Mt. Washington

Welcome to Mt. Washington

Historic hillside alcove with character
 
You’ll know you’re in Mt. Washington when the streets grow narrow and steep, when you’re immersed in nature, and when the din of city living fades into the distance. This neighborhood is perched atop its namesake mountain and includes one of the three steepest streets in Los Angeles. From here, you’ll enjoy breathtaking cityscape and mountain views while basking in the peaceful sound of chimes in the breeze. Located just north of Cypress Park and south of Highland Park, living in Mt. Washington makes it easy to navigate the city. Here, you’re only 20 minutes from Downtown Los Angeles, 35 minutes from Santa Monica, and 45 minutes from Los Angeles International Airport. Historically, Mt. Washington was developed in 1909 with a luxury resort at the summit, but by the 2000s, this neighborhood was teeming with affluent residents in stunning homes. Comprising this community is a myriad of architectural styles ranging from sleek, contemporary mansions to quaint Craftsman bungalows and everything in-between.
 

What to Love

  • Bucolic enclave tucked inside Los Angeles
  • Eclectic architecture 
  • Mesmerizing front porch views
  • Rich sense of local history 
  • Zen environment perfect for families

 

People & Lifestyle

Living in Mt. Washington appeals to those who crave the feeling of remote living surrounded by greenery and nature but who aren’t willing to sacrifice the proximity to urban amenities. Nature's abundance makes this community beloved by avid hikers, families searching for quietude in the city, and history buffs alike.
 

Dining, Entertainment & Shopping

Mt. Washington is primarily residential, which is a compelling attribute for anyone searching for urban solace. However, you’ll still have access to plenty of innovative restaurants and upscale shopping options. Frequented local corner shop La Abeja serves traditional Mexican fares, while Taco Fiesta is an unassuming favorite for street-style tacos. Gloria’s Cuisine has ample indoor and outdoor seating, as well as an extensive menu of Latin-inspired all-day dining options. These elevated dishes combine bold flavors with the freshest ingredients, and their expansive menu will appeal to the whole family. Chico’s Mexican Restaurant is a no-frills, all-flavor local joint that specializes in seafood dishes you won’t be able to resist.
 

Things to Do

One of the best parts about Mt. Washington is its laid-back, peaceful pace of living. Self- Realization Fellowship is a stronghold in the pursuit of tranquility. Tucked along the crest of Mt. Washington, this international headquarters has been a facet of the Mt. Washington landscape since its foundation in 1925. An evening walk up Eldred Street is sure to get your heart pumping. As one of the steepest roads in Los Angeles, this corner of Mt. Washington is lined with palm trees, and the Eldred Steps trailhead is a quick hike located at the end of the road. Nested along Mt. Washington is the Southwest Museum of the American Indian. A walk down these halls will take guests on a trip to the past with their permanent collection of archaeological finds. The Lummis House and Gardens dates back to 1897, and its facade of river rock is instantly recognizable. This historic home also goes by the name El Alisal, which translates to “alder grove”—a suiting title for a home nestled beneath the shade of a sycamore tree.
 

Schools

Mt. Washington’s location is convenient for families who want to provide their children with the best possible education. With an abundance of nearby academic opportunities, a few of the most noteworthy educational institutions in the area include:
 
  • Mt. Washington Elementary School, K-6
  • Arroyo Seco Museum Science Magnet, K-8

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