Overlooking the Bird Streets in the Hollywood Hills

About the Sunset Strip Area of the Hollywood Hills West.

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 Crescent Heights Boulevard, to its western border with Beverly Hills at Doheny 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 hang out for rock stars, movie stars and entertainers. The premiere section being the Bird Streets then Sunset Plaza.

History

As the Strip lies outside of the Los Angeles city limits and was an unincorporated area under the jurisdiction of the County of Los Angeles, the area fell under the less-vigilant jurisdiction of the Sheriff’s Department rather than the heavy hand of the LAPD. It was illegal to gamble in the city, but legal in the county. This fostered the building of a rather wilder concentration of nightlife than Los Angeles would tolerate, and in the 1920s a number of nightclubs and casinos moved in along the Strip, which attracted movie people to this less-restricted area; alcohol was served in back rooms during Prohibition.

Glamour and glitz defined the Strip in the 1930s and the 1940s, as its renowned restaurants and clubs became a playground for the rich and famous. There were movie legends and power brokers, and everyone who was anyone danced to stardom at such legendary clubs as Ciro’s, the Mocambo and the Trocadero. Some of its expensive nightclubs and restaurants were said to be owned by gangsters like Mickey Cohen. Other spots on the strip associated with Hollywood include the Garden of Allah apartments — Hollywood quarters for transplanted writers like Robert Benchley, Dorothy Parker, and F. Scott Fitzgerald — and Schwab’s Drug Store.

By the early 1960s, the Strip lost favor with the majority of movie people, but its restaurants, bars and clubs continued to serve as an attraction for locals and out-of-town visitors. In the mid-1960s and the 1970s it became a major gathering-place for the counterculture — and the scene of the Sunset Strip curfew riots in the summer of 1966, involving police and crowds of hippies, serving as the inspiration for the Buffalo Springfield song “For What It’s Worth”.

Go-Go dancers performed at such spots as the famous Whisky a Go Go. Bands like The Doors, The Byrds, Love, The Seeds, Frank Zappa, and many others played at clubs like the aforetomentioned Whisky a Go Go, Roxy, Pandora’s Box and the London Fog.

As the Strip became a haven for musical artists in the 1960s and 1970s, the Hyatt West Hollywood, as it is known today, became a hotel of legend. Many musicians lived or stayed at the hotel for the easy access to the live music venues on Sunset Boulevard. This is how the hotel became known by names such as the “Riot Hyatt” and the “Riot House”, thus serving as a redolent location for the Cameron Crowe film Almost Famous.

In the early 1970s a popular hangout for glam rock musicians and groupies was Rodney Bingenheimer’s English Disco. The Strip continued to be a major focus for punk rock and New Wave during the late 1970s, and it became the center of the colorful glam metal scene throughout the 1980s. The 1979 Donna Summer song “Sunset People” from the album Bad Girls, was about the nightlife on Sunset Boulevard. With the increase in rents in the area during the 1980s, however, and the decline of the glam metal scene in the early 1990s, the Sunset Strip ceased to be a major area for up and coming rock bands without industry sponsorship. The adoption of “pay to play” tactics, in which bands were charged a fee to play at clubs like the Roxy, the Whisky and Gazzari’s (now the The Key Club) also diminished the appeal to rock bands other than as an industry showcase. The music industry dominates clubs on the Strip such as those mentioned above, and only major acts perform at the House of Blues. Thus, during the 1990s, the center of more alternative music activity in Los Angeles shifted further east to areas like Silverlake, Los Feliz and Echo Park. The “Riot Hyatt”, still continues to be a favorite with bands today, such as Justin Timberlake, Breaking Point, and Timbaland, for its continual easy access to live music venues, including The Whisky, Roxy, and House of Blues

In November 1984, voters in West Hollywood passed a proposal on the ballot to incorporate and the area became an independent city. Increasingly, the western end of the Strip is occupied by office buildings, mostly catering to the entertainment industry, and expensive hotels. This area seems to have become an adjunct of Beverly Hills only with more nightlife activity, much of it upscale.

