Category: Real Estate Resources

Pasadena City College Flea Market

While waiting for the 626 Night Market near South Pasadena to start this summer, get out and enjoy the California sun while visiting the Pasadena City College Flea Market. You may have never heard of a nonprofit flea market before, but this one is the largest of its kind in the state of California. For the bargain hunters out there, you will not be able to resist more than 400 vendors offering deals and the food trucks serving lunch and treats.

flea 1

Photo Credit: https://www.instagram.com/p/BTPnqnIBP6s/?taken-by=pccfleamarket

The Pasadena City College Flea Market is located on the college campus at 1570 E Colorado Boulevard in Pasadena, California. It spans both the West Side Parking Lot and the East Side Parking Lot (both of which are covered, so you won’t have to spend the entire day in the sun). The market is run by the Board of Directors, and the proceeds go to a scholarship for college students. Keep the first Sunday of the month free, and go shopping between the hours of 8 am and 3 pm.

You’ll find anything you could need and more from the various vendors at the market, including carpets, potted plants and succulents, artwork, sunglasses, handmade ceramics, Halloween decorations, clothing, jewelry, kitchenware, antiques, music, furniture, collectibles, and more. Redecorate your kitchen, find the perfect vase for a bouquet of flowers, and complete your music collection in one trip.

The Record Swap event at the flea market is extremely popular, where shoppers search for and trade records, CDs, and DVDs. You’ll find it on the ramp on the fourth floor in Lot 5.

flea 2

Photo Credit: http://touchofretro.com/wp-content/uploads/pcc-flea-market-2013_006.jpg

The Pasadena City College Flea Market was pioneered in 1977 by Tom and Tim Selinske in 1977. Pasadena City College was founded in 1924; it was originally named Pasadena Junior College until it was combined with John Muir College. Admission to the market is free, and parking is a small fee of two dollars per car. There are also shuttles that take shoppers between the two parking structures.

Pasadena is a city in Los Angeles, California in the San Gabriel Valley and the famous home of the Tournament of Roses Parade. While in Pasadena, visit the Rose Bowl Stadium, the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena Playhouse, Norton Simon Museum, and Old Town Pasadena.

Real Estate Unlimited is a Los Angeles-based real estate agency with expert knowledge of the market in the city and the surrounding areas. We list homes in Pasadena, Silver Lake, Highland Park, Elysian Park, Eagle Rock, Los Feliz, and more. Feel free to contact us to schedule a consultation today.

Old Town Pasadena

Discover the charm and endless things to do within Old Town Pasadena. This historic area features shopping, art, museums, dining, nightlife, and family options and was once a stop on Route 66. No matter who you are, there’s something for you to find.

OT 1

Photo Credit: http://mapio.net/pic/p-72456287/

Old Town Pasadena has come back to life as new businesses open up that maintain and preserve the beautiful location and the architecture. If you want an overview of Old Town, you may want to look into taking a walking tour provided by Pasadena Heritage. Learn about the history and the culture of the area while taking an enjoyable walk for $15 a ticket. You’ll see Colorado Boulevard, where the Tournament of the Roses Parade makes an appearance every year.

Look out for art galleries to visit as you walk around Old Town. You’ll also notice many restaurants, boutiques, and retail stores. This is a great area for antique hunters and those who enjoy learning about historic architecture. Make sure you check out Pasadena City Hall, which has been standing since the year 1927. The Gamble House was designed by Henry and Charles Green and is more than one-hundred-years-old. It was designed for the Gamble family of successful company Procter & Gamble, and it now includes a museum. The house was donated to the city, and the School of Architecture at USC houses two students in the house each year.

OT 2

Photo Credit: http://www.visitpasadena.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/Gamble-House-3-945×596.jpg

Previously known as the Athens of the West, the Old Town Pasadena District goes back all the way to 1875. The restoration of the district in the 80s has excitedly brought people back into the area to enjoy everything Old Town has to offer. Take some time to visit the Norton Sim Museum (also known as the Pasadena Museum of Modern Art) and the Pasadena Museum of History. Then, head over to the train stations, including the Memorial Park Station and the Del Mar Station. Make your way to the rose gardens, which you will remember next time you watch the Rose Parade.

