Carroll Avenue

Best Street with Historic Houses, August 2013

Boasting the city’s highest concentration of Queen Anne and Eastlake-style Victorian homes from the late 19th century, Carroll Avenue in Angelino Heights is a gabled architectural oasis. Tour groups and building buffs flock to the area to see the blue, pink, and green “Painted Ladies,” several of which were spared the bulldozer and moved to the hilltop block in the 1970s. The street has had many brushes with Hollywood, from the Keystone Cops’ vintage slapstick to Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” video to TV’s Mad Men. In addition to the 16 homes on the 1300 and 1400 blocks that have been designated as Historic-Cultural Monuments, dozens of ornate residences remain untouched by time.