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 Search52 Properties

Address Beds Baths Sq.Ft. Price(%Chng) $/Sq.Ft. On Site
1947 Lake Shore Ave Los Angeles,  CA 90039 1947 Lake Shore Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90039
4 2 1,518 $1,399,000 $921.61 2 days
206 N Carondelet St Echo Park,  CA 90026 206 N Carondelet St
Echo Park, CA 90026
7 6 3,270 $1,700,000 $519.88 2 days
1847 Fanning St Silver Lake,  CA 90026 1847 Fanning St
Silver Lake, CA 90026
3 3 2,140 $1,650,000 $771.03 3 days
2430 Echo Park Ave Los Angeles,  CA 90026 2430 Echo Park Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90026
5 5 2,578 $2,399,999 $930.95 3 days
2352 Riverside Dr Los Angeles,  CA 90039 2352 Riverside Dr
Los Angeles, CA 90039
5 6 3,396 $2,575,000 $758.24 4 days
2239 1/2 Brier Ave Los Angeles,  CA 90039 2239 1/2 Brier Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90039
2 3 1,188 $1,145,000 $963.80 4 days
2237 Brier Ave Los Angeles,  CA 90039 2237 Brier Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90039
1 1 576 $745,000 $1,293.40 4 days
2239 Brier Ave Los Angeles,  CA 90039 2239 Brier Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90039
3 2 1,263 $1,255,000 $993.67 4 days
1907 N Alvarado St Los Angeles,  CA 90039 1907 N Alvarado St
Los Angeles, CA 90039
3 4 1,673 $1,795,000 $1,072.92 6 days
2325 Meadow Valley Terrace Los Angeles,  CA 90039 2325 Meadow Valley Terrace
Los Angeles, CA 90039
4 3 2,726 $2,800,000 24.4% $1,027.15 7 days
3041 Windsor Ave Los Angeles,  CA 90039 3041 Windsor Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90039
4 4 2,096 $2,388,888 $1,139.74 8 days
3023 London St Los Angeles,  CA 90026 3023 London St
Los Angeles, CA 90026
3 3 1,400 $1,249,000 $892.14 10 days
2344 Vista Gordo Dr Los Angeles,  CA 90026 2344 Vista Gordo Dr
Los Angeles, CA 90026
3 3 1,973 $1,895,000 $960.47 10 days
2330 Meadowvale Ave Los Angeles,  CA 90031 2330 Meadowvale Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90031
4 3 2,126 $1,685,000 $792.57 11 days
2222 Dorris Place Echo Park,  CA 90031 2222 Dorris Place
Echo Park, CA 90031
2 1 1,134 $750,000 $661.38 16 days
2334 Vestal Ave Los Angeles,  CA 90026 2334 Vestal Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90026
3 3 2,514 $2,699,000 $1,073.59 16 days
4344 Willow Brook Ave #2 Los Angeles,  CA 90029 4344 Willow Brook Ave #2
Los Angeles, CA 90029
3 4 2,130 $1,349,000 $633.33 17 days
1850 San Jacinto St Los Angeles,  CA 90026 1850 San Jacinto St
Los Angeles, CA 90026
6 7 3,218 $2,399,000 $745.49 17 days
2207 Micheltorena St Los Angeles,  CA 90039 2207 Micheltorena St
Los Angeles, CA 90039
3 3 1,969 $2,895,000 $1,470.29 17 days
1621 1/2 Rockwood St Los Angeles,  CA 90026 1621 1/2 Rockwood St
Los Angeles, CA 90026
2 1 950 $695,000 $731.58 17 days
130 N Coronado St Los Angeles,  CA 90026 130 N Coronado St
Los Angeles, CA 90026
3 1 1,782 $1,000,000 $561.17 18 days
2751 Angus St Los Angeles,  CA 90039 2751 Angus St
Los Angeles, CA 90039
6 3 3,074 $2,900,000 $943.40 18 days
320 N Bonnie Brae St Los Angeles,  CA 90026 320 N Bonnie Brae St
Los Angeles, CA 90026
4 2 1,332 $750,000 $563.06 21 days
1238 N Virgil Ave Los Angeles,  CA 90029 1238 N Virgil Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90029
2 3 1,322 $1,195,000 $903.93 26 days
4321 1/2 Burns Ave Los Angeles,  CA 90029 4321 1/2 Burns Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90029
3 4 1,835 $1,199,000 $653.41 30 days
