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Living in North Hollywood: An Eclectic Mix of Culture, History, and Fun

The Brixton Apartments in North Hollywood CA

A diverse neighborhood combining history, community, arts, and entertainment, North Hollywood or NoHo is a thriving suburb of L.A. located in the San Fernando Valley that is transforming every day with new and better opportunities to work, play, and live.

Location

Separated from the rest of Hollywood and Los Angeles proper by the Hollywood Hills, NoHo is situated in the beautiful San Fernando Valley, giving it the best of both suburban living and bustling L.A. life.

Map of North Hollywood Los Angeles CA
Map of North Hollywood

History

The area now known as North Hollywood was previously named “Lankershim” and before that “Toluca”. Dubbed “The Home of the Peach” in 1903, when the Bonner Fruit Company was the area’s biggest employer, canning more than a million tons of peaches and other fruits grown in the valley, the region was annexed to the City of Los Angeles in 1919 and 1923, and renamed North Hollywood in 1927. A surge of new construction transformed the North Hollywood area from a farming community into a suburb of Los Angeles. Today, NoHo is home to a variety of development projects aimed at maintaining its historic character while also building new places for residents to live, work, and play.

North Hollywood Construction
New high-rises going up in North Hollywood. Photo credit: Flickr user John Verive.

Who Lives Here?

North Hollywood is a diverse neighborhood with a population that is more than 50% Latino and a high percentage of foreign-born residents. With a median age of 30, North Hollywood is home to one of the highest concentrations of young singles in Los Angeles County. It’s been called “the best neighborhood in L.A.” by L.A. Weekly, thanks in part to its mixture of long-time residents, recent immigrants, and a steady influx of writers, artists, actors, filmmakers, and musicians attracted by the NoHo Arts District.

Why Move Here?

Because of its geographic separation from the rest of Hollywood, NoHo has a vibe all its own, while still being just a short trip away from downtown.

Local Attractions

Residents of NoHo enjoy historic shopping and offbeat local restaurants and bars. Eddie Brandt’s Saturday Matinee carries the largest selection of videos to rent or purchase in the county, while you can enjoy fine Italian dining at Firenze Osteria, run by celebrity chef Fabio Viviani. Though currently closed for renovations, Firenze Osteria will be re-opening soon with an added nightclub.

There’s plenty to see and do in North Hollywood, and the NoHo Arts District has been expanding in recent years, with the intention of creating a pedestrian-friendly “urban village.” North Hollywood is also home to the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, and shares a border with Universal Studios to the south.

The NoHo Gateway Sign welcoming visitors to the NoHo Arts District
The NoHo Gateway Sign at the intersection of Lankershim and Huston Street. Image via Library of Congress.

How Safe is NoHo?

North Hollywood is safer than much of the rest of Los Angeles County, with a crime rate that is 2% lower than the national average. NoHo is considered safer than 46% of cities in California.

Transportation

With the Bob Hope Airport along its northeast border and new metro stations added for the Red and Orange Line transforming North Hollywood into a regional hub for the entire valley, it has never been easier to get to and from NoHo than it is today. North Hollywood is bordered by freeways, making it easy to get just about anywhere in a hurry.

North Hollywood Metro Station
North Hollywood Metro Station. Image courtesy of Lad0t via Flickr.

Local Schools

North Hollywood is part of the larger Los Angeles Unified School District, and is situated in the Local District Northeast, which also includes San Fernando and nearby Van Nuys. With a mix of public and charter schools, North Hollywood has something for everyone. The nearby Colfax Charter Elementary School is ranked one of the best schools in the region, while Lankershim Elementary School is conveniently located right in the heart of the Arts District. Older kids can attend the highly ranked Walter Reed Middle School to the south, or North Hollywood High School.

Walter Reed Middle School at 4525 Irvine Ave in North Hollywood CA
Walter Reed Middle School at 4525 Irvine Ave in North Hollywood. Image via Google Maps.

Housing Stock

With the growth of the NoHo Arts District, the landscape of North Hollywood has begun to change in recent years, as larger apartment complexes and condo towers mix in among the small bungalow houses that once dominated the neighborhood.

