About Hollywood Hills

When the Hills first came into existence, they were actually a neighborhood development known as Hollywoodland. As Hollywoodland developed in 1923, it was the result of a joint venture between Harry Chandler, Sidney H. Woodruff and General M. H. Sherman, the founder of West Hollywood, as well. The Hollywood sign, which stands today as Hollywood, lost its “land” portion when Hollywoodland was renamed to Hollywood.

There is a location in Los Angeles known as the Hollywood Hills, which is situated in the Santa Monica Mountains and offers a view of Los Angeles and the surrounding area, from Downtown to the Catalina Island.  In the Hollywood Hills area, the west and east halves are commonly divided into two halves, each consisting of several neighborhoods.  There is something about the endless maze of streets and the unbelievable views over the hills that give its residents the sense of seclusion and solitude despite being only minutes away from the bustling metropolis below, which is awash in light and life. 

It is not uncommon in the hills, as with the rest of Los Angeles, to find a variety of styles of architecture, including Spanish, California Mid-Century Modern, bungalows, and ultra modern, the prices of which can range anywhere from several hundred thousand dollars to tens of millions of dollars. It should also be noted that the Hollywood Hills neighborhoods from east to west include: Franklin Village, Beachwood Canyon, Hollywoodland, Hollywood Dell, Whitley Heights, Hollywood Heights, Outpost, Mount Olympus, Nichols Canyon and Sunset Hills.

Parks & Recreation

Hollywood Bowl
The Hollywood Bowl is another one of Los Angeles’s unmistakable icons. As the largest natural amphitheater in the United States, it has a seating capacity of more than 18,000 people.  On July 11, 1922, the bowl opened its doors to the public, and within its first seven years, it was remodeled twice by Lloyd Wright, and once by the Allied Architects, whose work remained intact until 2003. 

Sunset Ranch and the Hollywood Sign
Sunset Ranch offers horseback riding lessons and rentals along Griffith Park and Mt. Hollywood’s scenic trails, and the ranch is located in Griffith Park. Among the ranch’s most popular offerings are barbecues, dinners, and horseback riding rides in the evenings.  A unique way to see the famous Hollywood sign is one of the reasons the ranch and its rides are so popular.

Bronson Canyon Park
Known as the Bronson Caves, Bronson Canyon is a part of Griffith Park located in the southwest portion of the park and is a popular movie and television filming location, especially in westerns and science fiction movies. It has also served as a setting for many television shows and movies since the early days of motion pictures. This location’s craggy and remote setting, yet it’s easy accessibility makes it one of the top choices for filmmakers, especially those of low-budget films, looking to place scenes in a wilderness setting.  There is probably no better example of the arrival of the tunnel entrance than in the television series of the 1960s which used it as the admission to the Bat Cave.

Hollywood sign
There is no doubt that the Hollywood sign is one of the most famous tourist attractions in the world, but it wasn’t always like that. As an electronic billboard for a suburb called Hollywoodland in what is now Hollywood Hills, it was originally a clever advertisement for an upscale suburb called Hollywoodland.  Harry Chandler, a publisher of the Los Angeles Times and a real estate developer, erected the sign in 1923 at a cost of $21,000 and originally stated: “Hollywoodland.”.

Runyon Canyon Park
In the middle of Los Angeles, Runyon Canyon Park occupies 160 acres of land and is a part of the Los Angeles Parks and Recreation department that is responsible for the development and management of the park.  It is a relatively young park, having been established in 1984. It is a very popular destination among local residents for dog-walks and hiking (off-leash is permitted) because the park has a network of easily walkable trails. The park has also been used by many local residents as a location for outdoor yoga classes.  The highest point in the park is known as Indian Rock, which has a height of 1,320 feet (402 meters).