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West Hollywood:

West Hollywood is bordered on the north by the Hollywood Hills neighborhood of Los Angeles, on the east by the Hollywood District of Los Angeles, on the west by the city of Beverly Hills, and on the south by the Fairfax District of Los Angeles. West Hollywood benefits from a very dense, compact urban form with small lots, a mix of land uses, and a walkable street grid. Commercial corridors include the nightlife and dining focused on the Sunset Strip, along Santa Monica Boulevard, and the Avenues of Art & Design along Robertson, Melrose, and Beverly near the Pacific Design Center. North, West Hollywood West, West Hollywood East and West Hollywood Heights. Distinctive places include streets such Alta Loma Road, which is home to the Sunset Marquis Hotel with its famous 45-person Whisky Bar and a recording studio that has been home to many hits. Alta Loma Road was one of the main locations for the film Perfect. The western stretch of Melrose Avenue, between Fairfax Avenue and Doheny Drive, is notable for its trendy clothing boutiques, interior design shops, restaurants and antique stores. The west end of Melrose Avenue, near the Pacific Design Center, is especially known for its exclusive furniture. 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.

Notable business and attractions in West Hollywood include:

  • The famous Sunset Strip
  • Hotels such as Chateau Marmont, Andaz West Hollywood, Mondrian and the Standard
  • The Pacific Design Center
  • Elegant architecture such as The Schindler House by the architect Rudolf Schindler
  • Music venues such as House of Blues, Whisky a Go Go, The Troubadour, The Roxy Theatre and Viper Room
  • Westlake Recording Studios, where Michael Jackson recorded the albums “Thriller” and “Bad” in 1982 and 1987 respectively
  • Celebrity hangouts such as Formosa Cafe, Whisky Bar, Rainbow Bar and Grill, Palm Restaurant: West Hollywood (not to be confused with the chain by the same name,) Dan Tana’s, The Abbey Food & Bar and Villa Nightclub
  • Film, television and music production including Samuel Goldwyn Studios, Smashbox Studios and TMZ on TV
  • Several parks including Plummer Park
  • Comedy Store

http://www.visitwesthollywood.com/

http://www.ci.west-hollywood.ca.us/

Hollywood:

Hollywood a district in Los Angeles, California – situated west-northwest of Downtown Los Angeles. Due to its fame and cultural identity as the historical center of movie studios and movie stars, the word “Hollywood” is often used as a metonym of American cinema. The nicknames StarStruck Town and Tinseltown refer to Hollywood and its movie industry. Today, much of the movie industry has dispersed into surrounding areas such as the Westside neighborhood,[but significant auxiliary industries, such as editing, effects, props, post-production, and lighting companies remain in Hollywood, as does the backlot of Paramount Pictures. After many years of serious decline, when many Hollywood landmarks were threatened with demolition, Hollywood is now undergoing rapid gentrification and revitalization with the goal of urban density in mind. Many developments have been completed, typically centered on Hollywood Boulevard. The Hollywood and Highland complex (site of the Kodak Theater) has been a major catalyst for the redevelopment of the area. In addition, numerous fashionable bars, clubs, and retail businesses have opened on or surrounding the boulevard, returning Hollywood to a center of nightlife in Los Angeles. Many older buildings have also been converted to lofts and condominiums. The W Hollywood Hotel is now open at the intersection of Hollywood and Vine.

Hollywood neighborhoods and communities:

  • Beachwood Canyon
  • Cahuenga Pass
  • Hollywood Hills
    • Hollywood Heights
    • Laurel Canyon
    • Mount Olympus
    • Nichols Canyon
    • Outpost Estates
    • Sunset Flats
    • Sunset Hills
    • Whitley Heights
  • East Hollywood
    • Little Armenia
    • Thai Town
    • Virgil Village
  • Melrose District
  • Melrose Hill
  • Sierra Vista
  • Spaulding Square
  • Yucca Corridor

http://www.hollywoodchamber.net/

http://www.latourist.com/index.php?page=hollywood-links

http://www.hollywoodsign.org/

Beverly Hills:

One of the most affluent cities in the world, and is home to Hollywood celebrities, many corporate executives and numerous other wealthy individuals and families. Beverly Hills has been listed as the most expensive housing market in the United States. With homes ranging from the extravagant and luxurious in size, to the more elegant and modern homes, and then to the many small duplex rental units and detached homes with less than 2,000 sq ft (185 sq meters). Beverly Hills and the neighboring city of West Hollywood are together entirely surrounded by the city of Los Angeles. To be specific, Beverly Hills is bordered on the northwest by the Los Angeles neighborhood of Bel-Air and the Santa Monica Mountains, on the east by West Hollywood, the Carthay neighborhood of Los Angeles, and the Fairfax District of Los Angeles, and on the south by the Beverlywood. The area’s “Platinum Triangle” of affluent neighborhoods is formed by the city of Beverly Hills and the Los Angeles neighborhoods of Bel Air and Holmby Hills.

http://www.beverlyhills.org/

http://www.beverlyhillsbehere.com/

Santa Monica:

