Eagle Rock


Welcome to Eagle Rock, California​

Early Indian settlers, Spanish explorers and missionaries and Mexican rancho landowners preceded the beginnings of the town of Eagle Rock, a pastoral suburb of the city of Los Angeles in the first years of the 20th century. Surrounded by hills, the Eagle Rock Valley was a rural respite far removed from the bustling city. At the time, the Gates Strawberry Ranch, worked by Chinese laborers, covered much of the area, replacing the grazing pastures of the great Ranch San Rafael once owned by the Verdugo family.
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Eagle Rock became more than bucolic ranchland with the arrival of the Los Angeles Railway streetcar system in 1906. The tracks came from downtown Los Angeles along Central Avenue , which is now Eagle Rock Boulevard, and they extended to the intersection of Townsend Avenue and Colorado Street, the heart of town at the time.

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Eagle Rock today is filled with culturally rich neighborhoods and is largely a haven for those working in various creative fields. The town is being discovered by many working in the nearby entertainment industry and other professionals who yearn for a place with a true sense of community and who cherish a slower pace in an ever fleeting society. They long for a town with good schools and involved parents, a feeling of shared appreciation for historic significance, and an older commercial district with the vast potential to develop its own unique appeal.


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In 1909, Hill Avenue, now Hill Drive, was (and still is) one of Eagle Rock’s most beautiful streets. Other streets were Roy Drive (now Mt. Royal Dr.), Acacia Street (now Laverna Ave.), Kenilworth Avenue (now Hermosa Ave.), Highland Avenue (now Highland View Ave.), and Fairmont Avenue (now Maywood Ave.). These streets were dotted with large and expensive homes on wide lots.

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Eagle Rock was incorporated as a city in 1911. Its gentle slopes were dapped with grand Victorian farmhouses, many exquisite Craftsman homes in charming neighborhoods, and Occidental College, designed by Myron Hunt in the Mediterranean revival style and built between 1911 and 1913. The building boom really came between the wars. The 1920’s saw an upswing of subdivision and building of “modern” homes, including many in the Spanish colonial revival style and smaller bungalows modified by such prevalent styles as Colonial revival and English Tudor.

Many other notable structures had come into being in the early part of the century, such as the Craftsman-style Women’s 20th Century Club, the Eagle Rock Carnegie Library, the WCTU home, various lovely churches, and many attractive brick and stucco commercial buildings along the main boulevards. In 1923, not long after the Eagle Rock City Hall was erected, the people of Eagle Rock voted to become part of the City of Los Angeles under the threat of an inadequate water supply and the promise of an upgraded school system. Later decades brought other architectural styles to Eagle Rock homes and commercial structures, like streamline modern, International, post-war traditional, and mid-century modern. Diversity still reigns supreme, and it is this eclectic mix of architectural character among large and small homes that has made Eagle Rock a unique and fascinating place while evoking the qualities of small-town America.

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Eagle Rock is located in Northeast Los Angeles, positioned between Glendale and Pasadena. It is situated close to the 134 and the 210 freeways. Eagle Rock is bordered by Highland Park to the south, Pasadena to the east, Glendale to the west, and Glassell Park to the northwest. (Los Angeles Times Mapping L.A.)

Eagle Rock is a neighborhood in Northeast Los Angeles in the San Rafael Hills. The community’s namesake is a huge composite rock formed by hot springs 12 million years ago. Erosion near the top has created an overhang that casts a midday shadow allegedly resembling an eagle in flight, though the shadow could just as well conjure up a furrowed brow. Today it is an ethnically diverse, relatively high-income neighborhood known for being the home of Occidental College and for a small-town feel and relaxed environment among its residents. Eagle Rock has maintained historically significant buildings and has a connection with the early motion picture industry.
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A once sleepy town on the outskirts of downtown Los Angeles, Eagle Rock has still kept its close-knit community with a thriving new bustle of local shops, bars, and an artsy scene. This is Eastside cool without the hipper-than-thou attitude.

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The city of Eagle Rock is bordered by the city of Glendale on the north and west, Highland Park on the southeast, Glassell Park on the southwest, and the cities of Pasadena and South Pasadena on the east. Major thoroughfares include Eagle Rock Boulevard and Colorado Boulevard, with Figueroa Street along the eastern boundary. The Glendale and Ventura freeways run along the district’s western and northern edges.

