El Sereno is a predominantly Latino neighborhood northeast of Downtown Los Angeles. One of LA's earliest settled areas, it features a number of historic buildings. Though this isn't a heavily trafficked area, it can get loud between roosters announcing the arrival of dawn and local dogs taking up the call as well. There are a lot of affordable restaurants here – mostly Mexican, but with a mix of Asian, Italian, and fast food options as well.
Housing consists of modest single-family homes on decently sized properties and the occasional small apartment building. Since this is a hilly neighborhood, many of the homes have expansive views of El Sereno and its surrounds.
Formerly a race track, the Ascot Hills Park now offers 93 acres (37 hectares) of trails. It's dog friendly and on a clear day you'll be rewarded with stunning views of Downtown Los Angeles and Dodger's stadium.
Except for a stellar elementary schools, most of the education options around are mediocre.
El Sereno is bordered on the north by Highland Park and South Pasadena, on the east by Alhambra, on the south by East Los Angeles, and on the west by Lincoln Heights and Montecito Heights.
Burbank: 14.5 miles / 25-55 minutes by car / 60-75 minutes by transit
Century City: 17.5 miles / 50-100 minutes by car / 90-120 minutes by transit
Downtown LA: 6.9 miles / 20-45 minutes by car / 55-60 minutes by transit
Santa Monica: 21.3 miles / 50-110 minutes by car / 105-120 minutes by transit
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