You know what Angelenos don't talk about enough? The German intellectual scene in LA in the thirties and forties. There's been lots of scholarly work done (USC's Feuchtwanger Memorial Library is dedicated to the subject), but the topic hasn't really had its moment in the sun the way, say, Red Cars or Aimee Semple McPherson or anything Old Hollywood have. So let's get to work on that now: the scene largely centered on Lion and Marta Feuchtwanger's house, the Villa Aurora, in Pacific Palisades, and included Bertolt Brecht, Arnold Schoenberg, and dour writer Thomas Mann (you may remember him from your high school English class as the author of cholera/pederasty novel Death in Venice). Mann came here with his family in 1940 and built this house on San Remo Drive in the Palisades in 1941--we're guessing it's had a little work done since then, but it has a wetbar, a fireplace, a pool, a cabana, and "what can only be described as magical park-like grounds." Rent is $15,500 per month.
· 1550 San Remo [Joyce Rey]
· Thomas Mann (1875-1955) [Feuchtwanger Memorial Library]