The Hollywood Hills is divided by Highway 101 into what is technically known as Hollywood Hills West
and Hollywood Hills (East)
. Hollywood Hills West is often called by name, but Hollywood Hills (East) is more commonly referred to as only Hollywood Hills. Hollywood Hills (East) has an approximate population of 22,000. Hollywood Hills West has an approximate population of 16,000.
The Hollywood Hills is known for stunning luxury homes
and upscale apartments with the canyon, city, and/or coastal views. Some homes are perched out over the slopes on the hillsides. A diverse range of architectural styles is featured in The Hollywood Hills, including Mid-Century Modern, California Modern, Bungalow, Mediterranean, Spanish Colonial Revival, Tudor Revival, and French Normandy.
It is uncommon to find single-family homes for sale in The Hollywood Hills below $1 million. The majority of homes for sale are listed between $1 and $3 million. Condos and townhomes
are listed between $500,000 and $1 million.
is one of the largest areas of the Hollywood Hills West area, with the greatest variety of restaurants, bars, music clubs, and comedy clubs. The nightlife is internationally infamous. Sunset Strip is a term for both the famous commercial drag along Sunset Boulevard as well as the neighborhood above the boulevard filled with luxurious homes.
The Sunset Strip neighborhood includes the enclaves of the Bird Streets
and Doheny Estates
. Bird Streets is home to winding roads with names like Nightingale and Oriole. Bird Street homes overlook the L.A. Basin and nestled within Bird Streets is the even more exclusive subdivision of Doheny Estates. Nearby along Mulholland Drive, Fryman Canyon Park
is a locals’ favorite with its 3-mile loop.
The Laurel Canyon
neighborhood is situated in both sides of The Hollywood Hills. Real estate for sale in the Laurel Canyon portion of The Hollywood Hills ranges from luxury-cabin-style to modern mansions. Laurel Canyon is connected to the smaller and less developed Nichols Canyon
, and Runyon Canyon
, home of the much-raved-about hiking trail. Runyon Canyon is the most popular hiking canyon but faces competition from Laurel Canyon, Beachwood Canyon,
and Fryman Canyon
The Outpost Estates
In the middle of The Outpost Estates
neighborhood is arguably the crown jewel of the Hollywood Hills, the enduring Hollywood Bowl
, a historic outdoor music venue and home to L.A. Philharmonic’s summer concerts. The Jerome C. Daniel Overlook
is one of LA’s best viewpoints on a bluff right above the Hollywood Bowl.
Right below Outpost Estates and right above the Hollywood & Highland Center
, which offers over 70 different shops, is the Hollywood Heights
neighborhood. This is where the “secret stairs” of Los Angeles
are located: public stairways built in the 1920s and 30s to provide people quick access to-and-from streetcar lines.
Whitley Heights is another affluent enclave in the Hollywood Hills West area, known for Spanish-style houses, many of which were built in the 1920s as the film industry gained its wealth. Like Outpost Estates and Hollywood Heights, Whitley Heights residents are steps from the Hollywood Bowl.
The Oaks neighborhood sits between Beachwood Canyon and Los Feliz Estates. Within The Oaks is the small, exclusive, gated community of Valley Oak Drive.
Hollywood Hills Landmarks & Destinations
In Hollywood Hills (East), Beachwood Village
sits right below the Hollywood Sign, one mile up Beachwood Drive from Franklin Avenue. Just over the ridge from Beachwood Canyon, is Lake Hollywood Park
and Hollywood Reservoir.
Lake Hollywood Park is a dog-friendly open space with grass and picnic tables. The quiet tree-lined reservoir loop makes it an excellent place to jog, walk, or ride a bike.The Magic Castle
is a clubhouse for the Academy of Magical Arts, a restaurant, and a nightclub. Admittance is members-only and guests by invitation. Right above The Magic Castle is one of the most notable landmarks in town, Yamashiro Historic District
. The property includes gardens, a replica of a 17th-century palace, a 600-year old pagoda imported from Japan, and a restaurant. It has appeared in the movies Memoirs of a Geisha, Gone in 60 Seconds, Blind Date, and Sayonara.
Cruise up Canyon Drive from Franklin Avenue to the lesser-known entrance to Griffith Park
in Bronson Canyon
. Griffith Park covers 4,210 acres and is the 11th largest municipal park in the United States. It’s also the biggest park with an urban wilderness area. There are 53 miles of trails for biking, hiking, and horseback riding. Griffith Park allows various recreational activities, such as swimming, golfing, soccer, and tennis.
The Greek Theatre
is an outdoor amphitheater in Griffith Park. At Griffith Observatory
, there are telescopes available to the public at night, as well as stationary binoculars to view the city. Other features include Los Angeles Equestrian Center
, Los Angeles Zoo
, golf courses, the Autry Museum of the American West
, and the Griffith Merry-Go-Round
. Popular annual events include the Shakespeare Company's Griffith Park Festival
and the Annual Griffith Park Sidecar Rally.Studio City
, Universal City
are to the north, Griffith Park is to the north and east, Beverly Hills
and Coldwater Canyon
are to the west, Los Feliz
is to the southeast, and Hollywood
and West Hollywood
are to the south.
Shopping & Dining
Residents can grocery shop within Hollywood Hills at Beachwood Market
on Belden Drive and Gelson's Market
on Franklin Ave. Both of these markets have gourmet delis. Franklin Village sits at the base of Beachwood and Bronson Canyons, right on Franklin Avenue.Musso & Frank Grill
is located at the bottom of the Hollywood Hills and has been serving the area since 1919, making it the oldest restaurant in Hollywood.
The nightlife scene that serves the Hollywood Hills never slows down with its wide array of clubs and lounges. One of the most popular clubs to try is Avalon Hollywood
. Other area favorites include The Colony
The Hollywood Farmers Market
at the corner of Hollywood Boulevard and Ivar Street occurs every Saturday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., rain or shine, with over 160 vendors and local farmers.