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As the entertainment hub of the world, The City Of Angels inspires envy in dreamers and artists everywhere, not to mention outdoor enthusiasts and people who crave a sun-kissed life nearly 365 days per year. Say the name Los Angeles to just about anyone, and you’ll instantly elicit visions of red-carpet glamor, open-toed shoes, and a lone, sunrise surf on Pacific waves, dude.

By now, there aren’t many people on Earth who aren’t familiar with the infamous Hollywood sign, the statue of Oscar coveted by film stars and hopefuls who come to Los Angeles in search of fame and fortune, and the picturesque, twinkling lights of Hollywood Hills, where so many Angelenos have planted their roots.

Los Angeles, where dreams are serious business, offers an undeniable, magnetic pull to millions who know that to invest in their own house here is to get a little closer to living their fantasies.

History

History of California

As America’s second-most populated city and the most impactful money powerhouse of the West, the area dates back to 8000 BC, when the Chumash people settled the basin of modern-day L.A. Fast-forward to 1781, when a group of 11 families made of 44 Mexicans settled by the river. Felipe de Neve, Governor of Spanish California, named the settlement "El Pueblo de Nuestra Señora la Reina de los Ángeles de Porciúncula,” meaning "The Town of Our Lady the Queen of the Angels of Porciúncula." A century later, the Southern Pacific Railroad linked Los Angeles directly with eastern United States, and also that year, the Los Angeles Times debuted as the Los Angeles Daily Times. It wasn’t until 1911 that the first Hollywood production firm, Nestor Film Company, opened in an abandoned tavern. Soon, neighbors put up signs that said, “No dogs, no actors.” But nothing could stop the magic of movie-making; within two years, Cecil B. de Mille shot the first Hollywood movie, “Squaw Man,” and Carl Laemmle opened Universal Film Manufacturing Company, then the world’s largest motion picture production facility, near the Cahuenga Pass. He charged the public 25 cents to watch films being made. The entry fee included a boxed lunch. In 1926, a 2,400-plus mile stretch of road connecting Los Angeles and Chicago was designated as the famous U.S. Highway 66, and ever since, things haven’t been the same. And, perfectly fitting to the burgeoning LA culture, it was when Walt Disney moved to the upscale Bel Air neighborhood of Los Angeles that he named his new Disneyland Park nearby as the "Happiest Place on Earth."

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Things to do in Los Angeles

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The City Of Stars is wrapped in a mythology of epic proportions, with endless activities that attract 50 million-plus tourists each year.

Perched on a hilltop above the Los Angeles neighborhood of Brentwood, the Getty Center has killer views of the entire Los Angeles Basin. Designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Richard Meier with travertine marble, the Getty is a marvel of art, architecture, and gardens. In addition, the Getty Museum in Pacific Palisades reopened as the Getty Villa, housing the foundation’s incredible collection of Greek, Roman and Etruscan antiquities.

The Griffith Observatory, a public observatory owned and operated by the City of Los Angeles for the benefit of all, includes the Leonard Nimoy Event Horizon Theater, named for the actor who played Mr. Spock on the original Star Trek series. Located on Mount Hollywood in Griffith Park, the Observatory offers a planetarium, exhibits, public telescopes, cafe, bookstore, and the best views of the Los Angeles basin.

Ever since Dodger Stadium was built in Chavez Ravine, many aficionados still call it the most beautiful stadium in baseball. Since opening its gates in 1962, the storied ballpark has hosted ten World Series and the Dodgers have won four World Championships.

For a one-of-a-kind experience, visit Madame Tussauds in Hollywood. Rated Trip Advisor’s #1 Thing To Do in Hollywood, this is the only place in Los Angeles where you can rub shoulders with over 125 stars without any of the velvet ropes – or at least, with their uncanny wax likenesses.

The GRAMMY Museum opened to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the Grammy Awards, and it serves to educate visitors about the history and cultural significance of American music through excellent exhibitions, programming, and fun interactives.


Notable Landmarks

With so much to fill a day in Los Angeles, it can become a little overwhelming. Here is a small sampling of landmarks to choose from.

In 1927, Grauman’s Chinese Theater, now TCL Chinese Theater, opened. Over the years, Hollywood theatrical producer and impresario Sid Grauman and, after his passing, his successors, invited dozens of top stars to leave their handprints and footprints in freshly poured cement out front.

