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.

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Silver Lake Home Search91 Properties

Address Beds Baths Sq.Ft. Price(%Chng) $/Sq.Ft. On Site
2165 Valentine St #2 Los Angeles,  CA 90026 2165 Valentine St #2
Los Angeles, CA 90026
2 1 832 $729,000 $876.20 2 days
2018 Griffith Park Blvd #222 Los Angeles,  CA 90039 2018 Griffith Park Blvd #222
Los Angeles, CA 90039
2 2 1,209 $895,000 $740.28 2 days
1440 Allison Ave Los Angeles,  CA 90026 1440 Allison Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90026
3 3 1,737 $1,989,000 $1,145.08 2 days
2336 Berkeley Ave Los Angeles,  CA 90026 2336 Berkeley Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90026
2 2 1,044 $1,299,000 $1,244.25 2 days
2359 Harwood St Los Angeles,  CA 90031 2359 Harwood St
Los Angeles, CA 90031
4 3 2,342 $1,599,000 $682.75 3 days
1709 Redesdale Ave Los Angeles,  CA 90026 1709 Redesdale Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90026
3 3 1,724 $1,895,000 $1,099.19 3 days
1049 N Joels Place Los Angeles,  CA 90012 1049 N Joels Place
Los Angeles, CA 90012
3 5 2,756 $1,795,000 $651.31 3 days
821 N Hoover St Los Angeles,  CA 90029 821 N Hoover St
Los Angeles, CA 90029
5 4 2,316 $1,649,500 $712.22 3 days
1521 Mccollum St Los Angeles,  CA 90026 1521 Mccollum St
Los Angeles, CA 90026
2 2 1,155 $1,388,000 $1,201.73 3 days
940 Micheltorena St Los Angeles,  CA 90026 940 Micheltorena St
Los Angeles, CA 90026
4 4 1,776 $1,775,000 $999.44 3 days
2256 Panorama Terrace Los Angeles,  CA 90039 2256 Panorama Terrace
Los Angeles, CA 90039
3 3 2,458 $2,250,000 $915.38 4 days
2243 Duane St Los Angeles,  CA 90039 2243 Duane St
Los Angeles, CA 90039
4 4 3,325 $2,995,000 $900.75 4 days
526 N Bonnie Brae St Los Angeles,  CA 90026 526 N Bonnie Brae St
Los Angeles, CA 90026
3 1 1,014 $899,000 $886.59 4 days
3204 Larissa Dr Los Angeles,  CA 90026 3204 Larissa Dr
Los Angeles, CA 90026
1 1 540 $599,000 $1,109.26 5 days
1072 W Edgeware Rd Los Angeles,  CA 90026 1072 W Edgeware Rd
Los Angeles, CA 90026
4 4 3,071 $2,100,000 $683.82 5 days
1343 N Occidental Blvd Los Angeles,  CA 90026 1343 N Occidental Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90026
3 3 1,200 $1,250,000 $1,041.67 6 days
2013 Echo Park Ave Los Angeles,  CA 90026 2013 Echo Park Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90026
1 1 500 $499,000 $998.00 8 days
2011 Echo Park Ave Los Angeles,  CA 90026 2011 Echo Park Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90026
2 1 840 $779,000 $927.38 8 days
2011 1/4 Echo Park Ave Los Angeles,  CA 90026 2011 1/4 Echo Park Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90026
2 2 643 $679,000 $1,055.99 8 days
1319 Mccollum St Los Angeles,  CA 90026 1319 Mccollum St
Los Angeles, CA 90026
2 2 1,275 $1,499,000 $1,175.69 9 days
1728 Westerly Terrace Los Angeles,  CA 90026 1728 Westerly Terrace
Los Angeles, CA 90026
3 2 1,551 $1,595,000 $1,028.37 9 days
2207 Apex Ave Los Angeles,  CA 90039 2207 Apex Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90039
2 2 1,182 $1,100,000 $930.63 9 days
766 N Hyperion Ave Los Angeles,  CA 90029 766 N Hyperion Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90029
3 4 2,175 $1,650,000 $758.62 10 days
768 N Hyperion Ave Los Angeles,  CA 90029 768 N Hyperion Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90029
3 4 2,175 $1,595,000 $733.33 10 days
