Eagle Rock

Eagle Rock

Eagle Rock is a thriving neighborhood in northeastern Los Angeles.  While still retaining it's small town charm and laid back atmosphere, the area has become a major artistic, music and culinary hub over the past decade.  Eagle Rock is bordered by the city of Glendale on the north and west, Highland Park on the southeast, Glassell Park on the southwest and the cities of Pasadena and South Pasadena on the east.  The neighborhood is inhabited by a wide variety of ethnic and socioeconomic groups and the creative class and has been experience a recent gentrification as hip young professionals, families and artists alike discover this once hidden gem.  A massive boulder at the district's northern edge contains an indentation which casts a bird-shaped shadow on the rock at certain times of day, giving the neighborhood its name.  

Prior to the arrival of European settlers, the secluded valley below the San Rafael Hills that is roughly congruent to Eagle Rock's present boundaries was inhabited by the Tongva people, whose staple food was the acorns from the valley's many oak trees. In the 1880's, Eagle Rock existed as a farming community and the arrival of American settlers and the growth of Los Angeles resulted in steadily increasing semi-rural development in the region throughout the late nineteenth century. The construction of Henry Huntington's Los Angeles Railway trolley line up Eagle Rock Blvd. to Colorado and on Colorado to Townsend Ave commenced the rapid suburbanization of the Eagle Rock Valley. Eagle Rock was incorporated as an independent city in 1911.  With an "Anytown, USA" feel to it, and such a close proximity to Hollywood and the major motion picture studios, this community has often been a favored choice as a film location.

Eagle Rock is home to Occidental College, one of the oldest private Liberal Arts colleges on the West Coast.  It also boasts one of the most effective Neighborhood Watch programs in Los Angeles, and anyone is welcome to attend the meetings which occur every first Thursday of the month between 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm at Eagle Rock City Hall. The area has some of the most diverse restaurants of any L.A. neighborhood with dining ranging from soul food to Pan-Asian cuisine to gourmet burgers, fine French dining and exceptional Mexican food.  Eagle Rock Plaza is one of the premier shopping locations in Los Angeles and the Colorado Wine Company on Colorado Blvd has become a staple for wine-lovers who enjoy an exceptional variety at great prices.