Welcome to Highland Park
A charming, family-friendly community with old-fashioned flair
The Highland Park neighborhood was one of the first subdivisions of Los Angeles. The area flourished at the beginning of the 20th century, bringing artists and intellectuals to the neighborhood and starting a huge arts and crafts movement. Today, its rich, artistic history can be found in the historic homes and old-fashioned neighborhoods tucked around the bustling commercial areas of town.
This charming community is located in Los Angeles County, about an hour away from downtown LA by car, and offers affordable housing options, excellent restaurants, and an active, vibrant community. Highland Park is an excellent place to live for those seeking a dynamic small town with friendly neighbors, family-owned businesses, and excellent schools.
What to Love
- Excellent shopping along Figueroa Street and York Boulevard, the main thoroughfares of the walkable community
- A diverse collection of historic homes
- Dozens of art galleries, cultural events, and museums
Highland Park is home to families who have lived in this neighborhood for generations. It’s a family-friendly environment and with its close proximity to excellent schools (public, private, and university-level), the area is known for welcoming families, students, and young couples. Featuring gorgeous historic homes, tree-lined streets, and numerous festivals and things to do in the surrounding community, Highland Park is an excellent place for those seeking a charming California town to call home. Visit Figueroa Street for eclectic shops, take a class at Occidental College, and enjoy the perfect year-round weather of Highland Park.
Dining, Entertainment, and Shopping
Amara Kitchen provides a healthy, casual menu to the Highland Park community. They serve alternative takes on traditional dishes and cater to all preferences with gluten-free and vegan options. Their ingredients are locally sourced when possible and feature buckwheat pancakes, seasonal grain bowls, and vegan desserts. For an upscale night out, visit Cafe Birdie, a trendy bistro offering seasonal dishes, handmade pasta, and unique cocktails. The atmosphere is casual and relaxing and offers a great spot for dinner with friends.
Highland Park Bowl is one of the most unique dining locations in the area. Established in 1927, during the middle of Prohibition, the building is alive with Roaring Twenties history. Once full of doctor’s offices, patients would seek prescriptions for whiskey then head downstairs to the pharmacy, which also served as a bowling alley, recreation center, and of course, a sneaky spot for libations. After the building was covered up during years of various ownership, the 1933 Group restored the building to its original 1920’s glory, and the building is now home to a restaurant, bowling alley, and bar with the most beautiful Art Deco atmosphere in Los Angeles.
Looking for shopping opportunities? Head to Figueroa Street to browse the eclectic and unique shops. A top destination in the Highland Park neighborhood, the area serves as the hub of the community and features numerous things to do all year long. Find your next treasure in one of the funky shops, like Madame Pamita's Parlour of Wonders and Ponderosa Cactus for all of your plant needs.
Things to Do
The Audubon Center at Debs Park is the perfect place to visit for families and those interested in the environment. The center serves as a community hub for Highland Park residents and aims to inspire people to “experience, understand and care for the local natural world” by offering programs, workshops, and classes. The Audubon Center is the first LEED Platinum-certified building in the country and the building itself serves as a community tool to better understand sustainability and environmental advocacy. They also offer all-ages programs throughout the year.
Looking to learn more about the history of California? Visit Heritage Square Museum, a living history museum focused on the settlement and development of Southern California. What was everyday life like in the 19th century? Tour the historic structures and grounds and attend an all-ages educational program or special event to transport yourself through time. Interested in the preservation process of the historic buildings? They offer workshops to learn what it takes to keep centuries-old buildings intact.
The Highland Park Independent Film Festival is designed to build community. Featuring eye-opening, heart-wrenching, and moving films, the festival brings an eclectic mix of artists together over the course of three days. Artistic directors, actors, and producers join the Highland Park community to celebrate the arts and promote community engagement. The festival began in 2014 and continues to cultivate its mission with an even larger festival today.
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