Cypress Park City Views

Welcome to NELA’S Cypress Park

Cypress Park City Views
Cypress Park City Views

Welcome to NELA’S Cypress Park! Let the Shelhamer Group take you into the heart of Cypress Park’s modern history, architecture, must have’s, art culture, and vibrant real estate market! We are privileged to live and raise our children in these beautiful communities. Reach out to me for your next Cypress Park real estate opportunity!

Cypress Park’s Modern History

Cypress Park's Modern History
Cypress Park’s Modern History

The neighborhood of Cypress Park sits at the river valley created by the LA River and the Arroyo Seco. As a result, it’s surrounded by hills on all sides with Elysian Park to the southwest, Mt Washington to the northeast, and Ernest E. Debs Park at the southeast side. Cypress Park was granted as Rancho San Rafael to Jose Maria Verdugo in October 1784. In 1859, Jessie D. Hunter acquired the southern portion of the rancho from Julio Verdugo.

Cypress Park's Modern History Map
Cypress Park’s Modern History Map

Jessie D. Hunter arrived in Los Angeles in 1847 as a Captain in the Mormon Battalion during the Mexican–American War. Hunter had previously acquired the Rancho Cañada de Los Nogales, which contains most of present-day Glassell Park. After Hunter’s death the land was subdivided as the Hunter Tract and, in 1882, Cypress Park became the first of the Arroyo Seco communities to come into existence, predating Highland Park by three years.

Los Angeles California Automobile Club of Southern California (ACSC) City Limit Sign With Sunbathers
Los Angeles California Automobile Club of Southern California (ACSC) City Limit Sign With Sunbathers

Located at the corner of Broadway and Second streets, Hunter fired the first clay-fired bricks in Los Angeles. These bricks were used in the first brick building erected in town at the corner of Main and Third streets. There is no description of Hunter’s brickyard at Broadway and Second streets in Los Angeles. He probably used surficial material on the property to make bricks, which were fired in field kilns using wood as fuel. The bricks were smaller and thinner than standard size. Because they were underfired, they spalled and eroded easily. These bricks were used locally in the Los Angeles area, and probably all of the first brick structures in town came from Hunter’s kilns. Aside from the first brick house at Main and Third streets in Los Angeles, it is likely that Hunter provided bricks for the first brick jail house. (Courtesy of Dan Mosier)

Cypress Park’s Architecture

Cypress Park Architecture
Cypress Park Architecture

Cypress Park has a fascination with seclusion towards it’s elevated regions. Futuristic to Midcentury Modern spreads out upon the landscape, along with splashes of Mediterranean, Pueblo, Craftsman, Bungalow and the turn of the century three story Victorian, and larger estates, well preserved with vast yards.

Cypress Park Architecture
Cypress Park Architecture

Some of the region has smaller sections of bungalow rows near their transportation lines and unique single story farmhouse homes with homestead solutions and great (ADU) accessory dwelling units external from the main residence. These structures have been created to add versatility for the homeowners, from revenue streams and rentals, to home offices, libraries and tranquil meditative spaces.

Cypress Park Architecture

Perhaps a nod to the late Jane Mansfield’s 1958 Mediterranean mansion she named the “Pink Palace”, or the “Pink Palace” of The Beverly Hills Hotel which has been the spot for Hollywood’s brightest lights, and the ultimate beacon of glamour, but this Cypress Park home reinvents the neighborhood landscape in exquisite architectural detail, and her terroir procured by the finest array of California succulents.

Cypress Park’s Art & Culture

The Pottery Studio Cypress Park
The Pottery Studio Cypress Park

The Pottery Studio began in Atwater Village, when our owner, Marshall Blair – who had been making plates and bowls for his restaurants since 2014 – purchased a gas kiln and invited a few other potters to help fill it. More and more potters came, so we started adding classes, and The Pottery Studio officially began.

