Category: Recreation

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.

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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.

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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

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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!

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Silver Lake Reservoir – The Heart of Silver Lake

With its famously Meditteranean climate, Los Angeles offers residents long stretches of beautiful weather – and no shortage of green spaces for basking in the sunshine! In this post, we’ll look at a famous park area that serves as the focal point of the scenic Silver Lake neighborhood of Los Angeles.

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Click here to read all about Elysian Park, the first public park established in Los Angeles.  

Silver Lake is named for the Silver Lake Reservoir complex, a pair of manmade miniature lakes that sit in the center of the community. Surrounded by a wide jogging path and several park areas, the Silver Lake Reservoir is one of the most popular parks in Los Angeles.

The Silver Lake Reservoir is made up of two basins – the much smaller Ivanhoe Reservoir, named for the hero of Sir Walter Scott’s 1819 novel, and the expansive Silver Lake Reservoir. The two ponds are linked by a bike and jogging path that stretches for 2.2 miles around the reservoir. In 2011, the City of Los Angeles opened up the “Silver Lake Meadow,” a three-acre public park on the east side of the reservoir. This new field is modeled after the “Sheep Meadow” in New York City’s Central Park.

The Silver Lake Reservoir area covers a total of 97 acres of open water, with an additional 31 acres of public green space. The reservoir complex is also an important wildlife preserve, since it provides a seasonal nesting area for majestic great blue herons who migrate back to Southern California every Spring. The Silver Lake Reservoirs Conservancy, a group of community volunteers, plants trees and picks up litter at the park to ensure that the area can be enjoyed by everyone.

The dual role these local landmarks play as public recreational areas and parts of the public water system means that they exist in a complex network of public policy. Last summer, the Silver Lake side of the reservoir was temporarily drained and removed from service as a public water source. The city is currently constructing the Headworks

Reservoir, a new, underground drinking-water reservoir near Griffith Park.

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Silver Lake will be refilled soon, and inducted into service as a recreation-only reservoir for Los Angeles residents to enjoy. The city is also considering using part of the Silver Lake site to create  shallower wetlands area that could become a wildlife habitat for native Los Angeles species like the Great Blue Heron, and using “hydroseeding” to create a more natural planted look around the water’s edge. City officials are concerned with sustainability and environmental impact, and urban planners hope to create a nature preserve that will replenish local wildlife populations without strainining Southern California’s dry climate.

Other creative proposals – for a beach area, an esplanade, a music venue – are still under consideration. One local group, Silver Lake Forward, is hoping that the area will be turned into a 96-area public park with a wildlife research center, shaded eucalyptus groves, and a refurbished dog park for the pet owners in the neighborhood.

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Whatever the eventual fate of the Silver Lake basin side of the reservoir, Silver Lake has a long tradition of providing space for outdoor relaxation to the area. Even in its drier state, the reservoir still provides a lovely open community space for jogging, walking, cloudgazing, and picnicking. The gentle grade of the pedestrian path makes it perfect for parents with strollers and novice runners – more advanced athletes can explore the hills and steps nearby. As one of the largest bodies of water in the area, the Silver Lake reservoirs are a popular rest stop for ducks, coots, and Canada geese.  Birdwatchers can also see hummingbirds, red-tailed hawks, and starlings.

The Silver Lake reservoir sits at the center of the Silver Lake neighborhood, providing residents with the perfect retreat for outdoor pastimes.  If you’re in the area, consider stopping by to take a look at this urban oasis!

Are you interested in learning more about Silver Lake Reservoir and the other amenities that make the Silver Lake neighborhood such a pleasant place to call home? At Real Estate Unlimited, we take pride in matching our clients to the perfect home – and the ideal neighborhood! Call us for a consultation today! 

Farmer’s Market – Tuesdays and Saturdays in Silver Lake!

Twice a week on Tuesdays and Saturdays, local farmers and vendors gather in Silver Lake to sell fresh produce, artisan bread and honey, farm-fresh sandwiches and tacos, and iced americanos. In this post, we’ll give you the rundown on everything the Farmer’s Market has to offer – and tips on how to beat the crowds and find the best organic products for your table!

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The Silver Lake Farmer’s Market runs from 2:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. every Tuesday and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.  The market springs up along an esplanade section at 3700 Sunset Boulevard, near the intersection of Sunset and Edgehill. This crossing is in the center of Silver Lake’s Sunset Triangle, which is just east of Sunset Junction for visitors who want to linger in the area and visit a bistro or boutique at Sunset Junction proper.

Click here to read about weekly wine tastings at Silverlake Wine!

