Welcome to Glassell Park
An urban oasis off the beaten path
Nestled among the San Rafael Hills is Glassell Park, an up-and-coming northeast Los Angeles enclave beloved for its peaceful hillsides. This quiet community is tucked between Glendale to the north and Eagle Rock to the east, where its location makes it extraordinarily easy to access nearby amenities while maintaining its bucolic solace. This area of the city dates back to 1784 when all 36,000 acres of Rancho San Rafael were donated to Jose Maria Verdugo. Today, the neighborhood is bisected by Highway 2, which connects it to the heart of the city and the valleys beyond. Because of Glassell Park’s geography, most homes in the area are built into the hillsides, providing them with breathtaking sunset views.
What to Love
- Commuter convenience with plenty of on-ramp access
- Eccentric coffeehouses
- Charming bungalows
- Sweeping views over the San Rafael Hills
People & Lifestyle
This ethnically diverse community has a median age of around 30, which makes Glassell Park a favorite for ambitious young professionals and their families who crave a little extra countryside. Quiet and quirky, Glassell Park’s rolling hills attract homebuyers hoping to grab a slice of stunning California scenery.
Dining, Entertainment & Shopping
While Glassell Park is largely residential, you’ll find a swath of hidden gems in these hills. From vibrant dining to eclectic shopping, Glassell Park has a little bit of everything. The coffeehouse scene is booming in this part of town. Little Ripper Coffee is a trendy cornershop outpost with SoCal flair; Habitat Coffee Shop and Cafe boasts warm wood accents and old-school ambiance; Little Barn Coffee House boasts a vegan spin on traditional café fares. Lemon Poppy Kitchen is a colorful spot where you’ll find European cuisine with a Californian twist, including Romanian specialties at Parsnip. If you’re craving unbeatable Mexican street food, flag down the Gorditas Lupita taco truck. For drinks on tap with a laid-back vibe, head over to Verdugo Bar. LA Road Thrift Store is one of Glassell Park’s best-kept secrets. You’re sure to love their selection of consigned clothing and furniture.
Things to Do
If you’re searching for things to do in Glassell Park, there are a myriad of ways to enjoy the sunny landscape. Glassell Park Recreation Center is a city-sponsored facility that offers both indoor and outdoor athletic activities, including baseball, basketball, football, and volleyball, among others. The Glassell Pool is an outdoor, heated pool that operates year-round and boasts a plethora of novice aquatic sports teams from water polo to diving. The Forest Lawn Museum is a unique Glassell Park establishment that is free to enter and explore its permanent collection of art. Get your heart rate pumping with Ganbatte Fitness, a welcoming and challenging fitness facility that encourages an active lifestyle regardless of where you are in your fitness journey. For a truly Angeleno experience, join LA River Expeditions for a one-of-a-kind tour down the Los Angeles River on a kayak. LA River Expeditions aims to both protect and revitalize the river while allowing guests to explore its habitat without disrupting its natural ecosystem.
Glassell Park is home to numerous outstanding educational institutions. A few of the area’s most prominent academic facilities include:
- Delevan Drive Elementary School, K-6
- Irving STEAM Magnet School, 6-8
- Alliance Environmental Science and Technology High School, 9-12