Angel's Flight a Symbol of the Rebirth of Downtown Los Angeles...

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Angel’s Flight is not just a modern example of perseverance, rather it is a Symbol of the Rebirth of Downtown Los Angeles.

In case you are not familiar with “Angel’s Flight”, let me share a bit of history here. It is a funicular that was built and opened to the public in 1901 and it connected Hills St and Olive St. The introduction came with a big fanfare, the Mayor of Los Angeles introduced these two cable cars (Sinai & Olivet)  that were going to be connecting Bunker Hill with the lower part of Los Angeles.

As downtown Los Angeles, has been historically known for having ups and downs when it came to desirability as well as inward and outward migration, so did Angel’s Flight. From 1901- 1969 it was on and off closed, but managed to have millions of people use it to cross the steep 33-degree incline rather than take the 123 steps give or take which was adjacent to it.

When Angel’s Flight closed in 1969, it was intended to be closed only for a couple years. Well time flies and it was not until 1996 that Angel’s Flight had been reassembled, modernized and allegedly made safer. Then in the year 2000 it was designated a historic landmark. This was probably a life saver for this historic landmark, because  shortly after it, there was an accident which killed a passenger and injured a few others in 2001.

After numerous safety tests and safety features, that were added, finally around 2010 it reopened with great elation for all. Angel’s Flight became a destination place for not just the locals, but for tourists from all over the globe. As it turned out in 2012 we took my parents for a ride and my dad was thrilled, since he was a history buff. Now with that said sadly another accident occurred  the following year and in 2013 Angel’s Flight closed.

To many Angelinos it seemed very unlikely, that this funicular would be allowed to operate again, since now Government Regulators were involved with determinizing the safety  record of this funicular, hence Angel Flight hung at a cross road. Now let’s fast forward to 2016/2017.

Interestingly, since we live in Los Angeles we have noticed over the past 20 plus years, that often Politicians and the Entertainment industry manage to circumvent the rules and regulations.

So, if you saw the movie ’ La La Land’ starring Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone, there is a scene where they share a kiss inside the car as it is going up toward Bunker Hill.

Well the filming of this scene was in violation of the safety rules and regulations… anyway it was a precursor of things to come. It appears that Sinai and Olivet the two cars of Angels Flight are expected to run again and the Grand Reopening is going to be this Labor Day weekend.

The history of Angel’s Flight reminds me of how downtown has changed as well, from luxury homes to working class neighborhoods. Then when the working-class neighborhoods were razed and displaced by high rise building. Then there was a downturn of the desirability of living in Downtown Los Angeles and now in the past ten plus years the desirability has returned and Downtown LA is a vibrant  and hip community again.

There has been a rebirth, reinvention and return of its vibrant desirability of Downtown Los Angeles, just as Angel’s Flight will be returning and will be desirable again.



  Now if you are looking for a luxury penthouse in hip cool and trendy Downtown LA or a loft please reach out to me to discuss your options. Or if you just want to live anywhere in downtown Los Angeles please reach out to me directly.


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James Dray
Fathom Realty AR LLC - Bentonville, AR
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Good morning Endre.  A 33 degree incline is not on my want to do list.  I'm exhausted just looking at it... 

Mar 19, 2017 04:07 AM #1
Nathan Gesner
American West Realty & Management - Cody, WY
Broker / Property Manager

I hope they get the kinks worked out and can operate it fully. It looks like a neat ride!

Mar 19, 2017 06:58 AM #2
Michael Jacobs
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena Area Real Estate 818.516.4393

Hi Endre -- I'm not a particular fan of funiculars but I may try to capture a photo or two when Angel's Flight is back in operation.   

Mar 19, 2017 06:59 AM #3
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning again Endre. This is so interesting. I never heard about Angel's Flight, but would like to see it operate.

Mar 19, 2017 07:27 AM #4
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


We loved that this was back in operation.  When I visited Los Angeles with my father, I remember riding it.  It was a thrill.  A

Mar 19, 2017 09:53 AM #5
Kathleen Daniels
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
San Jose Homes for Sale-Probate & Trust Specialist

Endre, Interesting read.  I am saving the Oscar winning ... non- Oscar winning movie La La Land to enjoy from the comfort of my own home.  I do believe that designated historical landmarks do generally save them from destruction. It is unfortunate the accidents happened.  Safety first.  Thanks for the history lesson.

Mar 19, 2017 11:03 AM #6
Dick Greenberg
New Paradigm Partners LLC - Fort Collins, CO
Northern Colorado Residential Real Estate

Hi Endre - Interesting story. I had a chance to ride it back in the late 60's and passed on it - it looked a bit too rickety for my taste. I'm glad to hear it will be back.

Mar 19, 2017 01:34 PM #7
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Endre I had not heard of Angel’s Flight before.  Interesting history behind it, and easy to see why it is a favorite of tourist.

Mar 19, 2017 02:57 PM #8
Lynnea Miller
Bend Premier Real Estate - Bend, OR
Premier Real Estate Service in Central Oregon

Hello Endre - I lived in Southern California for my last 3 years of high school, but have never head of Angels Flight. Thanks for sharing the history of this interesting landmark.

Mar 19, 2017 07:08 PM #9
Lou Ludwig
Ludwig & Associates - Boca Raton, FL
Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC


Angel's Flight is a step into the history of Los Angeles California and a symbol of rebirth to come.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Mar 19, 2017 07:39 PM #10
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods

Interesting story, Endre!  I'm surprised that this day and time, they can't get it right!  I hope this Labor Day proves to be the first day of Angel's Flight being up and running permanently!

Enjoy your week, Endre!

Mar 19, 2017 09:08 PM #11
Lauren Selinsky Broker CRS
California Coastal Estates - Aliso Viejo, CA
"Your California Real Estate Broker" TM #oclauren

I love it! Can't wait and I hope to be invited the Grand Opening. I will have to make a few calls.

Lauren Selinsky

Mar 19, 2017 10:28 PM #12
Robert Vegas Bob Swetz
Realty ONE Group - Las Vegas, NV
Las Vegas Henderson Homes for Sale

Hello Endre

Interesting write my friend along with great history and your post has been featured to the group:

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Mar 26, 2017 12:16 PM #13
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

James Dray  visualize carrying the groceries or Kitty Litter up and down:))Endre

Mar 26, 2017 09:47 PM #14
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Nathan Gesner  it is a short but enjoyable ride, like some of the Disney Land Rides:)Endre

Mar 26, 2017 09:52 PM #15
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Michael Jacobs  I took my parents there the year before they shut it down and they loved it, great memories:)Endre

p.s.: it is a short ride you can even hold your breath...almost:))

Mar 26, 2017 09:59 PM #16
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Sheila Anderson  it would be fun and it is one of those "check" done it moments:)Endre

Mar 26, 2017 10:00 PM #17
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