I remember well the day West Hollywood became a city. It’s hard to believe it’s been thirty years! What was once the neglected stepchild of the Westside has become a vibrant, sophisticated cultural center. It is also the epicenter of Los Angeles’ gay community. Many people refer to it as LA’s West Bank.
West Hollywood is planning a celebration to show the world the kind of city it has become. The celebration slides right into the Gay Pride events. There promises to be something for everyone.
Thirty years ago West Hollywood was an unincorporated part of Los Angeles County. Santa Monica Boulevard was lined with small restaurants and gay bars. The center median was dirt. The sidewalks were lifted and in a state of general disrepair. Sunset Boulevard to the north was living on the memory of it’s place in popular culture, The Sunset Strip. Of course those days were long gone. Today Santa Monica Boulevard is lined with shops and restaurants which are some of the most dynamic in the country. The median is landscaped and contains wonderful art. The “Strip” is home to the best rock and roll venues in the country. There are eateries which run the gambit, from ethnic take-outs to one of a kind temples of haute cuisine.
West Hollywood is still the center of gay life in Los Angeles but has become so much more. The hippist want to live there. Movie stars, artists and movers and shakers call it home. Property values have shot through the roof. West Hollywood is one of the few parts of southern California where you can enjoy your community without a car.
This year West Hollywood celebrates Pride month May 22-June 30 featuring works from various artists in our community with the One City One Pride LGBTQ Arts Festival. The Celebrations planned by the city promise something for everyone. There will be screenings of the movie “The life and times of Jose Sarria”, Harvey Milk’s friend and ally. There will be several art installations including “WeHo@30, Life@30” a series of exhibits at the West Hollywood Library. A multi-venue exhibition called Dancers We Lost will be featured at various public buildings across the city. There is even a historical walking tour of the city with Stuart Timmons, author of Gay LA.
The Pride Celebrations June 12-14 will center around the festival which closes San Vicente Drive across from the famous Pacific Design Center. It culminates in the annual Christopher Street Parade down Santa Monica Boulevard. Estimates run into the hundreds of thousands of participants. Last year’s Grand Marshall was Demi Lovato.
If you dream of living in a dynamic, exciting city like this call us. We can find you your dream home or your pied a terre. We can also show you adjoining communities where you will pay less and still be close to all of the action. There is nowhere else in the world like West Hollywood. Happy, Happy 30th West Hollywood!
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Ronald served as the Team Leader/CEO of a Keller Williams office for 3 years. His sales focus has been on luxury homes in Los Angeles, West Hollywood, Hollywood Hills, Los Feliz and Beverly Hills for the last 10 years. He has also served as President of a local chapter of the Women's Council of Realtors. Previously he was in the entertainment business, and co-owned one of Los Angeles' most-loved bakeries. He and his husband have been together for 21 years and live with their three diabolical dachshunds.
David has his Broker license and has been consistently recognized as a highly respected top producer. His sales focus has been on residential real estate in the San Fernando Valley since 1996. He has worked as the Office Training Director at Coldwell Banker for 8 years and has served on the Board of the Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce. He and his husband have been together for 19 years and live with their golden/shepherd mix rescue.