Highland Park

Sun-soaked, super fun, and somewhat gritty, Highland Park's au naturale attitude attracts young and old alike.

If New York City's Brooklyn neighborhoods were bathed in sunshine, they might find their west coast counterpart in Los Angeles' Highland Park. Not too far from Downtown, this northeast LA neighborhood is on the fast track to mass appeal. Historic homes combine with corridors replete with modern amenities and cozy bookshops tucked-away in secret corners. Despite its analog attitude, Highland Park's evolution continues as it's propelled by another moving accouterment—the Metro Rail Gold Line easily connects commuters to the rest of the city.

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On the Map

Highland Park is bordered by Hermon, Montecito Heights, Mount Washington, South Pasadena, Eagle Rock, and Pasadena

  • Public transit is Possible
  • Having a car is Easy

LAX Airport: 30 minutes by car or 1 hour & 45 minutes by public transit
Santa Monica Pier: 30 minutes by car
Hollywood Walk of Fame: 20 minutes by car
Venice Boardwalk: 35 minutes by car
The Grove: 25 minutes by car

A Suburban-Feeling Neighborhood With Urban Inclinations

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Unlike LA's Hollywood or Beverly Hills, chic doesn't define Highland Park.

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As one of Los Angeles' oldest neighborhoods, Highland Park defies the signs of aging.

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Its residents know that a neighborhood facelift is unnecessary.

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They like their neighborhood's lived-in and well-loved spaces.

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Highland Park connects neighborhood newcomers and generations-old Angelenos.

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Its amiable mix of ages becomes evident as you stroll its main avenues.

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Old school barber shops and tucked-away vintage shops line Highland Park.

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Murals and street art cover its facades.

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Highland Park strikes a healthy balance between grunge and grace.

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Highland Park is one of the oldest neighborhoods in the city. The neighborhood is set up in a hilly area above Downtown along the Arroyo Seco, making it feel like a smaller town within a large metropolis. It is urban, yet suburban at the same time."

Hyper-Local In Highland Park

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In Highland Park, you're more likely to encounter shops owned by moms and pops than big-name retail players.

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Pop-Hop Books and Print has written itself into Highland Park's neighborhood narrative.

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A good book becomes a necessity when a good cafe and a good latte await nearby.

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Cheers.

Highland Park: A Vision of Vintage

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Vintage stylings have always hung in Highland Park's closet.

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Once considered the hot rod capital of Southern California, classic cars still lend their cool looks to the neighborhood's countenance.

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Some compare Highland Park's penchant for retro to the feel of San Francisco.

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Some compare it to Brooklyn.

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Some dare make no comparisons.

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Up and coming York Blvd. District offers new restaurants and new vintage stores."

Getting Around Los Angeles

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As far as public transit in Los Angeles is concerned, Highland Park is well-connected to Downtown via the city's Metro Rail and freeway.

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Share a seat on the Gold Line and get going.

Photography

Airbnb works with local photographers to capture the spirit of neighborhoods all around the world. The photography on this page includes work by:

Rob is an editorial & commercial art photographer based in LA. On a recent assignment to South Africa with Ghetto Film School, he documented student filmmakers. On the Airbnb project, Rob says: “I love exploring the City of Angels. The other day, I photographed in pouring rain, thinking the worst, but ended up with some of my best shots. The people I meet on a daily basis amaze me."

Rob Kalmbach

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