Hollywood Walking Tour - Historic Hollywood Neighborhoods North of Hollywood on Vine

Hollywood/Highland - Hollywood/Highland 2 - Hollywood/Vine - North on Vine - Mulholland Drive
 

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We keep walking north on Vine and soon we spot the Hollywood Freeway overpass. In order to cross the freeway we have to do a zig-zag on Ivar crossing Franklin. It turns out to be a nice detour since we walk past one of the most famous street addresses in Hollywood. 1851 N. Ivar Ave. the location of William Holden’s Alto Nido apartment in the ‘50s film noir classic “Sunset Boulevard” in which he co-starred with Gloria Swanson. If you have never seen this film I highly recommend it. Especially if you are planning a trip to Hollywood. The Alto Nido Apartments are located in the Ivar Hill Neighborhood. It is easy to imagine unemployed Joe Gillis toiling away at his typewriter in this location.

Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle, the silent film star, lived here in 1930. Close your eyes and you can see the Hollywood stars of yesteryear walking down the hill toward Hollywood and Vine to attend a movie premier from this apartment building.

If anyone knows of other stars who lived in this building please email at the address at the bottom of this page.
We now walk along the north side of the apartments where there is a fairly steep hill down to Ivar Avenue where we walk through a tunnel under the Hollywood Freeway. Once you are on the other side of the freeway, you'll find yourself in one of Hollywood's most reclusive neighborhoods, once the town's first film colony. Today, the Vedanta Society owns much of the property in this immediate area along Vendanta Terrace, including a temple, bookstore, convent and monastery.

As we walk around we admire the interesting architecture and amazing gardens surrounding these homes. Many of these homes are fairly modest while others are extravagant such as the castlenated building shown on the right. If anyone knows the history of this building please email me. Click for approximate map of our walking tour in this neighborhood.

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As we walk along Vine we look for where Hopalong Cassidy resided in the walled Spanish colonial-revival hacienda at 2030; Jeanette MacDonald lived in the Italian villa at 2027, which now serves as the Vedanta convent; Charlie Chaplin supposedly lived for a while at the ''Monastery Garden" at 2062. Nearby, Longview Avenue and Mound Street were home to Ronald Colman, Janet Gaynor, David Niven and Claudette Colbert. At this point I would like to give credit to Harold Steves for his FrugalFun.com site A Hollywood Walking Tour for giving us the idea to make this walking tour. The picture on the left is looking down Primrose Avenue to the west. Click to Enlarge Photo.

To finish our walking tour we cross back under the Hollywood Freeway at the same tunnel we started. We walk down to Franklin and turn right and walk to Cahuenga Blvd back down to Hollywood Blvd. We turn left on Hollywood and a block or so up we cross Ivar. Looking up we see the historic Knickerbocker Hotel which has more history than we can begin to cover. I'll leave it at Marilyn Monroe, Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra, Barbara Stanwyck, Lana Turner, Mae West, Laurel & Hardy, Larry Fine of the Three Stooges, and Cecil B. DeMille all stayed here at one time or another.
Hollywood/Highland - Hollywood/Highland 2 - Hollywood/Vine - North on Vine - Mulholland Drive