C.E. Toberman Estate

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Toberman, C. E., Estate
Charles Toberman Estate, Hollywood.JPG
Charles Toberman Estate, 2008
C.E. Toberman Estate is located in the Los Angeles metropolitan area
C.E. Toberman Estate
C.E. Toberman Estate is located in California
C.E. Toberman Estate
C.E. Toberman Estate is located in the US
C.E. Toberman Estate
Location 1847 Camino Palmero St, Los Angeles, California
Coordinates 34°6′17.64″N 118°21′1.08″W / 34.1049000°N 118.3503000°W / 34.1049000; -118.3503000Coordinates: 34°6′17.64″N 118°21′1.08″W / 34.1049000°N 118.3503000°W / 34.1049000; -118.3503000
Built 1926
Architect Russell & Alpaugh
Architectural style Mission Revival-Spanish Colonial Revival
NRHP reference # 83001205[1]
LAHCM # 285
Significant dates
Added to NRHP September 15, 1983
Designated LAHCM October 3, 1984[2]

The C. E. Toberman Estate, also known as Villa Las Colinas, is a gated Mission Revival mansion and estate on Camino Palmero in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1983, and as a Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument in 1984..


In 1922, C. E. Toberman hired architects Russell & Alpaugh to design his Mission Revival and Spanish Colonial Revival style dream house, which took two years to build and was completed in 1924.[3] The estate, built on a 2-acre (8,100 m2) lot, includes a 19-room, 9,800-square-foot (910 m2) main house, a 1,809-square-foot (168.1 m2) guest apartment and garage, and a separate natatorium with a 30 by 50-foot (15 m) tiled pool with cabanas under skylights.[3][4] The main house has eight fireplaces, a butler's pantry and cut-crystal doorknobs.[3] Toberman, who lived to be 101 years old, recalled in a 1981 interview that the estate became "practically a country club" with its enclosed swimming pool, tennis courts, a nine-hole pitch-and-putt golf course, and formal gardens.[3][5]


The house was built for Charles E. Toberman (1880-1981), a noted real estate developer who was known as "Mr. Hollywood" and the "Father of Hollywood"[6] for his role in developing Hollywood and many of its landmarks, including the Hollywood Bowl, Grauman's Chinese Theater, the Roosevelt Hotel, the Grauman's Egyptian Theatre and the Hollywood Masonic Temple.[7]

The house was reportedly featured in the first issue of Architectural Digest [8] with a young Bette Davis at the front door.[9] The Toberman family lived at the estate until 1941.[10] It was situated on one of the most exclusive streets in Hollywood, adjacent to the Errol Flynn estate and with neighbors including Bette Davis, Samuel Goldwyn, Preston Sturges, Al Jolson, Ozzie and Harriet Nelson and Fatty Arbuckle.[6][11]

In 1980, the Toberman estate sold for $1 million (then a record price for a house in the Los Colinos section of Hollywood),[10] and it was listed for sale in 1982 at a price of $1.5 million.[4] The estate was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1983, after the property was purchased and renovated by Beverly Hills attorney and investor Donald L. Hunt.[3] In the 1980s the house was recommended for Historic-Cultural Monument status by the Los Angeles Cultural Heritage Commission, but the proposal was initially rejected by the City Council because "the property owner and the councilman of the district object."[12] The estate was later designated as Historic Cultural Monument #285.[13]

Filming location[edit]

The Toberman Estate has long been a popular filming location. In 1990, it was the principal filming location for the film Where Sleeping Dogs Lie.[6] The Toberman Estate was also used as "the hip 'trophy' house of Vincent Chase on the first two seasons of HBO's Entourage and the later sixth season.[9][14]

The estate was later renamed "Villa Las Colinas" and is rented for receptions and special events at price of "$10,000–$50,000 depending on your event's requirements."[9]

August 2009 Fire[edit]

On the morning of August 30, 2009, a fire broke out in the kitchen of the main house. The Los Angeles Fire Department responded at 8:29 AM with 130 firefighters. The flames spread to the attic, and it took just over two hours for it to be extinguished. Two firefighters received minor injuries and were taken to local hospitals.[15]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ National Park Service (2008-04-15). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ Department of City Planning. "Designated Historic-Cultural Monuments". City of Los Angeles. Archived from the original on 2010-06-09. Retrieved 2010-06-15. 
  3. ^ a b c d e Evelyn DeWolfe (1984-04-08). "Comeback for Hollywood Dream House: Mansion Undergoes Restoration". Los Angeles Times. 
  4. ^ a b "Hollywood villa now listed at $1.5 million". Los Angeles Times. 1982-04-18. 
  5. ^ Koopal, Grace (1970). Free Enterprise: Foundation of America's Greatness A Biography of Charles E. Toberman (First ed.). Anderson, Ritchie & Simon. 
  6. ^ a b c David Wallace (1990-12-30). "They Won't Let `Sleeping Dogs' Lie: Fourteen year's after actor Peter Finch's death, his son and ex-wife have become a director-writer team". Los Angeles Times. 
  7. ^ Evelyn DeWolfe (1981-11-29). "C.E. Toberman, Hollywood Developer, Dies;Developer Called 'Mr. Hollywood' Dies". Los Angeles Times. 
  8. ^ Ades, Brian. "1847 Camino Palmero – An Estate Built to Stand for Centuries". Legacies of LA. Legacies of LA. Retrieved 21 July 2015. 
  9. ^ a b c "Via Las Colinas". Here Comes the Guide. 
  10. ^ a b "Sands sells Italian villa for $1 million". Los Angeles Times. 1980-11-21. 
  11. ^ "She'll Be Back, Agent Says; Bette Davis Buys Home in Maine; Furniture Here Loaded in Vans". Los Angeles Times. 1953-05-28. 
  12. ^ Richard Simon (1988-06-23). "Historic-Cultural Monuments L.A.'s Landmark Mix: Significant to Kitschy". Los Angeles Times. 
  13. ^ "Historic Cultural Monuments" (PDF). City of Los Angeles. 
  14. ^ Audrey Davidow (2007-07-05). "Set Pieces: A home that comes with an `Entourage'". Los Angeles Times.  ("Vincent Chase's first mansion was just three doors down, in the former home of 1920s real estate magnate Charles Toberman.")
  15. ^ "2 Firefighters Hurt in House Fire Near Runyon Canyon". ktla.com 8-30-09. Archived from the original on 2011-10-05.