Los Feliz, Los Angeles

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Los Feliz
Los Feliz neighborhood, as mapped by the Los Angeles Times
Los Feliz neighborhood, as mapped by the Los Angeles Times
Los Feliz is located in Los Angeles
Los Feliz
Los Feliz
Location within Central Los Angeles
Coordinates: 34°06′45″N 118°17′06″W / 34.1124°N 118.2851°W / 34.1124; -118.2851Coordinates: 34°06′45″N 118°17′06″W / 34.1124°N 118.2851°W / 34.1124; -118.2851
Country United States
State California
CountyLos Angeles
CityLos Angeles
Named forRancho Los Feliz
Elevation143 m (469 ft)
Time zoneUTC-8 (PST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-7 (PDT)
Zip codes
Area code(s)213, 323

Los Feliz (/ls fˈls/, /lɔːs ˈflɪz/; Spanish for "The Feliz [family]", Spanish pronunciation: [los feˈlis])[2][3] is a hillside neighborhood in the greater Hollywood area of Los Angeles, California,[4][5] abutting Hollywood and encompassing part of the Santa Monica Mountains. The neighborhood is named after the Feliz family, a notable family of Californios who had owned the area since 1795, when José Vicente Feliz was granted Rancho Los Feliz.


Colonel Griffith, grantee of the Los Feliz family

Native Americans[edit]

Long before the Spanish settlers arrived to settle near the banks of the Los Angeles River, Native Americans were the only inhabitants. It is estimated that the first Native Americans came to the area approximately 10,000 years ago. The Native Americans established villages, known as rancherias, throughout the countryside. One of these settlements was within the boundaries of what was to become Rancho Los Feliz. Archeological surveys have found evidence of a substantial rancheria that existed in the mouth of Fern Dell Canyon in Griffith Park. The traditional name of this village is not known, but the inhabitants were Tongva or Gabrielinos. This name was given by the Spanish because of the Native Americans' association with the San Gabriel Mission. When Gaspar de Portolà traveled through the vicinity in 1769, his expedition encountered members of this village.

Land grants[edit]

The 6,647-acre (27 km2) Rancho Los Feliz, one of the first land grants in California, was granted to Corporal José Vicente Feliz. An old adobe house built in the 1830s by his heirs still stands on Crystal Springs Drive in Griffith Park. Other sections of the rancho were developed and became the communities of Los Feliz and Silver Lake.

Griffith's legacy[edit]

Rancho Los Feliz had a succession of owners after the Feliz family. One owner, Griffith J. Griffith, donated over half of the ranch to the city of Los Angeles. This ranch became one of the largest city-owned parks in the country.

In 1882, Colonel Griffith acquired 4,071 acres (16 km2) of Rancho Los Feliz. The Lick estate still owned the southwest portion of the rancho and there developed the Lick Tract, which later became a part of Hollywood. Griffith never served in any branch of the U.S. armed forces, but he was given the honorary title of colonel by influential friends in the California National Guard. The title remained a permanent fixture to his name. In 1900, there were only 23 properties in Los Feliz.

Griffith died on July 6, 1919, at the age of 67. Griffith bequeathed $700,000 and his Los Feliz acreage to the city of Los Angeles to be used for additions to Griffith Park.

Tate/LaBianca Murders[edit]

On August 9, 1969, Manson and six others murdered supermarket executive Leno LaBianca and his wife Rosemary in their home located at 3301 Waverly Drive in Los Feliz.[6]: 176–184, 258–269  [7]

The Ennis House, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright

May 2007 fire[edit]

Fire at Griffith Park in Los Feliz, 2007

On May 8–9, 2007, about 800 acres (3.2 km2) of uninhabited terrain in Los Feliz and Griffith Park, including the famous Dante's View, were destroyed in a wildfire.[8] After the fire, Los Angeles city officials pledged millions of dollars in aid to repair the damage.[9]


Los Feliz Boulevard, lined with Deodar trees

Los Feliz encompasses several smaller but distinct areas, including the Los Feliz Hills and Los Feliz Estates (north of Los Feliz Boulevard), Laughlin Park, Los Feliz Village, Los Feliz Square, Los Feliz Knolls, and Franklin Hills.