The historic Green Hotel, which opened in 1888, was once a luxury hotel and was once repurposed for residential living. Originally owned by George Gill Green, the building was designed by Frederick Roehrig. Another landmark is the Fair Oaks Schoolhouse and the city block known as the Schoolhouse Block.

OT 3

Photo Credit: https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/originals/b5/3f/6b/b53f6b48ffff6fcb377c874cff243180.jpg

In the evening, you can enjoy the nightlife in Old Town. Play some pool at Jake’s and enjoy some drinks and food at Club 54, Bodegar Wine Bar, Old Towne Pub, and The Colorado Bar. For dining, be sure to stop by Cafe Santorini, The Luggage Room (at the Del Mar Station), Green Street Tavern, La Grande Orange Cafe, and White Horse Lounge.

Other places to visit in Pasadena include:

-South Farmers’ Market

-Rialto Theater

-Garfield Park

-The Curio Emporium

-Arroyo Seco Park

If you are interested in real estate in South Pasadena, contact us today at Real Estate Unlimited. We are happy to assist you in finding a new home or listing your home. We have listings in South Pasadena, Eagle Rock, Highland Park, Echo Park, Silver Lake, Elysian Park, and more.

Eaton Canyon

Parks and recreation near Los Angeles, California. Explore the trails, picnic areas, wildlife, and flora at Eaton Canyon in South Pasadena. South Pasadena has a lot to offer — as you can see in our post on South Pasadena’s Hometown Charm — and you won’t want to miss out on the nature and history of this beautiful canyon near the San Gabriel Mountains and Eaton Saddle.

Eaton 1

Photo Credit: http://becausebirds.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/eaton-canyon-bird-walk.jpg

Within the Angeles National Forest lies the Eaton Canyon where residents and visitors in South Pasadena enjoy hiking trails, a biking trail, and equestrian trails. The canyon was once known as El Precipicio and was named after Judge Benjamin S. Eaton who lived in the Fair Oaks Ranch House in the 19th century.

The Mount Wilson Toll Road trail in the canyon, which was once used as a roadway to travel up Mount Wilson, is open to bicycles. There is also an observatory on the trail. Other trails in the canyon to check out include Bridge, Henninger Flats, Coyote Canyon, Walnut Canyon, and Moist Canyon. Streams like those in the Eaton Wash run through the canyon. Eaton Wash flows into the Los Angeles River and the Rio Hondo River.

Be sure to stop by the Eaton Canyon Nature Center within the Eaton Canyon Natural Area Park. The park is made up of 190 acres within the canyon that was once used as homesteading land, and is open between sunrise and sunset every day of the week. The center offers resources on the park as well as educational exhibits. The current building was opened in the late 1990s after the damage caused by the Altadena fire of the early 1990s. Today, the center offers an information desk, an auditorium, classrooms, a gift shop and more.

Check the center for programming like the guided walks and special events. In the park, you’ll be able to find the Fire Canyon Ecology Trail and the Mount Wilson Toll Road trailhead. Take a picnic and enjoy the scenery where you, friends, and/or family may learn about the geology, history, and ecology of the park.

Eaton 2

Photo Credit: http://californiathroughmylens.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/Eaton-Canyon-Falls-21.jpg

If you are looking for more areas to discover in the canyon, put the Eaton Canyon Falls on your list. This fifty-foot waterfall exists in front of a tunnel that once ran through to the other falls in the area. The trails in this area have been closed since then. If organized activities interest you more, check out the Eaton Canyon Golf Course. The 9-hole golf course was built in 1962 and created by William Francis Bell.

About South Pasadena: South Pasadena is a city of approximately 26,000 people and spans three-and-a-half miles. It is known for its hometown feel and as the location of filming on several Hollywood movies.

Other areas and events to visit in South Pasadena include:

-South Pasadena Farmers Market

-Fair Oaks Pharmacy and Soda Fountain

-The Battery Books & Music

-Arroyo Seco Park

-Cawston Ostrich Farm

At Real Estate Unlimited, we are experienced and passionate about the Los Angeles area. You can browse our listings in South Pasadena and in other cities and neighborhoods near L.A. Feel free to contact us for more information.