1530 Silverwood Terrace Los Angeles,  CA 90026 1530 Silverwood Terrace
Los Angeles, CA 90026
2 2 -- $1,649,000 -- 10 days
2538 Elsinore Los Angeles,  CA 90026 2538 Elsinore
Los Angeles, CA 90026
4 3 1,800 $1,775,000 $986.11 10 days
237 N Rampart Blvd Los Angeles,  CA 90026 237 N Rampart Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90026
4 2 2,745 $1,098,000 $400.00 10 days
816 1/2 Maltman Ave Los Angeles,  CA 90026 816 1/2 Maltman Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90026
3 4 2,132 $1,550,000 $727.02 10 days
4111 W Sunset Blvd #230 Los Angeles,  CA 90029 4111 W Sunset Blvd #230
Los Angeles, CA 90029
1 2 1,110 $917,250 $826.35 11 days
2347 Moreno Dr Los Angeles,  CA 90039 2347 Moreno Dr
Los Angeles, CA 90039
5 3 3,366 $3,850,000 $1,143.79 11 days
720 Waterloo St #9 Los Angeles,  CA 90026 720 Waterloo St #9
Los Angeles, CA 90026
2 3 1,212 $695,000 $573.43 12 days
903 New Depot St #12A Los Angeles,  CA 90012 903 New Depot St #12A
Los Angeles, CA 90012
3 2 1,172 $599,000 $511.09 12 days
3016 Berkeley Ave Silver Lake,  CA 90026 3016 Berkeley Ave
Silver Lake, CA 90026
4 2 1,872 $1,099,901 $587.55 13 days
3117 London St Los Angeles,  CA 90026 3117 London St
Los Angeles, CA 90026
3 2 1,400 $1,399,999 $1,000.00 14 days
2220 Clinton St Los Angeles,  CA 90026 2220 Clinton St
Los Angeles, CA 90026
4 4 1,735 $849,000 $489.34 16 days
630 Waterloo St Los Angeles,  CA 90026 630 Waterloo St
Los Angeles, CA 90026
2 2 1,609 $849,000 $527.66 16 days
2354 Panorama Terrace Los Angeles,  CA 90039 2354 Panorama Terrace
Los Angeles, CA 90039
3 3 2,447 $2,499,000 $1,021.25 16 days
2373 W Silver Lake Dr Los Angeles,  CA 90039 2373 W Silver Lake Dr
Los Angeles, CA 90039
3 2 1,689 $1,950,000 $1,154.53 16 days
1854 Redcliff St Los Angeles,  CA 90026 1854 Redcliff St
Los Angeles, CA 90026
3 3 3,396 $2,095,000 $616.90 16 days
2608 Corralitas Dr Silver Lake,  CA 90039 2608 Corralitas Dr
Silver Lake, CA 90039
3 3 2,465 $1,850,000 23.3% $750.51 16 days
1856 N Alvarado St Los Angeles,  CA 90026 1856 N Alvarado St
Los Angeles, CA 90026
2 3 1,547 $939,000 $606.98 17 days
2135 Bellevue Ave #12 Los Angeles,  CA 90026 2135 Bellevue Ave #12
Los Angeles, CA 90026
1 1 438 $440,000 $1,004.57 17 days
2052 Cerro Gordo St Los Angeles,  CA 90039 2052 Cerro Gordo St
Los Angeles, CA 90039
3 2 1,349 $1,695,000 $1,256.49 20 days
2323 Fernleaf St Los Angeles,  CA 90031 2323 Fernleaf St
Los Angeles, CA 90031
4 4 2,948 $2,049,000 $695.05 23 days
931 New Depot St #1 and 2 Los Angeles,  CA 90012 931 New Depot St #1 and 2
Los Angeles, CA 90012
4 2 1,732 $785,000 $453.23 25 days
654 N Virgil Ave #311 Los Angeles,  CA 90004 654 N Virgil Ave #311
Los Angeles, CA 90004
3 3 1,620 $950,000 $586.42 25 days
1917 Clinton St Los Angeles,  CA 90026 1917 Clinton St
Los Angeles, CA 90026
7 3 2,492 $1,999,988 -4.8% $802.56 26 days
632 Imogen Ave Los Angeles,  CA 90026 632 Imogen Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90026
5 2 1,660 $1,150,000 $692.77 26 days
2643 Glendale Blvd Los Angeles,  CA 90039 2643 Glendale Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90039
3 1 1,380 $2,850,000 $2,065.22 26 days
230 -230 1/2 N Alvarado St Los Angeles,  CA 90026 230 -230 1/2 N Alvarado St
Los Angeles, CA 90026
2 2 1,514 $849,000 $560.77 29 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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