Scientology founder L Ron Hubbard lived in this house, perched high up on Johannesburg’s Linksfield Ridge, in the late 1960s. The house was designed by Frank L Jarrett in 1951 for a Greek timber merchant and is a heritage landmark exemplifying modernist architecture and design of the 1950s, having been painstakingly restored to resemble exactly how it would have looked when L Ron Hubbard lived here.
No expense was spared when the house was first built and the richest timbers available were used to furnish the interiors. The vast living area and study lead out onto a wide terrace and pool deck where the views across the city stretch for miles. Spring is a particularly good time to visit when the suburbs below become a sea of purple and pink as the jacarandas bloom.
The interiors of the house are filled with original post-war modernist pieces of furniture and decorative items – even the kitchen utensils and crockery are from the late 1950s. On display are various personal items belonging to Hubbard. On a tour of the house you will be led through key chapters of hi life and shown the many exhibits detailing his career and wide range of interests, such as authoring science fiction books, sailing, exploration and psychology.
Hours: Open daily 10am to 9pm; visits by prior arrangement only. Admission free