In the evening, the Strip is a vibrant slash of neon, a virtual traffic jam of young cruisers on weekends and a mecca for people-watchers and celebrity wannabes.

The Sunset Strip is also home to various creative companies such as Eleventh Hour. Creative people from all over the city congregate here for the unique Hollywood atmosphere for both networking, as well.

Many celebrities can still be seen on 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. However the most coveted residences are the celebrity-studded hills above the Sunset Strip. Accessible by only a handful of streets and aggressively patrolled by security, this ultra-exclusive neighborhood of multi-million homes above the Sunset Strip provide the ultimate in seclusion, luxury, and staggering views of the entire L.A. basin. 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 generally range from $3-22 million.

Some celebrities living in the Hollywood Hills above the Sunset Strip include Cameron Diaz, Paris Hilton, Kylie Minogue, Leo DiCaprio, Megan Mullaly, Keanu Reeves, Byron Allen, Ryan Phillipe, Buck Henry, Dido, Jose Eber and Nicky Hilton.

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Sunset Strip Mapped Listings For Sale

Sunset Strip Real Estate For Sale

  1. 8 beds, 9 full baths
    Home size: 13,000 sq ft
    Lot size: 1.10 ac
    Year built: 2013
    Days on market: 139
  2. 5 beds, 6 full, 2 quarter baths
    Lot size: 20,788 sqft
    Year built: 2014
    Days on market: 288
  3. 5 beds, 1 full, 4 three-quarter, 2 half baths
    Home size: 8,290 sq ft
    Lot size: 18,070 sqft
    Year built: 2016
    Days on market: 8
  4. 5 beds, 1 full, 6 three-quarter, 3 half baths
    Home size: 13,820 sq ft
    Lot size: 15,303 sqft
    Year built: 2015
    Parking spots: 18
    Days on market: 172
  5. 7 beds, 6 full, 2 half baths
    Home size: 8,332 sq ft
    Lot size: 16,138 sqft
    Year built: 2015
    Parking spots: 8
    Days on market: 120
  6. 4 beds, 3 full, 2 half baths
    Home size: 7,500 sq ft
    Lot size: 25,250 sqft
    Year built: 2015
    Days on market: 92
  7. 5 beds, 5 full, 3 half baths
    Home size: 7,500 sq ft
    Lot size: 15,160 sqft
    Year built: 2015
    Days on market: 113
  8. 3 beds, 4 full baths
    Home size: 5,932 sq ft
    Lot size: 21,757 sqft
    Year built: 2007
    Days on market: 64
  9. 4 beds, 5 full, 1 half baths
    Lot size: 24,846 sqft
    Year built: 2009
    Days on market: 162
  10. 7 beds, 7 full baths
    Lot size: 5,880 sqft
    Year built: 1990
    Days on market: 71
  11. 7 beds, 7 full baths
    Lot size: 15,922 sqft
    Year built: 1941
    Days on market: 71
  12. 3 beds, 3 full baths
    Home size: 3,056 sq ft
    Lot size: 11,923 sqft
    Year built: 1969
    Days on market: 11
  13. 4 beds, 6 full baths
    Home size: 5,988 sq ft
    Lot size: 38,965 sqft
    Year built: 1997
    Days on market: 25
  14. 6 beds, 4 full, 2 three-quarter, 2 half, 2 quarter baths
    Home size: 12,184 sq ft
    Lot size: 28,858 sqft
    Year built: 1962
    Days on market: 18
  15. 5 beds, 5 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 6,800 sq ft
    Lot size: 25,818 sqft
    Year built: 1959
    Days on market: 250
  16. 3 beds, 3 full baths
    Home size: 3,348 sq ft
    Lot size: 17,760 sqft
    Year built: 1973
    Days on market: 396
  17. 4 beds, 5 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 6,800 sq ft
    Lot size: 43,336 sqft
    Year built: 2000
    Days on market: 4
  18. 4 beds, 5 full baths
    Lot size: 5,034 sqft
    Year built: 1995
    Days on market: 137
  19. 7 beds, 7 full, 2 three-quarter, 3 half baths
    Home size: 14,000 sq ft
    Lot size: 41,554 sqft
    Year built: 1963
    Days on market: 7
  20. 4 beds, 4 full baths
    Home size: 3,600 sq ft
    Lot size: 23,307 sqft
    Year built: 1978
    Days on market: 456
  21. 6 beds, 8 full, 3 half baths
    Home size: 6,000 sq ft
