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THE HOLLYWOOD HILLS: EXPLAINED!





The Hollywood Hills neighborhood of Los Angeles, California is located in the eastern sector of the Santa Monica Mountains, which stretches 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 Los Angeles Basin's north border is formed by the Hollywood Hills. It is bordered on the west by Crescent Heights, on the east by Vermont Avenue, on the north by Mulholland Drive (Griffith Park), and on the south by Melrose Avenue.

The Hollywood Hills have seen a lot of residential development since the 1920s. The area above the Sunset Strip is the most well-known component of the Hollywood Hills. In Los Angeles, this neighborhood has the highest concentration of celebrities. Residents with a high profile enjoy solitude and some of the nicest 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.


NEIGHBORHOOD #1

BEACHWOOD CANYON

Beachwood Canyon is located in the Hollywood Hills' northern part. It runs from the Hollywood sign to Franklin Avenue along Beachwood Drive. The neighborhood was previously known as "Hollywoodland," and the renowned Hollywood sign was also known by that moniker. Beachwood Canyon has always been known for its spectacular views. Beautiful views of downtown L.A. and the Pacific Ocean may be seen from the canyon. The greatest area to see the Hollywood sign is along Beachwood Drive, which runs north up the canyon. Going north on Gower Street to north on Beachwood Drive is the quickest way to get within 300 feet of the sign.


Beachwood Canyon epitomizes the laid-back California lifestyle—tucked far above the hustle and bustle of daily life, the neighborhood's peaceful vibe seems to be from another age. Many celebrities, including Madonna, Humphrey Bogart, and Aldous Huxley, have been drawn to its distinctive aura over the years.


Hiking the twisting hills, shopping at the local markets, or stopping by one of the surrounding cafes are all options for residents. Sunset Ranch Hollywood Stables rents horses for rides in the surrounding Griffith Park hills. Hikers can ascend the six sets of steps created by Italian stonemasons in the 1920s. Beachwood Canyon residents can also go trekking to Lake Hollywood. The canyons offer complete seclusion, making the neighborhood appear to be miles away from civilization. But don't worry; downtown Los Angeles is only a short drive away if you want to experience city life.


Many unusual antique hideaway houses, bungalows, cottages, and estates from the 1920s and 1930s may be found in Beachwood Canyon. In the region, Spanish-style structures coexist with Mediterranean, English, and French architecture. More modern homes, such as the cantilevered cliffhangers, necessitated the establishment of a Historic Preservation Overlay Zone, which required new residences to undergo architectural review.


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


NEIGHBORHOOD #2

FRANKLIN VILLAGE

This charming little hipster enclave, nestled between Hollywood, the 101, and the Hollywood Hills, is a rare find in Los Angeles: a compact, walkable community. 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, which runs east from the 101 Freeway's Vine Street entrance to Cheremoya, then north until it ends. The northern border then continues eastward along Foothill Drive from Cheremoya to N. Wilton Place. Red Line is the closest subway station (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]

The Scientology Centre is an unavoidable part of any conversation regarding Franklin Village. The Church of Scientology's Celebrity Centre International, a large seven-story edifice that is now known as "The Manor Hotel," is located in the neighborhood's epicenter–the 5900 block of Franklin Avenue. It serves as a working hotel for Scientologists visiting from out of town. It used to be the "Chateau Elysée," a luxury hotel and apartment complex designed to seem like a 17th century French-Norman castle. Bette Davis, Errol Flynn, Humphrey Bogart, Clark Gable, Ginger Rogers, Gracie Allen and George Burns, Katherine Hepburn, Cary Grant, and many others called it home during the 1930s and 1940s. The Church of Scientology purchased it in 1972, and it is now a historical marker.


[FRANKLIN STRIP]

The Franklin Strip, a trendy shopping district with a unique mix of restaurants and stores, located directly across the street from Scientology Centre. Birds, Bourgeois Pig, and La Poubelle are among the Strip's oldest (and greatest) businesses. The Upright Citizens Brigade, which is also located on Franklin Strip, attracts a large number of visitors from beyond the area.


NEIGHBORHOOD #3

HOLLYWOOD HEIGHTS

Hollywood Heights is a Los Angeles neighborhood surrounded by Highland Avenue, Franklin Avenue, the Hollywood Bowl, and Outpost Drive in the Hollywood Hills. The rush and bustle of Hollywood is only a short drive away, but Hollywood Heights remains a hidden hideaway away from the city's chaos. Those who call Hollywood Heights home are among the fortunate few who live in an area rich in historic residences and cultural sites.


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


NEIGHBORHOOD #4

HOLLYWOOD DELL

East of Cahuenga, north of Franklin, west of Argyle, and south of the Hollywood Reservoir are the generally accepted boundaries of "the Dell." Zip code 90068 encompasses the entire area. The area, which dates back to the early 1920s, is now home to a diverse group of professionals, families, and even some celebrities. (The Rolling Stones, Minnie Driver, Marilyn Manson, Goldie Hawn, Eva Longoria Parker, and Audrina Patridge have all lived at the Dell.) With only about 1,000 residents, this small community is easy to feel at ease in.

The Hollywood Dell earned its name from the fact that it is located "in" rather than "on top" of the hills that surround renowned Hollywood. To put it another way, you'll have to drive down to get into the dell and back up to get out. The dell's roadways are mostly mountainous, and many homes are built on hilltop lots. Single-family homes in the Hollywood Dell are often built in the Spanish Colonial Revival style.


NEIGHBORHOOD #5

OUTPOST ESTATES

Outpost Estates is focused on Outpost Drive and is located directly east of Runyon Canyon Park. It was one of the first 1920s Hollywood luxury home districts in the center of Old Hollywood, and it was created by Charles E. Toberman. The majority of the old dwellings have been saved, and Lower Outpost now resembles the 1920s. The name "Outpost" was inspired by an early structure in the area. Through legal maneuvering linked with California's scession to the United States, General Harrison Grey Otis, the owner of the Los Angeles Times, bought the estate from Don Tomás. Otis erected The Outpost, a clubhouse on the site near Casa Don Tomás, for entertainment. Schools: Gardner Street Elementary School, Selma Elementary School, Valley View Elementary School, Bancroft Middle School, John Burroughs Middle School and Hollywood High School.



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