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.
Real Estate Market Stats
Zillow Home Value Index
Owners vs. Renters
Home Size in Square Feet
|Zillow Home Value Index||$467,600||$158,300|
|Median Single Family Home Value||$474,300||$158,400|
|Median Condo Value||$198,000||$156,300|
|Median 2-Bedroom Home Value||$433,600||$118,100|
|Median 3-Bedroom Home Value||$500,800||$151,600|
|Median 4-Bedroom Home Value||$536,400||$250,800|
|Percent Homes Decreasing||1%||26%|
|Percent Listing Price Reduction||7.6%||27%|
|Median List Price Per Sq Ft||$372||$99|
|Median List Price||$440,000||$195,000|
|Median Sale Price||$426,800||$202,100|
|Homes For Sale||0||0|
|Homes Recently Sold||18||332,415|
|Turnover (Sold Within Last Yr.)||4.3%||3.5%|
|Median Value Per Sq Ft||$354||$111|
|Homes For Sale By Owner||0||0|
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Local Content from NileGuide
Things to See and Do
Map of Things to See and Do
Suggested Trip Itineraries
Day 1 of this guide will help you to locate some of the sites in the park.
Day Two — Hotels
– The Four Seasons no longer manage the Four Seasons Aviara Resort, it is now run by Park Hyatt and the proper link is: Park Hyatt Aviara Resort, Carlsbad
– I included a listing for the Spa at the Island Hotel Newport Beach; the link to the hotel proper is: Island Hotel Newport Beach
This list is about places where you can embark on a pleasant, civilized stroll and take in the local scene. The destinations include shopping areas, religious sites, parks, old mansions, and beaches. Get outta the car and experience L.A. by foot at these low-key places!