Location: Eagle Rock is a neighborhood of Northeast Los Angeles in the San Rafael Hills. It is between Glendale to the West & Pasadena to the East and bounded by the 134 Freeway to the North, Highland Park to the South.
History: Eagle Rock is named after a large rock along the 134 Freeway with an indentation that resembles an eagle with its wings outstretched. The land was divided into parcels in 1870 from part of the Rancho San Rafael. Early on Eagle Rock was a farming community, but with the introduction of a trolley car line that ran along Eagle Rock Boulevard to Colorado Boulevard, it became a city in 1911 and eventually joined the City of Los Angeles in 1923. But is separation; both geographic and psychological from the larger city gives it a small town feel. There is a lot more to Eagle Rock than meets the eye so you should check out 10 things you probably didn’t know.
Real Estate: With its small-town vibe and easy freeway access, this neighborhood has long been a popular place to call home. As of September 2017, the median home prices is $897,000, but if you are looking north of Colorado Blvd, plan on spending well over $1,000,000 for the nicer homes. Just like the rest of LA, inventory is tight with only 46 homes currently on the market.
Architecture: Like much of the rest of the older parts of Los Angeles, the neighborhood homes reflect diverse architectural styles; Craftsman, Spanish revival, Georgian, Art Deco, Mission Revival and Mid Century Modern styles can be found. Hill Drive, which runs roughly parallel to Colorado below the 134 freeway, is home to some of Eagle Rocks’ most distinguished homes including the 6,000 square foot Chateau Emanuel built in 1927 by the founder of the Bekins moving company and recently on the market.
Vibe: The population is 34,466 in 4.25-square-mile (7,644 people per sq mile, average density for the county). The neighborhood is diverse; 40% Latino, 30% white, 24% Asian & 2% Black. As home to Occidental College, the neighborhood feels like a small college town in the midst of a huge metropolis. Although the area is undergoing the changes typical of other Northeast LA neighborhoods with younger and more affluent urbanites buying homes here, the area still has a more suburban feel than Highland Park or Silver Lake. It even has a traditional Indoor mall.
Community Involvement: The neighborhood has an active Neighborhood Council and Chamber of commerce, and a Historical Society that keeps open house every Saturday from 10:00 to 12:00 at The Center for the Arts on Colorado Blvd.
Community amenities: In addition to the Center for the Arts which presents arts and education programs and experiences year-round at their historic Mediterranean Revival building (Carnegie library) there are a number of other outstanding amenities in Eagle Rock. Top of the list is Occidental College whose campus is open to the public and offers a year-round calendar of cultural events. Richard Neutra designed the Eagle Rock Recreation Center with ball fields, tennis courts, barbeque pits, etc.
Commercial areas: Colorado Boulevard has been Eagle Rock’s main street for more than a century and today is home to a number of really good restaurants; it’s not uncommon for me to drive to Eagle Rock for both CaCao Mexicatessan & The Oinkster. You will also find the usual array of hipster coffee houses, boutiques and art galleries mixed among the usual mini-malls and auto body shops along Colorado Blvd.
Schools: There is a number of public & private schools in the neighborhood and the public schools are generally pretty good by LA standards. Delevan Drive Elementary & Eagle Rock Elementary both have an API Rank in the top 10% as does Woodrow Wilson Middle School. Eagle Rock High School has an API score of 776.