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.

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Address Beds Baths Sq.Ft. Price(%Chng) $/Sq.Ft. On Site
5901 Burwood Ave Los Angeles,  CA 90042 5901 Burwood Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90042
2 2 1,104 $1,249,000 $1,131.34 3 days
5701 Hub St Los Angeles,  CA 90042 5701 Hub St
Los Angeles, CA 90042
7 3 3,066 $1,695,000 $552.84 3 days
343 N Avenue 53 Los Angeles,  CA 90042 343 N Avenue 53
Los Angeles, CA 90042
6 4 2,732 $1,500,000 $549.05 3 days
241 S Avenue 57 #127 Los Angeles,  CA 90042 241 S Avenue 57 #127
Los Angeles, CA 90042
2 2 927 $595,000 $641.86 3 days
5252 Range View Ave Los Angeles,  CA 90042 5252 Range View Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90042
3 1 1,188 $1,050,000 $883.84 3 days
215 Branch St Los Angeles,  CA 90042 215 Branch St
Los Angeles, CA 90042
1 1 792 $720,000 $909.09 3 days
149 S Avenue 54 #15 Los Angeles,  CA 90042 149 S Avenue 54 #15
Los Angeles, CA 90042
2 3 1,163 $749,000 $644.02 3 days
6119 Strickland Ave Los Angeles,  CA 90042 6119 Strickland Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90042
4 1 2,576 $1,250,000 $485.25 4 days
6166 Oak Crest Way Los Angeles,  CA 90042 6166 Oak Crest Way
Los Angeles, CA 90042
2 2 1,205 $995,000 $825.73 4 days
6166 Oak Crest Way Highland Park,  CA 90042 6166 Oak Crest Way
Highland Park, CA 90042
2 1 1,203 $995,000 $827.10 4 days
5511 Stratford Rd Los Angeles,  CA 90042 5511 Stratford Rd
Los Angeles, CA 90042
4 3 1,246 $1,195,000 $959.07 4 days
349 Stowe Terrace Los Angeles,  CA 90042 349 Stowe Terrace
Los Angeles, CA 90042
2 2 1,076 $1,195,000 $1,110.59 4 days
6148 Mesa Ave Los Angeles,  CA 90042 6148 Mesa Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90042
3 2 1,356 $1,588,000 $1,171.09 5 days
6313 Garvanza Ave Los Angeles,  CA 90042 6313 Garvanza Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90042
3 2 1,776 $950,000 $534.91 6 days
129 S Beech Ln Los Angeles,  CA 90042 129 S Beech Ln
Los Angeles, CA 90042
3 4 2,022 $1,185,000 $586.05 8 days
6221 Monterey Rd #403 Los Angeles,  CA 90042 6221 Monterey Rd #403
Los Angeles, CA 90042
2 2 1,470 $698,000 $474.83 10 days
5310 Aldama St Los Angeles,  CA 90042 5310 Aldama St
Los Angeles, CA 90042
2 1 880 $989,000 $1,123.86 10 days
201 Wayland St Los Angeles,  CA 90042 201 Wayland St
Los Angeles, CA 90042
3 3 1,704 $1,295,000 $759.98 10 days
5624 Baltimore St Los Angeles,  CA 90042 5624 Baltimore St
Los Angeles, CA 90042
3 3 1,284 $1,488,000 $1,158.88 10 days
6439 Monterey Rd Los Angeles,  CA 90042 6439 Monterey Rd
Los Angeles, CA 90042
3 2 1,480 $1,198,000 $809.46 10 days
221 Newland St Los Angeles,  CA 90042 221 Newland St
Los Angeles, CA 90042
3 2 1,300 $1,349,990 $1,038.45 11 days
930 N Staley Ln Los Angeles,  CA 90042 930 N Staley Ln
Los Angeles, CA 90042
4 3 2,178 $2,100,000 $964.19 12 days
1417 Nolden St Los Angeles,  CA 90042 1417 Nolden St
Los Angeles, CA 90042
5 5 3,032 $2,399,993 $791.55 12 days
6565 Pickwick St Los Angeles,  CA 90042 6565 Pickwick St
Los Angeles, CA 90042
3 4 2,226 $1,895,000 $851.30 13 days
5860 Benner St #203 Los Angeles,  CA 90042 5860 Benner St #203
Los Angeles, CA 90042
