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Laurel Canyon

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Much of 1960s and 1970s American music was written by residents of —including Joni Mitchell, Neil Young, David Crosby, Stephen Stills, Graham Nash, Chris Hillman, Roger McGuinn, J. D. Souther, Judee Sill, the Mamas and the Papas, Carole King, the Eagles, and many more.

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Many of the homes they lived in were cottages with stained-glass windows, and fireplaces that warmed the living rooms in the chilly L.A. nights during their all-night jam sessions.

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When I visit Laurel Canyon, Joni Mitchell’s Ladies of the Canyon album is usually on my car’s stereo.

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Even if you’re just driving through, you must stop at the legendary Canyon Country Store.

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Just one more irresistible shot of Joni and friends in the canyon.

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While homes today can be on the pricey side, I’ve worked in this area to have more than a few tricks up my sleeve. Whether they are a cottage with film and music history, a mid-century modern, or a Spanish colonial, Laurel Canyon has many of my favorite homes.

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Demographics

The estimated population of Laurel Canyon is 31,254. The median age is 35. Mulholland Dr / Laurel Canyon Blvd median real estate price is $1,263,798, which is more expensive than 95.6% of the neighborhoods in California and 99.4% of the neighborhoods in the U.S. In the Mulholland Dr / Laurel Canyon Blvd neighborhood, 69.2% of the working population is employed in executive, management, and professional occupations. Only 4% of L.A. area houses are more expensive Average cost of homes per square foot: $578. Median price of a 2 bedroom home: $995,000

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Schools

  • Wonderland Avenue Elementary School
  • While there is just one elementary school located in Laurel Canyon, residents are served by many in the surrounding area, including Hollywood, Studio City, and Van Nuys.

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Film History

In the silent film era, circa 1910, the canyon attracted a host of “photoplayers”, including Wally Reid, Tom Mix, Clara Bow, Richard Dix, Norman Kerry, Ramon Navarro, Harry Houdini and Bessie Love. Errol Flynn lived in a huge mansion just north of Houdini’s estate. Some say Laurel Canyon was “the Bel Air of its day,” and many of these actor’s English Tudor and Spanish style homes can still be seen in the canyon today.

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Architecture

With over one hundred years of development history in Laurel Canyon, homes reflect a wide variety of styles. Many new builds today are built as eco-sensitive as possible to preserve part of LA’s all-important greenbelt — the ridge of mountains running from Malibu to Pasadena.

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