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We've lived here 20 years and love it-- close to downtown, fine restaurants, wilderness, Griffith Park, Greek Theater, Autry Museum, LA River (Glendale Narrows) and within easy commute to most of LA. Plus fun people, diverse population and easy access to freeways. What else could anyone ask fir? Downside is the traffic on Los Feliz Blvd.

— Annie
August 11, 2012 at 11:28 a.m.

the happy :)

— brake bro
May 30, 2012 at 5:52 p.m.

I've only been living here for a couple of years, but lately the neighborhood doesn't seem as safe as it did. A few months ago, 3 friends were robbed at gunpoint on Rodney & Melbourne. It really takes some fun out of walking to dinner. Hopefully it's not a trend.

— A. Nonymouse
February 23, 2012 at 4:31 p.m.

I was ten when we moved to L.A. from Colombia in '72. Lived on Burns Ave. Attended Lockwood Elem. After a year we moved to Burns Ave. Some of my fondest memories are skateboarding down Talmadge St.( when the wheels were made out of clay). Walking to Platypus Records with our boom boxes and listening to the newest LP's.

Looking back now, I can appreciate how ethnically diverse our neighborhood was. We had Russians, Koreans, Italians, Mexicans, Salvadorians, Chinese. I also remember working at the Jewish Community Center on Bates Ave. helping the maintenance guy on Fridays. He would give us $5 and let us play in the gym.

During summer break, I would go to Barnsdall Park and take art and film-making classes.

— Jaime Restrepo
February 8, 2011 at 7:33 a.m.

@Steve: No kidding about the paving on Ambrose! My teeth literally chatter when I drive to Albertson's on that stretch of the road. It's been like that, sometimes with the potholes filled in temporarily only to get "unfilled" after any rain, for the 15 years I've lived here. The whole street needs a re-paving just like Commonwealth and Talmadge got these past couple of years.

— Matthew
January 29, 2011 at 7:21 p.m.

I've lived in Los Feliz since 1965 and on Ambrose Avenue since 1967. I love the neighborhood for it's beauty, convenience and diversity. However, for many of those years Ambrose Avenue between Commonwealth Ave. and Hillhurst Ave. has desperately needed repaving. I've called, written, emailed and been told "It's on the list." Hope I live long enough to see Ambrose Ave. repaved and finally get off the list!

— Steve
January 20, 2011 at 9:55 a.m.

I've lived in the sewers in Los Feliz my whole life. My one and only complaint is that in 1986 some jerk poured radioactive toxic waste in the sewer. The waste turned me into a ninja turtle and I had to spend the better part of the 90's fighting crime. Other than that I love it here! Tomato Pie on Hyperion has the best pizza!

— Turtle Mike
December 4, 2010 at 8:22 a.m.

I'm originally from the east coast. Moved to LA from Brooklyn, NY. I've lived in Los Feliz for fifteen years now. Moved to the neighborhood by accident (after having been broken into three times in four days in Hollywood). Los Feliz is home now.

Some say it's LA's 'Greenwich Village'. It's not. It's Los Feliz. New York doesn't have a neighborhood like it.

— Ratishaw
November 9, 2010 at 12:40 a.m.

Having lived in "The Valley", West Hollywood and Malibu, Los Feliz always felt like I was home. Its quirky and as one reporter once referred to it, "It has diversity amongst its diversity. I always loved the mix of people and the ability to walk everywhere. The proximity to the freeway system is a bonus. Having retired early I now live in Palm Springs. But I will always miss my home and surrounding in Los Feliz.

— Marq
March 22, 2010 at 8:02 a.m.

sono molto feliche cui,lei parla di la piu bella cita,che io ricordo "Pierre",

Mister C,Primavera,Sarno,to name a few

just remembering the singing nigths at Sarnos in the '70 it make me cry(Nensum

Norma AH!!!)I must thank-you guys for this wonderful 'hood.ciao.

chivediamo,buona giornatta e buona fortuna

— adolfo
March 10, 2010 at 1:40 a.m.

I lived in Los Feliz for 15 years - when I moved in the neighborhood was rising up from a sketchy past. Years before I'd turned down buying a house because of the gang activity. When I returned as a renter, there were still some problems, but like many city neighborhoods, you take the good with the bad. Being close to Griffith Park was a plus, especially with a toddler.

