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Hollywood Hills

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I am lucky to be able to call myself a longtime resident of the Hollywood Hills. I love it here – the peace, serenity, calmness. It’s a beautiful and mostly secluded neighborhood that offers its residents high style, privacy, and, hopefully, a pool and views. The Hollywood Hills is one of LA’s oldest hillside communities. Around the time the Hollywood Bowl was inaugurated in 1922, actors working at nearby Columbia Pictures began moving into newly built cabins and bungalows. Given its close proximity to the studios, the area is steeped in lore.  It offers an unparalleled mélange of City and Country living.

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The area extends North of Franklin Avenue to the Crest of Mount Lee and from Canyon Drive on the East to Highland Avenue on the West. Neighborhoods include Beachwood Canyon, the Hollywood Dell, the Hollywood Manor, the Bird Streets, Laurel Canyon, Nichols Canyon, Whitley Heights, Hollywood Heights, Bronson Canyon, Lake Hollywood, but is perhaps most known and sought after for its homes above the Sunset Strip. The community is a nature lover’s paradise. It boasts an expansive network of Hiking Trails and a magnificent Reservoir, Lake Hollywood, where local residents jog and ride bikes. It is not uncommon to see Deer and Coyotes on the streets. Runyon Canyon is a favorite hiking trail for many in all of Los Angeles.

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If you’re anything like me, you know how amazing it is to be in such great proximity to The Hollywood Bowl, especially during the Summer months.

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Some Angelenos are shocked to find out there in a Lake Hollywood. It is gorgeous and a must-see for hikers. Whether you hike into the hills or out of them, you’ll be met with visions of grandeur.

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Nearby on Franklin Avenue, you’ll see a busy and happening scene. On this block along there is the Celebrity Center, longtime coffee shop The Bourgeois Pig, the UCB Theater, Counterpoint Records and Books, delicious and casual restaurants La Poubelle and Birds, and just up the street The Oaks Gourmet, one of my favorite delis and shops in the city. It’s the perfect place to pick up a house (or kitchen) warming gift for a friend. Nearby schools in the area include Wonderland Elementary and Cheremoya Elementary, two of the top elementary schools in the county.

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The Hollywood Hills is roughly divided into East and West sections. Homes in both areas are often the most lavish in Los Angeles. There is a fine mixture of styles, many of them are Case Study Houses experiments in American residential architecture sponsored by Arts & Architecture magazine, which commissioned mid-century major architects of the day, including Richard Neutra, Raphael Soriano, Craig Ellwood, Charles and Ray Eames, Pierre Koenig, Eero Saarinen, A. Quincy Jones, and Ralph Rapson to design and build inexpensive and efficient model homes for the United States residential housing boom.

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Today, the homes are as eclectic as its residents. 80 year old structures have now been joined by a hodgepodge of Mediteranean, Modern, Spanish, country English houses along with the odd $850,000 cottage. And, I just love this Mondrian-inspired home.

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One of the most fabulous pools I’ve ever seen. It’s very rare to have a view of the lake. The location could not be more convenient. The 101 freeway offers easy access to the studios and the valley. Just a short jaunt down the hill, and one is right in the heart the newly revitalized Hollywood, offering dozens of upscale restaurants, nightclubs, and new retail centers.

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Demographics

A total of 21,588 people lived in the neighborhood’s 7.05 square miles, according to the 2000 U.S. census—averaging 3,063 people per square mile, among the lowest population densities in the city or the county. The population was estimated at 22,988 in 2008. The median age for residents was 37, considered old for the city and the county. The percentages of residents aged 19 through 64 were among the county’s highest.

The neighborhood is “not particularly diverse” for the city, the diversity index being 0.433, and the percentage of white people is considered high, at 74.1%. Latinos make up 9.4%, Asians are at 6.7%, black people at 4.6% and others at 5.3%. In 2000 Mexico (7.9%) and the United Kingdom (7.8%) were the most common places of birth for the 22.8% of the residents who were born abroad, which was considered a low percentage of foreign-born when compared with the city or county as a whole.

The median household income in 2008 dollars was $69,277, considered high for the city but about average for the county.

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Schools

  • Immaculate Heart High and Middle School, private, 5515 Franklin Avenue
  • Valley View Elementary School, LAUSD, 6921 Woodrow Wilson Drive
  • The Neilson Academy, private, 2528 Canyon Drive
  • Cheremoya Avenue Elementary School, LAUSD, 6017 Franklin Avenue
  • The Oaks, private elementary, 6817 Franklin Avenue
  • The American Film Institute is at 2021 North Western Avenue

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Film History

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Architecture

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