Called "one of the most significant examples of Storybook architecture in Los Angeles" by the LA Conservancy, the Lawrence and Martha Joseph Residence and Apartments in Culver City is an incredibly unique property based on its exterior alone. But there's even more quirky fun inside, where former Disney artist Lawrence Joseph, a skilled carpenter, married fanciful, fairytale decor with nautical themes in both the main single-family residence and two adjacent two-story buildings/cottages with apartments inside. Up for rent today is the two-bedroom, one-bathroom cottage that the listing refers to as "the main house."
The cottage's original stone fireplace is intact and stained glass windows give the place that extra whimsical boost. The nautical comes out with a lot of things that look like ship's wheels. The kitchen "comes with a mini-fridge that is built in," and the bedrooms have views of the front yard's fountain and reportedly turtle-filled pond. The entire compound (sometimes called "Hobbit houses") was made an LA Historic-Cultural Monument in 1996. Rent is $2,595.
· $2595 / 2br - Enchanting 2 Bedroom Cottage in "The Hobbit's House" [Craigslist]
· Sublet in Culver City's Historic Hobbit Compound [Curbed LA]