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A Safe Haven for Turtles in Southern California

A Safe Haven for Turtles in Southern California

Ever since he received a Greek tortoise for his sixth birthday, Eric Goode—the driving force behind some of NY’s most famous nightclubs, restaurants, and hotels; Area, B Bar & Grill and the Bowery Hotel included—has been obsessed with turtles. In 2005, after witnessing the decline and disappearance of many species native to his home state of California, he established the Turtle Conservancy on the grounds of his own house in Southern California, a property he had owned for 20 years. Serving as an assurance colony for over 25 species of turtles and tortoises, the Turtle Conservancy has become a safe haven for more than 600 turtles.

Photography by Miye McCullough for Remodelista.

Above: Goode’s Spanish Mission-style home was built in the 1920s.

Above: The porch outside the upstairs bedroom has a bamboo roof. Turtle shells are displayed on the bench while a whale’s vertebra serves as a sculptural side table.

Above: Vintage garden furniture for lounging under the old oak tree.

Above: Another building on the property is used as the quarantine and nursery for hatching baby turtles. The vintage cabinet is from a doctor’s office, with a Philip Taaffe painting of snakes above.

Above: Artifacts from the natural world and vintage furniture in the office of the Turtle Conservancy.

Above: A collection of painted rocks.

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2:12AM PDT on May 13, 2015

Not every day you see the words turtle and nightclub in the same sentence. The world is full of surprises.

8:02AM PDT on Oct 13, 2013


6:23AM PDT on Sep 21, 2013

Thank you Remodelista, for Sharing this!

1:23AM PDT on Sep 20, 2013

How wonderful to kow of such a place for the turtles, besides being beautiful, it has a noble mission. The world needs more people like Mr. Goode.
Thanks Remodelista for sharing this great article.

1:08PM PDT on Sep 12, 2013

Thank you.

12:59PM PDT on Sep 9, 2013

Thank you

6:06AM PDT on Sep 9, 2013

thanks for sharing :)

8:52PM PDT on Sep 7, 2013

Thanks for sharing this. Mr Goode your name fits you. You are one of the nice people.

3:21PM PDT on Sep 7, 2013


6:24AM PDT on Sep 7, 2013


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