Located in central Los Angeles and centered around Melrose Avenue, south of the Santa Monica Boulevard, the Melrose area encompasses the colorful, unique and trendy shops along Melrose Avenue and the surrounding residential areas. Sometimes referred to as, “the New Rodeo Drive”, the shopping experience in this neighborhood is a definite treat for locals and tourists to the area to peruse fashion, antiques, art galleries and specialty shops. Included in the local shopping experience are specialty shops for pets, including offerings from basic pet supplies to unique baked goods! You and your pet are in for a unique shopping experience with these local services.
Because the area experiences warm, dry, sunny conditions most of the year, a stroll through the adjacent residential areas or window shopping along Melrose Avenue is a pleasant, enjoyable trip, with little risk of rain or inclement weather. This community is perfect for enjoying a coffee or treat at one of the many outdoor patio eateries, some of which allow pets. Check with local establishments to see if you can bring your canine buddy along.
This well-developed commercial area is located along major arteries, with shopping and restaurants. Adjacent residential areas feature both single family and multi-family residences, with plenty of sidewalks and boulevards for pedestrians and their pups to enjoy safe walks. Residential neighborhoods feature lots of large trees of various types, including palm trees, and some natural landscaping. The area is generally flat, making walking easy on hot summer days, with shade from tree-lined roads and residential yards. The area does have a lot of traffic due to the shopping and commercial nature of the area, and residential areas can experience thru traffic, so be careful and keep your dog leashed along roadways for safety. Pavement can be hot on summer days, so be sure to protect your dog's paws or venture out early or later in the day. There are many interesting destinations, and various sights and sounds in this exciting neighborhood, just be sure to look both ways crossing busy intersections.
This well developed commercial area does have some landscaping, providing green areas, especially in adjacent residential neighborhoods. The Wilshire Country Club is a large green space located on the eastern end of the Melrose shopping district and walks in the adjacent districts enable pedestrians and their dogs to enjoy the lush landscape of this premier golf course and the country club grounds. The Fairfax High School, located on the western end of the community, also provides some green space and sports fields for enjoying with your dog when school and sports teams are not using the facilities.
If you are looking for a nearby green space adventure, Runyon Canyon Park is a short drive to the north and features 160 acres of natural park areas and trails. Dogs are permitted, and there are 90 acres of off-leash areas designated. Dog owners must be in control of their dogs at all times and clean up after their pets. With a limit of 3 dogs per handler and zero tolerance for aggressive behavior and excessive barking, you and your dog are sure to enjoy this natural area.