Life in Silver Lake

Imagine if you could have everything people love about Brooklyn - the food, the bars, the music and culture, Prospect Park and public transportation - without the grey slush and three-layers-of-thermals winter days. What if you could enjoy gallery hopping in February? And what if, best of all, you didn’t have to settle for Coney Island as the only viable beach-day destination? Enter Silver Lake, LA’s long-beloved hipster hideaway. With a strong grip on its urban roots and a forward-thinking population of artists, professionals, creatives and families, Silver Lake can convince even the staunchest East Coasters to rethink their loyalties. Whether your move is cross-country or in the same county, read on for everything you need to know about central LA’s most happening neighborhood.

 Silver Lake at a Glance

Silver Lake is bordered by East Hollywood, Los Feliz, Atwater Village, Westlake and Echo Park. The iconic Sunset Boulevard runs through the 2.75 mile neighborhood, and Sunset Junction is a popular meeting place for shoppers who want a piece of Silver Lake’s famously trendy boutiques, including clothing, home goods, vintage and antique shops.

You can commute to Burbank or Downtown LA in less than a half hour, or about an hour for Century City or Santa Monica. Public transportation is available, notably on the Metro Bus 4 Line. The neighborhood itself has a walkability score of 77, so die-hard pedestrians should feel comfortable getting around by foot, and residents brag about having everything they need within a ten minute walk from their homes.

Median rents in Silver Lake range from $1,396 to $2,359, while home values average around $1,089,000.

Don’t be fooled by the neighborhood’s hipster-centric reputation: Silver Lake is growing more family-friendly by the year. With spectacular elementary schools and kid-appropriate activities like the Silver Lake Farmer’s Market, outdoor movies at Silver Lake Picture Show (recent flicks have included Coco and Sister Act), irresistible sweets at Lark Cake Shop, shopping at The Reckless Unicorn, Yolk and Grow Kid Grow, and music lessons and performances at The Wee Ones Music Club, families don’t lack for things to do. The Neighborhood Nursery School, established in 1976, is a big draw for young families who want progressive, community-focused options for educating their kids.

