Annexed to the City of Los Angeles in 1895, Highland Park is one of the oldest settles communities in Los Angeles. It is bordered by the hills Mount Washington and Montecito Heights, and includes the neighborhoods of Garvanza and Mount Angeles.
With the long distance views of the San Gabriels to the east and Downtown LA to the west, Highland Park runs along the Arroyo Seco corridor. In the 1800′s this was a scenic drive for folks traveling from Pasadena and beyond to LA proper. In the 1930′s it became the Pasadena Fwy, the first built in the city.
Highland Park has always been attractive to artist and pioneers. Charles Lummis built his home El Alisal, Clyde Browne built his Abbey San Encino, the Judson Studios arrived in the late 1800′s and in 1903 a group of influential women created the Highland Park Ebell Club, which today still functions as a community hall. The second location of Occidental College which gave rise to ‘academic row’, a collection of beautiful Craftsmans on Sycamore Terrace (here’s a sample!)
Today Highland Park is experiencing a revival of it’s art scence with NELAart 2nd Saturday. With a growing art and food scene and great central location, it’s no surprise so many find Highland Park a wonderful community to be a part of.