HOLLYWOOD DAZE is a place to discover (and re-discover) the great City of Hollywood. We like cocktails, creativity, shopping, and little events that pop up spontaneously, art and all things culture, intense fitness but also cheeseburgers — we assume you do too.
Join us on our mission to unearth all the wonderful secrets that Hollywood keeps, as well as the pop songs it sings aloud.
April 22nd is Earth Day, and here at El Centro, you can celebrate it in Hollywood style! From city living to nature and the great outdoors, residents of these Hollywood apartments for rent are perfectly situated to enjoy both environments. As just one part of the city’s Earth Day-related activities to honor and protect the earth, you can volunteer with the Friends of the LA River for the 30th Annual Great LA River CleanUp. But you can also celebrate your city and nature as you extend your sense of your Hollywood neighborhood: by strolling down the city streets and enjoying the local vibrancy or traveling just one mile to the Ferndell Trail, a gorgeous 11.8-mile path boasting beautiful wildflowers and incredible Hollywood views.
Just steps from the famous intersection of Hollywood and Vine, El Centro puts you close to all the action. At this historic home to radio and film, broadcasters used to begin their shows by announcing these famous cross streets. It’s no wonder that it’s now the center of the famous Walk of Fame, where stars are given stars in the concrete. If they’ve made a splash on television, you’ll likely find their name enshrined here. Take a stroll to find your favorites or maybe to rediscover talents from a bygone age.
On your walk, keep an eye out for historic structures like the Taft Building. Built in 1923, it was home to all of the major studios in the area. It wasn’t uncommon to see Charlie Chaplin or Will Rogers stroll out of the front lobby. For a time, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences also called it home, holding their annual awards ceremony—the “Oscars”—just up the street at the art-deco Pantages Theater.
While the hustle and flow of the urban environment offer their own intoxication, it’s only half of the area’s charm. The Hollywood Hills provide serene sunsets, peaceful summits, and trails that beckon you to explore. For a hearty hike, head a short mile to the Ferndell Trail. This 11.8-mile out and back brings you close to nature—but with a variety of stops along the way. The most interesting portion is the short stretch that makes its way through Griffith Park. It meanders beside a stream that feeds a tropical garden shaded by nearby sycamores. While the hottest days tend to dry out other parts of the canyon, this area is always lush, thanks to the recycled water flowing in from the nearby Griffith Observatory. A variety of other hikes and side trails can bring you further into the hills or on a detour to Griffith Observatory. We recommend taking a pit stop at the Trails Café for coffee and a break. And you can bring your furry friends: just make sure that they’re leashed.
Another classic Hollywood hike takes you out to the famous Hollywood Sign near the top of Mount Lee. To get there, start your hike on Brush Canyon Trail and prepare for miles that take you over paved trails, dirt roads, and even a few jaunts through some city streets. All along the way, you’ll gather some of the finest views of the sign in the entire area as you gain nearly 750 feet of elevation over 2.25 miles. If you take the time to hit some of the spur trails along the way (for even more spectacular and worthwhile views), expect just short of five miles roundtrip. If your energy is up, think about bagging nearby Cahuenga and Burbank Peaks. If you’ve still got the time and gumption, take the long way home around the Hollywood Reservoir: an extra two miles but a worthwhile investment.
El Centro offers numerous opportunities to commune with your urban environment and the beautiful natural areas surrounding it. Take some time this Earth Day or spring season and explore all that makes Hollywood unique.