City sells a chunk of El Sereno’s Elephant Hill for open space

Elephant Hill in El Sereno/Google Maps

The City Council earlier this week approved the sale of an approximately five-acre section of Elephant Hill, one of the largest swaths of undeveloped El Sereno hillside, to the Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority. The authority,  which will pay $495,000 for the strip of land that stretches approximately between Pullman and Latrop streets,  will build “walking trail and other improvements that will enhance the experience for countless hikers and residents in this otherwise urban area,” according to a press release issued by Councilman Jose Huizar, who joined community leaders to preserve open space in the area.

The five-acre parcel being sold to the authority, a government agency charged with preserving open space, is part of approximately 20 acres of hillside that the city purchased for approximately $9 million to settle a lawsuit filed by a developer that wanted to build homes on the property.

What happens to the city’s remaining 15 acres of Elephant Hill?

“We designated them as open space in November so they can’t be commercially developed and will be protected,” said Huizar spokesman Rick Coca. ” The hope is down the road the MRCA or some other agency would purchase them.”


  1. This makes me so happy!

  2. How are we to continue building high density stack and pack condos, if we keep designating land for open space? Sheesh

  3. Unfortunately there’s still about another 80 acres from Cudahy to Pullman that need to be saved as well or only a 1/4 of Elephant Hill is safe from development

  4. Don’t buy any more now. It would be too cheap.
    Wait till the developer has plans and shovels in the ground then we can pay 20x more.

  5. Congratulations to the advocates of Elephant Hill. Too bad Garcetti didn’t give a damn about the Semi-Tropic Spiritualists Tract.

  6. as nice as this sounds, i still feel unsafe in this goddamn neighborhood. just this sunday night, a report of aggravated shots fired at the base of elephant hill.

  7. What happens to that money??????????????does it go back into the community??????

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