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Centered around its iconic lake, Echo Park is known for its rich cultural scene and influential artists. Flanked by Silver Lake and DTLA, the area is replete with some of the most popular and trendy shops and restaurants in the city. Echo Park’s eclectic blend of Victorian with midcentury buildings creates a unique residential aesthetic unlike any other in L.A.
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Much has been written and said over how Echo Park has changed over the years. From a cheap enclave for families, artists, musicians and intellectuals to a pricey Downtown Los Angeles adjacent neighborhood [link to neighborhood page], Echo Park can be a neighborhood of extremes. Sometimes that manifests in a restaurant serving $13 avocado toast compared to $1 tacos warmed up on a streetside griddle. Similarly, Echo Park also has Victorian mansions down the street from midcentury duplexes. It is an eclectic mix in a neighborhood that is perhaps best described as very “L.A.”FIND AN AGENT
It’s almost impossible to talk about Echo Park culture without talking about the Dodgers. Chavez Ravine, home to Dodger Stadium, is right next to the Echo Park neighborhoods and during baseball season, the neighborhood transforms. For better or for worse, Echo Park has a seasonality to it — streets are packed with ticket holders or fans who just want to be close to the action — especially when the team is playing well. Beyond baseball, Echo Park is also a destination for paddle boating on the lake, live music at the Echo and Echoplex, and even children’s theater at the historic Bob Baker Marionette Theater.
There are almost too many ways to spend a weekend afternoon in Echo Park. A leisurely brunch at Winsome, a Dodgers game, a stroll around Echo Park Lake, or being buried in a book at Stories are all common pastimes for locals.
Echo Park residents lap it up, and save energy for drinks and dancing at the Short Stop and late night tacos. Even walking through Echo Park’s hilly neighborhoods is a delight, and the peekaboo views of nearby Downtown Los Angeles reward steep climbs.
There are many schools in Echo Park proper, both public and some private. Some of the public elementary schools include Castela Street Elementary, Elysian Heights Elementary, Commonwealth Avenue Elementary and Clifford Street Elementary, to name just a few. Cathedral High School is a private high school on the other side of Dodger Stadium.
The real estate market in Echo Park is booming. Home values are up to almost $800,000, which marks almost 15 percent growth over 2015. The market may slow down in the next year,
but it’s projected to be more competitive than other neighborhoods, like Silver Lake [link to neighborhood page] and Glassell Park [link to neighborhood page]. Echo Park has a mix of single-family homes and multi-family units, found in all styles.
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