Historic South Central

Historic South Central

Los Angeles, California Homes for Sale

About Historic South Central

Much of Los Angeles south of downtown was referred to as South Central in the past, but today the specific neighborhood of Historic South Central represents just one unique set of urban surroundings. Immediately south of downtown, the quiet residential streets are hidden away by active industrial warehouses. With the city's largest event venues nearby, South Central is famous to Los Angeles residents for its vintage architecture and quaint diners. To those who call it home, Historic South Central is a bonded community of diverse people enjoying a unique balance of suburban family life against the downtown backdrop.

Quick Facts

Current Prices: $440,000 to $2,325,000

Closed Prices: $325,000 to $830,000

Median Sale Price: $560,000

Average $ per sq ft: $717

Association Fee Ranges: $0

Type: Attached Home (Condo, Townhouse, Loft, etc.), Single-Family Home

Age: 1897 to 2016

Sq. Ft.: 660 to 2169 Sq. Ft.

Bedrooms: 2 to 6 Bedrooms

Bathrooms: 1 to 4 Bathrooms

Around Historic South Central

Century-old historic homes can be found throughout the neighborhood, with some of the more residential surroundings located further south of downtown. Between Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Vernon Avenue, you'll find some of the city's oldest homes. Enormous studio lofts and multi-family buildings with ground floor businesses are fairly common in the area south of the Santa Monica Freeway.

Historic South Central features dozens of beloved Mexican restaurants with a local flavor that defies your typical Tex-Mex expectations. When you aren't debating between taco shops, the neighborhood also has an eclectic mix of global fare. Think real Jamaican curry, South American steakhouses, and sweet southern barbecue ribs. While casual spots are the norm here, there are plenty of upscale options on the boulevards as well.

Younger adults fill the loft buildings and condos, while the residential streets are largely home to families that have lived in the neighborhood for generations. Part of the landscape here consists of teenagers playing basketball after school and families indulging in a weeknight dinner on a corner restaurant. With downtown to the north and USC to the west, the neighborhood also sees a vibrant mix of tourists and passersby, especially on weekends.

You don't have to leave the neighborhood to find entertainment and dining options in Historic South Central. Restaurants with live bands turn Friday nights into fun hotspots, and the jazz clubs feature enough talent to please even the aficionados in the crowd. More dinner and concert options can be found at the L.A. Live complex, which borders the neighborhood to the north.

If you wish, you can visit an energetic service at a church where Dr. King often gave sermons. Family brunch is also a necessary experience here, with classic pancake diners and homestyle breakfasts taking center stage. You can also find some excellent soul food brunch locations as well. The neighborhood offers plenty of green spaces where locals hang out in the afternoon. Other options include sitting in a local café to watch the people pass by or catch up with neighbors for a relaxed Sunday afternoon.

Locals Love

  • Plentiful cheap eats
  • Neighborhood parks and recreation centers
  • Close to major freeways
  • Close community vibe

Locals Don't Love

  • Traffic backs up during major events nearby
  • Industrial buildings create some dead zones
  • Gawking tourists

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