Perched on a cliffside overlooking Los Angeles, this landmark is a striking example of midcentury modern architecture and listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Built in 1960 as a case study home by architect Pierre Koenig, the glass-walled house with sweeping views has featured in many movies, TV shows, and fashion spreads.
A time-honored symbol of the LA aesthetic, the Stahl House is privately owned and still used occasionally as a family residence. Visitors are welcomed on guided tours with advance reservations, which can only be booked online through the Stahl House website.
Tour numbers are kept intentionally small to preserve the peaceful environment, and guests are invited to take off their shoes, sit on the furniture, and admire panoramic views of Los Angeles from the floor-to-ceiling picture windows. Docents are available to provide background on the home’s design and answer any questions.
Things to know before you go
- Tours often sell out weeks or months in advance, so book ahead to avoid disappointment.
- Children under the age of 10, including infants, are not permitted.
- Photography for personal use is allowed using cell phones only.
- Food and beverages are not allowed inside the house, but bottled water is provided.
- The house is wheelchair accessible; contact the Stahl House through the website if you plan to attend a tour in a wheelchair.
How to get there
Given its location in an exclusive residential area, parking at the Stahl House is limited. Visitors under the same reservation must arrive in a single car and park at the house’s carport, or be dropped off in a rideshare or taxi. Walk-ups are not allowed. Note that the house is not visible from the street, so confirm directions via the website.
When to get there
The Stahl House offers three tour times on select days: afternoon, late afternoon, and evening. A traveler favorite, the evening tour offers the chance to watch the sunset and the twinkling lights of Los Angeles from a prime Hollywood Hills vantage point.
Iconic Los Angeles Homes
From sprawling celebrity villas to modernist experiments like the Stahl House, there's no shortage of eye-catching architecture in LA. Other midcentury gems include the glass-walled Eames House, the Sheats Goldstein House (resembling an angular glass treehouse), and the Chemosphere, an unlikely octagonal structure built on top of a 30-foot (9-meter) concrete pole. Frank Lloyd Wright’s son Lloyd Wright also left his mark on the city with the Mayan temple–inspired Sowden House and Ennis House.
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