In the 1920’s, gambling was illegal in the city of Los Angeles but still legal in Los Angeles County. Since West Hollywood was still unincorporated at the time, casinos and nightclubs started popping up around what is now the Sunset Strip. There might not be much gambling these days, but West Hollywood still holds onto the bright lights and ubiquitous energy as ever.
Located at the base of the Hollywood Hills on the eastern edge of Beverly Hills, West Hollywood, or WeHo, may only be 1.9 square miles in size but it’s bursting with unparalleled nightlife, innovative dining, world-class shopping, and luxurious Hollywood Spas. Foodies, fashionistas and art enthusiasts converge on West Hollywood, a mecca of over 300 high-end interior design showrooms, galleries, boutiques, specialty shops, and restaurants lining Robertson, Beverly, Melrose, Santa Monica and Sunset Boulevards.
The Hollywood history here is legendary and the architecture a perfect mix of all Los Angeles styles both classic and modern with a wave of Art Loft and Industrial inspired architecture booming in recent years. Character Spanish, English and Traditional homes sit on sweet small lots in walking distance to local cafes and shopping.
The area around Fountain Avenue, Harper Avenue and Havenhurst Drive contains a high concentration of landmark 1920s Spanish Revival and Art Deco apartment buildings by such noted architects as Leland Bryant. This historic district has been home to many celebrities and at one time the Sunset Tower at 8358 Sunset Boulevard was home to Frank Sinatra, Errol Flynn, the Gabor Sisters, John Wayne and Howard Hughes.