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Griffith Park (Los Feliz)

Need some time away from the city? Head over to Griffith Park in Los Feliz, a neighborhood in Los Angeles. Owned by the city, this recreational land is enjoyed by Californians who escape there to go swimming, play golf, picnic, rent bicycles, camp, ride horses, and hike the trails. Known as the “Central Park of Los Angeles,” Griffith Park is home to the Heritage Tree, the Autry National Center, the Los Angeles Zoo, the Travel Town Museum, and the Friendship Auditorium. Read on to learn more.

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Hollywood Sign

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Colonel Griffith J. Griffith, originally from Wales, traveled to America during the 19th century. With the wealth he accumulated through gold mines, he purchased land in Los Angeles known as Rancho Los Feliz that would become the Griffith Park. After purchasing the land, he started an ostrich farm. Later, Griffith donated the park to the city of Los Angeles for the purpose of serving as a city park that would provide “recreation and rest for the masses” (website).

As time went on, the park continued to expand, including the addition of 100 acres named after Cahuenga Peak. Today, the park covers five-square miles (4,310 acres). When you visit Griffith Park, be sure to include all of the sites in your visit.

-Greek Theatre (funded by Griffith)

-Griffith Observatory (funded by Griffith)

-Friendship Auditorium

-Los Angeles River

-Los Angeles Zoo

-Heritage Tree

-Feliz Adobe

-Travel Town Museum

-Autry National Center

-Hollywood Sign

-Visitors Center Auditorium

-site of the Griffith Park Zoo (now serves as a picnic area)

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Autry National Center

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Dogs are welcome on leashes and cyclists enjoy specific trails. Griffith Park is the perfect family destination for barbecues, birthday parties, cultural events, tennis, soccer, and baseball . Located at 4730 Crystal Springs Drive from 5 am to 10:30 pm.

You may recognize Griffith Park as the background scenery in Hollywood productions. It has been used as a filming location for the music video “Gun and Horses” (by Ellie Goulding), Criminal Minds, The Closer, “If I Had You” music video (by Adam Lambert), Full House, and the feature films Birth of a Nation (directed by D.W. Griffith in 1915), Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Back to the Future and its sequel, and La La Land.

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Griffith Observatory

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About Los Feliz: Los Feliz is a historic neighborhood in Los Angeles and is bordered by the Santa Monica Mountains, the Hollywood Hills, the Hollywood Sign, Silver Lake, and Atwater Village. Los Feliz developed from a portion of what was previously the Rancho Los Feliz land grant. Eventually, the land grant became the neighborhoods of Los Feliz and Silver Lake. Today, 35,000 residents call Los Feliz home.

Other destinations in Los Feliz include:

-Barnsdall Art Park

-Los Feliz Heights Steps

-first Walt Disney Animation Studio.Walt Disney first drew Mickey Mouse in his uncle’s garage,

-Vista Theater

-Lovell Health House by Richard Neutra,

-Hollyhock House

-Franklin Avenue Bridge (also known as the Shakespeare Bridge)

Real Estate Unlimited is a real estate agency with a team of professionals dedicated to educating clients about the neighborhoods, businesses, schools, and shopping in Los Angeles. Whether you are buying or selling, feel free to contact us today about Los Feliz and/or other neighborhoods in Los Angeles.

Barnsdall Art Park (Los Feliz)

Where can you enjoy beautiful views, visit art exhibits featuring Los Angeles artists and creators, and view architecture by Frank Lloyd Wright? If you haven’t been there, you definitely need to take a day to check out the Barnsdall Art Park in Los Feliz (near the Vista Theatre in Los Feliz).

The Barnsdall Art Park was the creation and home of Aline Barnsdall. Barnsdall was an experimental theatre director with wealth from the oil industry. In Chicago, she met the world-famous architect Frank Lloyd Wright. Once she experienced sunny Los Angeles, she decided to commission an experimental theater and arts community on Olive Hill. The community included the Barnsdall Residence (Hollyhock House) as well as two smaller buildings.

