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West Hollywood, a city of Los Angeles County, California, was incorporated on November 29, 1984, with a 2007 residential population estimate of 34,675.[1] 41% of the city’s population is made up of gay men according to a 2002 demographic analysis by Sara Kocher Consulting for the City of West Hollywood.[2] West Hollywood and the neighboring city of Beverly Hills are together entirely surrounded by the city of Los Angeles.
Alta Loma Road is home to the exclusive hotel “The Sunset Marquis” 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. Actor Sal Mineo lived on this street in the 1970s; he was murdered in his carport just around the corner from Alta Loma Road on Holloway Drive.
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.
  • Film, television and music production including Samuel Goldwyn Studios, Smashbox Studios and TMZ on TV
  • Several parks including Plummer Park
  • Comedy Store
  • Tail o’ the Pup

*Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/West_Hollywood,_CA

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Malibu


Malibu (pronounced /mal-bu/) is a most affluent, beachfront city in western Los Angeles County, California, United States. As of the 2000 census, the city population was 12,575. Malibu consists of a 21-mile (34 km)[5] strip of prime Pacific coastline. The community is famous for its warm, sandy beaches, and for being the home of many Hollywood movie stars, others associated with the entertainment industry and corperate heads from Larry Ellis, Eli Broad, to Barbara Streisand, Cher, Sting, Leonardo Di Caprio. Signs around the city proclaim “27 miles of scenic beauty”, before it was incorporated in 1991.

Most Malibu residents live within a few hundred yards of Pacific Coast Highway (State Route 1), which traverses the city, with some residents living up to a mile away from the beach up narrow canyons, and many more residents of the unincorporated canyon areas identifying Malibu as their hometown.

Pepperdine University is located in Malibu Canyon. Its campus has an envious view of the Pacific Ocean and the entire Malibu coastline to the Palos Verdes Penisular.

The most exclusive residential beach front communities include the Malibu Colony, La Costa Beach, Carbon Beach. Other beaches include Surfrider Beach, Zuma Beach, Malibu State Beach, Topanga State Beach, and Point Dume State Beach; its local parks include Malibu Bluffs Park[6] (formerly Malibu Bluffs State Park), Trancas Canyon Park, Las Flores Creek Park, etc.

*Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Malibu,_CA

Sunset Strip – Sunset Boulevard

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The Sunset Strip is the name given to the mile-and-a-half stretch of Sunset Boulevard that passes through West Hollywood, California. It extends from West Hollywood’s eastern border with Hollywood at Harper Avenue, to its western border with Beverly Hills at Sierra Drive. The Strip is probably the best-known portion of Sunset, embracing a premier collection of boutiques, restaurants, rock clubs, and nightclubs that are on the cutting edge of the entertainment industry. It is also known for its trademark array of huge, colorful billboards and has developed a notoriety as a hangout for rock stars, movie stars and other entertainers.

Many celebrities still visit the Strip, especially on its western end, and quite a few live in the area, particularly the nearby Hollywood Hills and Laurel Canyon.

Today the Strip contains some of the most exclusive condominium complexes on the West Coast. Additionally, many of the most coveted residences in Los Angeles are in the celebrity-studded hills above the Sunset Strip. The highest concentration of celebrities living in Los Angeles are in this part of the Hollywood Hills, located just above Sunset Boulevard, from Kings Road, to Sunset Plaza Drive, to Doheny Drive. Homes in this area generally range from $3?15 million, which is in large part due to the breathtaking views of the Los Angeles Basin many of them offer.

Some celebrities living in the Hollywood Hills above the Sunset Strip include Christina Aguilera, Cameron Diaz, Paris Hilton, Kylie Minogue, Tim Gaines, Leonardo DiCaprio, Megan Mullally, Keanu Reeves, Robbie Williams, Byron Allen, Seth MacFarlane, Ryan Phillipe, Buck Henry, Dido, Jose Eber, Nicky Hilton, Sandra Bullock, Jeff Goldblum, Jewel, Jimmy Kimmel, James Franco, Reggie Bush, Dane Cook, John Frusciante, Kevin Smith, and Michael Bubl�.

