Monday, January 7, 2013

Happy New Year, The Grove and The Hollywood Dell

Hello friends and Happy New Year!  Hope you had a really awesome holiday season and 2013 is being good to you so far! 
I happen to think the number 13
is lucky since I was born on Friday the 13th! 

The other day I spent the afternoon at The Grove which is a nice outdoor shopping center a few miles from my apartment.  One of the things that makes The Grove unique is that while it was built only 10 years ago, it is adjacent to the original Farmer's Market in L.A. at 3rd & Fairfax which opened in 1934. 
I love that the builders of The Grove respected the history and integrety of the original Farmers Market and did not change it at all.  It looks exactly the same as it did 50 years ago. 
I have a lot of good memories of taking my daughter in her stroller (she's 29 now!).
(old postcard)
There are about 50 different places serving up every imaginable type of food.  Plus fruit & vegetable stands, fresh baked goods, pies, homemade ice name it, it is there.  The smells as you walk through the market are amazing.
(old postcard)
They still have those same wooden carts to carry your goodies.
(old postcard)
The umbrellas are all mint green now...should have taken a picture.  But I swear I think the tables and chairs are the same ones from 50 or 60 years ago!
And on to the new area...The Grove.  There are high-end stores, restaurants, a nice movie theater and a trolley car.  They did a good job of adding some old-time charm to the new section.

The sun was starting to set so my crummy iphone pictures are a little hard to see.  
(got a new camera for Christmas,yay! but need to learn to use it!) 

In other news, yesterday I roamed a neighborhood called the Hollywood Dell.  It's an older area at the base of the Hollywood Hills with adorable homes mostly built in the 20s and 30s.  There's a voluntary homeowner's association with a website here that gives some more info on this historic little area including a map of all the streets.  Definitely going to keep my eye out for places in the Dell.

Thanks for stopping by!
Hope you have a great day!


  1. What a neat place to live near! There are not many places like that around here. Good luck in your continued home search!

    1. Thanks Kate! I'm definitely going to need some good luck in this housing market!

  2. Karen,
    My daughter and I made several stops at the Grove and LA farmer's market when we lived in Southern California. We had so many wonderful LA days and hardly ever missed a stop here. Hisbrings back great memories. I've never heard of that little neighborhood, but I can imagine the houses built around that time are adorable with great architectural details inside and out. I hope you do a post.

    1. Hi Annie! Isnt' the Grove fun...really love going there. If you're ever visiting California, maybe we can meet there for coffee...that would be awesome!

      Yes, the Dell is great. It just has a great vibe...will definitely post more on it.

      Thanks for reading my blog! :) xo

  3. You took those photos with an iPhone? Amazing. Last time I was at The Grove, my daughter and I ate at a fun French restaurant on a corner. Thanks for the tour.

  4. I need to get back into LA again. I used to go to the Farmer's Market as a child with my aunt. She bought me a pin that was my name made of out twisting a thick wire. I think I still have it. Never been to the grove. With South Coast Plaza, should I? ;)