Los Feliz

Los Feliz, also Rancho Los Feliz is an affluent, hilly neighborhood near Griffith Park. It is noted for its expensive homes and celebrity inhabitants. The neighborhood is named after its colonial Spanish-Mexican land grantee José Vicente Feliz.

Los Feliz lies includes diverse culture unique shopping and excellent resturaunts on Vermont and Hillhurst which run though its core. The neighborhood has views of the Griffith Observatory as well as quick access to Griffith Park. Los Feliz is bordered by Hollywood Boulevard to the south, Hyperion Avenue to the southeast, Griffith Park to the north, the Los Angeles River to the east, and Western Avenue to the west.

History

Mickey Mouse was “born” in Los Feliz—Walt Disney drew his first image of the now-legendary character in the garage of his uncle’s house which was located on Kingswell Avenue between Vermont and Rodney. Los Feliz was also home to many other early studios, such as that of D. W. Griffith; the site is currently home toThe Prospect Studios, at the intersection of Prospect Avenue and Talmadge Street. On Sunset Boulevard was Monogram Pictures, where early Charlie Chan movies were filmed, as well as “Hurricane” starring Dorothy Lamour and the camp classic “Johnny Guitar”. The neighborhood has historically been home to movie stars, musicians, and the Hollywood elite. It boasts some of the best known residential architecture in the city, including two homes designed by Frank Lloyd Wright: Ennis House and the Hollyhock House, and Richard Neutra’s Lovell House.

Demographics

Los Feliz currently has a population of around 36,000 and growing slowly. The area has an average income of $50,793 and just under half of the residence have a four year degree.

Education

Los Angeles Unified School District operates six schools in Los Feliz

  • John Marshall High School
  • Thomas Starr King Middle School
  • Franklin Ave Elementary School
  • Los Feliz Elementary School

Los Feliz also has three private schools.

  • Lycee International DE
  • Mother of Good Counsel School
  • St. Lasimir
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