Atwater Village is a highly diverse neighborhood, much of which lies in the fertile Los Angeles River flood plain. Located in the northeast region of the city, Atwater borders Griffith Park and Silver Lake to the west, Glendale to the north and east, and Glassell Park to the south.
Population: Approximately 15,000
Average Age: 34
Market Statistics (Spring 2016)
Average Sales Price: $769,045
Average Days on Market: 41
Average Price/Square Foot: $595
Houses sell for 103% of list price.
Atwater Village has a rich history dating back to the early 1900’s. Initial residents included the newly created middle-class workers employed at the nearby DWP substation. Its location between the Los Angeles and Glendale city cores made it a highly sought after residential neighborhood beginning in the 1920s. Today, the neighborhood is among Los Angeles’ most rapidly gentrifying, with an influx of young creative professionals and businesses catering to them, spilling over from the popular Silver Lake and Los Feliz areas. The commercial epicenter of Atwater Village is Glendale Boulevard, which offers a nice mix of eateries and shops as well as yoga studios and weekly farmers market.
Tam O’shanter is practically synonymous with Atwater, having been there since 1922-it’s on of the oldest restaurants in all of Los Angeles.
The Village Bakery & Cafe is the go-to for all things breakfast and lunch. They serve either at anytime of day. And their pastries are some of the best i’ve had.
One of my favorite places in Atwater is Potted Store– a mecca for design loving garden enthusiasts. It’s a beautiful space with highly curated items for your home. And the staff are really lovely.
A Runners’ Circle is my go-to for running shoes and socks.
Got young kids?
Let me introduce you to the south east part of Griffith Park, known as Crystal Springs (though not technically in Atwater, it’s a mere stones throw away). Here you will find a plethora of ways to wind down the long, long weekends. Shane’s Inspiration is a really lovely place for kids of various ages and a great place to have birthday parties.
Travel Town– Located at the intersection of the 5 and Los Feliz Boulevard is the entrance to Travel Town, a family favorite.
A picnic at Crystal Springs Park is a great way to spend the day with your kids (or alone).
Pony Rides: For $3.00 a rider your child can take their pony for a few laps around the ring. The pace of the horse is determined by the age of the child and the size of the pony. The weight limit is 100 pounds and adults are not allowed, even if under 100 pounds. If you would like a ride for the whole family, Covered Wagon rides are available to any age or weight and children under the age of 1 are free.
Merry-Go-Round: Located off Crystal Springs Drive, set back behind the Tennis Courts you will find a 68 horse Merry-Go-Round built in 1926. The price for a ‘Go-Round’ is $2.00. Attached to the Merry-Go-Round is a concession stand providing, everything from soft drinks, hot dogs, cotton candy and ice cream, for a very reasonable price. Hours: 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM.
Griffith Park Train Rides
Griffith Park has 2 Railroads for the family to enjoy. The Griffith Park and Southern Railroad and the Travel town Railroad. Trains operate daily including weekends and holidays, opening at 10 am until 4.30 on weekdays and 5 on weekends and holidays. Parking is free and a ticket to ride is $2.50 per person.
Located on Riverside Drive in the Griffith Recreation Center Complex is a public swimming pool open during the summer months.
In-Park Bike rental
Spokes n’ stuff is the bicycle rental available in Griffith Park on Crystal Springs Drive. They offer bicycle rental by the hour or by the day on a variety of different types of bicycles. They also have a repair shop and store in which you buy bike accessories. Overnight rentals are available and discounts are offered on the weekends.
Griffith Park plays host to a professionally operated Equestrian center and stable. The Equestrian center is open to the public and has a calendar of events, some of which are free of charge and some of which require admission and or a fee for parking. The calendar of events changes monthly and can be found on their website. The Equestrian center also offers horseback riding lessons and horseback riding rentals.
For parents and older kids there are some beautiful tennis courts and a decent gold course at Crystal Springs as well.
Playspaces are the new indoor playgrounds. Two great ones I have heard a lot about are:
My Gym- Atwater Village is a great indoor playground for kids of all ages.
Need a breather? The Great Escape Club offers parents a relaxing environment while your kids play (supervised).
Washington Irving Middle School Now a STEAM magnet school.
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