The neighborhood, which only consists of a few dozen homes, is generally included in Hollywood, beginning north and east of the 101 Freeway off of Melrose. Though the area’s boundaries on Melrose Avenue have recently been designated by small road signs, few locals are familiar with it by name and consider it part of either Little Armenia or Koreatown– regions which border it on the north and south respectively. In January 2003, Los Angeles magazine deemed it one of the city’s “10 Great Neighborhoods.”
Most homes in Melrose Hill were built between 1911 and 1926, during an explosion of craftsman style architecture, including the california bungalow. So many homes in the area were constructed in this style that it is has been called “the bungalow capital of the world.” In 1988, Melrose Hill was designated a Historic Preservation Overlay Zone by the City of Los Angeles.
There are very few houses in this tiny pocket, and they rarely change hands. However, homes in the surrounding area vary pocket-to-pocket from modest bungalows to lavish mansions. The home above is one of my favorites and has been on the market a few times over the last 10 years. I love this little pocket and have taken my kids trick or treating here over several years!