El Sereno


Welcome to El Sereno, California

El Sereno is Spanish for “The Serene.” Although you may have never heard of it, El Sereno is far from new as it is one of the oldest sections in Los Angeles dating back to 1769 and on track to be one of the hottest Eastside real estate markets. However, history might not be the only reason newcomers are joining the revitalizing neighborhood of El Sereno and its many captivating homes for sale.

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The hillsides, the views, the quick side street route to Downtown LA, plus the entrepreneurial spirit behind long-standing gems and new artistic hot spots are drawing in the new faces. Equi-distant from the Highland Park favorites on Figueroa and York and California State University LA, this historic neighborhood and the homes for sale in it, is about to make history yet again.

El Sereno Community

El Sereno is a vibrant and artistic community that was built on the many generations of its residents that took pride in their culture. A variety of residents have lived there for the entirety of their lives and support the growth and rejuvenation of the community.

Although other neighboring cities are more commonly know for their influx of hipsters and creatives, El Sereno has become a home to a handful of young families looking for a place to set their roots. El Sereno has been ranked one of the top areas in Los Angeles for millennials as the sense of community, location, and forethought that this neighborhood is ripe for revitalization.

The “Serene” beauty of El Sereno is meant to be enjoyed. Ascot Hills Park has stellar views and if you’re willing to do a bit of a clime you can see the DLTA skyline. Perfect for family picnics or to take your furry baby out for some fresh air.

The El Sereno Rec Center and El Sereno park is the perfect spot to for sporting activities and family and friend meetups.

For the kiddo’s El Sereno Arryo Playground, with a huge population of kids under five El Sereno build this playground full with jungle gyms, slides and monkey bars.

El Sereno Art and Shopping


Junebug Market is a brick and mortar storefront located in the Eastside region of Los Angeles, California. We are located on Huntington Drive in El Sereno, an area with rich history and the oldest community in Los Angeles.

The shop is curated with antiques, ceramics, art, vintage clothing, handmade goods and so much more. We are a new small business and are always looking for new artists with future intentions of organizing events such as gallery nights, tattoo pop-ups, hands on classes, and other functions.

5463 Huntington Dr N, Los Angeles, CA 90032, United States

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Organizing, empowering, uplifting, building, and promoting entrepreneurship within our underrepresented Latin women, youth, and queer communities.

Our volunteers assist with branding, logo, graphic design, mobile boutique presentation, marketing and more. Our organization creates opportunities for your youth to express themselves, creatively, lucratively, and with the support of our local community and schools. The women of the goddess mercado are encouraged to support each other by helping each other with set up, buying from each other, and promoting each other.

The intention of the mercado is to create a permanent safe space where our community of vendors and supporters are able to gather, meet and celebrate for we know this strengthens community. The Goddess Mercado was created by Diana Diaz. She recruited 14 local women and founded their first marketplace in City Terrace, April 2021.  The Goddess Mercado gave birth to The Queer Mercado July 2021 and The Goddess Mercado Boutique during October 2021.

5384 Huntington Dr S, Los Angeles, CA 90032, United States


The Luckman Fine Arts Complex at Cal State LA is your home for unique cultural experiences. The Luckman Fine Arts Complex at Cal State LA presents cutting-edge professional music, dance, theatre, and visual arts from around the world. Located 5 miles east of downtown Los Angeles, the Luckman is home to three unique spaces: the Luckman Theatre with a capacity of nearly 1,200, the Intimate Theatre with modular seating of up to 300, and the 3,600 square foot Luckman Gallery.


The Luckman was designed by The Luckman Partnership, Inc. This prestigious Los Angeles architectural firm is responsible for such landmark structures as the Los Angeles Forum, Madison Square Garden, and Los Angeles International Airport. The Luckman Theatre was designed to reflect the beauty and strength of “old” California. Characterized by sun-drenched brick buildings and a tiered street of dramatic arches and columns. The Luckman has been described as a perfect blend of the old and the new. Reminiscent of a Roman forum, while maintaining the glorious spaciousness which defines Southern California.

