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West Hollywood Homes
West Hollywood is bordered by Beverly Hills and is known for its unusual borders, as it was incorporated in the 1930s out of whatever open land in Los Angeles County had not yet become part of Los Angeles. Serving initially as a middle-class home for the "Creative Class," it is home to Westlake Studios (favored by Michael Jackson), the Pacific Design center, Samuel Goldwyn Studios, Smashbox Studios and TMZ on TV. Area homes are primarily apartments and condominiums although a number of single family homes still exist. Property values are high due to the proximity to famous landmarks, and the fact that the neighborhood has been home to famous stars such as Frank Sinatra, Errol Flynn, the Gabor Sisters, John Wayne and Howard Hughes, all of whom favored the landmark Sunset Tower.
West Hollywood is free of heavy industry and is an equal mix of commercial and residential areas. In addition to the numerous studios, it is home to the Sunset Strip, which is the most famous collection of bars, nightclubs, restaurants and boutiques in Los Angeles. It is also a known hangout for popular movie, television and music stars due to the modern, high class and quality nature of the establishments on the strip. The House of Blues and the Troubador, along with a number of music performance halls, are also located within West Hollywood. There are also several parks, including Plummer Park, ensuring superb green space for local residents.
West Hollywood Amenities and Neighborhood
The neighborhood is served by both the Red Line and Purple Line trains, and in recent years plans for a "Pink Line" connecting the two trains has been evaluated. In an increasing effort to improve congestion, buses and bicycles have been encouraged, and holistic city planning has been used to decrease the distance necessary for people to buy groceries or go to work. Big box retailers such as Target and Best buy are located within West Hollywood, however the congested nature and high rents have favored local entrepreneurs. As such, it is home to many of Los Angeles's most trendy fashion boutiques, as well as many green or technology start-ups. It is also home to the most exclusive and trendy nightclubs as well as noted celebrity hangouts including Formosa Cafe, Whisky Bar and the Rainbow Bar and Grill.
West Hollywood is one of the most progressive and liberal-minded districts in all of Los Angeles. After becoming the first district to recognize same-sex domestic partnerships and creating a same-sex couple registry, West Hollywood became the epicenter of the homosexual community, with 41% of current residents identifying as gay. Homosexual couples are entitled to equal treatment in terms of local employment, hospital visitation and property ownership. The sale of handguns is prohibited, and green buildings are mandatory. West Hollywood is also one of the most pet-friendly neighborhoods in Los Angeles. It was the first neighborhood to ban cat declawing, and extensive legislation has been put forward to prevent animal cruelty and to encourage safe and responsoble pet ownership.
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