Pasadena Playhouse

The Pasadena Playhouse, located at 29 S. El Molino Avenue, Pasadena, is one of the most innovative and oldest theaters in American history. Often called “Hollywood’s Talent Factory,” this 686-seat auditorium is currently the venue for the play God Looked Away, which will be playing until March 19th this month. The play stars Al Pacino and Judith Light in a story about the famous playwright Tennessee Williams working on his last play in Chicago. Don’t miss God Looked Away, directed by Robert Allan Ackerman, written by Dotson Radar, and put on by PlayWorks. PlayWorks is an organization that is dedicated to putting on the work of playwrights at various stages of their careers. It also arranges productions and readings for playwrights to get feedback straight from their audiences.

The history of the Pasadena Playhouse starts with the Gilmor Brown Players. They were an acting troupe that came to Pasadena, California in 1917. In 1924, the acting troupe moved into the Pasadena Playhouse, which was newly built with donations. Since 1937, it was named the Official Theater of the State of California, and it is also a Historic Place. Sheldon Epps is the current Artistic Director of the theater.

pasadena 1

Photo Credit: https://www.wrapal.com/user/433/properties/821/572a388a1c62b.php2OPKox.resized

Many famous and well-loved Hollywood actors are alumni of the Pasadena Playhouse “Star Factory,” also known as its College of Theater Arts. Notable alumni include Gene Hackman, Sally Struthers, Leonard Nimoy, Dustin Hoffman, Wayne Brady, and Raymond Burr, to name a few.

If you are interested in learning more about the amazing history of the theater, you can tour the Pasadena Playhouse for free and explore the building. Optional donations are appreciated. Plan on scheduling a tour ahead of time with the playhouse by calling. Some say you might even run into Gilmor, the ghost of the playhouse. While touring the playhouse, you can see sets that are under construction, visit the Carrie Hamilton Theatre, view the theater’s Library, and have a behind-the-scenes experience in the Green Room.

Let them know if you have a special interest, and your tour can be tailored to that area. For example, did you know the Pasadena Playhouse was the first theater in American history to host performances Shakespeare’s complete canon of plays? The playhouse is also home to the Pasadena Playhouse Archives. The collection features historical photographs, play programs, and more materials that date all the way back to the 1910s. Tours can be reserved for individuals or for a group experience.

To learn more about other productions at the Pasadena Playhouse, or productions that are coming soon, check the box office calendar on the playhouse’s website to see what is coming to Pasadena. You won’t be disappointed to attend a Pasadena Playhouse production, known for showcasing amazing talent, presenting groundbreaking work, and contributing to diversity in theater.

pasadena 2

Photo Credit: http://activerain.com/image_store/uploads/agents/michaeljacobs/files/PasadenaPlayhouseJuly15.JPG

The playhouse is a nonprofit theater that runs on donations. It is also known for its Outreach and Education programming, including the New Generations Theater Access Program. The program makes theater productions available to students who are 18-years-old or younger. This program brings young students to the theater who may not have the opportunity to be exposed to the arts and provides time with the PPST Teaching Artist Corps to promote and advance theater education. In this past season alone, 3,000 students were introduced to the world of theater.

If you’re interested in theater and giving back to the community, you can volunteer with the FRIENDS of the Pasadena Playhouse. Volunteers contribute to important work in the office, with public relations, meals, the theater newsletter, special events, ushering, and more. Also, take a moment to check out the blog on the playhouse’s website, where interviews with actors are featured and casting announcements are made. You can also check in for behind-the-scenes posts on set design and coverage on special events.

Real Estate Unlimited is a real estate company with specialized knowledge in luxury real estate in the city of Los Angeles, California. We also assist clients in the areas of Pasadena, Echo Park, Silver Lake, Elysian Park, and more. Real Estate Unlimited is dedicated to providing excellent customer service with the purchase or sale of real estate. Contact us today for a consultation.

Jet Propulsion Lab

If you’re visiting or living in South Pasadena, don’t miss out on visiting the Jet Propulsion Lab (JPL). Managed by the California Institute of Technology since the 1930s, the JPL is a research and development facility for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). In 1958, JPL launched the United States’ first satellite, the Explorer 1, into space. Later, the JPL would launch Voyagers 1 and 2 on future space missions. Since July 1, 2016, Michael M. Watkins is the current director of this NASA field center.

jet 1

https://www.jpl.nasa.gov/opportunities/images/jpl-mountains.jpg

The research and development conducted at the JPL supports exploration and research into astronomy, our planet’s atmosphere, and the climate of the Earth. This research broadens our understanding of the ocean and the terrain in which we live. Simultaneously, the technology advanced at the JPL furthers advances in medicine and industry. To learn more, check out the JPL Fact Sheet.

