Zip Codes: 90026, 90012, 90031, 90039
Average Age : 30
Real Estate Market Statistics (Spring 2016)
Average Price: $1,007,526
Average Price/Square Foot: $597/ft
Average Sales Price is 103% of List Price.
Average Days on Market is 37
Location and History
Echo Park has a long and storied history as it was the epicenter of the city’s first housing boom in the 1880’s and the center of the film industry just prior to World War I. You can read more about that here.
Echo Park has no official boundaries or borders. The construction of the 101 freeway in the 1950s and the 2 Freeway also cut off large section of the neighborhood on the south and west. However, historically, speaking, there are some general boundaries. The western boundary is Benton Way or Waterloo Street, Glendale Blvd., Allesandro St. The northern boundary is Riverside Drive. The eastern boundary borders with Elysian Park (north of Sunset Blvd), Boylston St. (south of Sunset Blvd.) The southern boundary is Beverly Boulevard.
There are several distinct neighborhoods within Echo Park: Elysian Heights, Angelino Heights, and Elysian Valley (aka Frogtown). There is currently an initiative to revitalize the Los Angeles River, which will include Elysian Valley, making the area prime for rapid development.
Echo Park has forged a distinct reputation over the past several years and has become one of the most desirable neighborhoods in Los Angeles. It’s within striking distance of many of the hottest areas in the city: Downtown, Chinatown, Silverlake, Los Feliz, but without the high price tag. Generally speaking, the houses are more modest and more affordable than nearby neighborhoods, drawing a new generation of young professionals and families. The influx of hipsters and young families has spurned demand for new cafes, boutiques, bars and restaurants. Perhaps the biggest indication of the changing landscape of Echo Park is the recent opening of Lassen’s Natural Food Store and the impending and highly anticipated (for some) and much maligned (for others) Whole Foods Market.
The Short Stop is a great choice for a dive bar connoisseur. Feeling like italian? Masa is a Chicago style pizza place that uses ‘california style’ organic, local produce. My favorite place in Echo Park is The Park, where Chef Josh serves up true farm to table, seasonal, cuisine at prices that make it hard to justify cooking anything yourself. He also sends out email updates about what’s cooking and special occasion menus.
Echo Park is known for having excellent live music venues. Check out the Echo+Plex and Spaceland for a fun night out!
Kid Friendly Things To Do
Echo Park Lake
Echo Park Lake was originally constructed in 1868 as a water supply reservoir fed by the Los Angeles River and like the rest of Echo Park has a long and storied history. It has recently been rehabilitated to help remedy stormwater pollution, meet the State’s water quality standards, and give the Echo Park community an improved and more sustainable lake to enjoy. They made it quite pretty as well and you can rent paddle boats by the hour.
Elysian Park (Elysian is derived from the Greek word for paradise) is a smaller, more verdant, version of Griffith Park. It is the city’s oldest public park and, at 575 acres, the second largest in the city. It is home to numerous historic sites, including the LA Police Academy, Barlow Hospital and Dodger stadium. On the weekends you’ll find hikers, sunbathers and lots of little league activity.
Dodger Stadium is currently the third-oldest ballpark in Major League Baseball, after Fenway Park in Boston (opened in 1912) and Wrigley Field in Chicago (opened in 1914) and is the largest MLB stadium by seat capacity. It’s a great way to wind a day down with your little ones!
The schools in Echo Park are plentiful but a bit hit and miss. As with many areas that experience somewhat rapid gentrification, the schools usually change for the better as more and more parents become involved and invest their time and effort into their neighborhood school. Overall the test scores seem to have been moving a good direction but I’d recommend figuring out which public school your home is zoned to and digging into the numbers. Click here for the LA Unified Residential School Finder.
Castelar Street Elementary
Betty Plascencia Elementary
Solano Avenue Elementary
Rosemon Avenue Elementary
Logan Street Elementary
Clifford Street Elementary
Elysian Heights Elementary
Dorris Place Elementary
Florence Nightingale Middle School
Virgil Middle School
Washington Irving Middle School
Thomas Starr King Middle School
Senior High Schools
John Marshall High
Abraham Lincoln High
Click here for a complete list of all the public and private schools in the area.
Or click here to enter your address to find your home school
For more detailed crime statistics click here.