- Easy access to Los Angeles
- Community-driven, social neighborhood
- Excellent public schools
A Los Angeles suburb where everyone knows your name — or almost, anyway — the Holly Glen enclave of the Hawthorne neighborhood has just enough of an urban touch to feel connected to the larger region, but plenty of green space, dog-friendly areas, and walkable streets to feel accessible to everyone. Neighbors who become quick friends mingle together along the greenway, at the school playgrounds, at the monthly food truck pod, and at the farmers market.
With plenty of convenient shopping (think Trader Joe’s, Old Navy, and Costco), there’s no reason to stray far for necessities. Liberally leaning residents chat and walk along the neighborhood streets and watch as their kids play in the yard — the sense of community is contagious.
Dining, Entertainment, and Shopping
Whether it’s a family birthday celebration, an anniversary dinner, or a night out with neighbors, Holly Glen, Hawthorne, and the adjacent areas have plenty to offer when it comes to dining, entertainment, and shopping.
Enjoy relaxed, upscale dining at Salt Creek Grille, set in an appealing modern Craftsman house and featuring hand-cut steaks and fresh Pacific seafood. The Hummus House is a casual favorite for such Mediterranean specialties as zucchini dumplings, chicken shawarma, and filling falafel plates. Zacatecas is another local favorite for its fresh, traditional Mexican specialties, like steak ranchero and the hearty carnitas burrito.
For sustainable, local, organic meals, head to Urth Caffe, where their menu is completely free of any artificial ingredients or GMOs. From famous pecan sticky buns and pumpkin waffles to the Urth acai bowl or salmon egg scramble, this is brunch done right.
For an afternoon of shopping and dining, head to The Point, just a short drive away in El Segundo. With top brands like Lululemon and Bonobos, fitness-centric studios like SoulCycle, and plenty of fresh-food options like the Pressed Juicery and Tacaya Modern Mexican, it’s easy to spend an entire afternoon here.
Later, head to the Common Space Brewery and Taproom for a Galaxy Dunes Hazy Pale Ale or a Chubby Unicorn Berry — just two of the excellent brews served at this locally owned hangout. Around the corner is Los Angeles Ale Works’ huge outdoor beer garden, food trucks seven days a week, and TVs both inside and outside.
Things to Do
With such a convenient suburban LA location, Hawthorne and Holly Glen residents have access to a multitude of activities. Catch shows and games like Coldplay and the Rolling Stones or Rams vs. Lions at SoFi Stadium. Spend an evening with Harry Styles at The Forum, where entertainment and dining can be found all in one spot.
On the second and fourth Saturdays of the month, neighbors flock to the Hawthorne Farmers Market, an outdoor extravaganza of fresh produce, locally raised meat, kettle corn, olive oils and vinegar, food truck fare, and more.
Take out-of-town guests to one of Hawthorne’s top sightseeing attractions, right in the middle of the neighborhood: The Beach Boys Childhood Home. The original structure was torn down in the 1980s due to highway construction, but the site is now a California Historic Landmark. There’s a brick-and-tile monument on the spot to mark the place where Brian, Dennis, and Carl Wilson grew up together.
Hawthorne and Holly Glenn are home to several excellent schools. Top educational opportunities include:
- Juan de Aza Elementary, K-5, highly rated public elementary school
- Peter Burnett Elementary, K-5, highly rated public elementary school
- Juan Cabrillo Elementary, K-5, highly rated public elementary school