Location: The neighborhood is situated at the confluence of the Los Angeles River and Arroyo Seco, less than 2.5 miles north of Downtown Los Angeles. It is boarded by Mount Washington to the northeast, Lincoln Heights to the southeast, Elysian Park to the south, and Atwater and Glassell Park to the west.
History: The land on which Cypress Park currently occupies was first settled by the Tongva tribe of the Shoshone Native Americans. When Gaspar de Portolà and his expedition first encountered the Los Angeles River in August 1769 and described the area of the confluence of the Arroyo Seco as “a very lush green valley”.
The area was granted as Rancho San Rafael to Jose Maria Verdugo in October 1784. In 1859, Julio Verdugo sold the southern tip of the rancho to Jessie D. Hunter. Hunter had previously acquired the Rancho Cañada de Los Nogales, which contains most of present-day Glassell Park. After Hunter’s death the land was subdivided as the Hunter Tract and, in 1882, Cypress Park became the first of the Arroyo Seco communities to come into existence, predating Highland Park by three years.
The Southern Pacific Railroad built the Taylor Yard along the banks of the Los Angeles River, and the bulk of L.A.'s freight train traffic flowed through Cypress Park for 40 years until it closed for good in the 1980s. In the 1990’s the area was known as an active gang area and the murder of a 3-year-old created significant media attention in the United States and led to crackdowns on Los Angeles street gangs.
Real Estate: Like much of Northeast LA, inventory is the biggest challenge. There are currently (June 2018) 8 properties for sale, 5 single family homes, and 3 condos. The Median Sales price is $743,000 and for about that you can get a fully renovated 3 bbedrooms2 bath home. The median price is up almost 18% from June 2017. You will have to act fast if you want to buy a home in Cypress Park; homes are on the market for an average of 12 days.
Architecture: Cypress Park has a wide range of historic housing styles, including American Revival cottages and Craftsman and Mediterranean Revival homes.
Vibe: Cypress Park is still very much a working-class community. With only 8% of its residents holding a college degree and a high proportion of residents learn less than $40,000 a year.
Community Involvement: The area is served by the Greater Cypress Park Neighborhood Council
Community amenities: Rio de Los Angeles State Park is an urban green space along the LA River featuring hiking trails & athletic fields, plus a playground & recreation center. Also in Cypress Park is Los Angeles River Center & Gardens, a hacienda-like hideaway at the corner of San Fernando & Avenue 26.
Schools: Within the boundaries of Cypress Park are Aragon Avenue Elementary, Loreto Street Elementary and Florence Nightingale Middle, which had scores of 757, 717 and 756, respectively, out of 1,000 in the 2013 Academic Performance Index.