I love the stories of neighborhoods that have changed over the years, mostly for the better. And I salute those who choose to stay and make their communities better rather than fleeing to suburban enclaves. Los Feliz has some great restaurants (I miss the cafes and Indian food), and funky shops. My apartment was fantastic, now I'm a homeowner in a new urban community and hope to participate in the ongoing renewal of my new area.

— Former Los Feliz Resident
March 3, 2010 at 1:50 p.m.

Robert:

I live on Russell Ave right next to the building where the last carport fire took place. That same carport has actually been targeted twice that I can remember in the 16 years I've lived here. Luckily, the arsonist believed to be responsible for all of those fires was caught not long after the last two on Russell. Turns out he lived on the street.

— Art
February 26, 2010 at 5:18 p.m.

Ed Goodrich:

These are your folks: http://www.lfia.com/

— MFMauceri
December 23, 2009 at 11:26 p.m.

Hello. I am trying to look into the history of a house located in Los Feliz. Does anyone know of a good resource for this kind of research?

Thanks and have a great Holiday.

~E

— Erik Goodrich
December 23, 2009 at 4:38 p.m.

I reside in San Gabriel but I really love the Los Feliz area. Old Movie buffs might want to check out Double Indemnity with Fred MacMurray and Barbara Stanwick.

Rafa

— Ralph
September 16, 2009 at 1:31 p.m.

soledadenmasa points to an interesting LA anomoly. While the geography is confusing, (Los Feliz is Northwest of the city center) the nomenclature is certainly correct. Denizens of Los Feliz, Silver Lake, Echo Park etc, do refer to it collectively as 'The Eastside', not to be confused with East LA. It only goes to show that Downtown LA is not actually the city's center of gravity.

— David
September 15, 2009 at 1:45 p.m.

I miss Los Feliz (as well as Silverlake and Echo Park). I moved away 12 years ago after taking a corporate job in NYC. I now live in the Ditmas Park section of Brooklyn, why? only one reason...it reminds me of Los Feliz.

There is something so truly L.A. about Los Feliz; it will always remind me of the L.A. I grew up in, and still miss. I especially miss early Sunday mornings, breakfast on Hillhurst (Le Belle Epoque is gone now) and my walk to Griffin Park, oh and walking to Sunset for the Festival.

I have taken an early retirement from the coprorate world, and work part time as a flight attendant so I'll be moving back soon...I'd rather commute to work every other week do my trips out of JFK, than spend another week denied of the only place my soul feels truly at peace.

— LANativereturning
September 6, 2009 at 1:08 p.m.

sorry, the neighborhoods you mentioned ARE NOT the Eastside. I messed up in my previous statement.

— soledadenmasa
September 3, 2009 at 7:27 a.m.

Jacqueline, you are wrong. None of the communities you listed are the Eastside. Buy a Thomas Bros. Guide, learn L.A.'s geography & nomenclature.

— soledadenmasa
September 3, 2009 at 7:26 a.m.

I have lived all over Los Angeles & the east side is the best side .....I live in Los Feliz...but I also love Silver Lake, Echo Park, Atwater,Edendale,Eagle Rock & HP....Los Feliz is great cause you can walk everywhere & you don't have corporate BS shoved in your face....when I want to shop or eat. I have a choice to go Figaro's for coffee instead of Starbucks if I want... or The Nature Mart instead of Whole Foods. This neighborhood seems to thrive with small business and it's one of the many reasons why this neighborhood rocks!

The people here for the most part are pretty friendly as well....a good mix of young & old....singles & couples....just a bunch of different folks really...you never know who you will run into.

Night life here in Los Feliz is also thriving....you have the Dresden...Marty & Elaine need I say more....that place is one of a kind with those two. There is up scale & there is hole in wall. The Greek Theater is in walking distance as well. There is so much more but I won't spoil it for you, check it out for yourself.

I do however want to say in remarks to safety...No where is completely safe, so please be aware of your surroundings people...pay attention.

My heart goes out to the Burk Family .

