Hollywood Hills

A residential village with celebrity status, Hollywood Hills stars an iconic sign that requires an epic hike.

Private terraces and poolside gazebos characterise the backyards of Hollywood Hills' highly-esteemed homes. As celebrities' doorsteps become the next stop on star-studded tours, soon-to-be-famous musicians, actors, and artists frolic along Franklin Avenue, the neighbourhood's one-street stop for lighthearted frivolity. Whether you hike into the hills or out of them, you'll be met with visions of grandeur—ascend nature trails to the iconic Hollywood sign or trace the path of VIPs along neighbouring Hollywood's Walk of Fame.

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On the Map

Hollywood Hills is within Hollywood and bordered by Los Feliz, West Hollywood, Laurel Canyon, Studio City, Burbank, Bel Air/Beverly Crest, and Cahuenga Pass

LAX Airport: 40 minutes by car or 1 hour & 50 minutes by public transit
Santa Monica Pier: 35 minutes by car
Hollywood Walk of Fame: 10 minutes by car
Venice Boardwalk: 40 minutes by car
The Grove: 15 minutes by car

  • Public transit is Difficult
  • Having a car is Easy

A Cool Residential Neighbourhood with Celebrity Status

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Celebrities, aspiring celebrities, slashie-award winners, and hip Angelenos roost and ramble amid the greenery beneath Hollywood's iconic sign.

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When residents descend from their perches, they often favour Franklin Village, a dense assortment of bars, cafes, and cool spots to watch the world.

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Fashion-forward and forward-leaning, Hollywood Hills' residents treat their neighbourhood handsomely.

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They live in regal apartment buildings built during the Roaring 20s.

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They live in 70s complexes that could star in David Lynch films.

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They live in modern conceptions of contemporary art.

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Residents of Hollywood Hills take pride in their perch.

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When residents wish to leave their nests, they'll most likely have to take the freeway.

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Traffic often included.

Culinary Hotspots In the Hills

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Franklin Village combines the liveliest cadre of cafes, juice bars, and patio outposts along Franklin Avenue.

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The Hills' residents consider themselves purveyors of culinary craftsmanship.

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French-inspired eateries, upscale countertop-style diners, and gourmet food shops make their home in the Hills.

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Savoury. Sweet. Specialty.

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Their offerings are difficult to resist.

Entertainment In Hollywood Hills

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Franklin Avenue is a fete all its own.

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By day, its boutiques repurpose recycled fashions and its bookshops shed light on existential questions.

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By night, the Upright Citizens Brigade acts as a bastion for alternative comedy.

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Laugh until your smile lines hurt.

It's A Sign

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Hollywood's ubiquitous hillside billboard watches over the city below from its high-up homestead.

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Hiking trails snake their way to the larger-than-life neighbourhood name tag.

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You'll see the sign and it will open up your eyes.

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You'll see the sign.

The Hills Past Twilight

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After the sun sets, Hollywood Hills' Franklin Village still sizzles.

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Its bars, cafes, and boutiques invite casual evening outings.

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When it comes to harder partying, residents can make the hike to Hollywood.

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A star is born.


Airbnb works with local photographers to capture the spirit of neighbourhoods all around the world. The photography on this page includes work by:

Rob Kalmbach

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Rob is an editorial & commercial art photographer based in LA. On a recent assignment to South Africa with Ghetto Film School, he documented student filmmakers. On the Airbnb project, Rob says: “I love exploring the City of Angels. The other day, I photographed in pouring rain, thinking the worst, but ended up with some of my best shots. The people I meet on a daily basis amaze me."