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Top Activities for Kids in Eagle Rock

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Eagle Rock has also become a popular neighborhood for younger couples purchasing their first homes, which means that the area is extremely family friendly. Sunny weather year round makes it easy to plan outdoor fun, and Eagle Rock’s proximity to Downtown Los Angeles means a busy events calendar. If you’re looking for exciting activities for your little ones, Eagle Rock has plenty on offer. In this post, we’ll give you the rundown on the top activities for kids in Eagle Rock!

Eagle Rock Recreation Center

The Eagle Rock Recreation Center has it all – three baseball diamonds, a basketball court, a gymnasium, two football fields, a tennis court, a children’s play zone, and two picnic areas with barbecues. Whether you’re planning a birthday cookout or just want to give the kids a chance to run around outside, Eagle Rock Recreation Center has got you covered.

Interested in learning more about Los Angeles parks?  Read our post about sculpture in Echo Park!

Peekaboo Playland

Looking for an indoor spot on one of SoCal’s rare rainy days? The Peekaboo Playland is an inventive indoor play space where your kids can run around for hours. In addition to craft tables and plenty of Peekaboo Playland’s own eco-friendly toys, the space holds a ball pit and pretend play area that will spark kids’ imaginations on even the dreariest of rainy afternoons. There’s also unlimited coffee and wi-fi access for parents hoping to catch up on work while kids play.

All Star Lanes

This family-friendly bowling alley boasts twenty-two lanes, pool tables, an arcade filled with newer and vintage games, and a cocktail lounge to provide a classy parental retreat. Staff members are happy to provide bumpers for smaller kids who need an assist.

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The Awesome Playground

Just like the name says, this indoor-outdoor playspace offers playground rides, climbing structures, hands-on learning exhibits, kid-size ride-on vehicles, playhouses, and towering bouncy slides. Kid-friendly entertainment also includes “Guitar A Tots,” a spirited weekly Friday sing-a-long, “Arts and Crafts,” and “Painting Time.” The indoor-outdoor setup is perfect for bringing your own picnic lunch.

Leanna Lin’s Wonderland

If your kids want to get crafty, there’s no better place than Leanna Lin’s Wonderland. Pint-size jewelry makers can string beads into their own unique creations, which can then be strung by staff. Kid-friendly layout trays make it easy for even small children to create colorful earrings, necklaces, and bracelets.

Eagle Rock Canyon Trail

This trail offers you a winding mile-long walk through one of Southern California’s most stunning landscapes, including a perfect vista from which to see all of the Los Angeles city and skyline. Best of all, you can show your kids the neighborhood’s eponymous “Eagle Rock,” a local landmark said to resemble an eagle. Pack a picnic or some snacks and enjoy the day outdoors!

Interested in more hikes and nature walks?  Visit Elysian Park’s Wildflower Trail!

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Purple Twig

Purple Twig is an art exploration studio with a range of course offerings, including “Mommy and Me” classes for young children. At drop off classes running throughout the week, kids ages three to nine can enjoy hands-on practice with a variety of media, including painting, clay sculpture, ceramics, drawing, and collage. Saturdays from ten to four, kids can visit an “open studio” session and work one-on-one or in supervised groups with an art docent. Open studio classes focus on a new technique every week, and past entries have included mural painting, sewing, and papier maché.

The Little Beast

If you’re looking for a culinary upgrade from Chuck E. Cheese, The Little Beast is sure to please both parents and progeny – this stylish Echo Park bistro offers tasty Mediterranean fusion cuisine like sautéed scallops and braised short ribs with mustard greens for adult palates, but they’ve also got a healthy-yet-delicious kids’ menu including comfort food like mashed potatoes, roasted chicken, and tasty broccoli, as well as a Little Beast Jr. Burger and fries.

Fosters Freeze

Established in 1946, Fosters Freeze is California’s first fast food chain, and one of the oldest franchises in the nation. If you grew up anywhere in the Golden State, you’re probably already familiar with the signature vanilla soft-serve cone logo. Their famous soft-serve ice cream is available in cups, cones, sundaes, and banana splits. They also sell burgers, fries, and other drive-in fare for customers in need of a more substantial lunch.

As you can see, there’s a lot on offer in Eagle Rock for families in search of kid-friendly entertainment and activity. Check out one of these neighborhood destinations for a fun-filled excursion!

Planning a parents-only outing? Read our post about romantic restaurants in Eagle Rock!