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The Luckman Theatre

Designed to seat 1,152 patrons, this beautiful state-of-the-art theatre can also be converted into a 624-seat or a 500-seat house. The facility features excellent acoustics and sightlines, and includes a 48-foot wide proscenium, mechanically operated orchestra pit for 60 musicians, and digital video and film projection capabilities.

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The Luckman Street of the Arts

The Luckman Street of the Arts is a grand esplanade complete with an amphitheater linking the Luckman Theatre, the Luckman Gallery, and the Intimate Theatre. Fourteen towering arches frame a sweeping view of the San Gabriel Mountains.

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The Luckman Gallery

The 3,600-square-foot Luckman Gallery presents exhibitions that represent a diverse selection of artists. It is home to the Luckman Permanent Collection of over 500 works by Andy Warhol, Alexander Calder, José Sacal, Sister Mary Corita Kent, Alexandra Nichita, Raúl Anguiano, and more.

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The Intimate Theatre

The Intimate Theatre is the Luckman Fine Arts Complex’s black box venue. Its modular seating configurations allow it to adapt to the vast array of stagings: proscenium, thrust, or in-the-round. The Intimate Theatre has hosted concerts, film festivals, theatrical productions, live radio broadcasts, televised US presidential forums.

El Sereno History

As one of the oldest neighborhoods in LA, El Sereno has quite a history.

The history of El Sereno stretches back to before the arrival of the Spanish.  It is noted that the ancient native village of Otsungna existed in what now is El Sereno. Although no archeological records exist, the recorded annals left by the San Gabriel Mission Franciscans  tell us that this village existed alongside a stream that ran North to South through the what is now El Sereno. The village of Otsungna relied on the source of water to meet their daily life’s needs.

The El Sereno area was first visited by Europeans in 1769 when the Spanish overland Portola Expedition passed just south of present-day El Sereno. In 1771, Mission San Gabriel Arcángel was founded, including the area that became El Sereno area of its lands was used for cattle grazing, and an adobe building was constructed there in 1776.


In 1784, three years after the Pueblo was founded, Spanish Governor Pedro Fages granted all the lands between the Los Angeles River and the Arroyo Seco to Jose Maria Verdugo. The Rancho San Rafael as it was known, covered approximately 36,000 acres (14,569 ha). The El Sereno area was not included in either the pueblo or Rancho San Rafael.

El Sereno was later part of the Mexican Rancho Rosa Castilla land grant. Around 1810, a New Spain government’s adobe toll house was built next to the road from the Mission to the Pueblo (present-day Valley Boulevard/Alhambra Avenue), near present-day Warwick Avenue and Martin Street, just north of Alhambra Avenue.

But it is logical to consider that one of the original 36 adobes built in California was built in El Sereno because the stream known as Arroyo Rosa de Castilla runs down the middle of El Sereno, right past where the original Spanish adobe once stood.  The adobe was most likely built very near the native village because the native Tongva people were the primary labor force behind the majority of the Mission’s construction projects, including the building of the San Gabriel Mission.  It’s logical to think the native Tongva people living in Otsungna helped with the building of the original adobe. The land now occupied by CSULA is the site where the original adobe once stood.  This land/area was the heart of San Gabriel Mission land-grant called Rosa de Castillo.

The first roads were built in 1859 and ran along Valley Blvd. The Southern Pacific Railroad was built through El Sereno in 1876 with a stop at Aurant. On May 1, 1895, the first inter-urban rail route in Southern California opened from Los Angeles to Pasadena along the Arroyo Seco, spurring subdivisions along that passage. By 1915, eleven tracts had been subdivided in the Bairdstown area, centered at Farmdale Avenue (now Eastern Avenue) and Huntington Drive.

During WW1 El Sereno’s population rose as the country prepared for the war. Because of the rationing of gas and rubber, most new residents who came to work at the aircraft and munitions factories in Los Angeles moved to communities along the Pacific Electric routes. EI Sereno experienced huge industrial growth during the war years.

A handful of the families that moved here at the time were Italian-American. The rise in population led to the construction of the El Sereno Theatre at 3333 Eastern Avenue; it was the third theater in the community.