    Lot size: 31,000 sqft
    Year built: 2014
    Days on market: 272
  22. 4 beds, 5 full, 1 quarter baths
    Home size: 6,800 sq ft
    Lot size: 32,334 sqft
    Year built: 2000
    Days on market: 4
  23. 4 beds, 7 full baths
    Lot size: 10,620 sqft
    Year built: 1953
    Days on market: 25
  24. 4 beds, 0 baths
    Home size: 3,540 sq ft
    Lot size: 15,254 sqft
    Year built: 2001
    Days on market: 1,358
  25. 6 beds, 8 full, 2 half baths
    Home size: 7,130 sq ft
    Lot size: 18,920 sqft
    Days on market: 14
  26. 4 beds, 4 full baths
    Home size: 3,702 sq ft
    Lot size: 9,909 sqft
    Year built: 1963
    Days on market: 215
  27. 6 beds, 4 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 4,800 sq ft
    Lot size: 15,699 sqft
    Year built: 2016
    Parking spots: 4
    Days on market: 32
  28. 5 beds, 6 full baths
    Home size: 4,763 sq ft
    Lot size: 17,057 sqft
    Year built: 1965
    Days on market: 12
  29. 3 beds, 5 full baths
    Home size: 4,830 sq ft
    Lot size: 8,320 sqft
    Year built: 2010
    Days on market: 274
  30. 3 beds, 3 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 3,549 sq ft
    Lot size: 6,979 sqft
    Year built: 2016
    Days on market: 12
  31. 4 beds, 5 full baths
    Home size: 5,000 sq ft
    Lot size: 8,596 sqft
    Year built: 2008
    Days on market: 21
  32. 4 beds, 5 full baths
    Home size: 4,198 sq ft
    Lot size: 13,471 sqft
    Year built: 1967
    Days on market: 25
  33. 4 beds, 6 full baths
    Home size: 4,706 sq ft
    Lot size: 7,363 sqft
    Year built: 2008
    Parking spots: 4
    Days on market: 98
  34. 5 beds, 5 full baths
    Lot size: 42,627 sqft
    Year built: 1969
    Days on market: 229
  35. 4 beds, 5 full baths
    Home size: 4,301 sq ft
    Lot size: 13,863 sqft
    Year built: 1991
    Days on market: 71
  36. 3 beds, 4 full, 1 half baths
    Lot size: 10,151 sqft
    Year built: 1936
    Days on market: 69
  37. 4 beds, 3 full baths
    Home size: 2,920 sq ft
    Lot size: 1.21 ac
    Year built: 1983
    Parking spots: 4
    Days on market: 127
  38. 4 beds, 5 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 5,000 sq ft
    Lot size: 5,600 sqft
    Year built: 2008
    Days on market: 34
  39. 4 beds, 3 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 4,200 sq ft
    Lot size: 13,900 sqft
    Year built: 1939
    Parking spots: 4
    Days on market: 71
  40. 4 beds, 4 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 5,017 sq ft
    Lot size: 4,640 sqft
    Year built: 1962
    Parking spots: 4
    Days on market: 34
  41. 3 beds, 3 full, 1 half baths
    Year built: 2007
    Days on market: 70
  42. 4 beds, 4 full baths
    Home size: 3,711 sq ft
    Lot size: 17,057 sqft
    Year built: 1951
    Days on market: 172
  43. 4 beds, 1 full, 3 three-quarter, 1 half baths
    Home size: 4,332 sq ft
    Lot size: 11,021 sqft
    Year built: 1926
    Parking spots: 4
    Days on market: 124
  44. 3 beds, 2 full, 2 quarter baths
    Lot size: 6,085 sqft
    Year built: 1951
    Days on market: 110
  45. 5 beds, 5 full baths
    Home size: 3,501 sq ft
    Lot size: 34,656 sqft
    Year built: 1959
    Days on market: 61
  46. 3 beds, 3 full baths
    Home size: 3,100 sq ft
    Lot size: 8,427 sqft
    Year built: 1936
    Days on market: 2
  47. 3 beds, 3 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 3,454 sq ft
    Lot size: 17,744 sqft
    Year built: 1963
    Days on market: 4
  48. 2 beds, 3 full baths
    Home size: 2,180 sq ft
    Lot size: 22,000 sqft
    Year built: 1939
    Days on market: 124
  49. 4 beds, 2 full, 3 three-quarter, 1 half baths
    Home size: 5,790 sq ft
    Lot size: 11,051 sqft
    Year built: 2011
    Days on market: 33
  50. 5 beds, 5 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 4,775 sq ft
    Lot size: 12,217 sqft
    Year built: 1961
    Days on market: 19