77 Sunset Strip, a successful 1958?1964 TV series, was set on the Strip between La Cienega Boulevard and Alta Loma Road, although the address was fictional as street numbers there run in the 7000-8000s.

*Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sunset_Strip

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Hollywood Hills


The Hollywood Hills is an affluent and exclusive neighborhood of Los Angeles, California in the southeastern Santa Monica Mountains. It is bound by Laurel Canyon Blvd. to the west, Vermont Ave. to the east, Mulholland Dr. (Griffith Park) to the north, and Sunset Blvd. to the south.[1] With its sweeping views of the Los Angeles area below and its emphasis on residential privacy, the Hollywood Hills serve as a sanctuary for many celebrities and is rich in Hollywood history. It has many original Spanish Style estates.

Hollywood Boulevard, a tourist destination is home to the famed Hollywood Walk of Fame, the Chinese Grauman Theater, the Pentages, the Roosevelt Hotel, The Hollywood Wax Museum, the Kodak Theater and many shops and restaurants

Hollywood Hills Neighborhoods

  • Beachwood Canyon
  • Hollywood Heights
  • Laurel Canyon
  • Mount Olympus
  • Nichols Canyon
  • Outpost Estates
  • Sunset Flats
  • Sunset Hills
  • Whitley Heights
  • Hollywood Dell

*Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hollywood_Hills

Westwood

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Located in the northern central portion of Los Angeles’s Westside, Westwood is bordered by Brentwood on the west, Bel-Air on the north, Century City and Beverly Hills on the east, West Los Angeles on the southwest, Rancho Park on the southeast, and Sawtelle on the south and southwest.

A center of movie-going on the Westside and the site of many movie premieres, Westwood is home to several vintage movie theaters, including the Art Deco Crest, the Mann Village (once called the Fox Theater) featuring a landmark 170-foot (52 m) white tower and the Bruin Theatre. Playboy Mansion, home of Playboy founder Hugh Hefner, is located in nearby Holmby Hills.

Westwood is also home to the Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery, the last resting place of many of Hollywood’s biggest stars. A museum named for and endowed by activist and philanthropist Armand Hammer, longtime head of Occidental Petroleum (which maintains its headquarters on Wilshire Boulevard), has become one of Los Angeles’ trendiest cultural attractions since UCLA assumed its management in the 1990s. The Hammer, as it is commonly known, is particularly notable for its collection of Impressionist art and cutting-edge modern art exhibitions. The museum also houses the Billy Wilder Theater, run by the UCLA Film and Television Archive.

Many of the area’s permanent residents are of Asian, Middle Eastern and European ancestry and generally affluent, living in high-rise apartment buildings and, in Holmby Hills, some of the most luxurious single-family houses in Los Angeles.

Single-family homes tend to be east and southeast of UCLA, particularly in the areas behind the LDS temple. Housing in the portion of the district bounded by Sepulveda, Santa Monica, Westwood, and Wilshire Boulevards is mostly low- or medium-rise apartment buildings catering to upscale young professionals, as well as some UCLA students. Most UCLA students in Westwood, however, live in the hilly area of low-rise apartments between Veteran Avenue and the campus’s western boundary.

Because of consistently high demand and the district’s proximity to so many Westside attractions and businesses, rental housing in Westwood is very expensive relative to most areas of Los Angeles. For all but the wealthiest UCLA students, living off-campus in a Westwood apartment necessitates sharing a room. (Westwood North Village is the main region in which students dwell.) As a result, many UCLA students live 5 miles (8 km) south of campus in Culver City and the Los Angeles districts of Mar Vista and Palms, both in private housing and in large UCLA-owned apartment complexes. Businesses owned or operated by the Iranian community are clustered along Westwood Blvd., earning it the sobriquet Little Persia.

*Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Westwood,_CA

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Century City


Century City is a 176-acre (712,000-m2) commercial and residential district on the Westside of the city of Los Angeles. It is bounded by Westwood on the west, Rancho Park on the southwest, Cheviot Hills and Beverlywood on the southeast, and the city of Beverly Hills on the northeast. Its major thoroughfares are Santa Monica, Olympic, and Pico Boulevards (its northern boundary, central artery, and southern boundary, respectively), as well as Avenue of the Stars and Century Park East and West.

Century City is an important business center, and many law firms and executives ? particularly those with ties to the film, television, and music industries ? have offices there.

The high-rise buildings along Wilshire Boulevard in Westwood appear to blend in with those of Century City when seen at a distance, although they are separated by over three-quarters of a mile (1.2 km).

Its gleaming high-rises stand in stark contrast to the small apartment buildings and single-family detached homes in the lower-density neighborhoods surrounding it, and were some of the first skyscrapers built in Los Angeles after the lifting of earthquake-related height restrictions in the early 1960s.

For many years, it was home to the ABC Entertainment Center, which housed network operations for the ABC Television Network and the Shubert Theater, which hosted many famous Broadway musicals, such as Beauty and the Beast, Les Mis&#xE9rables, Cats, Annie, and Mamma Mia!. The Shubert was demolished in 2002 and became replaced by a modern glass building that houses the headquarters Creative Artists Agency affectionately known as the Death Star, which is part of the complex called Century Park. .

Some of the most recognized buildings in Century City include:

  • The Century Towers
  • Century Plaza Towers, commonly referred to as the “Twin Towers”.
  • Fox Plaza, 20th Century Fox headquarters most well-known for being Nakatomi Plaza in the movie Die Hard.
  • Constellation Place, (or the MGM Tower) headquarters of the historic Hollywood studio, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.
  • Watt Plaza
  • SunAmerica Center
  • Century Plaza Hotel
  • Century City News

*Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Century_City,_CA

West L.A

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West Los Angeles (often referred to as West L.A.) is a district in Los Angeles, California, within a larger region known as the “Westside.”

As with most parts of the Westside, West Los Angeles is an affluent neighborhood. Its central location has made it a locus of commercial development, with several high-rise office buildings along Olympic, Santa Monica, and Wilshire Boulevards. It also contains a large number of Japanese-owned businesses. A satellite congregation of the Wilshire Boulevard Temple, one of the most prominent Reform Jewish congregations in Southern California, occupies the northeast corner of Olympic and Barrington.

Housing in West Los Angeles is a mixture of low-rise apartment buildings, mostly inhabited by young professionals and working-class families, and single-story tract house developments built between late 1920 and 1960.[citation needed] .

Schools in the area, such as Wildwood School, are well-respected and of generally high quality. University High School, a secondary school named for nearby UCLA, is in the district. “Uni” is one of very few older high schools in Los Angeles that have not had to be completely rebuilt following earthquakes over the years, and still has a traditional look to it featuring weathered brick walls and arched entries. 

*Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/West_Los_Angeles

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Brentwood


Brentwood is a district in western Los Angeles, California, United States. The district is located at the base of the Santa Monica Mountains, bounded by the San Diego Freeway on the east, Wilshire Boulevard on the south, the Santa Monica city limits on the southwest. Nearby neighborhoods and cities include Pacific Palisades on the west, Santa Monica on the south, West Los Angeles and Sawtelle on the southeast, Westwood on the east, Bel-Air on the northeast and Encino on the north.

Demographics

According to the Los Angeles Almanac, the 2000 census-year population was just under 42,000, with a population density of about 2,700 people per square mile. The population is about 80 percent white, 9 percent Asian-American, 6 percent Hispanic or Latino.  According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Brentwood’s (ZCTA 90049) median household income was $84,342; its median family income was $137,945; and its median per capita income was $75,965 in 1999.

Almost 70 percent of area residents over 25 have college degrees, nearly half that total graduate and professional education. As of the 2000 census, approximately 16 percent of the population over 25 had either a doctorate or a professional degree, 15 percent a master’s degree, 37 percent a bachelor’s degree, 15 percent some college education but no degree.

