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I agree with normantown. homogeneity is much needed in more affulent neighborhoods. everyone just feels more comfortable that way. it's not that we don't want u here, it's just we think you people will be more comfortable where you live, work and commit crimes. thank you.

— northofsunset
February 6, 2010 at 12:04 a.m.

Elizabeth, care to share why the area not being racially diverse is a 'bad thing'? Personally, I see it as a key selling point for the area. Contrary to what the media and the PC brigade try to sell us, multicultural is not wanted and doesn't work.

— normantown
January 12, 2010 at 9:16 a.m.

1am, and I'm looking down at the nightlife that is the Sunset Strip and WeHo. I love Laurel Canyon :)

— James
December 12, 2009 at 2:04 p.m.

Gwen: Put in your address as well as your zip code. 90046 covers a big area.

— Mal Carne
December 1, 2009 at 9:15 a.m.

I live outside Detroit, near Ann Arbor but I drove all around the HHW when I visited a friend a few years back--was amazed how little pedestrian traffic there was on Holly Blvd. in the middle of the day...party stores and wig shops, it reminded a little of Detroit only with a superior climate. Hey, LA and Motown both embrace "car culture." Greetings from the Great Lakes!

— Tom Stevens
October 17, 2009 at 3:30 a.m.

I've lived in Laurel Canyon since 1973. Many changes, not all of them positive--overbuilding #1 among them. The influx of "affluent" people--straight and gay--has stripped the area of much of its charm and neighborly ways. The housing melt-down may turn out to be a plus for the canyon by bringing back homes normal people can afford to buy and live in--not just flip and run.

— Cynthia Kirk
October 13, 2009 at 12:21 p.m.

Great area! - Bucolic ! - Yet, the center of everything. Hollywood Blvd. , the sunset strip, the valley, 101 access, fairfax/beverly all close by. Not too far from the far westside and beaches. Nature and wildlife galore. Not as many families with children because many houses tend to have hilly or small yards and the winding streets have no sidewalks. The hollywood history here is legendary and the architecture a perfect mix of all Los Angeles styles both classic and modern. There are homes here built from 1900 - today. I am a native Angeleno (4th generation) and wouldn't live any place else in southern California. The microclimate in HHW is great. The trees and vegetation and breezes allow a heat break in the summer. The only drawback is that it is not very racially diverse. And re: Susan - There are not many schools partly because it's the hills and the real estate is expensive and limited. LA unified has quality problems everywhere and if anything, the "gays" will be bringing their children to our neighborhood and championing new better quality schools - which is what it sounds like you should be doing. Btw - Most westside people I know with kids who could afford to live in HHW send them to private school on the westside as well. In any case - HHW is always growing and changing and remains a beautiful choice for a rewarding LA life.

— Elizabeth
October 1, 2009 at 7:40 a.m.

I've lived in Laurel Canyon since 1981. It is very quiet and serene and my street has a bunch of wonderful people I only seem to see when my dogs get out. Nevertheless, we have a wonderful local restaurant, Pace, at a local convenience store, Canyon Country. The landscape in my backyard takes alot from the surrounding hills and my backyard is a retreat right in the middle of Hollywood - so I enjoy quiet and craziness at the same time - at my choice. I love LA and this is a big reason why.

— Terry DeBellis
September 23, 2009 at 7:20 p.m.

Wow according to this Susan person the gays are a real problem for the school district. Apparently gays who can afford houses in the hills are the reason the closest high school is Fairfax. jesus.

— Paolo
August 25, 2009 at 12:34 p.m.

As a resident of 19__ Sunset Plaza Drive until June 2009: from the UK, 41, gay, university educated etc etc, it seems I was something of a Mr Median in my old neighbourhood. Poor Susan, it sounds like you wish all the other gays would move back down to the flats and some good schools built, transforming it into a "proper" family area. Good luck with that...

— G. Nivison
August 21, 2009 at 1:42 a.m.

I live in the zip code 90046, when I put it in the search it told me its Hollywood Hills West. I live near Sunset and La Brea, definitely NOT Hollywood Hills West...is there an issue with your "find your neighborhood" search?

— Gwen
June 29, 2009 at 11:54 a.m.

agree substantially with susan. also the area west of laurel cyn and south of lookout has been labeled "sunset hills" by many I know.

— spencer
June 26, 2009 at 9:50 p.m.

There are a lot of gays, accounting for the unusually large percentage of never married males and to a lesser extent never married females. The area has seen a lot of gays, many couples but designated as single, move uphill from West Hollywood to more upscale housing. It's misleading to say the area has the highest schools API when there are a mere 500 or so kids listed here in middle AND high school combined. There is ONE good elem. school, Wonderland Avenue, serving K-5 but then NO middle or high school serving the area, so most kids go to private schooll even for elementary since otherwise they're stuck at 6th grade going to a POOR middle school. The high school is Fairfax, NOT a good school. No one I know goes there BUT if there were a good local school serving the hills MANY would go. Instead most people with kids move away from the area to Palos Verdes, Beverly Hills and Manhattan Beach, even the W. VAlley and Santa Monica, with decent high schools. As noted the population is highly educated and although generally liberal in political view and comfortable with racial diversity, the social and educational background of families at the public middle and high school would be a poor fit for the kids of residents. VERY MISLEADING TO WRITE THAT TEST SCORES ARE HIGH WHEN THEY ONLY APPLY TO ELEMENTARY SCHOOL AND MOST OLDER KIDS AS WELL AS ELEM. SCHOOL KIDS ARE PRIVATELY EDUCATED OR MOVE AWAY, REPLACED BY AFFLUENT GAYS. There are also many older folks who educated their kids in local school decades ago when the schools were good.

— susan
June 14, 2009 at 9:50 a.m.

Hollywood Hills West

is a neighborhood in the city of Los Angeles in the Central L.A. region of Los Angeles County. It contains Crescent Heights, Laurel Canyon, Lookout Mountain, Mount Olympus and Sunset Plaza.
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