NELA (Northeast LA)

North East LA is home to seven unique neighborhoods that each bring their own charm and personality.

Welcome to NELA 

A bustling city full of unique neighborhoods


North East LA is home to seven unique neighborhoods that each bring their own charm and personality. From trendy Highland Park to family-friendly Eagle Rock to affluent Atwater Village, NELA has a neighborhood for everyone. The thriving heart of the city that connects all the neighborhoods is its urban feel and endless opportunity.

North East LA grew up around the yellow line of the Los Angeles Railway. For a long time, it was primarily home to Hispanic communities. However, as the cost of living rose in LA, gentrification began to expand east. Now, NELA is a balancing act of new development mixed with long-time residents.

The homes in NELA are more compact than many of its neighboring towns to the east. Here, you’ll find single-family homes set on smaller lots and condos in bustling areas. However, while they may not be as spacious, buying a home in North East LA is worth it for the walkability, access to arts and dining, and the tight-knit community feel.

What to Love

● Home to Heritage Square Museum
● Bordering Griffith Park
● Trendy shopping and dining on Figueroa Street


People & Lifestyle 

NELA is a diverse community that fosters creativity and entrepreneurship. As the area has grown, it has garnered a hip, trendy reputation that is reflected in the restaurants and businesses that thrive here. Many young professionals choose to live here for the ease of commuting to Downtown, East LA, and Pasadena. Young families have also found NELA to be a wonderful place to live. This is the ideal place for first-time or younger homebuyers who want to continue to grow with the area.


Dining, Shopping & Entertainment 

NELA is home to delicious food and delightful shops. Mixing the old with the modern, you’ll find historic businesses paired with new-to-the-block entrepreneurs operating side by side.
Search for unique and exciting home decor at Sayida LA, a store that feels like the ultimate treasure hunt. The Bearded Beagle is a fun second-hand vintage store that began as an Etsy shop and quickly expanded to two brick-and-mortar locations. Soda lovers will find a piece of heaven (and more choices than they know what to do with) at Soda Pop Stop.
Columbo’s Italian Steakhouse and Jazz Club has been around since the 1950s and still serves some of the best atmospheres in NELA. The Bucket is a historic burger shack that opened in 1935 and is still slinging the best burgers in the area. Greyhound Bar & Grill is a Highland Park neighborhood pub serving craft beers and unique cocktails. For dessert, try a gourmet vegan donut with a punny name from neighborhood favorite, Donut Friend.

Things to Do

The hip, bustling neighborhoods of North East LA are never short on things to do, and the communities come together to celebrate history, art, and culture every chance they get.
Lummis Day is an annual event put on by the community that celebrates the diversity, artistry, and heart that permeates all of the NELA neighborhoods. All summer long, Occidental College hosts a concert series, and Street Food Cinema puts on movies in the park (accompanied by some of the best food trucks LA has to offer).
Moon Canyon Park is a wonderful place to go hiking through the untouched natural beauty of NELA. At Heritage Square Museum, visitors can experience what life was like in 19th Century Los Angeles. On the border of NELA and East LA is Griffith Park, with miles of hikes and parks, as well as the Old LA Zoo, where the Independent Shakespeare Company hosts the Griffith Park Free Shakespeare Festival.



North East LA is home to many excellent schools. Top educational opportunities include: 

Occidental College
Garvanza Elementary School, K-5, a technology and leadership magnet
Eagle Rock High School, 7-12

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