Highland Park is a neighborhood in the Northeast region of Los Angeles County. Centrally located with great freeway access (110, 5, 210, 134), Highland Park sits a few miles from Downtown L.A. and provides easy access to other great neighboring communities like Pasadena, Silverlake, Echo Park and Eagle Rock.
In the early 20th Century, Highland Park and neighboring communities like Pasadena became havens for artists and intellectuals who led the Arts and Crafts movement. In recent years, Highland Park has experienced a transformation and a revival as a result of the influx of a diverse mix of people and new businesses. Once again, Highland Park is building a reputation as a mecca for artists, with artisanal shops, galleries, bars and restaurants opening throughout the neighborhood. Tree-lined residential streets mix with a walkable urban culture particularly along York Boulevard and Figueroa Street. Here, you will find old-school taquerias coexisting with hip new bistros, along with a great mix of cool coffee shops, eateries, bars and vintage shops.
West Adams is a historic neighborhood and one of the oldest in Los Angeles. It was once a large area of grand homes and bustling development that stretched from Figueroa Street on the east to West Blvd on the West and from Pico Blvd on the north to Jefferson Blvd on the south. While a large number of historic buildings, structures and architecturally significant houses still remain, the boundaries of the neighborhood have evolved and changed. While present-day West Adams is generally known as the area west of Crenshaw, Historic West Adams covers the area between Crenshaw and Figueroa within which many of the individual neighborhoods have been assigned different names like Jefferson Park, Harvard Heights, University Park, etc.
Today, West Adams is a youthful, densely populated area. West Adams is experiencing a new wave of revitalization, with young professionals, restaurants and new businesses moving into the area. Many people are being attracted to the area, due to the proximity of job hubs in Silicon Beach, Culver City and El Segundo. Offerings its residents an urban suburban mixed feel, West Adams is void of big-chain stores and has instead interesting ‘mom and pop’ establishments and a burgeoning art community.
West Los Angeles / Rancho Park lies in the Westside region of Los Angeles County. The Westside generally refers to the area that is sandwiched between Hollywood and the ocean, and includes some of LA’s most prestigious neighborhoods such as Beverly Hills, Brentwood, Century City and Westwood.
Directly neighboring communities of West Los Angeles/Rancho Park include Century City, Cheviot Hills, Palms, Mar Vista, Sawtelle and Westwood. Although this area is relatively small — south of Santa Monica Boulevard, north of Venice Boulevard, east of Santa Monica and Venice, and west of Century City–, West LA / Rancho Park offers a lot in terms of lifestyle, convenience and quality of life. With close proximity to beach communities and some of the best year-round weather in Southern CA that comes along with its location, enjoy the outdoors and the plethora of recreational activities. With traffic notoriously bad throughout Los Angeles, West LA/Rancho Park offers plenty of bars, restaurants, coffee shops, and parks so you don’t have to travel far to be where the action is.
Wilshire Center / Koreatown is a neighborhood in the Central L.A. region of Los Angeles County. Geographically located in the center of LA, this neighborhood lies only 3 miles west of downtown, 4 miles southeast of Hollywood, 12 miles east of Santa Monica and 16 miles northeast of LAX.
As the most-densely populated district by population in Los Angeles County, Wilshire Center / Koreatown is also one of LA’s hippest and most popular neighborhoods. Historically linked to Korean immigrant population and the ethnic enclave, this community has evolved into an ethnically diverse, culturally rich and socially exciting place to live. Lively restaurants, trendy clubs and karaoke bars contribute to the vibrant nightlife while markets, spas, bookstores and shops offer abundant things to do during the day. While neon lit storefronts and art deco buildings in this part of town are visually stunning, what really stimulates the senses are the endless culinary options of ethnic foods and decadent desserts for which Koreatown has become famous for.