~Jacqueline

— Jacqueline
August 27, 2009 at 9:34 p.m.

Los Feliz means access to me. I have a scooter if I absolutely have to get to the beach, but if I just want to go Downtown or to Hollywood, I have the metro right there. It's why I moved here. Silverlake and Echo Park are just a walk down Sunset Boulevard. If I want highbrow, Vermont is just across the street; if I want lowbrow, Fatburger's strip mall is just a heart-attack-inducing intersection-crossing away.

Landmarks? Griffith Park (the largest municipal city park in the country), the observatory, the Greek Theatre, Barnsdall Art Park, Frank Lloyd Wright houses, Mack Sennett's old studio, and the Vista Theater. Hidden gems? Shakespeare Bridge on foot (esp. at dusk), a French Academy, tucked behind LA's public television studios, the old Vitagraph/Prospect studio, the Walt Disney/David Lynch fairy-tale cottages, Fern Dell, pastries at the Los Feliz cafe, the last of four Brown Derbies built in Hollywood, and the Skylight Theater, wedged between the All-purpose and Pop-culture components of Skylight Books.

What I like about the place is that it's a neighborhood; so, although I've only lived here 4 months, my friend Mike will move my scooter before it gets a street cleaning ticket, the waitress at Figaro knows to bring me coffee, the staff at the library talk to me for no reason, and yet it knows it's part of a big city; it has an international newsstand with hundreds of publications, restaurants from everywhere, famous history (as part of the "original Hollywood"), movie theaters, a post office that's open from 6am to 7pm, a monthly art walk, and--most importantly--no one gets in my business uninvited.

The downside? There could be greater diversity. However, having said that, I will add that on any given day, in any given half hour, I will hear four or five different native languages being spoken by the people who live, work, and have businesses here (Spanish, Armenian, Russian, French, Hindi, Japanese, Thai, and English among them). And, although there is a preponderance of what I like to call twentynothings, there are enough people of all other age groups to keep their brio in check.

What other information I would like to know about Los Feliz? The international history and demographics of the neighborhood, not just color or language groups. Both Thai Town and Little Armenia are within it's borders, and the european immigrants who got the motion picture business started here should have some interesting histories to uncover as well. The "Gabrielenos" Native Americans were here at Fern Dell, and I know very little about them, except that they were purportedly the only people here up until about two hundred years ago. I'd like to know more about them as well.

Thanks for doing this project.

— Jean Marie
August 25, 2009 at 2:54 p.m.

Western Avenue is, in fact, the western edge of the 90027 zip code, and "Los Feliz" includes all of 90027, doesn't it? So Franklin Hills is part of Los Feliz, as are the streets east of Western and north of Hollywood.

I think the current map is correct! And this is the best neighborhood in the city, hands-down. Anyone can live here; it's worth high rent (still, the same you pay here will not even pay for the most disgusting place in WeHo). Really, anyone can, and does, feel at home in Los Feliz.

— S
August 23, 2009 at 5:43 a.m.

I lived in Los Feliz for 10 years before I moved to the Westside for a job. The westside's weather, esp in summer, is better, and the air is quite a bit cleaner, but in every other way, it doesn't compare to Los Feliz. I miss it sooo much! And, like everyone else who lives in the 'hood, the walkability of the area and great places to go is what makes it so special. Yes, the fact that there are many old Hollywood buildings give it character, but what really makes it a great place to live is the amazing array of things to do within a few blocks walking distance, and the prettiness of the area that makes it a joy to walk around in. Plus, having a metro stop right at Sunset and Vermont, to go the few places it does go to, also can't be beat. Overall, this neighborhood has everything- too bad it's not "hidden" anymore!

— watada
August 21, 2009 at 2:23 p.m.

I live just east of the Shakespeare Bridge; east of St George, north of Franklin Ave. The district is known as Franklin Hills but some realtors like to call us "Los Feliz" for better sales. Ha! In either case, THE NEIGHBORHOOD IS SPECTACULARLY "neighborly" and in the City of Angels, that's a commodity. I've been part of this neighborhood for a few decades and what makes this area special is it's eclectic group of people. Creative, non-conformists people live in the neighborhood; however, I have been seeing an influx of Westside defectors. THAT worries me as it often means an introduction of another sub-culture that just doesn't feel right for the neighborhood. I hope the newbies who move in quickly learn that this area is impressed more with uniqueness rather than "keeping up with the Jones'" conformity. Leave your Louis Vuitton purse, Abercrombie & Fitch printed shirt, and "attitude" at the door of this neighborhood... And you'll be just fine. ;-)

— Kenny
August 17, 2009 at 4:48 a.m.