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Homes SOLD In Sunset Strip

  1. 4 beds, 4 full, 1 half baths
    Lot size: 10,460 sqft
    Year built: 1951
  2. 5 beds, 7 full, 3 half baths
    Home size: 12,530 sq ft
    Lot size: 20,622 sqft
    Year built: 2014
  3. 5 beds, 1 full, 4 three-quarter, 2 half baths
    Home size: 9,350 sq ft
    Lot size: 16,743 sqft
    Year built: 2014
  4. 5 beds, 7 full baths
    Home size: 7,200 sq ft
    Lot size: 28,372 sqft
    Year built: 2010
    Parking spots: 8
  5. 4 beds, 6 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 8,200 sq ft
    Lot size: 23,179 sqft
    Parking spots: 4
  6. 5 beds, 6 full baths
    Home size: 5,988 sq ft
    Lot size: 41,820 sqft
    Year built: 1997
  7. 5 beds, 6 full, 2 half baths
    Lot size: 25,694 sqft
    Year built: 2015
    Parking spots: 6
  8. 7 beds, 4 full, 2 three-quarter, 2 half, 1 quarter baths
    Lot size: 2.75 ac
  9. 3 beds, 2 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 1,931 sq ft
    Lot size: 5,974 sqft
    Year built: 1991
  10. 4 beds, 5 full baths
    Home size: 5,300 sq ft
    Lot size: 9,611 sqft
    Year built: 1952
  11. 6 beds, 6 full baths
    Lot size: 24,373 sqft
    Year built: 1929
  12. 6 beds, 2 full, 4 three-quarter, 1 half baths
    Home size: 7,300 sq ft
    Lot size: 11,529 sqft
    Year built: 2013
  13. 5 beds, 5 full baths
    Home size: 5,275 sq ft
    Lot size: 19,750 sqft
    Year built: 2013
  14. 5 beds, 5 full, 3 half baths
    Home size: 6,300 sq ft
    Lot size: 13,146 sqft
    Year built: 1937
    Parking spots: 6
  15. 7 beds, 7 full baths
    Home size: 7,456 sq ft
    Lot size: 26,757 sqft
    Year built: 2005
  16. 3 beds, 3 full baths
    Home size: 2,197 sq ft
    Lot size: 36,499 sqft
    Year built: 1966
  17. 6 beds, 8 full, 2 half baths
    Lot size: 18,063 sqft
    Parking spots: 4
  18. 6 beds, 5 full, 2 half baths
    Lot size: 1.55 ac
    Year built: 2007
  19. 4 beds, 4 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 4,225 sq ft
    Lot size: 12,457 sqft
    Year built: 2015
  20. 4 beds, 4 full, 3 half baths
    Lot size: 28,757 sqft
    Year built: 2014
  21. 5 beds, 5 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 4,500 sq ft
    Lot size: 14,105 sqft
    Year built: 1954
    Parking spots: 4
  22. 4 beds, 3 full baths
    Lot size: 18,807 sqft
    Year built: 1947
  23. 6 beds, 7 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 7,555 sq ft
    Lot size: 33,797 sqft
    Year built: 1950
  24. 5 beds, 4 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 4,800 sq ft
    Lot size: 9,339 sqft
    Year built: 1974
    Parking spots: 4
  25. 4 beds, 5 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 6,687 sq ft
    Lot size: 10,720 sqft
    Year built: 2001
