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Hollywood Hills

the-hollywood-hills-caThe Hollywood Hills section of Los Angeles, CA is nestled in part of the eastern section of the Santa Monica Mountains, which extends south to north from the Los Feliz District and Hollywood to the south side of the San Fernando Valley and westward to Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu and Pacific Palisades. The Hollywood Hills form the north barrier of the Los Angeles Basin. It is bound by Crescent Heights on the West, Vermont Avenue on the East, Mulholland Drive (Griffith Park) on the North, and Melrose Avenue on the south.

Since the 1920s, there has been extensive residential development in the Hollywood Hills. The most famous part of the Hollywood Hills is the area above the Sunset Strip. This area is home to the highest concentration of celebrities in Los Angeles. High-profile residents enjoy privacy and the best views in Los Angeles.

Hollywood Hills includes the neighborhoods Beachwood Canyon, Cahuenga Pass, Franklin Village, Hollywood Heights, Hollywood Dell, Outpost Estates, Whitley Heights and Runyon Canyon.

Beachwood Canyon


Beachwood Canyon is located in the northern section of the Hollywood Hills. It is nestled along Beachwood Drive from the Hollywood sign to Franklin Avenue. The area was formerly known as “Hollywoodland”, and the iconic Hollywood sign use to bear this name as well.

beachwood-canyonThe views from Beachwood Canyon have always been a major attraction. From the canyon, there are gorgeous views of downtown L.A. all the way to the Pacific Ocean. Going north up the canyon along Beachwood Drive is the best place to get a great shot of the Hollywood sign. The easiest access to get within 300 feet of the sign is to go north up Gower Street to north on Beachwood Drive.

Beachwood Canyon is the epitome of the laidback California lifestyle—tucked high above the hectic pace of city life, the relaxed vibe of the neighborhood seems to come from another era. Many celebrities have been drawn to its unique energy throughout the years, including Madonna, Humphrey Bogart, and Aldous Huxley.

Residents can hike the winding hills, buy their groceries at the local markets, or stop by the nearby cafes. You can rent horses at Sunset Ranch Hollywood Stables for a ride in the nearby Griffith Park hills. Hikers can climb the six sets of stairs built in the 1920s by Italian stonemasons. Residents of the Beachwood Canyon can also enjoy hiking to Lake Hollywood. The canyons provide ultimate privacy, making the neighborhood seem miles away from civilization. But don’t worry; if you want to explore city life, it’s just a short drive to downtown Los Angeles.

Beachwood Canyon is home to many unique vintage hideaway houses, bungalows, cottages, and estates from the twenties and thirties. Spanish style buildings mingle with the Mediterranean, English and French architecture in the area. More modern homes, like the cantilevered cliffhangers, made it necessary for the area to put in place a Historic Preservation Overlay Zone, which made new residences subject to a design review.

Schools

The neighborhood is zoned to LAUSD schools: Cheremoya Elementary School, Le Conte Middle School and Hollywood High School.

Franklin Village


franklin-village-la-caThis quaint little hipster ‘hood between Hollywood, the 101 and the Hollywood Hills, is an oddity in L.A.—a compact, walkable neighborhood. The eastern border is N. Wilton Place, the southern border is Hollywood Blvd. from N. Wilton Place to the 101 Freeway, the western border is the 101 Freeway from Hollywood Blvd. to the Vine Street entrance, and the northern/western border is Franklin Avenue starting from the Vine Street entrance of the 101 Freeway and moving eastward to Cheremoya, then north on Cheremoya until the street ends. Then the northern border continues along Foothill Drive from Cheremoya moving eastward to N. Wilton Place.

Nearest subway stop: Red Line (Hollywood and Vine).

Schools

Cheremoya Avenue Elementary School (LAUSD public school), Soledad Enrichment Action (SEA) Hollywood School (non-LAUSD public/private partnership charter school for disadvantaged youths).

Scientology Centre

You can’t talk about Franklin Village without talking about the Scientology Centre. At the epicenter of the neighborhood–the 5900 block of Franklin Avenue–is the Church of Scientology’s Celebrity Centre International, a prominent seven-story building, which is now called “The Manor Hotel”. It is run as an actual working hotel for out-of-town Scientologists. It was originally the “Chateau Elysée”, a luxury hotel and apartment house intended to replicate a 17th century French-Norman castle. It was home to many of the most famous names of the 1930s and 40s, including Bette Davis, Errol Flynn, Humphrey Bogart, Clark Gable, Ginger Rogers, Gracie Allen and George Burns, Katherine Hepburn, Cary Grant and many more. It was bought by the Church of Scientology in 1972 and is now a historical landmark.

birds-hollywoodFranklin Strip

Directly across the street from Scientology Centre, is the Franklin Strip, a trendy shopping area with an eclectic mix of restaurants and shops. Birds, Bourgeois Pig, La Poubelle, are some of the oldest (and best) business on the Strip. The Upright Citizens Brigade is also located on Franklin Strip and draws plenty of people from outside the neighborhood.

Hollywood Heights


Hollywood Heights is a neighborhood in the Hollywood Hills of Los Angeles, California, bounded by Highland Avenue, Franklin Avenue, the Hollywood Bowl, and Outpost Drive. Hollywood Heights is a short drive from the hustle and bustle of Hollywood, yet it remains a secluded retreat away from the chaos of city life. Full of historic homes and cultural landmarks, those who call Hollywood Heights home are a lucky few.

Schools

Selma Elementary School, Bancroft Middle School and Hollywood High School.

Hollywood Dell


The generally accepted borders of “the Dell” are east of Cahuenga, north of Franklin, west of Argyle and south of the Hollywood Reservoir. It is fully encompassed by zip code 90068.

The neighborhood was established in the early 1920’s, and today is a mix of profesionals artists, families and even some famous faces. (The Dell has been home to The Rolling Stones, Minnie Driver, Marilyn Manson, Goldie Hawn, Eva Longoria Parker and Audrina Patridge.) With only about 1,000 residences, it’s easy to feel at home in this cozy community.

The Hollywood Dell got its name because it sits “in” hills that are just above popular Hollywood, and opposed to being on top of the hills. Meaning, you will have to drive down to get into the dell, and up to get out of it. The roads within the dell are mainly hilly and many homes are built on hillside lots.

Typical homes in the Hollywood Dell are single-family homes in Spanish Colonial Revival Style architecture.

Outpost Estates


Outpost Estates is located directly east of Runyon Canyon Park and centered around Outpost Drive. It was developed by Charles E. Toberman, and was one of the original 1920s Hollywood luxury residential neighborhoods in the heart of Old Hollywood. Most of the original houses have been preserved, and Lower Outpost looks much like it did in the 1920s.

The name “Outpost” came from an early building in the neighborhood. General Harrison Grey Otis, the owner of the Los Angeles Times, acquired the estate from Don Tomás through legal wrangling associated with California’s scession to the United States. Near Casa Don Tomás, Otis built a clubhouse on the property for entertaining which he called The Outpost.

Schools

Gardner Street Elementary School, Selma Elementary School, Valley View Elementary School, Bancroft Middle School, John Burroughs Middle School and Hollywood High School.