Life in Highland Park 

It’s no secret that Highland Park has had a rough-and-tumble history but this Eastside enclave has morphed into one of LA’s most buzzed-about neighborhoods and has gained attention as a community-focused, hidden gem for people who want the L.A. lifestyle without the L.A. price tag. For good reason, Highland Park is experiencing a renaissance that has home buyers and business owners flocking to its charming, eclectic, and diverse avenues. If you’re like the many, many people who are interested in moving to Highland Park, read on to get all the ins and outs of one of L.A.’s most hype-inducing neighborhoods.

Highland Park at a Glance

With a population of just over 60,000, the neighborhood covers about 3.5 miles. Highland Park is the perfect balance of urban and suburban - you’ll never lack for something to do, but residents maintain a firm grip on their community bond. Nestled between South Pasadena and Montecito Heights, just northeast of downtown L.A., Highland Park shares the city’s amazing climate - warm and dry, with over 270 sunny days a year, so you can leave your vitamin D in the medicine cabinet. Summer temperatures average in the low 80s, while winter temperatures rarely drop below 50 degrees. With ten - count ‘em, ten! - outdoor parks, Highland Park makes it easy to take advantage of all those sunny days. There’s even horseback riding at San Pascual Stables! And, yes, pet-lovers: there’s a dog park.

Highland Park Table search24 Properties

Address Beds Baths Sq.Ft. Price(%Chng) $/Sq.Ft. On Site
449 Lewis St Los Angeles,  CA 90042 449 Lewis St
Los Angeles, CA 90042
4 3 1,500 $1,349,000 $899.33 6 days
1021 Larker Ave Los Angeles,  CA 90042 1021 Larker Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90042
3 3 2,095 $1,375,000 $656.32 7 days
6140 Mesa Ave Los Angeles,  CA 90042 6140 Mesa Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90042
3 2 1,082 $1,099,999 $1,016.63 7 days
645 N Avenue 50 Highland Park,  CA 90042 645 N Avenue 50
Highland Park, CA 90042
2 1 1,092 $750,000 $686.81 8 days
5740 Meridian St Los Angeles,  CA 90042 5740 Meridian St
Los Angeles, CA 90042
2 2 1,099 $998,000 $908.10 8 days
1045 N Avenue 51 Los Angeles,  CA 90042 1045 N Avenue 51
Los Angeles, CA 90042
3 2 1,371 $1,195,000 $871.63 8 days
5019 Hub St Los Angeles,  CA 90042 5019 Hub St
Los Angeles, CA 90042
1 1 522 $695,500 $1,332.38 15 days
5630 Raber St Los Angeles,  CA 90042 5630 Raber St
Los Angeles, CA 90042
4 4 3,247 $2,588,000 -2.3% $797.04 20 days
6249 Strickland Ave Los Angeles,  CA 90042 6249 Strickland Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90042
3 1 720 $899,000 $1,248.61 28 days
716 Terrace 49 Los Angeles,  CA 90042 716 Terrace 49
Los Angeles, CA 90042
5 5 2,187 $1,749,000 9.4% $799.73 34 days
351 Vista Place Los Angeles,  CA 90042 351 Vista Place
Los Angeles, CA 90042
3 2 796 $800,000 $1,005.03 34 days
6252 Mount Angelus Dr Los Angeles,  CA 90042 6252 Mount Angelus Dr
Los Angeles, CA 90042
3 2 1,035 $949,000 $916.91 34 days
470 Holland Ave Los Angeles,  CA 90042 470 Holland Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90042
4 2 2,711 $1,690,000 $623.39 36 days
140 S Avenue 59 Los Angeles,  CA 90042 140 S Avenue 59
Los Angeles, CA 90042
8 6 6,140 $3,680,000 $599.35 38 days
327 N Avenue 61 Los Angeles,  CA 90042 327 N Avenue 61
Los Angeles, CA 90042
4 2 1,631 $1,250,000 $766.40 42 days
205 S Avenue 59 Los Angeles,  CA 90042 205 S Avenue 59
Los Angeles, CA 90042
3 4 2,000 $1,399,900 $699.95 57 days
1143 Toledo St Los Angeles,  CA 90042 1143 Toledo St
Los Angeles, CA 90042
3 3 1,971 $1,799,999 -2.7% $913.24 62 days
818 N Avenue 51 Los Angeles,  CA 90042 818 N Avenue 51
Los Angeles, CA 90042
3 3 1,211 $1,149,000 7.4% $948.80 69 days
219 S Avenue 60 Los Angeles,  CA 90042 219 S Avenue 60
Los Angeles, CA 90042
4 2 1,677 $1,099,880 $655.86 70 days
5134 Almaden Dr Los Angeles,  CA 90042 5134 Almaden Dr
Los Angeles, CA 90042
4 2 1,428 $999,900 -9.1% $700.21 73 days
604 N Avenue 54 Highland Park,  CA 90042 604 N Avenue 54
Highland Park, CA 90042
3 2 1,654 $799,999 $483.68 87 days
920 Milwaukee Ave Highland Park,  CA 90042 920 Milwaukee Ave
Highland Park, CA 90042
4 3 1,716 $1,200,000 $699.30 89 days
1479 Highgate Ave Highland Park,  CA 90042 1479 Highgate Ave
Highland Park, CA 90042
5 4 3,080 $2,379,000 -15% $772.40 167 days
6014 Delphi St Los Angeles,  CA 90042 6014 Delphi St
Los Angeles, CA 90042
3 2 1,560 $1,153,500 -7.7% $739.42 167 days

