Celebrities have resided in Hollywood Hills since the golden age of Hollywood. If you’re hoping to snag a rental next to Clooney or Timberlake, it won’t be cheap. But if you can afford it, there are beautiful houses for rent in Laurel Canyon and Sunset Hills in Hollywood Hills West. The houses in this area are secluded and private, and they offer some of the best views in LA. If admiring the views from your Hollywood Hills apartment isn’t enough, you can head out to Fryman Canyon, Laurel Canyon, or the Laurel Canyon dog park. You’ll see a mix of hikers and dog walkers enjoying the trails. Living near Laurel Canyon Blvd. also provides easy access north to the San Fernando Valley.
If renting a 5-bedroom hillside home is out of budget, head further south and east to find your perfect Hollywood Hills rental. By renting a little closer to sea level, you can find some (relatively) budget-friendly options in Hollywood Heights, Whitley Heights, and Franklin Village. All three offer easy access to the 101 and are close to Hollywood and Silver Lake. Whitley Heights and Franklin Village have studio and 1 bedroom rentals in 1920s apartment buildings.
Franklin Village is a small, artsy neighborhood with a lively stretch of local restaurants and shops on both sides of Franklin Ave. You can grab groceries at Gelson’s market or catch a show at Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre. Whitley Heights is also on Franklin Avenue, just west of the 101. The residential neighborhood is a National Historic District and maintains more of an old Hollywood vibe than trendy Franklin Village. Whitley Heights rentals range from Art Deco studio apartments to more expensive single family houses just east of the Hollywood Bowl. Hollywood Heights has duplexes and condos nestled into steep hillsides. Most Hollywood Heights apartments have views of Hollywood Blvd below, and renters here can skip the traffic jams and walk to major events at the nearby Hollywood Bowl.
Population density is considerably lower in Hollywood Hills than the Los Angeles average. Local renters appreciate having extra privacy and a bit more room to breathe. You can also explore Hollywood Hills’ many parks! Griffith Park is the largest and most famous. You can check out the observatory, see live music at the Greek Theatre, or visit the famous Hollywood sign. For hikers, Runyon Canyon Park offers incredible city views. And if you’re looking for water without a trafficky drive to the beach, there’s always Lake Hollywood Park. A 3-mile loop surrounding the Hollywood Reservoir is a great place to go for a run and feel like you’re out of the city. There are no dogs allowed though, so don’t expect to bring your pup on a lakeside walk with you.
Like other Los Angeles neighborhoods, it pays to be prepared when you’re ready to rent in Hollywood Hills. Rents under $3,000 aren’t that common, so if you see one listed, have your deposit ready to go. Some of the more expensive listings do include extras like landscaping and maid service, so keep that in mind as your jaw is dropping over higher rents. For Hollywood buffs and nature lovers, it’s hard to beat renting a secluded apartment in Hollywood Hills.