Every year, the JPL features its special event A Ticket to Explore JPL. If you’re interested, mark your calendars for the event, which is taking place from May 20 to May 21 this year. Tickets become available in mid-March. Keep in mind that ticket times are staggered, so the event will not become congested.

The Von Karman Lectures are offered twice a month on a regular basis. Seating at the lectures is limited, but the lectures are free to the public and parking is available for free as well. Lectures typically take place on Thursdays at the Theodore von Karman Auditorium (named after the JPLs original founder) and on Fridays at the Vosloh Forum at Pasadena City College. You can check the events calendar for upcoming lectures.

jet 2

http://cdn2.hubspot.net/hubfs/342633/nasa-jpl.gif

Another way to visit the JPL is to take a tour of the facility. Free tours can be reserved to explore the Von Karman Visitor Center, the Spacecraft Assembly Facility, and the Space Flight Operations Facility. Visitors also have the opportunity to view the Presentation Journey to the Planets and Beyond at the beginning of a tour. Keep in mind that the tours include walking portions and stairs, and that there is wheelchair access available.

South Pasadena is a city of approximately 25,000 people between Pasadena and Los Angeles in the West San Gabriel Valley.

Other historic places to visit in South Pasadena include:

-All-America Rose Selections’ test gardens

-Rose Tournament House

-South Pasadena Farmers Market

-Cawston Ostrich Farm

-Fair Oaks Pharmacy and Soda Fountain

-Rialto Theater

While browsing South Pasadena real estate, feel free to view our listings at Real Estate Unlimited. We’ve been making shopping for real estate in Los Angeles easier for the past 30 years, and we’re passionate about advising clients and sharing our knowledge of the culture and history of Los Angeles and the surrounding cities. Feel free to contact us for a consultation.

Rock On at the Eagle Rock Music Festival

rock 1

Photo Credit: Welikela.com

Eagle Rock has several year-round venues, but every October music lovers converge on this Los Angeles neighborhood for the Eagle Rock Music Festival. In this post, we’ll give you the rundown on Eagle Rock’s biggest annual event!

Looking for a place to grab lunch in Eagle Rock? Check out our post about the best pizza in Eagle Rock!

This local labor of love is now in its 18th year, thanks to the dedicated promoters, nonprofit orgs, and volunteers who have cultivated the event since its humble beginnings in 1998.

In its inaugural year, the festival featured just ten bands, and the audience mostly consisted of families in the neighborhood. This year, the event attracted tens of thousands of fans, and the roster included more than forty musical acts performing on a dozen different stages.

The festival takes over six blocks of Colorado Boulevard, from Eagle Rock Boulevard to Argus Drive. The festival’s epicenter is Eagle Rock’s Colorado Boulevard, but the massive concert has spilled out into auxiliary stages housed in local businesses. Lead organizers are excited to see the festival growing and going strong, but still hope to retain the authentic “charm” of a truly local event. Upwards of nine tenths of the performers are from the Los Angeles area, in keeping with the festival’s local vibe.

The Center for the Arts, Eagle Rock, a small nonprofit organization that employs just a handful of fulltime staffers, masterminds the annual festival. Planning for the event begins several months ahead of time, early in April, when organizers contact city officials and performers to hammer out a tentative schedule. In keeping with the festival’s neighborhood-friendly ethos, planning is a collaboration between local officials and business owners, the Center for the Arts, and the affiliated nonprofit organizations who oversee year-round music educational efforts.

rock 2

Photo Credit: La.streetsblog.org

Interested in learning more about LA arts initiatives? Read our post about sculpture in Echo Park!

The Center for the Arts, Eagle Rock pays for all city permits and services, arrangements which amount to only a small fraction of the planning process for the festival. Admission to the festival is free, but participants are encouraged to give a ten dollar suggested donation, to allow organizers to continue to cover the cost of the festival and continue many of the arts and music programs festival organizers curate in local schools. Each year, more than a hundred businesses, groups, and individuals support the festival with sponsorships and personal donations.

