With the forested surroundings and breathtaking hilltop views, you may initially think you’re not in Los Angeles. But take another look and you’ll see the Hollywood sign in the distance, as well as downtown L.A.’s urban sprawl below. And there’s only one place where you can be simultaneously so near yet so far from this iconic city: Hollywood Hills.
Home to A-list stars, high-powered executives, and the movers and shakers of the entertainment industry, Hollywood Hills represents the height of Los Angeles living—literally and figuratively. With its luxurious homes, peaceful surroundings, stunning views, and easy access to the downtown area, it’s no wonder Niche.com gives the Hollywood Hills neighborhood a glowing “A” rating.
To help you learn more about this in-demand address, we’ve prepared this comprehensive guide for you.
History of Hollywood Hills
The neighborhood’s history dates back to 1923 when Harry Chandler, Sidney H. Woodruff, and General M. H. Sherman started developing 500 acres of land at the foot of Mt. Lee. To advertise this new community, they decided to put up what would become the iconic Hollywood sign—though it spelled out “Hollywoodland” at the time, the area’s original name.
Homes in Hollywood Hills had to be built in the French Normandy, Tudor English, Mediterranean, and Spanish styles, lending the neighborhood a distinct storybook-like charm. The area grew alongside the entertainment industry, and the addition of parks and open spaces made it an especially desirable place to live.
The 1960s sparked a huge music scene in the area, leading legendary artists like Frank Zappa, Carole King, Jim Morrison, and Neil Young to move here. Today, Hollywood Hills is home to an eclectic mix of actors, artists, and other well-heeled residents.
Real Estate in Hollywood Hills
Cahuenga Pass bisects the community into Hollywood Hills West and Hollywood Hills East. The western section features the Sunset Strip, one of L.A.’s premier nightlife hotspots. The eastern one, on the other hand, is home to elite enclaves like Beachwood Canyon, which sits directly below the Hollywood sign.
Such a vaunted neighborhood naturally commands premium real estate prices, with data from Realtor.com pegging the median listing price at a cool $1.8 million. The typical single-family home has four bedrooms and three bathrooms, and measures over 2,000 square feet.
Aside from single-family properties, there are also condominiums, townhomes, and luxury houses available in the area.
Living in Hollywood Hills
Despite being the home of the rich and famous, Hollywood Hills has a quiet, suburban vibe. That said, there are plenty of attractions here to keep you entertained.
Primary among these is the Sunset Strip, a 1.6-mile stretch that is lined with world-class bars, restaurants, hotels, and shops. Given its location, Hollywood Hills is conducive to outdoor activities such as hiking and biking.
Part of Griffith Park also falls within Hollywood Hills’ territory. This recreational paradise offers a diverse range of activities to enjoy, including 53-miles of trails, a golf course, an observatory, an equestrian center, a zoo, and an amphitheater.
The best part? There are still properties available in Hollywood Hills! I, Nicole Costas, will be more than happy to help you find a dream home in this top-notch neighborhood. Just give me a call at 323.630.6976 or send me an email at nicole(at)nicolecostas(dotted)com.
Click on the image below for more information on the market.