Inspire Your Fire @ Moonfire Ranch // November 24th, 2016
“The temple in the clouds.” That’s what they call it. Officially deemed Moonfire Ranch, it’s a one-of-a-kind 60-acre mountain property located high above Los Angeles in the Santa Monica Mountains.
It’s a tough place to describe; there is no 140-character combination that will do it justice. The simplest illustration: Moonfire can be what you want it to be. It’s an upscale living quarter meets natural paradise meets hippie compound. It’s played host to some of history’s biggest icons; Jimi Hendrix & Andy Warhol to name a few, as well as served as a playground for acts such as Bon Jovi, The Doors, and even Playboy.
It all began with S&H Green Stamp heir Lewis Marvin III purchasing the property in 1957. For those too young to remember, back in the 1940s until about the 1980s, customers would receive stamps at the checkout counter of supermarkets, department stores, and gasoline stations among other retailers, which would be redeemed for products in the catalog. Think rewards program like Plenti, but back in the day.
One step onto Moonfire and it is very clear that Marvin had a unique taste; he was a true lover of animals and pursued an eccentric search for enlightenment - all very present at Moonfire Ranch. What once served as a home for Marvin, his wife and three children, has now become one of the most recognizable backdrops for movies, photo shoots, and music videos in Southern California.
The most astonishing aspect of Moonfire is it’s attention to detail. The living spaces are spread between three buildings: the Round House, a geodesic dome, and a trailer converted into a small home. The Wall Street Journal described the breathtaking Round House as“a two-story living room built inside a water tank-like building whose interior includes porous rainforest-wood walls, a giant chandelier and 20-foot tall windows looking out on the Santa Monica Bay far below." In between the living quarters is a garden sanctuary adorned with symbols, statues, and art representing peace, religion, and spirituality. Spend a few hours at Moonfire and you’ll be immersed into a unique space unlike any other.
The ultimate grab at Moonfire is the view. And this isn’t a view you can get anywhere; it is like nothing else that exists in Southern California. Moonfire sports a panoramic 360 degree view of Los Angeles that is to die for. For a city like LA that is known for being incredibly expansive and fragmented, everything from Downtown LA to the Santa Monica bay is all but framed into a perfect picture at Moonfire. Being almost 2,000 feet above the Pacific Ocean will do that for you.
“It’s a world apart,” says Barbara Wayne, Mr. Marvin’s widow. “It’s contributed greatly to the imagination of anyone who comes to visit – my children included.”
Moonfire Ranch is now available for bookings. Welcoming all motion pictures, movie shoots, photo shoots, music video productions, and artistic events.
Visit www.MoonfireRanch.com or e-mail info@MoonfireRanch.com for inquiries.
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A big thanks to PXL Media Studios for video production & photographs.
Music by Lenny Kravitz – Fly Away for promo use only.
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