This book shows a great number of outstanding historic Hollywood houses, mostly from the 20ies and 30ies. Only a few of them are "palaces". Most of them were - and are still today - beautyful houses where people feel comfortable in. Some are rather excentric, others resemble more an "upper middle class style". All of them have been restored in the last years and the new owners changed them, made rooms bigger, added pools and more modern bathrooms. Sometimes this made the houses even more beautyful. The author describes the history of the houses, their location, the architect and the interesting, sometimes very famous people who lived in, like Cary Grant, Charlie Chaplin or Cecil B. DeMille. He tells interesting stories about the houses and about their inhabitants from the past and present. And this book is full of pictures, showing all those houses from inside, outside and stunning details. It is also a good source of inspiration for people who are planning to build an unusual house or want to renovate one or who just like to do some real good interior decoration.