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

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.

Where is North Hollywood?

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.


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.


What to Do

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.

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.

Where to Eat & Drink

Residents of NoHo enjoy historic shopping and offbeat local restaurants and bars. Enjoy flavorful Mexican dishes at Mi Ranchito Veracruz or tasty Filipino soups at Tatang.

In the mood for something healthy, but very delicious? Try HealthyCA, a salad shop that will always be a good idea for a great lunch. A popular spot among locals is The Fat Dog – a lengthy craft beer list and some great Swedish meatballs is what you’ll find here.


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Moving to North Hollywood

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. 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.

Real Estate Snapshot

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.

The average asking rent for apartments in North Hollywood is approximately $1,962, which is lower than the Los Angeles average. Rental options in the neighborhood vary from historic buildings to new apartment and condominium complexes built in the heart of the NoHo Arts District, with all the modern amenities you could ask for.

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.


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 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.


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

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Florentina Sarac
Florentina Sarac is a creative writer, editor, and researcher for RENTCafé. She covers a variety of topics, from real estate trends, demographic shifts, housing industry news and multifamily construction to homeownership, smart-home technology, personal finance and business. With a 9-year background in the real estate industry, Florentina has also penned articles for publications such as Multi-Housing News, Commercial Property Executive and the National Apartment Association Magazine. You can connect with Florentina via email. Florentina’s work and expertise have been featured in several major U.S. and international publications, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, Bisnow, The Mercury News, Curbed, The NY Post, CBS News, Business Insider and She holds a B.A. in English and Spanish, as well as an M.A. in Multilingual and Multicultural Communication, which serve as a testament to her love of literature and language.

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