While its name has come to be synonymous with the motion picture industry, Hollywood is an ethnically and economically diverse, densely populated neighborhood and retail business district. Many of its homes are among the most luxurious in California. Its roots were in an agricultural community called the Cahuenga Valley in the mid-1800s. The name Hollywood was first recorded on a property deed in 1887. The area was incorporated as a municipality in 1903 and officially merged with the City of Los Angeles in 1910.
By this time, movies were already being shot there; a few years later, Hollywood filmmaking was the fifth largest industry in the nation. The West Coast television industry also had its start in Hollywood. The community is a regular host of major events like the Academy Awards and a major tourist attraction from the Walk of Fame to the Hollywood Bowl. It’s also adjacent to a 130-acre national park, Runyon Canyon.