As shown previously in this article, Hollywood became the center of America’s film scene by 1915, with hopeful actors and actresses descending on the desert basin town. Known worldwide thanks to its pop culture references, the Hollywood Sign, formerly known as the Hollywoodland Sign, has been an LA landmark since 1923. Locals and tourists often hike there; combine it with a fun and educational visit to the nearby Griffith Observatory, mentioned above.

The Santa Monica Pier dates back to 1909 and became the first pier in the United States to be built from concrete instead of wood. Visitors can download the Secret Story Tour app, which will take them through some of the key historical elements of the Pier.


Parks

It’s impossible to imagine Los Angeles without the beauty and positive environmental impact of its varied park system. With more than 40,000 acres of city parkland, and 184 parks throughout Los Angeles, Angelenos and their furry friends can take advantage of the great outdoors any time of year. These include natural spaces and facilities like dog parks, golf courses, Echo Park Lake, Griffith Park, hundreds of playgrounds and picnic areas, beaches, gardens, trails, and amenities.

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Location

The city is divided into over 80 districts and neighborhoods, many of which were incorporated places or communities that merged into the city. These neighborhoods were developed piecemeal, and are well-defined enough that the city has signage marking nearly all of them. In general, the city is marked by these areas: Downtown Los Angeles, East Los Angeles and Northeast Los Angeles, South Los Angeles, the Harbor Area, Greater Hollywood, Wilshire, the Westside, and the San Fernando and Crescenta Valleys.

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Los Angeles Demographics

A modern mega-city, Los Angeles is California’s most populous city and America's second-most populous. Completely multiethnic, Los Angeles boasts residents from more than 140 countries, speaking 224 different identified languages, who call Los Angeles home. Los Angeles County had the largest Hispanic/Latino population of any county in the United States, with 48% of the population identifying as Hispanic or Latino. 26% identify as Caucasian and 15% as Asian or Pacific Islander. A section of East Hollywood is designated as America’s first and only Thai Town. Approximately 80,000 ethnic Thais live in Los Angeles, and the city is sometimes jokingly referred to as Thailand’s 77th province. In addition, when the Japanese-American National Museum opened in Little Tokyo, it was the only museum in the United States telling the story of Japanese Americans. The rest of the population is split between African American, American Indian, or other.

Los Angeles Demographics

Arts in Los Angeles

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Few cities have captivated the imagination as spectacularly as L.A., creating a dynamic cultural environment for the arts. Los Angeles is home to literally thousands of galleries, museums, theaters, concert halls, libraries, markets, and indoor and outdoor eating places and entertainment venues. With the added bonus of a beautiful natural environment and near-perfect weather, L.A. is a terrific place for both the dream life and creative pursuits.

Counting 841 museums and art galleries, Los Angeles has more museums and galleries per capita than any other city on the planet, not to mention its exceptional music and theater venues.

When in Los Angeles, it’s never a miss to check out the Broad Contemporary Art Museum, one of the largest collections of contemporary art in the world. And as for the music arts, one of the cornerstones of music in Los Angeles County is Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. It has served as home to the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Los Angeles Opera and Music Center Dance, as well as several Oscar ceremonies. When Walt Disney Concert Hall, designed by Los Angeles-based, Pritzker Prize-winning architect Frank Gehry and the home of the acclaimed Los Angeles Philharmonic, opened in Downtown LA, it instantly became an iconic architectural emblem for the city.

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Schools in Los Angeles

There are approximately 230 colleges and universities in or near the Los Angeles area. University of California Los Angeles has a total undergraduate enrollment of over 30,000 and is situated in beautiful Westwood, about five miles from the Pacific Ocean. University of California, Los Angeles (also known as UCLA) rated #1 in top public schools by U.S. News. In 1929, it opened the first four buildings of its current campus in the gorgeous Westwood district, including the Romanesque-style Royce Hall. UCLA is one of the world's premier research universities and an international leader in medicine, law, business, engineering, the arts, humanities, social sciences and sciences, producing 14 Nobel Prize winners among its alumni, researchers and faculty. Meanwhile, University of Southern California, a private institution,was founded in 1880. Today, it is ranked #17 in National Universities and is situated in the Downtown Arts center of Los Angeles. Trojan teams have won more national championships, 133, than all but 2 schools, and USC has more Olympians, medalists and gold medalists than any school.

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Why Los Angeles?

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For one thing, celebs are land-banking in LA more than ever before. One reason is that there is a multitude of cool districts to choose from. And, of course, a large return on investment due in part to a revitalization of neighborhoods.

To quote American rapper, songwriter, actor, and producer Ice T:

"Los Angeles is a microcosm of the United States. If L.A. falls, the country falls."

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