In 2017 we moved the studio to our current spacious building in the Cypress Park neighborhood. The Pottery Studio has continued to become home for hundreds of potters, students and a vibrant ceramic community.

The Pottery Studio Shop is in the front of the building at 2808 Elm Street. The front entrance faces Cypress Ave. stock a full range of Cone 5/6 to Cone 10 clays, tools, supplies, bats, underglazes and a variety of other goods for the potter. You can also view and shop work made in our studio by our community members, teachers and staff. 

Mini single serving kusu-style teapot, a work of sculptural art even on it's own as an object. The driftwood handle perfectly carved to the ceramic teapot base, making a seamless transition between materials.

Mini single serving kusu-style teapot, a work of sculptural art even on it’s own as an object. The driftwood handle perfectly carved to the ceramic teapot base, making a seamless transition between materials. 

The Pottery Studio offers monthly classes, which include clay and firing for pieces made in your class, as well as open practice hours for students from 10am – 10pm. Our beginning wheelthrowing class will teach you the basics of centering, opening, pulling walls, trimming and preparing your piece for the bisque (first) firing. We then cover the basics of glazing your piece for the high fire. Other studio equipment such as the slab roller and extruder are covered as well. Their classes are designed for adults and kids age about 12 and older.  

Cypress Park's Avenue 50 Art Gallery
Cypress Park’s Avenue 50 Art Gallery

The Avenue 50 Studio is an arts presentation organization grounded in Chicana/o and Latina/o culture, visual arts, and the Northeast Los Angeles area. We seek to build bridges of cultural understanding through artistic expressions. We develop programming to inform our community through innovative projects that connect artists, students, academics, and members of the community. Avenue 50 is committed to providing a place where the life and artistic interests of an under-served community can be made visible.

Vessel 5 (Flower)” 6” x 6” x 9”  By Artist MICHELLE SEO
Vessel 5 (Flower)” 6” x 6” x 9” By Artist MICHELLE SEO

“I want to grapple my incapacitating fear of being judged so much. Strangle it by the throat and kill it, send it to hell and have it killed off there as well. Thus I unapologetically and boisterously take up space—over pack my work in color, claustrophobia, and chaos because I feel so overlooked and invisible.” -MICHELLE SEO

Evanescence of a dream / : a mixed media installation by Victoria Arriola
Evanescence of a Dream / : a mixed media installation by Victoria Arriola

“Evanescence of a Dream, provides a look into the ethereal and intimate world that Victoria has documented over the past five years, which visualizes the fluid interaction between human consciousness, nature and their mutual impermanence.”

Protegeme Virgencita by Isabel Martinez, Acrylic, 17″x20″, 2020
Protegeme Virgencita by Isabel Martinez, Acrylic, 17″x20″, 2020

Since its founding in 2000, Avenue 50 has grown from a small gallery to an active non-profit arts nexus, and is now an important arts destination venue in the Highland Park neighborhood of Northeast Los Angeles, a traditional arts enclave in the city. We provide a venue for exceptional, up-and-coming local artists and poets. Our monthly art openings and our varied literary events are a testament to the rich diversity that make up Los Angeles. Avenue 50 anchors a site that includes two galleries, a community art space, and three resident artist studios. Our programming includes art exhibitions, art workshops, lectures, poetry and readings, as well as hosting annual events such as Dia de los Muertos. Over the past eighteen years we have organized over 250 exhibits, celebrating a variety of artistic media and themes, and shown nearly 1,000 artists, poets and musicians. We are committed to bridging the diverse cultures of Los Angeles

Cypress Park’s Must Have’s

Huron Substation Los Angeles County's Historical Monument #404
Huron Substation Los Angeles County’s Historical Monument #404

Designed circa 1908 by Edward S. Cobb, engineer of Angels Flight funicular railway, the Huron Substation now Los Angeles County’s Historical Monument #404 was built for the purpose of converting electricity needed to power trolleys for the Yellow Car railway system. Located at the intersection of West Avenue 28 and Huron Street in Cypress Park, the rustic structure features original brickwork, vaulted beamed ceilings ascending 45 feet, arched windows, and concrete floors.

