Mt. Washington California

Welcome to NELA’S Mt. Washington

Mt. Washington Cityscape View
Mt. Washington Cityscape View

Welcome to NELA’S Mt. Washington! Let the Shelhamer Group take you into the heart of Mt. Washington’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 us for your next Mt. Washington real estate opportunity!

Mt. Washington’s Modern History

The Mount Washington Incline Railway on opening day, 1909. Courtesy of the Los Angeles Public Library Photograph Collection.
The Mount Washington Incline Railway on opening day, 1909. Courtesy of the Los Angeles Public Library Photograph Collection.

If your visiting Los Angeles for the first time you might be amazed that it’s geography is not flat! Los Angeles is instead a slanting basin encircled by the Santa Monica Mountains to the west, the high San Gabriel’s to the north, and the Puente Hills to the east. Within this basin there are a number of small hills which break up the whole area into hills and valleys.

Mount Washington at the turn of the Century courtesy of The Los Angeles Public Library
Mount Washington at the turn of the Century courtesy of The Los Angeles Public Library

Mt. Washington, which is 940 feet in height is located on the eastern edge of downtown Los Angeles, and on the east shore of the Los Angeles River, running north toward the City of Glendale.

Welcome to NELA’S Mt. Washington!

Early view of the Mount Washington Hotel
Early view of the Mount Washington Hotel

Originally constructed in 1910 as the Mount Washington Hotel, its intention was to highlight an exclusive residential subdivision promoted by real estate developer, Robert Marsh. Served by a cable railway. The hotel was a popular spot, frequented by silent film stars, such as Charlie Chaplin.

A young Charlie Chaplin
A young Charlie Chaplin

As the film studios moved out of Sycamore Grove Park on their way to Hollywood, the popularity waned and the building stood vacant. The growth of Mt. Washington and all its unique neighborhoods developed, and thrived and today continue with that same artistic and visionary spirit.

Mt. Washington’s Architecture

Mt. Washington residential architectural roots began with Victorian farmhouses, grand estates, and charming Craftsman homes. In the 1920’s modern homes included Spanish colonial revival, English Tudor, and smaller bungalows.

In later decades streamline modern was introduced, International, post-war traditional, and mid-century modern. Mt. Washington’s eclectic mix of architectural character among these diverse styles homes has made it both unique and fascinating. Would you like a tour?

Mt. Washington’s Must Have’s

Mt. Washington Hiking Trails and Views
Mt. Washington Hiking Trails and Views

Located on the southwestern slopes of Mount Washington, Elyria Canyon Park is a 35-acre nature park that provides a glimpse into the native habitat that once thrived in the hills near downtown Los Angeles. A network of trails meanders through fragrant communities of coastal sage scrub, chaparral, grassland and purple needlegrass.

Mt. Washington Hiking Trails and Views
Mt. Washington Hiking Trails and Views

The park boasts one of the finest examples of California black walnut woodland in Southern California. The trails lead to vistas of the Los Angeles River, Griffith Observatory, and the city.

Mt. Washington’s Art & Culture

Mt. Washington Architectural Homes
4414 Palmero Drive, Los Angeles, 90065

With the rugged individualism and early industrious nature of those who developed the residential real estate of Mt. Washington, there is a vast artistic and creative realm to this region. Up here architecture and its immersion with nature reign king! And the views!!!

Mt. Washington Architectural Homes
4414 Palmero Drive, Los Angeles, 90065

Architects Richard Neutra, Gregory Ain and John Lautner’s all have created residences in Mt. Washington! One of the lesser known is Canadian born architect W. Earl Wear who moved to Southern California in the 1950’s. According to his obituary, “in his work Earl followed the principals of Frank Lloyd Wright‘s Organic Architecture and during his time in the Los Angeles area he designed and built nine original residences.”

Concrete block construction, floor-to-ceiling walls of glass, redwood and mahogany paneling, cork floors, living room with geometric block fireplace, period kitchen with window garden wrap-around deck, and city light and mountain views.

Mount Washington Real Estate

It should come as no surprise that with great demand to live in Mount Washington with a tight supply of homes it is a sellers market. With low interest rates and Covid-19, resulted in families moving up in the market and new participants moving in with soaring rents it’s a jungle out there!

CAR-Infograph-April-2021
CAR-Infograph-April-2021

The Mount Washington housing market is very competitive. The average sale price of a home in Mount Washington was $1.31M last month, up 23.9% since last year. (Redfin) With numbers like these it matters who you work with!

Welcome to NELA’S Mt. Washington Let the Shelhamer Group take you into the heart of Mt. Washington’s modern history, architecture, must have’s, art culture, and vibrant real estate market!

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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

David Clark Real estate Advisor

David Clark is a Californian, real estate agent and writer for the Shelhamer Real Estate Group located in Highland Park, California. For more information on Mt. Washington and real estate opportunities connect with me at 805.280.1425 or on Instagram at losangeleshomesales

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