Culver City, California: Hobbit House

Disney artist Lawrence Joseph built his residence from 1946 to 1970. It has been declared a Historic-Cultural landmark (No. 624) in the "Storybook Style."
Address:
3819 Dunn Dr., Culver City, CA
Directions:
Just west of Brotman Medical Center. On Dunn Drive, between Venice Blvd and Washington Blvd. Area built up around it, but it's there.
Hours:
Private home. Visible from street.
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Hobbit House

I first lived at the small bachelor apartment at 3827-1/4 Dunn Drive. Then I married, and my wife and I lived in the main building, #3827, upstairs on the right. That's the biggest apartment in the Hobbit House -- which was never called that when I lived there from February 1962 to June 1965. I knew Lawrence Joseph well (and his wife, Martha). He was quite the craftsman. I also did some modifications to the main apartment I lived in, with Joseph instructing/teaching. Much that has been published about Joseph and the various buildings that he built/modified, are wrong. Paula Prentiss (the actress) and her husband, Dick Benjamin, lived in the apartment next to us. All of the furniture inside and the pegged curved floors, etc., were hand-made by L. Joseph, using old-time tools such as spoke shaves. The interior is marvelous.

[Robert Fleischer, 01/27/2018]

Hobbit house.

Hobbit House

There are a cluster of these little hobbit houses together, surrounded by ponds that have living turtles. They are apartments now, but still retain the old world charm intended by the designer. When I went there it was possible to walk up the driveway between the buildings and up to one of the ponds.

[Nikki Kreuzer, 11/16/2012]
Hobbit House

This is the house Alicia Silverstone walked by in the movie "Clueless" ~ the story of Mr. Hall, teacher at Beverly Hills High School.

[Donna Peacher, 07/01/2010]

Hobbit House.

Hobbit House

The Hobbit House [is still visible from the street].

[Nick, 01/24/2010]

A Disney artist built his charming fantasy residence from 1946 to 1970.

Nearby Offbeat Places

RainbowRainbow, Culver City, CA - < 1 mi.
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In the region:
Big Doughnut, Randy's Donuts, Inglewood, CA - 4 mi.

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