I often talk about my love for LA and being a rare local (I grew up 30 miles east of Hollywood), I thought it would be fun to start a new column showcasing all its special qualities. From my favorite neighborhoods to favorite restaurants and even spots that hold personal memories for me.
So, first up, my very own neighborhood! I live in a little pocket of Hollywood called Beachwood Canyon. Locals explain it as the "right under the Hollywood sign" area. I've lived here for three years now and couldn't be happier. I fall in love with it more and more every day.
On the weekends I take runs up into the hills and am constantly stopped by tourists who want directions to the infamous sign. It makes me laugh because I have never actually hiked up to it myself. I know. It's ridiculous.
I'm obsessed with the eclectic apartments and houses, the neighborly feel, the fact that there is so much history to my street. I love that no matter what time of day it is, there are people walking their dogs. It's the kind of neighborhood where everybody knows your name. We say hello as we pass each other on the street and in the summer it's the best because we're all usually going to the same place. Franklin Village.
This special little strip holds local favorites such as Birds (Fridays are ladies nights - heeyoohh), La Poublle and Sushi Stop. My personal favorite is Franklin & Co. I love the vibe there, the food is amazing and the bartender has a heavy hand (never a bad thing). I had my favorite first date there too so it's kind of the best place ever ;) Also, Stop by Oaks Gourmet for their homemade tacos, boutique wines and specialty cheeses. I can't be trusted here. Like, ever. I may have once (or twice?) had them deliver ice cream to my front door...
As the sun sets and you make your way back up to my place, you'll notice how the light changes and starts to disappear behind the trees and buildings. It's my favorite time of day. It usually smells like jasmine (it's everywhere) and you can see the Hollywood sign start to fade in the darkness. Feels like home.
// I'll be sharing more from my neighborhood soon including the nooks and crannies I often walk to and love (If you follow my snapchat or Insta Stories you know I love a good walk). I hope you enjoy the new column!