Los Feliz

Los Feliz


Los Feliz is an affluent, hilly community located near Silver Lake and Hollywood, just minutes from downtown Los Angeles. Technically encased within the boundaries of the Hollywood district, Los Feliz retains its own identity as an enclave of expensive homes, charming cafes, and cultural landmarks. The neighborhood is home to the southern entrance of Griffith Park, where locals access nature trails and a quaint bohemian café tucked into forest grove on Fern Dell Drive. Los Feliz is bordered by the Santa Monica Mountains to the north, Hollywood Boulevard to the south, and Western Avenue to the west.

The Los Angeles River creates a natural cutoff to the east. Los Feliz was named after Jose Vicente Feliz, who received the property as a Spanish land grant, one of the first awarded in California. An old adobe, built in the 1830’s by Feliz’s heirs still stands on Crystal Springs Drive, in Griffith Park, an area that was donated to the city by Los Feliz’s one-time owner Colonel Griffith J. Griffith. Los Feliz is said to be the “birthplace” of Mickey Mouse, as Walt Disney created the well-loved character at his uncle’s house in the area.

Los Feliz is probably best known in recent years for its hip nightclubs, bars, and cafes that line Hillhurst, between Los Feliz Boulevard and Prospect, and Vermont. Charles Bukowski and other poets, writers and artists, once frequented establishments on these streets. The famed Dresden Room was featured in the film “Swingers” and is an icon in Los Angeles. Los Feliz attracts hundreds of visitors each day to Griffith Park, its expansive public park that includes an observatory and planetarium, the Travel Town museum, an antique carousel, the Los Angeles Zoo, numerous picnic spots, and wildlife viewing opportunities.

Los Feliz Boulevard is the main thoroughfare running through Los Feliz, and acts as a passageway from the Interstate 5 freeway to Hollywood, as well as a destination in itself for a bit of Los Angeles culture. The community is served by the Los Angeles Unified School District, and children attend several area elementary schools as well as John Marshall High School. Private educational facilities include Lycee International de Los Angeles, a French and English school, as well as Immaculate Heart High School. The 2000 census indicates that a total of 40,573 people call Los Feliz home, 70.4% of which are white and 16.48 of which are of Latino origin. The medium household income in Los Feliz is $52,104.




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