Echo Park, Los Angeles
Echo Park is a vibrant and diverse neighborhood, centrally-located near Downtown Los Angeles (DTLA). The pace of life is a bit slower here than other parts of Los Angeles. Verdant hills and homes with epic views make it a special place to live.
As more homebuyers seek close-in, urban lifestyles (after decades of suburbanization starting in the 1950s), interest in buying homes in Echo Park has steadily increased; it is an up-and-coming neighborhood. Echo Park is one of the oldest districts in L.A. which just proves the adage: what is old is new again.
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Echo Park Real Estate
Houses for sale in Echo Park are relatively affordable when compared to other centrally-located L.A. neighborhoods. However, revitalization in the area is changing the game and putting upward pressure on home prices.
Echo Park’s growth mirrors nearby Hollywood. Both areas suffered decades of neglect but now see an influx of real estate investment. The convergence of technology and show business, namely the rise of the internet as the primary distribution platform for filmed entertainment, brings more and more technology jobs to the area. And, hey, L.A. is the entertainment capital of the world.
Echo Park’s proximity to DTLA further boosts the neighborhood’s desirability, especially given the ongoing revitalization in the downtown area (rehabilitation of old buildings, new residential lofts and condos, condo tower construction, and so on).
Today’s homebuyers are interested in shorter commutes, working from home, and living a more sophisticated and compact urban lifestyle where an automobile is not needed for daily living. Great restaurants, bars and museums are all within walking distance or a short Uber ride. WalkScore gives the neighborhood a score of 82.
Given the age of the neighborhood, Echo Park sports the highest concentration of beautiful, 19th-century Victorian homes (roughly 50) in Los Angeles. Other architectural styles include Craftsman, Mission Revival, and bungalows. Visually, parts of Echo Park would look right at home in the movie L.A. Confidential. In fact, one scene from the film was shot here, on Bellevue Avenue.
About Echo Park
Echo Park borders Silver Lake, Chinatown and Downtown Los Angeles (DTLA). It occupies 2.4 square miles of Central Los Angeles, with Echo Park Lake in the middle. It has a population of 40,455 people (this makes about 17,000 people per square mile, nearly as dense as San Francisco).
Recent changes in Echo Park have reached a cultural “tipping point” as a new wave of upscale destinations opens their doors. Home shoppers, looking for reasonable home prices, an authentic lifestyle, and big-city amenities are drawn to the area. Census data shows a gradual change in income and education levels; they are slowly shifting upward.
Echo Park Districts
- Angelino Heights is notable for its Victorian-era homes and views of the DTLA skyline. In 1983, a Historic Preservation Overlay Zone was declared by the City of Los Angeles and an entire block of Angelino Heights was listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
- Elysian Heights could rightly be considered the center of the counterculture and home to the politically active as well as artists, writers, architects, and filmmakers.
- Victor Heights (a.k.a “The Forgotten Edge”) is a collection of stuccoed apartments and bungalows, a place with a lot of senior residents and sweeping views of DTLA. Ongoing construction, particularly of condo complexes, brings more housing units to the area.
- Historic Filipinotown (HiFi) lies southwest of the lake, just across the 101 Freeway. The designation was created City Council resolution in 2002 at the suggestion of then-city councilman Eric Garcetti. While ethnically diverse, it is home to about 10,000 of Filipinos out of the 600,000 that reside in the L.A. Metro Area.
Parks & Recreation
Echo Park Lake
This man-made reservoir was originally built to supply drinking water in the early days of the city. Then, in 1832, it was declared a park.
In 1934, during the Great Depression when civic-minded art projects were in vogue, an Art Deco statue “Nuestra Reina de Los Angeles” (a.k.a Queen of the Angeles) was erected on the northern shore of the lake.
More recently (2011 to 2013), the park underwent a two-year renovation. The rebuilt and revised boathouse is a great breakfast “pit stop” for visitors who stroll around the park’s paths, swim in the pool or pedal boat across the lake. Visitors also enjoy the canoes, tennis, fishing, and gazing at the flowering lotus garden.
The south shore of the lake is a family-friendly destination, with its beautiful Downtown LA skyline in the background. Check out the Echo Park Recreation Center, home to many community programs, a Youth Center, and the outdoor tennis courts. Each year, L.A. Parks and Recreation puts on an Annual Lotus Festival.
Not only oldest park in the city (1886), Elysian Park is large and perhaps the most underrated one in L.A. The 600-acre park gives locals a break from the hustle and bustle of living in a big city. Parking is easy and free. Locals love it!