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Viewed from the parking lot, the Eagle Rock Recreation Center is partially obscured by pine trees. But from the front, architect Richard Neutra’s touch is plain to see — sleek horizontal lines, flat, cantilevered roof and retractable walls opening the gymnasium to the outdoors. Sitting just off the 134 Freeway, the center has been serving the community since 1953 with outdoor screenings, Fourth of July fireworks and concerts, youth sports activities and summer camps. Considered by scholars to be one of architect Richard Neutra’s greatest works for its extreme, innovative design in glass, brick and mobile walls, are in talks with the architect’s son, Dion Neutra, who worked with his dad as lead architect on the dramatic design.

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Eagle Rock is filled with culturally rich neighborhoods and is largely a haven for those working in various creative fields. Newer residents are moving here for its proximity to jobs in the nearby entertainment industry as well as any professionals who yearn for a place with a true sense of community and who cherish a slower pace. The neighborhood is inhabited by a wide variety of ethnic and socioeconomic groups and the creative class. Over the past decade, Eagle Rock has been experiencing a migration of  young urban professionals have moved from nearby (and increasingly expensive) neighborhoods such as Los Feliz and Silver Lake. 

A core of counter-culture writers, artists, and filmmakers has existed in Eagle Rock since the 1920s. The pleasant neighborhood identity remains despite its proximity to the urban bustle just a short drive away.


Schools in and around Eagle Rock from


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Marlon Brando and maternal grandmother, Elizabeth Myers in 1949 on York Boulevard towards Somers Ave and Verdugo Road. Further ahead Highway 2 would later be built.

Eagle Rock is extremely walkable and bike-friendly, with relatively wide thoroughfares, and smaller neighborhood streets. The junction of Colorado and Eagle Rock Boulevards could be called the heart of the community, with both corridors stretching out in opposite directions with a variety of commercial and entertainment options. Figueroa Street, on the eastern edge, is another shorter commercial corridor providing a connection to neighboring Highland Park and South Pasadena.

Eagle Rock Art and Shopping

Eagle Rock is sprinkled throughout with mom-and-pop shops – from bakeries to hardware stores. Newer boutiques and specialty shops have been reinvigorating the main boulevards, particularly along Eagle Rock Boulevard and Colorado Boulevard. Whether its contemporary clothes, vintage accessories, used books, or art, the price tags around here tend to be as grounded as the neighborhood.

From hand-crafted jewelry and local art at Cactus Gallery and Gifts to stylish women’s clothing at Haley Solar to a nice bottle of vino at the Vonovore, there’s something for all.


ACORN is the collaborative creation of Erin Tanaka and Laura Tanaka, mother and daughter native Angelenos. We are inspired by our great weather, the vibrancy of our city and the rugged landscapes that surround and permeate it. We are excited by the insanely creative artists and designers all around us and by people who make useful and beautiful things that make our lives a little happier. We try to do our part to preserve and conserve our limited resources by considering our impact on the planet and reducing, reusing and recycling as much as possible, while striving to do better.

1611 Colorado Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90041
+1 323-474-6297 |

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Haley Solar

Haley Solar, the brand is named for our in-house, locally made clothing collection. Our pieces are designed, sourced, cut, and sewn within 5 miles of our retail stores using up-cycled fabrics for a more sustainable collection with a tiny carbon footprint. Complementing our exclusive collection we’ve expanded to include hundreds of other small makers that Haley thoughtfully sources and curates in our stores. Women owned, sustainably made, vegan or locally crafted, we make it easy for you to shop by your brand’s core values and each product contains a little bit about what makes this company special.

4606 Eagle Rock Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90041
+1 323-381-5502

Cactus Gallery

Cactus Gallery is a vibrant Latina owned and operated gallery. Opened in March 2005, our space is an eclectic mix of contemporary art and folk art. The gallery is dedicated to promoting established and emerging artists, while focusing on craftsmanship, accessibility, and artistry. We are especially pleased to work closely with many female artists in the US and internationally.

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Vinovore specializes in natural wine, beer, sake, and food items produced by women or women-owned companies in the U. S. and internationally. Owners Coly Den Haan and Angelica Luna wanted a clever way to help shoppers find the wines they were looking for, so they came up with the animal chart—with “vinovore” playing on words like “carnivore” and “herbivore.”  “Wine should be fun,” says Den Haan. “And some natural wines are more approachable than conventional wines.” The sommelier, winemaker, and restaurateur behind The Must (2008-2016) and Perch comes from a long line of Los Angeles food and drink specialists, starting with her Italian-immigrant great aunt who ran a Prohibition-era downtown speakeasy.

