9.1 out of 10

Los Feliz

Ranked 1st best neighborhood in Los Angeles
34.1092847023748 -118.292055450371
Great for
  • Eating Out
  • Internet Access
  • Medical Facilities
  • Resale or Rental Value
  • Gym & Fitness
Not great for
  • Parking
  • Pest Free
  • Lack of Traffic
  • Childcare
  • Schools
Who lives here?
  • Singles
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Gay & Lesbian

Reviews

5/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
2yrs+

"Home sweet home"

We live in the Los Feliz hills and I can't begin to describe how wonderful the neighborhood is. It's amazing to be in urban Los Angeles and have the sanctuary and greenery of Griffith Park along with great restaurants, bars, and shopping in one compact, walkable area. We've grown up and lived in other parts of LA (WeHo, West LA, the Valley...), and Los Feliz is where we intend to stay. It has gotten expensive, but it was always an upscale area and the feel of the neighborhood continues to be very down-to-earth. We have had plenty of instances where we've struck up conversation at brunch and later met up for drinks with other couples. In my experience (just one person's opinion!), this never happened when we lived on the Westside. I love the fact that LF Blvd. and South LF are lined with beautiful art deco apartments because it allows for a younger population to contribute to the vibrancy of our area. I also think that the proximity to Silver Lake (our sister city) is great for both areas, because the area remains an artsy, creative hub and we have easy access to both the Los Feliz Village and Sunset Junction. Overall, I can't imagine us living anywhere else.
Pros
  • Cute
  • Great Bars
  • Great restaurants
  • Beautiful Historic Homes
  • Walkable Neighborhood
Cons
  • pricey
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Trendy & Stylish
5/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
2yrs+

"Old Hollywood Architecture...Nightlife and Hip Neighborhood"

Los Feliz has that old time California/Hollywood feel. The large homes bordering Griffith Park on the North end of the community are built in many different styles. Some of the mansions have walls with bougainvillea growing giving you the feeling someone in the entertainment industry lives there..they probably do. The apartment complexes along Los Feliz have that Mid-Century modern feel. Further South into Los Feliz on Hillhurst you will find a hip area.. reminding me of Greenwich Village in NYC. There is a plethora of boutiques, bohemian cafes, and upscale dining. A great place to go with a group of friends is The Upright Citizens Brigade. It's a comedy club further West on Franklin. It is a comedy/improv school, and the students perform for the audience. Many up and comers in comedy get their start here.
Pros
  • Walkable Neighborhood
  • Fun Nightlife
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"A great little Town within the City..."

Los Feliz really is its own little town within the city of Los Angeles. It's possible to live here, or just spend time here, and not feel like you have to leave for any reason. it's one of the few neighborhoods in L.A. that's truly a walking neighborhood.

The geography of the place is pretty great, and makes the feeling of the neighborhood bustling, happy, and accessible, but private and quiet at the same time. The two main streets, Vermont and Hillhurst, run North to South, and these are where most of the restaurants, cafes, bars, and shops are, while the residential streets run East to West. So you can live on one of the cross streets, and have a nice, peaceful home, but walk a few block in either direction and immediately be immersed in a real little city.

There is a wide mix of different amenities all across the spectrum. There is a big grocery store, natural food store, gas stations, pet store, everything you need just to live life. There is a huge range of places to eat, many different ethnicities, styles of dining, and range of cost. Some of the very best tacos in the city are here in a little shack in the middle of a parking lot (Yuca's) and one of the coolest, almost New York style restaurants with an exceptional wine list (Little Dom's). And one of the best movie theaters in the city is here, the Los Feliz 3, still charging less for a ticket than almost any place in town, and showing a great selection of first run films.

The little town of Los Feliz would be a great place to live really for any age, and is probably best enjoyed by people who like a taste of real city living close to home.
Pros
  • Cute
  • Great Bars
  • Great restaurants
  • Beautiful Historic Homes
Recommended for
  • Singles
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Trendy & Stylish
5/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"A Well Named Neighborhood"

Nestled up against the southern border of Griffith Park, Los Felix is one of the three neighborhoods in the area I like to call “Hipster Heaven.” I say this because lately the skinny jeaned, vintage t-shirt set has claimed this area as their own and in response a number funky dive bars and similar nightspots have opened up to cater to their alternative tastes. In other words, if I were just out of college and wanted to spend a little bit of time just enjoying the company of other artsy alt types with enough disposable income to have a good time, I would definitely head to Los Feliz, Atwater or Silverlake.

Los Feliz specifically is a relatively safe area, with only 3 murders in the last four years and none in 2010. A pretty good average considering that it borders the Hollywood area. Overall the crime rate in terms of violent crime is pretty average and only a bit worse than average for property crime—this is actually pretty good considering how many nightspots are here and the tendency of crimes of opportunity to occur in such spots.

So what is so attractive to hipsters about Los Feliz? It mostly has to do with Hillhurst Avenue. This is one of those big city avenues that is just crammed with cool restaurants, boutiques and watering holes (mostly of the lounge variety here in Los Feliz). For example, you can dine at the Vinoteca Farafalle, a really snazzy Italian place with an excellent selection of wines; or get Japanese food at Mako; or get really delicious Mexican food at Yuca’s—which is just a shack actually.

