Laurel Canyon has been an inspirational home for many of L.A.’s musicians like Jim Morrison, The Byrds, Frank Zappa, Buffalos Springfield, and Joni Mitchell whose third album was titled Ladies of the Canyon. John Phillips wrote Twelve Thirty in 1967, and John Mayall released Blue from Laurel Canyon, in 1968.
Located in the beautiful Santa Monica Mountains; in the region of Hollywood Hills, this neighborhood is centered on Laurel Canyon Boulevard. Nature is preserved here with few through streets and the canyon has houses on one side of the street up to Mulholland Drive. Side streets include Lookout Mountain Avenue, Kirkwood, and Mount Olympus. Mulholland Drive defines the division between regions and Laurel Canyon Boulevard is a major route between neighboring communities like Central Los Angeles and Hollywood. Heavy rainstorms washed away a section of freeway on the Hollywood side in 2005.
You’ll find exquisite Spanish Revival homes, among other period reflections, in Laurel Canyon. Some have original tile work as well as wood beam ceilings that are vaulted and carved. Details from past eras are evident in the archways, hardwood floors, and wood burning fireplaces. Restoration has brought in new electrical and plumbing systems. And the expansive living areas are bright with high ceilings and large windows. Courtyards welcome residents home and the backyards have everything needed for outdoor entertainment including fire pits. Public facilities that serve this area include Gardner Street Elementary, Hubert Howe Bancroft Middle School, and Fairfax Senior High School.
This area was once the home of the Tongva people who were an indigenous people of California. Laurel Canyon has reliable water that sustained the tribe and brought in Spanish ranchers and their sheep. The Americans came for the water rights and settled in the canyon after the Mexican-American War. And it was subdivided into vacation properties in the 20th century.
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