Known currently as the up-and-coming neighborhood in L.A., Highland Park has something for everyone. Historic homes and local schools are connected by York Boulevard, which features local shops replete with modern amenities and cozy atmospheres. This area is now great for commuters, as well. Highland Park is connected to the rest of the city through the Metro Rail Gold Line.

Spend a day here: Start your morning at Café de Leche, right next to the newly opened York Park. There are so many boutiques opening up on York Boulevard - I am always discovering something new. Stop by Galco's for a sandwich and try to choose just one international soda pop. Then, spend some quality time at the monthly Swapmeet at Future Music Store, where you'll find a great selection of instruments and equipment.  For dinner, you could check out one of the newer restaurants in the neighborhood, but my go-to spot is El Arco Iris for traditional Mexican flavors and a great ambiance. As for Highland Park's nighttime scene, that's when much of York Boulevard comes to life. Be sure to stop in at The Hermosillo for a craft beer and Footsie's for the jukebox.


In 2008 the city estimated that the population had increased to 60,841. The median age for residents was 28, considered young when compared to the city at large. Highland Park was considered moderately diverse ethnically. The breakdown was 72.4% Latino; 11.2% Asian; 2.4% African American, 11.3% caucasian; and others, 2.6%. The median household income in 2008 dollars was $45,478.

Elementary Schools:

  • Aldama Elementary School (LAUSD)
  • Annandale Elementary School (LAUSD)
  • Buchanan Elementary School (LAUSD)
  • Bushnell Way Elementary School (LAUSD)
  • Garvanza Elementary School (LAUSD)
  • San Pascual Elementary School (LAUSD)
  • Saint Ignatius of Loyola School (K-8) (private)
  • Toland Way Elementary School (LAUSD)
  • Yorkdale Elementary School (LAUSD)
  • Monte Vista Elementary School (LAUSD)
  • Arroyo Seco Museum Science Magnet School (K-8)