Silver Lake Home Search69 Properties

Address Beds Baths Sq.Ft. Price(%Chng) $/Sq.Ft. On Site
2453 Corralitas Dr Silver Lake, CA 90039 2453 Corralitas Dr
Silver Lake, CA 90039
2 2 780 $929,000 $1,191.03 5 days
2523 Ivan Hill Terrace Los Angeles, CA 90039 2523 Ivan Hill Terrace
Los Angeles, CA 90039
3 3 1,580 $1,389,000 $879.11 5 days
255 S Coronado St Los Angeles, CA 90057 255 S Coronado St
Los Angeles, CA 90057
3 1 1,414 $1,199,909 $848.59 6 days
2615 Marathon St Los Angeles, CA 90026 2615 Marathon St
Los Angeles, CA 90026
3 4 2,383 $2,049,000 $859.84 6 days
2339 Silver Ridge Ave Los Angeles, CA 90039 2339 Silver Ridge Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90039
5 3 2,780 $3,499,000 $1,258.63 7 days
1875 Preston Ave Los Angeles, CA 90026 1875 Preston Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90026
2 3 900 $1,195,000 $1,327.78 9 days
1323 Mccollum St Los Angeles, CA 90026 1323 Mccollum St
Los Angeles, CA 90026
3 1 1,228 $998,000 $812.70 13 days
2453 Kenilworth Ave Los Angeles, CA 90039 2453 Kenilworth Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90039
3 2 1,542 $1,650,000 $1,070.04 13 days
2344 Fletcher Dr #114 Los Angeles, CA 90039 2344 Fletcher Dr #114
Los Angeles, CA 90039
2 2 1,132 $559,500 5.9% $494.26 13 days
1425 Angelus Ave Los Angeles, CA 90026 1425 Angelus Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90026
3 2 2,194 $1,779,000 $810.85 13 days
2330 Duane St #202 Los Angeles, CA 90039 2330 Duane St #202
Los Angeles, CA 90039
2 3 1,692 $1,325,000 $783.10 14 days
3111 Hamilton Way Los Angeles, CA 90026 3111 Hamilton Way
Los Angeles, CA 90026
3 3 2,260 $1,949,000 $862.39 14 days
1832 Redcliff St Los Angeles, CA 90026 1832 Redcliff St
Los Angeles, CA 90026
3 3 2,756 $2,295,000 $832.73 15 days
1911 Bellevue Ave Los Angeles, CA 90026 1911 Bellevue Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90026
3 2 1,011 $1,200,000 $1,186.94 15 days
1738 Silver Lake Blvd #101 Los Angeles, CA 90026 1738 Silver Lake Blvd #101
Los Angeles, CA 90026
2 1 744 $770,000 $1,034.95 18 days
962 Maltman Ave Los Angeles, CA 90026 962 Maltman Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90026
4 3 1,504 $1,699,000 $1,129.65 18 days
1856 Preston Ave Los Angeles, CA 90026 1856 Preston Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90026
5 4 1,644 $1,399,000 -3.5% $850.97 18 days
2674 Locksley Place Los Angeles, CA 90039 2674 Locksley Place
Los Angeles, CA 90039
3 2 1,519 $1,595,000 $1,050.03 19 days
927 N Beaudry Ave Los Angeles, CA 90012 927 N Beaudry Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90012
3 3 2,080 $998,000 $479.81 19 days
910 N Benton Way Los Angeles, CA 90026 910 N Benton Way
Los Angeles, CA 90026
3 2 1,574 $1,595,000 $1,013.34 19 days
2120 Cove Ave Los Angeles, CA 90039 2120 Cove Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90039
2 1 932 $945,000 $1,013.95 20 days
3013 Effie St Los Angeles, CA 90026 3013 Effie St
Los Angeles, CA 90026
2 1 1,154 $995,000 $862.22 21 days
1616 Landa Los Angeles, CA 90026 1616 Landa
Los Angeles, CA 90026
4 3 1,866 $2,300,000 -4.2% $1,232.58 21 days
2265 Cove Ave Los Angeles, CA 90039 2265 Cove Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90039
5 4 2,356 $2,449,000 $1,039.47 22 days
907 Manzanita St Los Angeles, CA 90029 907 Manzanita St
Los Angeles, CA 90029
4 2 2,100 $1,299,999 $619.05 24 days
859 Hyperion Ave Los Angeles, CA 90029 859 Hyperion Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90029
3 4 2,020 $1,395,000 $690.59 25 days
2008 Preston Ave Los Angeles, CA 90026 2008 Preston Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90026
3 2 1,056 $1,199,000 14.3% $1,135.42 27 days
813 Robinson St Los Angeles, CA 90026 813 Robinson St
Los Angeles, CA 90026
4 5 3,659 $2,400,000 $655.92 27 days
2334 Vestal Ave Silver Lake, CA 90026 2334 Vestal Ave
Silver Lake, CA 90026
3 3 2,514 $2,875,000 -4.2% $1,143.60 28 days
2217 Jerome Way Los Angeles, CA 90039 2217 Jerome Way
Los Angeles, CA 90039
3 4 2,087 $1,200,000 $574.99 29 days
341 N Dillon St Los Angeles, CA 90026 341 N Dillon St
Los Angeles, CA 90026
4 2 1,904 $895,777 $470.47 30 days
731 Coronel St Los Angeles, CA 90012 731 Coronel St
Los Angeles, CA 90012
3 2 1,056 $849,999 -10.3% $804.92 33 days
1895 Lucretia Ave Los Angeles, CA 90026 1895 Lucretia Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90026
3 3 2,014 $1,750,000 -2.5% $868.92 33 days
2270 Silver Lake Blvd Los Angeles, CA 90039 2270 Silver Lake Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90039
3 2 1,998 $1,624,000 $812.81 40 days
505 Belmont Ave Los Angeles, CA 90026 505 Belmont Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90026
3 3 1,864 $1,099,000 $589.59 41 days
1827 N Alvarado St Los Angeles, CA 90026 1827 N Alvarado St
Los Angeles, CA 90026
2 1 1,032 $1,190,000 -8.1% $1,153.10 46 days
3452 N Plata St St Los Angeles, CA 90026 3452 N Plata St St
Los Angeles, CA 90026
3 3 1,402 $999,000 -23.1% $712.55 49 days
2383 Panorama Terrace Los Angeles, CA 90039 2383 Panorama Terrace
Los Angeles, CA 90039
4 3 3,242 $1,995,000 $615.36 50 days
721 Alpine St Los Angeles, CA 90012 721 Alpine St
Los Angeles, CA 90012
5 1 1,224 $998,550 -17.5% $815.81 50 days
1759 N Easterly Terrace Los Angeles, CA 90026 1759 N Easterly Terrace
Los Angeles, CA 90026
4 4 2,583 $2,595,000 $1,004.65 53 days
2452 Riverside Place Silver Lake, CA 90039 2452 Riverside Place
Silver Lake, CA 90039
3 1 1,000 $1,020,000 $1,020.00 53 days
2238 Harwood St Los Angeles, CA 90031 2238 Harwood St
Los Angeles, CA 90031
5 3 1,696 $1,750,000 6.1% $1,031.84 54 days
1417 N Kenmore Ave Los Angeles, CA 90027 1417 N Kenmore Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90027
7 4 3,505 $2,300,000 -8% $656.21 56 days
340 N Dillon St Los Angeles, CA 90026 340 N Dillon St
Los Angeles, CA 90026
3 3 1,542 $980,000 $635.54 61 days
1725 Apex Ave Los Angeles, CA 90026 1725 Apex Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90026
4 3 2,897 $2,495,000 $861.24 62 days
2230 Shoredale Ave Los Angeles, CA 90031 2230 Shoredale Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90031
6 4 2,016 $1,099,000 $545.14 67 days
313 N Vendome St Los Angeles, CA 90026 313 N Vendome St
Los Angeles, CA 90026
2 1 953 $795,000 $834.21 67 days
824 Coronado Terrace Los Angeles, CA 90026 824 Coronado Terrace
Los Angeles, CA 90026
4 3 2,359 $1,449,000 -9.4% $614.24 71 days
2015 Balmer Dr Silver Lake, CA 90039 2015 Balmer Dr
Silver Lake, CA 90039
4 4 3,405 $2,795,000 -6.7% $820.85 74 days
2449 Corralitas Dr Los Angeles, CA 90039 2449 Corralitas Dr
Los Angeles, CA 90039
3 4 1,952 $1,719,000 -8.8% $880.64 74 days

