L.A. Insider: Landscape Architect Louisa Relia

L.A. architect Louisa Relia
L.A. architect Louisa Relia

Australian Louisa Relia tells us why the diverse and historic neighborhood of West Adams, L.A., is where she calls home.

Name, Age, Occupation: Louisa Maria Relia, 39, landscape architect

Neighborhood: West Adams, Los Angeles

Abode: A four-bedroom, two-bath California bungalow built in 1906

How long have you lived here? 6 years

What do you love most about your neighborhood?
Other than the access to the freeway, I would say the historical value. It's the first suburb built west of Western in 1906 so it was built primarily for the directors of Paramount Studios and Professors of USC. At that point it predates Beverly Hills. Then when Beverly Hills was developed all the wealthy people from our neighborhood moved to Beverly Hills. Ray Charles and lots of African-Americans moved in and it was called Sugar Hill, which it's still referred to by some.