Local Philanthropist Howard Rudzki Helps Save Highland Park’s Historic Homes

“Highland Park is changing fast and it follows the gentrification that is happening all across Los Angeles, said real-estate philanthropist and preservationist, Howard Rudzki.  “Residents, entrepreneurs, restaurants, shops and small businesses are all moving in.”

Tucked away in Northeast Los Angeles, Highland Park is a hilly suburb that lies along the Arroyo Seco water shed .  Once known as hot-rod capital of Southern California, classic cars still lend to the city’s retro vibe which is accented by mom and pop stores lining its streets instead of brand retailers.  It is also one of Los Angeles’ oldest neighborhoods and home to dozens of artists who have lived in the area for years.

With a passion for restoring historic homes, Howard felt Highland Park had unrealized potential.  He started buying homes in the area in 2011.  Not just homes, but specifically Craftsman and Victorians that were badly in need of repair. Since then he has restore dozens of them back to their former glory.

“I love this area because it is still feels like a small town, but you are just minutes from the one of the biggest cities in the world,” Howard added.  “It has a rich history, wonderful old homes and has become more desirable with the opening of the Metro Gold Line.”

When Howard first visited Highland Park, there really weren’t many retail establishments other a handful of Mexican restaurants and Cafe de Leche, a neighborhood staple since 2008.  But today this area is one of the most vibrant in L.A.  The change happened slowly, first on the residential side, followed by retailers from cafes, to bookstores, to drycleaners.

“When I started buying historic homes here, the market was low and many of them were in foreclosure.  For me it was a great opportunity to not only help restore these beautiful structures, but also to impact the gentrification in a way that helped to preserve the neighborhood’s cultural integrity.”





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Howard Rudzki HOWARD RUDZKI Howard Rudzki has turned his passion for bike riding, dogs and education into vehicles to help for good. He started out bike riding when he was 20 for the pleasure and enjoyment that a good ride provides and has been a committed cyclist ever since. Rudzki rides every week either by himself or as part of group and annually participates in fundraising rides. For the last three years, he has ridden in America’s Most Beautiful Bike Ride, raising money for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, whose mission is to find a cure for leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma and improve the quality of lives for their patients and families.When he is not riding, Rudzki spends his time going to animal shelters across the L.A. Basin rescuing older dogs. He is committed to saving displaced, unwanted canines and rehabilitating them with proper medical and nutritional care so they can thrive in safe and caring homes where they will be a loved family member.In addition to helping animals, Rudzki believes he has an obligation to give back to underprivileged communities so that all children are able to receive a good education. Over the years, he has donated computers, printers and software to schools to help develop the future leaders of our city.