This is an archival story that predates current editorial management.
This archival content was written, edited, and published prior to LAist's acquisition by its current owner, Southern California Public Radio ("SCPR"). Content, such as language choice and subject matter, in archival articles therefore may not align with SCPR's current editorial standards. To learn more about those standards and why we make this distinction, please click here.
Brookside is LA's billionth neighborhood*
Okay, we exaggerate. One billion or 179 community names? Same difference. The newest official part of town gets its signs on Monday.
For those East Coasters who get irate over neighborhood names, okay, sure. But for those same annoyed transplants, don't get huffy puffy over its back-east sounding name. Brookside comes from Arroyo de los Jardines (Brook of the Gardens). According to the LA Times, the waterway is believed to exist.
What truly exists in this neighborhood is a castle. "The Moorish-style Scottish-influenced castle is not the only unusual feature of the neighborhood. There is a privately owned theater in the backyard of one of the homes — called the Brookledge Theater — where magicians have performed since the 1930s" (LA Times).
Another neighborhood castle on LAist can be found here.
*Update: LACityNerd chimes in on the comments and clears a few things up over at its blog.