With a picturesque hilly terrain and bohemian spirit, Echo Park continuously ranks among the top ten neighborhoods in Los Angeles.
Modern Homes & Real Estate
The million-dollar views of Downtown make this neighborhood a prime spot for development. Towards the end of the 19th century, the construction of CA bungalows and Spanish-style homes was plentiful. Legendary modernist architects noticed the opportunity for development here, too, and designed some of the best mid-century modern houses to be erected on the Eastside.
Jules Salkin Residence
The Jules Salkin residence, designed by legendary architect John Lautner, incited a bidding war when it hit the market in 2014.
In addition to the high ceilings, clerestory windows, concrete floors, large sliding glass doors repeating throughout the house, and the near-perfect redwood Lautner loved so much, the home is sited on a large lot that provides a retreat-like setting.
Paying well over 1 million dollars for this fixer, fashion designer Trina Turk and photographer husband Jonathan Skow won the bidding war.
They hired local architect Barbara Bestor to help bring this Lautner back to life.
The Ross House
Designed by my all-time favorite modernist architect, Raphael Soriano, the Ross House is a prime example of modern architecture.
Gareth and Christine Kantner, the owners of Café Stella in Silver Lake, scooped up this mid-century modern gem in 2007. Clad in stucco, the home maintains Soriano’s original details, sporting his signature horizontal display of metal casement windows.
The Kantners applied for Historic-Cultural Monument recognition in 2009.
Dick + Jane
The Wronkse brothers of Heyday built Rock Row in Eagle Rock and returned to Echo Park for their next project, Dick + Jane.
Dick + Jane are two single-family homes built on Echo Park Avenue just South of Sunset Blvd. Known for creating modern housing in small spaces, the brothers strategically placed the homes to maximize privacy and provide outdoor spaces. Each house has a private courtyard and a large deck.
Other creature comforts in this split-level design include custom kitchen cabinetry with Caesar Stone countertops, Grohe faucets, cove lighting, skylights, strand woven bamboo floors throughout, built-in speakers, dual low-flow toilets, Corian countertops, and custom tiled bathrooms.
It’s no surprise when they hit the market, they sold within nanoseconds.
Local Grub & Things To Do
Here are a few local favorites where you can eat, drink, and play.
The Park was established in 1886. It’s located East of Echo Park and is Los Angeles’ oldest and second-to-largest public Park. It encompasses historic sites that include the Los Angeles Police Academy, Dodger Stadium, and Barlow Hospital.
It is filled with miles of hiking trails running along Elysian Heights – a popular residential pocket in the hills of Echo Park.
Echo Park Lake
In the late 1880s, a carriage maker turned real estate developer by the name of Thomas Kelly teamed up with a group of investors to purchase and later sell the Montana Tract. The Sunset Boulevard business district flourished as homes and apartments were packed in and around the lake.
Legend has it that the lake got its name after workers building the original reservoir said their voices echoed off the canyon walls.
Angelino Heights is best known for its Victorian-era-style homes. In addition to claiming the bragging rights as the first neighborhood in Los Angeles to earn an HPOZ designation, the neighborhood gets further props by being listed on a national registry for historic homes:
“… the 1300 block of Carroll Avenue is listed in the National Register of Historic Places and contains the highest concentration of 19th-century Victorian homes in Los Angeles.”
It’s also a killer neighborhood for trick-or-treaters.
The Echo And Echoplex
They are likely the most famous music and nightclub venues in the neighborhood. Crowds pack the space to listen to music ranging from the dark corners of the underground and alternative to the head-nodding beats of Diplo.
Even the legendary Rolling Stones has graced the stage with frontman Mick Jagger strutting his stuff.
On The Map
The main zip code of Echo Park is 90026. If you ask the Echo Park Historical Society, they’ll say Echo Park has no “official” boundaries. The neighborhood is sandwiched between Silver Lake to the West and Downtown LA to the South East. Cypress Park is to the North. The neighborhood’s southern portion was separated from the northern section in the 1950s by the 101 freeway. Echo Park consists of these neighborhoods: Echo Park, Angelino Heights, Belmont Heights, Colton Hill, Edendale, Temple-Beaudry, Sunset Heights, Elysian Heights, Historic Filipino Town, and Victor Heights. It reaches into these zip codes: 90012, 90026, 90031, 90039.