Local Landmarks

A living part of Silver Lake’s history are the “secret stairs”. These leftovers from the bygone trolley days are equally great for fitness-seekers and photo-takers. Not content to simply be a convenient way to reach stellar views of the San Gabriels, some of the staircases have been turned into public art pieces: the Micheltorena stairs are painted in vibrant stripes. The whole neighborhood is home to amazing street art - some of the most impressive in the city.

Of course, Silver Lake’s namesake, the massive reservoir at its center, is a focal point of the neighborhood. With a 2-mile paved loop for walking and running, two dog parks, the Silver Lake Recreation Center and Silver Lake Meadow, it’s a dreamy, scenic oasis. Silver Lake Meadow, designed after New York’s Sheep Meadow, was a couple of overgrown, impassable acres until 2011 - now, it’s a wide-open space with native plants flourishing along the walkways. The recreation center hosts sports leagues for kids along with yoga, painting, Tai Chi and other enrichment for all ages.

Food + Drink

Locals are spoiled for choice when it comes to coffee: Lamill Coffee, Intelligentsia, La Colombe, Proof, Dinosaur Coffee, and Scout are just a few of the more popular spots. Pour-overs, cold brews, grab n’ go or get-your-work-done, it’s hard to throw a stone without hitting a great café. Later in the day, you can get your fill of date-night dining at Alimento, Night + Market Song, Sawyer, Kettle Black, or Stella. For more casual meals, the choices are even better: lemongrass chicken at Same Same, pho at Blossom, ramen at Silverlake Ramen, burgers at Hache, and take-out at Fat Dragon barely scratches the surface of Silver Lake’s options. After dinner, dance the night away to indie bands at The Satellite or under the disco ball at The Friend. There’s also tiki bars (Side Bar), wine bars (Melody), dives (Jay’s Bar), and, of course, the aforementioned Black Cat. And in the morning, mimosas, eggs, and espresso away at BarBrix, Sqirl, Cliff’s Edge, Millie’s Café or Trois Familiar.

         In Silver Lake, low-key locals rub elbows with celebrities and don’t think twice about it, a testament to the neighborhood’s ultra-chill, ever-evolving vibes. Suitable for strolling with a stroller or stumbling home from an all-night dance party, this central LA is a perfect place to put down roots - you’ll be surprised at how much room there is to grow.

Silver Lake History

Silver Lake History Lake wears its history on its sleeve: many of its homes boast mid-century modern architecture and have had famous architects or residents. Micheltorena Street alone is home to several houses designed by John Lautner, Gregory Ain, and Rudolph Schindler, as well as the home of silent film star Antonio Moreno, a home that served as a set piece for Less Than Zero,  and the former home of music critic Peter Yates - who hosted outdoor concerts on its roof. And then there’s the Sunset Pacific Motel (known locally as the Bates Motel for its location near Bates Street and its derelict, spooky vibes), now distinctive for its participation in the 2015 public art installation “Projection”: the artist, Vincent Lamoureux painted the entire building white. A bit worse for the wear these days, the installation gave the property a new afterlife. It’s not far from what remains of the wall pictured on the cover of Elliott Smith’s Figure 8 album!

Silver Lake was also home to Walt Disney’s very first studio in the 1930’s - you can kill two birds with one stone by getting your groceries at Gelson’s Market, which is the site’s current occupant. If you’ve ever wondered why Disney favors the name Hyperion in its subsidiary companies (as in Hyperion Books), it’s because the original studio was at the corner of Hyperion Avenue.

The neighborhood also served as a hub for the LGBTQ community - some consider Harry Hay’s Silver Lake home as the birthplace of the gay-rights movement. The Black Cat Tavern, which still stands, was the site of a police raid and subsequent protest - two years before the Stonewall Riots. From subversive drag performances in the 30s to modern-day voguing at Los Globos, Silver Lake has long been a place where freedom of identity and expression has taken priority.

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