The Hollywood Hills is an affluent area of Los Angeles that covers 7.05 Square miles, which is often associated with the iconic Hollywood sign, that sits just atop Bronson Canyon. It’s known all over the world as home to celebrities and luxurious estates. The northern border is Mulholland Drive, which is home to Jack Nicholson, the three-time Oscar winner and infamous “bad boy of Mulholland Drive”. The westerly border is Laurel Canyon Boulevard, Vermont Avenue being the easterly border and Sunset Drive to the South. The stunning views, particularly to the south often add hundreds of thousands dollars to the homes values.
When you think of the history of The Hollywood Hills, you immediately think of the Hollywood sign and how it got there. The sign was first erected in 1924 as a real estate promotional stunt, that advertised the development of homes being built by developers Woodruff and Shoults, which touted the project as a neighborhood of -“superb environment without excessive cost on the Hollywood side of the hills”. The sign initially read HOLLYWOODLAND- but the last four letters fell off and the sign remained as a landmark.
The Hollywood Hills currently has a population of around 23,000 over 7 square miles which makes it one of the least dense neighborhoods in Los Angeles. The area has an average income of $69,000 and just over half of the residence have a four year degree.
There are two public schools in the Hollywood Hills.
- Wonderland Avenue School
- Valley View Elementary School
Beachwood Canyon is a quiet community tucked in the eastern section of the Hollywood Hills. The upper portion of the canyon is the Hollywoodland that was originally advertised in the 1920s by the Hollywood Sign. The canyon features its own market, dry-cleaners, coffee shop and horse stables.
Hollywood Dell is nestled in the hills east of the Cahuenga Pass. The neighborhood extends from Franklin Avenue north to the Hollywood Reservoir. Residents can be seen walking their dogs in the mornings and evenings and it isn’t at all unusual to spot the occasional coyote, skunk, rabbit, and even deer.
Hollywood Heights lies in the western portion of the Hollywood Hills above Highland and Frankin. The Magic Castle, Hollywood High School, and the Freeman House can be found here.
Laurel Canyon, Much like Topanga Canyon, community life is focused on its central thoroughfare, Laurel Canyon Boulevard. Unlike other nearby canyon neighborhoods, Laurel Canyon has houses lining one side of the main street most of the way up toMulholland Drive. There are many side roads that branch off the main canyon, but most of them are not through streets, reinforcing the self-contained nature of the neighborhood.
Mount Olympus is a community of single family residences founded in 1969 by developer Russ Vincent. It is bounded by Hollywood Boulevard, Laurel Canyon Boulevard, Willow Glen Road, and Nichols Canyon Road. This community was featured in the movie Hollywood Homicide.
Nichols Canyon, in the western portion of the Hollywood Hills, is home to several creeks and waterfalls as well as the parks of Trebek, Wattles, and the popular Runyon Canyon. It lays in the Hills above West Hollywood.
Outpost Estates It is located directly east of Runyon Canyon Park and centered around Outpost Drive. Developed by Charles E. Toberman, it is 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.
Sunset Hills is a neighborhood, located above the Sunset Strip, filled with expensive, multi-million dollar homes clinging to dramatically rising hills. Sunset Hills is home to such landmarks as the Chateau Marmont Hotel, built in the 1920s and the site of John Belushi’s overdose, and a famous Frank Lloyd Wright home, Storer House, located on little Hollywood Blvd., once the residence of producer Joel Silver. Now Sunset Hills boasts the largest concentration of celebrities residing in Los Angeles, with residents such as Halle Berry, Christina Aguilera,Cameron Diaz, Paris Hilton, Rod Stewart, Tim Gaines, Leonardo DiCaprio, Megan Mullally, and Keanu Reeves.
Whitley Heights is a residential neighborhood in the Hollywood district of Los Angeles. Named for Hobart Johnstone “HJ” Whitley, the “Father of Hollywood”, Whitley Heights was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1982. It overlooks the tourist district of Hollywood, including the Hollywood Walk of Fame and Grauman’s Chinese Theatre.