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Leimert Park

Culture, community, and great art converge to create this historic, vibrant LA neighborhood

Welcome to Leimert Park

Leimert Park is well-known as a hub for African American culture in Los Angeles, a dynamic epicenter for self-expression and artistic creation. Homes nestled along tree-lined streets and an abundance of beautiful architecture pair with a busy social calendar packed with community-oriented events. Leimert Park abounds in hip establishments, from small coffee shops to the large shopping plaza and gastronome-approved eateries.

Built in the 1920s, the neighborhood was designed by the famed Olmsted Brothers company and is considered one of the first master-planned residential communities in the state. Leimert Park quickly drew in a population of affluent residents with its manicured lawns and thoughtful layout and has housed several celebrities of note throughout its existence, including those like Ray Charles, Ella Fitzgerald, and the former Mayor of Los Angeles, Tom Bradley.

Homes in Leimert Park embody the neighborhood’s chic-meets-historic aesthetic, and discerning buyers can choose from many sophisticated properties in style and build date. Among the offerings are elegant bungalows, ranches, historic cottages, and designs inspired by Mediterranean and Spanish architecture.

What to Love

  • The mix of residential and commercial
  • Inspiring historic buildings like the Vision Theatre
  • An energetic atmosphere and welcoming residents

Local Lifestyle

From attending late-night poetry readings to supporting local hip-hop artists at intimate venues, the atmosphere in Leimert Park is one of unwavering support for the arts and their creators. At its heart is the Leimert Park Village, viewed as the pulse for African American culture in Los Angeles and frequently compared to famed neighborhoods like Harlem and Greenwich Village.

Dining, Entertainment, & Shopping

The commercial life in Leimert Park revolves around supporting all things local, whether it’s buying statement pieces from fashion boutiques or indulging in show-stopping cuisine from any of the independent restaurants within the neighborhood. Foodies won’t want to miss out on the delectable Jamaican fare found at Ackee Bamboo, where the menu includes savory items such as the stellar jerk chicken and various combinations of ackee, Jamaica’s national fruit.

For wholesome, organic, and healthful dining, look no further than Swift Cafe. Stylish and friendly, Swift Cafe makes eating clean an approachable task, easier thanks to a delicious menu of flavorful, good-for-you options. Contemporary and endlessly cool, The District by GS offers an unparalleled atmosphere of fun. Diners here can enjoy fine dining dishes, innovative cocktails, and upbeat theme nights.

Things to Do

It should come as no surprise to find that much of the entertainment and bustle in Leimert Park happens at its dazzling core, the Leimert Park Village. For instance, the Barbara Morrison Performing Arts Center is named for the famed vocalist, educator, producer, philanthropist, and arts advocate and acts as the heartbeat of all things creative in Leimert Park. The World Stage is another phenomenal village hotspot for performers, while the lovely green space of Leimert Park Plaza is perfect for low-key picnics and gathering with friends.

The community also hosts some of LA’s best events, including the annual Leimert Park Jazz Festival. This special event is truly a reflection of the community’s vivacious spirit, featuring incredible lineups, art showcases, food trucks, a beer and wine lounge, and a kids’ play area. In recent years, Leimert Park has leaned into its strong ties to African American culture, holding an annual Juneteenth Celebration that spans two days. The event educates the public, celebrates Black history, and showcases African American artists.

Los Angeles’ Taste of Soul Family Festival is another spectacular celebration sometimes hosted within Leimert Park that brings in hundreds of excited attendees ready to revel in the music and sample some of the finest cuisines in the city. Free and appropriate for all ages, the Leimert Park Art Walk is a community staple that promises incredible live music, great food, and a chance to meet with local creators.


Leimert Park is home to a number of excellent schools. Top educational opportunities include:
  • Loyola High School of Los Angeles, 9-12
  • Wildwood School, K-12
  • STAR Prep Academy, 7-12

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