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Old 06-30-2013, 02:34 PM
 
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Default York blvd. highland park / eagle rock SAFE OR NOT?

I live in Santa Monica. I am moving closer to the city for acting. I am looking into an apartment just outside d eagle rock in the highland park neighborhood on York blvd. I've heard a lot about highland park gangs, but also lots of great things about eagle rock. Can anyone help me out. Is it bad? How bad? Can I use public transportation & not have to worry? Just being safe. I understand about the la crime stereotypes and this is not one of them. I am just asking a questions to be proactive.
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Old 06-30-2013, 02:52 PM
 
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I lived on Ave 60 and Figueroa for 10 years, which is down the street from York. I would have to say that York in the Eagle Rock side would be a better choice than Highland Park. A lot of people in that area take public transportation including myself and never had any issues. However, the Highland Park does have the benifit of being very close to the Gold Line. I'm more of a train person myself, but the 81 that runs along Figueroa to Colorado I believe runs very frequent and gets pretty packed during rush hour.

Highland Park was pretty bad when I moved there on 2003, many shootings. But now a lot of "hipsters" are moving into the old Victorian houses, so its cleaning up slowly but surely. Price wise, Eagle Rock may be more expensive than Highland Park, but depends on what you're looking into. If you're looking for a little safer than those areas, Montery Road has some decent places and runs into South Pasadena. Very safe area. Just go down Ave 60 past the 110 and its right there.

Hope some of that helps. Good luck with your move.
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Old 06-30-2013, 05:25 PM
 
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York blvd. highland park / eagle rock SAFE OR NOT?-image.jpg


This is the area and the "a" is the location I will be at
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Old 07-01-2013, 04:31 AM
 
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Most of HLP gang related incidents (like shootings and deaths) within the past 2 years happened around and near the Gold Line roughly along Figueroa and Monte Vista and Ave 50-58. Nothing major happens along York from Eagle Rock Blvd to South Pasadena. Highland Park is a really huge area of NE Los Angeles. Some parts are nicer and safer and other parts are not so much. I dont take the Gold Line after a certain time to Highland Park station just because the connecting buses are not frequent, almost all stores are closed, and you are standing alone in dim lights waiting for a bus that comes half to hourly in an area known for crime mostly after dark. I just take the bus from Downtown. I think by that map, the area is still Eagle Rock because the dividing line is Troys Burgers which is a few streets over. Most of the areas on that map are occupied by many Occidental students I think. Not sure though. As for transportation, the 84 goes there and the 83. They are not that frequent compared to other lines especially after certain hours. A 10 minute walk you can get the 181 up near Eagle Rock/Yosemite which takes you to Pasadena and Hollywood or DASH bus on York. The DASH is cool (3 times an hour) with the last bus around 7:00-7:30 and no Sunday buses. More and more people bike along York since it has a bike lane with a safer route along Meridian. You can ride your bike from the Gold Line to Eagle Rock Blvd in 15 minutes or less.
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Old 07-01-2013, 10:15 AM
 
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Don't have a ton of experience with Eagle Rock or Highland park , but it does feel pretty safe in the Eagle Rock area.

Was just curious though why you would move to highland park or eagle rock if you are in acting. I don't really think of these areas as being close to the studios,etc. I'm sure there are a lot of actors in Santa Monica too.
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Old 07-01-2013, 11:53 AM
 
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The area you are looking at is not that dangerous. Eagle Rock Blvd is rapidly gentrifying, as is York. There are a lot of students in the area due to Occidental College. I actually go to Cross Fit Eagle Rock, which is right on ER Blvd. It doesn't seem dangerous at all. There are cool restaurants up on Colorado as well.

As others have said, the violence that I've heard of is closer to Figueroa, but even that is decreasing as people buy up the homes and fix them up. I actually like the area quite a bit.

The LA Times has a pretty good crime map if you are interested:
Eagle Rock Crime - Mapping L.A. - Los Angeles Times
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Old 07-01-2013, 12:02 PM
 
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I have lived in HP for 15 years and it is slowly changing for the better. The area you are looking at is pretty safe as already mention you get a lot of Oxy students in the area.
I don't know how much rent you are looking at. The upper level of a house next door to me is renting fo around $1500.00 a month. It's south of York, just off of Avenue 52. If you are curious PM me and I can tell you were the landlord lives if you want to check it out.
Take a look at York and Avenue 50 for the developing "scene" if you haven't already checked it out and talk to some of the cafe patrons and business owners there for their opinions.
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Old 07-01-2013, 12:35 PM
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This is the area and the "a" is the location I will be at
ok, yes, it is tech Highland Park, but it is just off Eagle Rock Blvd and should be a very good neighborhood. I think when people think about and talk about crime and HP, they are thinking more: Figueroa. Even closer to the border of HPark and near Lincoln Heights. I see, I am not the only one who is thinking: Oxy kids living near there. My grandma owned a home that I think was considered Highland Park many years ago; my brothers first home was off of York Blvd, near Eagle Rock Blvd..
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Old 07-02-2013, 11:45 AM
 
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Figueroa crosses into York. Which was my concern. Thank you all for the quick reaponses.
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Old 09-19-2013, 01:39 AM
 
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The area you are looking at is not that dangerous. Eagle Rock Blvd is rapidly gentrifying, as is York. There are a lot of students in the area due to Occidental College. I actually go to Cross Fit Eagle Rock, which is right on ER Blvd. It doesn't seem dangerous at all. There are cool restaurants up on Colorado as well.

As others have said, the violence that I've heard of is closer to Figueroa, but even that is decreasing as people buy up the homes and fix them up. I actually like the area quite a bit.

The LA Times has a pretty good crime map if you are interested:
Eagle Rock Crime - Mapping L.A. - Los Angeles Times
I'm looking at an apartment in the area of Figueroa and 50th, any idea what that would compare to as far as crime in Central LA? Do you think it about equivalent to say, East Hollywood?
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