Echo Park

Echo Park: Black Birds Small Lot Homes Coming Soon

On an Echo Park hillside, architect Barbara Bestor is bringing a new twist to development under the Los Angeles' small lot subdivision ordinance.  

Blackbirds, an 18-unit project under development by LocalConstruct, offers what Ms. Bestor calls "stealth density."  The project has been in the works for quite a while now but as you can see from the photos below, they are getting closer.  This month, they started offering hardhat tours.

Let me know if you'd like me to arrange one for you. Echo Park Black Birds still under construction ...

Silver Lake and Echo Park Homes From Planet Home Living

Planet Home Living is stepping up to meet the need for affordable, modern homes in Echo Park and Silver Lake.

With four new developments underway, those who prefer the minimalist design will soon have a choice of homes built for their urban, hipster lifestyle. These homes, built "up" instead of "out," offer a small footprint along with simplified elegance.

These small lot sizes contribute to the lower cost, making new homes affordable even in pricy Silver Lake. Christian Návar, co-founder of L.A. architecture firm Modative, calls these "The iPhone or Prius of homes."

Echo Park has long been a haven for creative artists, and its appeal continues. Just ten minutes from downtown Los Angeles, Echo Park is convenient to employment in Hollywood, Glendale and Burbank. The downtown neighborhoods...

Gabriella Charter School in Echo Park is the Second Best Charter in California!

Getting your kids into school is not what it used to be

enrolling in school isn't as easy as it used to beTwenty years ago, when it was time to enroll your little one in school you would walk to the neighborhood school and sign little Timmy up for Kindergarten. If your family had some money, you might go to private school.  Sometimes a family would consider home schooling. Now there are so many different options it can be overwhelming. You can still go to your neighborhood school, which school districts really encourage, but now there are things like open enrollment lotteries, homeschool via the Internet, and charter schools.

What is a charter school?

A Charter school is basically a free private school. These schools are privately funded through donations from charities...

Elysian Park - A Los Angeles Treasure

Dodger Stadium Elysian ParkAs the city's oldest and second largest park, Elysian Park is a treasure that Los Angeles residents are determined to preserve. These 575 acres (then called Rock Quarry Hills) were dedicated as a city park in 1886 and subsequent city charters have protected the land for park purposes in perpetuity. 

Interestingly, the public did vote to allow construction of the Dodger Stadium in 1952 – so that the Brooklyn Dodgers would have a home when they came to California.

Also, while commercial development is not allowed, back in 1925 the Los Angeles Pistol Club (now renamed the Los Angeles Police Revolver and Athletic Club) was allowed to build a shooting range on approximately 20 acres of leased land in the Chavez Ravine area of Elysian Park.  When...

Echo Park – a 'Top 10 Great Neighborhood' Rich in History

Historic architecture, breathtaking hillside topography, pedestrian friendly streets, and engaged residents all contributed to Echo Park's American Planning Association designation as one of 2008's Top 10 Great Neighborhoods.

echo park lake downtown view

Originally part of Edendale prior to the construction of the park itself, Echo Park is rich in both history and diversity of population. The community has been and is home to wealthy businessmen, working class families, budding artists, musicians, and writers of all races and ethnic backgrounds.

Red Gulch and Red Hill

Prior to World War I, the Echo Park hillside near Elysian Park  became home to a large population of Socialists,...

Grand Ole Echo Music Festival in Echo Park!

Grand Ole Echo Music Festival in Echo Park!The Grand Ole Echo - Country Music & Sunday BBQ - April through September in Echo Park

Just because we are L.A. doesn't mean can't get our country groove on in the spring and summertime! The Grand Ole Echo Americana and country music festival has kicked off it's season for the 6th time now. Join hundreds of folks as they gather in Echo Park now through September every Sunday night at 5:30. Relax out on the Ole Echo backporch and enjoy some good ole' fashioned BBQ and lemonade and listen to the acoustic sounds of country and folk music. Relax out on the Ole Echo back porch and enjoy some good ole' fashioned BBQ and lemonade while you listen to the acoustic sounds of country and folk music. Some of the best county bands...

Funky architectural in the Echo Park Hills

Funky architectural in the Echo Park Hills If you like the unusual and need a spacious place in the hills, this funky Echo Park architectural could be just the ticket.  The house is more than 3,500 square feet on a 26,000+ sf lot on a street that I must admit I had never heard of before I went to see the house during the broker’s open today.  Fellowship Park Way is most likely not a common street name to most folks.  It’s set in a remote canyon in Echo Park off of Landa on a street that I didn’t even know existed until today.

Funky architectural in the hills of Echo Park...

Local Attractions in Echo Park

Elysian Heights- a neighborhood in the hills of Echo Park Most people are familiar with Griffith Park, but not as many have heard of Elysian Park and the residential area adjacent to it known as Elysian Heights- the hills of Echo Park. elysian park 600 acre preserve in Elysian HeightsFounded in 1781, Elysian Park is 600 acres of preserved space planted with native chaparral, eucalyptus, ficus and avocado trees. Considered an urban oasis to nature-loving Angelinos and visitors alike, the park is home to hiking trails, picnic areas and playing fields. It's also the location of Dodger Stadium and the Los Angeles Police Academy! The residential area bordering the park took on the name Elysian Heights and many of the homes offer wonderful views of downtown, Echo Park and out to the ocean not to mention...

Elysian Heights - a neighborhood in the hills of Echo Park

Most people are familiar with Griffith Park, but not as many have heard of Elysian Park and the residential area adjacent to it known as Elysian Heights- the hills of Echo Park. elysian park 600 acre preserve in Elysian HeightsFounded in 1781, Elysian Park is 600 acres of preserved space planted with native chaparral, eucalyptus, ficus and avocado trees. Considered an urban oasis to nature-loving Angelinos and visitors alike, the park is home to hiking trails, picnic areas and playing fields. It's also the location of Dodger Stadium and the Los Angeles Police Academy! The residential area bordering the park took on the name Elysian Heights and many of the homes offer wonderful views of downtown, Echo Park and out to the ocean not to mention a great vantage point for watching summertime fireworks at Dodger Stadium. This...

Los Angeles' Angelino Heights neighborhood- a step back in time

Angelino Heights is one of the oldest neighborhood in Los Angeles. It is adjacent to Echo Park and is bounded by Echo Park Avenue to the West, Boylston Avenue to the East, Sunset Blvd. to the West and the 101 freeway on the South. Founded in 1886, Angelino Heights is well known for its fine examples of Victorian Architecture. Many of the homes in the area are listed as landmarks in the National Register of Historic places. As a matter of fact, the entire 1300 block of Carroll Avenue is listed in the register due to its high concentration of 19th century Victorian homes. The residents of this street worked together to have all of the city overhead utility lines moved underground and have installed historic street lamps and hitching posts along the walkways to give the neighborhood a more authentic flavor. This hilltop residential area lies two miles northwest of downtown Los Angeles and many of the homes have commanding city views.

Angelino Heights- Haskins House -1894...

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