After WW2, restrictions had prevented Mexican-American families who lived in the adjacent communities of Lincoln Heights and Boyle Heights from purchasing homes in EI Sereno. After restrictions were lifted by a 1948 Supreme Court decision (Shelly v. Kraemer), many Mexican-American families moved to EI Sereno. The demand for housing after World War II was satisfied by the construction of new neighborhoods in the southern end of EI Sereno.


El Sereno Real Estate

El Sereno is bordered on the north by Highland Park and South Pasadena, on the east by Alhambra, on the south by East Los Angeles, and on the west by Lincoln Heights and Montecito Heights. Just east of the 110 freeway makes El Sereno a quick pop over to Highland Park, Eagle Rock or hop on the 5 for an exit to Dodgers Stadium. The back roads make the easy commute to DTLA just 15-20 minutes. El Sereno boasts an abundant mix of Craftsman Bungalows, charming Spanish Revival homes along with some of the most prolific development of newly built homes utilizing some of today’s finest modern architectural designs and materials with sweeping views.  

At 4.7 squares miles this community and the houses for sale in it, boast smaller sub-neighborhoods including:

Hillside Village – smack in the middle which has come to be the most exclusive and popular sub-neighborhood.

University Hills – with its close proximity to Cal State LA, and its rolling hills, University Hills has a private feel with a strong sense of community.

Rose Hill – Western border

Baird Park – (Bairdstown) northern border.

El Sereno Hills – Eastside, boasting homes for sale with incredible views on streets such as Calandaria.

With record-soaring price tags for homes in neighboring cities such as Highland Park, Echo Park, and Mount Washington, El Sereno offers a little more bang for your buck… for the time being. If Highland Park is the new Silverlake, then El Sereno is going to be the next Highland Park.With average home prices in El Sereno just 5 years ago going for 356,000 to last year with a home sale of over 1 million dollars the appreciation value is skyrocketing at a speed you almost never see.

El Sereno Eateries & Nightlife

EWDD provides Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding to the Los Angeles Food Policy Council (LAFPC), which spearheads the Healthy Neighborhood Market Network (HNMN). The program assists neighborhood market owners to build the capacity to operate as successful healthy food retailers in underserved communities. This financial support from the program allowed sibling team Linda and Armando Mejia, co-owners of the Village Mart & Deli, to expand healthy food options in El Sereno.


The Village Mart & Deli is a community hub for El Sereno residents and commuters alike. The store has been a popular stop on Soto Street for more than 30 years, and sister and brother team Linda and Armando Mejia were regular customers before taking over the store in 2018. Buying the deli was a labor of love for the owners, but without prior food business experience, they had to learn on the job with little external support. From the beginning, the owners of The Village Mart & Deli were committed to serving fresh, high-quality food in their deli, so partnering with the HNMN program was a natural fit.

2200 N Soto St, Los Angeles, CA 90032

“My family and I have lived in this neighborhood for a long time, and I always drove by this corner thinking ‘this could be something so great!’ I began going into the store and asking if I could do things for them to fix up the store, like paint and put up some shelves. Eventually, the old owner said she was selling and asked if I would buy it. I called my brother Armando right away. I had a vision for this place and I wanted to do this,” Linda said.

Since 2018, LAFPC has worked alongside Linda and Armando to develop plans for building a healthier food option in the neighborhood. The LAFPC helped them gain a better understanding of current store practices, assess store needs, and supported the owners with the skills and infrastructure necessary to feel confident in their business plan and offer healthier options.

In 2021, the team focused on starting El Sereno’s first farm stand. There are very limited food options in the neighborhood, with the nearest grocery stores located up to two miles away. In pursuit of giving the El Sereno neighborhood the same access to fresh, healthy food options available in more affluent neighborhoods, the owners are working with their HNMN business counselor to cultivate relationships with local suppliers and producers.

Once Los Angeles is in a safe position to host larger community events, which are currently limited by COVID-19 health concerns, the owners hope to hire local chefs to perform healthy cooking demonstrations to showcase how to incorporate local, seasonal produce into familiar recipes. “It’s never been about the money for us, it’s always been about making this place great for the community. We don’t have any farmer’s markets or anything like that in El Sereno. We want to be able to provide our neighborhood with fresh, delicious food,” Armando said.