Huron Substation Los Angeles County's Historical Monument #404
Huron Substation Los Angeles County’s Historical Monument #404

The Los Angeles Railway also known as Yellow Cars, LARy and later Los Angeles Transit Lines was a system of streetcars that operated in Central Los Angeles and surrounding neighborhoods between 1895 and 1969. The system provided frequent local services which complimented the Pacific Electric “Red Car” system’s largely commuter-base interurban routes.

Sierra Madre Red Line station on Baldwin Avenue, Sierra Madre, California, 1906. The Los Angeles streetcar system totaled 1,140 miles in 1910, which is a third larger than today’s New York City subway system. It was one of the largest privately funded interurban systems ever built. The Observatories of the Carnegie Institution for Science Collection at the Huntington Library, San Marino, California
Sierra Madre Red Line station on Baldwin Avenue, Sierra Madre, California, 1906. The Los Angeles streetcar system totaled 1,140 miles in 1910, which is a third larger than today’s New York City subway system. It was one of the largest privately funded interurban systems ever built. The Observatories of the Carnegie Institution for Science Collection at the Huntington Library, San Marino, California

The company carried many more passengers than the Red Cars, which served a larger and sparser area of Los Angeles. Cars operated on 3 ft 6 in (1,067 mm) narrow gauge tracks, and shared dual gauge trackage with the 4 ft 8 1⁄2 in (1,435 mm) standard gauge Pacific Electric system on Main Street in downtown Los Angeles directly in front of the 6th and Main terminal, on 4th Street, and along Hawthorne Boulevard south of Downtown Los Angeles toward the cities of Hawthorne, Gardena and Torrance.

Henry E. Huntington (1850–1927), sitting at his desk. The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens.
Henry E. Huntington (1850–1927), sitting at his desk. The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens.

The first electric railway in Los Angeles was built in 1887 to facilitate the sales of a real estate tract on Pico Street. The Los Angeles Electric Railway used the early Daft overhead system and used a crude electric car and trailers. Though the real estate venture was successful, after an explosion in the power station, the Pico Street electric line closed, seemingly for good.

A cartoon of Henry E. Huntington as “The Modern Colossus of Roads,” Los Angeles Evening News, Oct. 16, 1905. The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens.
A cartoon of Henry E. Huntington as “The Modern Colossus of Roads,” Los Angeles Evening News, Oct. 16, 1905. The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens.

The system was purchased by railroad and real estate tycoon Henry E. Huntington in 1898. At its height, the system contained over 20 streetcar lines and 1,250 trolleys, most running through the core of Los Angeles and serving such neighborhoods as Crenshaw, West Adams, Leimert Park, Exposition Park, Echo Park, Westlake, Hancock Park, Vernon, Boyle Heights and Lincoln Heights. The system was sold in 1944 by Huntington’s estate to American City Lines, Inc., of Chicago.

Cena Vegan began serving customers June 2016 in Highland Park serving vegans, vegetarians and those seeking healthier lifestyles and delicious Mexican food. The company serves 100% vegan street tacos, burritos and nacho boats with truly authentic Latin American flavors using their own plant-based meats with flavors including: carne asada, pollo asado, al pastor and gluten-free barbacoa.

Cena Vegan stills pops up in different areas of NELA showcasing their delicious recipes to those interested in food that is artisanal, authentic, and fuel for your bodies.

There products can be found in local NELA grocers and meal kits are sold at their locations.

1802 Coffee Roasters of Cypress Park
1802 Coffee Roasters of Cypress Park

On the edge of Mount Washington in Cypress Park, 1802 Roasters owners and Cypress Park locals Christian Degracia and Crystal Weintrub took over a former meat market at 1206 Cypress Ave. Degracia and Weintraub were inspired to kick off their coffee trajectory after a trip to South America. The married couple started roasting their own coffee beans from respectable importers Royal CoffeeCoffee Shrub and Bodhi Leaf way back in 2015, and has sold them at the Sherman Oaks, Brentwood, and Monrovia farmers markets over the last three years.

