Feliz is “happy” in Spanish and it is a perfect name for a livable and pleasant area of Los Angeles. It’s hard to be unhappy when you are in walking distance of restaurants, coffee shops, boutiques, theaters, and sidewalk cafes on Vermont Avenue between Franklin and Hollywood, or the Hillhurst corridor between Los Feliz Boulevard and Prospect Avenue. In a city that drives everywhere, this bohemian community definitely stands out. It is home of California’s most tranquil neighborhoods and standout architecture. Los Feliz is also known for its beautiful hilly district where some homes have vast views of Los Angeles. The area of Los Feliz includes the famous Griffith Observatory and Greek Theater.
Los Feliz, originally known as Rancho Los Feliz, was one of the first land grants in California and was granted to Corporal Jose Vicente Feliz. An old adobe house build in the 1830s by Feliz’s heirs still stands on Crystal Springs Drive in Griffith Park, named for Colonel Griffith, who donated over half of the rancho to the city of Los Angeles. It later became Griffith Park, one of the largest municipal parks with urban wilderness area in the United States. The park is home to the Griffith Observatory, which features an extensive array of space and science-related displays, and the Los Angeles Zoo. The Greek Theatre is also located within Griffith Park. It’s one of L.A’s most historic entertainment venues and has hosted some of the biggest names in entertainment. Griffith Park also houses various children’s play areas, two 18-hole golf courses, a driving range and other sports fields, as well as hiking and equestrian trails. At Travel Town there is a miniature railroad operated by the Los Angeles Live Steamers and a collection of railroad locomotives, passenger cars and streetcars.
Los Feliz has historically been home to many stars, musicians and Hollywood elite. Today, young celebrities like Liv Tyler, Robert Pattinson, Natasha Bedingfield, Eva Mendes, and many more call the area home. It also boasts some of the best-known residential architecture in Los Angeles, including two homes designed by Frank Lloyd Wright: Ennis House and the Hollyhock House in Barnsdall Park.
When it comes to housing, you could end up paying as much as $8 million for a large mansion, or around $300,000 for a neighborhood house. The median home price is around $1,342,500, with average price per square foot of $533.54.
Residents in Los Feliz are assigned to the Los Angeles Unified School District which includes the local John Marshall High School. Private schools include the Lycée International de Los Angeles, a bilingual (French/English) school founded in 1978, and Immaculate Heart High School, a private Catholic high school for girls, established in 1906. Los Feliz Branch of the Los Angeles Public Library is located in Los Feliz Village.
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