are no bathrooms along the route, so please be sure to go before you arrive! There will be some walking involved during the tour--nothing too strenuous, but be sure to wear comfortable shoes.

Airbnb Experiences are vetted for quality

Airbnb Experiences are vetted for quality

  • Local experts

    Led by locals who love where they’re from and what they do.

  • Small groups

    With intimate group sizes, you’ll never get lost in the crowd.

  • High standards

    Every experience is reviewed for unique access.

Jeff
Historic Mansions of Hancock Park
20 reviews
From £25/person
20 reviews
From £25/person