Interesting, notable and hilarious residents (past & present) include: Frank Sinatra, Jamie & Frank McCourt, Michael Jackson, Hugh Hefner, Brian Wilson (Beach Boys), Ronald & Nancy Reagan, Armie Hammer, Marilyn Monroe, Aaron & Candy Spelling, Jayne Mansfield, Bugsy Siegel, Humphrey Bogart, Sonny and Cher, Gregory Peck, Monique Lhuillier, the CEO of Ed Hardy, Paramount’s Brad Grey, and more …
Only in LA, right?
Probably so … Which means it’s a topic for The Daily Truffle. We consulted with the ever-extensive Truffle Hunter Network to comb through for our Holmby Hills natives and asked them what made growing up in the chic, pricey enclave of L.A. so memorable … And here’s what we got:
You Know You’re From Holmby Hills If . . .
- Your shortcut to avoid traffic is past the Playboy Mansion and Jayne Mansfield’s Pink Palace.
- Every time you pass 10000 Sunset Blvd, you still look to see if the owner has installed another life size statue.
- You went to the Playboy Mansion for Easter.
- You can’t believe that Westwood Blvd. is now recognized on Google Maps as “Tehrangeles,” clearly an unfortunate bi-product of “The Shahs of Sunset.”
- You love when Jaclyn Smith throws parties because of how pretty her house looks.
- You felt fully invested in the construction timeline for the Spelling Estate.
- You get offended by people who think there is no nature in LA, since you saw deer every morning on the way to school.
- You pass Brian Wilson on morning runs at Armand Hammer Park . . . and, inevitably, a Beach Boys song gets stuck in your head.
- You remember the days when Diddy Riese had no line.
- You know the Fowlers and make fun of the grandsons for being Trojans.
- You remember when they filmed “License to Drive” on Loring because you had a crush on Corey Haim at the time.
- You believe that Stan’s donuts are the best donuts in LA.
- You vehemently argue that the famous “Dead Man’s Curve” is on Sunset near Bel-Air, and not on Sunset in Hollywood or Sunset in Pacific Palisades . . . and you are right.
- Even as a kid you knew that the bar was the place to be at Hotel Bel-Air.
- Your family signed a petition to have Hugh Hefner’s party guests arrive via bus.
- You know what “Talk to the Rock” means. [Talk to the Rock is how you get into the Pboy Mansion The main entrance gate speaker is disguised as a big rock in the landscape.]
- The opening and closing of Euro Chow marked the rise and fall of your culinary endeavors in Westwood.
- You still love hearing the church bells from the old church on Le Conte.
- Lloyd Bridges was just a quirky, old neighbor until “Hot Shots” came out.
- You’re no longer wondering when the hotel-sized house across from Westlake will be done.
- Roller-skating in the neighborhood was an extreme sport due to the sidewalks’ desperate need of repair. Thx LA County.
- You’ve been to Armie Hammer’s home (or you may know it as Armand Hammer’s house) for candy on Halloween.
- Your costumed-Granny hands out treats to the Beckhams on Halloween.
- You’ve trick-or-treated at the UCLA sorority houses and thought it was the coolest thing ever. Towards the end of high school, you crashed the frat parties.
- You had your first ___________ (kiss, drunk night, joint, fill in the blank) at Little Holmby Park, which was later renamed Armand Hammer Park after his death.
- Hooking up in the Playboy Mansion might be easy, but the sound of the squawking peacocks ruined your game next door. (Some call this the peacockblock).
- You went to elementary or high school with no less than two dozen kids in your neighborhood, half of which lived a block from your house.
- You wish the W was still the Westwood Marquis.
- You or someone you know is an avid lawn bowler at Armand Hammer Park.
- Movie Premieres at the Fox always got in the way of your “quick” errands.
- You are still annoyed that there is a stop sign at the southeast corner of Armand Hammer Park and Comstock.
- When meeting new people, you said were “from Westwood.”
- You literally hung out at Johnny Rockets in Westwood and used the pay phone outside to call peeps who paged you.
- Your pre-license go-to social activity was hanging out at Century City and you got picked up in front of Dive.
- You always looked forward to election night because of the neighborhood In-N-Out truck.
- You cheered when In-N-Out came to Westwood because it felt like a revolution.
- You felt sad every time you saw the scene outside Michael Jackson’s house when he passed away.
This list was written by Kristen Hunt-Greco with contributions from other Truffle Hunters. Kristen is Director of Business Affairs at Universal Music Publishing Group and an LA native (a graduate of Marlborough School in Hancock Park).