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“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. Be notified when tickets are available for our next Open House tour when you sign up here.

Join us for an Open House Tour

Twice a year, in the Spring and Autumn, Ilan-Lael has Open House tours available for the general public. Due to current pandemic protocol, we are offering several small-group docent-led tours this season. In addition, we have created an hour-long NEW Open House Virtual Tour available to rent or purchase.

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!

Can’t make it here to Hubbel Hill? Watch our new Ilan-Lael Virtual Tour

Discover the beauty of Ilan-lael virtually! This beautiful 53 minute program takes you through the art-filled and historically designated property that includes the private homes, studios and galleries, and Foundation buildings. It includes the personal reflections of James and Anne Hubbell, and additional commentary by family members, artists, and staff.

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

You must be reserved in advance for all 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.