Garvanza, Highland Park

Hello, Neighbor!

I moved to Garvanza in 2010 from South Pasadena. My mentor was engaged and moving to Australia. He invited me over for a chat and offered me his 4-bedroom, 2-bath residence in Highland Park. I loved my neighborhood in South Pasadena, but this seemed like an offer that was too good to pass up.

I’m so glad I made the move. I have relatives who have lived in Highland Park since the late 1980s, just minutes from Galco’s Market, AKA the Soda Pop Stop. I crossed the 110 Freeway, entered a Los Angeles zip-code, and was a few minutes closer to my family. It was a win-win situation.

Although I no longer had restaurants that were 5 minutes from my previous residence, I witnessed the transformation of the neighborhood. Now, some of my favorite bars and restaurants are within a 20-minute walk from my place. As a 20 year+ vegan, I fell in love with all the new vegan-friendly restaurants and popups sprouting up in, Garvanza and Highland Park.

Tuesdays & Fridays were a vegan paradise of tasty options. Thank you, Block Party, for hosting my friends and me as we enjoyed tasty treats from Town Pizza, Cena Vegan, Donut Friend, Avocado Mama, Vegan Hooligans, Hinterhof, and the many other local eateries.

I’m so glad I can walk to Kitchen Mouse, Triple Beam Pizza & Highland Park Bowl. The walking helps me rack up my FitBit steps and keep my slender figure. =)

If you are bringing your new business to Highland Park or expanding your existing business, please let me help in the design & permitting process. I specialize in liquor, beer & wine licenses and enjoy designing restaurants & bars. Working with the local Health Department, Planning & Building Departments has been my forte over the past 20 years.

I have worked on several Historic Homes in Highland Park and facilitated the relocation of Historic Homes to the Garvanza Neighborhood. I love walking on Avenue 64 and seeing how the relocated homes have blended into the neighborhood.

If you are interested in adding an ADU to your property, adding a 2nd floor to your home, or expanding your residence’s footprint, I would love to help bring your dreams to reality.

I am an avid walker throughout Highland Park, and I would love to help a neighbor turn an idea into reality. I have lived in many different neighborhoods, and I’m ecstatic to call Highland Park, specifically Garvanza, my home!

Congratulations on your future/current project. I look forward to personally helping you or referring you to a local architect or designer to make your project happen.


Alan Pinel – Alpine Design