The pulse of Los Angeles is a 2-mile mile stretch of Sunset Boulevard traveling through West Hollywood and bordering Beverly Hills, known as the Sunset Strip. Fast-paced, vibrant, and lined with a collection of fine dining, trendy shops and historic venues, the highly coveted Sunset Strip real estate market features the crème de la crème of properties.
Connecting Downtown Los Angeles to Santa Monica, Sunset Boulevard is one of the city’s main arteries. Becoming a centralized hub of Hollywood’s entertainment industry in 1910, the neighborhood rose to popularity because of its idyllic geographical location, perfectly placed between major movie and music studios.
The Sunset Strip houses some of Los Angeles’ most celebrated entertainment destinations. Whether grabbing a drink at the Sunset Tower Hotel, catching a show at The Comedy Store, or shopping at the Sunset Plaza, there is always activity on the Strip. In addition, the neighborhood features some of the most sought-after enclaves, such as the Bird Streets, Doheny Estates, and Sunset Plaza.
“Sunset Strip was made famous by its iconic Rock & Roll clubs like The Roxy & the Whisky, a Go Go where Led Zeppelin and the Doors played when they were starting,” said Patrick Fogarty, Estates Director at Hilton & Hyland. “We have seen the neighborhood transition into a global destination home to some of the most notable luxury hotels, members clubs, and prime residences.”
A little over a century ago, the site of Sunset Plaza was an agricultural haven. In 1923, the Plaza and surrounding areas were yet to be developed. Sunset Plaza was overgrown with avocado groves, orchards, and poinsettia fields, and La Cienaga was yet to be paved. It was not until 1924 that the first commercial development on what would later be known as the Sunset Strip began construction. Many of the Plaza’s tenants included the legendary Trocadero, photographer George Hurrell, fashion designer Elizabeth Arden, and interior designer William Haines. While the tenants and storefronts have changed over time, the lore of the location will always remain. Learn more about Sunset Plaza here.
The Comedy Store
Arguably the greatest stand-up comedy club in the world, The Comedy Store was founded in 1972 by comedian Sammy Shore, his wife Mitzi, and comedy writer Rudy DeLuca. Sammy, a longtime opener for Elvis Presley, opened The Comedy Store as the first all-stand-up comedy nightclub in the world, but it was Mitzi who created the name. Famous comedians like Tim Conway, Redd Foxx and Buddy Hacket were among the first to call The Comedy Store home, but in the 80’s and 90’s, The Store was exploding with stars. Howie Mandel, Jim Carey, Arsenio Hall, Sandra Bernhard, Richard Pryor, and Sam Kinson were among the household names who regularly performed at this joke box. Today, comedians like Joe Rogan, Bobby Lee, Whitney Cummings, and Sebastian Maniscalco bless The Comedy Store with their over-the-top punchlines and witty banter. Learn more about The Comedy Store here.
Sunset Tower Hotel
Elegance and status have defined this Sunset Strip landmark since its inception in 1929. Designed by architect Leland A. Bryant with an incredible contemporary art deco style in one of the most dramatic positions on the Strip, Sunset Tower has been a hot ticket since the doors first opened. Placed purposefully around some of the most trafficked restaurants and nightclubs of the 1930s and ‘40s, everyone in Tinseltown wanted to live there. Some of the building’s affluent residents included Frank Sinatra, Howard Hughes, John Wayne, Marilyn Monroe, Elizabeth Taylor, and even Bugsy Siegel. In 2004, hotelier Jeff Klein purchased the building to revitalize the beautiful art deco stylings that gave the Tower its allure. Today, Bugsy Siegel’s ground floor apartment is the hotel bar, “Tower Bar.” Learn more about Sunset Tower Hotel here.
While the neighborhood is a staple in Los Angeles lore, the palpable allure and draw are the properties and estates around the Sunset Strip. This upscale section of Sunset showcases boutique bungalows, modern manses, architectural artworks, and many others to form one of the most sought-after neighborhoods in the city.
“The appeal of living in the hills surrounding the Sunset Strip stems from the unobstructed views of downtown and the ocean and unmatched privacy,” said Stuart Vetterick, Broker Associate at Hilton & Hyland. “Residents benefit from unparalleled access, accommodations, and amenities conveniently situated within L.A.’s entertainment industries.”
1800 N Doheny Dr – $9,995,000 – David Kramer & Andrew Buss
Amazing ocean and city view development opportunity in coveted Doheny Estates for end-users and developers. Construct an exceptional three-level architectural home with massive views on a large approx. 15,616 square-foot lot. Architecture by esteemed Vantage Design Group. Plans call for an approximately 11,000-square-foot home, including a massive gallery-style garage. Five beds, seven baths, and numerous amenities, including media room, gym, wine lounge, vehicle turntable, water garden, elevator, and sprawling flat lawn with pool. Plans, haul route, HOA approved, and permits paid.
9405 Sierra Mar Pl – $7,500,000 – Patrick Fogarty
A Gated Contemporary View Estate located in one of Los Angeles’s most expensive neighborhoods, the Bird Streets. A sense of arrival is provided when entering through the custom gates and up the driveway. Explosive views encompass the cityscape as soon as you enter. A gracious offering of Southern exposure to all-day sun and expansive views across the city. This estate showcases the epitome of Southern California’s indoor/outdoor lifestyle, highlighted by the living room bar that opens up seamlessly onto the pool deck. A special offering, truly.
8825 Hollywood Blvd – $19,500/month – Stuart Vetterick
Set minutes above the Sunset Strip, this contemporary residence sits on a raised promontory providing spectacular jetliner views from Century City to the Pacific Ocean. Gated for privacy, with parking for multiple cars, this tasteful three-bed and three-bath house features a spacious open floor plan with floor-to-ceiling glass, allowing natural light to pour into the entire house and showcase the views. This is California indoor/outdoor living at its finest only minutes away from the excitement of Sunset and Beverly Hills!