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Los Feliz

Los Feliz means “happy” in Spanish, pronounced as “Los Feeliz” by the locals and a great name to reflect such a vibrant, eclectic and desirable area to live in Los Angeles.

This is truly a great neighborhood with that community feeling, a gem in a major urban city… a welcome relief away from the hustle and bustle of Los Angeles.  You have easy access to nature at Griffith Park, the world’s largest city park, and walking distance to the “village” for local coffee shops, theaters, trendy boutiques, wine bars, restaurants and sidewalk cafes on Vermont Avenue (between Franklin Avenue and Hollywood Boulevard), or the Hillhurst Avenue (Los Feliz Boulevard and Prospect Avenue).  It’s no surprise that this is a highly desirable neighborhood to live in Los Angeles.

Along with the abundant local entertainment options, Los Feliz is also known for its rich Hollywood history, celebrity residences, both past and present, significant architecture and the landmark, The Griffith  Observatory.

Los Feliz lies north of East Hollywood and just south of the Santa Monica Mountains, adjacent to the neighborhoods of Hollywood and Silver LakeRoughly north of Franklin Avenue to west of Canyon Drive, to the east of the Los Angeles River, is Griffith Park, the world’s largest city park. The villas of Los Feliz spread out on the foothills below. To the south, lie dramatic vistas of downtown Los Angeles and the basin. To the east, homeowners can view the San Gabriel and San Bernardino Mountains.  To the west are views of the Pacific Ocean and Catalina Island, off the coast.

Los Feliz is one of the few of the old, grand neighborhoods of Los Angeles that have always retained their integrity. Los Feliz Boulevard, with its majestic cedars and pines trees, which are protected city monuments, links Griffith Park’s Fern Dell, the gateway to the hiking trails, and the grand estates on the west with character apartments and condominiums on the east. The restored Mulholland Fountain at the eastern entrance of Griffith Park is one of the few Moderne fountains in greater Los Angeles.

You have convenient freeway access to the 5 and the 101 freeways. Downtown Los Angeles is about a 15-minute drive away and the Westside is about 30 minutes away.

Housing

Most Los Feliz houses were built in the pre-World War eras, and more than half of the homes are of the Spanish or Mediterranean revival styles, both the most popular of all California housing style which is found dotted all on the Los Feliz hillsides, and command premium prices especially when the original details are intact. Los Feliz is also rich in almost all other revival styles; such as, Country English, French Normandy, 1930-40’s Traditional, Colonial, Italianate and the like, many by noted architects;such as, Paul Williams and Wallace Neff. You can also find fine Mid-Century Modern, and Moderne houses sprinkled through the Los Feliz Hills. It boasts some of the best known residential architecture in the city, including The Ennis House and the Hollyhock House, both designed by Frank Lloyd Wright and Richard Neutra‘s Lovell House.  Other architects such as Rudolph Schindler, John Lautner, Lloyd Wright, Raphael Soriano and J.R. Davidson among many others have designed their finest work in Los Feliz.

The neighborhood has historically been home to movie stars, musicians, and the Hollywood elite, both past and present.

Here are the 6 Los Feliz Neighborhoods:

LAUGHLIN PARK

Rated by Los Angeles Magazine as one of the “top five” neighborhoods of Los Angeles, Laughlin Park is probably one of the least-known areas, as well, and the residents prefer that it stay this way. Read More...

THE OAKS

 

Nestled in the lush green hills is a Los Feliz neighborhood with a 90068 zip code, is known as “The Oaks” named for  its “…Oak” street names ( ie. Red Oak Drive, Black Oak Drive, etc… )  A favorite of families who want “a home in the hills with a view, a yard and a pool.” It boasts many long time residents who reside here for decades. Read More...

 LOS FELIZ ESTATES

“The Estates”, as they are known, is one of the few “newer” premium tracts in the area. Streets generally are on straight and level terraces that are “single-loaded”, meaning, homes are on one side of the street only. Most homes are one-story and have city views. Flat yards with pools are more common. Read More

 FRANKLIN SQUARE

Franklin Square is that rare find where you feel like you are living in a “village” in the convenience of an urban city. With grid-pattern, tree-lined streets, sidewalks and an adjacent commercial & service area, this part of Los Feliz is highly sought by “younger” hipsters and the urbanites, those who want to live & play in their own “backyard” so to speak… this is not so hard to do as a short walk takes you to the local market, the school, the post office or for a meal, all achievable in Franklin Square.  Read More

 FRANKLIN HILLS

Franklin Hills is not quite Los Feliz nor Silver Lake, its adjacent sister neighborhood, yet has some of the best amenities of both areas.  A hilltop community ringed with panoramic city, downtown, mountain views, Franklin Hills offers a wide variety of home styles and sizes, ranging from Spanish, Mediterranean, bungalows, Mid-Century to contemporary Modern.  Read More

 ATWATER VILLAGE

Atwater Village is a collection of both World War Era tracts of California bungalows., named by Details magazine as the one of “The Six Hottest Neighborhoods in the World’s Greatest Cities.”  Homes are on flat-lands with tree-lined streets with sidewalks.  Read More

Los Feliz Lifestyle

Schools

LOS FELIZ is served by the Los Angeles Unified School District, which include:

Franklin Elementary School

Los Feliz Elementary School

Thomas Starr King Middle School

John Marshall High School

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