  26. 5 beds, 7 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 8,097 sq ft
    Lot size: 16,068 sqft
    Year built: 1989
  27. 4 beds, 2 full, 3 three-quarter, 1 half baths
    Home size: 4,869 sq ft
    Lot size: 11,627 sqft
    Year built: 1928
  28. 3 beds, 3 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 3,158 sq ft
    Lot size: 12,595 sqft
    Year built: 1965
  29. 4 beds, 3 full baths
    Home size: 2,364 sq ft
    Lot size: 9,781 sqft
    Year built: 1963
  30. 3 beds, 5 full baths
    Lot size: 5,976 sqft
    Year built: 2013
  31. 4 beds, 4 full, 1 half baths
    Lot size: 11,571 sqft
    Year built: 1937
  32. 4 beds, 3 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 3,200 sq ft
    Lot size: 7,196 sqft
    Year built: 1937
  33. 4 beds, 4 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 4,725 sq ft
    Lot size: 12,042 sqft
    Year built: 1928
  34. 5 beds, 3 full, 3 half baths
    Home size: 6,221 sq ft
    Lot size: 8,636 sqft
    Year built: 1927
    Parking spots: 8
  35. 4 beds, 5 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 3,300 sq ft
    Lot size: 4,835 sqft
    Year built: 2015
  36. 5 beds, 5 full, 1 half baths
    Lot size: 10,640 sqft
    Year built: 1926
    Parking spots: 4
  37. 3 beds, 4 full baths
    Lot size: 9,061 sqft
    Year built: 1940
  38. 4 beds, 5 full baths
    Home size: 4,313 sq ft
    Lot size: 17,052 sqft
    Year built: 1951
  39. 4 beds, 4 full baths
    Home size: 4,043 sq ft
    Lot size: 13,052 sqft
    Year built: 1932
  40. 5 beds, 3 full, 2 three-quarter, 1 half baths
    Home size: 4,412 sq ft
    Lot size: 9,633 sqft
    Year built: 1940
  41. 5 beds, 4 full baths
    Home size: 4,800 sq ft
    Lot size: 8,883 sqft
    Year built: 1927
  42. 4 beds, 4 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 3,658 sq ft
    Lot size: 14,895 sqft
    Year built: 1961
  43. 3 beds, 4 full baths
    Home size: 4,261 sq ft
    Lot size: 1.02 ac
    Year built: 1938
  44. 5 beds, 3 full, 1 three-quarter, 1 half baths
    Home size: 3,807 sq ft
    Lot size: 29,811 sqft
    Year built: 1939
  45. 3 beds, 3 full baths
    Home size: 2,755 sq ft
    Lot size: 5,781 sqft
    Year built: 1938
  46. 3 beds, 3 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 2,618 sq ft
    Lot size: 8,063 sqft
    Year built: 1937
    Parking spots: 6
  47. 4 beds, 3 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 3,520 sq ft
    Lot size: 11,593 sqft
    Year built: 1974
  48. 4 beds, 4 full baths
    Lot size: 41,026 sqft
    Year built: 1991
  49. 4 beds, 2 full, 2 three-quarter, 1 quarter baths
    Home size: 3,660 sq ft
    Lot size: 13,560 sqft
    Year built: 1959
  50. 4 beds, 2 full, 2 three-quarter, 1 half baths
    Home size: 4,750 sq ft
    Lot size: 1.41 ac
    Year built: 1957

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