North Hollywood

North Hollywood


North Hollywood is a diverse community located in the San Fernando Valley, within the boundaries of the city of Los Angeles. It is recently emerging out of the shadows of its suburban past to enjoy new life as a thriving metropolitan hot spot. North Hollywood runs along the Tujunga wash, and is bordered by the Ventura Freeway to the south, Lankershim and Laurel Canyon to the northwest, and Burbank and Coldwater canyon to the southwest. Its walkable downtown village is called the NoHo Arts District, and was given the name by the Chamber of Commerce and Department of Cultural Affairs in order to emulate the district of “SoHo” in New York City.

North Hollywood resembles the “SoHo” in many ways, sharing the same artsy vibe that runs through area restaurants, galleries, shops, and dance production centers. North Hollywood boasts the title of having the most record studios in one neighborhood west of the Mississippi. The demographics of North Hollywood are ever changing, yet remain eclectic, due to the creation of the NoHo Development District, which is comprised of 743 acres that are historically preserved to keep a wide variety of working class families in the community.

North Hollywood is the San Fernando Valley’s and north Los Angeles’ transportation hub, housing a Metro subway station that welcomes the Red Line trains from downtown LA. Across the street, the Orange Line Rapid Transit Bus System carries passengers to and from the western portion of the San Fernando Valley. A historic train station set in the downtown area of North Hollywood is currently being restored to its 1920’s glory. Residents of North Hollywood spend days at the North Hollywood Recreation center, a park and sports facility that offers baseball diamonds, a public pool, and picnic areas. Several mixed-used developments are being built within North Hollywood’s boundaries, which will bring in additional retail stores, a new high school, and a Laemmle Theater. North Hollywood is served by the Los Angeles Unified School District, which sends children to one of three high schools, four middle schools, and 10 elementary schools.

Housing in North Hollywood is comprised of many 1950’s and 60’s style single-family houses, in the form of one-story bungalows. Older apartment complexes sit in the outskirts of the town, and newer condos and lofts are being built in the trendy urban centers. North Hollywood enjoys a population of mixed races, including Latinos, Asian Americans, African Americans, Jewish immigrants, Japanese Americans, Middle Easterners, Filipinos, and more.

Major attractions include the Pierce Brothers Valhalla Memorial Park, known for its memorializing aviators, and the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, the first to hold the Emmy Awards ceremony. The city is home to Universal Studios and Universal City Walk offering studio tours, restaurants, shops, movie theatres, and the Hollywood Bowl for a musical evening. Worth visiting is Great Wall of Los Angeles, the 2,435-foot world’s longest mural created by different artists, and the Wai Thai of Los Angeles.




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