Mt. Washington is located in Northeast Los Angeles with Eagle Rock to the north, Highland Park to the east, Cypress Park to the southwest and Glassell Park to the northwest. The borders are technically Division St., El Paso Dr., Marmion Way and Isabel St. It is a fabulous community 10 minutes from downtown L.A., Pasadena or Glendale - central to so much but tucked away up in the hills above all the traffic of the city. It is rich in history, architecture and community and a highly sought-after neighborhood for homes in Los Angeles.
In the early 1900's, developer Robert Marsh built the Mount Washington Hotel at the summit. With seven major studios at the base of the hill, the hotel was a favorite for film stars like Charlie Chaplin and Greta Garbo. The only way to access the hotel in the early days was on a funicular from Figueroa to the top of the hill. The privacy that Mt. Washington offered with it’s limited access spurred many of the film starts to build small bungalows around the hotel, some of these bungalows remain today, most updated through the years, but still the original homes of the early 1900’s. Eventually the studios moved to Hollywood and the hotel closed, going through several transformations before being purchased by Paramahansa Yogananda, founder of the Self-Realization Movement in 1925. The large white building at the top of the hill remains the world headquarters for the Self-Realization Fellowship and today, all that remains of the early transportation method are the ticket stands for the funicular at the base of the hill on Marmion Ave.
Today this hilly community with its winding roads is a treasure-trove of lovely homes from historic Craftsman from the early 1900’s to homes built by notable architects such as John Lautner, James De Long, Gregory Ain, Rudolph Schindler and Fung + Blatt to name a few. It is a community known for its phenomenal parks and green spaces such as Moon Canyon Park, to watch the moon rise and Elyria Canyon Park, to hike and enjoy the 35 acres of land protected by the Santa Monica Mountain Conservancy, and Rainbow Canyon where the wildlife thrives and lives in harmony with the community. Mt Washington Elementary is another drawing point for the hill, with a reputation bar none and a community which supports it fully.
If you’re looking for a home in a community that is central to all of NELA and downtown Los Angeles, but has the elements of living in the country with hiking paths, trees and green spaces and winding roads (often dirt), then a home in Mt. Washington might be just what you are looking for.