Beachwood Canyon is located in the eastern section of the Hollywood Hills. It is nestled along Beachwood Drive from the Hollywood sign to Franklin Avenue. Upper Beachwood Canyon is formerly known as “Hollywoodland”, and the iconic Hollywood sign used to bear this name as well.
Beachwood Canyon is home to many unique vintage hideaway houses, bungalows, cottages and estates from the twenties and thirties. Spanish style buildings mingle with the Mediterranean, English and French architecture in the area. More modern homes, like the cantilevered cliffhangers, made it necessary for the area to put in place a Historic Preservation Overlay Zone, which made new residences subject to a design review.
The views from Beachwood Canyon have always been a major attraction. From the canyon, there are gorgeous views of Downtown Los Angeles all the way to the Pacific Ocean. Going north up the canyon along Beachwood Drive is the best place to get a great shot of the Hollywood sign. The easiest access to get within 300 feet of the sign is to go north up Gower Street to north on Beachwood Drive.