Santa Monica is a city in western Los Angeles County, California, US. Situated on Santa Monica Bay, it is surrounded on three sides by the city of Los Angeles — Pacific Palisades on the northwest, Brentwood on the north, West Los Angeles on the northeast, Mar Vista on the east, and Venice on the southeast. Santa Monica is named for Saint Monica of Hippo because the area on which the city is now located was first visited by Spaniards on her feast day. Because of its agreeable climate, Santa Monica had become a famed resort town by the early 20th century. The city has experienced a boom since the late 1980s through the revitalization of its downtown core with significant job growth and increased tourism. Santa Monica is home to many beautiful parks, the Santa Monica Pier, and the Santa Monica Promenade.

http://www.santamonica.com/

http://www.smmusd.org/

http://www.smgov.net/

Studio City:

Studio City is an affluent seven square-mile residential neighborhood in the San Fernando Valley (the “Valley”) in the City of Los Angeles, California. The Studio City neighborhood expands over four ZIP code areas: 91604 and sections of 91602, 91607 and 90210. Located 10 miles from downtown Los Angeles, Studio City provides quick and easy access to Hollywood, Beverly Hills and all the major studios (Universal Studios- Hollywood, NBC Studios, CBS Studios, Walt Disney Studios, Disney Animation, ABC, Warner Brothers Studios, Paramount Studios and DreamWorks among others).Studio City is bordered by the communities of Beverly Crest and Hollywood Hills to the south, Sherman Oaks to the west, Valley Village and North Hollywood to the north and Toluca Lake and Universal City to the east. Considered one of the most desirable places to live within the City of Los Angeles, Studio City boasts a high socioeconomic status. A favorite among young families and singles who work in the entertainment industry, Studio City residents find appealing the neighborhood’s security, shopping & dining, schools, hiking trails, central location and immediate proximity to all the major studios. Studio City is also hangout and home to many unassuming celebrities. The stretch of Ventura Blvd that runs through Studio City is the neighborhood’s principal commercial corridor, a picturesque main street lined by tall thin palms, grocery stores, specialty retail, offices, banks, galleries, upscale clothing boutiques, vintage shops, home decor & furnishing, fashionable eateries and coffee shops. Nestled in the flats of Studio City is the bohemian enclave of Tujunga Village, a charming one block stretch between Moorpark St. and Woodbridge St. lined on both sides by sidewalk-seating and award-winning restaurants, cafes a gelato bar, stylish vintage boutiques and a charming small theater. Studio City is notable for its trendy, varied and high-quality eateries. Ventura Blvd. in Studio City is also known as “Sushi Row” where many of LA’s best established sushi bars got their start such as Katsu-Ya, Asanebo, and Sushi Nozawa.

http://www.studiocitychamber.com/

http://www.studiocityresidents.org/

Burbank:

Burbank is a city in Los Angeles County, California, United States, 12 miles (19 km) north of downtown Los Angeles. The estimated population in 2010 was 103,340. Many media and entertainment companies are headquartered or have significant production facilities in Burbank, including Warner Bros. Entertainment, Warner Music Group, NBC Universal, The Walt Disney Company, ABC, Cartoon Network, and Nickelodeon. The city is also home to Bob Hope Airport. Burbank is located in two distinct areas, with its downtown, civic center and key neighborhoods nestled on the slopes and foothills that rise to the Verdugo Mountains, and other areas located in flatlands at the eastern end of the San Fernando Valley.

http://www.ci.burbank.ca.us/

http://www.burbank.k12.ca.us/

Sherman Oaks:

Located in the San Fernando Valley area of the city of Los Angeles, California. In contrast to much of the Valley, the area is relatively urbanized, with commercial skyscrapers along Ventura Boulevard as well as scattered throughout. In addition, residential densities are highly mixed, with apartment and condominium neighborhoods alongside single-story residential ones. The area is a local hub for regional transportation, business, and shopping. The neighborhood is roughly bounded by Studio City to the east, Van Nuys to the north, Encino to the west,Bel Air and Beverly Hills Post Office to the south.

http://www.shermanoakschamber.org/

Culver City:

Culver City is a city in western Los Angeles County, California. It is mostly surrounded by the city of Los Angeles, but also shares a border with unincorporated areas of Los Angeles County. Since the 1920s, Culver City has been a significant center for motion picture and later television production, in part because it was the home of MGM Studios. It was also the headquarters for the Hughes Aircraft Company from 1932 to 1985. National Public Radio West and Sony Pictures Entertainment now have headquarters in the city. In the 1990s, Culver City launched a successful revitalization program in which it renovated its downtown as well as several shopping centers in the Sepulveda Boulevard corridor near Fox Hills Mall. Around the same time, the relocation of Sony’s motion picture operations (known as Columbia Pictures) to the former MGM studios at Washington Boulevard and Overland Avenue brought much-needed jobs to the city. Downtown Culver City offers many art galleries and restaurants to explore and enjoy!

http://www.downtownculvercity.com/

http://www.culvercity.org/

* Source for City Information – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/

Other growing and interesting areas of Los Angeles include Downtown, Venice, Silverlake, Los Feliz, Echo Park, and more. Downtown Los Angeles has seen tremendous growth and development over the past few years, as well as Venice, Silverlake, and Echo Park where property values have grown exponentially and the demand keeps rising. I’m seeing business owners and homeowners of demographics, income levels, ages, and nationalities buying properties and opening flourishing businesses in these areas.