The Artistic and EclecticNeighborhood of Echo Park

By: Tracy King Realty   04/14/2015
Keywords: Houses, Washington Homes

Echo Park is a stylish, trend-setting neighborhood in Eastern Los Angeles that is continuously growing more original in its art, music and food culture each day. This unique neighborhood is close to downtown and is loved by Angelenos because of its creative nature, restaurants, shopping, nightlife and stunning views.

Echo Park is a perfect place to wear progressive new outfits and bring retro pieces back to life. This hip, bike-riding neighborhood is centrally located in Los Angeles making it a gateway to a slue of other cool, eastern neighborhoods. Because of its burgeoning popularity, homes in Echo Park command top dollar, making Echo Park a consistent seller’s market. Such is the demand to live in this hip area that the distinctive character homes maintain their value through the ups and downs of the real estate market.

Echo Park is located north of downtown and south of Hollywood just east of Silver Lake. Echo Park is connected to some of the most important freeways including the 101, 2, 5, and the 110. Owning a car is easy with all of the street parking and freeway accessibility. Bicycling and public transit are also popular methods of transportation for Echo Park residents yearning to travel near and far.

Echo Park’s rolling hills and independent attitude may not be as lustrous as Downtown or as glamorous as Hollywood, but the overall experience is enriching and unique. Sunset Boulevard in Echo Park is stock full of thrift shops and dive bars, providing entertainment for two different walks of life. Dodger Stadium is one of the main sources of life in Echo Park, providing it with entertainment, light and life.

Echo Park has a unique culinary arts scene that sets it apart from other Los Angeles communities. The food choices vary from vegan cafes to taco trucks to ensure that every flavor on the spectrum is represented.. "Sage Organic Bistro" is a vegan all-star restaurant in Echo Park that keeps its guests healthy and happy by serving non-dairy and meat items like shakes, burgers and Mexican cuisine. Echo Park also houses an assortment of cheap, yet delicious bakeries, pizza parlors, and cafes that appeal to the crowds who are looking to save a buck.

The food businesses in Echo Park share their hipster vibe with the clothing district, which consists of vintage shops, thrift stores and recycled fashion houses. One special clothing store called "The Echo Park Time Travel Mart" specializes in antique items and clothing while also doubling as a non-profit organization that tutors students to improve their creating writing skills. This is a great representation of the kind hearted, compassionate feel of this community.

This love is also felt on the street where wall-sized wheat pastes and vinyl occupy full brick walls. There are galleries and bookstores that host art shows and poetry readings, which can often turn into a music jam with a DJ. Every Friday there is a farmer's market. The night is full of vibrant life. Live shows echo throughout the city and bars slosh away full of happy patrons. Echo Park is a progressive community that will continue to grow in life, love and art.

Homes in Echo Park vary in size and style, emphasizing older "character" homes such as California bungalows, Victorians, Tudors and craftsman homes. The sought after hillside lots are typically dotted with newer Mid-century homes. Fortunes have been made by those who have been long-time homeowners bought the homes when they were dirt cheap.

Echo Park has a lot to offer, but because of it's enormous popularity, and because its streets are lined with older homes in historic neighborhoods, buying and selling real estate in Echo Park can be tricky. Real estate is a sizeable investment. Those interested in buying or selling property in Echo Park should consult with an experienced Echo Park realtor to obtain the best advice and representation in any transaction.

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