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Ultimately, Barnsdall decided to gift the park to the city. Located at 4800 Hollywood Blvd in East Hollywood, the park overlooks Hollywood from the top of Olive Hill and covers 36 acres of Southern California land. This Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument near Hollywood and Vermont is bordered by the Hollywood Hills, Thai Town, Little Armenia, and Griffith Park. Barnsdall Art Park is known for its educational art programs, dedication to exhibiting contemporary and multicultural artwork of Los Angeles, and its beautiful views of the Los Angeles landscape and cityscape.

At Barnsdall Art Park, you will find and enjoy the following sites and experiences:

Barnsdall Gallery Theatre

This theatre venue seats 299 and hosts the Independent Shakespeare Company, the Artwallah Dance, the Thai Festival, and the Silverlake Conservatory of Music. Visit the Barnsdall Gallery Theatre to see dance performance, films, lectures, and special events. It is also available to rent for events like wedding and photo locations.

Junior Arts Center Gallery

More than eight-thousand children (in both local and outreach programs) are exposed to art through the Junior Arts Center Gallery. Three-years-old to eighteen-years-old can enjoy art classes for both children and their parents at the center. At the Junior Arts Center Gallery, you have the unique opportunity to view the students’ exhibits, where the diverse artwork of children is displayed and celebrated.

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Exterior of Hollyhock House

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Hollyhock House

This National Historic Landmark, also known as the Aline Barnsdall Residence, has been restored and preserved over the years. At the Hollyhock House, you will find images of hollyhocks mixed into the decor and the architecture. If you love historic homes, do not miss the chance to tour the house. It was designed by Wright in 1919, and Wright’s son Lloyd and Wright’s assistant Rudolph Schindler. The home housed the meetings of the California Art Club when it was first donated to the city by Barnsdall. Wright’s work on the Hollyhock House features the Mayan Revival style, a central courtyard surrounded by roof terraces, art glass windows, an entertainment room, and a built-in moat that empties into a fountain. Wright also designed two smaller homes that are today used for artists in residency.

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Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery

Managed by the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery features artwork from local and international artists. The gallery focuses on the cultural diversity of the city and the state. Every year, the space hosts the exhibit for the DCA’s City of Los Angeles Individual Artist Fellowships. The 10,000-square-foot large gallery displays nine exhibits every year to share the contemporary work in California. The gallery also includes space large enough for installations, performance art, and sculpture. Other medias shown at the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery include video, photography, electronic art, architecture, and paintings.

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The upcoming exhibition Condemned to Be Modern, curated by Clara Kim, features pieces that explore and inspire discussion about Modernist architecture in Latin America. You can check it out between September 10th and January 28th.

To visit Barnsdall Art Park, you can get off on the Sunset and Vermont Metro Red Line stop. We hope you have a unique experience and learn something new about the landscape, architecture, and culture of Los Angeles.

About Los Feliz

You have more than likely heard of Walt Disney and Disneyland in Southern California, but you may not know that he first drew Mickey Mouse in his uncle’s garage in Los Feliz. Los Feliz is a neighborhood in central Los Angeles and is the home of approximately 35,500 Californians. Disney isn’t the only celebrity to work and live in Los Feliz; it has also been home to Brad Pitt, Beck, Adam Levine, Geena Davis, Val Kilmer, Katherine Heigl, Spike Jonze, Jenji Kohan, James Cameron, and more beloved Hollywood celebrities.

Los Feliz spans two-and-half acres, but it wasn’t always home to Hollywood’s artists and actors. It was originally a part of the Rancho Los Feliz Land Grant that was passed on to Corporal Jose Vicente Feliz. The grant eventually became what is known today as Los Feliz and Silver Lake. The adobe home built by Feliz’s family is still standing and available to visit in Griffith Park.

Los Feliz is known for its excellent shopping, vintage shopping, dining, and nightlife. The neighborhood is bordered by Hollywood, Silver Lake, the Santa Monica Mountains, Griffith Park, and the Los Angeles River. To get a sense of the area, visit Los Feliz Hills, Laughlin Park, Los Feliz Estates, Los Feliz Knolls, Los Feliz Square, and Franklin Hills.

