Mount Olympus

In ancient Greek mythology, Mount Olympus was the home of the gods. Too on-the-nose for an opulent subdivision of the Hollywood Hills, punctuated by mansions fit for a deity? Hubris aside, life borders on the divine in this residential neighborhood, located just to the east of Laurel Canyon and north of Hollywood Blvd. Mount Olympus got its name by dint of a small but tight-knit Greek community that settled down here. The street names echo the gods and goddesses, heroes and heroines who occupied its mythical namesake—Zeus Drive, Venus Drive, Apollo Drive, Hercules Drive, and so on.

Founded in 1969, the construction of the community was featured in a 1963 episode of the TV series The Fugitive. Today, the hilltop community features 406 homes, many of them with views that live up to the neighborhood moniker—sweeping, panoramic jetliner vistas, encompassing the rest of the Hollywood Hills, the glittering hubbub of Hollywood, and the elegant sprawl of Los Angeles.

Did we mention that the homes here were fit for a god? Neoclassical architecture blends with Modern, Ultramodern, and Craftsman mansions to create an architectural display unique in its particulars, but uniform in its beauty and elegance. Not every home is a sprawling mansion, however. Homes with views tend to command a premium while smaller homes without views sell for less. Median prices here sit just north of $3.7 million, reasonable considering this is the Hollywood Hills.

The glittering lights of Hollywood are not just to be seen, either. Residents of Mount Olympus have easy access to the nightlife, dining, and shopping that make Sunset Boulevard and West Hollywood a favorite of residents.

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