October stairwalk with Charles Fleming

About fifty stair walkers converged in the neighborhood of Los Feliz for the October stairwalk led by author Charles Fleming.  We did stairwalk #29, Los Feliz-Griffith Park Loop, from his book “Secret Stairs-A Walking Guide to the Historic Staircases of Los Angeles.”  We met Charles at the Roosevelt Cafe, located in Griffith Park down the road from the Greek Theatre.  This part of Los Feliz has large, beautiful homes with a variety of architectural styles.

House inspired by Tam O'Shanter Inn

Our first staircase was the Berendo Street stairs.  Built 1924,

Berendo Street Stairs

it is one of the few staircases to be granted historical status by the City of Los Angeles. There are 181 steps with benches located at the bottom, middle and top.

Continuing our walk, we stopped in front of the famous Frank Lloyd Wright Ennis house, where we enjoyed hearing about the history of the house from one of the stair walkers who seemed to be quite knowledgeable. This house has been featured in some Hollywood movies—Bladerunner, Day of the Locust, Batman, to name a few.

Frank Lloyd Wright house

The house needed a lot of repairs and the Northridge quake did further damage.

Frank Lloyd Wright house

In 2009 it was put on the market, needing 10 million dollars worth of repairs. A developer purchased the home and is spending the money to renovate it.

We continued walking through the neighborhoods, going up and down more stairs. We then went through an unlocked gate onto a road leading up to the Griffith Park Observatory.  

Griffith Park Observatory

The walk offers great views of Hollywood, downtown, Century City, stretching as far as you can see.  After taking a short rest at the Observatory, we walked downhill back to our starting point.  From there a couple of friends and I drove a short distance to get fish tacos from “The Best Fish Taco in Ensenada.”  I have heard and read this place has the best fish tacos and I tried them for the first time last week.  They were so good that I invited a couple of friends to join me there after the walk.  After we finished our meals, my friend looked at her “yelp” deal on her phone and saw she was entitled to a free taco from this place.  She went inside to claim her free taco, telling Joseph that she would be splitting the taco three ways.  He said no need for her to do that and he gave her three free tacos.  This is the same man who gave me a free drink last week.  This place not only has great fish tacos, but has great customer service.  Last week I asked Joseph which tacos are the most popular.  He asked if it was my first time there and I replied yes.  He then pointed to the sign which said fish tacos and shrimp tacos.  They only have 2 kinds. Now they have added third kind— potato tacos.  My friends really enjoyed the tacos and were very pleased I told them about this place.  What a great way to top off the stairwalk.

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