Due to Los Angeles’ eternally summer-like climate, the farmer’s market runs year round.  Although the Silver Lake Farmer’s Market is somewhat smaller than other farmer’s markets in the city, the quality and breadth of gourmet foods on offer more than makes up for the tidier footprint. Parking can be hard to find on Saturday mornings, which tend to be more crowded. Stop by early on Tuesday afternoons to avoid the rush.

As with most farmer’s markets, the displays at Silver Lake focus on fresh local fruits and vegetables. Over the last few weekends, shoppers have carried home seasonal gems like golden beets, juicy heirloom tomatoes, Bing cherries, and frilled squash blossoms that can be deep-fried for an authentic Italian antipasto. Local farmers also sell organic eggs, milk, and cream. Fromagerie and delicatessen stall Ari’s displays mason jars of goat cheese along with bowls of olives and salty feta in a variety of flavors – try the jalapeno goat cheese or sundried tomato feta. Since last year, Etheridge Farm has sold certified organic nuts alongside its fresh fruit selection.

If you’d like to snack and stroll, you can grab a sweet or savory crepe or a tamale before you start your shopping spree. The crepe stand has a “Saturday Special” for half-price each week! If you require a meat-free nosh, try Komeme for vegan empanadas. Prepared foods in stock include fresh-squeezed OJ and other juices, pupusas, hummus, guacamole. Dave’s Gourmet Korean Food sells spicy kimchi and savory miso broth. Atwater’s Village Bakery sells fresh-baked bread and pastries. If you’ve got a sweet tooth, stop by Nubia for a handful of their flavored honey straws or pick up a pint of clover honey.

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In keeping with the Eastside’s trendy vibe, this farmer’s market offers singular opportunities for vintage shopping. You’ll find row of stalls adorned with vintage clothing, jewelry, and accessories. On top of the premium secondhand selection, you’ll find handmade leather goods like handbags and watchbands, semi-precious stones, and beaded earrings and necklaces. Other treasures for sale at this eclectic open-air market include used books and records, crystals, and dried sage and other aromatic herbs.

Click here to read about vintage shopping in nearby Echo Park!

Whatever tantalizes you, you’re sure to find something that appeals at the Silver Lake Farmer’s Market.  Stop by Saturday morning or Tuesday afternoon to check out this one-of-a-kind display of the best artisanal food and merchandise the city has to offer!

Are you interested in learning more about the Silver Lake Farmer’s Market and other weekly events in this historic Los Angeles neighborhood?  At Real Estate Unlimited, we make it our mission to develop an insider perspective on each area in this varied and exciting Southern California metropolis.  Call us to schedule a consultation today! 

Garfield Park

Nestled into South Pasadena is Garfield Park, a refreshing and popular break from the hustle and bustle of the city. The park is a perfect place to relax with the family, get fit with your favorite workout routine, or take part in the South Pasadena community. Garfield Park can also boast about being the first zero-emission Green Zone municipal park in the United States!

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Garfield Park is 7 acres of park place, including tennis courts, playground equipment, and picnic areas. The park is kept well-groomed by a dedicated team of American Green Zone Alliance approved maintenance techniques, and is sure to impress the most fastidious of visitors. Garfield Park is a popular place for all manner of family holidays, most notably birthdays and picnics. Each summer, Garfield Park hosts a series events known as the Summer Concerts, inviting local members of the musical community to play events free to the public.

Other facilities include a Youth House, garden, playground, paved path, and fire ring. Keeping in tone with the intent of the park, the surrounding area is a sleepy residential area. Although popular among those in the neighborhood, Garfield Park is a relative hidden gem, offering fewer crowds than other parks in the South Pasadena neighborhood.

Much of the park’s popularity can be attributed to the sterling reputation Garfield Park possesses. In 2015, Garfield Park was named the United States’ first American Green Zone Alliance zero-emission municipal park. All of the equipment that the facility managers use is entirely nature-friendly and all upkeep is environmentally friendly!

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Garfield Park is a regular host to all manner of musical events, catering the broad tastes of the neighborhood, South Pasadena, and the greater L.A. area. Here’s a sampling of the some of the musical entertainment that has graced Garfield Park in the last month:

Phat Cat Swinger is a “Little-Big Band” with a West Coast Sound bringing style, class, charisma and an unexpected energy to the stage. With a varied song list, 5 piece-brass section, rhythm section, and the “Canadian Crooner”, and Curtis Parry, the Phat Cat Swinger is a fast-ticket to a good time.

The Susie Hansen Latin Band plays fiery Latin Jazz and Salsa aiming to get any and all audiences on their feet. Led by Chicago native Susie Hansen, the Susie Hansen Latin band has been drawing from jazz and latin inspiration for decades. If you’re feeling like learning how to dance, or up for a taste of home, check out the Susie Hansen Latin Band.

If you’re living in South Pasadena, or you’re hoping to experience a new park, check out the park pushing the boundaries: Garfield Park!

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