Real Estate Unlimited is a real-estate company dedicated to representing clients in Eagle Rock, Echo Park, Silver Lake and other historic neighborshoods throughout the Los Angeles area. We pride ourselves on our in-depth knowledge of the Los Angeles area, and we’re glad to give our clients the benefit of our local expertise. Call us to schedule a consultation today!

Best Pizza Places in Eagle Rock

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If you’re a connoisseur of the ‘za, Eagle Rock has plenty of options from gluten-free and vegan to classic cheese and tomato. In this post, we’ll show you some of the best places in Eagle Rock to order pizza.

Seeking a rendezvous spot for two? Read our post about romantic restaurants in Eagle Rock!

Casa Bianca

This unpretentious, family-owned restaurant serves hearty old-world fare like spaghetti carbonara and chicken piccata, but Italian-style pizza makes this venue a local landmark. Casa Bianca pizzas are served on crispy Roman-style thin crust, and they offer a range of toppings so you can customize your own. Try the Pizza Bianco, a variation on a traditional Italian “pizza margarita,” for a savory lunch. If you’re planning a party, supplement your pies with their heaping pasta al forno or antipasto take out platters.

Big Mama and Papa’s Pizzeria

Big Mama and Papa’s is a casual counter-style chain known for jumbo-size thick-crust pizzas. Their pesto pizza, covered with tangy peppers and grilled shrimp, is a local favorite. If you’re looking for a game day feast, Big Mama and Papa’s also sells appetizers like buffalo wings, mozzarella sticks, and onion rings, and you can add a gluten-free crust to any pie.

TOWN Pizza

Their bright-red store front is a local landmark, and their pizzas are a local favorite. They offer a 14” medium that’s perfect to share, or an 18” large that’s perfect for delivery, and they use organic, local, seasonal, and sustainably-farmed products whenever possible. The extensive menu options include several vegan and gluten-free selections, as well as creative combos like bacon, fig, and fried sage; parmesan and gorgonzola; and beet and arugula. Try swapping out a classic tomato base for house-made pesto or molé sauce.

Looking for places to eat in nearby neighborhoods? Read our guide to the best restaurants in Echo Park!

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The Capri Italian

The Capri fills up with a lively crowd at happy hour, both for the cozy and convivial atmosphere and the bargain Italian bar bites including buttery garlic knots, savory meatballs, and garlic shrimp flatbread. The pizza menu includes inventive creations like the Cuban pizza, designed in homage to the classic Cuban sandwich – garlic oil, pork, ham, swiss, pickles, mustard crème fraiche – and the Alfredo Chicken, with creamy homemade sauce.

Looking for some dining options off the beaten path? Read about inventive eateries in Echo Park!

Pizza Man

Pizza Man combines restaurant-style service with inexpensive delivery options, and the Pizza Man brand is all about pizza “your way.” Customers can choose from thirty-five fresh pizza toppings to craft their perfect pie. This delivery-only operation also offers make-your-own pasta entrees, build-your-own salads, and specialty buffalo wings in a dozen different flavors from spicy Thai to searing Red Dragon.

Whether you’re looking for a cheesy Hawaiian or a vegan pesto, Eagle Rock has got a pizza with your name on it.  Stop in to one of these local restaurants and order your own!

Real Estate Unlimited is a real-estate company dedicated to representing clients in Eagle Rock, Echo Park, Silver Lake and other historic neighborhoods throughout the Los Angeles area. We pride ourselves on our in-depth knowledge of the Los Angeles area, and we’re glad to give our clients the benefit of our local expertise. Call us to schedule a consultation today!

Wildflower Trail – Elysian Park

Get out of the house this month and get some exercise by exploring the hiking trails in Los Angeles, like the Wildflower Trail in Elysian Park. Walking or running is an excellent form of healthy activity as well as relaxation while enjoying views of the Los Angeles skyline. Just because you live in the city doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy time in nature.

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Take a friend, partner, family member, and/or your dog (make sure to bring a leash) and start out at the Wildflower Trail. You can take a picnic to Elysian Park before your walk, or take a walk to recover from a big meal in the restaurants in the area. Wildflower Trail goes for about three miles; along the way, you’ll notice a garden with a bench to rest at. From the trail, you’ll see views of Los Angeles, the Grace E. Simons Lodge, and beautiful wildflowers as you rise to 200 feet in elevation. Try to identify the wildflowers as you make your way through the park. You can enter the trail at 1025 Elysian Park Drive. This is a beginner level trail that is perfect for walking or running and for hikers of all levels, including children. You won’t regret leaving the house for a day on the trail and a breath of fresh air.

