Los Feliz Real Estate
From its beginning, as one of the very first land grants in California, Los Feliz has enjoyed a rich history. Founded by the Feliz family in 1830, Colonel. Griffith J. Griffith acquired 4,000 acres of the rancho in 1882, much of which was later bequeathed to the city of Los Angeles as Griffith Park. Los Feliz residents enjoy the close proximity of the park´s many hiking trails, equestrian facilities, recreation areas, playgrounds, and, of course, its historic 1926 carousel and Stinson Military Band Organ, the largest organ to accompany a carousel on the west coast. The beautiful art deco Griffith Observatory is still admission-free as the Colonel wished it to be, and has been featured in dozens of films, most famously Rebel Without a Cause. Every summer the Greek Theatre offers the best in live outdoor concerts. The homes for sale in the Los Feliz hills offer some of the very best views in all of Los Angeles,
Tucked in a lovely niche just south of the Hollywood Hills, Los Feliz is rich in Hollywood history. Walt Disney drew his first image of the now-legendary character in the garage of his uncle’s house, on Kingswell Avenue between Vermont Avenue and Rodney Drive. He also founded his first film studio here, just down the road from his uncle’s home. A larger studio was later built in Los Feliz, just like director D.W. Griffith´s studio, which is now part of Prospect Studios. The former Monogram Pictures is now home to KCET television. This historic studio produced such early films as the Joan Crawford classic, Johnny Guitar, and Hurricane, starring Dorothy Lamour, as well as the Charlie Chan films. With the rich history and endless views is easy to see why luxury real estate in Los Feliz is so sought after.
Los Feliz boasts a wide cross-section of celebrated California architecture. The gated Laughlin Park area of Los Feliz is home to the magnificent two acre Cecil B. DeMille estate as well as several smaller Spanish and Mediterranean style early 20th century estates. Two historic Frank Lloyd Wright houses are located in Los Feliz: Ennis House and the legendary Hollyhock House. Lloyd Wright’s student Richard Neutra’s Lovell House is also located here. The meandering roads of Los Feliz additionally exhibit various mid-century California farm houses, as well as many fabulous new houses are for sale.
The list of celebrities that were born in or have lived in Los Feliz is extensive. Kristen Bell, Zac Efron, Leonardo DiCaprio, Mandy Moore, Colin Farrell, Tom Cruise, Kristen Stewart, Mel Gibson, Gwen Stefani, Chris Pine, Demi Lovato, Ryan Gosling and many more have all resided in Los Feliz. Marilyn Monroe even attended elementary school at Dorris Place Elementary School in the area.
Los Feliz village provides exciting and rich cultural opportunities right in residents’ backyards. World-class restaurants, unique shops and happening clubs can be found in the heart of the village, bordered by Hillhurst Avenue, Prospect Avenue, Franklin Avenue and Hollywood Boulevard. Home owners in Los Feliz have world class dining and entertainment right in their backyard.Just a few blocks further out is Hollywood and all of its cultural, historic, and tourist destinations. Go just a few short miles and you’re in the heart of Beverly Hills, home to some of the best restaurants on the west coast as well as a dizzying array of shopping opportunities. Continue a few miles past Beverly Hills and you’ll find yourself at the beach, enjoying southern California’s legendary surf, sand, and sun.