Our Blog


Echo Park Time Travel Mart (Echo Park)

Ever wanted to time travel? You can while shopping and learning at the Echo Park Time Travel Mart. The Time Travel Mart is a special and mysterious place that supports 826LA, a chapter of 826 National. 826 is a non-profit organization, founded in 2002, that provides tutoring and writing support for students between the ages of 6 and 18.

mart 1

Photo Credit: http://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0661/3429/t/4/assets/location_1_image.jpg?2458568779889062647

Located at 1714 W Sunset Boulevard in Echo Park, the Time Travel Mart will take you on a journey to the past. As the store’s motto says, “Whenever you are, we’re already then.” In a similar fashion to popular websites like ThinkGeek and Firebox, the Time Travel Mart offers accessories, clothing, posters, and kitchen supplies. What you’ll also find there are nostalgic products and “supplies” for time travel, including the Portable Wormhole, the Meeting Yourself Doesn’t Have to be Weird Postcard, Fresh Dinosaur Eggs, and the Emergency Mummy Kit. The proceeds from these fun gift items and inspiring products go to 826.

There are other chapters around the country that are supported through similar shopping experiences, including the cities of San Francisco where The Pirate Supply Store and King Carl’s Emporium is located, Boston where The Greater Boston Bigfoot Research Institute is found, New York City where the Brooklyn Superhero Supply Co. sells superhero supplies, Detroit where the Liberty Street Robot Supply and Repair Shop and The Detroit Robot Factory do business, Chicago where The Wicker Park Secret Agent Supply Co. “secretly” distributes gadgets, and Washington, D.C where Tivoli’s Astounding Magic Supply Co. takes care of “magician’s” needs. In addition to the Echo Park location, there is another Time Travel Mart in Mar Vista.

mart 2

Photo Credit: http://www.timetravelmart.com/collections/supplies/products/portable-wormhole

mart 3

Photo Credit: http://www.timetravelmart.com/collections/grocery/products/fresh-dinosaur-egg

More than 4,000 volunteers make the programs 826 offers possible and available to American students. 826LA works to bring students together with authors and professionals in the community to listen to students’ ideas and provide constructive support. The programs at the organization also inspire students’ creativity, provide opportunities to practice creative and professional writing, and practice building confidence in written and verbal communication. Additionally, the Time Travel Mart carries books and hosts events like visiting writers and reading series.

For more information on the Time Travel Mart and 826LA, visit their website and their social media pages on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube. You can also read their blog where student writing is posted and pick up a copy of the student newspaper Good Times. You can also sign up to volunteer your time with the programs that set up field trips, in-school activities, workshops, help with homework, host collaborative and challenging writing activities, and after-school academic support.

mart 4

Photo Credit:

https://assets0.roadtrippers.com/uploads/blog_post_section/attachment/image/161895/blog_post_section/attachment-image-7d2df9e6-2c91-49dc-ae40-fc8119c9fd25.jpg

About Echo Park: Echo Park is a historic neighborhood in the city of Los Angeles and is known as the hometown of many Hollywood celebrities. It is bordered by the areas of Chinatown, Elysian Valley, Silver Lake, and Downtown Los Angeles. In Echo Park, you’ll find beautiful homes, Dodger Stadium, Echo Park Lake, Elysian Park, and excellent dining and nightlife.

Visit Real Estate Unlimited, a real estate agency servicing Los Angeles and surrounding cities, to learn more about buying or selling a home in Echo Park. Call us today to schedule a consultation, and we are happy to share our knowledge of the Los Angeles area and our listings in Echo Park, Mt. Washington, Elysian Park, Los Feliz, Highland Park, and more.

The Echo

Start the New Year with some excellent music at The Echo and The Echoplex in Echo Park, Los Angeles. Spend 2017 dancing at these amazing music venues where some of the biggest names in music as well as local talent plays on a regular basis. Coming up this month, see bands like Flying Hair, CHILD, Rav Little, The Regrettes, Modern Funk Fest DJ Summit, You Blew It!, Milemarker, and more.

