What’s It’s Like to Live Like a Local - Hollywood Hills

What’s It’s Like to Live Like a Local - Hollywood Hills

  • Jennifer Landon
  • 09/29/23

Hollywood Hills is one of the sought after original neighborhoods in Los Angeles and the one with the most popular reputation. From the Hollywood sign to Hollywood Boulevard, this community boasts recognizable landmarks and locations that people come from miles around to visit, and homeowners come from all over the world to live here. While you may live a more posh lifestyle in Beverly Hills or the Palisades, there is something iconic and classic about the Hollywood Hills lifestyle.

The Hollywood Hills are not without their mansions, of course. With an average sales price of $2,750,000, you can find homes that fetch more than $5,000,000 million and higher, but the vibe here is not one of untouchability. Instead, it is one of style and artistry. From health and wellness to decor and dining, Hollywood Hills offers its residents a bit of everything, all tucked into this hillside community with sweeping views of downtown Los Angeles and direct access back into the chaos of city life whenever you’re ready to leave the privacy of your suburban sanctuary. In order to help home buyers in Hollywood Hills, I founded Landon Realty Group and brought together a team of top real estate professionals. Together, we can help you find the home of your dreams. But first: here’s what it’s like to live like a local in the Hollywood Hills.

Health and wellness

Obviously, one of the most critical aspects of life in Southern California is health and wellness. We want to live healthy lifestyles here. Residents fill their kitchens with organic food, take long walks or jog through the hills, belong to local gyms, and frequent the spas. 
Some of the best health and wellness centers in Los Angeles are right here in Hollywood Hills.

Voda Spa

7700 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90046

So much more than just a day spa. Voda Spa is an entire experience. It is open for members only, offering visitors the height of exclusivity. With a full pool for lounging and relaxing before or after any number of specialized treatments and a menu for nourishing your body, this spa is the ultimate in luxurious self-care. You’ll visit once and instantly be eager to book your next treatment.

Next Health

8570 Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood, CA

This functional medicine clinic offers IV therapy, vitamin shots, hormone therapy, and wellness technology like red light sessions to keep clients in optimal health. With an approach to healthcare that can only be described as proactive, Next Health wants its members to stay on top of every aspect of their lives so they can live long and thrive.

Desuar Hollywood Spa

6613 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA

Sometimes, you may want a facial, a pedicure, a massage, or all three. Desuar offers a serene refuge of self-care for Hollywood Hills locals, complete with a glass of champagne. Book a treatment or a day full of treatments with your friends and walk out entirely refreshed.


There is nothing like the green spaces offered right in Hollywood Hills for residents to get their daily dose of nature. Sure, you can head 20 minutes west and hit the beach, but sometimes you may want to walk out your front door and experience what your community offers. Hollywood Hills has plenty. With gorgeous views showing off the rest of the city, winding roads and of course, the Hollywood sign, that makes you feel like you’re in the mountains. Hollywood Hills has so many great outdoor hotspots.

Griffith Park

4730 Crystal Springs Dr, Los Angeles, CA

Griffith Park is best known as the location of the Hollywood sign, but it is so much more than that. Taking up 4,200 acres of land, this enormous park offers trails for horseback riding and hiking, grassy hills for picnicking and stargazing, designated areas for tennis and swimming, and even an observatory where you can zoom in on the night sky. It is also where the Greek Theatre is located, where in the summer you can lay on the grass and listen to the hottest musicians.

Runyon Canyon Park

2000 N Fuller Ave, Los Angeles, CA

Runyon Canyon Park is significantly smaller than Griffith Park, but locals love this 160-acre park for its laid-back vibe. If you have a dog you want to let run off-leash, this is where to go. You may run into some local celebrities here, and you’ll want to take photos of the spectacular views from Indian Rock.

Hollywood Farmers’ Market

1600 Ivar Ave, Los Angeles, CA

With a combination of both green space and health and wellness, the Hollywood Farmers’ Market is a must-see for locals. This market is thriving and bustling with people every Sunday from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., where you can find fresh organic produce and other local selections from small businesses and artisans. You’ll be treated to live music most days, and there are even activities for the kids.

Dining and Nightlife

Of course, you can’t live in Hollywood Hills and not participate in the vibrant nightlife. From restaurants to lounges, this neighborhood offers the ultimate hot spot experience.


7205 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood, CA

Even as developers have transformed Hollywood’s iconic streets, places like Jones have remained comfortingly unchanged. The menu of Italian-American hits includes ravioli, bruschetta, thin-crust pizza, and of course, spaghetti and meatballs. It’s impossible to have a bad meal at this nearly 30-year-old restaurant.

Ixlb Dimsum Eats

5900 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA

Considered one of the finest options for dim sum outside of the San Gabriel Valley, this takeout-only spot is a crowd-pleaser. Dishes on the menu include Cantonese classics like har gow and sui mai and Taiwanese-style shaved ice for dessert.

Mother Wolf

1545 Wilcox Ave, Los Angeles, CA

Mother Wolf is a true ode to Rome, courtesy of Chef Evan Funke. With a boisterous atmosphere of fine diners, the menu includes pasta and pizzas to satisfy any palate. There’s also an amaro cart you can invite over for a post-dinner digestif, and Shannon Swindle has provided unbeatable desserts.


JAPAN HOUSE, Ovation Hollywood, 6801 Hollywood Blvd Level 5, Los Angeles, CA

Located on the fifth floor of the expansive Ovation Hollywood complex, Uka at Japan House comes from decorated chefs Yoshitaka Mitsue and Shingo Kato. The refined nine-course kaiseki menu is priced at around $300 per person (before tip and tax), with wine and sake pairings available for about $120 per person.

Clark Street Diner

6145 Franklin Ave, Los Angeles, CA

This buzzy dining room is home to great coffee, fluffy pancakes, and patty melts. Founded by Zach Hall to replace the beloved 101 Coffee Shop, Clark Street Diner has successfully filled the impressive shoes it stepped into.


6516 Selma Ave, Los Angeles, CA

Powerhouse chef-restaurateur Wes Avila of Guerilla Tacos and Angry Egret Dinette brings coastal Mexican cuisine to the heart of Hollywood with this 5,000-square-foot, mostly outdoor destination restaurant. Your biggest problem here might be in deciding between the whole fish Puerto Vallarta-style and the 32-ounce rib-eye carne asada.

Buying Hollywood Hills real estate? We can help

Whether you are searching for a mansion or a small bungalow, Hollywood Hills real estate is the right place for you. Every home on every street is a worthy investment and a lovely place to live, with so much to do right here in this community. Once you move in, you won’t ever want to move out.

If you’re on the hunt for a great piece of Hollywood Hills real estate, reach out to me and my team at Landon Realty Group. I’m a broker with two decades’ worth of experience in real estate, and I hope to help you find the home of your dreams in Hollywood Hills. Reach out today to get started.

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