El Pollo del Mar from “L.A. Story”Jan 9th, 2013 | By Lindsay | Category: Movie Locations
One location that I had been dying to find for years was El Pollo del Mar (yes, that translates to The Chicken of the Sea LOL), aka the supposed Santa Barbara-area resort featured in the 1991 flick L.A. Story. Try as I might, though, I just could not seem to track the place down. So, when a fellow stalker named Scott wrote a comment on my L.A. Story gas station post informing me of the site’s location, my head just about exploded from excitement! In reality, the Mediterranean-style hotel is an absolutely gargantuan private residence that overlooks the Pacific Ocean in Long Beach. Never in my wildest dreams would I have imagined that El Pollo del Mar was a) someone’s home (!!!) and b) located in the LBC. I honestly would have bet money on the fact that it was an actual hotel in Santa Barbara. Mind officially blown! And while I was chomping at the bit to stalk the locale just as soon as Scott told me about it, because I do not get down to the Long Beach area very often, I was not able to do so until this past December.
Sadly, the El Pollo del Mar house is located on a gated street, so only a small portion of it is visible to the public. Man, what I wouldn’t give to see the inside of that thing!
In real life, the gargantuan residence, which was originally built in 1926 and is named Casa Oceana, boasts three bedrooms, five baths, 7,576 square feet of living space, and a 1.28-acre plot of seaside land.
El Pollo del Mar pops up towards the end of L.A. Story as the charming resort where disgruntled weatherman Harris K. Telemacher (Steve Martin) takes his girlfriend SanDeE* (my girl Sarah Jessica Parker) for the weekend. While there he runs into his dream girl, Sara McDowel (Victoria Tennant), who is on a reconciliation trip with her ex-husband, Roland Mackey (Richard E. Grant). Drama, of course, ensues. As you can see below, the property is absolutely huge and can easily masquerade as a hotel. In fact, I am surprised that it hasn’t been used more frequently in productions.
And, as I mentioned, while the majority of the residence cannot be seen from the road, I was BEYOND floored to discover that the front gate . . .
. . . and archway that appeared in the movie were visible. Yay!
And for the rest, there’s always Bing Aerial Views! I still can’t believe the place is a private house! I mean, look at that thing!
I am kicking myself for not having walked down to the beachside of the property while we were there because it, too, appeared in L.A. Story, in the scene in which Harris and Sara get into a fight over their respective significant others.
Big THANK YOU to fellow stalker Scott for finding this location!
Until next time, Happy Stalking!
Stalk It: The El Pollo del Mar hotel from L.A. Story is actually a private home located at 20 37th Place in Long Beach.