Now, Den Haan and her partner Luna run Vinovore, and their new second location in Eagle Rock has buzzed with the business since it opened in December. More than a themed retail wine shop, Vinovore is a living archive of women-made wines from California to Macedonia, and its expansion to Eagle Rock signals a growing presence of women leading the natural wine movement, despite being only ten percent of all winemakers in the world.

4627 York Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90041, USA
+1 323-801-8669 |

Eagle Rock Eateries & Nightlife

In recent years, local bars and foodie restaurants have been sprouting up in Eagle Rock. Whether you’re out for a late dinner or an even later cocktail, you can find it along the neighborhood’s main drags.
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Queen St.

The newest addition to the Eagle Rock culinary scene is Queen St, a raw bar and seafood grill located in a former auto service station from the 1940s. Located on York Boulevard, Queen St honors Charleston, South Carolina with raw and wood-fire grilled seafood starting.


Queen St. is the latest project from Last Word Hospitality, the LA-based restaurant group behind Found Oyster, Barra Santos, and Nossa Caipirinha Bar. The team includes managing director Joe Laraja and executive chef Ari Kolender, whose menu draws inspiration from his childhood and time spent cooking in South Carolina.

4701 York Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90042, United States
+1 323-258-1435

Queen St.’s dining room is full of 1940s charm, with antique light fixtures and furniture mixed with contemporary accents. The space, designed by Wick Design and Architecture, features a large horseshoe-shaped bar with 19 seats, plus stained glass panels that depict oyster platters and landscapes from Charleston, South Carolina and a large, eye-catching oyster display as part of the bar.

Joe and Helen Sams opened The Capri in 1963 in the Eagle Rock neighborhood of Los Angeles. They were known for good food at a reasonable price and a nice cozy place to eat. They ran the restaurant for 30 years before handing over the reins to local regulars the Thiels. For years the parents ran the restaurant while their kids enjoyed the hot food and a new experience. In 2006 the sons Jeff and Jim Thiel took over the family business. They put their own spin on the menu and concept while operating the restaurant until 2019, when they decided to retire and focus on their health.

After a major remodel and renovation of the historic space, “Capri Club” was brought back to life once again by restaurant industry veteran Robert Fleming. Paying homage to it’s long and storied past, Capri Club offers a pared down menu of classic Italian Aperitivo fare and cocktails. The food menu was curated by Puglia-native Chef Francesco Allegro and pairs effortlessly with the long list of Amari, refreshing Negronis and classic Martinis.

4701 York Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90042, United States
+1 323-258-1435

Live Music | Echo Park

There are plenty of live music events happening every week in Echo Park. Take your pick from music venues like Spaceland (in nearby Silver Lake), The Echo, and Echoplex. They’re all unique and serve up a memorable night on the town.

With more sounds going digital every day, it’s nice to support the local Echo Park vinyl record shops that are popping up around L.A. Along with Vacation Vinyl in Los Feliz, Origami Vinyl is a very welcomed addition to the east side of Los Angeles. Their record selection is impressive with new and hard to find indie rock albums along with some hip-hop, rock, and reissues. They also have live in-store performances that are hard to beat. Drop in and say hello.

The Echo

1822 W Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90026
(213) 413-8200

Cypress Park Architecture and Real Estate

Taylor Yard is uniquely connected to the early history of Los Angeles. Home for centuries to the Tongva Indians, it is, by most accounts, where Los Angeles was dubbed “Los Angeles.” It is the site described in the first recorded written words about Los Angeles, the very site where the Portola expedition spent the night August 2, 1769, after crossing he Arroyo Seco. Father Crespi, the expedition’s diarist rhapsodized for more than a thousand words that day about this “green, lush valley,” its “very full flowing, wide river”, the “riot of color” in the hills.

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Most of the homes in the Taylor Yard area were not constructed until the housing boom of the 1920’s. They accurately reflect the smaller quaint style and affordability to the local workforce nearby of that era. From Mediterranean, Pueblo, Craftsman, Bungalow and the turn of the century three-story Victorian, and larger estates, well preserved with vast yards. Some of the region has smaller sections of bungalow rows near their transportation lines and unique single-story farmhouse homes with homestead solutions.

Places like Heritage Square Museum explores the settlement and development of Southern California from the late 1800s to early 1900s, offering guests of all ages the ability to explore the everyday lives of Southern Californians during the Victorian era of Los Angeles. With high density and tremendous demand comes great (ADU) accessory dwelling units external from the main residence. These structures have been created to add versatility for the homeowners, from revenue streams and rentals to home offices, libraries, and tranquil meditative spaces. The garages have been converted, the driveways for al fresco dining and native herbs in the driveways and cars get parked out in the streets!

