You know the Hollywood sign? Well, when it was first built back in the 1920's, it read "Hollywoodland" and was a sign advertising a new housing subdivision in the Hollywood Hills. When they built the streets, they put in some pedestrian staircases to connect them. I went to check them out on November 9.
The neighborhood itself is beautiful, so a lot of my photos are of those streets. The streets are narrow and winding, very village-like.
This is a prickly pear cactus:
Here's the first staircase. If I hadn't researched the stairs and where to find them on the internet, I would have assumed this was someone's private stairs up to their yard. Nope, public staircase, and this is just the start of it- the staircases range from 117 to 176 steps in height.
Blurry photo but look closely- there's a coyote on the stairs! Luckily, he was more afraid of me than I was of him. When other walkers approached from the other direction he went into a backyard.
The staircases themselves are very nice, stone steps that were reinforced with concrete around a decade or so ago.
One of the yards that is adjacent to one of the stairs. Pretty steep!
These steps were very European, right up against a house. There are planters down the middle:
Some street and houses-on-hills photos:
I liked this garden gate:
A view of the Hollywood sign:
The house on the right is interesting- looks like a castle facing the street, but in behind it is a fairly non-descript house, the castle is just a facade (how shocking!)
This was my favourite street, isn't it pretty?
The stairs were a good workout- they didn't take too much out of me at the time, but my legs were sore for a few days afterwards.