In addition to cultural and community value, the festival is a big financial win for Eagle Rock – the music festival is the single biggest day of the year for local restaurants and shops. Tens of thousands of people visit the neighborhood from all over Southern California, staying to eat, drink, and shop while they listen to local musicians. The integrated structure of the festival, with audiences encouraged to flow freely from stage to stage, is part of the design – many visiting fans use the festival as an excuse to explore downtown venues.

During the festival, Colorado Boulevard becomes a walkable gallery of stages set up for diverse musical acts. As the organizers say, the festival is designed with variety in mind. If you don’t like what you hear, just walk a block down the street and you’ll find something completely different! Annual installations include the Razorcake/Zocaloc Stage, dedicated to hard rock and punk; the Family Stage, for kid-friendly tunes, crafts, and magicians; and the Emerging Stage, which foregrounds indie and local acts.

Local restaurants are generally packed during the festival’s run, and food stalls and trucks crowd the sidewalks. The festival prides itself on having one of the best culinary lineups in the area, and many restaurants near Colorado Boulevard post special menus to celebrate the festival.

Whatever you like to listen to, the Eagle Rock Music Festival has something you’ll love. If you’re planning to visit Eagle Rock, consider scheduling your trip around this vibrant local festival!

Interested in more public arts collaborations? Read about murals in nearby Echo Park!

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!

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.

wildflower 1

Photo Credit: https://nobodyhikesinla.files.wordpress.com/2011/08/hiking-2011-8-180.jpg

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.

wildflower 2

Photo Credit: https://hikeswithjack.files.wordpress.com/2014/10/img_2193.jpg

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.

Summertime Blooms at the Echo Park Lotus Festival

lotus

Lotuses in Bloom – Photo Credit: Theeastsiderla.com

In addition to colorful murals and a renowned culinary scene, Echo Park, Los Angeles hosts an annual celebration of Filipino and pan-Asian culture and community.

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

The Echo Park Lotus Festival takes place every year in July, when the lotus plants on the north side of the park adorn themselves with delicate pink and white flowers. The pond at Echo Park holds the largest lotus bed in the United States, and the annual display is breathtaking. The festival has been an annual tradition for more than three decades, apart from a three-year hiatus when the park was closed down and the pond drained for a multimillion-dollar renovation.

lotus 2

Tori Gate Decorations in Echo Park – Photo Credit: The eastsiderla.com

During the festival, red Tori-gate style decorations are installed over Echo Park’s arching bridges, along with white pavilions to protect festivalgoers from the blazing July heat. Crowds typically spill out onto the surrounding streets, and the events at the festival are designed for strolling, sampling, and freeform enjoyment.

Since its revival in 2014, the festival has expanded to include dragon boat races, traditional dance performances, martial arts demonstrations, and more. The festival’s focus is on Asian traditional arts and cultural events, but the summer festival includes a diverse mix of live music and food vendors, and the summer schedule means that it’s always a popular draw for all of Los Angeles. Although it is slightly smaller post-hiatus, the Lotus Festival is still one of Los Angeles’ largest outdoor events.

lotus 3

Dragon Boat Races – Photo Credit: Lacitypix.wordpress.com

The all-day festival offers free admission and entertainment, but the many craft and food vendor stalls price their merchandise individually. Hungry visitors can find sit-down meals as well as handheld goodies like tacos, bibimbap, or mochi ice cream.  The dragon-boat races on the first day are among the most popular events, as teams race across the pond in boats with painted dragon figureheads and tails.

Each year, the festival organizers choose a theme – for 2016’s festival, for example, the festival honored Korea, with traditional dance performances and special attention to traditional Korean music and crafts. The perennial lineup ranges from Hawaiian and Tahitian dance performances to Taiko drummers to mainstream fare like jazz, rock and roll, and R&B. Entertainment runs from noon until late summer nightfall each day of the event, so there’s plenty of time to enjoy a range of performances, demonstrations, and dining.

If you’re looking for a summer celebration full of music, art, and delicious treats, you’re sure to find what you’re looking for at the Echo Park Lotus Festival!

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!

