Eagle Rock is one of the northern most communities of Northeast Los Angeles situated just below the 134 fwy. A neighborhood that consist of Occidental College and a variety of eateries and small shops along Colorado Blvd. make it a place to consider residing in due to the quality of life.The annual music festival is the largest event presented by the community displaying the diversity of food and music brought about by the residents and college students.

Early Indian settlers, Spanish explorers and missionaries, and Mexican rancho landowners preceded the beginnings of the town of Eagle Rock, a pastoral suburb of the City of Los Angeles in the first years of the 20th century. Surrounded by hills, the Eagle Rock Valley was a rural respite far removed from the bustling city. At the time, the Gates Strawberry Ranch, worked by Chinese laborers, covered much of the area, replacing the grazing pastures of the great Rancho San Rafael once owned by the Verdugo family.

Eagle Rock became more than bucolic ranchland with the arrival of the Los Angeles Railway streetcar system in 1906. The tracks came from downtown Los Angeles along Central Avenue, which is now Eagle Rock Boulevard, and they extended to the intersection of Townsend Avenue and Colorado Street, the heart of town at the time. Another route came into Eagle Rock from Glendale and featured the “Dinkey” trolley car. The later single-track “toonerville trolley” was known locally as the “galloping goose” for its swaying movement and occasional precarious track-jumping. A round waiting-station shelter dubbed “the merry-go-round” was built in the center of the Colorado-and-Central intersection and became the social center of town. Today this intersection is Colorado & Eagle Rock Blvd. one of the anchors or town.

In 1909, Hill Avenue, now Hill Drive, was (and still is) one of Eagle Rock’s most beautiful streets. Other streets were Royal Drive (now Mt. Royal Drive), Acacia Street (now Laverna Avenue), Kenilworth Avenue (now Hermosa Avenue), Highland Avenue (now Highland View Avenue), and Fairmont Avenue (now Maywood Avenue). These streets were dotted with large and expensive homes on wide lots. The homes north of Colorado are today considered prime real estate by all.

Eagle Rock was incorporated as a city in 1911. Although Eagle Rock’s gentle slopes were dappled with grand Victorian farmhouses, many exquisite Craftsman homes in charming neighborhoods, and Occidental College, was designed by Myron Hunt in the Mediterranean revival style and built between 1911 and 1913.

The 1920s saw an upswing of subdivision and building of “modern” homes, including many in the Spanish colonial revival style and smaller bungalows modified by such prevalent styles as Colonial revival and English Tudor.

Eagle Rock is a strong family based community and today supports a very involved neighborhood council. One can easily find their dream home in price ranges from medium to high for the larger homes north of Colorado Blvd. The L.A. Council have approved a new program to assist businesses along the main corridor of Eagle Rock Blvd. & Colorado Blvd. to ease parking restrictions for consumers. Restaurants are many and have a variety of Italian to Japanese. Elvira’s is a great local Mexican place to eat where the food is truly home made. The neighborhood council is strong in community environment and does much in outreach to the community for positive growth. The Eagle Rock Plaza is a great community mall with a range of stores from Target/Macy’s  to small local media stores. The area has two popular coffee spots with Starbucks on one corner and Swork’s on the other. The local schools are in good standing in grades and offer a variety of programs for students.

“Eagle Rock is very charming,” agrees Adrian Martinez, an Eagle Rock musician and business owner. “It’s big enough, yet small enough. It’s a world within a world.”

In an area that boasts proximity to Downtown, Glendale and Pasadena’s Old Town, the charm of Eagle Rock, which is named for a unique rock formation that resembles an eagle in flight, may very well be in how little it resembles most Los Angeles communities. Drive down any of its interior residential streets and you could easily be in Milwaukee.

“There are no tract homes,” explains Eric Warren, a lifelong resident and curator for the Eagle Rock Historical Society. “There is a wide range of style and affordability. Because of this, our area has tremendous potential.”

That very potential is at the heart of this politically active community. Plans are afoot to improve Eagle Rock’s commercial corridor while preservationists work to protect the history and integrity of the neighborhood Turner refers to as “a hidden jewel.”

The Colorado Boulevard Specific Plan, in particular, was enacted in 1992 to help create a pedestrian-oriented business district. The plan is intended to stem certain kinds of economic development and encourage others, Turner says.

Eagle Rock is in process to receive a $300,000 grant from the state for revitalization of Eagle Rock and Colorado Boulevards. $250,000 will be used for facade improvements while the remaining $50,000 will be used to study the area’s parking situation. The studies are presently being done with the support of Councilman Huizar for improvement.

Turner says that, in addition to the planned facelift, a mixture of mom and pop businesses, as well as some bigger names, would help buoy Eagle Rock’s diamond-in-the-rough business district.

And while the business community looks to the future, there is an effort being made to preserve Eagle Rock’s past as well.

“Historic preservation has been spotty,” Turner admits. “But it’s been better lately. It takes finding out how to do that. It takes working with the city. There has been a better, more concerted effort to conserve buildings.”

Among Eagle Rock’s recognized historic landmarks are the Eagle Rock Community Cultural Center, which was once a Carnegie Library, and Eagle Rock’s original city hall, which now serves as the field office for Los Angeles council member Jose Huizar. There is interest, too, in establishing Eagle Rock as a Historic Preservation Overlay Zone (HPOZ).

A Range of Homes from its working class neighborhoods to affluent Hill Drive, Eagle Rock homes run the gamut from Mediterranean and Victorian to Craftsman and Mid-century. The community’s annual dinner home tour is a  huge success as the public is able to experience different venues at awesome custom character homes presented by the owners.

“People came from all over,” Turner says proudly, “From Arizona, the Westside. I think the greatest thing about it is the talent that comes out to support it. I always meet people I never knew lived here and they are fabulous people who love the community and its positive future.”

Eagle Rock currentlyhas a mix of Anglo, Hispanic and Filipino ethnicities with a variety of different income levels. A different aspect of town is its large gay community, a lot of artists and a lot of people in the entertainment industry. It’s a microcosm of greater L.A in many ways.

Please visit this site for more detailed information on Eagle Rock; http://www.eaglerockcouncil.org/

Thinking of Eagle Rock as a place to set up roots and purchase a home then let us meet for a cup of coffee and discuss what the trend is in the local real estate market. Homes average in the mid $500k range depending on the specific location.

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