According to the Mapping L.A. project of the Los Angeles Times, Los Feliz is part of Central Los Angeles. It is flanked on the north by Griffith Park, on the northeast by Atwater Village, on the southeast by Silver Lake, on the south by East Hollywood, and on the northwest by Hollywood and Hollywood Hills. Los Feliz is situated near the 101 and the 5 freeways in Hollywood and Atwater Village respectively.[10][11]

Its boundaries are the Griffith Park line between Fern Dell Drive and Riverside Drive on the north; the Los Angeles River on the east; Hyperion Avenue and Griffith Park Boulevard on the southeast; Fountain Avenue and Hollywood Boulevard on the south; and Western Avenue, Los Feliz Boulevard, and Fern Dell Drive on the west and northwest.[12][13]

Los Feliz enjoys a Hot-summer Mediterranean climate (Csa), just like most of Central Los Angeles.

Climate data for Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °F (°C) 95
Average high °F (°C) 68.1
Average low °F (°C) 45.1
Record low °F (°C) 28
Average precipitation inches (mm) 3.12
Source: [14]


Shakespeare Bridge over the Franklin Hills in the Los Feliz district

The 2000 U.S. census counted 35,238 residents in the 2.61-square-mile neighborhood—an average of 13,512 people per square mile, among the highest population densities in Los Angeles County. In 2008 the city estimated that the population had increased to 36,933. The median age for residents was 36, older than in the city as a whole; the percentage of residents aged 65 and older was among the county's highest.[12]

The neighborhood was highly diverse ethnically. The breakdown was whites, 57.6%; Latinos, 18.7%; Asians, 13.5%; blacks, 3.7%, and others, 6.6%. Armenia (25.3%) and Mexico (9.4%) were the most common places of birth for the 44.5% of the residents who were born abroad, a high ratio compared to the rest of Los Angeles.[12]

The median yearly household income in 2008 dollars was $50,793, about the same as the rest of Los Angeles, but a high rate of households earned $20,000 or less per year. The average household size of two people was low for the city of Los Angeles. Renters occupied 75.5% of the housing stock, and house or apartment owners the rest.[12]

The percentages of never-married men (50.2%) and never-married women (37.2%) were among the county's highest, as was the percentage of widowed women (10.1%).[12]


The Los Feliz Neighborhood Council is divided into five interest areas, which include the following communities:[15][16]

  • District A: Los Feliz Hills and Los Feliz Estates[17]
  • District B: Los Feliz Square, Laughlin Park, and Thai Town North[18]
  • District C: Los Feliz Village[19]
  • District D: Los Feliz Knolls and Waverly Heights[20]
  • District E: Franklin Hills and a few neighboring blocks[21]

Los Feliz Hills[edit]

The area north of Los Feliz Boulevard below Griffith Park is commonly referred to as the Los Feliz Hills. The Los Feliz Hills contain multimillion-dollar homes and have been known for the large share of their inhabitants being involved in creative pursuits. The mean household income is $196,585.[22]

Laughlin Park[edit]

The gated community of Laughlin Park has 60 houses. In 1998, Laura Meyers of Los Angeles Magazine described the area as "The most seductive, exclusive neighborhood in Los Feliz".[23] W.C. Fields lived here in an Italianate residence built in 1919.[24]

Los Feliz Village[edit]

Los Feliz Village is the southern section of Los Feliz, home to most of the commercial storefronts in the district. It is centered on the thoroughfares of Vermont and Hillhurst Avenues and spans from approximately Prospect Avenue to Los Feliz Boulevard. There are several coffee shops, restaurants, and small clothing and vintage stores.

Los Feliz Village Business Improvement District helps promote local businesses and has an annual street fair.