The Atwater Bungalows – Hopi-Style Architecture in the Heart of Echo Park

Atwater 1

Photo Credit: Latimes.com

Among the many types of property for sale in Echo Park are buildings with strong architectural and historical interest – for example, the Victorian homes on Carroll Avenue or Frank Lloyd Wright’s futuristic tribute to Mayan temple architecture, the Ennis House.

Today we’ll take a look at the Atwater Bungalows, Pueblo-style buildings that lend their unique architectural flair to Echo Park’s eclectic roster of historic buildings.

The Atwater Bungalows were built in the early 1930s, commissioned by Dr. H. Gale Atwater, an early Echo Park luminary who built several Pueblo-style buildings on Avon Terrace. The Atwater Bungalows were designed by Robert Stacy-Judd, the architect who designed the flamboyant Aztec Hotel in Monrovia, California. The details of the original commission brief are lost to time, but it’s likely that Atwater was enchanted by the Aztec’s majestic design and innovative use of materials.

This period in American architecture was characterized by bold experimentation, and many architects became fascinated with traditional construction techniques and natural materials. Adobe, which comes from a Spanish term that means “mudbrick,” is one of the earliest building construction techniques known to humankind. Adobe construction is common to large parts of North, Central, and South America, but it can also be seen in traditional village complexes in Mali and cottages in Ireland.

Generally, adobe buildings start with bricks made out of earth and a binding material like corn husks and straw. The bricks are stuck together and covered with a thick coating of adobe mud that gives adobe structures their characteristic smooth, rounded textures. Traditional adobe buildings incorporate rough-hewn log beams that are considered a signature element of Mission-style design, and modern adobe specialists have begun to use steel to create an extra-durable interior structure.

Adobe buildings were extremely common California during the Spanish Mission period, in part because mud bricks were easy to manufacture in the warm dry climate, and in part because thick adobe walls promised insulation from the scorching desert sun. Adobe churches and colonial administration buildings can still be seen in California, from as far north as Sonoma to as far south as San Diego. Adobe architecture enjoyed a resurgence in Southern California when the Golden State became famous as the home of Golden-Era Hollywood. A generation after the Atwater Bungalows were completed, Pueblo-style stucco homes would proliferate in California’s expanding postwar suburbs.

Today, adobe is popular both because of its unique texture and shape and because it provides a green air-conditioning alternative to homeowners looking to protect the environment. Since adobe is versatile – it can be used to create many different textures and ornaments, almost like buttercream icing on a cake – contemporary architects in Southern California are exploring creative variations on traditional Mission- and Pueblo-style designs.

Atwater 2

Photo Credit: Latimes.com

As an early experiment in modern adobe construction, the Atwater Bungalows combine architectural innovation with revivalist anachronism. Built from dense unfinished adobe that gives the exterior a rustic appearance, the bungalows are ornamented with pueblo-style windows, staircases, and cone-shaped chimneys. Aqua and orange trim creates a lively contrast with the dun-colored adobe surface.

Stacy-Judd’s creations tended towards the fantastical, and the Atwater Bungalows are meant to capture the spirit rather than the historical reality of the traditional Hopi kivas that inspired his design. He took a fanciful approach to finances, too, and the bungalows were finished “way over budget,” according to Atwater’s grandson.

Although the Atwater Bungalows are a familiar landmark to local residents, they’ve never attracted as much interest or activity as the Ennis House or the Victorian homes on Carroll Avenue, and they’ve never appeared in a movie or music video. Despite their relative obscurity, their imaginative construction and inspired design make them an iconic addition to the Echo Park neighborhood.

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! 

Inventive Cuisine in Echo Park

Echo Park is an up-and-comer in the residential real estate market, and Echo Park real estate agencies are seeing increased interest from a new market niche. The neighborhood has long been renowned for its excellent schools, luxurious parks, exciting nightlife, and thriving business community, but it’s becoming extremely attractive to younger real-estate clients looking to establish a foothold in the Los Angeles area’s competitive market.