2265 Cove Ave Los Angeles,  CA 90039 2265 Cove Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90039
3 2 2,002 $1,999,999 $999.00 31 days
121 Robinson St Los Angeles,  CA 90026 121 Robinson St
Los Angeles, CA 90026
2 2 1,404 $902,500 -5% $642.81 41 days
516 N Virgil Ave Los Angeles,  CA 90004 516 N Virgil Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90004
3 1 1,036 $1,985,000 $1,916.02 45 days
4321 Burns Ave Los Angeles,  CA 90029 4321 Burns Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90029
3 4 1,835 $1,299,000 $707.90 50 days
2126 Glendale Blvd Los Angeles,  CA 90039 2126 Glendale Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90039
3 1 1,278 $899,000 $703.44 53 days
2406 Shoredale Ave Los Angeles,  CA 90031 2406 Shoredale Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90031
3 2 1,530 $899,000 $587.58 53 days
1318 N Occidental Blvd Los Angeles,  CA 90026 1318 N Occidental Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90026
4 3 1,268 $1,300,000 37% $1,025.24 55 days
1616 Landa Los Angeles,  CA 90026 1616 Landa
Los Angeles, CA 90026
4 3 1,866 $2,330,000 -0.9% $1,248.66 59 days
120 N Westlake Ave Los Angeles,  CA 90026 120 N Westlake Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90026
26 21 1,808 $1,599,000 $884.40 62 days
1518 Morton Terrace Los Angeles,  CA 90026 1518 Morton Terrace
Los Angeles, CA 90026
1 2 546 $799,000 $1,463.37 65 days
2637 W Lake View Terrace Los Angeles,  CA 90039 2637 W Lake View Terrace
Los Angeles, CA 90039
3 2 1,612 $1,689,000 $1,047.77 74 days
4108 Normal Ave Los Angeles,  CA 90029 4108 Normal Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90029
4 3 1,940 $1,299,000 -13.4% $669.59 79 days
948 Tularosa Dr Los Angeles,  CA 90026 948 Tularosa Dr
Los Angeles, CA 90026
2 2 1,104 $1,399,000 -6.7% $1,267.21 86 days
2136 N Echo Park Ave Los Angeles,  CA 90026 2136 N Echo Park Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90026
4 2 1,348 $1,275,000 -5.6% $945.85 99 days
2239 Brier Ave Los Angeles,  CA 90039 2239 Brier Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90039
6 6 3,527 $3,495,000 $990.93 101 days
2230 Fargo St Los Angeles,  CA 90039 2230 Fargo St
Los Angeles, CA 90039
4 2 1,566 $1,325,000 $846.10 102 days
2635 Adelbert Ave Los Angeles,  CA 90039 2635 Adelbert Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90039
4 4 3,214 $2,649,000 -3.5% $824.21 110 days
255 S Coronado St Los Angeles,  CA 90057 255 S Coronado St
Los Angeles, CA 90057
3 1 1,414 $899,800 -25% $636.35 123 days
1832 Redcliff St Los Angeles,  CA 90026 1832 Redcliff St
Los Angeles, CA 90026
3 3 2,756 $2,250,000 -2% $816.40 132 days
927 N Beaudry Ave Los Angeles,  CA 90012 927 N Beaudry Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90012
3 3 2,080 $998,000 $479.81 136 days
813 Robinson St Los Angeles,  CA 90026 813 Robinson St
Los Angeles, CA 90026
4 5 3,659 $2,095,000 -12.7% $572.56 144 days
731 Coronel St Los Angeles,  CA 90012 731 Coronel St
Los Angeles, CA 90012
3 2 1,056 $799,000 -15.7% $756.63 150 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% $656.21 173 days
2230 Shoredale Ave Los Angeles,  CA 90031 2230 Shoredale Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90031
6 4 2,016 $1,099,000 $545.14 184 days
1636 Redcliff St Los Angeles,  CA 90026 1636 Redcliff St
Los Angeles, CA 90026
5 3 2,066 $1,350,000 -9.9% $653.44 205 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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