If you’re walking alone, put in your headphones and focus on your breathing as you walk the path. This mindfulness practice can be done while listening to music (but remember to be aware of your surroundings at all times). Many people find this is a great way to escape from stress and busy city life. The more you practice, the easier you will find it is to escape and relax on the trail.

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Elysian Park is open daily between 5 am and 9 pm and is located at 835 Academy Rd in Los Angeles, California. It’s the perfect spot to getaway from work, worries, hectic streets, and enjoy a picnic at the picnic areas and the BBQs in the park. Other places to visit while at Elysian PArk include the Victory Memorial Grove, the Chavez Ravine Arboretum, the Portola Trail Historical Monument, Dodger Stadium, and the Memorial Sculpture. This park spans 600 acres and also has baseball fields available. As you visit Elysian Park, also be sure to check out Angel’s Point Trail, Portola Trail, Elysian Park Drive Trail, West Loop Trail, and more as you explore.

Real Estate Unlimited is a knowledgeable and professional real estate agency serving the Los Angeles area and other regions of Southern California. We are passionate about providing excellent customer service and assisting our clients with finding and selling homes; we have more than 30 years of experience with historical homes in the varying neighborhoods of L.A. Feel free to contact us with your questions and needs. We are happy to assist you in finding the perfect home.

Romantic Valentine’s Day Spots in Eagle Rock

February 14th is almost here! Whether you’re looking for a chic bistro or an old-fashioned steakhouse, we’ve got you covered on the most romantic holiday of the year. Today we’ll take you on a special Valentine’s Day tour of the Eagle Rock neighborhood.

Looking for some dining options off the beaten path? Read about inventive eateries in Echo Park!

Café Beaujolais

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Café Beaujolais is a culinary standout, serving up traditional and contemporary French-inspired cuisine with fresh California ingredients. Housed in a converted Victorian building originally built in 1893, the interior lends a cozy yet elegant atmosphere to a quiet dinner for two. House specialties include oven-baked halibut in champagne sauce, buttery escargot, and succulent duck confit – but vegetarians will find plenty of meat-free selections, including Café Beaujolais’ signature mushroom torte.

Little Beast Restaurant

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If you’d like to try something a bit more contemporary, Little Beast serves up innovative California cuisine with an emphasis on flavorful additions and creative combinations – the menu shifts season by season to incorporate locally-sourced fruits and vegetables. The quaint vintage bungalow makes this an intimate setting for a romantic Valentine’s Day supper, and the patio is perfect for Los Angeles’ sunny early-spring weather.

Columbo’s Italian Steakhouse and Jazz Club

Is your date a Sinatra fan? If you’re looking to invoke a little of that old Hollywood magic, celebrate Valentine’s Day in swingin’ style at Columbo’s. A local institution, Columbo’s specializes in substantial Italian fare, and the menu is heavy on classic dishes like hand-rolled ricotta and eggplant lasagna and garlicky shrimp scampi. Guests can also customize their own dish by choosing a pasta, sauce, and additions like salmon and pesto. Live music by a rotating selection of jazz and soul musicians plays nearly every evening, so check Columbo’s event calendar for details on upcoming concerts.

Room 31

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Speaking of painting the town red, you don’t have to reserve a table at the Tropicana to treat your date to cocktail that would wow Dean Martin. If you’re looking for an artisan cocktail bar right in Eagle Rock, check out Room 31. The relaxed, secluded setting is perfect for a romantic evening. The menu promotes high-end twists on classics like the Manhattan and the Negroni, singular cocktails that include fresh-squeezed juices, house-made syrups and infusions. For a sweet Valentine’s treat, sample the Dear Audrey’s delicate violette liqueur blend, or try a juicy Blackberry Smash.

Highland Café

If you envision a tasty Valentine’s Day brunch followed by a romantic hike in the hills, we recommend the Highland Café. This laidback sidewalk café sells lunch and pastries as well as a substantial breakfast menu that includes savory and sugary favorites like chilaquiles, huevos rancheros, and strawberry-topped Belgian waffles. Stake out one of the café tables out front or sink into a pair of easychairs indoors. Order a pair of sandwiches to go for the perfect picnic lunch.

Camilo’s California Bistro

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Camilo’s is a family-owned restaurant that blends creative cuisine with comfortable surroundings. Menu selections blend the heartiness of comfort food with the inspired flavors and presentation of haute cuisine. The breakfast menu includes sweet treats like the Bananas Foster waffles with cognac and pecans and the brioche French toast with Grand Marnier-laced batter. Dinner selections range from the snappy ceviche martini to Camilo’s signature feta-stuffed chicken breast. Camilo’s “California” focus means that morning and evening menus include a wide range of vegetarian options.