Cost of Living

The average home value in Highland Park is around $1.1M, nearly double the average home price even just a decade ago, but still a far cry from some of L.A’s more expensive neighborhoods. Renting a 1-bedroom apartment will run you around $2000. Utilities in L.A. are relatively low, with a typical household spending less than $200 a month.

Commute

Highland Park is urban gold, featuring pedestrian and dog-friendly wide sidewalks and its role as a transportation hub for the surrounding area - from light rail to bus lines, Highland Park is a convenient start for a commute anywhere in the city. The Metro Gold Line stop on Figueroa Street helped turn the major thoroughfare into a trendy destination, melding an old-fashioned “Main Street” vibe with hip gastropubs and nightlife.

If you’re traveling by car, you’ll have the unique experience of spending part of your commute on California State Route 110, a.k.a Arroyo Seco Parkway - the nation’s first freeway. Highland Park is just a few miles up the 110 from DTLA and your commute to Burbank will take about 20 mins, while Venice and Santa Monica will take you about an hour on a good day.

History and Culture

While the land on which Highland Park sits has been inhabited for thousands of years, it was officially annexed into LA in 1895. Even in its earliest days, Highland Park was a favored destination for artists. Specifically, artists from the Arts and Crafts movement, who left their legacy in the historic architecture of many Highland Park houses. Well-preserved Craftsman homes line the neighborhood’s streets, a charming contrast to the contemporary boutiques and bars popping up on every other corner. 

This rich architectural legacy is preserved at the Heritage Square Museum, an open-air museum replicating a turn-of-the-century plaza with eight historic structures - a church, a train depot, a corner drug store, and more - preserved in their original state. The Lummis Home and Gardens are also open to the public on the weekends: built by hand, this stone home was completed in 1910 and, during its heyday, hosted people like Will Rogers and John Muir, among others.

There’s also some more playful history to be found in Highland Park, like LA’s oldest bowling alley. Highland Park Bowl first opened in 1927 and was operational throughout Prohibition. Completely restored in 2016, the massive space might be the classiest bowling alley you’ll ever visit, from a stage for live music to chandeliers to an original Arts and Crafts mural. Puppets more your bag? The Bob Baker Marionette Theater proudly hosts 3,000 puppets within a vaudeville theater built-in 1923. Creeped out by puppets? Take advantage of the excellent acoustics of an early-20s Masonic Temple by catching a show at the Lodge Room.

But all that is chopped chicken liver compared to Highland Park’s Chicken Boy - the great-for-the-‘gram, 22-foot-tall chicken-headed Muffler Man from the 60’s. Intimidating as it is, he really just wants to welcome you to the neighborhood. You can complete your historic tour of Highland Park with a soda and sandwich at Galco’s Old World Grocery, established in 1955.

Of course, don’t make the mistake of thinking that Highland Park is stuck in the past. To the contrary, contemporary art is thriving at galleries like Judson Gallery, THIS, and MorYork Gallery. Meanwhile, forward-thinking boutiques like Sonomama, Dotter, and Wild Terra offer earthy, sustainable, artisanal wares sourced ethically and, often, locally. Indie bookstores thrive in Highland Park - notably, Book Show celebrates literature in a very literal sense with a circus theme. 

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