Echo Park is a densely populated neighborhood in Central Los Angeles. The neighboring communities are Chinatown, Downtown, Elysian Park, Elysian Valley, Glassell Park, Silver Lake and Westlake.
In recent years, a wave of young trendsetters has transformed the neighborhood into a haven for dive bars and trendy restaurants as well as art galleries and numerous live music venues where L.A.’s best indie bands perform on a nightly basis. The area is considered to be among LA’s “hippest neighborhoods”- all sandwiched between Silver Lake and Downtown Los Angeles.
Echo Park Lake was created in the 1860s and served as a drinking water reservoir for Los Angeles, and later as a recreational park with canoes, fishing and a floating lotus garden. Today, you can walk the track around the lake or push your way through it in a pedal boat.
The Echo Park neighborhood also contains a number of districts including:
Considered to be Los Angeles’ first suburb, Angelino Heights contains some of the best remaining examples of Victorian-era architectural styles in Los Angeles, as well as later examples of Craftsman and Mission Revival styles. It was the first designated HPOZ in the city.
Since the 1910s, Elysian Heights, along with Edendale, has been home to many of the counter-culture, political radicals, artists, writers, architects and filmmakers.
Historic Filipinotown makes up the southwest portion of Echo Park.
Although even many locals are unaware of its existence, Victor Heights is a very old area. It lies between Chinatown and the central part of Echo Park, off Sunset Boulevard. Fun Fact: A flock of peacocks and peahens, have taken over parts of the district.