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Eagle Rock Historical Fun Facts

Eagle Rock is one of America’s “Hottest Neighborhoods”. Redfin came up with its list of “Hottest Neighborhoods of 2014,” and Eagle Rock almost took the whole American enchilada. And that hasn’t slowed down a bit.


Notable residents have included actor Marlon Brando who married Anna Kashfi in Eagle Rock, October 11, 1957 at the home of his grandmother, Bessie Pennebaker, and his aunt and uncle, Betty and Ollie Lindemeyer. He was preparing for his movie debut in The Men, the wrenching story of a paralyzed World War II vet coping with rage and insecurity.


John Steinbeck who first came to town in 1925, a 23-year-old college dropout struggling for a writing career. His first residence in 1930 was described by the Historical Society as “”a small barn that had been abandoned as hopeless after having been hit by a cyclone, with holes in the walls, ceiling and floor, with broken windows, inadequate plumbing and ankle deep in dirt and filth,”. In Eagle Rock he published  “To a God Unknown.” and stated ; “We do not suffer. Indeed we enjoy it,” Steinbeck wrote about the home. “It is much better than living in a city.”

Photo of house at 2741 El Roble Dr. in Eagle Rock, CA. John and Carol Steinbeck lived here with friends in the 1920s.

He later returned in 1932 and stated; “Remember the days when we were all living in Eagle Rock?” he later wrote. “As starved and happy a group as ever robbed an orange grove. I can still remember the dinners of hamburgers and stolen avocados.”

Ben Affleck, a former Occidental College student, lived on Hill Drive with then-roommate and co-writer Matt Damon while they wrote the script for Good Will Hunting, which would go on to win them a Best Original Screenplay Academy Award. The elaborate and bizarre house they lived in is known as the Egasse-Braasch House. It is now a historic-cultural monument, protected by the City of Los Angeles, not because Good Will Hunting was written there, but because of its fanciful architecture.
The Egasse-Braasch House a historic cultural monument created by French architect Jean-Louis Egasse and owners Albert and Constance Braasch in Eagle Rock California

Created by French architect Jean-Louis Egasse and owners Albert and Constance Braasch, the trio collaborated to build this storybook-style house in 1923 in Eagle Rock, California. In the design and construction, they let their imaginations run wild, taking inspiration from both French and Nordic architectural traditions. Some of the more eccentric flourishes they added include an 11-foot-tall stain glass window; tons of rough-carved woodwork; a “Norman village” outdoor balcony; a wall-ceiling-wall relief mural featuring seagulls, built-in floral wall sconces and Viking ships; and odd, asymmetrical entrance arches.

In 1961 Barack Obama attended Occidental College for the first two years before transferring to Columbia University. He went on to become the 44th President of the United States (taking office January 20, 2009)


In 1962, the Eagle Rock was declared as Los Angeles Historic Cultural Monument #10.


In the summer of 1995 the “Eagle Rock”  became officially the property of the city of Los Angeles.The city agreed to pay nearly $700,000 to a developer who had plans to build an apartment complex at the foot of the Eagle Rock. Now the hunk of rock and the land around it is administered by the city’s Department of Recreation and Parks.

Is Eagle Rock Safe?

Outside view of the Northeast Los Angeles Police Station which serves Echo Park

Every metropolitan city with high density carries with it the increase for crime based on the increased population sample. As a whole Cypress Park is safe and here are the numbers!

Crime Rates in Eagle Rock

Eagle Rock in terms of crime rate in Los Angeles is one of the safest cities to live in with only 344 total crimes being committed to every 100,000, according to The University of Southern California’s Crosstown project whose data comes from the two largest agencies, the Los Angeles Police Department and the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

Every metropolitan city with high density carries with it the increase for crime based on the increased population sample.” We, humans, have a hard time comparing things unless we are assisted. And when we don’t have that assistance, we can go to extremes. What is the typical experience? What are the extremes? Of the 88 cities in Los Angeles County 52 of the LA neighborhood’s have a property crime rate between 16-25 people per 1000 residents. The lowest being 9 and the highest being 167. Only 12 of the 88 cities in Los Angeles County have a violent crime rate of 11-15 people per 1000 residents. The lowest being 1 and the highest being 45.

