Why Highland Park, California Gets So Much Attention

Highland Park is one of the communities of Northeast Los Angeles that is getting a lot of buzz – and for good reason. It may be because it has a LACMTA Gold line train station, connecting it to Pasadena going east and downtown Los Angeles to the west. It might be the galleries, the cafes and restaurants, the nightclubs and hipster clothing stores, or the Old LA Certified Farmers Market, which some consider the heart of NELA.

But for the home shopper, it might be the Craftsman style homes that survived for 80 or more years as the neighborhood went through waves of owners. Now highly prized, members of the creative class are buying and restoring these and other types of buildings that populate this neighborhood, which is defined by the Pasadena Freeway, Pasadena itself, Oak Grove Drive and Avenue 51. Neighboring communities include Montecito Heights, Mount Washington, Eagle Rock as well as Johnston Lake. The majority of working people reports a 35-minute or less daily commute to their jobs.

The 2013 media price of detached houses is $405,000 and climbing, while townhomes and condominiums go for less. Some homes sell for close to $900,000, while un-built lots list for $70,000 to $120,000. The median household income in Highland Park is $54,900, the median age for residents is 35 years and about 13% of homes have school age children.

Situated within the Los Angeles Unified School District, students attend one of ten public elementary schools, which include a science magnet school, plus a parochial K-8 academy. Franklin High School is in Highland Park.

Be sure to see what Highland Park is – and is becoming. If you are interested in looking at homes in Highland Park, contact Steve Aranda at 360 Real Estate Group. Steve is an expert in Northeast Los Angeles neighborhoods like Highland Park, having represented buyers and sellers in the area for the past 13 years.

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