Los Angeles’ First Suburb: Angelino Heights
In Los Angeles, we think “suburbs,” and our minds go miles away to some planned development in Riverside or the Valley. But in 1886, the suburbs were just minutes from downtown LA. Up the hill is Angelino Heights, one of the oldest and most underrated neighborhoods in Los Angeles.
It’s easy to miss if you don’t know it exists. It’s hidden between major streets, the freeway, and otherwise ordinary homes. It’s tucked in a small block radius, between Echo Park Lake and downtown LA proper. The area’s original feel and character is most preserved on one street: Carroll Ave.
This street is recognized as having the highest concentration of Victorian-era homes in Los Angeles. Many people don’t know about this area, but they’re more familiar with it than they think. Many films have been set here, including the TV series Charmed and Michael Jackson’s music video for “Thriller.”
Angelino Heights was the first recognized historic district in Los Angeles, and Carroll Avenue has made the cut in the National Register of Historic Places.
The last historic home sale in this area was in 2017 for $1.6 million, a 5-bed, 2-bath, 4,000-sq. ft. Victorian-style home.
Here are some pictures I took of the area.
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Writer: Daniel Rangel is a real estate agent in Los Angeles, specializing in residential and residential income properties.