In the foothills of the Santa Monica Mountains, Los Feliz has appealing proximity to Hollywood, Downtown Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley. Its vast greenbelt of Griffith Park offers easy access to hiking and equestrian trails, the Greek Theatre and the Griffith Observatory. Neighborhoods range from modest single family homes and apartments to stately mansions rife with Hollywood pedigree. Many hillside properties have impressive views.
Settled by the ancestors of the Gabrieleño people as much as 10,000 years ago, the area was later divided by land grant into vast ranchos. Rancho Los Feliz was one of the first land grants in California, comprised of Griffith Park and the neighborhood of Los Feliz.
Los Feliz is arrayed around the urban hub of the Village, which serves the area’s commercial needs and has many vintage California bungalows, apartments and Spanish-style charm. Franklin Hills is moderately hilly, with many architectural styles and the added attraction of the gothic style Shakespeare Bridge and the Franklin Hills Public Stairway System, with 14 sets of steps providing locals with a favorite exercise spot. Ranked by Los Angeles Magazine as one of L.A.’s top five neighborhoods, Laughlin Park is a 60-home gated community. A roster of Hollywood stars have made their homes here and designs by Lloyd Wright, Julia Morgan and other renowned architects line its streets. Los Feliz Estates is a newer development on terraced hillsides that afford unobstructed city lights views. The area “north of the Boulevard” is made up of wide, leafy streets, with large estate homes. The Oaks is an eclectic mix of vintage and modern architecture, and adjacent Hollywood Grove is a collection of 139 homes, including a large number of Craftsman-style residences.
Los Feliz is also the location of Barnsdall Park, where the 10,000-square-foot Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery and Frank Lloyd Wright’s iconic (and recently restored) Hollyhock House are stellar elements in L.A.’s cultural landscape.
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