Echo Park’s current rep reflects the artistic foundation of its residents and businesses, with many boutiques, unique bars and restaurants, and eclectic architecture that weaves in and out of the hillsides. The location close to downtown gives it an edgier feel that many of the local artists prefer, but the hillside views and gourmet food available (, anyone?) make it a fun place for friends and family to come together. Echo Park has always been a neighborhood chomping at the bit, waiting to burst out, and that’s what gives Echo Park it’s true rep.
Before the studios moved to Hollywood, Echo Park was the main vein of the film industry in Los Angeles. Studios of the silent era speckled the hills and streets, while familiar names with black and white faces provided the hustle and bustle. Chaplin, Laurel and Hardy, and the Three Stooges all danced, fell down, and got hit in the face with something that looked very hard, all in the early days of Echo Park.
Nowadays, Echo Park boasts nightlife, restaurants, and stuff to do. With the lake smackdab in the middle of the neighborhood, Echo Park Lake is a great place to work out, have a picnic, or ride around in a pedal boat. A playground for the kids and a serene environment makes the lake a perfect spot to step away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Barcades like Button Mash have popped up in recent years providing great food and arcade games for the younger crowd, while restaurants like Ostrich Farm and Sage have appealed to both younger people and not so young people alike. Some famous bands LA bands have gotten their start playing residencies at The Echo while dance parties downstairs at The Echoplex have gone long into the night. Whatever you’re into, Echo Park has what you’re looking for in a neighborhood to call home!