In February 2014, a local shop called Dumb Starbucks was opened as a bit for the Comedy Central show Nathan for You in Los Feliz Village. It has gained notoriety as a parody of Starbucks.[25]


The Brown Derby c. 1945

Los Feliz Village is home or in proximity to numerous bars and restaurants catering to nightlife. They are mostly on Hillhurst Avenue between Los Feliz Boulevard and Prospect Avenue, and on Vermont Avenue between Franklin Avenue and Hollywood Boulevard. Some were classic dive bars in their heyday, frequented by the likes of Charles Bukowski, Lawrence Tierney, sundry working-class drunks, poets, artists, writers, and other creative types.

The Derby, at Hillhurst Avenue and Los Feliz Boulevard, the last remaining location of the historic Brown Derby chain, was featured in the movie Swingers. It closed in 2009.

The Dresden Room on Vermont Avenue, also featured in the film Swingers, has live entertainment by Marty and Elayne. (Marty and Elayne make brief, performing appearances in both Swingers and the fourth-season Mr. Show episode "Rudy Will Await Your Foundation".)

Figaro Bistrot on Vermont Avenue was built in 1922.[26]


Forty-two percent of Los Feliz residents aged 25 and older had earned a four-year degree in 2000, a high figure for the city.[12]

The schools within Los Feliz are as follows:[27]

  • John Marshall Senior High School, LAUSD, 3939 Tracy Street. Designed by architect George M. Lindsey in the Collegiate Gothic style, the school opened on January 26, 1931. After the Sylmar earthquake of 1971, some of Marshall's buildings were condemned. The cafeteria was torn down, but the Main Building was preserved. In 1975, it was closed for structural strengthening, and in September 1981 it was reopened. Mike Haynes Stadium, the school's football and track arena, dates to 1981 and was renovated with a regulation Olympic track and new turf field in 2010.[citation needed]
  • Franklin Avenue Elementary School, LAUSD, 1910 North Commonwealth Avenue
  • Los Feliz Elementary School, LAUSD, 1740 North New Hampshire Avenue
  • Thomas Starr King Middle School, LAUSD, 4201 Fountain Avenue
  • Our Mother of Good Counsel, private elementary, 4622 Ambrose Avenue
  • Lycée International de Los Angeles Los Feliz campus, private elementary

In 1998, Laura Meyers of the Los Angeles Times said that residents of the Laughlin Park section of Los Feliz "tend not to send their kids to the local public schools" and instead "often" select the Lycée International or the Oaks School.[23]

The Immaculate Heart school is in close proximity to the community.[28]

In popular culture[edit]

Buena Vista Street, the entrance to the California Adventure theme park at the Disneyland Resort, is partly modeled after Los Feliz in the 1920s and 1930s. The Disney Buena Vista Street includes a retail location called Los Feliz Five and Dime. Disney's Hyperion studio was situated in the Los Feliz area where a Gelson's Market now stands.[29]

Several scenes in Double Indemnity are set in the Los Feliz area. in J.G. Quintel's series Close Enough, the main characters live in Los Feliz.

The neighborhood is the subject of the 2015 Mark Ronson song "Leaving Los Feliz" from the album Uptown Special.

