WELCOME TO HOLLYWOOD HILLS EAST
Hollywood Hills East is an area designated by The MLS but actually encompasses several hillside communities.
The Hollywood Dell which sits on the western side of the area is known for its incredible canyon views as it is nestled in a quaint valley. The hillside homes line picturesque winding roads. Typical residences in the Hollywood Dell are single-family dwellings, heavily influenced by Spanish Colonial Revival Style architecture.
Beachwood Canyon & Bronson Canyon are located just east of the Hollywood Dell and are centered around Beachwood Drive, extending to Canyon Drive on the east. The canyons are home to more than 22,000 residents and was first developed in the 1920s. The architects and landscapers who subdivided the enclave, drew inspiration from the southern regions of France, Italy and Spain. The original architecture found in Beachwood Canyon and Bronson Canyon is very much influenced by classical European design.
The upper portion of the canyon is the Hollywoodland community that was advertised in the 1920s by the HOLLYWOODLAND sign. Lake Hollywood and Lake Hollywood Park are also situated in the canyon. The canyon even features its own market, hip diner and stables.
Taking a trip up Canyon Drive through Bronson Canyon will allow you to park at the base of the Bronson Canyon hiking trails with access to miles and miles of trails in Griffith Park.
Franklin Village is located on the southern edge of Beachwood Canyon. The small area boasts a major concentration of shops, restaurants and bars. Neighborhood favorites include Bird’s, La Poubelle, Van Leeuwen ice cream, Counterpoint Books and Records and The Oak’s Gourmet. It’s also home to the world famous Upright Citizens Brigade theatre. Easily accessible from Beachwood and Bronson Canyons, Franklin Village helps the area get a great walk score.
Insider tip: Forego the Stepmaster at the gym and do “the stairs.” There are 5 hidden stairways throughout Beachwood Canyon originally intended to make the canyon more walkable. Your quads are going to hate you!
Hollywood Hills East Real Estate Insights
Home prices have been rising in recent years as inventory has been tightening. The average home price in the Hollywood Hills East area is $1,327,688 this year which marks a 10.6% increase over last year while the median price per square foot has risen by 1.5% to $661. People love living in the canyons so it is no wonder why the total number of listings has dropped by 7% over the past year. Nobody wants to move! Just tell me what part of the Hollywood Hills East area interests you and I will send you the most current, specific data.
People and Lifestyle
Living in Beachwood Canyon, Bronson Canyon and The Hollywood Dell provides an easy, quiet lifestyle, seemingly far removed from the hustle and bustle of the city, yet close enough to the action to really experience all that Hollywood has to offer. Beachwood Drive and Canyon Drive run North/South and are the main roads for these hillside communities. At the top of each street, there is a dead end. The traffic in these canyons is mostly from to residents and those wishing to get a view of the Hollywood Sign and hike Bronson Canyon. Neither area provides a thoroughfare so it is rarely congested. Just past “the gates” in Beachwood Canyon you will find a quaint grocery store, a hip cafe, a florist and a dry cleaner. Frequented mainly by locals, this small marketplace adds great flavor to the community. At the base of Beachwood Canyon, Franklin Avenue, between Cheremoya Avenue and Canyon Drive, is where you will find the esteemed Franklin Village. Cafe lifestyle abounds with eateries, bars, restaurants and shops. Bustling with activity, the small strip is the beating heart of the neighborhood. On any given night, you will see throngs of people lined up along Franklin hoping for a seat at the Upright Citizens Brigade theatre. Have a seat at La Poubelle or Franklin & Co. and watch the action go by.
WELCOME TO SUNSET STRIP-HOLLYWOOD HILLS WEST
Sunset Strip-Hollywood Hills West is an area designated by the MLS with its Eastern Border being the 101 Freeway and its Western border being Trousdale Estates. Neighborhoods consists of Whitley Heights, Outpost Estates, Laurel Canyon, Nichols Canyon, Sunset Plaza and the Bird Streets. Whitley Heights is an historic neighborhood renowned for being a favorite enclave of celebrities from the silent film era. Many grand homes have been preserved and the architecture is stunning. Outpost Estates and Nichols Canyon sit high above Hollywood, offering stunning canyon views. Laurel Canyon to the West was originally peppered with hunting shacks but ultimately became a legendary rock & roll burg. In the 60’s and 70’s the canyon was the flashpoint for LA counterculture and serves as the backdrop for many legends about that era. Sunset Plaza and the Bird Streets are on the far western side of the area. The most expensive homes in the area can be found there.
Insider tip: You don’t have to go all the way down to Sunset Boulevard to stock up on provisions. The Canyon Country Store has been keeping the party going for decades. You will find mouthwatering sandwiches and a formidable wine selection. And, if you are looking for anything else, it will be posted on the bulletin board outside.
Real Estate Insights
Some of the most expensive homes in the city are perched high above Sunset Boulevard in the Bird Streets (the streets are all named after different bird species). Moving Eastward, prices go down. The median price for this very large area is $1,550,000, which is a modest 1.8% increase over last year. The price per square foot has also risen modestly by 1.4% to $739. For a more in-depth analysis of each canyon, just send an email or call.
People and Lifestyle
The Hollywood Hills are legendary in the world of rock & roll and movies. Rock stars and celebrities of all stripes have called these hills home. Still popular among entertainment gods and goddesses, the Hills also provide a quiet respite from the grind of the city for regular people too. As one moves westward, prices go up. Life in the canyon is fairly homogeneous throughout the area though. Laurel Canyon has a store and a restaurant on the way up to Mulholland Drive. Other than that, residents will have to head South, where all along Sunset and Hollywood Boulevards you will find city life very easily accessible.