In terms of boutiques, you have Little Boutique of Los Feliz—good for clothing and lingerie, though for lingerie I would try Panty Raid—just because that is a great name for a lingerie store. Of course, since you are in Hipster Heaven, you have a number of vintage clothing stores like American Vintage and Oou, both good places to go to keep your wardrobe from getting fresh.

There is also a great indie bookstore, Skylight and a great movie theater, Vista.

But where Los Feliz really rocks is in the cool lounge department. The top three that I would recommend are The Good Luck Bar (a lounge that makes you feel like you are in China), Covell—a very sophisticated wine bar that makes you feel like you are in a Post-Modern version of Madmen, the Drawing Room, a great dive bar, and, of course, the Dresden—the joint that you may know from Swingers. It is definitely worth a visit in and of itself.

In terms of actually living in the area, it is a typical tale of two cities. South of Los Feliz Blvd., you get a lot of apartment buildings—many of them of the hideously ugly boxy variety that could only seem glamorous to someone who has spent the last for years in a college dorm or living with very unpleasant roommates.

North of Los Feliz Blvd., nestled up against the hills by Griffith Park are some really beautiful homes from various architectural styles, but all exuding a feeling of wealth. You get everything from really cool looking Tudors to Spanish Revival, to Ranch Homes up in this area. There is one odd section of the neighborhood built on a horseshoe set up that just has a plethora of these homes that most anyone would consider themselves lucky to live in. There is also a section of the neighborhood that has a high percentage of Fairytale Cottages—quite wonderful.

Most people who live in the area will also tell you that it is a very walkable neighborhood in way that few LA neighborhoods are. If you want to take an early evening walk, check out the sunset and the Hollywood sign, and some of the Frank Lloyd Wright homes in the area, you can spend a pleasant evening doing so.

There are also several schools, the private ones being fairly good, and a fair amount of diversity. Lots of people from the creative professions live here and many people from different cultures. (You can find a large Armenian population, for example.)

Overall, it is a gem hidden right in the middle of Los Angeles. Unfortunately the word is out, so it is just a matter of time before rents start driving out some of the more interesting artsy types.
Pros
  • Beautiful Historic Homes
  • Cute
  • Great Bars
  • Great restaurants
Cons
  • Starting to Get Expensive
  • Proximity to the beach
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish
5/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"Great city for everyone"

Los Feliz is the name of the boulevard in the area, but also the neighborhood so don't be fooled when looking up locations/directions. Same area though! This area is so beautiful, and it's really quiet for the most part. I didn't run into any traffic except for rush hour. Great restaurants and the neighborhoods are so quaint and friendly. There wasn't anything I didn't like about this area. The schools are among the best in area. There is a great sense of community as well.
Some places to check out:
1. Fiagro Cafe (a nice classy and upscale lunch place)
2.Vermont Restaurant (good family dining)
3.Alcove Cafe and Bakery (their muffins are amazing!)
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
5/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
2yrs+

"Fantastic neighborhood to live in . . ."

I lived in Los Feliz and it is a really cool neighborhood with a good sense of community. As long as you're not on Franklin or Los Feliz Blvd, it's quite serene: not a lot of traffic really anywhere unless it's rush hour. There is a great mix of all kinds of people (families, artsy types, hipsters, celebrities).
It's a little far from the beach and is kind of a pain to get to West Hollywood where all of the action is, but there's a lot to do so it's not a huge problem.
Griffith Park is really beautiful and it's just at the top of Los Feliz Blvd. The Los Feliz Hills have some incredible homes and it's fun to start at the park and take an "urban hike" through the neighborhood an mansion gaze. Of course, the observatory, the hikes, the old zoo and just the picnic area of Griffith are all spectacular for a Sunday afternoon.
The Alcove is a really popular spot for Lunch / Brunch. The food is delicious and the front patio makes for some great people watching. It tends to get pretty crowded but it's worth it. Palermo on Vermont is my favorite pizza spot in the city. The Sicilian will knock your socks off! It's the kind of place that I call "dirty" Italian food. It's a family - run, red checker cloth kind of establishment but it's really cheap and great fun. Little Dom's has great food and it's very popular with the hipper quotient of the area. Mexico City is also really popular; and, while they have great chips and guacamole, I'm not a huge fan. But, most people really like it.
Most of the bars in Los Feliz are a little bit sketchy. They tend to be overrun by the old alcoholics so I never go out there much: must of the youngsters go into Silverlake for their nightlife. But, just east on Los Feliz there is a bar called The Griffen. I suppose, it's, technically, in Atwater Village, but it is an amazing bar! It's dark and gothic, the music is great and it's always busy but not overly packed. Man, I love that place.
The apartments in the neighborhood are, for the most part, really old, big and cool. And, I loved pretty much all of my neighbors. Two thumbs up for Los Feliz!
Pros
  • Cute
  • Great Bars
  • Great restaurants
Cons
  • Proximity to the beach
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Students

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Best Streets in Los Feliz

1

Hillhurst Ave

3.5/5
"Really cute street to live off "
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2

Sunset Dr

3.5/5
"Classy times for strange folks. "
34.0981742499029 -118.279591459533

Unranked Streets in Los Feliz

Avocado St

2.5/5
"Small but pleasant residential street"
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"Older residential neighborhood near Griffith Park and Dodger Stadium."
34.1138180103764 -118.2769965002
"A windey bit of road."
34.1199468799461 -118.274245098092
"Very Beautiful !! One of my favorites"
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