Zip Codes: 90068, 90046, 90069
The Hollywood Hills are comprised of several hillside neighborhoods nestled in the Santa Monica Mountains overlooking Los Angeles (flats) and beyond. The Hills are divided into two halves- east and west with the 101 being the generally accepted division between them. The neighborhoods that make up the East Hollywood Hills area are (from east to west) Franklin Village, Beachwood Canyon, Hollywood Dell. The West Hollywood Hills area is made up (from west to east) of Bird Streets, Sunset Plaza, Laurel Canyon, Nichols Canyon, Outpost Estates, Cahuenga Pass and Whitley Heights.
Each hillside neighborhood has it’s own distinct vibe from classic Hollywood, to eccentric, to downright quirky– but what they all share is the feeling that you’ve left the city behind. Living in the hills is a lifestyle choice. Depending on where in the hills you live you could be 10-25 minutes away from a gallon of milk. For some, that inconvenience is a small price to pay for a little solitude, the illusion of seclusion, and the sweeping views that stretch from Downtown to the ocean. That said, the hills are by nature, residential. It’s a rarity to be able to walk from your house to dinner or shopping. But perhaps in exchange you can walk to a park. This type of lifestyle choice comes into focus particularly when you have a child that you have to load in and out of your car to get anywhere.
DemographicsMedian age – 37
74%-White, 7%-Asian, 5%-black, 10%-Latino, 4 %-other
Market Stats (Spring 2016)
Average Price: $1,452,996
Average Days on Market: 65
Average sale price vs list price: 96%
Average price per foot: $655
Truthfully, houses in this area are too diverse to lump into one statistic. Many of the hills’ neighborhoods have a wide array of architectural styles and price points. If you are interested in learning more about the statistics of a particular neighborhood (below) please contact me.
Franklin Village extends north and south along Franklin Ave. between Foothill Dr and Hollywood Blvd. in Hollywood. Franklin Village is the one of the newer recognized neighborhoods in Los Angeles. Franklin Village is s community encompassing the history of Hollywood,which can be seen in the early 1920’s Hollywood apartment buildings and craftsman homes that line its streets. The Franklin Strip at the corner of Bronson and Franklin is a hipster haven where you can find gourmet coffee, green juices, nightly improv shows, a used bookstore, and many al fresco dining options, including Birds Cafe and the Bourgeois Pig.
Beachwood Canyon is in the northern portion of Hollywood the Hollywood Hills. The upper portion of the canyon is the Hollywoodland community that was advertised in the 1920s by the original of what is now known as the Hollywood Sign.
The canyon features its own market, coffee shop, and stables. Going north up Beachwood Drive affords tourists (and residents) the very best views of the Hollywood sign. The neighborhood is accessed via a spider web of small streets that come off of Beachwood Drive. It offers a plethora of hiking options and is close to the majestic Lake Hollywood Park. Sometimes called the Laurel Canyon of the East Hollywood Hills- Beachwood Canyon is funky, laid back, and provides a refuge from the hectic city life.
The Hollywood Dell is a residential neighborhood located in the Hollywood Hills. Before Highway 101 was constructed, this area was one with Whitley Heights and considered part of the original Hollywood Hills. The generally accepted borders of “the Dell” are east of Cahuenga, north of Franklin, west of Argyle, and south of the Hollywood Reservoir. It is fully encompassed by zip code 90068. The Hollywood Dell got its name because it sits “in” hills that are just above popular Hollywood, and opposed to being on top of the hills. Meaning, you will have to drive down to get into the dell, and up to get out of it. Note: Best family neighborhood LA Weekly
Nichols Canyon is an area in the Hollywood Hills of Los Angeles County, California. It begins at Hollywood Blvd. on its south end and snakes its way north into the hills below Mulholland Drive. Known for privacy and excellent architecture, Nichols Canyon is an enclave for those that reluctantly live in the city. But serenity, like most things in LA, comes at a cost. Houses in Nichols come at a premium and most require a long, windy drive. That said, my very favorite neighborhood in the hills is the exclusive Nichols Canyon Colony, a beautiful enclave of midcentury homes.
The neighborhood is roughly bordered on the north and east by Cahuenga Boulevard, on the west by Highland Avenue, and on the south by Franklin Avenue .It overlooks the tourist district of Hollywood, including the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Grauman’s Chinese Theatre, and the Hollywood Bowl amphitheater.
Hollywood Heights is a neighborhood in the Hollywood Hills of Los Angeles, California, bounded by the Hollywood Bowl on the north, Highland Avenue on the east, Outpost Estates on the west, and Franklin Avenue on the south. It includes a number of notable historic homes and buildings and has been home to numerous people in the film and music industries, dating back to the silent film era.
Outpost Estates consists of about 450 homes strewn alone the edge of Runyon Canyon. It is bordered by Mulholland Drive to the north, Franklin Avenue to the south, Runyon Canyon Park to the west, and Hollywood Heights and the Hollywood Bowl to the east.
The area was the site of the first building in what is now Hollywood, a three-room adobe house built in 1853 by Don Tomas Urquidez, near what is now the intersection of Outpost Drive and Hillside Avenue. Today, the Outpost Estates offers serene hillside neighborhood of some of the greatest architecture in Los Angeles.
Situated in the hills above West Hollywood, Laurel Canyon is the most central canyon in the hills. The neighborhood is a web of small side streets accessed mostly via Laurel Canyon Boulevard, which bridges West Hollywood and the Studio City. This easy access to many parts of the city is a double edged sword in that it’s probably on of the busiest streets in all of LA. Some of the main side streets are Mount Olympus, Kirkwood, Wonderland Avenue, Willow Glen and Lookout Mountain. Laurel Canyon has a rich history particularly in the 1960’s when it was home to many famous musicians such as Frank Zappa, Jim Morrison, and Joni Mitchell.
Today Laurel Canyon attracts artists and young families alike with it’s unique, ‘eclectic’ architecture and one of the most sought after elementary schools- Wonderland Elementary.
Bird Streets/Sunset Plaza
In the celebrity-studded hills above the Sunset Strip, are some of the most exclusive and coveted residences in Los Angeles and the West Coast. The highest concentration of celebrities living in Los Angeles are in this part of the Hollywood Hills, located just above Sunset Boulevard, from Kings Road, to Sunset Plaza Drive, to Doheny Drive. Homes in this area generally range from $3–15 million, providing incomparable privacy and breathtaking views of the entire Los Angeles Basin. Just below the neighborhood on Sunset Boulevard is a smattering of high end eateries and flagship storefronts.
Things To Do
As you can imagine, there are parks galore in the Hollywood Hills. Every part of the hills seems to have it’s own hiking trails, playground, and dog park Here are a few of my favorites:
Runyon Canyon is a 160 acre park offering hikers extraordinary views from a variety of trails. It’s accessed from the bottom via Franklin Avenue and via the top from Mullholland Drive.
Take in a show at the intimate Ford Amphitheater off of Cahuenga Boulevard.
Or at the Hollywood Bowl, the largest outdoor amphitheater in the US.
Residents are zoned to the following public schools, depending upon address:
Gardner Street Elementary School
Grant Elementary School
Selma Elementary School
Valley View Elementary School.
Bancroft Middle School
John Burroughs Middle School
Hollywood High School