is hollywood hills a place to raise a family?

Asked by Idris Ramise Edwards, Hollywood Hills, Los Angeles, CA Sat Jan 23, 2010

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Lori Matson, Agent, LA, CA
Sat Jan 23, 2010
Many people raise their children in the hills. If you live in the Laurel Canyon area south of Mullholland you are within the Wonderland School District. It's one of the most highly acclaimed elementary schools in Los Angeles,. Other areas of the hills are beautiful and may offer flat yards for children to play, but the schools are not rated as highly. The hills east of Laurel Canyon Boulevard, for example, are in elementary school districts that are not as popular and acclaimed. In Beachwood Canyon, the Cheremoya Elementary school does not have the reputation of Wonderland, but it has a lot of parent participation which helps to foster a good education. In this day and era most children do not play on their neighborhood streets like they did when I was a child. In any neighborhood you live in you are most likely going to be a chauffeur for your children until they are able to drive themselves. The hills do not have easy access the bus system obviously and stores are not accessible on foot, so if you are ok with driving your children to school and play dates, the hills would be a fine place to raise children.
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Grant Linsco…, Agent, Los Angeles, CA
Sat Jan 23, 2010
Hello Idris,

There are excellent parts of the Hollywood Hills to raise a family, some being much more family oriented locations than others. I would consider the Outpost Estates to be excellent and many homes there have wonderful architecture and flat yards. Some parts of the Hills over the Sunset Strip are more geared toward the single/partier lifestyle however I have a number of clients who are raising their young children there that enjoy the convenience of the Sunset Strip location. If you are looking for a home with a flat or usable yard space for the children to play you have to have a good agent who knows the hills and can find the right street and home with these qualities.


Grant Linscott
Keller Williams Realty, 01715002
323.333.6222 cell
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Deborah Brem…, Agent, Los Angeles, CA
Sat Jan 23, 2010
Hi Idris;
The hills are a wonderful place to raise a family. There is easy access to such amenities as The Hollywood Bowl, Griffith Park and Observatory, and Downtown LA, with its museums, concert and opera halls, and mutiple theater venues. The downside: some neighborhoods have a lack of sidewalks or are very hilly (bikes or strollers can be difficult). But families who live in the hills think the unusual housing opportunities (not tract-y at all) think the ambiance makes it worth it.
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MC Griffin C…, Agent, Hollywood, CA
Mon Jan 25, 2010
Idris, Information is power! Here are the stats for Hollywood hills zip code areas: 90068, 90048, 90046, 90069: Total Population: 22,633: Households with children 1, 284. Never Married 9,372: Married 6,502. The stats speaks for themselves: There are small amount of households with children. I would suggest Brentwood area which is family friendly. There are others as well, Burbank, Pasadena area.
Hope this helps!
M. C. Campbell, Broker Associate: DRE#: 01819507
Coldwell Banker Sunset Strip office
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Risa Liebster, Agent, Toluca Lake, CA
Sat Jan 23, 2010
Idris, There are many areas of the Hollywood Hills that are appropriate for raising a family. Yes, the streets can be narrow, winding and hilly and parking can be difficult if you do not have a garage - luckily many homes do. My best advice is to do your research, decide what property features are important to you and learn about the different schools that serve the various neighborhoods. You can quickly find out about a school's performance at Great Schools, see web reference below. On the MLS, the Hollywood Hills are broken up into 2 sections, Hollywood Hills and Hollywood Hills East but there are many neighborhoods within each section, i.e., Hollywood Dell, Outpost Estates, Hollywood Knolls, Beachwood and Laurel Canyons, etc. Ultimately, the more you learn about the various neighborhoods and schools, the easier it will be for you to make an informed decision. Of course I'm available if you have any further questions. Best of luck!

Risa Liebster, Realtor®
Keller Williams Realty
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Monique and…, Agent, Beverly Hills, CA
Sat Jan 23, 2010
Hey Idris,

I really recommend the Hollywood Hills to raise a family. It's an oasis in the City (quite) plus Wonderland Elementary is one of the best public schools in LAUSD. There are also other great areas in LA to raise a family. The draw backs are it's not conducive to kids riding bikes or playing in the streets because it's hilly (people drive a little crazy through the hills and kids have to be careful). Because it's in the hills you don't get the flat yards that you get in the flats for kids to play and most homes are 2 levels which can be a bummer with toddlers. All in all, it's a great place to raise kids if you are ok with those drawbacks. I know some families that just want a little more flat land to have their kids play on.


Monique Carrabba
Keller Williams Hollywood Hills
The Carrabba Group
(323) 899-2900
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