For those who’re looking to make North Hollywood their permanent home, however, the region offers a wide range of housing options, from historic neighborhoods to brand new condo complexes with all the modern amenities you could ask for. Living in the Arts District puts you in the middle of a thriving bohemian community, with dining, shopping, and, of course, plenty of theaters all within easy walking distance. A short trip on the Orange Line will take you up the San Fernando Valley, while the Red Line offers service to Hollywood and downtown L.A.

What You Can Rent in North Hollywood

The average asking rent in North Hollywood is approximately $2,371, which is slightly lower than the Los Angeles average of $2,430. Rental options in the neighborhood vary from historic buildings to new apartment and condominium complexes built in the heart of the NoHo Arts District.

The Marquee

Offering stylish apartment living just off Laurel Canyon Blvd., the Marquee is positioned at the gateway to the San Fernando Valley and just a short drive from Burbank, Studio City, the NoHo Arts District, and downtown L.A. With apartment options ranging from studios to two-bedrooms, all the apartments at the Marquee boast full-size kitchens with espresso wood cabinets and wood-inspired flooring. Residents can take advantage of the luxurious amenities offered by the complex, including an on-site fitness center, a BBQ and outdoor sitting area, a spa, and a swimming pool.

The Marquee Apartments in North Hollywood CA
With rentals starting at $1,423, these stylish apartments have everything that you need to start enjoying a vibrant lifestyle in L.A.’s historic NoHo neighborhood today!

Living at NoHo

Living at NoHo has more than three-dozen floor plans to choose from – from studios that start at approx. $1,300 to three-bedrooms priced around $2,500 – $3,000/mo. – so that you can find the apartment that’s perfect for you. Located in the heart of the Arts District, this lovely apartment community puts you within easy walking distance of restaurants, shopping, theaters, and nightlife, and offers convenient access to freeways and public transportation. It also comes with all the modern amenities you could wish for, including a fitness center, a pool, a clubhouse, and amazing mountain views.

Living at NoHo Apartments
If you’re ready to become a part of the NoHo scene, you can find the apartment that fits your lifestyle and budget in the thriving center of the Arts District at Living at NoHo.

NoHo 14

Just a short drive down Burbank Blvd., NoHo 14 is an iconic 14-story urban high rise built as part of the NoHo Arts District rejuvenation. Today, it is a green-friendly apartment community offering one to three-bedroom apartments in a wide range of floor plans featuring maple hardwood flooring, Caesarstone countertops, and Italian ceramic tiled bathrooms. NoHo 14’s controlled-access building offers some of the most chic urban living to be found in North Hollywood, catering to the most discriminating of tastes, and all located just a short walk from all the shopping, restaurants, coffee shops, and theaters of the NoHo Arts District.

NoHo 14 Apartments in North Hollywood
For upscale urban living that combines modern amenities with timeless style in a historic neighborhood, look no further than NoHo 14.

What You Can Buy in North Hollywood

North Hollywood is an expensive area, no doubt about that – AreaVibes even estimates the cost of housing at 90% above the national average  – but that doesn’t mean you won’t find any reasonably priced homes for sale. Many of the residences that are available to purchase in NoHo are condominiums, but there are single-family residences here, too, many of them single-story bungalows that are part of the town’s history.

Homeowners in North Hollywood are proud of their homes, and tend to make the insides as distinctive as the outsides. Take this bright and spacious home on a corner lot at 10859 Peach Grove Street. Perfect for entertaining, this 2,018 square foot home features cathedral ceilings, a wet bar, and a private backyard complete with a heated pool, a built-in barbecue and bar, and a large covered patio, all within walking distance of the NoHo Arts District.

Home for sale at 10859 Peach Grove Street in North Hollywood CA
Home for sale at 10859 Peach Grove Street in North Hollywood via Point2Homes

So if you’re looking for a thriving, diverse neighborhood with its own unique history and charm, but still close to the hustle and bustle of Los Angeles, then North Hollywood may be the place for you.

If you’re ready to learn more about NoHo, or want to make this distinct neighborhood your home, you can find more information and a wide range of housing options at www.rentcafe.com.

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Ama Otet

Ama Otet is an online content developer and creative writer for RENTCafé. She loves all things real estate and strives to live beautifully, one green step at a time. You can connect with Ama on Twitter or via email.

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