History: Like other nearby neighborhoods, Glassell Park was originally part of Rancho San Rafael, granted in 1784 to Spanish army corporal José María Verdugo. Attorney Andrew Glassell received part of Rancho San Rafael from the lawsuit known as the Great Partition of 1871. Glassell eventually settled in the area with his family, for whom many streets are named; Toland Way, Drew, Andrita, and Marguarite. With Glassell’s death in 1901, his family began selling off the holdings, and investors bought up the property to develop the area for commuters who worked downtown or in the nearby rail yards. Served by the Los Angeles Railway's Eagle Rock line, the neighborhood was a convenient residential location. In 1912 the area was annexed by the city of Los Angeles.
As construction of the 2 Freeway in the early 1950’s cut the neighborhood in two, many earlier residents took the freeways to move out into the suburbs & Glassell Park became a popular destination for newly arrived immigrants from Latin America.
Like much of Northeast LA, Glassell Park is facing the demographic changes that come with increased property values. With the LA River revitalization plans getting off the ground, you will likely see Glassell Park benefit with more amenities such as parkland, bike paths etc as well as more development that comes with this type of public investment.
Real Estate: With its close in location, the property market is hot but there is more value for your money here than nearby neighborhoods like Silver Lake and Highland Park. Current Listings range from a 900 sq ft fixer for $489,000 to $1,249,000 for a new build hillside home with views. But like much of LA, inventory is tight, currently, only 14 homes are for sale. The median price of homes sold in the area was $720,000 in December 2017, which is down over 5% from a year ago. For close to the neighborhood medium price you can get a 4 bedroom 1800 square foot home recently renovated. Property goes quickly in the neighborhood with an average of 15 days on the market.
Architecture: Craftsmen style homes dominate the architecture of the neighborhood, but on the upper hillsides you will find midcentury post & beam as well as newer modern homes taking advantage of the views.
Community amenities: Rio de Los Angeles State Park. Opened in 2007, the 247-acre park along the LA River was built on Taylor Yard, an abandoned railroad facility. It is located at 1900 San Fernando Road. Walnut Canyon is a sprawling open space of approximately 20 undeveloped acres of hillside grassland, California black walnut tree groves, chaparral and other flora. The main entrances to the canyon are located at the end of Haverhill Dr. and Brilliant Dr.
Commercial areas: Glassell Park lacks the name brand commercial corridors like Highland Park or Atwater, but there are some tried and true retail gems as well as newer hipster like places as well. The Super King grocery store on San Fernando is famous for its fresh produce and cheap prices. Some newer hip coffee shops and restaurants have opened recently in Glassell Park such as Division 3, but don’t overlook Glassell Parks’ more established foodie places like Lemon Poppy Kitchen & Polka Polish Cuisine
Schools: Neighborhood schools include Fletcher Drive Elementary and Glassell Park Elementary, which scored 746 and 742, respectively, in the 2013 Academic Performance Index. Better scoring schools in the area include Delevan Drive Elementary, which scored 915. Mount Washington Elementary scored 915, and Cerritos Elementary scored 874.