Homes for Sale in West Hollywood
West Hollywood (WeHo) is an energetic, colorful neighborhood, centrally-located at the foot of the Hollywood Hills where it is sandwiched between Beverly Hills to the west and Hollywood to the east. With a storied history, this urban community offers a fast-paced life, countless amenities and is lauded as the most walkable city in California.
The City of West Hollywood is compact, but nearly everything you need for daily living can be found here. Most businesses like grocery stores, shops, restaurants, and services are within walking distance of every home. Be sure to register for a free account so that you can receive email alerts whenever a new listing (that matches your criteria) gets listed in the West Hollywood MLS.
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West Hollywood borders Beverly Hills, Hollywood Hills, Fairfax District and is recognized from the air for its irregularly-shaped borders. The city of West Hollywood is incorporated and has separate police and fire services.
WeHo is an LGBTQ+ friendly city. The City of West Hollywood is its own municipality. Its governance and police force reflect the values of the community.
In the late 1800s, railroad tycoon Moses Hazeltine Sherman arrived and deemed the unincorporated area, Sherman. As the Sunset Strip came to be in the early 1920s, Sherman officially became West Hollywood in 1925. In the 1960s, people flocked to West Hollywood for its bohemian lifestyle and "hippie culture." West Hollywood has always welcomed people from all walks of life and today proudly flies a flag with rainbow colors to represent the LGBTQ community thriving there now.
West Hollywood has a subtropical-semi-arid climate, like the rest of Los Angeles County, with warm weather year-round. Precipitation is infrequent so don't expect snow here as it hasn't been recorded since 1949.
In fact, this is part of a warming trend. The weather in Los Angeles is six degrees warmer on average than it was in the early and mid 20th century when many homes in West Hollywood were built. Upgraded and rehabbed homes typically include forced air heating and cooling systems which can improve one’s level of comfort in the hot summer months.
West Hollywood Amenities
West Hollywood Public Library - Open daily with free Wi-Fi and validated parking, the West Hollywood Public Library is great for families, working professionals, and students. With ample open seating and conference rooms available to reserve, you can enjoy a view of the Pacific Design Center along the east facade. The library also offers several unique programs and engaging seminars.
Pacific Design Center - Designed by Argentinian architect César Pelli, The Pacific Design Center (PDC) houses 100 showrooms, public and private spaces, plus a branch of the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA). The PDC also hosts screenings, exhibitions, lectures, special events and receptions for the design, entertainment and arts communities.
Parks & Recreation
Runyon Canyon Park - Just north of West Hollywood, Runyon Canyon Park is a 130-acre park with entrances at the bottom of the ravine via Fuller Avenue or Vista Street or from the top via Mulholland Drive. Its breathtaking panoramic view of the L.A. Basin and hiking trails draws a daily crowd so be forewarned that finding a parking space can be tricky.
Plummer Park - Super clean with manicured greens and tables, Plummer Park is the perfect place for a picnic. It also has a playground, recreation center and delegated parking lot. Pet-friendly, the park even provides waste bags if you’ve forgotten yours. Seven tennis courts are available to reserve by the hour. Make sure to call the pro shop ahead of time though as slots will fill up. Every Monday, you can visit the Helen Albert Certified Farmers’ Market from 9am-2pm at the north parking lot (1200 N Vista Street).
Kings Road Park - One of West Hollywood’s hidden gems, Kings Road Park is ideal for a quiet stroll away from city’s hubbub. It even has a waterfall!
West Hollywood Park - This centrally-located park is just adjacent to the West Hollywood Public Library. New amenities include an Aquatic/Recreation Center, two off-leash dog parks, expanded green spaces, picnic areas, updated playgrounds and an AIDS monument.
Shopping & Dining
Melrose Avenue - West of Fairfax, Melrose Avenue offers high-end boutiques and galleries, along with outdoor cafes (like staple Urth Caffe), hip coffee shops and juice bars for sustenance.
Sunset Plaza - Sunset Plaza has a variety of boutiques, cafes and of course, Mel’s Drive-In, all easily accessible by foot and Uber. Book Soup is WeHo's favorite independent bookstore known for "its tall, teetering stacks," incomparable charm and author events.
The Grove - Though technically not located within West Hollywood city limits, The Grove is a large and popular shopping destination for locals. This outdoor mall is a mecca for big name brands, homeware, and technology. LA's original Farmers Market (1934), can also be found here. Open daily; the market has more than 100 vendor stands from which to choose. WeHo houses some of LA’s hottest restaurants, along with many of its mainstays like Dan Tana’s (1964), Jones Hollywood and Lucques. You will find a multitude of options for traditional steak, New American fare, tapas, sushi, and even vegan Mexican! And of course, 24-hour diners like Norm’s Restaurant and haunts like Barney's Beanery provide locals with late-night options and early bird specials.
Living in West Hollywood means you’re never far from fun. The area is known for its good mix of restaurants and nightclubs, with many on Santa Monica and Sunset Boulevards (the iconic Sunset Strip) which make up the commercial cores of the city. Whiskey A Go Go, The Roxy and Viper Room are just a few of the popular music venues at your fingertips. And just down Doheny Drive, you can experience the infamous Troubadour (founded in 1957), where many of the great musicians launched their careers. Built up in the 1920s, The Sunset Strip buzzes with activity and Hollywood glamour. Whether it be enjoying a cocktail at one of its elegant hotels or attending a show at one of the iconic music venues or comedy clubs, you are guaranteed a good time. Chateau Marmont continues to intrigue all who cross its threshold with its cozy, intimate setting. A perfect spot for tea or dinner, reservations are recommended. Down the strip, Sunset Tower’s “Tower Bar” offers a stunning poolside view of the city and live jazz.
