Hollywood Hills

The Hollywood Hills is a series of affluent and exclusive neighborhoods peppering the sides of the southeastern Santa Monica Mountains. It is bounded by Laurel Canyon Boulevard to the west, Vermont Avenue to the east, Mulholland Drive (Griffith Park) to the north, and Sunset Boulevard to the south. With its sweeping views of the vast city below and its emphasis on residential privacy, the Hollywood Hills serve as a sanctuary for many celebrities.

Hollywood Hills neighborhoods

  • Beachwood Canyon
  • Hollywood Dell
  • Hollywood Heights
  • Laurel Canyon
  • Mount Olympus
  • Nichols Canyon
  • Outpost Estates
  • Sunset Hills
  • Whitley Heights

Beachwood Canyon is a community in the Hollywood Hills, in the northern portion of Hollywood. The upper portion of the canyon is the Hollywoodland Real Estate Development that was originally advertised in the 1920s by the Hollywood Sign. The canyon features its own market, coffee shop and horse stables.


The neighborhood is zoned to LAUSD schools.

  • Cheremoya Elementary School
  • Le Conte Middle School
  • Hollywood High School

The Hollywood Dell is a residential neighborhood located on the east side of the 101 (also known as the Hollywood Freeway). Before the 101 was constructed, this area was considered part of the original Hollywood Hills along with Whitley Heights. 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.

Typical homes in the Hollywood Dell are single family dwellings, heavily influenced by Spanish Colonial Revival style architecture. There is also an active homeowners association named the Hollywood Dell Civic Association (Hollywooddell.com)

Hollywood Heights is a neighborhood in the Hollywood Hills of Los Angeles, California, bounded by Highland Avenue, Outpost Drive, Franklin Avenue, and the Hollywood Bowl.

Public schools

  • Selma Avenue Elementary School
  • Bancroft Middle School
  • Hollywood High School

Laurel Canyon is a canyon neighborhood of Los Angeles, California. It was first developed in the 1910s, and became a part of the city of Los Angeles in 1923 (prior to then, it was an unincorporated part of Los Angeles County).

Life in the canyon is focused on its central thoroughfare, Laurel Canyon Boulevard.  There are many side roads that branch off the main canyon, but most of them are not through streets, reinforcing the privacy of the neighborhood. Some of the main side streets are Mount Olympus, Kirkwood, Wonderland, Willow Glen, and Lookout Mountain Avenue. The zip code for a portion of the neighborhood is 90046.

Laurel Canyon is an important transit corridor between West Hollywood and the San Fernando Valley. The division between the two can roughly be defined by the intersection of Laurel Canyon and Mulholland Drive.

Mount Olympus is a prominent neighborhood. It is a community of single family residences founded in 1969 by developer Russ Vincent. It is bounded by Hollywood Boulevard, Laurel Canyon Boulevard, Willow Glen Road, and Nichols Canyon Road.

Nichols Canyon is know for its natural, year-round, spring-fed creek and waterfall. The neighborhood begins at Hollywood Blvd. on its south end and snakes its way north into the hills below Mulholland Drive. Nichols Canyon is a favorite jogging and cyclist road.

Nichols Canyon was named after John G. Nichols who served as mayor of Los Angeles between 1852 and 1853 and again from 1856 to 1859. He was a businessman and a builder who lived in the first brick house to be built in Los Angeles, and he was the first mayor to expand the city. 

Outpost Estates is a canyon neighborhood located directly east of Runyon Canyon Park and centered around Outpost Drive. Developed by Charles E. Toberman, it is one of the original 1920s Hollywood luxury residential neighborhoods in the heart of Old Hollywood. Most of the original houses have been preserved, and Lower Outpost looks much like it did in the 1920s. The origin of the name "Outpost" derives from an early building on the site. General Harrison Grey Otis, the owner of the Los Angeles Times, acquired the estate from Don Tomás through legal wrangling associated with California's secession to the United States. Near Casa Don Tomás, Otis built a clubhouse called The Outpost for entertaining.

Residents are zoned to schools in the Los Angeles Unified School District.

Residents are zoned to three elementary schools:

  • Gardner Street Elementary School
  • Selma Elementary School
  • Valley View Elementary School

Residents are zoned to two different middle schools:

  • Bancroft Middle School
  • John Burroughs Middle School

All residents are zoned to Hollywood High School.

Sunset Hills is a small, affluent enclave bordered by Laurel Canyon Blvd. on the east, Sunset Plaza Drive on the west and Sunset Blvd on the south, which is also the City of Los Angeles' border with the City of West Hollywood. Primary access roads are Kings Rd., Little Hollywood Blvd, Queens Rd. and Sunset Plaza Dr.

A neighborhood of expensive, multi-million dollar homes clinging to dramatically rising hills, Sunset Hills is home to such landmarks as the Chateau Marmont Hotel, built in the 1920s and the site of John Belushi's overdose, and a famous Frank Lloyd Wright home on Little Hollywood Blvd., once the residence of producer Joel Silver. Now Sunset Hills boasts the largest concentration of celebrities residing in Los Angeles.

Residents enjoy seclusion and staggering views of the Los Angeles cityscape. Homes typically range from $3–5 million for small multi-level houses, with some larger homes exceeding $10 million.

Whitley Heights was named for Hobart Johnstone "HJ" Whitley, the "Father of Hollywood", Whitley Heights was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1982.

In 1918, HJ Whitley commissioned architect A.S. Barnes to design Whitley Heights as a Mediterranean-style village on the steep hillsides above Hollywood Boulevard, and it became the first celebrity community. 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 and Grauman's Chinese Theatre, and the Hollywood Bowl amphitheater.

Among Whitley Heights' many famous residents have been Rudolph Valentino, Barbara Stanwyck, W.C. Fields, Jean Harlow, Carole Lombard, William Powell, Tyrone Power, Gloria Swanson, Rosalind Russell, Judy Garland, and Marlene Dietrich.

Some of this information is courtesy of wikipedia.com