Welcome to Glassell Park
Serenity is found in this up-and-coming Northeastern Los Angeles neighborhood.
The rolling San Rafael Hills have attracted residents to its lovely landscape for decades, evidenced by the enclave that is Glassell Park: a small but splendid stretch of land on Los Angeles’ increasingly alluring Northeast Side. Picturesque Craftsman cottages, luxurious condominiums, and stunning hilltop estates characterize this small but vibrant neighborhood, which brims with classic California beauty and lush open spaces.
Ideally located between several hip spots—including Atwater Village and Eagle Rock—Glassell Park stands on its own in Los Angeles as a place of both tranquility and liveliness. Welcoming, rustic restaurants lure Angelenos to their doors, while the quiet, peaceful feel of the area is an enormous draw for young families.
What to Love
- A new batch of fresh and enticing restaurants
- Close to Griffith Park and downtown Los Angeles
- Gorgeous hillside homes with beautiful vistas
- A historic but smartly revitalized ambiance
- Proximity to some of Southern California’s greatest parks and trails
Urbanites keen on simultaneously enjoying a metropolitan feel in a suburban setting are making their way towards Glassell Park’s idyllic mix of intimacy and eclecticism. Given its proximity to Occidental College, it’s an ideal neighborhood for students and academics, while its open spaces appeal to outdoor recreationists, professionals, and families.
Dining, Entertainment & Shopping
Start your day with a delightful breakfast at Lemon Poppy Kitchen, an enticing, al fresco café specializing in divine combinations such as turmeric hibiscus tonics and polenta with eggs, while lunches are best savored at Habitat Coffee—a luxe little spot whose smoked salmon plate is just as swell as their list of specialty coffees.
Are you searching for something inspired for dinner? Lemon Poppy Kitchen’s uber-popular sister café, Parsnip, features a largely-vegan menu with bright and bold Romanian flavors. For dessert of a different kind, head to The Juicy Leaf for a sweet treat for your home; here, you will be awed by the shop’s superb collection of succulents.
While the nightlife in this East Side sanctuary tends towards the quieter side, it’s nonetheless extant. Relish a concert at Verdugo Bar, or grab a glass of Syrah at Wife and The Somm.
Things to Do
Children and adults alike gather at the Glassell Park Recreation Center—a spacious and immersive hub for athletic pursuits and pleasures. You will find cultural programs and plenty of ultra-fun amenities—such as basketball and tennis courts, barbeque pits, and a lighted baseball field—and also summer activities ranging from flag football and volleyball games to dance classes. Meanwhile, bicyclists and hikers take tremendous delight in all that is offered at the Los Angeles River Center & Gardens. In addition to the verdant gardens blooming within this space, visitors can indulge in various community events and educational gatherings.
Outdoor enthusiasts often delight in the 247 acres that comprise Glassell Park’s Rio de Los Angeles State Recreation Area, a place positively thriving with gorgeous flora and fauna. Canadian geese, great blue herons, and mourning doves are just a few of the birds you will spot in this scenic, restful haven, while children have heaps of fun on the playing fields and in the children’s play area. A short drive to Elyria Canyon Park further satisfies nature lovers; here, you will discover 35 acres of black walnut groves and a bevy of hiking trails—including several that lead to staggering views of the Griffith Observatory, the Los Angeles River, and LA proper.
Glassell Park is served at institutions within the Los Angeles Unified School District. Schools in and near this neighborhood include: