Welcome to West Hollywood
A stylish, highly sought-after neighborhood in the heart of Los Angeles
Perched amongst the winding roads and overlooking the city of Los Angeles sits West Hollywood and the Hollywood Hills, otherwise known as “The Hills,” as locals have nicknamed the area. Few neighborhoods in California hold the glamor, prestige, or history of West Hollywood and The Hills.
The area began as a neighborhood development called Hollywoodland (which is what the Hollywood sign used to read!) in 1923. The Hollywood Hills developed into the home of movie stars and housed many of the Los Angeles musicians of the 1960s and 70s. Laurel Canyon in particular was heavily saturated with up-and-coming artists and singers such as Frank Zappa, Jim Morrison, Carole King, The Byrds, The Eagles, Neil Young, Brian Wilson of The Beach Boys, Micky Dolenz and Peter Tork of The Monkees, and many more.
Nowadays, West Hollywood and The Hills boast some of the most exclusive and sought-after homes in Los Angeles County with unparalleled views and secluded properties. With a central location and world-class dining and shopping, it’s easy to see why locals fall in love with this neighborhood and never want to leave.
What to Love
- Gorgeous, breathtaking views of Los Angeles and the coastline
- Stylish and trendy neighborhood with world-class dining
- Close to the city center and downtown Century City
- Private properties of the rich and famous
People and Lifestyle
West Hollywood is home to an array of young professionals, seasoned executives, and families along with members of the rich and famous. Many residents enjoy hiking at Runyon Canyon or joining the Mulholland Tennis Club for exercise. Because the properties are often secluded and tucked away, neighbors are friendly but not overbearing — you might not encounter them often. However, there is a close-knit sense of community pride, here and residents take care of the area very well.
Dining, Entertainment, and Shopping
There are many fantastic shops and restaurants in the area. Sunset Plaza hosts a bevy of eateries and stores like Tocaya, Sushiya, The Butcher, The Baker, The Cappuccino Maker, Equinox, Badgley Mishka, DryBar, Le Petit Four, and Chin Chin. For a special night out, Providence has two Michelin stars thanks to its impeccable seafood dishes. Santa Monica Blvd boasts a bevy of LGBTQ+ eateries and bars that sure know how to have a great time. Other well-known establishments in WeHo are Catch, Craig’s on Melrose, Zinque, Cecconi’s, and Dan Tana’s.
There is fantastic nightlife at the many bars in West Hollywood, and you can find live theater at Pantages or The Hudson Theatres. Sunset Boulevard is home to famous bars and nightclubs like The Viper Room, The Rainbow Room, and The Roxy Theatre, which will delight any music fan who wants to relish in the storied history of these clubs.
Of course, West Hollywood is very close to Beverly Hills for world-class shopping at designer stores and unparalleled dining experiences at Spago, Mastro’s, or The Palm.
Things To Do
There is no shortage of things to do in the West Hollywood area, and there is truly something for everyone here. For the outdoor lover, Griffith Park and Runyon Canyon have great hiking trails and views of the city, while Griffith Observatory is a fun and educational place to take kids for the day. In nearby Brentwood, The Getty is an expansive art museum designed by Richard Meier with a range of exhibits and classes. For a unique concert experience, The Hollywood Bowl is an amphitheater carved into the cliffs of Los Angeles and hosts major artists in the summers and fall.
Chateau Marmont is a great place for a staycation or a night out on the town and is steeped with rich Hollywood history. In the summers, there are many outdoor movie screenings on the rooftops in town as well as at Hollywood Forever Cemetery.
The area runs on Los Angeles Unified School District. Hollywood High School is a public school in the heart of the city with a strong performing arts program, while Immaculate Heart Middle and High Schools are private Catholic schools for girls grades 6-12. Friends of West Hollywood Elementary and Hollywood Elementary are two great public offerings in the area, while Hollywood Schoolhouse hosts kids from Pre-K to 6th grade.