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Los Feliz

Los Feliz is my second home. Whether I’m hiking in Griffith Park, buying a book at Skylight, visiting friends for a barbecue, having a cocktail at The Dresden, dinner at Little Dom’s, or, you know, working at the Sotheby’s Los Feliz office, Los Feliz is my home away from home. I love it here and you will too.

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A trend I’ve noticed popping up in the neighborhood lately are little libraries – take a book or leave a book. I love the idea, and I’ve picked up and dropped off quite a few books so far. I discovered _______ at one of these, so I’ll be forever grateful for this invention.

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What’s most striking about real estate in Los Feliz is that you can be above Los Feliz Boulevard one day touring a Spanish Colonial mansion and the next be inside Los Feliz Village, checking out an expert and lovely Craftsman.

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Pools, too, seem to be most resplendent here than in any other neighborhood on the East Side.

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And fabulous courtyards.

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The beautiful Los Feliz Village is the center of the neighborhood. With plentiful shops, restaurants, bars, coffeehouses, and grocery stores, this East side enclave is known for its friendly and Bohemian atmosphere, extraordinary walkability, and its young, hip residents.

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Los Feliz is also home to the legendary Greek Theatre. This year alone the venue has had performances by some of my personal favorites Blondie, Wilco, The Moody Blues, Lauryn Hill, Ben Harper, and Garbage!

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Little Dom’s is a fantastic restaurant both for brunch and dinner. On Monday nights they offer “Monday Night Supper,” where patrons receive an entrée, a bottle of wine, and desert all for just $15. It’s a popular hangout and one of my favorites.

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There are plenty of shops, too, including Skylight Books, one of the best independent bookstores in Los Angeles. Just down the street are vintage shops Cherry Pick, SquaresvilleWeltenbuerger, and New High Mart.

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Demographics

In 2008, the city estimated that the population of Los Feliz 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.

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.

The median yearly household income in 2008 dollars was $50,793, about the same as the rest of Los Angeles.

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Schools

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

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Film History

The neighborhood has been home to movie stars, musicians, and the Hollywood elite.

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, on Kingswell Avenue between Vermont Avenue and Rodney Drive. Disney’s first animation studio (now a photocopy store was also on Kingswell Avenue, just down the street from his uncle’s house and east of Vermont Avenue. Disney’s second, larger studio (now a Gelson’s supermarket was at the corner of Griffith Park Boulevard and Hyperion Avenue, on the Silver Lake side of the Los Feliz – Silver Lake boundary.

Los Feliz was also home to many other early studios, such as D. W. Griffith’s, which now houses The Prospect Studios (formally known as First National-Warner Brothers and more recently ABC Television Center), at the intersection of Prospect Avenue and Talmadge Street. On Sunset Boulevard was Monogram Pictures (KCET public television), where early Charlie Chan movies were filmed, as well as Hurricane, starring Dorothy Lamour, and the camp classic Johnny Guitar.

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Architecture 

Los Feliz boasts some of the best-known residential architecture in the city, including two homes designed by Frank Lloyd Wright—the Ennis House and the Hollyhock House—and Richard Neutra‘s Lovell House.

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