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The neighborhoods West Adams and Jefferson Park are known for its historical beauty, central location, the expansion of the subway system, and its reasonably priced homes. 

This family friendly community is welcoming, generous, and caring of each other. The houses are charming block after block, there are mature trees everywhere, and plenty of parking. In addition, the rows of skinny towering palm trees are postcard perfect.

With the rise of economic change, came the rise of local cuisine businesses with a renewed focus on the historical district and its development. Let’s take a stroll down some of these community businesses that have been around for quite a while.

Harold & Belle’s 
One of the best Creole restaurants in Los Angeles. Harold and Belle’s Restaurant opened in 1969. Founders Harold & Belle’s dreamed of having a place where people would gather and socialize while enjoying delicious creole cuisine. The restaurant is now owned and operated by 3rd generation husband and wife Ryan and Jessica Legaux. The family expanded the restaurant from 12 dining tables to 35+, tripling the size of the kitchen and expanded the brand as a whole.
2920 W Jefferson Blvd, haroldandbelles.com

Earle’s on Crenshaw 
The Earle family has evolved from a hotdog stand in Venice Beach into a thriving restaurant within the heart of the Crenshaw district. The Earle brothers have established themselves as a fixture in the Crenshaw community with a following that extends beyond the greater Los Angeles area. While the business has grown, their commitment to the empowerment of Black and Brown people, and dedication to quality food and superior service, has remained constant for over 36 years. 
3864 Crenshaw Boulevard, earlesrestaurant.com

Mel’s Fish
Located in the heart of the Crenshaw district, Mel’s Fish serves up traditional Louisiana favorites. Meals like red snapper, shrimp, po-boy sandwiches with their private cornmeal batter along with their secret blended seasoning that always keep their customers coming back for more. Mel’s Fish is currently being run by Georgette Powell who took over after her father passed.
4524 W Jefferson Blvd, melsfishshack.com

West Adams and Jefferson park continue to grow in value. The property value of this quaint neighborhood of bungalows, cottages, and craftsman homes – just south of the 10 freeway – has doubled in 10 years, and homes are now listed around $1 million-plus.

Our office is located in Jefferson Park and we are proud to be an active community member. If you are interested in buying a property in this historical district, please don’t hesitate to contact us. We’d love to show you around in our neighborhood.

Much like most real estate markets around the country the Los Angeles market is affected by lack of supply, affordability issues and fluctuating interest rates.

Our CEO and broker, Letty Vermeulen notes that for South LA’s Jefferson Park and West Adams neighborhoods she can definitely see a slowdown. Partly due to the past winter months which are always slower and partly due to a city wide slowdown.

However, the Jefferson Park and West Adams area are still in a strong position due to the central location and the area is quickly becoming a public transportation hub, making it a very competitive market for first time home buyers and experienced buyers alike. We are also noticing many new apartment buildings in development, often combined with new retail and restaurants.

If you’d like to learn more about the Jefferson Park/West Adams area, or general Los Angeles real estate market, please contact us!

The Jefferson Park and West Adams area of Los Angeles is one of the perfect locations for those looking to own a home and become a part of a community that is constantly growing and evolving. It has a centralized location and  best of all, it is quickly changing into something truly special – buying a property now could be a serious investment thanks to the numerous attractions that are springing up here. In fact, West Adams was the 2015 Neighborhood of the Year, and it hasn’t diminished in attractiveness since then.

Restaurants in West Adams / Jefferson Park

The dining options here have always been unique, from fried chicken establishments to the best BBQ in the entire city to Chinese or Mexican fare. But new restaurants are always popping up. A perfect example is the new “Highly Likely” café. Created by Cary Mosier, it is filing the space once taken up by a furniture store and offers 2,000 square foot of space with open areas and frontage right onto Jefferson. It’s food options will focus on healthy daytime food like grain bowls and vegetable dishes that draw inspiration from Creole, Japanese, and modern California cooking.

And the craft beer market is exploding here as well, with a new valley Brewpub finding its home where Señor Fred once sat. This will be a beer-focused restaurant offering great craft beers along with delicious food options. And with the Artisanal Brewers Collective buying spaces and opening restaurants, breweries, and craft beer stores, beer lovers will find that this is the perfect California neighborhood for them.

These are just two of the most well-known and anticipated establishments in the area – every year more great restaurants, music clubs, and bars pop up. So what does that mean to those looking for a home in the area? Two things:

Simply put, there’s never been a more exciting time to live in the West Adams and Jefferson Park area. If you’re looking for a great place to buy a home and call your neighborhood, few places in South LA can offer what this one can.

Jefferson Park has one of the largest collections of Craftsman style homes in the region. It is located just South of the Santa Monica freeway with easy access to downtown. With a strong sense of community and local preservation efforts, Jefferson Park has become an extremely desirable neighborhood. If you’ve always dreamed of owning a Craftsman-style bungalow, you have to check out Jefferson Park.

A Brief History Of Jefferson Park Craftsman Homes

Jefferson Park was developed at the turn of the century and provided housing for middle and upper middle class residents. The preferred home architecture at the time was American Craftsman. The homes were built by individuals rather than a development company. Many of the homes were built using plans purchased from Sears and Pacific Ready-Cut Homes. Even though many of these homes share a similar architecture style, each home is unique. Today Jefferson Park is considered an important neighborhood for American architectural history. The homes highlight the diversity of the Craftsman style.

What Is American Craftsman Architectural Style?

American Craftsman architectural style was popularized during the arts and crafts era of the turn of the century lasting well into the 1930s. Craftsman was born of a rejection of the overly fussy and inefficient architecture of the Victorian era. Craftsman style homes instead reflected the needs of the growing American middle class. The typical craftsman-style home has:

What makes craftsman homes different from one another is the fine detailed features. Craftsman homes often have intricate woodwork, art tiles, and hammered metal finishes that make them truly one of a kind. These features are also what make them desirable.

Jefferson Park Is A Historic Preservation Overlay Zone (HPOZ)

Recognizing the important cultural heritage of their neighborhood, the City Council declared Jefferson Park a HPOZ. HPOZ implements zoning restrictions designed to protect the historical nature of a community. With the support of HPOZ, Jefferson Park residents have been able to complete cost-effective restoration projects. These restoration projects have preserved the beauty of these homes.

If you have always dreamed of owning a Craftsman style home in a thriving community, we can help. Our real estate brokers live and work in the Jefferson Park neighborhood. We can help match you with the perfect Craftsman home to meet your needs. Whether you want a full restoration or a project home, we’ll find the perfect place. Check out our overview to learn more about this great neighborhood.

 

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