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Photos: Hollywood Hills Apartment Where 'The Long Goodbye' Was Filmed Is Up For Rent

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This may be as close as you can get to living the life of private investigator Philip Marlowe in the 1973 film The Long Goodbye—by actually renting the Hollywood Hills apartment he lived in.

The one-bedroom, one-bathroom spot in the High Tower Court is up for grabs on Craigslist, and it has some pretty breathtaking views of the city from the floor-to-ceiling windows in the circular living room. The listing, which went up on Nov. 29, is advertising the space for $2,800.

In the opening sequence of The Long Goodbye—an L.A. noir directed by Robert Altman and based off of Raymond Chandler's book—Marlowe (portrayed by actor Elliott Gould) is seen walking through the apartment, trying to feed his cat in the kitchen, and chatting a bit with his hippie neighbors (who just so happen to love doing yoga naked).

Here's the clip:

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The Craigslist ad has an intriguing opening:

At the end of a cul de sac near the Hollywood Bowl, park your car in a garage carved into the hill. Walk through a gated tunnel to a private elevator where you'll be taken up 6 stories through the hill to the top of a Tuscan tower.

In 2011, LA Weekly wrote about the complex that was "built by architect Carl Kay over nearly two decades from the mid 1930's to the mid 1950's." The elevator is a unique touch to the building: "Without a key to this exclusive perk, hidden inside an Italianate bell tower, visitors must navigate a labyrinth of stairs, walkways and bridges half-hidden in overgrown bougainvillea."

There's more star power to the place than just The Long Goodbye. Kenneth Branagh's 1991 film Dead Again was shot there, too. "The Lincoln Lawyer" author Michael Connelly and magician David Copperfield lived there at different times, according to the Craigslist ad.

And did we mention the place comes with a private parking garage and washer and dryer?