The AMC Dine-In Sunset 5 is WeHo’s go-to movie theater with a full-service menu and comfy seats. For a more extensive selection of screenings, Pacific Theaters at the Grove is just minutes away.
Halloween revelers flock to West Hollywood’s Carnival, claimed as the biggest Halloween party in the world. Some sources peg attendance at 500,000! The route for the L.A. marathon crosses the district each spring. Carnaval and the marathon are the two big annual events that jam the area; but both are highly celebrated despite the congestion.
West Hollywood Real Estate
West Hollywood is in the heart of Los Angeles and offers an exceptional range of single-family and multi-family units (condos and townhomes) for sale. In 2007, West Hollywood adopted the Green Building Program, which requires all new and renovated residential buildings to abide by green building design and construction standards in efforts to create a more sustainable community.
The housing stock of older homes are well-maintained and many have been renovated and upgraded over years. Homes on the many side streets of West Hollywood have small front yards. Tree-lined streets of palm and sycamore trees give the neighborhood a charming vibe. Pricier homes with larger yards often sport a pool to cool off on hot days. Hedges and other landscaping provide some semblance of privacy. Given the housing and population density of the city, West Hollywood condos are plentiful here, some in high rise buildings. If you plan to view homes for sale in West Hollywood, you may be able to walk to each that interests you.
Today’s homebuyers are looking for less commuting and more opportunities to work remotely at home or from nearby shared workspaces. They want to live a more streamlined and sophisticated lifestyle where driving is not necessary every day. Here’s some good news: WalkScore gives West Hollywood a rating of 91. Top-notch restaurants, bars, galleries, comedy clubs and music venues are all closeby. Homes for sale in West Hollywood are always in high demand. Thanks to its prime location and numerous amenities, homebuyers must be ready to jump at an opportunity to buy real estate here.
Single-family homes in West Hollywood are plentiful in Spanish, Mediterranean, and Modern architectural styles. There are even a few cute California Bungalows.
Along the Sunset Strip, there are several Contemporary condo buildings. Along Fountain Avenue, you will find many Spanish Revival and Art Deco style multi-buildings designed by Arthur and Nina Zwebell and the esteemed Leland Bryant. J.M Schindler also set down his roots in West Hollywood, building the neighborhood's first Modern style house, fittingly named Schindler House. He went on to build more homes in West Hollywood and across Los Angeles. In recent years, people have been leaning towards Contemporary architecture, of which it is aplenty here.
The City of West Hollywood’s Hollywood Historic Preservation website has a searchable database of historic homes in within the city limits. Dwellings in the styles of Colonial Revival, Vernacular Cottage, Spanish Colonial Revival, and Craftsman are plotted on a map.
- Norma Triangle is an upscale area which includes a portion of Sunset Strip and the majority of “Boys Town,” the popular LGBTQ district situated along Santa Monica Blvd with its lively restaurants and bars. This district has several historic homes.
- West Hollywood North is a residential neighborhood nestled between Sunset and Santa Monica Boulevards, representative of the city’s multicultural community with a variety of housing options from high-rise condominiums to Bungalows.
- West Hollywood West is bound by Doheny Drive on the west, Melrose Avenue on the north, La Cienega Boulevard on the east and Beverly Boulevard on the south. Stunning Spanish-style townhomes and luxury apartments dot these streets.
- West Hollywood East borders Hollywood with an eclectic mix of duplexes and townhomes in a diverse community.
- West Hollywood Heights is a small enclave (roughly 1000 people) just north of Sunset Boulevard and is considered to be “one of the friendliest neighborhoods in town.” People like it so much, they move here and stay here. The neighborhood association is actively involved in monitoring the area’s development, including several proposed condominium projects under consideration.
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West Hollywood Schools
While West Hollywood is its own municipality, the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) operates the public schools, including:
- West Hollywood Elementary School, 970 N. Hammond Street
- Rosewood Avenue Elementary School, 503 N. Croft Avenue
- Laurel Elementary School (K-7), 925 N. Hayworth Avenue
- Melrose Elementary School (K-5), 731 N. Detroit Street
- Gardner Street Elementary School, 7450 Hawthorne Avenue
- Bancroft Middle School, 929 N Las Palmas Ave
- John Burroughs Middle School, 600 S. McCadden Place
- Fairfax High School, 7850 Melrose Avenue
- West Hollywood Community Day School, 1049 N. Fairfax Avenue
- Fountain Day School (2 years old-K), 1128 N. Orange Grove
- West Hollywood College Prep School (K-12), 1317 N. Crescent Heights Boulevard
- The Center for Early Education, 563 North Alfred Street
- Pacific Hills School, 8628 Holloway Drive
- Gindi Maimonides Academy, 8511 Beverly Place
West Hollywood Statistics
- Estimated Population: 36,700
- Land Area: 1.89 square miles
- Population Density: 18,924 people per square mile
- Median Resident Age: 39
- Zip Code(s): 90038, 90046, 90048, 90069
- Elevation: 282 feet
- Before it was incorporated, West Hollywood was called Sherman when the railroad tycoon Moses Hazeltine Sherman staked his claim back in the late 1800s. As railroad workers settled there, many saloons were built, and it soon became notorious for its lawlessness.
- The Schindler House (a.k.a. Kings Road House), is a West Hollywood landmark, designed by architect R.M. Schindler, considered to be the first Modern style house and once a meeting place for left-wing political activity.
- West Hollywood hosts its annual Halloween Carnaval, the United States’ largest Halloween street party, drawing more than 500,000 people. But not to worry, a clean-up crew has the city tidied up by morning.