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The Houdini Estate

Los Angeles, CA View map Visit website
3.7 out of 5 rating
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$10k - $11k For 100 Guests
Up to 1,500 guests

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$10k - $11k For 100 Guests
Up to 1,500 guests

Located in Los Angeles, California, The Houdini Estate is a historic wedding venue that is perfectly suited to engaged couples seeking to host a magical celebration. This magnificent property is set upon a five-acre estate that features luscious lawns, terraced gardens, a rock waterfall, and idyllic gazebos. Soon-to-be newlyweds can host their entire wedding event in this beautiful venue, from the bridal shower all the way through to their honeymoon.

Facilities and Capacity

The Houdini Estate is a spacious wedding venue that can accommodate up to 1,500 guests for lavish occasions. There is also a selection of both indoor and outdoor event spaces within the Estate. The master suite is a decadent haven for couples who wish for some privacy. It is furnished with a carved mantelpiece and features a sleek bathroom with a spacious bathtub for complete relaxation. Engaged couples and their guests may choose to stay overnight in one of the sophisticated bedrooms. There is an array of contemporary amenities on the property including a heated pool, an outdoor spa, outdoor fireplaces, and barbecue patios. With ample parking spaces available on-site as well as shuttle and valet options for larger events, your guests can access this estate with ease. In addition, full-wheelchair access is provided.

Services Offered

The experienced event team at The Houdini Estate can also assist you in the design and execution of your big day. They will get to know each couple on a personal level, working to secure their trust and comfort from the first consultation. Soon-to-be-weds have the freedom to avail of their own preferred caterers, musicians, and event rentals, ensuring that their occasion reflects their true essence.

History

This majestic venue was originally built during the Edwardian period in the 1900s. This mysterious retreat allowed the iconic Harry Houdini to practice his wondrous tricks and illusions in total secrecy. His wife, Bess, hosted glamorous parties and events at the property after his death and continued to maintain the estate and its breathtaking gardens.

  • Hispanic or Latinx-owned

Frequently Asked Questions

Do you have a site fee for wedding receptions at your venue?

Yes

What is the starting site fee for wedding receptions during peak season?

$17,990

What is the starting site fee for wedding receptions during off-peak season?

$17,990

Do you have a site fee for wedding ceremonies at your venue?

Yes

What is the starting site fee for wedding ceremonies during peak season?

$17,990

What is the starting site fee for wedding ceremonies during off-peak season?

$17,990

Which of the following are included in starting site fee?

Bridal Suite
Parking

What is the maximum capacity of your venue?

1500

What is the minimum number of guests required to book your venue?

1

How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?

6

Describe your venue:

Art Gallery
Ballroom
Banquet Hall
Garden
Historic Building
Mansion
Museum
Park
Resort

What kind of settings are available?

Indoor
Covered Outdoor
Uncovered Outdoor
Scenic Views

Which of the following wedding events does your venue service?

Ceremony
Reception
Bridal Shower
Engagement Party
Elopements
Rehearsal Dinner

What event services do you offer?

Accommodations
Event Planner
Event Rentals
Get Ready Rooms
Liability Insurance
Lighting / Sound
Outside Vendors
Pet Friendly
Set Up
Wifi

What transportation and access is available?

Parking
Shuttle
Valet
Wheelchair Access

What months are included in your peak season?

April
May
June
July
August
September
October
November
December

What months are included in your off-peak season?

January
February
March
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    Drew J. Married on 05/29/2021
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    Unbelievable Venue! Feels like you're in a movie!

    The Houdini Estate is truly magical (no pun intended). A one of a kind venue in the heart of the Hollywood Hills. The ground of the estate are gorgeous and truly blew our guests away. My wife and I had toured a few different venues before seeing Houdini and we were immediately blown away. It's huge and there's so much to explore and so many cool little nooks and crannies with sculpture, art pieces etc throughout..
    The added bonuses of being able to stay on property and have our dogs with us (who were in the ceremony) made this place so perfect for us.

