Where do you find an eclectic mix of classic Hollywood charm and modern cultural trends in architecture, art, people and ideas? Every LA lover knows that the blending of the old and new is a landmark concept throughout the City of Angels. Los Angeles is THE center of aesthetics, creativity and beautiful people, of course, and nowhere in this ever-evolving bastion of dreams, is it more apparent than in the Mid-Wilshire Neighborhood of this magnificent city.
Chris Burden’s “Urban Light” Display at LACMA
Though “La Brea” may be synonymous with “tar pits”(La Brea means “the Tar”) , those of us who actually live here, see it as the crossroads of Urban Los Angeles. In the past, La Brea, was the gateway to the elegant and glamorous Hancock Park neighborhood that was formed by the famous tar pits, but over the past few years, the revitalization of this corridor has brought out the artists, hipsters, Hollywood players and real estate investors by the droves. Today the Mid-Wilshire district is a cultural center, with the Petersen Automotive Museum, the El Rey Theatre, the George C. Page Museum and LACMA soon to be joined by the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures. La Brea Avenue is quickly becoming one of the most developed and pedestrian friendly areas in town with multiple mixed use developments and “Phase One” of the Purple Line Subway Extension, which will run under Wilshire Boulevard to La Cienega. A commuter’s fantasy come to life.
La Brea Tar Pits
With no shortage of nightlife, or “day life” for that matter, the restaurants, bars and original venues make it an attractive location to put down your roots. The neighborhood possesses a unique character that is reflected by the lovely pocket of homes in the area with no HPOZ. You can walk (what a concept!) to the trendy restaurants, boutiques and even a few of the area’s “dive bars” from your new home in this La Brea renaissance. The phenomenal schools like Third Street Elementary School, John Burroughs Middle School, Van Ness Avenue Elementary School and many private schools, gives you a plethora of choices for your progeny and PTA aspirations.
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