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Silver Lake Landmarks

Silver Lake is one of the lesser explored areas of Los Angeles. This is unfortunate because of all the area has to offer, including some political and cultural landmarks that allude to the city’s days gone by. Wonderful architectural creations from highly-regarded modern architects are spotted throughout Silver Lake real estate, including buildings designed by Rudolph Schindler, Richard Neutra, and John Lautner.

tierman houseThe Tierman House is a particularly important example of modernist architecture. It illustrates a movement that was taking place in the mid-nineteenth century to make great architecture available to those that were not members of a high economic bracket.  A creation of Gregory Ain, The Tierman House is located on Micheltorena Street, along with building by Schindler and Lautner.

canfield moreno estateThe Canfield-Moreno Estate is an example of Mediterranean Revival architecture. The home is upwards of 20,000 square feet and was built in 1923. Since then it has become a permanent feature in the Hollywood music scene. Famous musicians, such as John Mayer, Fiona Apple, and Gwen Stefani, have recorded in the building and Elton John and Sting have hosted parties in the building. Today, the Canfield-Moreno Estate is an official historic-cultural monument and is privately owned. The building is located at 1923 Micheltorena Street.

For a landmark of the social and cultural history of Silver Lake, the Black Cat Tavern was a prominent fixture in the 1960s for the fight for LGBT rights. In 1967, Los Angeles Police raided the bar and began arresting its patrons for lewd behavior, which was reported as homosexual couples kissing one another. This police action led to civil rights movements throughout the city.  The bar, as such, is no longer open. Until 2012, Le Barcitos was open on the site but has since closed. The site can still be visited at 3909 West Sunset Boulevard, near Santa Monica Boulvard. In 2008 it was named a historical and cultural monument by the city of Los Angeles.

Other sites of interest include the Sunset Boulevard Bridge and the Silver Lake and Ivanhoe reservoirs, along with a plethora of other sites of architectural interest. Exploring the Silver Lake neighborhood is well-worth the trip!

New Construction at Echo Park Lake

New Construction at Echo Park Lake

Following the renovation of Echo Park Lake, the area is again getting a facelift from new construction projects. Two new housing projects have been announced to help rid the area of vacant homes and tempt new residents into the area.

The Blackbirds Project is being planned by Los Angeles developers Local Construct. The project seeks to demolish several vacant homes on one of Echo Park’s many hillsides and build a total of eighteen new homes. The homes will by two or three bedrooms and have private yards with covered parking. An internal street will connect all of the new homes to each other, providing privacy but also encouraging interactions between residents and promoting a sense of community. The project has received some backlash from current Echo Park residents, who are afraid of the additional noise and traffic problems such a project may cause. Construction on the Blackbirds Project began the first week of July, 2013.

Another Echo Park Lake construction project is known as 36 on Echo. The model units for the project were completed in 2012. The first phase of liveable units was completed in September of 2012 but the other phases are currently still underway.  36 on Echo is a collection of townhouses in the Echo Park area. Each townhouse will consist of either two or three bedrooms, as well as anywhere between one and three-and-a-half baths. Nine different floor plans are available that allow a certain degree of customization to the units. There are also three finishing options so that the tiles, wall color, flooring, etc. can best fit the buyer’s personal taste. Each unit also comes with a private two-car garage. A parking lot with 13 spaces for guest parking will also help to ease parking woes. 36 on Echo’s units run between $480-580,000 with additional fees for grounds maintenance and water.

The Echo Park real estate is extremely diverse and has a wonderful sense of community. These new projects are likely to give vacant neighborhoods a facelift and promote further diversification of the area.

Echo Park Landmarks

Echo Park Landmarks

Echo Park is an area of Los Angeles that is steeped in history. The area boasts many famous landmarks that make Echo Park a wonderful and historical place to visit. Echo Park’s must-see spots include those of cultural, historical, and architectural interests. After enjoying these staples of Los Angeles, cap you adventure off by a trip to the newly renovated Echo Park Lake and enjoy the famous lotus beds.

The Edendale film studios harkens back to a day before Hollywood was equated to movie making. The studios hosted several famous silent movie stars, such as Mabel Normand and Fatty Arbuckles; one of the Edendale studios (Mack Sennett Studios) was the location of Charlie Chaplin’s first film and the first classic silent movie pie-in-the-face skit was also performed here.

angelino heights real estateIf you fancy something less synonymous with Hollywood but still historical, the Angelico Heights suburb is sure to thrill. Angelino Heights is located in the same business district as Echo Park and is a portal into the past. Founded during the boom of the 1880s, the suburb reflects the opulence of the time and contains more than fifty Victorian style homes and carriage houses. The 1300 block of Angelino Heights is a must-see as it is listed on the United States National Register of Historic Places and upwards of ten of these homes are listed as cultural historic monuments by the city of Los Angeles.

The Echo Park Clubhouse is also of significant historical value, although little was known about the structure until very recently. Today, it has the distinctions of being the oldest recreational building in Los Angeles. The Clubhouse was built in 1908 and used as a center for children. It exchanged hands various times and was even threatened with demolition. In 2002, the small building was sold to the Saint Paul Episcopal Center, who still uses it today. The Echo Park Clubhouse can be found at 1004 Echo Park Avenue.

The landmarks above are just three of the many interesting sites to see in the Echo Park Area. Of course, Echo Park Lake, its lotus beds and the park’s stairways are also must-sees on any trip to the area.