-West Hollywood West
City of Adults
West Hollywood, sometimes referred to as Weho by its residents, is a creative, energetic, and walkable modern city. In the past ten years, the area has gentrified like crazy! Today, it is one of the priciest medium size home neighborhoods in LA. The city has a large annual budget surplus (unlike the city of LA), which it aggressively reinvests in programs and infrastructure. A few recent city projects include: the makeover of Santa Monica Blvd – $34M completed 2001, the West Hollywood Library- $64M completed 2011, and the West Hollywood Park -$80M 2017
The area has a population of 35,000 people, but only a total area of 1.9 square miles which makes the city very dense, averaging 18,000 people per square mile. For comparison, Beverly Hills has a similar population but almost 3 times as much land. Space is definitely at a premium in West Hollywood.
Weho is a net importer of jobs, tourists, and shopping. It’s day time population doubles to 60,000- which is great for the economy, but makes for horrendous parking and traffic. If you have ever parked in West Hollywood in a permit parking zone or forgot to put a coin in the meter, you know that there will be a parking ticket tucked under your windshield wiper when you get back to your car! Parking enforcement is extremely aggressive.
Community With Pride
There are very few families with children in this particular area, (maybe only 5-10% of population) however I think that trend is changing. Many families are discovering how nice a place West Hollywood is to live.
People in West Hollywood take a lot of pride in their community. They have a pride festival each year, that is open for anyone to attend, that is a celebration of being yourself. There is also an annual Halloween Festival that is one of the biggest street festivals in the US- West Hollywood knows how to party!
West Hollywood is one of the youngest cities in Los Angeles (it was incorporated in 1984). As a result, the way the city is run is very modern and progressive. West Hollywood has a citywide ban on Fur, Plastic Grocery Bags, and was one of the first cities to adopt green building codes.
If you look at the history of West Hollywood, it resisted incorporation many times. In 1984 a coalition of several different groups in the community coalesced to become a city. These groups still make up the fabric of the city today.
In the 1960’s and 1970’s many Gay and Lesbian came to West Hollywood as a refuge- at that time the prices were very cheap (not like today!), and since it was an unincorporated part of Los Angeles county, police and other political groups which were ignorant and homophobic didn’t have any influence. The LGBT community is still strong and thriving in West Hollywood.
Another big part of the coalition was Russian Jews who fled Russia when the Soviet Union was dissolved in 1991. West Hollywood has the second largest Russian Speakers population in the US, behind only New York. There are Russian book shops and restaurants all around the city. A lot Russians retirees are a fixture at Plummer Park, where they play chess and socialize.
The vast majority of Residents in West Hollywood are renters. Renters account for 78% of the population. Renters are concentrated in the East and Central Sections whereas West Hollywood West and Norma Triangle are mainly single-family homes. Renters joined the coalition because they feared the city of Los Angeles would not pass Rent Control and they wanted rent control in West Hollywood. West Hollywood has rent control and its only second to Santa Monica for its harshness to landlords.
Today, people from all over the world mix and share their stories in a melting pot that is West Hollywood. West Hollywood is very Diverse, and tolerant. It’s no secret, that politically the area is also very liberal.
The last thing I’d like to mention about the West Hollywood community is that they are very Fitness and health conscious. There are a ton of organic restaurants and health food grocery stores, and a huge number of gyms. People like to stay in shape, either to attract attention and show off or just to feel their best.
West Hollywood is always buzzing with the city life. It is very urban. I consider West Hollywood to be one of the best areas in Los Angeles for socializing. Many people travel from the surrounding areas (Hollywood Hills, Miracle Mile, Hollywood, Mid Wilshire, The Valley) to go out for the evening in West Hollywood. West Hollywood has great dining, nightlife, bars and shopping. Is culture and nightlife important to you? Check out Santa Monica and Downtown Los Angeles- these areas also have a vibrant nightlife. People in West Hollywood love going out and living it up on the weekends.
Fancy Restaurants: Gordan Ramsay @ London Hotel, Ink, The Church Key, Sur
Date Night: Baby Blues BBQ, Pali House Restaurant, Formosa Cafe (a classic), Jones
Brunch: French Market, Cecconi’s (try their green eggs delish!)
Cafe: Urth, Joeys, Norms (Los Angeles)
Laurel Hardware, Lubitsch, Red O, Barneys Beanery (sports bar), The Abbey (Dubbed Best Gay bar in the world)
Pacific Design District, Melrose Blvd, Santa Monica Blvd, Fred Segal, Beverly Center (not in West Hollywood but close enough!), West Hollywood Gateway (Target and Bestbuy- with great parking!)
Runyon Canyon, Plummer Park (7 tennis courts!), West Hollywood Park, William S Hart Dog Park
Other Points of Interest:
Soho House– private club, great for networking
Historic Aparment buildings (1920-1930)
During the 1920s there was rapid expansion in Los Angeles. The population increased from 36,000 to 235,000 by the end of the decade. Movie studios from New York relocated to Los Angeles not only for the beautiful weather but to escape Thomas Edison’s patent attorneys (they were stealing his invention the moving picture, and not paying for it). Actors, writers, directors, and people from all over the nation were moving to Los Angeles in droves and needed housing. This demand fueled a development boom in West Hollywood of Lavish and Ornamented Revival Style Apartments and hotels designed by some of the most notable architects of the day, including Leland Bryant, Walter Davis, and self taught architects Arthur & Nina Zwebell. These Historic Apartment are said to have been inspired by the New York City the movie studios left behind, and are concentrated around the intersection of Fountain and Crescent Heights.
Villa Italia (Italiante Style)
1201 Crescent Hieghts Blvd