Los Feliz, Los Angeles
Los Feliz is a vibrant neighborhood of Los Angeles’ “Eastside.” It’s situated in a prime location, close to freeways and major thoroughfare streets. Even though the district sits smack in the middle of a large metropolis, Los Feliz has a laid-back vibe. In fact, it’s charming.
People chose to live in Los Feliz because it offers small-town feel, yet it contains amenities one could expect while living in a big city like great dining and entertainment. There’s plenty to do and keep oneself entertained on its two main commercial streets. Nearby parks and green spaces add to the high quality of life for the district’s roughly 37,000 residents.
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Los Feliz Real Estate
Single-family homes in Los Feliz fetch a higher price than the average property in L.A. County. Some of its subdivisions, listed below, are perfect areas to hunt for luxury homes and older, well-maintained residences. The mix of houses and condos keeps the cost of living here within reason for many. Apartments here are often occupied by up-and-coming entertainers, which maintains the community’s young and hip feel. You never know when a budding star in the entertainment business will meet overnight success and transition from an apartment to a multi-million-dollar mansion just a few blocks away.
Los Angeles is full of great residential architecture, and the Los Feliz neighborhood is no exception. There are four homes and one commercial building in L.A. designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, two of which are within Los Feliz’s boundaries; Ennis House and Sowden House. Ennis House is listed as a California Historical Landmark (among many other federal designations) and is open to public viewings and tours.
Another notable Wright design, Hollyhock House, is right across Hollywood Boulevard (Los Feliz’s southern border). It sits on the grounds of the Barnsdall Art Park which is also open to visitors, too.
Modernist Richard Neutra also helped shape the look-and-feel of the neighborhood. Residences designed by him include The Wirin and the steel-frame Lovell House. J.R. Davidson and Raphael Soriano are two other notable architects that have shaped the aesthetic of the area.
If you’re looking for homes in Los Feliz for sale, you’ll have a lot of stylistic choices from which to choose. If you like tiled roofs, there are many Mediterranean and Spanish style homes here. Country English, Mid-Century Modern, Craftsman, Bungalow, and Norman French homes also dot the district.
If you’re searching for a luxury home in Los Feliz, they are concentrated in a few key enclaves – you’ll want to focus on the following subdivisions:
- Laughlin Park – gated community on the western edge of the Los Feliz and recognized by Los Angeles Magazine as one of L.A.’s Top Five enclaves. Long ago it was where W.C. Fields’s owned a villa which still stands today.
- Los Feliz Estates – hillside tract north of Los Feliz Boulevard on the western border of the neighborhood.
- Los Feliz Hills – another hillside community north of Los Feliz Boulevard.
- Franklin Hills – an enclave that caps the western edge of the district and abuts the Silver Lake neighborhood, widely known among Angelinos for its Shakespeare Bridge and hidden stairs.
About the Neighborhood
While the Spanish word for happy is Feliz and many Los Felizians are indeed merry souls, the district’s name comes from a Spanish surname.
Here’s how it happened: The area was originally called Rancho Los Feliz after it was given to Jose Vicente Feliz in a colonial-era, Spanish land concession (1795). Nearly a century later (1896), its then-owner, Colonel Griffith J. Griffith, divided up the land and donated a part of it to the City of Los Angeles. The portion deeded to the city is now Griffith Park. The remainder became Los Feliz.
Colonel Griffith intended, via his land grant to the city, to give the people of Los Angeles a park that was to remain freely available for public use. Today, if any city councilmember gets the bright idea of reducing access to the Griffith Park or its trails will be met by stiff legal resistance from the Griffith family trust. Access fees are also eschewed as they violate the spirit of the grant.
Los Feliz Amenities
Los Feliz has two quaint commercial areas along Vermont and Hillhurst Avenues. Most routine errands like grocery shopping, banking, and dry cleaning can be handled without leaving the area. The post office here is one of the best in L.A. with helpful employees. But as you might expect, lines can get a tad long.
Tree-lined Vermont looks most like a small town Main Street. Weekend evenings get busy with pedestrians who fill the sidewalks – folks looking for good food at one of its many cafes or restaurants. Hillhurst Avenue is wider and busier (traffic-wise) and has many locally-owned retail shops, banks, and a major grocery store.