If the Hollyhock House and the creations of Frank Lloyd Wright draw you to the area, then you have to stop by the Ennis House and the Sowden House. Other historic sites to visit in Los Feliz include the Feliz Adobe in Griffith Park, the Lovell health House by Richard Neutra, the Franklin Avenue Bridge (also known as the Shakespeare Bridge), and the first Walt Disney Animation Studio.

Enjoy your time in Los Feliz!

Real Estate Unlimited is a real estate agency that specializes in luxury real estate in Los Angeles and the surrounding areas of Southern California. We have been assisting clients with buying, selling, and researching homes since 1980. Contact us today, and our team will be happy to assist you with finding a home in Los Feliz.

Vista Theater

The historic Vista Theater in Los Feliz is a cultural landmark and artifact of life in Los Angeles. Located at 4473 Sunset Drive, this antique movie theater features a 50-foot movie screen, vintage architecture, and cement handprints from famous actors, actresses, and directors.

Spend a night out and go see a movie or the occasional concert at the Vista. It’s also available for special events, birthdays, and weddings. Many filmmakers have used the Vista as a shooting location and have premiered their films on its screen.

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This famous silver screen was opened in October of 1923, which means that it is almost one-hundred-years-old. Back in the roaring twenties, the theater went by the name Lou Bard Playhouse and it hosted vaudeville shows before it screened the film Tips, starring actress Baby Peggy.

Today, the Vista Theater projects films on both a Sony Digital projector as well as a 35 mm film projector. For example, Interstellar (directed by Christopher Nolan) was screened on 35 mm film at the Vista a week before its national premiere. Contemporary films are screened on a regular basis at the Visa now. The Secret Movie Club Film Festival of 2017 features movies screened every weekend of the month of August. It’s not every day you get the opportunity to see classics (like Freaks, Blue Velvet, Dr. Strangelove, and Roadhouse) on the big screen. Find out more here.

The Egyptian aesthetic in the building’s décor was popular in America in the twenties, and this historic building was designed by Lewis A. Smith. Think of Intolerance (1916) by D.W. Griffith. Ronald Wright later added etchings of hieroglyphics to the design. The original layout of the theater space contained 838 seats, but half of the seating was removed later to increase legroom for audience members. Now the Vista is known for “the most legroom in Hollywood.”

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Check out this YouTube video by American Public Media to learn more. Thomas Theaters renovated the Vista Theater during the eighties, and it is currently owned by Lance Alspaugh.

You may have been to Grauman’s Chinese Theatre, but don’t forget to visit the forecourt at the Vista Theater, where you’ll see the cement handprints of famous Hollywood actors and directors. Are you a Spike Jonze fan? Love laughing at John C. Reily? Or are you more into John Landis films? See the mark left by the cast and crew of famous pictures like Ed Wood, Swingers, Show Girls, Poltergeist, and more. Baby Peggy herself was featured in a handprint ceremony at the Vista when she was 91-years-old to celebrate the theater’s history. Other celebrated artists include Tenacious D, Ray Harryhausen, Forrest J. Ackerman, Penelope Spheeris, Vilmos Zsigmond, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and more.

About Los Feliz:

Los Feliz is a neighborhood in central Los Angeles known for its history as a California land grant and as the home of various Hollywood celebrities. Los Feliz was the neighborhood where Walt Disney first drew Mickey Mouse in his uncle’s garage, and it was home to his first animation studio. Today, Los Feliz covers two-and-a-half acres of land and is home to approximately 35,500 citizens. The borders of Los Feliz touch the Santa Monica Mountains, Hollywood, Griffith Park, Atwater Village, Silver Lake, the Los Angeles River, and the Hollywood Hills.

The Rancho Los Feliz land grant was a parcel of land covering six-and-a-half acres. It was granted to Corporal Jose Vicente Feliz (the neighborhood’s namesake). In Griffith Park, you’ll see the adobe home his children built, which still exists. Now, the same land is what we know as Los Feliz and Silver Lake.

