Stretching about five and a half miles north to south, Lake Avenue is considered the Rodeo Drive for the semi-rich. It is bordered on the north by Loma Alta Dr. and on the south by California Blvd., intersected in the middle by interstate 210.
This avenue is generally distinguished into two sections:South Lake Avenue, and North Lake Avenue, each with its own history and role in the community.
South Lake Avenue was lined with homes on either side until 1947 with the construction of Bullock's (now Macy's). This introduction to the avenue triggered an evolution from an upscale neighborhood to a unique shopping district, becoming one of the premier shopping areas in the region. From the 1960's through the 1990's the northern section around Green Street developed into a professional and financial center. Today more than 300 businesses dot South Lake Avenue drawing more than 56,000 people each day.
The termination of North Lake Avenue lies at the foot of the San Gabriel Mountains. Along its route to the south, travelers will find Lake Avenue church and preschool, various businesses, such as Coco's bakery, and several residences.
Lake Avenue is located about 45 minutes by car northeast of Los Angeles International Airport. Other nearby tourist sites include the Pacific Asia Museum, McDonald and Washington parks, and Huntington Botanical Gardens