Castillo del Lago

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Musician Moby started a quirky architecture blog recently, named what else but Moby Los Angeles Architecture Blog. Browsing it, I noticed he had featured the legendary Castillo del Lago, a Spanish-style Hollywood Hills manse originally built in 1926. Previous owners include Bugsy Siegel in the ’30s and Madonna in the ’90s.

Stats on this oldie but goodie? Nine bedrooms, six bathrooms and 7,780 square feet; and it overlooks Beechwood Canyon and the Hollywood Reservoir (or “Lake Hollywood,” if you prefer …). I’d imagine it has some pretty excellent views, both inside and out.

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Great Escapes Around the World Volume II

There’s a book available through the publisher Taschen called Great Escapes Around the World Vol. II, and it’s filled with introductions to some truly unique getaways and first-rate resorts. The imagery is incredible — just pick it up and flip through the pages for a mini mental vacation (or to plan your next adventure!).

From Taschen:

Highlights include a California inn where Liberace would have felt right at home, and shabby-chic bungalows on Highway 1 in Big Sur. Choose from luxurious residences nestled on the Ubud hillside overlooking the Ayung River in Bali, or oceanside bungalows on a Brazilian archipelago. Go camping in “royal style” in the Indian desert, or opt for a luxury tented camp on an island in the best game-viewing location in Botswana. Relax in a hand-woven banda on Zanzibar, a hotel-museum full of contemporary art on the Sicilian coast, or a sumptuous Provençal spa retreat in the south of France.

Some beautiful images included in the book …