Annnnd… I’m back! I feel like it has been forever since my last post. I’ve been in a bit of a slump lately, as far as creativity, but I am going to power through it! So in hopes of getting these creative juices flowing, I’m bringing #ThrowbackThursday from the ‘gram to my blog by revisiting our trip to the Greystone Mansion!
Is it weird that I remember this day like it was yesterday?? It was four years ago! Time seriously flies. Anyways, if you follow me on Instagram then you may remember me posting about The Rosenheim Mansion (aka American Horror Story: Murder House), well we actually visited the Greystone Mansion on the same day. By we, I mean my best friend and I (and of course Hayden). We both had the day off so we figured why not go exploring and do some sightseeing. As we made our way through LA, we somehow came up with the idea to visit the Greystone Mansion. I honestly do not know how either of us knew about this place but as soon as I heard about it I just had to see it for myself!
As we made our way off Sunset Blvd. and into Beverly Hills, I remember driving through a sleepy neighborhood before seeing the mansion perched upon a hill. It was hard to believe that this place was open to the public. But sure enough, we found the parking lot and hurriedly jumped out of the car. As we made out way down the steps and into a garden, we came across a posting that listed the mansion’s unique history. This is what we learned:
Built in 1927 the Greystone was constructed for Ned Doheny, the heir to oil magnate Edward Doheny, and his wife Lucy. Nicknamed the ‘Greystone’ because of the “abundant use of stone construction and its rather gray somber appearance,” the mansion is also often referred to as the Doheny Estate due to the murder/suicide of its owner.
Besides being known for its dark history, the Greystone also boasts an impressive film history. From The Witches of Eastwick, Spider-Man, NCIS, Ghostbusters II, to Dead Ringer the Greystone has hosted over 50 films and television series on its grounds. Although still a popular Hollywood backdrop, the Greystone is now used mostly as a public park.
I remember having the grounds almost to ourselves that day. Maybe it was because we went midweek, but we really enjoyed not having anyone around. Little Hayden loved the fact that she had the place to herself. I recall her having so much fun running through the gardens and posing for pictures in front of the fountains. It was like she was a little princess running around her castle. It was so cute! We had so much fun just exploring and playing tourist, I can’t wait to go back and take Holland.
TIPS FOR PLANNING A VISIT
WHERE TO GO: The Greystone Mansion is located at 905 Loma Vista Dr. Beverly Hills, CA 90210. Admission and parking are free and the entrance is located just off of Loma Linda Dr.
WHEN TO GO: The Greystone is open to visitors Sunday-Saturday from 10am-5pm. Be sure to check the website in advance for closures and park restrictions.
WHAT TO DO: Since you are in the middle of Beverly Hills and Hollywood there is a ton of stuff to do once you are done exploring the grounds. But my suggestion would be to bring a blanket and set up on the lawn (sorry, no picnic allowed). Why? Because the view is AMAZING! On a clear day, you’ll have a view of Hollywood and Downtown LA. It really is stunning and so peaceful considering you’re sitting just above Sunset Blvd. Of course, once you are done taking in the view I’d suggest walking through the manicured gardens. You can also walk around the entire exterior of the mansion admiring it’s Tudor style architecture. But if you’re like me, you’ll want to sign up for the 2-hour ranger tour. This needs to be booked and paid for in advance, which can be done here. The group tour, lead by a park ranger, will give you access to the interior of the mansion and go in-depth about the Greystone’s unique history.
For further information check the Beverly Hills visitor’s website.