First settled in 1868 by a Missouri native named Edson A. Benedict, Benedict Canyon lies west of Hollywood and overlooks Beverly Hills and Bel Air from the Santa Monica mountains. Filled with steep and narrow winding roads, the canyon seems worlds away from the urban streets of Los Angeles. In the midst of this picturesque ravine lies Benedict Canyon Road, and off of it Cielo Drive. Just before the end of Cielo a couple of smaller streets branch off, to the right Bella Drive, and to the left an unmarked private road camouflaged in ivy. Continuing up this mysterious road some 300 yards stands the gates of 10050 Cielo Drive. Built in the late forties for French film star Michele Morgan, the cul-de-sac on the end of Cielo Drive has had its share of famous occupants, from Cary Grant, to Henry Fonda, to Terry Melcher and his girlfriend Candice Bergen. But undoubtedly the most famous residents, Roman Polanski and his wife Sharon Tate signed a one year lease in February of 1969.

Tate-Polanski Residence