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 search42 Properties

Address Beds Baths Sq.Ft. Price(%Chng) $/Sq.Ft. On Site
5417 Meridian St Los Angeles, CA 90042 5417 Meridian St
Los Angeles, CA 90042
2 2 1,251 $1,095,000 $875.30 1 day
549 Meridian Terrace Los Angeles, CA 90042 549 Meridian Terrace
Los Angeles, CA 90042
3 2 1,488 $1,149,000 $772.18 1 day
258 S Avenue 51 Highland Park, CA 90042 258 S Avenue 51
Highland Park, CA 90042
2 1 1,210 $995,000 $822.31 2 days
6101 Delphi St Los Angeles, CA 90042 6101 Delphi St
Los Angeles, CA 90042
3 2 1,237 $995,000 $804.37 2 days
125 Roselawn Place Los Angeles, CA 90042 125 Roselawn Place
Los Angeles, CA 90042
3 3 2,316 $874,500 $377.59 3 days
6311 Meridian St Los Angeles, CA 90042 6311 Meridian St
Los Angeles, CA 90042
3 2 1,574 $1,250,000 $794.16 4 days
6115 Mount Angelus Dr Los Angeles, CA 90042 6115 Mount Angelus Dr
Los Angeles, CA 90042
3 2 2,198 $1,895,000 $862.15 4 days
130 S Cessna Ln Los Angeles, CA 90042 130 S Cessna Ln
Los Angeles, CA 90042
3 4 2,022 $1,049,900 $519.24 4 days
5655 Buchanan St Highland Park, CA 90042 5655 Buchanan St
Highland Park, CA 90042
2 2 809 $950,000 $1,174.29 4 days
4816 San Rafael Ave Los Angeles, CA 90042 4816 San Rafael Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90042
3 2 1,961 $1,149,000 $585.93 8 days
5532 Range View Ave Los Angeles, CA 90042 5532 Range View Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90042
2 2 945 $968,000 $1,024.34 8 days
235 Joy St Los Angeles, CA 90042 235 Joy St
Los Angeles, CA 90042
2 1 1,138 $899,000 $789.98 8 days
832 Cooper Ave Los Angeles, CA 90042 832 Cooper Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90042
2 3 1,989 $1,395,000 $701.36 8 days
5682 Aldama St Los Angeles, CA 90042 5682 Aldama St
Los Angeles, CA 90042
4 3 2,196 $1,349,000 $614.30 9 days
601 Redfield Ave Highland Park, CA 90042 601 Redfield Ave
Highland Park, CA 90042
4 1 1,574 $1,275,000 $810.04 13 days
911 N Avenue 56 Los Angeles, CA 90042 911 N Avenue 56
Los Angeles, CA 90042
2 1 434 $698,000 -11.4% $1,608.29 14 days
6414 Ruby St Los Angeles, CA 90042 6414 Ruby St
Los Angeles, CA 90042
3 2 1,457 $1,495,000 $1,026.08 14 days
6106 Mesa Ave Los Angeles, CA 90042 6106 Mesa Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90042
2 1 562 $749,000 $1,332.74 14 days
233 South Avenue 50 Los Angeles, CA 90042 233 South Avenue 50
Los Angeles, CA 90042
3 1 1,516 $975,000 $643.14 15 days
312 N Avenue 64 Los Angeles, CA 90042 312 N Avenue 64
Los Angeles, CA 90042
2 2 1,048 $699,999 $667.94 15 days
960 El Paso Dr Los Angeles, CA 90042 960 El Paso Dr
Los Angeles, CA 90042
3 2 1,182 $999,000 $845.18 17 days
816 Terrace 49 Los Angeles, CA 90042 816 Terrace 49
Los Angeles, CA 90042
3 2 1,383 $1,064,000 -2.8% $769.34 17 days
5918 Monte Vista St Los Angeles, CA 90042 5918 Monte Vista St
Los Angeles, CA 90042
3 2 1,624 $1,200,000 $738.92 21 days
5910 Monte Vista St Los Angeles, CA 90042 5910 Monte Vista St
Los Angeles, CA 90042
4 4 2,621 $1,800,000 $686.76 21 days
6034 Burwood Ave Los Angeles, CA 90042 6034 Burwood Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90042
3 2 1,150 $999,000 $868.70 22 days
6177 Outlook Ave Los Angeles, CA 90042 6177 Outlook Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90042
2 2 1,323 $1,295,000 $978.84 22 days
1021 Larker Ave. Ave Los Angeles, CA 90042 1021 Larker Ave. Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90042
3 3 2,095 $1,250,000 -13.7% $596.66 24 days
219 N Avenue 59 Highland Park, CA 90042 219 N Avenue 59
Highland Park, CA 90042
2 2 828 $989,000 -5.7% $1,194.44 30 days
4752 Baltimore St Los Angeles, CA 90042 4752 Baltimore St
Los Angeles, CA 90042
3 3 2,434 $1,795,000 -3% $737.47 32 days
1536 N Mercury Dr Los Angeles, CA 90042 1536 N Mercury Dr
Los Angeles, CA 90042
4 4 2,478 $1,435,000 -3.4% $579.10 32 days
913 Rutland Ave Los Angeles, CA 90042 913 Rutland Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90042
3 2 1,530 $1,495,000 $977.12 32 days
1048 Dexter St Los Angeles, CA 90042 1048 Dexter St
Los Angeles, CA 90042
2 1 924 $849,906 $919.81 35 days
4922 Lynn St Los Angeles, CA 90042 4922 Lynn St
Los Angeles, CA 90042
4 2 1,456 $990,000 -23.8% $679.95 37 days
127 S Avenue 55 Los Angeles, CA 90042 127 S Avenue 55
Los Angeles, CA 90042
3 2 1,544 $999,999 $647.67 38 days
5904 Annan Way Los Angeles, CA 90042 5904 Annan Way
Los Angeles, CA 90042
4 2 1,482 $1,299,999 $877.19 39 days
510 Toledo St Highland Park, CA 90042 510 Toledo St
Highland Park, CA 90042
1 1 540 $789,000 -1.3% $1,461.11 45 days
848 Cooper Ave Los Angeles, CA 90042 848 Cooper Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90042
3 2 1,697 $1,470,000 $866.23 46 days
5880 Benner St #102 Highland Park, CA 90042 5880 Benner St #102
Highland Park, CA 90042
2 2 753 $549,000 $729.08 49 days
1118 N Avenue 56 Los Angeles, CA 90042 1118 N Avenue 56
Los Angeles, CA 90042
3 4 2,111 $1,515,000 $717.67 50 days
1890 N Avenue 55 Los Angeles, CA 90042 1890 N Avenue 55
Los Angeles, CA 90042
2 1 1,040 $2,200,000 4.8% $2,115.38 87 days
4844 York Blvd Los Angeles, CA 90042 4844 York Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90042
2 1 1,120 $950,000 -20.8% $848.21 161 days
118 S Avenue 50 #604 Los Angeles, CA 90042 118 S Avenue 50 #604
Los Angeles, CA 90042
2 3 1,425 $879,000 $616.84 354 days
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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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