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Eagle Rock

map-of-eagle-rock-la-caEagle Rock, which is bordered by Glendale on the north and west, Highland Park on the south, and Pasadena and South Pasadena on the east, is an area of L.A. in the midst of a major boom. As urban professionals and families are increasingly priced out of areas like Los Feliz, Silver Lake and Echo Park, Eagle Rock with its hipster vibe, mix of class levels, and neighborhood feel becomes home.

Major thoroughfares include Eagle Rock Boulevard, Colorado Boulevard, and Figueroa Street. The Glendale and Ventura freeways run along the district’s western and northern edges, respectively. Eagle Rock derives its name from a massive boulder at the district’s northern edge with an indentation that casts a vaguely bird-shaped shadow at certain times of day.

History

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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 tribe. These aboriginal inhabitants were displaced by Spanish settlers in the late 18th century, with the area incorporated into the Rancho San Rafael. Following court battles, the area known as Rancho San Rafael was divided into 31 parcels in 1870. Benjamin Dreyfus was awarded what is now called Eagle Rock. In the 1880s Eagle Rock existed as a farming community. The arrival of American settlers and the growth of Los Angeles resulted in steadily increasing semi-rural development in the region throughout the late 19th century, culminating in Eagle Rock’s establishment as an independent city in 1906 and its incorporation in 1911.

Film History

Eagle Rock has been a filming location for many classic films and television shows, including Top Gun, Hunt for Red October, Star Trek III, and The O.C. The campus of Occidental College served as “California University” in the 1990’s television series, Beverly Hills, 90210. Quentin Tarantino filmed parts of Reservoir Dogs here and in neighboring Highland Park. Almost all of the exterior scenes of The Incredible Shrinking Woman starring Lily Tomlin were filmed in Eagle Rock, and Record City with Ed Begley, Jr., was filmed in its entirety in a now defunct auto paint shop. Avril Lavigne’s music video Complicated was also mostly shot in the Eagle Rock Mall.

Some of the architecture of Eagle Rock has been featured in films as well. A house on the 5200 block of Shearin Avenue was used during the 1984 filming of Teen Wolf, and a house on the 4900 block of College View Avenue was used during the 1975 filming of The Day of the Locust.

From a story perspective, in the movie Days Of Thunder, Tom Cruise’s character was from Eagle Rock. There have also been numerous movies and television shows based on the Hillside Strangler and Richard Ramirez, which have taken place in and around Eagle Rock.

Eagle Rock Architecture

Eagle Rock is the site of Occidental College, which was designed by famed architect Myron Hunt and built in 1914. Eagle Rock is also home to many historic and architecturally significant homes, many done in the Craftsman, Georgian, Streamline Moderne, Art Deco and Spanish/Mission style.

Famous Residents of Eagle Rock

A former Occidental College student, Ben Affleck, lived on Hill Drive in Eagle Rock with then-roommate Matt Damon while they wrote the script for Good Will Hunting, which went on to win them a Best Original Screenplay Academy Award.

John Steinbeck lived on Campus Road in the 1920s while lecturing at Occidental College. President Barack Obama, actor Luke Wilson, filmmakers Terry Gilliam and Marcel Ophüls have all also lived in Eagle Rock while attending Occidental College.

Entertainment, Restaurants and Nightlife


As Eagle Rock, and in particular the south side, continues to grow, it continues to attract new shops, cafés, and restaurants.  It’s been called “the next Silver Lake” but in reality it has a charm all its own.

Café Beaujolais

1712 Colorado Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90041
(323) 255-5111

Exceptional French country-style cuisine probably isn’t what you’d be expect to find in Eagle Rock, but six nights a week Café Beaujolais serves up delicious lamb stew, filet mignon, escargot and crème brulee. The atmosphere is unpretentious, the food is well prepared and not overpriced, and the staff is friendly and knowledgeable. C’est Magnifique!

Colorado Wine Company

2114 Colorado Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90041
(323) 478-1985

If your idea of wine tasting is a pretentious event, where wine is taken very seriously, Colorado Wine Company is out to change your mind. They’re probably best known for their White Trash Wine Tasting, where they paired wine with their corresponding snack foods, like cheese puffs, Slim Jims, Frito Pie and Ding Dongs. Delicious! Along with this lighthearted fun, Colorado Wine Company wants to create an environment where everyone can receive personal service and recommendations, leave feeling more educated about wine. Their wine bar is open every night and they offer wines, sakes, sparkling, and beers from around the world, with a focus on bottles $25 and under.

Swork Coffee

2160 Colorado Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90041
(323) 258-5600

If you’re looking for a good cup of coffee and some free Wi-Fi in Eagle Rock, look no further than Swork Coffee. This super modern coffeehouse, provides top notch coffee, lattes, gelato, smoothies and milkshakes. As long as you can deal with all the squatters enjoying the free Internet, this is your spot.

Lily Simone

5022 Eagle Rock Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90041
(323) 254-0530

Lily Simone is a gorgeous little boutique owned by former stylist Simone Porter. Expertly curated, Lily Simone carries many of L.A.’s top designers, including Grey Ant, Splendid, Mike & Chris, Saint Grace, Botkier, J Brand and more. Shoppers can also pick up the latest in house wares, gift items and antiques. No matter what your style, it’s hard to walk out of Lily Simone without something you just had to have. And here’s a tip for Occidental College students, just flash you student ID for a nice discount.

Center For The Arts, Eagle Rock

2225 Colorado Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90041
(323) 226-1617

Center for the Arts, Eagle Rock provides innovative and multicultral Arts programming to Northeast Los Angeles. They target nontraditional and underserved audiences providing access to excellent arts education and contemporary arts experiences. Center for the Arts, Eagle Rock also has a popular music festival that spotlights the underground-music scene in the area. And it’s free!

Schools


Preschool

American Montessori Pre-School & Elementary
4475 Eagle Rock Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90041
(323) 258-9480

Elementary Schools

Dahlia Heights Elementary School
5063 Floristan Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90041
(323) 255-1419

Delevan Drive Elementary School
4168 W Avenue 42
Los Angeles, CA 90065
(323) 255-0571

Eagle Rock Elementary School
2057 Fair Park Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90041
(323) 254-6851

Eagle Rock Montessori School
1443 Colorado Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90041
(323) 256-5402

Rockdale Elementary School
1303 Yosemite Dr
Los Angeles, CA 90041
(323) 255-6793

St. Dominic School
2007 Merton
Los Angeles, CA 90041
(323) 255-5803

Toland Way Elementary School
4545 Toland Way
Los Angeles, CA 90041
(323) 255-3142

Westminster Academy
1499 Colorado Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90041
(323) 257-7576

Middle School & High School

Eagle Rock High School
1750 Yosemite Dr
Los Angeles, CA 90041
(323) 254-6891

La International Charter High School
2109 Merton Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90041
(323) 257-1499

Renaissance Arts Academy
1800 Colorado Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90041
(323) 259-5700

Colleges and Universities

Occidental College
1600 Campus Rd
Los Angeles, CA 90041
(323) 259-2677

Eagle Rock Associations

TERA — The Eagle Rock Association
TERA is an all-volunteer organization dedicated to improving the quality of life in the Eagle Rock community.

Eagle Rock Neighborhood Council

Eagle Rock Chamber of Commerce