Laurel Canyon is named for it’s thoroughfare, Laurel Canyon Boulevard. However, unlike other nearby canyon neighborhoods, Laurel Canyon has houses lining one side of the main street most of the way up to Mulholland Drive. There are many side roads that branch off the main canyon, but most are not through streets, giving a rare self-contained nature of the neighborhood.
Laurel Canyon found itself a nexus of counterculture activity and attitudes in the 1960s, becoming famous as home to many of L.A.’s rock musicians, such as Frank Zappa; Jim Morrison of The Doors; The Byrds; Buffalo Springfield; and Love.
The icon of Laurel Canyon is the Canyon Country Store, on Laurel Canyon Boulevard, the most tangible relic of the area’s musical heyday. The Country Store is a neighborhood institution and a purveyor of surprisingly good wines and delicious custom-made deli sandwiches. Resolutely ungentrified by the same owners since 1982, the red-brick building still packs a flower-power punch in its psychedelic murals, bougainvillea-splashed patio.
The area continues to appeal to residents with bohemian and artistic sensibilities, in part due to the area offering some of the most affordable real estate in the Hollywood Hills West area. Since Laurel Canyon offers some small lots without a view, the neighborhood allows buyers to purchase in the Hollywood Hills at a much lower price point than neighboring areas. While this is true, the neighborhood is also home to numerous examples of modern architecture as well as lots with panoramic views. Laurel Hills is a subdivision located within the Laurel Canyon area.