West Hollywood, occasionally and colloquially referred to as We Ho is a city in western Los Angeles county Incorporated in 1984, it is home to the Sunset Strip As of the 2010 Census its population was 34,399.It is considered one of the most prominent Gay Villages inthe United States. A fun place to reside.
Landmarks and distinctive places
Alta Loma Road is home to the Sunset Marquis Hotel with its famous 45-person Whisky Bar and NightBird Recording Studios, an underground music production facility. Alta Loma Road was one of the main locations for the film Perfect. Actor Sal Mineo lived on Holloway Drive in the 1970s; he was murdered in his carport just around the corner from Alta Loma.
The western stretch of Melrose Avenue, between Fairfax Avenue and Doheny Drive, is notable for its trendy clothing boutiques, interior design shops, restaurants and antique stores. The west end of Melrose Avenue, near the Pacific Design Center, is especially known for its exclusive furniture.
The area around Fountain Avenue, Harper Avenue and Havenhurst Drive contains a high concentration of landmark 1920s Spanish Revival and Art Decoapartment buildings by such noted architects as Leland Bryant. This historic district has been home to many celebrities and at one time the Sunset Tower at 8358 Sunset Boulevard was home to Frank Sinatra, Errol Flynn, the Gabor sisters, John Wayne and Howard Hughes.
Notable business and attractions in West Hollywood include:
- The Sunset Strip
- Hotels such as Andaz West Hollywood, Chamberlain West Hollywood Hotel, Mondrian, Montrose West Hollywood and the Standard
- The Pacific Design Center
- Architecture such as The Schindler House by architect Rudolf Schindler
- Buildings such as 9200 Sunset by architect Charles Luckman and the old Coronet Building (Piazza del Sol)
- Music venues such as House of Blues (Closed), Whisky a Go Go, The Troubadour, The Roxy Theatre and Viper Room
- Westlake Recording Studios, where Michael Jackson recorded the albums Thriller and Bad in 1982 and 1987, respectively
- Celebrity hangouts such as Soho House, Formosa Cafe (Closed?), Whisky Bar, Rainbow Bar and Grill, Palm Restaurant (now located in Beverly Hills): West Hollywood (not to be confused with the chain by the same name,) Dan Tana’s, The Abbey Food & Bar and Villa Nightclub
- Film, television and music production including Samuel Goldwyn Studio (nowThe Lots), home to Oprah Winfrey Network, Funny or Die, and Showtime
- Several parks including historic Plummer Park
- Comedy Store
- Sierra Towers, the tallest residential building in the greater Los Angeles area
- Saint Victor Catholic Church
- West Hollywood Gateway Project, the city’s largest shopping center that is home to Los Angeles’ largest public art piece using projection technology.
Primary and secondary schools
West Hollywood is part of the Los Angeles Unified School District. The area is within Board District 4. As of 2008 Marlene Canter represents the district. Canter announced that she will not seek re-election after her term expired in June 2009.
Elementary schools that serve sections of West Hollywood include:
- West Hollywood Elementary School K–6
- Rosewood Avenue Elementary School K-6
- Laurel Elementary School K-7
- Melrose Elementary School K-5
- Gardner Street Elementary School K-6
(Some areas jointly zoned to Rosewood and West Hollywood)
Most of West Hollywood is zoned to Bancroft Middle School. Some portions in the south are zoned to John Burroughs Middle School. Students living in the Los Angeles area known as Beverly Hills Post Office, usually attend West Hollywood Elementary but then go to Emerson Middle School.
Private Schools in West Hollywood:
- West Hollywood College Preparatory School (WHCP) K-12
- The Center for Early Education
- Pacific Hills School
County of Los Angeles Public Library operates the West Hollywood Library at 625 North San Vicente Boulevard.
Until early September 2011, the library was based at 715 North San Vicente Boulevard in a building designed by architect Edward H. Fickett. On September 6, 2011, the City of West Hollywood demolished that building, which aroused controversy among some community members, including the architect’s wife.
The current library building officially opened to the public on October 1, 2011.The building, which was designed by architects Steve Johnson and James Favaro, received a favorable review in the Los Angeles Times that ended by calling the it “…a tremendously encouraging achievement”. Exterior surfaces of the library building and adjacent parking structure are decorated with murals by Shepard Fairey, Kenny Scharf and Marquis Lewis (aka Retna), and the interior incorporates design work by Fairey and David Wiseman.