Brentwood appears to be laid back but it is a gentile and affluent neigborhood with an East Coast feeling. It is favored by the creative community of the entertainment industry.

Most Brentwood residents reside in single-family homes, though some multi-family homes can also be found. Large, modern apartment complexes and condominiums are found along some of district’s thoroughfares, many home to young professionals and students attending University of California Los Angeles, California State University Los Angeles, and University of Southern California.

The Barrington Recreation Center is located in Brentwood has an indoor gymnasium; The facility also has a lighted baseball diamond, lighted indoor basketball courts, lighted outdoor basketball courts, a children’s play area, a community room, a lighted American football field, a  soccer field, tennis courts, and volleyball courts.

Popular recreational spots include the Brentwood Country Mart, an early farmer’s market. The 2.7-mile (4.3 km)-long (4.3 km) boundary of the private Brentwood Country Club is a popular local jogging route. The internationally renowned Getty Museum is located in the hills high above Brentwood, near the 405 freeway and the Sepulveda Pass.[citation needed]

*Source: http://en.wikipedia.org//wiki/brentwood,_ca

Pacific Palisades


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Pacific Palisades is a district within the U.S. city of Los Angeles, California, located between Brentwood to the east, Malibu and Topanga to the west, Santa Monica to the southeast, the Santa Monica Bay to the southwest, and the Santa Monica Mountains to the north. The area currently has about 27,000 residents. It is a very affluent and primarily residential area, with a mixture of large private homes, small (usually older) houses, condominiums, and apartments. Every 4th of July, the Chamber of Commerce sponsors day-long events which include 5K and 10K runs, a parade down Sunset Boulevard, and a fireworks display at Palisades High School football field. The district also includes some large parklands and many hiking trails. The Pacific Palisades is known as “Where The Mountains Meet the Sea” and is home to numerous Hollywood celebrities and luminaries.

  • The Alphabet Streets also known as “North Village”, are north of Sunset Blvd. and are characterized by narrow streets. The street names are consecutively named beginning with A, B, C, D, etc 
  • The Bluffs are located further out-of-town west along Sunset Boulevard and start past Palisades Charter High School and Via De La Paz to the Palisades Bluffs.
  • Castellammare is located on small bluffs directly on the ocean. The narrow, winding streets have Italian names. It is the home of the Getty Villa.
  • Huntington Palisades is close to the ‘village’ proper, and is more of a typical suburb. It is located south of Sunset Blvd.
  • Marquez Knolls is a large area of homes, known for spectacular ocean views, and is located farther west on Sunset Blvd on a mountain upslope.
  • Palisades Highlands is a community near the end of Sunset Blvd., bordering Topanga. About five minutes away from the center of the Pacific Palisades, the Palisades Village, The Highlands could almost be considered its own separate community.
  • The Riviera features The Riviera Country Club, a high-end country club, and streets named after various locations in the French and Italian Riviera.
  • Rustic Canyon features post-war homes located on the former polo field of The Uplifters, the original site of The Uplifters clubhouse (now a city park) and the “cabins” developed as second homes and weekend retreats. Above the canyon lies Will Rogers State Historic Park.[2]
  • The Village is a small central business district on Sunset Boulevard, consisting of restaurants, stores, banks, and offices. Notable shops in “the village”

*Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pacific_Palisades,_CA

Santa Monica

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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.

The Census Bureau 2008 population estimate for Santa Monica is 87,664.[1] 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.

The city is well known as one of the leading sustainable cities in all of the US.[who?] Three of every four of the city’s public works vehicles run on alternative fuel, making it among the largest such fleets in the country. All public buildings use renewable energy. In the last 15 years, the city has cut greenhouse gas emissions by nearly 10%. City officials and residents have made the ongoing cleanup of the Santa Monica Bay a priority ? an urban runoff facility catches 3.5 million gallons of water each week that would otherwise flow into the bay. Other environmental features include miles of beaches, extensive curbside recycling, farmer?s markets, community gardens, and the city’s bus system.

*Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Santa_Monica,_CA

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