One of the oldest settled areas of Los Angeles, Highland Park is also one of the most scenic areas along the Arroyo Seco. There are large sprawling parks in the area, including the Arroyo Seco Park, Ernest E. Debs Regional Park, Sycamore Grove Park, Heritage Square Park (site of those beautiful historic rescued vintage and Victorian homes you see along the Pasadena Freeway on your east side as you are nearing the exit of avenue 43), and the Southwest Museum (although Mt. Washington claims it as their treasure) Highland Park runs adjacent to the Mt. Washington hills, the San Rafael hills and the Monterey Hills, Also Location of the Lummis Home, California’s Historic Landmark #531, Built between 1898 and 1910. The Lummis Home, built by Charles Fletcher Lummis, said it was built “to last a thousand years.” The Lummis Home stands on the west bank of the Arroyo Seco, (the riverbed that begins in the San Gabriel Mountains and extends south to join the Los Angeles river on the water’s path to the Pacific Ocean).
Before the skyrocketing of Southern California housing prices from 2002–2005, many arrived to Highland Park to seek out, buy, and revitalize Craftsman homes that had suffered neglect over the decades. This quiet movement continues today, as Highland Park has not undergone the dramatic changes that Silver Lake, Echo Park and Eagle Rock have experienced in recent years, it is certainly growing and improving in the direction of its bordering communities making Highland Park a major contender when considering buying a home in today’s market. Very popular among younger couples, hipster types and the Arts and Entertainment industry, Local dive bars fast becoming fashionable nightclubs, with doormen and velvet ropes.
California Bungalows and Craftsmen’s are prominent along with Spanish Revival and Mediterranean styled homes. Many of these homes were neglected architecturally during area’s decline of the late 60’s through the 1970’s. Someone started the horrible trend of replacing aging classic wood siding with stucco which did nothing to renovate the homes or even less to beautify the neighborhood, however with the gentrification that has been taking place for the last few years, almost any of those homes bought today are going through a wonderful trend of renovation to original architecture. This is most prominent as you drive through the corridors of the numbered avenues off Figueroa St. and all along the interior streets off York BL. Certain areas of Highland Park have been designated to be in the HPOZ (Historical Preservation Overlay Zones) and are under the Mills Act, which gives homeowners a major annual property tax discount provided the home meets certain criteria. Highland.
ANNUAL NEIGHBORHOOD TOUR
The Arroyo Arts Collective and the Historical Society of Southern California present an annual RE-DISCOVERY TOUR of Historical Homes, Landmarks, Artists Homes and Local Galleries. The tour is self-guided through the areas of Eagle Rock, Highland Park, Mount Washington.
Mt. Washington on the southwest, Montecito Heights on the east, Hermon and Monterey Hills to the southeast, South Pasadena on the east, Pasadena on the northeast, Eagle Rock on the north, Glassell Park on the west.
Figueroa Street, York Boulevard, Meridian St., Avenue 64, Monte Vista Street and Marmion Way.
The Gold Line rail system that largely runs parallel to Figueroa Street until turning east into South Pasadena at Avenue 61, travels from Union Station to Pasadena (traversing all of Highland Park) is one of the most enjoyable and dynamic public transportation journeys in the city, because of the views offered by the parks, hills and valleys along the meandering route.
ZIP CODE: 90042.
AREA CODE: 323
Old LA Certified Farmers Market opened in 2006, is operating adjacent to the Highland Park Gold Line Station and providing a new nexus of community activity. TIME AND DAY: Tuesdays after 4pm
BIKE RIDERS ALERT!
Highland Park is home to NELA bikes, a more genteel and law- abiding version of Echo Park’s Midnight Ridazz bike club.