Hollywood Hills | Sunset


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The Sunset Strip is the name given to the mile and a half stretch of Sunset Boulevard that passes through West Hollywood, California. The Strip is probably the best known portion of Sunset, embracing a premier collection of boutiques, restaurants, rock clubs, and nightclubs that are on the cutting edge of the entertainment business. It is also known for its trademark array of huge, colorful billboards.

Many celebrities can still be seen on the Strip, especially on its western end, and quite a few live in the area, particularly the nearby Hollywood Hills and Laurel Canyon.

Today the Strip contains some of the most exclusive condominium complexes on the West Coast with "name" buildings such as Shorham Towers, Sierra Towers, and on the exclusive cul de sac Alta Loma Road, the popular buildings known as The Empire West and The Park Wellington. These four buildings are ofter referred to in the media as the "Sunset Strip Condos" that are the security guarded homes of the Hollywood elite.

Alta Loma Road is also home to the low-key hotel celebrity haunt "The Sunset Marquis" with its famous 45-person Whisky Bar and a recording studio that has been the home to many hits including songs by U2.

Traditionally, the designation "Hollywood Hills" comprised the hill neighborhoods north of West Hollywood and Hollywood proper and excluding the more westerly neighborhoods. However, in recent years the meaning has expanded to include areas such as Benedict and Coldwater Canyons.