Crawfish on Fire

Maybe you’d like to treat your Valentine to some lobster? Crawfish on Fire serves up generous portions of fresh, locally-sourced seafood – their diverse selection includes crab, calamari, mussels, and multiple varieties of crawfish boil from Cajun pepper to baja-inspired lime. Crawfish on Fire’s tangy lemon pepper fries are the perfect companion for just about any seafood dish.

Los Angeles hosts a rich array of dining and entertainment options – and these are just a few of the options on offer in Eagle Rock. Check out one of these local favorites on Valentine’s Day, and you’ll be sure to have a fun and romantic holiday!

Looking for places to eat in nearby neighborhoods? Read our guide to the best restaurants in Echo Park!

Real Estate Unlimited is a real-estate company dedicated to representing clients in Eagle Rock, Echo Park, Silver Lake and other historic neighborhoods throughout the Los Angeles area. We pride ourselves on our in-depth knowledge of the Los Angeles area, and we’re glad to give our clients the benefit of our local expertise. Call us to schedule a consultation today!

Creativity Runs Wild in Echo Park’s Animal Alley

Los Angeles is a mecca for contemporary art, including a vibrant culture of collaborative and public art projects. The city is filled with dynamic murals painted by local artists, and the Echo Park and Silver Lake areas are no exception. Today, we’ll show you the larger-than-life denizens of Animal Alley, a collaborative mural gallery in the Echo Park neighborhood.

Looking for more Echo Park public art? Check out our post about the Lady of the Lake!

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Elephant mural by artists Otto Schade and Cindy Schwarzstein – Photo Credit: Atlasobscura.com

Animal Alley is the brainchild of Los Angeles gallery owner Jason Ostro. He showcases emerging artists at Gabba Gallery, a boutique exhibition space Echo Park. His Gabba Gallery project began in 2014 as a constructive way to combat the prevalent graffiti and blight in the neighborhood. The initiative inspired local artists to begin decorating local alleys and side streets with imaginative artwork, on themes ranging from typewriters to superheroes to outer space.

Ostro kicked off the project with his own mural, a collaboration with local street artist Andrea LaHue, aka “Random Act.” Now, the Gabba Alley project incorporates over a hundred murals by more than eighty-five local and international artists. A prolific local talent whose compositions focus on botanical themes, “Random Act” has contributed her signature orchids to the Animal Alley murals.

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Mural by local street artist Phobik – Photo Credit: Imgrum.net

The artwork is focused in four alleys, three near Gabba Gallery and a “satellite street gallery” in Echo Park. “Animal Alley” takes its theme from the wild kingdom, and artists creating individual works for its walls are invited to base their artworks on the creatures of their choice.

“Animal Alley L.A.” can be found off Glendale Boulevard, just behind the Bob Baker Marionette Theater. Entries range from growling cheetahs to marching elephants to winged kittens – and since the Alley Project is eclectic by design, artists have created murals in a range of styles from figurative to realistic. Many painters have expanded on the animal theme by adding lush vegetation, including vines, ferns, and colorful flowers.

Looking for more local color? Read our post on the history of Echo Park’s Carroll Avenue!

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Lion mural in Animal Alley – Photo Credit: Imgrum.net

Ostro works with local residents and business owners to locate wall space, and most of the materials used to create the murals are donated. A few artists have contributed sculptures and art installations made from recycled materials, including a royal macaw made out of scrap metal from used coffee tins. National art supply chain Blick has been a proud sponsor of the Gabba Alley Project from the outset.

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Artists at work in Animal Alley – Photo Credit: Latimes.com

Animal Alley, like the other streets in the Gabba Alley Project, is designed to encourage neighborhood participation, so the project will be ongoing and may eventually expand into nearby side streets and wall spaces. Current murals occupy open walls, garage doors, and even dumpsters. Painting sessions tend to be half open studio, half block party, with troupes of artists showing up to work together on outsize compositions.

Animal Alley’s finished works already include fifteen bright animal-themed paintings, and the menagerie has already become a stop on several city art tours. If you’re planning to visit Echo Park, why not make a stop in Animal Alley? You can see local creativity and civic pride on display, and you might even catch local artists hard at work on a mural in progress!

Looking for places to eat during your visit? Read our guide to the best restaurants in Echo Park!

Real Estate Unlimited is a real-estate company dedicated to representing clients in Echo Park and other historic neighborhoods throughout the Los Angeles area. We pride ourselves on our in-depth knowledge of the Los Angeles area, and we’re glad to give our clients the benefit of our local expertise. Call us to schedule a consultation today!