Before movie stars descended on the Rancho de Los Feliz, the land acquired a legend fit for Hollywood. Real estate huckster and horse racing magnate Lucky Baldwin bought it and sold it at a loss, and it eventually fell into the hands of Col. Griffith J. Griffith, a mining tycoon whose military title was wholly bogus. Griffith’s drunken attempt on his wife’s life in 1903 scandalized polite California society and landed him in San Quentin for two years.
Griffith tried and failed to market the scenic hillsides to home buyers who, it turned out, preferred to buy land that came without a family curse. He eventually gave up and ceded most of the seemingly ill-fated rancho to the city of Los Angeles, which turned it into one of the country’s largest urban parks.
Incredible architecture: Wallace Neff, Frank Lloyd Wright, Richard Neutra, Gregory Ain, R.M. Schindler — the list of renowned architects who have left their mark on the hills of Los Feliz is impressive.
Los Feliz Village: One of L.A.’s most walkable commercial districts, this collection of historic storefronts along Vermont and Hillhurst avenues has it all, including dive bars, restaurants, a neighborhood movie house, an independent bookstore and hip clothing boutiques.
Griffith Park: A mile’s walk up Vermont from the village is one of the largest urban parks in the U.S., a rugged, semiwild patch of deep canyons and circuitous hiking trails, thick with coyotes, home to the landmark Griffith Observatory. (Information is courtesy of LA Times)
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