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A walk through Whitley Heights

September 8th, 2009 · 1 Comment · Uncategorized

Can’t tell you how many times I’ve driven past Whitley while driving on Franklin. This less famous street is overshadowed by Hollywood Blvd. home to the Walk of Fame just a couple blocks away. If only those tourists knew where this road leads…

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After walking up this beast of a hill it’s nothing but tile rooftops, antique over-sized doors, and painted window shutters. Welcome to Whitley Heights, oOOoo lala! A residential Los Angeles neighborhood listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

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There are little plaques like this one in front of most of the homes.

And for a girl who reminisces on a summer spent studying abroad in Italy on a weekly basis, this place is a nice little piece of nostalgia cake.

It’s considered one of Hollywood’s oldest celebrity communities that was home to Rudolph Valentino, Charlie Chaplin, Jean Harlow, Marlene Dietrich, Carole Lombard, W.C. Fields, and Judy Garland.

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During my leisurely¬† stroll through this neighborhood with the boyfriend I couldn’t help but notice, there were absolutely no tourists! There was a guy washing his car, a handful of people walking their dog, and one woman out on a power walk.

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Built in the early 1920s-30s, it’s one of the first Mediterranean-style villages to pop up in Los Angeles.

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Exploring the winding streets you’ll stumble upon glimpses of some of the area’s famous landmarks, nice bits of eye candy along the way!

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The Whitley Terrace Steps, located next to 6676 Milner Road, are open to the public. It takes you through some private backyards and links Milner Road with Whitley Terrace.

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Though many of the homes are “historic” there are a few architectural anomalies.

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Here’s Dave’s favorite part. I think if he had remembered to bring his OWN camera, he would’ve taken photos of each door. “Look at that handle,” “that door is so old” “look Lindsey look!” But he didn’t and managed to pry mine out my hands several times.

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He freaked out about a couple light fixtures too.

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  • 1 Jeanie & Gerard // Sep 9, 2009 at 6:31 pm

    Great presentation. We want to come see. Will be in contact. J & G.

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