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Visit Los Feliz Village for excellent shopping, dining, nightlife, and vintage stores. Drive by Laughlin Park, Los Feliz Estates, Los Feliz Hills, Franklin Hills, Los Feliz Square, and Los Feliz Knolls to get to know the neighborhood better. Celebrities like Adam Levine, James Cameron, Jenji Kohan, Geena Davis, Lily Tomlin, Val Kilmer, Beck, Spike Jonze, Katherine Heigl, Brad Pitt and more have lived in Los Feliz.

Other historic sites to visit in Los Feliz include:

-The Franklin Avenue Bridge (“The Shakespeare Bridge”)

-The Ennis House, the Sowden House, and the Hollyhock House, designed by famous architect Frank Lloyd Wright

-The Los Feliz Heights Steps

-The Lovell Health House, designed by Richard Neutra

-The First Walt Disney Animation Studio and the Animation School for the Walt Disney Studios

-The original Feliz Adobe in Griffith Park

Enjoy your time in Los Feliz and the great city of Los Angeles.

Real Estate Unlimited is a real estate agency with over thirty years of experience with luxury real estate in the city of Los Angeles. Since 1980, we have been assisting clients with buying, selling, and researching homes. Do you have questions about Los Feliz real estate? Feel free to contact us today.

Top Family Activities in Mt. Washington

The neighborhood of Mt. Washington in northeast Los Angeles among the San Rafael Hills is located nearby multiple activities the whole family can enjoy. Read on to learn about even more reasons to love living in sunny Los Angeles.

Kidspace Children’s Museum

Take your children on an educational and memorable adventure at the Kidspace Children’s Museum in Pasadena (near the Rose Bowl and located in Brookside Park). The museum specializes in providing children the opportunity to learn about science, nature, art, and more through interactive exhibits and environments and museum programming. Kids under 1 get in free and programming is offered for kids between 1 and 10-years-old. The pairing of learning and play teaches children to discover the joy of learning. At the same time, the museum setting encourages families to play together and spend quality time with one another. Various exhibits are also set outdoors, so children can enjoy time outside and learn about physics. Free Family Nights take place between 4 pm and 8 pm on the first Tuesday of each month. Go to the museum’s website for more details, visitor information, hours, and ticket pricing.

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Galco’s Soda Pop Stop

Does creating your own soda flavor sound like something your family would enjoy doing together? We think it sounds like a one-of-a-kind experience! Craft your own soda at Galco’s Soda Pop Stop. Once a family-run grocery store, Galco’s offers more than 400 soda flavors. John F. Nese transformed his family’s store Galco’s Old World Grocery into a soda store. The original Italian deli still serves up its famous Blockbuster sandwiches within the store. The Soda Creation Station offers 100 cane sugar syrups. Customers mix their choice of syrups with carbonated water. If you’d rather take home premade soda, your choices are endless. Galco’s carries national flavors, international flavors, and a whirlwind of options. Sodas to choose from include egg cream, dandelion, butterscotch, passionfruit, cucumber, guava, honey, vanilla, strawberry, rhubarb, rose, mango, peach, chocolate, birch, caramel, lavender, and more. Galco’s also stocks 600 types of beer and bottles of champagne, wine, cider, and mead. Kids will enjoy browsing retro and vintage candy and toys. You can also shop from Galco’s online store (a minimum online order is 6 bottles of soda).

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LA River Kayak Safari

Spend a weekend in Elysian Valley and explore the Los Angeles River on the LA River Kayak Safari. With 4.0 stars on Google and 4.5 stars on Yelp, this adventure company is making a splash. LA River Kayak Safari offers two adventure options: an easy and a difficult adventure experience. Different sections of the river measure at different difficulty levels, including both lazy river areas and Class II areas. Get away from city life for a day with your family and learn how to do some urban paddling on the river.

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Moon Canyon Park

Take a traditional trip to the park with your family and enjoy a day at Moon Canyon Park. At 300 San Rafael, Moon Canyon Park is the perfect place to let your children enjoy the playground, go on a trail with the family and your dogs, and feast on a picnic in the sun.

Mt. Washington was founded in 1909. It’s home to the Self-Realization Fellowship and Eldred Street, one of the steepest streets in Los Angeles. To learn more about Mt. Washington, visit Real Estate Unlimited’s website.

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