3.5 out of 10

El Sereno

34.0809128728586 -118.176562482365
Great for
  • Cost of Living
  • Parks & Recreation
  • Clean & Green
Not great for
  • Eating Out
  • Gym & Fitness
  • Nightlife
  • Peace & Quiet
  • Shopping Options
Who lives here?
  • Professionals
  • Retirees
  • Singles
  • Families with kids


2/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 2/5
  • Safe & Sound 1/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 1/5
  • Eating Out 1/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 1/5
  • Gym & Fitness 1/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5

"Should be nice, but it isn't."

El Sereno has everything going for it, but it just doesn't seem to want to be a nice place. It's part of east Los Angeles, in the hills, but the gentrification that has been taking over the surrounding areas hasn't really set foot in El Sereno yet. The community was developed as a suburb in the early 1900's and was very ethnically diverse until after World War 2. Most of the non-latin community moved to other parts of Los Angeles. There has been a lot of gang problems in this neighborhood for the last 40 years.
The thing that makes this phenomenon so bizarre is that El Sereno is directly abutting with the extremely affluent South Pasadena. South Pasadena is one of the most beautiful neighborhoods in LA. And, it is extremely gentrified and very upper middle class - upper class. There are a lot of historical properties in El Sereno, the neighborhood is in a hilly area and there is a national park adjacent. With all of these elements in the mix, I find it so bizarre that El Sereno can't get itself together. There isn't much to say about the place except for my recommendation to avoid it.

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Martin St

"The street that splits in half"
34.0805821221867 -118.169378384163

Via Marisol

"Area is up and coming"
34.0978715395693 -118.183610115326

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