Los Feliz Estates When It Was A Flourishing Family Flower Farm 

1925 view of the what would become the Los Feliz Estates when it was a flower farm run by the Kuromi family.
Family members along with workers posed for this panoramic photo with the Oaks on the left, Nottingham on the right.
 

In the five decades before anyone called the Los Feliz Estates their home it was home to the Kuromi family. Starting in 1917 they had a 99 year lease on the property which was their home and livelihood. A.H. Kuromi and his wife Royo ran a flower farm at 5149 Los Feliz Bl. Early on they took their flowers to the downtown flower market with a horse and buggy and later had a retail flower business on Los Feliz.

They grew sweet peas, chrysanthemums, carnations along with several helpers who also lived on the property. They all worked 60 hour weeks according to the 1940 census. The Kuromis had three children Aiko, Isamae and Haitoshi. The oldest, and only daughter Aiko, later known as Alice Ito, for decades ran the Flower View Gardens shop on Western Ave. She wasn’t the only family member who was a business success in the neighborhood. Her brother Isamae ran the highly regarded Ise Automotive repair shop on Hillhurst. This information came from the "Shades of LA Interview Project" by the LA Public Library. See below for links to much more fascinating info.

After Pearl Harbor the family was forced to leave the land. When they returned in 1945 all of their equipment had been stolen and they had to start over. But they rebuilt the business and grew flowers here until the land was sold in 1961. In 1963 it became known as the Los Feliz Estates.

 

This aerial view from 1922 shows Western Ave. along the bottom turning right into Los Feliz Blvd. looking to the east with the current Los Feliz Estates territory outlined in green.
 
Looking west toward the Oaks in 1925   Looking east to homes on Nottingham in 1925

1940 Census lists 20 people including the Kumori family residing on what is now LFE -- click here to open a large file for a closer look

Photos are from the LAPL Historic Photo collection - click here
The links below are to the LAPL's  "Shades of LA Interview Project"

Transcript of 1993 interview with Alice Ito  http://173.196.26.181/catalog/shades/transcripts/Alice_Ito.pdf 
Audio recordings of the intervew by Amy Kitchener
http://173.196.26.181/catalog/shades/audio/Alice_Ito_1.mp3
http://173.196.26.181/catalog/shades/audio/Alice_Ito_2.mp3