If you’ve ever seen the large rock outcropping that the hipster-heavy neighborhood of Eagle Rock, Los Angeles is named after, you might consider it a bit of a stretch to say that the formation looks like an eagle with outstretched wings. It’s not as obvious as maybe Camelback Mountain, in Phoenix, Arizona or Mount Rushmore but, rest assured, the eagle of Eagle Rock is in fact there; albeit one break in the cliff away from being gone. There’s so much more to Eagle Rock with its residential diversity of free-spirited, beatnik, bohemian, eclectic, multifarious, young, ambitious, idealistic people; with a relatively high-income being the home of prestigious Occidental College. It’s SoCal living mixed with a counterculture captured by all 34,000 residents. The community cares about the preservation of their historically significant buildings and their roots connecting them to the motion picture industry. Education is a high priority for Eagle Rock as the home of the well known private liberal arts university, Occidental College, the neighborhood also encircles nine public schools and six of the city’s private schools.
Before suburbanization began, the land on which Eagle Rock sits belonged to the Tongva people, Native Americans who inhabited the area for thousands of years. The arrival of the Spanish transformed the territory into the Rancho San Rafael. Semi-rural development began in the 19th century with the arrival of the first American settlers, after California was ceded to the United States. In the 20th Century, Eagle Rock has been associated with several major crime sprees, including being the location where the Hillside Strangler claimed one of his first victims on October 31, 1977. The small close-knit community was rocked by the incident and the ten successive murders of at least ten women in the area over the course of five months. In 1985 an 8-year-old girl was abducted from her home and sexually assaulted by the “Valley Intruder”, also known as, “The Walk-In Killer”, and more infamously, “The Night Stalker”; later identified as Richard Ramirez.
There has always been strength found in numbers and Eagle Rock is a community that continues to grow closer, larger, and better over the years. The choice home of notable residents like Marlon Brando, Zack de la Rocha, Okie Adams, John Steinbeck, and Madeleine Stowe, Eagle Rock has managed to stay relevant in a city that changes its opinion every single day.
While Eagle Rock is close to some of Los Angeles’ most infamous hotspots, make sure to check out the local fare at places like Peekaboo Playland, Center for the Arts Eagle Rock, Leanna Lin’s Wonderland, Kidspace Children’s Museum, Norton Simon Museum, Sunnyday Scoot, Señor Fish, Six Taste, or Cafe Beaujolais. While you’re there, don’t forget to enjoy local on-demand car wash service from MobileWash.
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