With its views of downtown city lights and scenic vistas of the majestic San Gabriel Mountains, the Mount Washington neighborhood offers residents the best of rural and urban living. Nestled in the hills of northeastern Los Angeles, the area has a rich and varied history. The community was founded in 1909 as a subdivision when the Mount Washington Railway Company established a rail line as an alternative to constructing roads up the steep hillsides. The railroad operated until 1919.
Homes in Mount Washington are custom-built and vary considerably in design and age. There are Craftsman homes built from 1900 through the 1920s, traditional-style homes constructed in the 1940s, contemporary-style residences from the 1960s, and farmhouses and ranch-style homes ranging in age from the 1920s to the 1990s. Some of the properties sit on an acre or more of land. The neighborhood is bounded by the Glendale Freeway (Interstate 2) and York Boulevard to the north, the Pasadena Freeway (Interstate 110) to the east and south, and San Fernando Road to the west. The neighborhood is primarily comprised of single-family homes, though there are a variety of restaurants and shops scattered throughout the community.
Of the many appealing aspects of Mount Washington is the Ernest E. Debs Regional Park, which is located in the southeast quadrant of the community. This 300-acre park contains hiking trails and picnic areas, and is the home for a variety of native and migratory birds, as well as endangered vegetation such as the California black walnut tree. The park also features the Audubon Nature and Science Center, which provides environmental educational programs for local school children.