    It truly is breathtaking and I cannot think of a better place to have a wedding. We had so many people that told us afterward that it ruined all other weddings for them. I can't say enough good things about The Houdini Estate and Ella, who helped us along the way with our booking and made sure everything at the estate was perfect.

    Highly, highly recommend.
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    Nakisha B. Married on 10/29/2020
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    Houdini estate

    A beautiful place for any event so many backdrops for photo ops and very romantic everything you need is there
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    Kate Married on 06/04/2022
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    Poor professionalism took away from venue's beauty

    While I am happy overall about our wedding hosted at the Houdini, I would strongly caution ALL people from booking an event there.
    Put more directly- DO NOT BOOK THE HOUDINI. Ella (our main contact), often treated us as an annoyance. We never felt any kind of hospitality on par with a venue of this caliber. The beauty of the venue is NOT worth the stress.

    Some objective information:
    -Gardens are incredibly well kept and absolutely gorgeous - definitely the reason for booking.
    -House is dated: A/C didn’t work for some time when we were there, and the two bottom bedrooms still smell STRONGLY of smoke (there was a fire ~2 years ago?). It’s unpleasant enough that we did not want to sleep in the master bedroom or leave my wedding dress there overnight in case it took on the smell.
    -Logistical challenge: difficult to load in/out rentals, only one street so we had to stage who came when. Also there are truck height limitations that also make rentals a challenge.
    -Like most of LA, there are severe noise ordinances, and sound is very carefully regulated.

    Problems:
    1. We were told we have full "freedom of choice" for all vendors. Later we were scolded that the houdini needed to "sign off" on vendors. We complied and would send over approval emails. Ella would not respond to these for months (some she NEVER replied to!), making booking vendors very challenging.

    2. The Houdini sprung an additional $5k fee if we wanted to have a band, over 7mos after booking with them. We were very up front from day 1 about our intention of having a live band, and nothing was communicated or listed in our original contract. We pushed back on this fee, and then the houdini/ella proclaimed that the band we had booked was banned from the venue. The band manager had _no_ information regarding this status, and houdini never produced any evidence in writing. Clearly there is a lot of hearsay in this conversation, but I feel pretty confident that Ella/the venue lied about our band being banned, because they simply didn't want to allow a band to play on the property.

    3. Venue walkthroughs were very difficult to schedule, as the venue refused to hold any of our walkthrough appointments. They stated that they would only confirm our appointment 24 hours before, as they might book something last minute. With travel from SF, work schedules, and vendor schedules, this made walkthroughs incredibly challenging. On one such occasion, the venue cancelled our walk through the day before, only after frantic calls and emails, agreed to move up our walkthrough by an hour. Why that wasn’t suggested initially is beyond me, but clearly indicates an unwillingness to support people who have contracted them as a venue.

    4. Communication with Ella (our main contact) was incredibly challenging. She would not respond to emails for weeks or months (she would also ignore or refuse to respond to many follow up requests (via email, phone, AND text), both from us and our wedding planner). When Ella did communicate with us, she also often gave conflicting information, and always with a ton of entitlement. She treated us like gum underneath her shoe that was an irritation, not people who were spending top dollar to rent out their wedding venue.
    When we finally had a phone call with her, the call would last HOURS as she berated us, and then would finish the call telling us that we did not pay for "administrative services" and so should not expect her to respond... given that she was our ONLY point of contact for a venue that supposedly does this regularly, we were absolutely dumbstruck.
    Ella also would make snide comments, like we have no "contract" with the houdini estate, only a "rental agreement." These veiled threats would often put us on edge, as the Houdini is NOT cheap to rent at all.
    During booking we were also told that "all emails can be used as part of our contract" ... later on when we would reference those emails, we were reprimanded, and ignored. Since they were our venue - we felt locked in and strong-armed into doing what they wanted. To this day - we have many unanswered phone calls, and emails.
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2400 Laurel Canyon Blvd, Los Angeles, CA, 90046
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