A greengrocer is a shopkeeper who sells fruit and vegetables.

Torres and Erika Crenshaw opened the market Green Grocer in June as a love letter to tienditas, or corner stores, they grew up with. Like those businesses, the couple says they use the 600 square feet to create a welcoming gathering place that reflects the community’s needs. They are also very intentional about selecting products from local companies that are owned by women, people of color, or queer individuals.

“We are sort of the downtown main street shop that is thinking about power and the ways that so many people have been made to feel not welcome,” says Torres.

5761 Huntington Dr N, Los Angeles, CA 90032, United States

The seeds of an idea for a store were planted in 2019 when Torres and Crensaw started volunteering at the El Sereno Community Garden. They were learning about Korean squash and other fruits and vegetables that are culturally important to the neighborhood’s diverse residents. They also became part of the broader food sovereignty movement that aims to help people of color grow their own fresh healthy food. The community garden was also addressing the neighborhood’s lack of access to affordable healthy food. Studies show El Sereno is considered a food desert. That label is complicated, says Torres, who explains people in El Sereno have persevered to have “vibrant food lives.”

A central part of the business model today is keeping their organic vegetables affordable. They sell veggies from the Compton-based Alma Backyard Farms at cost. They also like to support vendors who are exploring their cultural traditions, like frozen dumplings from Montebello’s Ken’s Porkstickers and ice cream inspired by classic Latin desserts from Sad Girl Creamery. They also stock eggs from neighborhood chicken farm Egg Sereno, honey from local beekeeper Victor Jaramillo, and bread from Out of Thin Air, a bakery that supports recovering addicts. Torres and Crenshaw put a lot of effort into making the shop welcoming — down to the details.

For example, they ask customers about their kids, and place a note near the register that reads “check you out.” This all creates an experience involving good company and good food, and it can be done anywhere on a small scale, says Crenshaw. She started by asking herself what was in her control to change in her community. “Because in sustaining ourselves and sustaining the community, it just permeates and ripples out,” says Crenshaw. “I don’t have to change the world. But I can change my block.”


Starting in 2020 The El Sereno Night Market celebrating the rich history and culture of El Sereno and entrepreneurship has been a massive hit. Every Wednesday from 5pm-10pm it is located at 4899 Huntington Dr. N Los Angeles, CA 90032.

A place to grab homemade tortas, pizza, sushi and your local organic produce.

2200 N Soto St, Los Angeles, CA 90032

El Sereno Architecture and Real Estate

El Sereno boasts an abundant mix of storybook houses for sale and Spanish colonial/Mediterranean bungalows.

With record-soaring price tags for homes in neighboring cities such as Highland Park, Echo Park, and Mount Washington, El Sereno offers a little more bang for your buck… for the time being. If Highland Park is the new Silverlake, then El Sereno is going to be the next Highland Park.

With average home prices in El Sereno just 5 years ago going for 356,000 to last year with a home sale of over 1 million dollars the appreciation value is skyrocketing at a speed you almost never see.

El Sereno boasts an abundant mix of storybook houses for sale and Spanish colonial/Mediterranean bungalows.

With record-soaring price tags for homes in neighboring cities such as Highland Park, Echo Park, and Mount Washington, El Sereno offers a little more bang for your buck… for the time being. If Highland Park is the new Silverlake, then El Sereno is going to be the next Highland Park.

With average home prices in El Sereno just 5 years ago going for 356,000 to last year with a home sale of over 1 million dollars the appreciation value is skyrocketing at a speed you almost never see.

El Sereno Historical Fun Facts

You may recognize the neighborhood from some of your favorite films, music videos, and television shows. In 2008, the Keanu Reeves and Hugh Laurie film Street Kings was filmed here, as were parts of the film Christine written by horror legend Stephen King. Mars Volta also filmed a video for their song “Goliath” in El Sereno. If you are a fan of the classics, you might also recognize parts of the neighborhood from the 1953 version of H.G. Wells’ War of the Worlds. The rolling hills and main thoroughfares of El Sereno were the main backdrops for the film.