The community newspaper, Los Feliz Ledger, covers local news and events in the area. Print editions can be found at many local retail storefronts, and the digital version is always available online.
The Los Feliz Branch Library, part of the Los Angeles Public Library (LAPL) system, is always busy. Patrons can take advantage of free WiFi, computer workstations and a healthy collection of DVDs to check out and take home. Who doesn’t like free entertainment? Best of all, the librarians are helpful and friendly.
Shopping & Dining
Plenty of sidewalk cafes, restaurants, and bars line Hillhurst and Vermont. Locals can relax, enjoy an espresso, and best of all people watch.
Long-time dining establishments like The Dresden or Fred 62 peacefully coexist alongside newer and trendier spots frequented by neighborhood hipsters. Eclectic palates will easily be satisfied with the variety of culinary options here. Check out the Indian, French, Japanese, Mexican, Italian, Taiwanese, and Mediterranean restaurants to name just a few. You can also keep it casual and stick with a charcuterie plate, glass of wine or pint of craft beer.
Nearby Little Armenia and Thai Town further add the diversity of food options. Then there’s Silver Lake – just a few blocks down Sunset Boulevard – which also contains a bevy of excellent dining options.
Skylight Books prides itself on representing the ideal community bookstore catering to an eclectic clientele. In addition to selling standard bookstore materials, they also carry indie titles and host neighborhood-specific events. It behooves any lover of literature or folks interested in local advocacy to check the Skylight Books Calendar periodically. Events range from author visits to charity campaigns, and many sell out in advance.
Parks & Recreation
If staying active is your thing (and for many that is the case), there’s a lot here to keep you busy. Here are a few of the best local recreational resources.
Nearby Griffith Park is massive. The 4,210-acre parkland sports 53 miles of trails shared by hikers and horses alike. It’s a great, place to decompress, hike, jog, and picnic. Once in the hills, the views of Downtown Los Angeles and the L.A. Basin are unsurpassed. On clear days, you can see all the way to the Pacific Ocean and Catalina Island. If you spend enough time in the park, no doubt you’ll eventually see coyotes, rabbits, and occasionally a deer.
The northwestern portion of the park has a merry-go-round and equestrian center. The roads surrounding the base of the park – and a few over hillside areas – are popular with cyclists. Two public golf courses, the Autry Museum of the American West, and Los Angeles Zoo are also located here.
If it’s raining outside (rarely), or you’re just not in the mood for a run or hike, you’ll have plenty of indoor options for working out. Yoga, Pilates, or CrossFit studios are never far away. Afterward, you can treat yourself to frozen yogurt, gelato, or ice cream at a nearby shop.
The southern part of the park is where you’ll find the Griffith Observatory. The observatory is very popular with tourists. The roads leading up to it are frequently jammed, and the parking lot at the top gets packed to the point where there are no spaces left. Taking the Los Angeles Department of Transportation (LDOT)’s DASH Observatory bus is usually a better bet than driving. Visitors can stargaze for free using the observatory’s telescopes, day or night.
The Greek Theatre sits just below the observatory. The 5,870-seat outdoor amphitheater hosts concerts year-round. The venue is big enough to support popular artists but small enough to ensure an intimate concert experience.
Film buffs in the neighborhood love a longtime local favorite movie house, Vista Theatre, which opened in 1923. The single-screen theater shows first-run movies. A series of upgrades over the years have kept it relevant and comfortable; the seating and legroom are commonly highlighted in consumer reviews as major positives. The popcorn is pretty good, too! Its location is perfect; most homes in Los Feliz are within walking distance, so the aggravation of getting into a car, driving, and then dealing with tight parking at a massive Cineplex is not required for a simple night out at the movies.
Schools in Los Feliz
The Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) operates the Public schools in Los Feliz
- Los Feliz Elementary
- Franklin Avenue Elementary
- Thomas Starr King Middle School
- John Marshall Senior High
- Our Mother of Good Counsel – Catholic, K-8
- International School of Los Angeles / Lycée International – K-12 and preschool
Los Feliz Stats
- Population: 37,000
- Area: 2.61 square miles
- Population Density: 14,176 people per square mile (high for L.A. County)
- Zip Code: 90027
- Downtown Los Angeles: 6.8 miles
- BUR: 12.2 miles
- LAX: 24.4 miles
- Beaches: 22.5 miles
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