I lived in L.A for 5 years before I even heard of this place and the loss was all mine. Now I just have to take ever out-of-town visitor I have there, and I never get bored going back there. Greystone mansion was build in 1926 by the Doheny oil family, and after having different ownerships over the years was finally bought by the city of Beverly Hills as a city park. You can park your car in the public parking lot and just walk through the gardens freely. The gardens are full of green lawns and beautiful flowers, well groomed bushes and even a coy pond. There are certain areas, like a long grassy path with shrubbery to the side, or the big fountain, that make me feel I’m in an old Hollywood or a Disney Fairytale movie. In the four times I visited so far, there was almost always something going on there, in two of those times they were shooting a tv show inside, on time it was a movie (these we shot inside the house so it didn’t bother us), the last time they held a wedding at the gardens so they blocked off some of the areas, and that was a little disappointing.
You can only walk in the garden area, not get inside the mansion itself, but no one will stop you if you want to push your nose to the glass windows and take a peek inside, as it is just as lovely inside as it is outside. I promise you, after your fist visit you are going to recognize areas of the place of the interior in so many major films and TV shoes and ads.
Pros: A real-life gorgeous mansion
Cons: some areas are blocked off occasionally