Laurel Canyon, Los Angeles

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Laurel Canyon is a mountainous neighborhood in the Hollywood Hills region of the Santa Monica Mountains, within the Hollywood Hills West district of Los Angeles, California. The main thoroughfare of Laurel Canyon Boulevard connects the neighborhood with the more urbanized parts of Los Angeles to the north and south, between Ventura Boulevard and Hollywood Boulevard.

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Laurel Canyon, Los Angeles is located in San Fernando Valley
Laurel Canyon, Los Angeles
Laurel Canyon, Los Angeles
Location within Los Angeles and San Fernando Valley
Laurel Canyon, Los Angeles is located in the Los Angeles metropolitan area
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Laurel Canyon, Los Angeles
Laurel Canyon, Los Angeles (the Los Angeles metropolitan area)
Coordinates: 34°07′02″N 118°22′31″W
CountryFlag_of_the_United_States.svg United States of America
StateFlag_of_California.svg California
CountyFlag_of_Los_Angeles_County%2C_California.svg Los Angeles
CityFlag_of_Los_Angeles%2C_California.svg Los Angeles
Named forCalifornia bay laurel
Elevation264 m (866 ft)
Time zoneUTC-8 (PST)
  Summer (DST)UTC-7 (PDT)

Originally inhabited by the Tongva people, by the early 20th century real estate developers situated a vacation site along the slope of neighboring Lookout Mountain; this formed the nucleus of what would become the Laurel Canyon neighborhood. It later developed into a celebrity enclave: the remote, rugged nature of the land and its proximity to many of the movie studios in nearby Hollywood made it an ideal location for many movie stars to site their homes, especially during the Golden Age of Hollywood. Raymond Chandler's private detective Philip Marlowe in The Long Good-bye lives in Laurel Canyon, Yucca Avenue in the early 1950's.

By the 1960s, the neighborhood had become a local center for counterculture, and many prominent folk and rock musicians moved into the area, making it a nexus for musical collaboration. By the late 1970s, criminal activity in the neighborhood, including distribution of drugs, was controlled by the Wonderland Gang (named for a Laurel Canyon thoroughfare), and the neighborhood became associated with the Wonderland murders, a grisly quadruple homicide in 1981.