California culture has always been foodie culture, enriched by a diverse mix of cultural influences and extraordinary agricultural bounty. Echo Park shares this long Los Angeles tradition of delicious and innovative cuisine, and new eateries are springing up to satisfy demand by younger, hipper residents. In this post, we’ll take a look at some of the most unique culinary options in the Echo Park neighborhood.

cuisine 1

The Park’s Finest – Photo Credit: Filamcreative.wordpress.com

The Park’s Finest

The Park’s Finest opened in 2009. The house specialty is barbecue, but not the sticky Southern delicacy you might be familiar with. In keeping with Echo Park’s historic Filipino presence, this fusion restaurant serves creative twists on traditional Filipino recipes like slow-cooked coconut brisket and cornbread bibingka, a down home riff on the coconut- and palm-leaf rice flour pastries that are customary fare in the Philippines. The relaxed, family-friendly atmosphere makes The Park’s Finest the perfect setting for a hearty dinner with friends.

Sage Vegan Bistro

SoCal has a not-entirely-undeserved reputation as a mecca for health nuts, and as a consequence the Los Angeles area is home to an incredible selection of vegan, vegetarian, raw-cuisine, and organic dining options. Sage is a local standout, combining piquant flavor combinations with a wide range of exotic ingredients. Jackfruit is a kitchen favorite, showing up in everything from tacos to salads. If you’re in the mood for comfort food, Sage’s inspired sandwich menu also includes veggie versions of hearty American classics like the tuna melt and the po’boy.

Masa of Echo Park Bakery and Café

Masa is a family pizzeria with a twist: a large portion of their deep-dish options are designed to be vegetarian-friendly. Meat-lovers can stick with the savory sausage pizza or the Masa meatball sandwich. Be sure to save room for the bread pudding: chocolate, almond, and butter croissants soaked in vanilla custard, drizzled with a homemade caramel sauce, and baked until toasty.

cuisine 2

Dinette – Photo Credit: Lahomegirl.com

Dinette

Speaking of succulent pastries, if you love delicate viennoiserie you’ll love Dinette! This pastry-centric café is the pet project of Café Stella’s Gareth Kanter, serving up a dazzling array of sweet and savory pastries, including a bacon-and-leek miniature quiche and a juicy pear tart. Whether you’re in the mood for a leisurely afternoon lunch or a quick morning pick-me-up, Dinette can offer you something uniquely delicious. Their veggie-friendly menu also includes quinoa bowls, artisan coffees, and the Golden State’s customary avocado toast.

Takuma’s Burgers

If you’re in the mood for a calorie splurge, try one of Takuma’s juicy hamburgers in this down-to-earth haven for carnovores. Each comes with a fresh mix of toppings like spicy arugula and sautéed mushrooms, and you can up the calorie ante with a side of golden mozzarella sticks or crispy waffle fries.  Stop by Takuma’s for a late-night meal after a night out on the town, or order some hot sake to accompany your burger.

The Park

Don’t be fooled by the casual atmosphere at The Park – this café-restaurant serves up a first-class menu. Each dish emphasizes creative blends of tastes and textures, from the scallion pancake with toasted nori and micro shiso to the vegetarian pumpkin steak with pomegranate glaze and pumpkin seed brittle.  Many ingredients will be familiar to connoisseurs of California cuisine, including exotic components like quinoa, nori, and truffle oil, but The Park stands out for offerings that blend these foods in new and memorable ways.

cuisine 3

Valerie Echo Park – Photo Credit: Latimes.com

Valerie Echo Park

Valerie Gordon has a flagship location in DTLA, but her Echo Park café is focused on flavors that harmonize with teas. In addition to a premium selection of hand-blended teas like an orange, bay leaf, and black pepper infusion and fennel blossom and tarragon brew, Valerie Echo Park also serves up the perfect accompaniments. Sample tea sandwiches like classic cucumber, tangy pickled asparagus, or smooth smoked salmon. If you’re in the mood to experiment, you can try tea-infused concoctions like the lapsang-souchong tartine, the jasmine panna cotta, or the Earl Grey and matcha petit fours.  A welcoming patio is the perfect place for an al fresco lunch.  If you’ve got a sweet tooth, finish off your meal with a tasting menu of Valerie’s famous chocolates.

Echo Park has always been home to a rich mix of creative enterprise, just one reason properties in Echo Park are in demand. If you’re interested in visiting this vibrant Los Angeles neighborhood, be sure to check out one of these inventive eateries, so you can get a taste of the variety of culinary experiences on offer in this beautiful urban oasis.

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!