8030 Highland Trail – Hollywood Hills Above the Sunset Strip

0038030 Highland Trail defines what a Hollywood Hills retreat should be. This is the coolest tree house on the block, and only the lucky few with the secret password may enter.

004A perfect sanctuary from the hustle and bustle, but close to Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Ventura Blvd. and the famous Sunset Strip.005Exposed beam ceilings establish an inspired woodsy feel, with views for days.007The layout is true to California’s Mid-Century modern sensibilities with indoor spaces that extend visually and physically. A wall of glass in the living room entices the sky-dweller onto the covered outdoor deck.014 015 017With impeccable finishes throughout, one’s gaze rests peacefully. No wonder that Hollywood Hills’ inhabitants feel like the center of attraction.

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Down-slope, the Sunset Strip celebrates your arrival with the west coast version of Times Square. Lights? Check! Monstrous tantalizing billboards to challenge even the most careful drivers, and fashionable eye candy queued for the nightclubs? Check! And yes, the hottie behind the saucer-sized sunglasses who is enjoying a massaged kale salad at the sidewalk bistro is THAT super-star.

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Johnny Rivers onstage at the Whisky Photo courtesy: subrealities.waiting-forthe-sun.net

Built in 1963, 8030 Highland Trail was conceived during the thick of Sunset Strip’s Rock-n-Roll decade. It was right around the time The Beach Boys, The Byrds, The Mamas and the Papas—who, incidentally, lived in Laurel Canyon—The Lovin’ Spoonful, and Sonny and Cher drifted in on the psychedelic love bus. The Strip was the Rock-n-Roll capital of America with The Whisky a-Go-Go as the headquarters. By 1970, hippies and drifters flocked here by the thousands.

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8030 Highland Trail had its own Hollywood past. B-Movie film producer, Edward Carlin bought the property in 1971. During the ’70s and ’80s, Carlin produced several projects for the master of the B-Movie genre, Roger Corman, including the 1975 sleazy psycho-thriller, Swinging Barmaids. 8030 battle_beyond_the_starsBattle Beyond the Stars, which Carlin produced in 1980 with Corman as Executive Producer, saw a lot of talent either on the way up, or down, depending on which side of Hollywood’s seesaw they were sitting. Intended as a Magnificent Seven, in outer space, Robert Vaughn, and John Saxon appear, along with Richard Thomas, who remains better known for his role as John-boy in TV’s The Waltons, and George Peppard as a space Cowboy. Battle Beyond the Stars’ special effects were directed by none other than James Cameron – his first movie as art director. He joins a long list of notables who worked for the Corman or appeared in his films include: Frances Ford Coppola, Martin Scorsese, Jonathan Demme, Ron Howard, Joe Dante, Curtis Hanson, Peter Bogdanovich, Robert Towne, John Sayles, James Horner, Jack Nicholson, Robert DeNiro, Sylvester Stallone, Tobey Maguire, Charles Bronson, William Shatner, Jason Robards, Dennis Hopper, Peter Fonda, Vincent Price, Talia Shire, Jaime Lee Curtis, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Sandra Bullock and  many others.

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James Cameron received his first break from the legendary Roger Corman, who’d hired him as a model maker at his studios. Cameron went on to write and direct Piranha II: The Spawning. Soon after, Cameron partnered with Hollywood mega-producer Gale Anne Hurd in 1984 on The Terminator, which Hurd and Cameron also co-scripted.8030 Lynn CarlinSome may recognize the computer voice, Nell, in Battle Beyond the Stars as Lynn Carlin, Edward Carlin’s wife between 1963-1974. Lynn Carlin’s acting career is standout for having played a string of mothers and wives roles over the decades. Her first feature role landed her an Oscar nomination in 1968 as the suicidal wife, Maria, in John Cassavete’s Faces. Carlin also appeared in …tick…tick…tick…, opposite George Kennedy in 1970, and as Buck Henry’s wife and the mother searching for her missing daughter a in Miloš Forman’s, Taking Off. Wild Rovers, Deathdream, French Postcards, and the 1982 horror film, Superstition were among her many projects.012High above it all, 8030 Highland Trail enjoys its resort-like setting. Here, a completely remodeled entertainer’s kitchen w/ custom cabinets.011  009Incredible city light and canyon views. 8030 Highland Trail’s open floor plan lets you enjoy it all from the head of the table.020The Master bedroom suite is on its own level with a walk-in closet, private outdoor terrace retreat, and a masterful bathroom with steam shower, dual sinks and a large Wet Style tub.

021024  027 028 029032Two additional bedrooms are on the main floor one with en suite bathroom.

035  038 039Nice digs, huh? And just a stone’s throw from Hollywood’s playground.

040It’s no wonder why celebrities such as Halle Berry, Christina Aguilera, Cameron Diaz, Leonardo DiCaprio, Seth Rogen, James Franco love living in the Hollywood Hills above the Sunset Strip.

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