In the City of Angels, the closest thing to paradise is the Hollywood Hills. Imagine purple jacaranda trees, brilliant bougainvillea, and fragrant chaparral canyons. Red-tailed hawks soaring through blue skies. Meandering roads with panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean, the Los Angeles cityscape, and even the distant snow-capped San Gabriel Mountains. Breath in the scents of gardenia and night-blooming jasmine. You’re home.
The Hollywood Hills stretch from the western edge of Griffith Park all the way to Beverly Hills, bordered by Mulholland Drive and the San Fernando Valley neighborhoods of Studio City and Universal City to the north. To the south lies Hollywood itself.
From the Bird Streets to Beachwood Canyon, every curve is steeped in Hollywood history. Generations of actors, writers, directors, and other industry creatives have chosen the Hollywood Hills for their homes—far too many to name. Musicians, too: in particular, the Laurel Canyon neighborhood famously housed rock & roll legends like Joni Mitchell, Frank Zappa, Jim Morrison, and many more.
And what houses they are. Sprawling celebrity estates on private roads. Charismatic bungalows shaded by the overhanging branches of ancient trees. Luxury condo and townhouse complexes in walking distance of cozy Franklin Village, or the lively Sunset Strip. Though removed from the city, the Hills are within easy reach of LA’s hottest nightlife, restaurants, and shopping destinations.
Enjoy fine dining with a side of movie history at the Chateau Marmont, Hollywood’s most illustrious hotel, or the beautiful Yamashiro (“Mountain Palace” in Japanese”). Sip an old-fashioned at the Frolic Room (formerly a 1930s speakeasy) by the Pantages Theater, or a martini at Musso& Frank’s, a favorite of Golden Age icons like Marilyn Monroe, Humphrey Bogart, and Elizabeth Taylor. It’s not all Old Hollywood, of course—with innovative businesses opening frequently, there’s always something new to explore.
Hollywood Hills is home to Runyon Canyon, one of the city’s most beloved hiking trails, and Hollywood Reservoir Park, underneath the world-famous Hollywood sign. The neighborhood also encompasses the west side of Griffith Park, which offers numerous hiking trails, recreation areas, and attractions like the Griffith Observatory and Greek Theater. Catch top bands and A-list singers at the Hollywood Bowl, or spectacular orchestras and other performances at the century-old John Anson Ford Amphitheatre. From movie stars to music under star-filled skies, the romance of the Hills is unmatched.