Eagle Rock: An Introduction

History & Background

Northeast L.A. is in the midst of a significant real estate renaissance and is the center of very large counter-culture community. And Eagle Rock has been at the forefront of this movement for quite a long time. Like many of the other neighborhoods and cities between the Arroyo Seco and L.A. River, Eagle Rock was originally part of Rancho San Rafael and partitioned off with the rest of the area of the Great Partition of 1871.


Due to the area’s hilly geography, the initial development of the entire Northeast L.A. area didn’t really take off until the advent of Huntington’s “Streetcar” system which became the catalyst for rapid growth in the area (a.k.a. Pacific Electric or PE Streetcar, Red Car). Ironically, it was the same rapid growth that eventually led to Eagle Rock’s downfall as an independent city: a lacking infrastructure, depleted water wells, and a school system in need of improvements; so in 1923, Eagle Rock was incorporated into the City of Los Angeles.


Fun Fact: Did you know that L.A. is bringing back Huntington’s Streetcar system? They’ve already begun construction on some of the streetcar lines in Downtown. A hundred years ago, the Streetcars facilitated the establishment of NELA… what will they bring this time around?


We haven't even mentioned Occidental College yet, or as they refer to it: Oxy, was founded in 1887 by Presbyterian Clergy in Boyle Heights. Shortly after its founding, it was moved to Highland Park where it remained for 12 years until it cut its ties to the Presbyterian Church for good and moved to Eagle Rock in 1812.


Today, Oxy sits on 120 acres (most of which is undeveloped on Mt. Fiji); its beautiful campus has been the set of many movies and shows; and its fountain, Water Forms II, is easily one of Eagle Rock's most recognizable landmarks.


Nightlife & Entertainment

Most of Eagle Rock’s great restaurants and nightlife can be found on Colorado, Eagle Rock Blvd, and part of York. Technically, the entire stretch of York Blvd has a lot to offer, but once you’re east of Ave 50, it’s considered Highland Park. For that reason, the majority of Eagle Rock nightlife can be found on Colorado.


There is the French restaurant Café Beaujolais, The Oinkster, Little Beast, New York Famous Deli, and the Koji Korean BBQ food truck where people will stand in line for hours. And if you haven’t checked it out before, Colombo’s on Colorado is a 1950s Italian steakhouse that has live music just about every night of the week.


God bless the hipsters: Only in Eagle Rock will you find a muffler shop, next to a dog groomer, next to a liquor store, next to an antique store, next to a taco stand, next to a coffee shop.


The emerging trend in Eagle Rock and the surrounding area is craft-drinks, craft-beers, and gourmet bar food in understated, minimalist restaurants called “gastro pubs”. This shouldn’t come as a surprise since there are a half dozen of craft breweries within five miles of Eagle Rock. We haven't even mentioned Occidental College yet, or as they refer to it: Oxy. Founded in 1887 by Presbyterian Clergy in Boyle Heights, it was subsequently moved to Highland Park where it remained for 12 years until it cut its ties to the Presbyterian Church for good and moved to Eagle Rock in 1812.


Today, Oxy sits on 120 acres (most of which is undeveloped on Mt. Fiji); its beautiful campus has been the set of many movies and shows; and its fountain, Water Forms II, is easily one of Eagle Rock's most recognizable landmarks.


Real Estate & Housing

Real estate website, Redfin, earlier this year dubbed Eagle Rock as one of the hottest neighborhoods in the country second only to Bernal Heights North Slope, in San Francisco. As you can imagine, this has spawned bidding wars well over asking price for homes anywhere near Eagle Rock. Great for current homeowners watching their values appreciate, but difficult for buyers trying to move into the neighborhood. With a handful of “flips” hitting the real estate market in Northeast L.A. (NELA) every couple weeks; investors are only getting started.


There are big plans from developers who originally started in Silver Lake and Glassell Park that are making their way further east into Eagle Rock, Highland Park, even Montecito Heights and Monterey Hills! They're working on revamping all the old apartment buildings and condos and selling them for top dollar to the area's newest residents. But for right now, most of what you are going to see is single family homes for sale.

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