2 2 753 $599,000 $795.48 16 days
470 Holland Ave Los Angeles,  CA 90042 470 Holland Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90042
4 2 2,711 $1,575,000 $580.97 16 days
5125 Granada St Los Angeles,  CA 90042 5125 Granada St
Los Angeles, CA 90042
4 2 1,500 $939,950 $626.63 16 days
5226 Meridian St Los Angeles,  CA 90042 5226 Meridian St
Los Angeles, CA 90042
2 1 1,096 $1,195,000 $1,090.33 17 days
6295 Church St Los Angeles,  CA 90042 6295 Church St
Los Angeles, CA 90042
3 2 1,408 $1,595,000 $1,132.81 17 days
1036 N Avenue 50 Los Angeles,  CA 90042 1036 N Avenue 50
Los Angeles, CA 90042
3 3 1,481 $1,199,000 $809.59 17 days
5508 Range View Ave Los Angeles,  CA 90042 5508 Range View Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90042
3 3 1,729 $1,300,000 $751.88 18 days
4716 Lincoln Ave Los Angeles,  CA 90042 4716 Lincoln Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90042
2 2 1,185 $1,321,000 -4.8% $1,114.77 22 days
946 Fortune Way Los Angeles,  CA 90042 946 Fortune Way
Los Angeles, CA 90042
4 3 2,700 $2,148,000 $795.56 24 days
1428 N Avenue 46 Los Angeles,  CA 90041 1428 N Avenue 46
Los Angeles, CA 90041
3 2 1,193 $799,000 $669.74 24 days
1430 N Avenue 46 Los Angeles,  CA 90041 1430 N Avenue 46
Los Angeles, CA 90041
3 2 1,073 $899,000 $837.84 24 days
950 El Paso Dr Los Angeles,  CA 90042 950 El Paso Dr
Los Angeles, CA 90042
4 3 2,168 $1,699,000 $783.67 25 days
4749 Baltimore St Los Angeles,  CA 90042 4749 Baltimore St
Los Angeles, CA 90042
1 1 -- $699,000 -- 25 days
1310 Armadale Ave Los Angeles,  CA 90042 1310 Armadale Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90042
2 1 1,035 $899,000 $868.60 25 days
818 N Avenue 51 Los Angeles,  CA 90042 818 N Avenue 51
Los Angeles, CA 90042
3 3 1,211 $1,100,000 -4.3% $908.34 26 days
6254 Annan Way Los Angeles,  CA 90042 6254 Annan Way
Los Angeles, CA 90042
3 3 2,069 $1,600,000 $773.32 27 days
920 Milwaukee Ave Highland Park,  CA 90042 920 Milwaukee Ave
Highland Park, CA 90042
4 3 1,716 $1,200,000 $699.30 27 days
5602 Irvington Place Los Angeles,  CA 90042 5602 Irvington Place
Los Angeles, CA 90042
5 3 2,223 $1,549,500 $697.03 27 days
5036 Echo St #29 Los Angeles,  CA 90042 5036 Echo St #29
Los Angeles, CA 90042
2 2 992 $599,000 $603.83 30 days
241 S Avenue 57 #212 Los Angeles,  CA 90042 241 S Avenue 57 #212
Los Angeles, CA 90042
2 2 887 $599,888 $676.31 33 days
6104 York Blvd Los Angeles,  CA 90042 6104 York Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90042
10 5 3,970 $1,949,000 $490.93 37 days
4943 Granada St Los Angeles,  CA 90042 4943 Granada St
Los Angeles, CA 90042
4 2 1,793 $1,199,000 $668.71 38 days
5209 Baltimore St Los Angeles,  CA 90042 5209 Baltimore St
Los Angeles, CA 90042
3 3 1,835 $850,000 -2.9% $463.22 38 days
215 Hamlet St Los Angeles,  CA 90042 215 Hamlet St
Los Angeles, CA 90042
2 1 828 $1,200,000 $1,449.28 39 days
6041 Crestwood Way Los Angeles,  CA 90042 6041 Crestwood Way
Los Angeles, CA 90042
2 1 762 $800,000 -11% $1,049.87 45 days
140 S Avenue 59 Los Angeles,  CA 90042 140 S Avenue 59
Los Angeles, CA 90042
8 6 6,140 $3,295,000 $536.64 46 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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