Crime Statistics and Types in Eagle Rock

For a more comprehensive look take a look at the Los Angeles Police Department Crime Mapping site. You can get up-to-date crime statistics for neighborhoods throughout Los Angeles. There were 10 accounts of burglary theft in August and 9 assaults with no homicides.

Homeless Population in Eagle Rock

According to the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority LAHSA as of 2022 114 individuals constituted the entire homeless population of Eagle Rock’s 34,466 population in 2008.

In the Service Planning Area Metro 4 where Eagle Rock resides there were 114 individuals that were homeless and or in vehicles based on the data collected from Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority in 2022. Other major areas such as South L.A (SPA 6) has 14,598 the San Fernando Valley (SPA 2) 9,829 and the lowest region is the Antelope Valley with 4,598. The range falls between the highest being the South Los Angeles Service Area at 1.38% and the lowest being the San Gabriel Valley at .28%. Echo Park / Service Planning area 4 is at 1.23%.

An image of the Greater Los Angeles Service Planning Areas (SPAs)from LAHSA that outline the 8 different regions of the 2022 of the homeless populations based on geographic regions.

Homelessness and Housing Challenges

It’s impossible to discuss crime in Los Angeles without considering the city’s massive unhoused population, which by some measurements is the largest in the nation.


The greater Los Angeles homeless Service Planning Areas (SPA’s) are broken up between eight different regions each with unique challenges to address compassionately and effectively based on the numbers of human beings that they serve. Rehousing L.A is at the forefront of active solutions leading to change. The people on the frontlines of Rehousing L.A’s rehousing system made more than 84,000 housing placements in the past five years. L.A. County is increasing coordination among mainstream systems–foster care, hospitals, jails and prisons–to better prevent homelessness. The focus being on emergency shelter to better rehouse people long term. This fall, we will roll out shared success measures and goals to hold our rehousing system accountable and increase coordination. Our 88 city governments must focus on increasing affordable housing. Each year, more than 21,000 people get rehoused, but more than 80,000 people become homeless. L.A County has increased prevention efforts in our mainstream systems and increasing affordable housing. Since COVID-19, health authorities recommended against moving encampments, resulting in 17% more visible tents, vehicles, and makeshift shelters–with fewer people in them. Since the count, there’s been a record number of actions to help move people inside. (LAHSA)

Neighborhood Council and Community Engagement

The Echo Park Neighborhood Council is a publicly funded and elected group of individuals who live, work, own property, or otherwise have a connection to Echo Park. They address issues and engage in initiatives affecting the neighborhood as a whole, as well as in each of its six districts. The EPNC connects residents on a local level with their city government and aims to address issues of safety, development, and quality of life with those who live and work around us.

The Echo Park Neighborhood Council’s Homelessness & Housing Committee (HHC) mission statement is “The EPNC Homelessness & Housing Committee seeks to implement ideas that will benefit our unhoused residents. HHC strives to connect those experiencing homelessness or housing insecurity to resources and to advocate for the effective use of government programs to help address our housing crisis.” They have board members and meet the 1st Tuesday of the month at 7pm.

Echo Park Neighborhood Council Map which is a visula comprehensive guidline of where the emergency services are in the Echo park Boundary areas.

Neighborhood Watch and Crime Prevention

To keep an eye on things in your neighborhood the more modern neighborhood watch is Crime Stoppers. This site is where you can submit a tip, follow up, and collect a cash reward! “The purpose of Los Angeles Regional Crime Stoppers is to prevent and reduce crime, by forming a partnership among the community, law enforcement and the media to offer anonymity and cash rewards to anyone providing information leading to an arrest. Crime Stoppers encourages members of the community to assist local law enforcement agencies in the fight against crime by overcoming the two key elements that inhibit community involvement: fear and apathy.” (Crime Stoppers)

Outside View of Los Angeles Fire Department 20 Echo Park With A Fire Engine And Firefighters Heading Out Of The Station On An Emergency Call

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Local Resources:

Northeast Community Police Station – Eagle Rock Los Angeles Fire Department Station 42 Eagle Rock
  • Phone: 213-485-6220
  • Address: 2144 W. Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90026
Eagle Rock Neighborhood Council Health Services of Los Angeles County
  • Phone: 211
  • Services: Primary care, emergency services for insured, uninsured, low-income, no income
211 County Help Line
  • For emergency food/shelter, dial 211 and choose option 3
Emergency Senior Meals Response Los Angeles County Domestic Violence Safety Plan Hotline

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