Los Feliz, also Rancho Los Feliz ("Feliz Ranch") is an affluent, hilly neighborhood named after its land grantee José Vicente Feliz.
It lies north of East Hollywood and just south of the Santa Monica Mountains, adjacent to the neighborhoods of Hollywood and Silver Lake. Home to the southern face of Griffith Park, the district includes the Griffith Observatory and the Greek Theatre. Los Feliz is bordered by Hollywood Boulevard to the south, Hyperion Avenue to the southeast, Griffith Park to the north, the Los Angeles River to the east, and Western Avenue to the west. It is traversed by Los Feliz Boulevard.
The 6,647-acre (27 km2) Rancho Los Feliz, one of the first land grants in California, was granted to Corporal José Vicente Feliz. An old adobe house built in the 1830s by his heirs still stands on Crystal Springs Drive in Griffith Park, named for Griffith J. Griffith, who donated over half of the rancho to the city of Los Angeles. Griffith Park became one of the largest city owned parks in the country. Other sections of the rancho were developed and became the communities of Los Feliz and Silver Lake.
The Los Feliz Branch of the Los Angeles Public Library is located in Los Feliz Village.
Los Feliz village is home or in close proximity to numerous restaurants and bars. Most are located on Hillhurst or Vermont Avenues between Los Feliz Boulevard and Prospect Avenue. Some were classic dives in their hey-day, frequented by the likes of Charles Bukowski, Lawrence Tierney, sundry working class drunks, poets, artists, writers and other creative types.
The Derby, at Hillhurst and Los Feliz, the last remaining location of the historic Brown Derby chain, was featured in the movie Swingers. It closed in 2009.
The Dresden Room on Vermont, also featured in the film Swingers, hosts nightly live entertainment by neighborhood icons, Marty and Elayne.
Griffith Park is home to the Griffith Observatory, Los Angeles Zoo and the Greek Theatre. It also boasts several golf courses, a driving range, children's play areas and sports fields. Park Goes also enjoy miles of hiking and equestrian trails. Traveltown, also located in Griffith Park features a miniature railroad operated by the Los Angeles Live Steamers and a collection of railroad locomotives, passenger cars and streetcars.
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