My rent is affordable. The view is fantastic (Griffith Park, Hollywood sign). I never knew it was Los Feliz 'til just now. Cool bars. Late (4am) restaurants. Safe! Walk to Ralph's at any hour. Vista theater - best in L A! It's a JOY to live here. No complaints.

— John B
August 16, 2009 at 12:30 a.m.

It's the Park, It's the Views, It's the Hip!

— Coming Home to Los Feliz
August 15, 2009 at 9:15 a.m.

great neighborhood, but the intersection at Hollywood/ Vermont is horrible. bad for cars. bad for pedestrians.

also the whole block between hollyoowd and sunset on Vermont needs to be torn down and rebuilt. that strip mall sucks (from a practical and an aesthetic standpoint). it blocks walking access to Barnsdall park. the wells fargo and chase are pretty lacking too. so's the B of A north of the intersection. kills the neighborhood vibe. also makes it really unpleasant to walk between the vermont stores and the vermont/ sunset subway.

— M Juanreichez
August 14, 2009 at 12:41 p.m.

Lived here over ten years. A great mix of ages. Never worry about crime. Could use more minorities but other than that, everything u need is right here. Dont apprecite people saying those of us on edgemont below franklin arent in Los Feliz, but there are snobs everywhere. Even in LF. And how is vermont NOT los feliz? Thats the most important block in the area. How you gonna disown Sky Light, Il Cappricio, Dresden, Fred 62, House of Pies, or the post office? Without that eclectic mix of shops LF has zilch. Anyways...love it here...and I guess Im a snob too for wanting to be included in LF...oh well..

— dante
August 13, 2009 at 9:21 p.m.

Best part is how walkable it is. Pedestrians, feeling of neighborhood, the 30 restaurants or so on Hillhurst and Vermont, Barnsdall Park, views of Observatory at night, Skylight bookstore.

Not sure if I would include area between Normandie and Western as Los Feliz -- maybe East Hollywood?

— P. Michael
June 20, 2009 at 5:07 p.m.

The area between Franklin on the North, Hollywood on the South, Western on the West and Vermont on the East should not be included in Los Feliz. These areas are better labeled as part of Hollywood East.

— Pete P
June 4, 2009 at 10:35 a.m.

Lived on Normandie above Franklin for about 45 years, and long called it Hollywood 'cuz I thought it was cooler, but I've changed. Los Feliz 3 is OK (one out of 3 ain't bad), but Vista is a marvel (legroom, sound, affordable!). Post office is well-used (with hours to prove it), library is great (but puny parking). Don't forget Los Feliz and Franklin elementary schools! Great walks, but Los Feliz Blvd. traffic sucks. Talented, interesting neighbors. Your stated income levels seem too low -- who can afford a Los Feliz home on 50K a year? Did anyone notice the Armenian percentage is higher than East Hollywood (which has Little Armenia)? Is the area W of Normandie and S of Franklin considered Los Feliz? I thought they were more Hollywood-oriented.

— Pete
June 4, 2009 at 8:40 a.m.

At least 2 cars have been blown up in car ports over the last 2 months. I don't feel safe living here on Serrano.

— Robert
June 3, 2009 at 1:25 p.m.

I second 'walkability.' Skylight Books is one of the best independent bookstores in the city, amazing selection of food within three blocks, and seeing the Observatory lit up at night. The best!!!

— Mary
June 3, 2009 at 1:12 p.m.

Thai food, Tiki Ti, Vermont/Hillhurst, walkability, Frank Lloyd Wright

— Ewan
June 3, 2009 at 11:51 a.m.

Los Feliz

is a neighborhood in the city of Los Angeles in the Central L.A. region of Los Angeles County. It contains Franklin Hills.
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