Infinity Pools and Priceless Views: The Life of Luxury up in the Hollywood Hills
The Hollywood Hills are where you’ll find the most breathtaking views of Los Angeles, so it’s no wonder that some of the city’s most dazzling and impressive homes are located here. Majestically perched high above the hustle and bustle of city life, while still adjacent to every modern convenience including the world-famous Sunset Strip, Hollywood Hills view homes are truly the pinnacle of luxe living.
Most of the housing inventory in the Hollywood Hills is custom-designed homes not tract-home developments like you might find in the San Gabriel Valley or West LA / Mar Vista neighborhoods. Many of these homes are designed by world-renowned architectural firms like Brian Murphy, XTEN and Paul McClean to name just a few, and these homes truly are works of art. No two homes are exactly alike, but they do share several must-have features, that life in Hollywood Hills is all about and make living here such a draw:
Buyers will notice many Hollywood Hills homes for sale have seamless indoor-outdoor living floorplans. Southern California is a pioneer in the modern architectural movement, mainly because of our wonderful weather. Hollywood Hills Homes are designed to take full advantage of the mild and ideal Mediterranean climate in Los Angeles with endless walls of retractable sliding glass that allow homeowners total freedom and blur the lines between the traditional concepts of inside and outside. You might notice some of the furnishings in these homes can function both inside or outside with chaise lounges, stools, and dining tables that can easily be moved between the indoors to outdoors depending on the occasion. This is one reason why these homes are great to entertain in.
What is better than enjoying a pristine city view? How about enjoying the view while swimming up to the edge of your very own infinity-edge pool! Infinity Pools are one of the most popular amenities you will find in Hollywood Hills homes, and they are a perfect way to play or exercise when you are not busy taking over the world. You have to tell me which is your favorite- swimming in the seemingly endless expanse during the day or taking a dip at nighttime when the memorizing lights of the city twinkling below.
Windows are the new wall. Most modern Hollywood Hills homes I see feature floor-to-ceiling windows to let the view come indoors. I kid you not, some houses have so many windows you can see straight through it! Some of the people’s favorite views are Downtown, Griffith Observatory, the LA Basin, Century City, Catalina Island, and Santa Monica Beach. Walls are so overrated!
You didn’t think you’d keep such a gorgeous home all to yourself, did you? Once you move in, especially on a famous bird street like Robin Drive or Nightingale Drive, all your friends will want to pay you a visit. Good thing many Hollywood Hills mansions come readily equipped with massive living rooms, outdoor fire pits, wine cellars, home theaters, massage rooms, and showcase garages that can park 5-10 cars.
6700-6760 Hillpark Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90068
Highlands is a hidden gem! Located in a picturesque setting of natural canyons just off the 101 freeway in the Cahuenga Pass, the community has a resort like feel and is the most affordable way to ‘get in’ to the Hollywood Hills.
The Highlands has 192-condos that are grouped into 16 different buildings. Built in 1966 by developer Theodore Bentley, a third generation builder. Bentley’s grandfather was the founder of Pomona, and his father worked on highway projects and the aqueduct. The Highlands opened at an inopportune moment, the US economy was in recession and sales were slow. Instead of selling, the condos were leased as apartments until 1973- when Lindley Enterprises purchased the property and infused another $1.2M into improvements and sold them as condos.
The property has 14 acres of grounds, with many different species of trees and other greenery that was planted on site when it was built. This landscaping is now mature and very pleasing. The most noticeable trees are the towering pines, but there is a wide assortment of varieties. In addition to the expansive grounds, the land to the south of the site (about 20 Acres) is reserved as open space.
Being located in the Cahuenga pass, the Highlands is very convenient for commuters to either the valley or the westside. Some employees who work in the studios at Burbank also choose to call the Highlands home. Being so close to the 101 you can pick up the 134 to go east to Pasadena, or head west on 101 towards 405, as well as take 101 South straight downtown.
Since the community is a little bit off the beaten path, it is quiet and safe. Hillpark Drive is a cul-de-sac. The property is hillside with a slight rising grade.
Unfortunately, the Highlands, much like it’s neighbor across the 101, Cahuenga Tennis Club, is not very walkable. However, there are plenty of amenities on-site. Cahuenga Blvd has a ton of restaurants which provide a lot of dining options. A few of my favorites are Mercado, the Baked Potato (great jazz!), Miceli (don’t love the food but love the live singing waiters!), In’n’Out, Joes Falafel, GC Marketplace.
Universal Studios is right around the corner! Check out Universal Studios City walk for a fun night out.
I would be remiss if I did not mention the Highlands next store neighbor, the Hollywood Bowl!
As far as groceries are concerned, you can go north to Ralph’s Studio City at 10901 Ventura Blvd, or drive to Beachwood’s Bristol farms. There are a few smaller markets around the neighborhood for a quick run if you run out or forget something.
There are 16 buildings and each building has 12 condos. Condos on the second and third floors are four corner units with no common walls and have balconies. There are two condos on the 5th floor of each building with sun decks, and two condos on the first floor. Each building has its own private elevator.