The area of present-day El Sereno, south to Twining Street, was included as part of the City of South Pasadena during its incorporation on February 29, 1888. A vote taken on September 28, 1889, however, excluded from the city limits all land south of West Alhambra Road (effective October 2, 1889). A majority of the voters within the revised city limits wanted to prohibit alcoholic drinking establishments within the borders of the city.

Most recently, El Sereno played a major role in the AMC television show Fear the Walking Dead. Some of the characters work at a school in the neighborhood and one attends the El Sereno school.

All the voters in the excluded territory were in favor of exclusion, as they did not want to be in a “dry” town. The same year saw the establishment of a new Farmdale School District and the building of the Farmdale School. This area, as well as South Pasadena, had been part of the Pasadena School District. The prohibitionist sentiments of Pasadena and South Pasadena may have been the impetus for the creation of the new school district.

Is El Sereno Safe?

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

Crime Rates in El Sereno

El Sereno in terms of crime rate in Los Angeles is not one of the safest cities to live in with 173.31 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 El Sereno

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 11 accounts of burglary / theft in September and 21 assaults with no homicides. El Sereno is now ranked 93 / 137 in terms of crime rate in the Los Angeles areas that we cover, a decrease from August.

Homeless Population in Eagle Rock

According to the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority LAHSA as of 2022 195 individuals constituted the entire homeless population of Montecito Heights 18,152 population in 2008, based on L.A. Department of City Planning estimates.

In the Service Planning Area Metro 4  where El Sereno resides as previously stated there were 195 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 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)

El Sereno Local Resources

Los Angeles Fire Department

  • Station 47 – El Sereno
  • Address: 4575 Huntington Dr S Los Angeles CA 90032
  • Website:
  • Hours: Monday through Sunday, 24 hours per day.
  • Phones: Dispatch – 24 hours – English/Spanish Service/Intake (213) 485-6185

Los Angeles Fire Department

  • Station 16 – South El Sereno
  • Address: 2011 N. Eastern Ave. Los Angeles CA 90032
  • Website:
  • Hours: Monday through Sunday, 24 hours per day.
  • Phones: Dispatch – 24 hours – English/Spanish Service/Intake (213) 485-6185

Hollenbeck Community Police Station

2111 E. 1st Street
Los Angeles, CA 90033
323-342-4100 Voice
323-224-0125 TDD/TTY



To report Emergencies Only 9-1-1



To report any non-emergency crime 1-877-ASK-LAPD (1-877-275-5273)


Hollenbeck Area Front Desk:         

General inquiries and information 323-342-4100


Hollenbeck Area TDD Telecommunications Devices for the Deaf:



Hollenbeck Area Detective Desk:

Investigative-related questions 323-342-8900

El Sereno Neighborhood Council District 14

Los Angeles’s 14th City Council district is one of the fifteen districts in the Los Angeles City Council. The district, which has a large Latin American population, includes the neighborhoods of Boyle Heights, Downtown Los Angeles and parts of Northeast Los Angeles. It is currently represented by Democrat Kevin de León since 2020. He replaced José Huizar after winning outright in the special election held during the 2020 California primaries; he was officially appointed on October 15, 2020. Huizar had vacated the seat earlier in the year due to bribery and corruption allegations.


The district was created in 1925 after a new city charter was passed, which replaced the former “at large” voting system for a nine-member council with a district system with a 15-member council. Since its creation, it hasn’t strayed from its original location, always residing in the Northeast Los Angeles and Downtown Los Angeles areas, which neighborhoods have been historically Latino. The district has been involved in scandals with the suspension of member José Huizar in 2020 and the audio scandal of Kevin de León in 2022.



District 14 consists of all or part of the neighborhoods of Downtown, Boyle Heights, Eagle Rock, Highland Park, El Sereno, Garvanza, Glassell Park, Lincoln Heights, and Monterey Hills. The Boyle Heights and Northeast sections are connected by a narrow strip of land.


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

Phone: 213-202-5669
Services: Meals for seniors 60+

Los Angeles County Domestic Violence Safety Plan Hotline
Phone: 800-799-7233

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