The Hillview

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The Hudson Apartments (formerly The Historic Hillview Hollywood) is a historical building located on Hollywood Boulevard, and is considered Hollywood's first "artist's" high-rise. It was founded in 1917 by movie moguls Jesse L. Lasky, co-founder of Paramount Pictures, and his brother-in-law Samuel Goldwyn, co-founder of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, better known as MGM. It was one of Hollywood's only apartment buildings at the time willing to rent to aspiring actors since they were considered a financial risk by most apartment building owners. In fact, it catered specifically to actors. It quickly became a Hollywood hot spot. The vast basement housed a rehearsal space until Rudolph Valentino reputedly converted it to a speakeasy. Former big-screen residents include Mae Busch, Stan Laurel, and Viola Dana. Charlie Chaplin was once a proprietor of the Hillview. Clara Bow found her first home at the Hillview in 1923.[1]

The Hillview eventually slipped into obscurity and went into ruin.[2] The building was occupied by tenants until it suffered structural damage during the 1994 Northridge earthquake and later, the construction of the subway tunnel. A fire occurred in early 2002, and was refurbished. The building was restored and completely redone in 2005-2006 with new kitchens, marble counter tops, washer dryers in each unit and refurbished elevators.[3][4]

In October 2009 the corporation that owns the Hollywood Hillview Apartments filed for bankruptcy, and the historic Hollywood Hillview was forced into foreclosure. The basement lounge club, the restaurant, and the gym have been closed since January 2009. The name was also changed to The Hudson Apartments.

In July 2010 Hollywood real estate investment group CIM purchased the building out of foreclosure for $13,000,000.[citation needed]

In October 2021, Adolfo Suaya sold The Hillview for $19.2 million, as a 53-unit dwelling, to True Urban USA and JCI Development.[5]


  1. ^ Parsons, Louella. "Real life story of Clara Bow" (16 parts) The San Antonio Light, (May 15 – June 4, 1931)
  2. ^ "Dear Old Hollywood: Hollywood Hillview Apartments". 4 July 2011.
  3. ^ "Hillview Apartments Re-Opens at Last by John Clifford '".
  4. ^ "Have You Ever Wondered… Why There's a 1920s-Era Apartment Building Right in the Middle of a Business District? - the Hollywood Partnership".
  5. ^ "New Owners Plan to Take Hollywood Hillview Apartments Upmarket". 19 October 2021. Archived from the original on 2021-10-19.

External links[edit]

  • "The Hillview". 19 Mar 2021. Investment Offering Brochure - Lee and Associates Los Angeles West, Inc.

Coordinates: 34°06′07″N 118°19′56″W / 34.101808°N 118.332263°W / 34.101808; -118.332263