Los Feliz
Top: Abraham Gore House (left), Vista Theatre (right); middle: Griffith Park; bottom: Church of Christ, Scientist (left), John Sowden House (right).
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; -118.2851
Country United States
State California
CountyLos Angeles
CityLos Angeles
Named forRancho Los Feliz
Elevation469 ft (143 m)
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 of Californios who had owned the area since 1795, when José Vicente Féliz was granted Rancho Los Feliz.


The Rancho Los Feliz Adobe, built in 1853 by María Ygnacia Verdugo de Feliz, is the oldest building in Los Feliz.

Indigenous era

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, 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. This name was given by the Spanish because of the Native Americans' association with the San Gabriel Mission.

Spanish and Mexican eras

When Gaspar de Portolà traveled through the vicinity in 1769, his expedition encountered members of this village.

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.

Post-Conquest era

Immaculate Heart College in 1905.

Following the American conquest of California, Rancho Los Feliz had a succession of owners after the Feliz family. The family first sold the rancho to noted statesman Antonio F. Coronel, before it passed to James Lick, whose estate sold the rancho to Griffith J. Griffith. 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, Griffith Park.

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.

Modern era

Ennis House, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, was built in 1924.

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.

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, henceforth known as the Tate–LaBianca murders.[6]: 176–184, 258–269  [7]

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]


Griffith Observatory, in Griffith Park, was built in 1935.

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] The neighborhood's boundaries (as used by Mapping L.A.) 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] The boundaries of the Los Feliz Improvement Association extend further west to Canyon Drive.[14][15]

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

Griffith Park fire in 2007.
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
Mean daily maximum °F (°C) 68.1
Mean daily minimum °F (°C) 45.1
Record low °F (°C) 28
Average precipitation inches (mm) 3.12
Source: [16]


St. Mary of the Angels Church.

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]


Shakespeare Bridge in the Franklin Hills area of Los Feliz.

The Los Feliz Neighborhood Council is divided into five interest areas, which include the following communities:[17][18]

The Oaks, a hilly neighborhood on the west side of Los Feliz bordering Griffith Park, is part of the Hollywood United Neighborhood Council.[25][26] It is, however, within the boundaries of the Los Feliz Improvement Association.[14][15][27]

Los Feliz Hills

Blackburn House, designed by architect Paul R. Williams in 1927.

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.[28]

The original subdivision of Los Feliz Heights was subdivided in 1921, from Los Feliz Boulevard north to Griffith Park, from Catalina to Vermont. The Los Feliz Heights Residential Historic District is significant for Period Revival architecture (including American Colonial, Spanish Colonial, Mediterranean, and Tudor Revival styles) from 1920 to 1949.[29][30][14][31][32] The original subdivision of Hillhurst Park was between Los Feliz Boulevard and Griffith Park, from Vermont Avenue to Commonwealth Avenue.[33] The original subdivision of Los Feliz Hills was to the east, abutting Riverside Drive, Los Feliz Boulevard, and Griffith Park.[34]

Laughlin Park

The Northmere, a historic Spanish Colonial Revival landmark.

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".[35] W.C. Fields lived here in an Italianate residence built in 1919.[36][37]

Los Feliz Village

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.[38]


The American Film Institute, housed in a historic Spanish Colonial Revival building.

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:[39]

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.[35]

The Immaculate Heart school is in close proximity to the community.[40]

In popular culture

Los Angeles Full Gospel Church, previously used by Thirteenth Church of Christ, Scientist. Built in 1925.

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.[41]

Several scenes in Double Indemnity are set in the Los Feliz area.[42]

In J.G. Quintel's series Close Enough, the main characters live in Los Feliz.[43]

The neighborhood is the subject of the 2015 Mark Ronson song "Leaving Los Feliz" from the album Uptown Special.[44]

In Swingers, the main characters discuss their personal lives while playing at golf at Los Feliz 9-hole, par 3 golf course.[45]

In the song "Quiet On Set" by Remi Wolf, the singer quotes 'Wait, ain't no Chuck E. Cheese in Los Feliz',[46] which as of January 2023, is correct.

See also


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  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.
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  17. ^ "Boundary Map". Los Feliz Neighborhood Council. Retrieved January 13, 2021.
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  19. ^ "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.
  20. ^ "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.
  21. ^ "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.
  22. ^ "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.
  23. ^ "District E". Los Feliz Neighborhood Council. Archived from the original on July 3, 2019. Retrieved January 13, 2021. Franklin Hills and a few other neighboring blocks comprise District E
  24. ^ "Interest Area District E". Los Feliz Neighborhood Council. Archived from the original on July 3, 2019. Retrieved January 13, 2021. Franklin Hills, along with a few more of the streets lying directly to the West of it ("Franklin Hills adj.") makes up District E
  25. ^ "About Us".
  26. ^ "Hollywood United Neighborhood Council History – Hollywood United Neighborhood Council".
  27. ^ "3839 Clayton Avenue: Serene Traditional Living in Franklin Hills". October 15, 2015. According to local historian Don Seligman, Franklin Hills 'Began to be developed around the same time [as Los Feliz] of the major growth period between 1920 and 1940, with a few earlier properties and some later. The Franklin Hills designation reflects civic pride in narrower Los Feliz tracts, just like Laughlin Park, the Oaks, the Los Feliz Estates, and Los Feliz Square, all of which are part of Los Feliz proper. The timing of these designations relates to the years of the specific tract development—Laughlin Park in 1913, the Oaks about 1930, Franklin Hills about 1930, and the Estates about 1965, and most recently, Los Feliz Square.' (Seligman)
  28. ^ "Higley1000.com". Archived from the original on April 8, 2019. Retrieved April 2, 2012.
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  30. ^ "The Los Angeles Times from Los Angeles, California on September 6, 1928 · 38". September 6, 1928.
  31. ^ https://www.yumpu.com/en/document/read/10850862/observer-los-feliz-improvement-association "...subdivision known as Los Feliz Heights (an area extending from Los Feliz Blvd. to Griffith Park and from Catalina to Vermont)"
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  33. ^ "Hillhurst Park - David Rumsey Historical Map Collection".
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  36. ^ Hendrickson, V. L. (June 7, 2021). "Dodgers Owner Lists Historic Los Angeles Home of for $15 Million". Mansion Global. Retrieved June 8, 2021.
  37. ^ Laughlin Park, 1913 (map), Laughlin Park, 1913 (map)
  38. ^ Hayden, Erik; Kirby, Brandon (February 9, 2014). "'Dumb Starbucks' Shop Appears in L.A.'s Los Feliz". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved May 22, 2020.
  39. ^ "Los Feliz Schools", Mapping L.A., Los Angeles Times
  40. ^ Communications, Emmis (January 1998). Los Angeles Magazine. Emmis Communications.
  41. ^ MacDonald, Brady (August 20, 2011). "Disney California Adventure shops to reflect Walt's history". Los Angeles Times.
  42. ^ "Double Indemnity 1944". Movie-locations.com. Retrieved January 11, 2022.
  43. ^ Fienberg, Daniel (July 8, 2020). "'Close Enough': TV Review". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved January 11, 2022.
  44. ^ "Leaving Los Feliz". Genius. Retrieved January 11, 2022.
  45. ^ Staff, GolfWRX (June 14, 2018). "Los Feliz Short 9 in Hollywood from the movie "Swingers": 1-Club Challenge". Retrieved July 3, 2022.
  46. ^ Remi Wolf – Quiet On Set, retrieved January 16, 2023