Hollywood Hills Revival

Hollywood Hills Revival

Laure Joliet
Feb 26, 2009

When you think of action and adventure, giant explosions, high speed car chases, a hollywood swagger and an ego to match, does that conjure up images of a classic and possibly even demure living room with rustic, down to earth accents and an overall solid old hollywood feel (without any unnecessary glitz or glamour)? Us either, that's why we were really surprised to see who's house this is:


This old spanish style Hollywood Hills home belongs to none other than director and producer (of films such as Rush Hour and 21) Brett Ratner.

The five-bedroom, stone-and-redwood relic known as Hilhaven Lodge had quite an amazing history long before Bret laid eyes on it. Built by Hoover Dam architect Gordon B. Kaufmann in 1927, it became Ingrid Bergman's home (she called it 'the Barn'), Kim Novack was wooed there by Director Richard Quine, James Caan rented it after that and most recently it was owned by Allan Carr, who produced the movie Grease. After that though the house fell into disrepair and it was Ratner himself who wanted to restore the home to its original splendor, getting in touch with the original architects and embarking on a major restoration.

Read the full story and see more pictures at Elle Decor

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