The Gabrielino Indians originally lived in the canyons in and around the Arroyo Seco. The leader of these Indians was Cahuenga and that is what the area was called by the first settlers, who arrived in 1771. Spanish Land Grants, Rancho Los Feliz and Rancho La Brea, gave European settlers the rights to the land and the Indians were moved to Mission San Gabriel de Archangel, one of the original California missions. The Ranchos and the Mission were agricultural communities where hay, bananas, pineapples and citrus fruits were grown. The Ranchos were subdivided in the 1800s and the first communities were started.
The area abounds with museums, including the UCLA Hammer Museum, the Museum of Contemporary Art, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the J. Paul Getty Museum, the African American Firefighter Museum, and the Los Angeles Museum of Television and Radio. Amusement parks such as Six Flags Magic Mountain, historic film venues including the Hollywood Walk of Fame and Grummanís Chinese Theatre, the La Brea Tar Pits, Farmerís Market and Angeles Flight Railway are among the many places to visit in Los Angeles. Area professional sports teams include the Lakers, Clippers, Sparks, Kings, and Dodgers. Auto racing, horse racing, polo and college football are nearby.
Monterey Hills community events include the annual Jazz Festival held each summer and hosted by the Monterey Hills Federation. The Arroyo Arts Collective, a community-based group of artists, poets, musicians, craftsmen and their supporters hold arts related events throughout the year. Enjoy the view and the lifestyle in Monterey Hills. Monterey Hills is part of the Arroyo Seco Neighborhood Council, which works to keep the Arroyo Seco natural for all to enjoy.
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