By Nicole Cormier
Though Olvera Street and El Pueblo has many attractions, and one of the most historic is Avila Adobe. This home was built in 1818 and is the oldest residence in the Los Angeles area. The free attraction is not only educational, but also fun, as it’s decorated as if the family still lived there.
The home belonged to a rancher, Francisco Jose Avila, who was the mayor of LA in 1810. After Avila’s death, his wife and daughters resided there until the home was taken over as a military headquarters for a week in 1847. Later, another family took over the home until the 1920s when it became a restaurant. Now, Avila Adobe is a restored and decorated public museum. Though a visit to Avila Adobe is not an all-day activity, it is well worth spending an hour perusing.
The a drive to central Los Angeles is pleasant especially if you take Alameda or Main, cruising slowly and taking in the area. El Pueblo is the oldest area of the city, and there are many buildings to gander at. Olvera is not a drivable road, but there are several reasonably priced parking lots in the area.
When tooling around Los Angeles, be sure to drive a vehicle that will make the drive almost as fun as the destination. A 2013 SLK350 Roadster from Mercedes-Benz of Encino handles like a dream while still turning heads as you pass through Central Los Angeles.
Nicole Cormier has a large and diverse family that lives all over the country, and has had the opportunity to see every state in the union while visiting them. As a freelance writer and editor she has the freedom to experience the world and partake in her beloved passions all while writing about it.
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