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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Christine Jones
Christine J3 years ago

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

sandra j.
sandra j5 years ago


Fred Hoekstra
Fred Hoekstra5 years ago

Thank you Remodelista, for Sharing this!

Genoveva M.
Genoveva M M5 years ago

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.

Shanti S.
S S5 years ago

Thank you.

Carrie-Anne Brown

thanks for sharing :)

Michael H.
Mike H5 years ago

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

Bob P.
Bob P5 years ago


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Jonathan Harper
Jonathan Harper5 years ago