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Old 07-30-2010, 08:31 PM
 
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To me, the Hollywood Hills is an amazing blend of roads and topography. Here are a few questions I had (not that I'm moving there anytime soon). First, I noticed that there are no mountainous areas quite as developed as them. You'd think the San Gabriel mountains would be ripe for hillside homes but there's only a few highways that cut through them. The same with the Santa Monica Mountains east of 405, the roads become more sparse. Is that because these are state and national forest areas?

How did that network of roads in the Hollywood hills come to be? Did the developers just carve up the mountains to fit their plan, or did they follow natural canyons and ridges? They must have started with a few main roads too, like Mullholland Drive, and started branching off them. Some of those homes look like original homes from the 60's, when did the construction boom start to taper off anyway?

In some of those old black and white photos, the hills look barren. Were much of the trees planted?

Matt
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Old 07-30-2010, 08:37 PM
 
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i have one answer to your questions: all of the above.
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Old 07-30-2010, 11:16 PM
 
Location: Pasadena
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The Santa Monica Mt Conservancy controls big chunks of the mountains that run through Los Angeles from Malibu to just west of Pasadena. The land is owned by the state and preserved. The same with the San Gabriel mountains; the Angeles National forest is huge and of-course a wilderness park.

This photo is from the Santa Monica mountains above Santa Monica\ West Los Angeles and has restricted areas for development:

Further east in the Hollywood Hills there is much more development

The San Gabriel mountains is almost entirely a national park
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Old 07-31-2010, 12:03 AM
 
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With regards to the Santa Monica Mountains, west of 405 most of the range is within the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area, a unit of the National Park System. Much of the land within the NRA is not actually controlled by the NPS but by state and local agencies in the form of State Parks and city parks, as well as private conservation groups. Also, small portions of the NRA extend east of 405 (mostly along the crest) and north of 101 into the Simi Hills.

And yes, the San Gabriel Mountains are mostly within the Angeles and San Bernardino National Forests.
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Old 07-31-2010, 12:40 AM
 
Location: Declezville, CA
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They must have started with a few main roads too, like Mullholland Drive, and started branching off them.
They started with the main historical passes to the valley, such as Sepulveda and Cahuenga.
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