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When people think of life in Los Angeles, they surely imagine the Hollywood Hills. With its stunning ocean and valley views, world-class architecture and iconic sights such as the Hollywood Sign and the Griffith Observatory, the Hollywood Hills represents the very essence of the good life in Los Angeles.
Sure, there’s plenty of star power here. There’s a reason why so many of pop culture’s glitterati have called the Hollywood Hills home at one time or another.
But even the less than famous will find plenty of reasons to love life in the Hollywood Hills. Whether it’s the sparkling nightlife along Hollywood Boulevard or rugged outdoor recreation, you’ll find it here on Your Hollywood Hills. And, if you’re looking for great homes for sale, you’ll find that here as well.
At the turn of the 20th century, much of Los Angeles was undeveloped. Beverly Hills was mostly known as rural outpost of farmland and orange groves. Movie stars of the day settled into the canyons overlooking the studios below. In 1923, developers began work on one of Los Angeles’ first planned communities, Hollywoodland. This project promised to bring elegant hillside living to the middle classes. To promote their new project, the developers erected a twenty-foot high sign spelling out Hollywoodland. Decades later, the “land” was dropped leaving the now-famous Hollywood Sign.
The Hollywood Hills spans the eastern edge of the Santa Monica Mountains, encompassing a number of neighborhoods including Los Feliz, Beachwood Canyon, Hollywood Dell, Whitley Heights, Nichols Canyon and Laurel Canyon. The Hills separate Los Angeles from the San Fernando Valley. The legendary Mulholland Drive snakes along most of the ridge providing an almost complete path from Malibu to Griffith Park. Two major peaks dominate the Hollywood Hills, Mount Hollywood and Mount Lee, each rising a little over 1,600 feet. (Little known fact: The Hollywood Sign actually sits atop Mount Lee, not Mount Hollywood.) Mount Hollywood is accessible by foot or horseback from one of the many hiking trails in Griffith Park.
For many Angelenos, the crown jewel of our city is Griffith Park. Griffith Park is an urban wilderness park covering more than 4,300 square acres. Much of the Park has been left unsullied and provides habitat of native wildlife including deer, coyotes, bobcats and birds of prey. Besides hiking trails and nature walks, the Park offers many other attractions as well. There are two golf courses, three tennis courts, baseball diamonds, soccer fields and picnic areas. The Los Angeles Municipal Zoo makes its home in the Park as does The Autry which exhibits culture of the American West.
Keeping watch on the heavens above Los Angeles is the Griffith Observatory, probably best known for the climactic scene with James Dean and Sal Mineo in the movie, East of Eden. The Griffith Observatory has been freshly restored to its former glory and is open to visitors Tuesday through Sunday.
With its mild climate, wide open vistas and proximity to nature, the Hollywood Hills has attracted many notable architects. Frank Lloyd Wright, Rudolf M. Schindler, Richard Neutra, Gregory Ain, John Lautner all built homes in the Hollywood Hills. In addition to Modernist architecture, you’ll also find homes in Spanish Mediterranean, Spanish Colonial Revival, French Normandy, English Tudor and Gothic styles.
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