Located in the San Rafael Hills, Mount Washington is a very special neighborhood in Northeast Los Angeles. With hillside living and views from just about every home, it’s no wonder that the neighborhood has become such a great alternative to living on the Westside. Surrounding neighborhoods consist of Eagle Rock, Cypress Park, Montecito Heights and Highland Park.
Mt. Washington Today
For many residents of Mount Washington it’s a more affordable alternative to the Westside. There is a certain level of sophistication that MW has to offer; one that makes it so unique to the city. Mt. Washington has a high-ranking elementary school, Washington Elementary School. MW is also the home to the historical Southwest Museum of the American Indian, built by Charles Lummis in 1914.
Bit of History
In 1909, this historic neighborhood was laid out as a subdivision, by real estate developer, Robert Marsh. With the addition of the Mt. Washington Hotel - and its breathtaking views - plus an incline railway, Marsh hoped to attract people to the area to buy up available residential parcels of land. His idea worked, and lots began to sell. Unfortunately, the railway stopped running in 1919. However, The Mt. Washington Hotel is still in operation as the International Headquarters of the Self-Realization Fellowship center and grounds. Known to be quite a relaxing place to visit, the center and grounds are open to the public during most business hours.