Square footage on units ranges from 900 sqft to 1,400 sqft. Floorplans are 2 Bedrooms, 1 Bedroom + Den, and 1 bedrooms. All the floorplans are single story.
900 sqft-1000 sqft
1,100 sqft – 1,200 sqft
1,200 sqft-1,400 sqft
The original finishes from the 70’s were well you know… umm. Except for the front doors which are very vintage. Many owners have updated their condos. The original condos had popcorn ceilings. Many owners have smoothed their ceilings and added recessed lights. The kitchens had country style raised panel wood cabinets and ceramic tile counter-tops. Just a simple coat of paint can really change the look of the cabinets if you don’t want to replace them. Condos have a huge combined dining room and living room (500sqft – 700sqft) with floor to ceiling sliding glass doors that lead out to balcony. Kitchens have a bar area that can seat 2 or 3 stools. Central HVAC. 6728 Hillpark Drive is a building you absolutely do not want to miss!
Amenities at 6728 Hillpark Drive
2 Heated Pools (Upper and Lower) + Spa
2 tennis courts and a Paddle court
Parking & Laundry at 6728 Hillpark Drive
Parking is in a gated underground parking garage. Condos have 1 or 2 parking spaces. The 1 bedrooms have 1 parking space and the 1 bedroom + den and 2bedrooms have 2 parking spaces. In addition, there is plenty of street parking on Hillpark. Guest Parking?
For Laundry, the complex was originally built with Community laundry.
The HOA allows owners to install laundry in their condo as long as it is a special compact/ventless washer dryer approved by HOA. Installing a Washer/Dryer is the owner’s expense. The HOA can provide a list of approved models that owners are allowed to install.
Shoreham Towers 8787 Shoreham Drive Los Angeles CA 90069
Ooh La La! Shoreham Towers – luxury refined. Nestled in the foothills of the Santa Monica Mountains just above the Sunset Strip – this West Hollywood Highrise boasts some fabulous amenities. Built in 1963, Shoreham Towers has a mid century style design. The khaki stone color on the facade breaks up the stark white with natural earth tones and gives Shoreham Towers its unique look. Shoreham Tower has full service staff, to pamper and take care of your every need.
Shoreham Towers is located a few minutes from Sunset Boulevard. Take Horn Avenue up hill, and just after you pass Shoreham Drive, there will be Shoreham Towers Ivy covered Marquis.
Turn into the motor-parkway and a valet is at the ready to park your car.
One of my favorite Bookshop’s in Los Angeles (there aren’t many left!) is really close. It’s called Book Soup, I definitely recommend checking it out. Also a nearby point of interest is St. Victor Catholic Church which is closely linked to the history of the Sunset Strip. The Belgian Victor Ponet settled this area of the Hollywood Hills in 1892 while he was Belgian consul and president of the German American Bank, buying 350 acres! This church is named after his patron saint- Saint Victor and continues to hold services today.
Shoreham Towner owners have the wide mix of shopping available at their fingertips at the very upscale Sunset Plaza— featuring fashion, restaurants, salons, jewelry, furniture, and art.
There are a number of Class A Office buildings that run along this portion of Sunset Boulevard. If you happen to work in one of these buildings, you will have a very short commute! Gil Turner’s is a great wine and spirit shop if you need to pick up a bottle of wine for dinner.
The site of the old Tower Records building, today “Live! on Sunset” at the intersection of Horn and Sunset has remained in limbo for several years. There is always a developer trying to build a modern shopping center in this location, but I haven’t seen much change aside from an occasional planning commission meeting.
Property and Pricing
The price for Square foot for Shoreham Towers is around $600/sqft. Pricing ranges from $500,000 to $600,000 for 800-1.000 sqft units on the mid to higher floors, and if a 1br unit has been totally remodeled and updated it can fetch $700,000 to $800,000. The Large combined units and 2 bedrooms sell for $1,100,000 to $1,300,000. The maids units sell for $150,000 or so.
There are 131 units in Shoreham Towers, there are 131 Units total. There are 10 units on each floor and 13 floors total. Although there is 13 floors, since you are at a higher elevation then other high rises, your views will be comparable to higher floors in other buildings.
The 8 Stack is studio units. The 4 stack are the 2 bedroom units. Stacks 1,2,3,5,6,7,9,10 are 1 bedrooms.
Stacks 1,2,3, and 4 face North and have views of the Hollywood Hills and are cooler. Stacks 5,6,7,8,9, 10 face South and get tons of natural light and have city light views of Los Angeles. Units 1 and 4 get an extra mini balcony.
Floor to Ceiling Glass Sliding doors in Living Room
Walk in Closet
Large Living Room
Open Style Kitchen
Double Doors and Formal Entry
Each unit has a balcony (7’x20′)
Outdoor Pool and Spa (with BBQ area)
Parking and Laundry
Each unit has 1 parking space. Additional spaces might be available so be sure to inquire if needed. There is a community laundry room on each floor.
Home Owners Association
HOAs are $900 for each unit, HOA dues include all utilities and basic cable.