House Hunt: Big homes with big views from University Hills

Photo from CRMLS/Redfin

The hillside homes clustered west of Cal State of L.A. in the University Hills section of El Sereno boast some  sweeping views of the mountains and the skyscrapers of downtown Los Angeles. University Hills lacks the midcentury architecture of Silver Lake and the woodsy landscape of  Elysian Heights and Mt. Washington. But compared to these and other Eastside hillside neighborhoods, University Hills  offers relatively affordable – and large, by Eastside standards –  suburban-style homes for people who love their views.

One newly built home at 4969 O’Sullivan Drive includes not only “an awesome panoramic view of Downtown city night lights”  but also six bedrooms in 2,400-square feet of space and three levels, according to the listing via Redfin. What the house lacks it style it makes up for in space and price.


  1. Having been a resident in this community for more than 35 years, I don’t agree with this labeling of the area as “University Hills”, when in reality it’s El Sereno. These illegal signs that went up a few years ago are a shame and an illegal division of El Sereno. No one but a few greedy real-estate agents and homeowners knew about the proposed division; it was only these few people who agreed to this “university Hills” BS. The community was not informed and left in the dark, only realizing what had happened when the signs went up.

    I hope the Eastsider realizes what a negative impact this illegal division has had on the El Sereno community and stops using the term “University Hills” for this part of El Sereno.

    It might be interesting to note that as far as Councilman Huizar and the local Neighborhood Council are concerned, “University Hills” is not even considered a part of El Sereno. You can call the Councilman’s office or request a map of El Sereno from the Councilman’s office to see for yourself.

    I still live in El Sereno, not “BS Hills”.

  2. What’s the negative impact? It something, University Hills sounds more trendy and could hype the market (not a bad thing for residents). Just curious about this.

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