1802 Coffee Roasters of Cypress Park
1802 Coffee Roasters of Cypress Park

At 1802 Roasters, sustainability is part of their core business practices. They focus on the potential social, environmental, and economic implications of every business decision they make. Their products are representative of the sustainable global movement. A Cypress Park local community based artisan micro-roaster which serves the community where they live and work. This guarantees the coffee each customer gets is fresh roasted, as it did not have to travel long distances, or have long lives on shelves before it reaches your cup. The coffee suppliers source beans directly, so the coffee travels through very few hands, instead of many, making for a more equitable supply chain.

1802 Coffee Roasters of Cypress Park
1802 Coffee Roasters of Cypress Park

​Sourcing top quality specialty grade coffee beans, which are hand selected for their quality and acquired through direct traders. Direct trade suppliers work with farms and co-ops to source top quality beans building a favorable exchange between coffee growers and importers. Choosing to work with direct importers who source from responsible farmers, evaluating growing processes and farm operations as part of their selection process. This type of relationship assures farmers are paid above market prices for their crops and have direct control over production processes. Working with co-ops and washing stations also creates an avenue for small farming operations to sell their crops at an above equitable price. This increases the diversity of farmers along with coffee and plant species in the region.

1802 Coffee Roasters of Cypress Park
1802 Coffee Roasters of Cypress Park

Beans are packaged in unbleached paper bags with a removable plastic liner. This insures the packaging can be removed from the waste stream by being recycled and/or composted. Our cups, lids, and straws are all compostable. (Though this is not a perfect solution, they feel it is the best option when no recycling is available.) 1802 Roasters napkins, filters, and bags, are made from unbleached recycled paper.

1802 Coffee Roasters of Cypress Park
1802 Coffee Roasters of Cypress Park

1802 Roasters also chooses to buy rechargeable batteries rather than a diesel generator to power their booth at the farmers market, reducing emissions and carbon footprint. Their spent coffee and chocolate are composted, getting a second life as food for the next generation of plants. The roaster continually challenges themselves to be mindful of our environmental impact. With more knowledge and resources available, they continue to strive towards a zero waste operation in the future.

Cypress Park’s Real Estate

CAR-Infograph-May-2021
CAR-Infograph-May-2021

The median list price in Cypress is $829,900. The median list price in Cypress was less than 1% change from May to June. Cypress’s home resale inventories is 27, which increased 22 percent since May 2021. The median list price per square foot in Cypress is $497. May 2021 was $467. Distressed properties such as foreclosures and short sales remained the same as a percentage of the total market in June. Cypress, California real estate market statistics are calculated by (Movoto)

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The typical home value of homes in Cypress Park is $861,332. This value is seasonally adjusted and only includes the middle price tier of homes. Cypress Park home values have gone up 9.8% over the past year. (Zillow)

Welcome to NELA’S Cypress Park! Let the Shelhamer Group take you into the heart of Cypress Park’s modern history, architecture, must have’s, art culture, and vibrant real estate market! We are privileged to live and raise our children in these beautiful communities. Reach out to me for your next Cypress Park real estate opportunity!

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At the Shelhamer Group our brand of business is simple we put our clients first. As real estate advisors, we actively listen and build a relationship with each of our clients to empower you with what we know. Anyone these days has access to information so being an expert isn’t enough. We want to share with you our experience in the communities of Northeast Los Angeles and share the stories of the clients who continue to expand their real estate portfolio’s with us as their trusted advisement team

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David Clark is a Californian, real estate agent and writer for the Shelhamer Real Estate Group located in Highland Park, California. Connect with him for further information about Cypress park and real estate opportunities at 805.280.1425 or on Instagram at losangeleshomesales DRE 02134556

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