Harvard Heights is a well established historic community with flat terrain and a typical urban grid street pattern. The Santa Monica Freeway runs along the south border of Harvard Heights and the ethnic enclave of Koreatown lies to the north. There is a large cemetery in the neighborhood and a 34-block designated historic area. These architecturally significant homes provide interesting scenery as you stroll by with your dog and you may run across a film crew, as this location is popular with movie and television crews that need historic backdrops.
Commercial and residential areas are interspersed with several main roads though the area where commercial developments are more common and traffic is more of an issue for pedestrians. Most areas have separate sidewalks and pedestrian ways along roads to keep pedestrians and pets safe when navigating the neighborhood. Be careful at busy intersections, especially during peak hours, as traffic in the area can be heavy.
Harvard Heights has limited parks and greenways due to its central urban location and the length of time it has been established, although historic neighborhoods with large, mature tree lined roads provide a greenway experience for many locals and their dogs and are definitely worth a stroll with your four legged friend to enjoy the beautiful and unique houses located there.
The Pico Union Vest Pocket Park is located in the neighborhood with playground equipment and picnic tables. The Normandie Park Recreation Center also has a playground, sports fields, and facilities. There is a large park in the adjacent community of Macarthur Park which has pathways for pedestrians and pets to enjoy greenways.
If you are looking for some off leash fun with your dog, there are several off leash dog parks within easy driving distance from Harvard Heights, where your dog can enjoy playing with other canines in a safe, enclosed area.