Hollywood SignMade famous as the center of the entertainment industry, made famous through the entertainment industry, Hollywood the city is synonomous with the Hollywood industry: movies and music.

The core of Los Angeles’ star business, Hollywood is more the downtown of Los Angeles than downtown LA; Hollywood is more the central business and culture district of Los Angeles than any other neighborhood in the city, or county.

Sunset Blvd. plays home to a strip of clubs and restaurants frequented by celebutantes and other A-list, Melrose is famed for its shopping, and the hills feature some of Los Angeles most notable homes.

Hollywood isn’t all uniform glitz – you can find a neighborhood to help style your life. The hills are winding roads to houses with million-dollar views, Los Feliz is late-night French cafes and boutique shopping, Silverlake plays artsy and independent, Melrose is charmingly stuffed with Spanish-style homes and popular shopping, and West Hollywood is decidedly gay and comfortably glam.

Hollywood’s Location in Los Angeles

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North of the Hollywood hills are Studio City, North Hollywood, and the rest of the San Fernando Valley. At Hollywood’s southern boundary is Los Angeles proper. Beverly Hills is west of West Hollywood, and to Hollywood’s east is Silverlake then downtown LA.


Like the rest of Los Angeles, Hollywood’s winter, fall, and summer play the part of a year-round spring – Hollywood warms up to 85°F on average (August-September) and Hollywood chills lowest at about 48°F (December-January).


Hollywood’s main streets are Santa Monica Blvd. and Sunset Blvd., which run east/west through most of Los Angeles. Coldwater Canyon Dr. and Laurel Canyon Blvd. run between the canyons of Hollywood hills, north to the San Fernando Valley. In most parts of Hollywood you’re a few minutes away from the 101 freeway, which runs north/south throughout Los Angeles County and intersects with other major freeways, including the 405, the 10, and 134. MTA buses run throughout Hollywood, and Metro rail subway runs from Wilshire Blvd. to North Hollywood.

Hollywood’s Schools

Hollywood’s kindergarten through eighth grade schools include Bancroft Middle, Cherimoya Grammar School, Gardner Elementary, Le Conte Junior High, Ramona Elementary, and Valley View Elementary School, and its high school is Hollywood High School. For years the movie industry ran the Hollywood Professional School, its own private institution for child actors.

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Studio City

Studio City Neighborhood SignVentura Blvd. winds through most of the San Fernando Valley, and plays as Studio City’s main street.

Cruise on Ventura Blvd. and see designer boutique shopping sprinkled between major chain stores, breeze by Starbucks and four-star sushi dives, glimpse multi-million dollar homes in Studio City’s hills to your side, keep driving southeast until Ventura Blvd. morphs into Cahuenga Blvd., and land in Hollywood’s heart and hustle, and understand Studio City:

Hollywood’s casual glam softened by suburban convenience.

Studio City’s Location in the Los Angeles

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Studio City is just north of Hollywood, and south of Van Nuys. To Studio City’s west is Sherman Oaks and the rest of the western San Fernando Valley, and to Studio City’s east is Burbank and Glendale.

Studio City’s Weather

On average, Studio City reaches highs of 89°F (July-August) and chills lowest at about 42°F (December-January).


Studio City keeps connected to Los Angeles’s major freeways – the San Diego 405, the Santa Monica 10, the Ventura 134, the Pasadena 110 – via the Hollywood 101, which runs north/south through Studio City. Ventura Blvd. runs alongside the 101, and, going south, turns into Cahuenga Blvd., which drops you off in Hollywood. From Ventura Blvd., you can take Laurel Canyon Blvd. or Coldwater Canyon Ave. through the Hollywood hills and canyons into Hollywood and Beverly Hills, respectively.


Studio City is served by the Los Angeles Unified School District, specifically schools such as Carpenter Avenue Elementary School, Walter Reed Middle School, and North Hollywood High School. Studio City is also home to a private junior high and high school for gifted students with learning disabilities, the Bridges Academy.

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South Bay

2.26.08The southwest corner of Los Angeles County, the South Bay includes all of Los Angeles’ Beach Cities – Manhattan Beach, Hermosa Beach, and Redondo Beach – and all LA communities west of Long Beach, south of the 105 freeway.

The Beach Cities – or Bay Cities – are some of the best known cities in South Bay, mostly due to their renowned beaches – silky sands, clear waves, and pleasant piers – and the lifestyle the beaches create – think sunning, surfing, and skating the Strand, a paved path that runs along the beach from Redondo Beach north to Santa Monica. South Bay’s Beach Cities go metro, too – downtown Redondo Beach hosts wine-tasting galleries and boutique fashion.

South Bay’s Location in Los Angeles

South Bay is bordered by west Los Angeles at its north, the Gateway Cities – Long Beach, Compton, Huntington Park — at its east, south Los Angeles at its northeast, and the Pacific Ocean at its west.

South Bay’s Weather

Ocean breezes keep South Bay’s weather fresher than the rest of Los Angeles. On average, South Bay reaches highs of 77°F (August-September) and chills lowest at about 49°F (December-January).


Los Angeles’ MTA buses run throughout South Bay, throughout Los Angeles at large. Los Angeles Metro Green Line light rail runs mostly east-west, from Norwalk to LAX (Los Angeles International Airport) to Redondo Beach, and connects to the Blue Line subway, which runs north-south from Long Beach to downtown Los Angeles. The Harbor 110 Freeway runs through South Bay and connects to major freeways the Ventura 134 Freeway, Hollywood 101 Freeway, the 5, and 210. The San Diego 405 Freeway, Gardena CA/SR-91 Freeway, and Century 105 Freeway also are traffic arteries throughout the South Bay.


South Bay’s kindergartners through high school seniors are served by various public unified school districts; Manhattan Beach Unified School District is especially notable as one of California’s best performing school districts. South Bay is also home to a handful of universities, such as California State University Dominguez Hills, the private Loyola Marymount University, and community colleges Los Angeles Harbor College and Torrance’s El Camino College.

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