Elysian Park, Los Angeles

Elysian Park is a wild oasis surrounded by a bustling urban setting.

Measuring 575 acres, it’s Los Angeles’ second largest (Griffith Park is the largest) and oldest park.

In the early 1900s the park was considered unusable. According to kcet.org the “area’s deep ravines and steep hills rendered the park’s original 550 acres too rugged for settlement, agriculture, or commerce.”

We owe the park’s continued rugged terrain to city engineer George Hansen. He believed the “future generations of Angelenos would benefit from its scenic and recreational opportunities.”

And he was right.

Today, the Golden State Freeway, Dodger Stadium, Chinatown, and a pocket of the Echo Park neighborhood known as Elysian Heights, surround the park.

It is full of dirt terrains, scenic hiking trails enhanced by a variety of eucalyptus, deodar cedars, live oaks, pines, cypresses, and pepper trees, and spectacular views of the LA Skyline.

Elysian Park also happens to have Park Drive. It is one of my favorite streets in the neighborhood for spotting mid-century modern homes.

To find a home in Elysian Heights visit my updated list of homes for sale in Echo Park.