The Echo and its sister venue The Echoplex are known as big venues featuring independent music in L.A. These venues are also known for some of the “best club nights in Los Angeles.” You can get in free on Mondays (“Monday Night Music”), book tickets to see your favorite bands, check out new, local talent, come for dance nights, spoken word performances and/or all ages nights. The Echo recently hosted the Echo 15th Anniversary festivities.

the-echo-1

Planes Mistaken for Stars at The Echo (photo credit: https://www.facebook.com/EchoLA/photos/a.10154181895386334.1073742021.42706081333/10154181897211334/?type=3&theater)

The Echo, located at 1822 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, California, is open every day between 9 pm and 2 am. It has hosted performances by Green Day, Incubus, Beck, Pixies, LCD Soundsystem, Air Traffic, Foster the People, Rancid, The Rolling Stones, The Decemberists, W.A.C.O., and more. You can park on the street for free or pay for valet at the venue. While in The Echo, you can order drinks at the full bar and enjoy Two Boots Pizza, which provides gluten-free and vegan choices. You will need an ID and be 18 or older to enter, unless you’re going to an all ages event.

The Echoplex, which is larger than The Echo, is located downstairs at 1154 Glendale Blvd. The separate entrance is through the alley. Bands like NIN, Thom Yorke, Wire, Kid Congo & the Pink Monkey Birds, The Mars Volta, the Sadies and the Adolescents, and more have performanced at this famous club. Separate admission is required to enter The Echoplex. You may have heard it referred to as “below The Echo,” since it is directly below it. There’s also an outdoor patio with an area for smoking.

the-echo-2

Amine + Jimi Text at the Echoplex (photo credit: https://www.facebook.com/EchoLA/photos/a.10154179248201334.1073742020.42706081333/10154179249726334/?type=3&theater)

The Echo and The Echoplex offer a weekly newsletter and a blog that both publish and share news and information about upcoming events and concerts. These night clubs also have a big social media presence and a website where you can book tickets in advance. You can pay cash at the door, but many events sell out ahead of time.

If you haven’t been to the Echo Park neighborhood in Los Angeles, it is known as the home to many Hollywood celebrities, beautiful homes, and amazing nightlife and dining options. It is bordered by Silver Lake, the Elysian Valley, Downtown Los Angeles, and Chinatown.

Other places to visit in Echo park include:

-Dodger Stadium

-Elysian Park

-Echo Park Lake

If you are interested in buying or selling a home in Echo Park, visit Real Estate Unlimited, a real estate agency servicing Los Angeles and surrounding cities. We have listings in Echo Park, Los Feliz, Mt. Washington, Eagle Rock, Elysian Park, Highland Park, and more. We are available to assist you in finding a new home or selling your home. Call us today for a consultation, and we are happy to provide you with our knowledge of the Los Angeles area.

Chavez Ravine Arboretum

If you’re a botanical garden lover, make sure to visit the Chavez Ravine Arboretum in Los Angeles. The Chavez Ravine is a canyon in Los Angeles that is partially located in Elysian Park, near the neighborhood of Echo Park. The arboretum was founded in 1893 and is home to more than 130 species of trees.

The Chavez Ravine canyon was founded by councilman Julian Chavez of Los Angeles when he purchased the plot in the 1840s. The Chavez Ravine Arboretum was founded by the Los Angeles Horticultural Society; during the 20s, many trees were planted in the arboretum. It’s home to many rare trees, including some of California’s oldest trees. In 1967, the Chavez Ravine Arboretum was named a Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument.

chavez

Photo Credit: http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1155/881365703_6cf6e3c355.jpg

The arboretum is located on 929 Academy Road and visitors may enter free of charge. As you explore over 130 species of rare trees, you will find that some of the trees are labeled. The city of Los Angeles also offers a map of the trees, which you can find here. While you’re there to enjoy the arboretum, feel free to make use of the play area for  children, the barbecue pits, the benches around the arboretum, and the picnic tables. You can really enjoy an entire day of activities there.

