“Art and architecture fans from around the world fly in each year to walk through the imaginatively shaped and art-filled “habitable sculptures” on the property, which resemble the Hobbit houses in Peter Jackson’s “Lord of the Rings” films and the expressionistic organic style of Modernist Spanish architect Antonio Gaudí.”
—San Diego Union Tribune
Much is new at Ilan-Lael, the hand-built sculptural home, working-artist studios and gardens created by James and Anne Hubbell over the past 60 years near Santa Ysabel, California. James and Ilan-Lael artists and craftsmen (and women) have finished an amazing set of new buildings—the new Art Center— gathered around a courtyard, and these join the existing structures nestled amidst oaks and boulders like new members of the family.
Join us for an Open House Tour
Twice a year, Ilan-Lael has two Open House tours available for the general public: Father’s Day Open House and Autumn Open House. Walk the winding paths and gardens on your own, or with a guide, and explore the famous main house and separate “Boys’ House” where sunlight pours through stained glass. Greet founders James and Anne Hubbell, view and purchase his paintings, jewelry and sculptures on display, meet the Hubbell Studio artists, enjoy a nature hike, and live music, all surrounded in the beauty of our Laguna Mountains—whatever your pleasure, you will be inspired by the way nature and art can truly dance together as one. Admission fees go entirely to the non-profit Ilan-Lael Foundation, dedicated to preserving the property and its legacy of bringing art and nature events to the community. We hope to see you here during our next Open House!
UPDATE: This year, due to the pandemic, we are offering a Ilan-Lael Virtual Tour. Buy a copy of the tour and download it to own, or rent it for 48 hours.
Tickets for Open House tours typically go on sale three months in advance.
$50 General Admission
$30 Student (under 22)
and military (with i.d.)
$40 Seniors (65 and older)
Free Children 12 and under
Arrange a Private Tour
Private docent-led group tours are available by reservation from March through November. Each tour lasts about an 1 1/2 hours with an additional 30 minutes for exploring the grounds. Because the living area serves as the home for James and Anne Hubbell, the living room, kitchen, and bedroom buildings are not shown during private tours.
Group Tours are available on a limited basis. Please call our office for available dates and special group pricing, at 760-765-3427 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
You must be reserved in advance for all Private and Group Tours. No walk ups please.
Reserve the New Ilan-Lael Art Center for a Special Event
Work, play, think, and create in the inspiring atmosphere of the Ilan-Lael Center.
Explore new ideas and celebrate life in this uniquely beautiful and sophisticated space. A meeting room, art room, and supporting kitchen , amphitheater, hiking trails, gardens, and more are designed to immerse you in art and nature. Our tranquil space sets the stage for harmonious interaction. Let Ilan-Lael host your next important creative meeting or event. Learn more about reserving the Ilan-Lael Art Center.