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Hollywood Hills, Los Angeles, California

This article is about (1) the landform known as the Hollywood Hills and (2) the historical and present-day neighborhood of the same name. For a similar residential neighborhood to the west, see Hollywood Hills West, Los Angeles.

Hollywood Hills is a section of the Santa Monica Mountains and also the name of a neighborhood in the northern part of Central Los Angeles, California.

Landform

The Hollywood Hills are the part of the Santa Monica Mountains that runs from Crescent Heights on the west to the boundary of Griffith Park on the east.

Neighborhood

The neighborhood of Hollywood Hills is a high-income, low-density, well-educated, 71.4% white, youthful urban residential district within Central Los Angeles, California. It includes the Hollywood Bowl and Forest Lawn Memorial Park, as well as two private and three public schools. The American Film Institute is headquartered here.

Geography

Description

The neighborhood touches Studio City, Universal City and Burbank on the north, Griffith Park on the north and east, Los Feliz on the southeast, Hollywood on the south and Hollywood Hills West on the west. It includes Forest Lawn Memorial Park, the Hollywood Reservoir, the Hollywood Bowl and the John Anson Ford Theater.[1][2][3][4]

Hollywood Hills is bisected southeast-northwest by US 101. The neighborhood is bounded on the northwest and north by the Los Angeles city line, on the east by a fire road through Griffith Park, continuing on Western Avenue, on the south by Franklin Avenue and on the west by an irregular line that includes Outpost Drive.[2][4]

Within the neighborhood are included these smaller areas:[2]

Adjacent neighborhoods

Relation of the Hollywood Hills to nearby areas (not necessarily continuous):[4]

Population

A total of 21,588 people lived in the neighborhood's 7.05 square miles, according to the 2000 U.S. census—averaging 3,063 people per square mile, among the lowest population densities in the city or the county. The population was estimated at 22,988 in 2008. The median age for residents was 37, considered old for the city and the county. The percentages of residents aged 19 through 64 were among the county's highest.[2]

The neighborhood is "not particularly diverse" for the city, the diversity index being 0.433, and the percentage of white people is considered high, at 74.1%. Latinos make up 9.4%, Asians are at 6.7%, blacks at 4.6% and others at 5.3%. In 2000 Mexico (7.9%) and the United Kingdom (7.8%) were the most common places of birth for the 22.8% of the residents who were born abroad, which was considered a low percentage of foreign-born when compared with the city or county as a whole.[2][5]

The median household income in 2008 dollars was $69,277, considered high for the city but about average for the county. The percentage of households earning $125,000 or more was high, compared to the county at large. The average household size of 1.8 people was relatively low. Renters occupied 56.5% of the housing units, and homeowners the rest.[2]

In 2000, there were 270 families headed by single parents, or 6.9%, a rate that was low in both the county and the city.[2]

Education

Hollywood Hills West residents aged 25 and older holding a four-year degree amounted to 54.8% of the population in 2000, considered high when compared with the city and the county as a whole, as were the percentages of residents with a bachelor's or a postgraduate degree.[2]

There are five secondary or elementary schools within the neighborhood's boundaries:[6]

  • Immaculate Heart High and Middle School, private, 5515 Franklin Avenue
  • Valley View Elementary School, LAUSD, 6921 Woodrow Wilson Drive
  • The Neilson Academy, private, 2528 Canyon Drive
  • Cheremoya Avenue Elementary School, LAUSD, 6017 Franklin Avenue
  • The Oaks, private elementary, 6817 Franklin Avenue

The American Film Institute is at 2021 North Western Avenue[7]

Recreation and culture

The neighborhood includes:[4]

Notable residents

  • Earle D. Baker (1888–1969), Los Angeles City Council member, lived in the Hollywood Hills
  • Ashton Kutcher, actor, lives in a home in the 3000 block of Arrowhead Drive[8]
  • Nene Leakes, Georgia-based television personality, rents a home in the Hollywood Hills [The Real Housewives of Atlanta, season 5, featured as storylines her and her family's move into and efforts to furnish a rental home in the Hollywood Hills ("Excess Breeds Success") and her hosting the other Housewives there ("Peaches Don't Grow in Hollywood")][9][10][11]
  • Jesse Metcalfe, actor, purchased a 1925 Hollywood Hills house with his fiancée, Cara Santana, in February 2013[12]
  • Matthew Perry, actor, in 2013 sold one Hollywood Hills home, near Runyon Canyon Park, and retained a second Hollywood Hills home near the Bird Streets neighborhood [13]
  • Tyler Perry, actor, writer, producer, director; in October 2012, sold the Hollywood Hills home he had purchased in 2006[14]
  • Ryan Phillippe, actor, purchased a Hollywood Hills home in 2008, after his divorce from Reese Witherspoon, and sold it in March 2013[15]
  • Sage Stallone, actor and son of Sylvester Stallone, was found dead July 13, 2012 in his Hollywood Hills apartment, in the 8100 block of Mulholland Terrace, near the intersection of Mulholland Drive and Laurel Canyon Boulevard[16][17]
  • Robert Stevenson and Peggy Stevenson, Los Angeles City Council members, lived in the Hollywood Hills
  • Kanye West, rapper, listed his Hollywood Hills home for sale in Q1 2013[18]

See also

  • Lloyd G. Davies, Los Angeles City Council member, 1943–51, active against gravel extraction in the hills

References

External links

  • [7] Comments about living in Hollywood Hills
  • [8] Hollywood Hills crime map and statistics

Coordinates: 34°07′N 118°20′W / 34.12°N 118.34°W / 34.12; -118.34

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