The park is a great place to relax and enjoy tall palm trees, wildflowers and some of the best views of the DTLA skyline and Dodger Stadium. You may even spot a Coyote! Popular activities here include hiking, jogging and dog walking (leash required) around the Elysian Park Trail.
There are plenty of benches and picnic tables here, too. The park also has barbecue pits, kids’ playgrounds, and – if you dare – you can hunt down the park’s hidden swing! Here’s what else you can explore:
- Chavez Ridge Disc Golf Course
- Angel’s Point
- LAPD Police Academy
- Radio Hill Gardens – native plants and city views
- Grace E. Simmons Lodge
If your idea of a good time is getting a good cardio workout, you’ll love Baxter Stairs. 233 steps ascend a 108-foot elevation gain. At the top, you can catch views of the Hollywood Sign, Griffith Observatory, and Downtown Los Angeles. This is an excellent spot to watch sunsets.
Echo Park Farmers Market
Need to stock up on fresh produce? This certified farmers’ market operates every Friday from 3:00 pm to 7:30 pm, rain or shine. It’s also a great place to pick up fresh flowers, soaps, candles, jewelry, and cheese. If you need a quick snack, check out the food vendors and grab yourself a gourmet tamale, taco, burger, sushi roll, or even some vegan Korean cuisine.
Los Angeles Public Library (LAPL)
LAPL operates three branches right at the edges of Echo Park’s borders: Echo Park, Edendale and Chinatown Branch Libraries. Each branch conducts events and activities like children’s reading time, poetry workshops, and book clubs. The Edendale Branch even offers free introductory yoga classes! How eclectic.
One could call Echo Park could the Greenwich Village of Los Angeles; it’s been one of the city’s hippest neighborhoods for a very long time.
“Sunset” is the main thoroughfare and commercial artery that runs through the neighborhood. Along the boulevard and its side streets, you’ll find a longtime bastion of the indie music scene in L.A. (punk, rock, alternative, you name it). Echo Park is home to some of our favorite music venues. Clubs draw crowds supporting local acts as well as touring national acts. Even the Rolling Stones (in recent years) have played here.
Local music venue, Echo & Echoplex, has been part of the vibrant music scene here for many years; a place that and has helped launch the careers of many notable artists such as Foster the People, Beck, and Incubus.
New clubs and bars continue to pop up, further enriching the area’s nightlife. While Echo Park is a mainstay of everything cool, you could call this part of town “trendy” as it continues to age rather gracefully.
Most of the bars, cafes, shops, and boutiques also line the ever-busy Sunset Boulevard. Keep your eyes peeled for the late-night taco and gourmet food trucks that line the curb.
Since 1962, Dodger Stadium has been home to Major League Baseball in Los Angeles. During baseball season, expect a lot of traffic near the field on game days. A line of cars builds on Sunset Boulevard near the stadium entrance at Vin Scully Way. If you’re not going to a game but need to move through the area, you still might want to say on the surface streets. Getting on the 101 Freeway during rush hour is a risky proposition, even when the Dodgers are playing at home.
Echo Park Schools
Locals have a choice of public, private and magnet schools in Echo Park. There’s also a charter school in the neighborhood. Public schools run from mid-August to early June.
Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD)
- Elysian Heights Elementary, 1562 Baxter Street
- Clifford Street Elementary, 2150 Duane Street
- Mayberry Street Elementary, 2414 Mayberry Street
- Gabriella Charter, 1435 Logan Street
- Logan Street Span School (K-8), 1711 West Montana Street
- Logan Early Education Center, 1712 Montana Street
- Rosemont Elementary, 421 N. Rosemont
- Betty Plasencia Elementary School, 1321 Cortez Street
- Solano Elementary School, 615 Solano Avenue
- Baxter Montessori, 2101 North Echo Park Avenue
- Golden West Christian, 1310 Liberty Street
- Cathedral High School, 1253 Bishop Road
Downtown Magnets High School
While not technically within Echo Park’s border, the Downtown Magnets High School deserves special attention. It sits just a few blocks outside the neighborhood. The school ranks as one of the best high schools in America by U.S. News & World Report.
About 1,000 students from all over the LAUSD attend and study among three core academic tracks: business; fashion; and electronic information (computer science). What’s more, the school offers an extended curriculum of Advanced Placement (AP) courses. Students consistently place very high on measures of academic performance.
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Echo Park Statistics
Quick facts about Echo Park:
- Estimated Population: ~44,000
- Median Resident Age: 30 (Average)
- Zip Code(s): 90012, 90026, 90031, 90039
- Elevation: 502 feet
- Land Area: 2.40 square miles
- Population Density: 16,868 per square mile (High)
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