All Barely Legal Comedy sketches take place in the neighbourhood.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Worldwide Elevation Finder". elevation.maplogs.com.
  2. ^ "Native Tongues". Los Angeles Magazine. December 1996. p. 135. Retrieved May 22, 2020 – via Google Books.
  3. ^ Gerber, Marisa (May 7, 2013). "'Los Feliz': How you say it tells about you and L.A." Los Angeles Times.
  4. ^ "Hollywood Community Plan". Los Angeles City Planning. Retrieved January 13, 2021. The Community Plan Area includes the neighborhoods of Hollywood, various Hollywood Hills communities, Los Feliz, East Hollywood, and Griffith Park, among others.
  5. ^ Historic Resources Survey Report: Hollywood Community Plan Area
  6. ^ Bugliosi, Vincent with Gentry, Curt. Helter Skelter: The True Story of the Manson Murders 25th Anniversary Edition, W. W. Norton & Company, 1994. ISBN 0-393-08700-X. OCLC 15164618.
  7. ^ Harling, Bruce. "Los Feliz House Where Leno And Rosemary LaBianca Were Slain By Manson Gang Sold". Deadline.com. Retrieved March 18, 2020.
  8. ^ "Wildfire continues to burn in heart of Los Angeles". Reuters. May 9, 2007. Archived from the original on June 26, 2007. Retrieved May 22, 2020.
  9. ^ Ashraf, Khalil (May 11, 2007). "With fire out, officials begin planning Griffith Park repairs". Los Angeles Times. Archived from the original on May 22, 2020. Retrieved May 22, 2020.
  10. ^ "Central L.A.", Mapping L.A., Los Angeles Times
  11. ^ "Northeast L.A.", Mapping L.A., Los Angeles Times
  12. ^ a b c d e f "Los Feliz", Mapping L.A., Los Angeles Times
  13. ^ The Thomas Guide: Los Angeles County, 2004, pages 593 and 594
  14. ^ "Zipcode 90027 - Los Angeles California is in Hardiness Zones 10a and 10b". Retrieved April 21, 2021.
  15. ^ "Boundary Map". Los Feliz Neighborhood Council. Retrieved January 13, 2021.
  16. ^ Los Feliz Neighborhood Map on RubyHome
  17. ^ "District A - Los Feliz Hills". Los Feliz Neighborhood Council. Retrieved January 13, 2021. District A, including Los Feliz Hills and Los Feliz Estates, is the scenic backdrop that frames our neighborhood. This area includes the upscale hillside homes that flank the southernmost part of Griffith Park and a large portion of Griffith Park itself. It is home to many of the neighborhood's wealthiest and most recognizable residents.
  18. ^ "District B - Los Feliz Square". Los Feliz Neighborhood Council. Retrieved January 13, 2021. With the exclusive Laughlin Park community at one corner and Thai Town North at another, District B is an eclectic mix of businesses, residences, and cultures.
  19. ^ "District C - Los Feliz Village". Los Feliz Neighborhood Council. Retrieved January 13, 2021. District C is the heart of Los Feliz and home to pedestrian-friendly Los Feliz Village.
  20. ^ "District D - Los Feliz Knolls". Los Feliz Neighborhood Council. Retrieved January 13, 2021. District D, which includes Los Feliz Knolls and Waverly Heights, is home to winding streets cresting rolling foothills, and features several publicly accessible outdoor recreation areas.
  21. ^ "District E - Franklin Hills". Los Feliz Neighborhood Council. Retrieved January 13, 2021. Franklin Hills and a few other neighboring blocks comprise District E.
  22. ^ "Higley1000.com". Archived from the original on April 8, 2019. Retrieved April 2, 2012.
  23. ^ a b Meyers, Laura. "The High Five." Los Angeles Magazine. Emmis Communications, January 1998. Volume 43, Issue 1. ISSN 1522-9149. p. 58.
  24. ^ Hendrickson, V. L. (June 7, 2021). "Dodgers Owner Lists Historic Los Angeles Home of for $15 Million". Mansion Global. Retrieved June 8, 2021.
  25. ^ Hayden, Erik; Kirby, Brandon (February 9, 2014). "'Dumb Starbucks' Shop Appears in L.A.'s Los Feliz". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved May 22, 2020.
  26. ^ "ZIMAS". Retrieved March 10, 2016.
  27. ^ "Los Feliz Schools", Mapping L.A., Los Angeles Times
  28. ^ "Los Feliz Laughlin Park." Los Angeles Magazine. Emmis Communications, January 1998. Volume 43, Issue 1. ISSN 1522-9149. p. 58.
  29. ^ MacDonald, Brady (August 20, 2011). "Disney California Adventure shops to reflect Walt's history". Los Angeles Times.

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