Elysian Park, located at 835 Academy Road, covers 600 acres. It was founded in 1886 and is the second largest park in the city. Elysian Park is one of the best spots to visit in Los Angeles to see the skyline. From the views at the top of the trails, you can see the Griffith Observatory, Dodger Stadium, the Hollywood Sign, and Bishop Canyon. You can enjoy many gorgeous hiking trails, like the Echo Park Trail, the Wildflower Trail, the Portola Trail, the West Loop Trail, or Angel’s Point Trail. You’ll also find many picnic tables, baseball fields, and barbecue pits to use and enjoy. While at Elysian Park, don’t forget to check out the Portola Trail Historical Monument, the Grace E. Simons Lodge, and the Victory Memorial Grove.

chavez-2

Photo Credit: https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/b/be/Chavez-ravine-arboretum-sign.jpg

Echo Park is a neighborhood in Los Angeles and is known as the home of many famous Hollywood celebrities. It’s never boring in Echo Park, where you’ll find great dining and nightlife. In addition to the outdoor life at Elysian Park, many residents enjoy fishing at Echo Park Lake or going to games at Dodger Stadium. Downtown Los Angeles, the Elysian Valley, Silver Lake, and Chinatown border Echo Park.

Other sites to visit in Los Angeles:

-Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden

-Los Angeles Zoo

-Ennis House

-Hidden Staircases

-Greek Theatre

-Griffith Observatory

-Portola Trail Historical

-Santa Monica Boulevard

If you are interested in learning more about the historical sites in Echo Park, or in buying or selling a home there, visit Real Estate Unlimited. We are a real estate agency with many years of experience in Los Angeles and surrounding cities in Southern California. We have listings in Echo Park, Los Feliz, Silver Lake, Highland Park, Mt. Washington, Eagle Rock, Elysian Park, and more. Call us today and we can assist you with a consultation.

Baxter Street Stairs in Echo Park

Are you adventurous but getting tired of hiking the same trails and taking the same walks around Los Angeles? A fun way to stay active in Los Angeles is to visit many of the city’s hidden staircases. These staircases functioned in the 1920s as passageways between homes and the public transit system. Go on an adventure, and try to find all of the secret staircases in Los Angeles by starting with the Baxter Street Stairs in Echo Park. We be you can’t visit just one!

Exploring the hidden staircases of the city is a great way to get acquainted with the historic neighborhoods and architecture. You’ll discover new spots while exercising and finding new hiking trails and places to visit.

baxter

Photo Credit: https://fr.discoverlosangeles.com/blog/discover-hidden-stairs-los-angeles

The Baxter Street stairs travel up a hillside. You’ll walk up 231 uniform steps, which start at 1501 Baxter Street. You can find parking on the residential street before starting your climb. The stairs end at 2101 Park Drive, but if you continue walking, you’ll make your way through the Echo Park Trail.

On the staircase, you can see downtown Los Angeles, Griffith Observatory, Echo Park, Elysian Park, the Hollywood Sign, and Dodger Stadium. There’s a lot to see and find as you rise in elevation.

For more information on the staircases of Los Angeles, you may want to check out Charles Fleming’s Secret Stairs – A Walking Guide to the Historic Staircases of Los Angeles. Fleming, of the LA Times, describes how hidden staircases like these were pedestrian walkways between neighborhoods and surrounding schools and shopping. Before most families had cars, they would take the stairs to the trolley system to get around the city and to and from work.

Echo Park, known as the home of many celebrities, is a neighborhood in Los Angeles bordered by the Elysian Valley, Downtown Los Angeles, Silver Lake, and Chinatown. Echo Park has a lot to offer in the dining and nightlife department. You can also enjoy a game at Dodger Stadium and a drink. Don’t forget Echo Park Lake, where families can go urban fishing and enjoy the lotus garden. If you haven’t yet, be sure to visit Elysian Park, where there are many hiking trails and bike trails.

baxter-2

Photo Credit: http://patch.com/california/echopark/two-echo-park-stair-climbs-make-experts-top-10

While you’re there, you may want to check out some of these businesses near the Baxter Street Stairs:

-Delilah Bakery

-Sunset Beer Company

-FIX Coffee Shop

-The Park’s Finest BBQ

Here are some other “secret” staircases to put on your list as you explore L.A.:

-Music Box Steps

-Santa Monica Stairs

Berendo Stairs in Los Feliz

-Beachwood Canyon Stairs

-Murphy Ranch Trail

Have fun hitting the trails!

Are you interested in learning more about Echo Park and the historic neighborhoods of Los Angeles? Call us today at Real Estate Unlimited to schedule a consultation. Our experienced team is dedicated to sharing our knowledge of Los Angeles neighborhoods and finding homes in Southern California.