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Echo Park is flanked by Elysian Valleyto the north and northeast,Elysian Parkto the east,Chinatown andDowntown Lato the southeast, Westlaketo the southwest and west, andSilver Laketo the northwest.
Echo Park is home to many up and coming actors, musicians, writers and new and older families. This community was originally founded by a real estate developer named Thomas Kelly. It is told that Echo Park got it’s name from when the builders of the reservoir remarked that their voices echoed off the canyon walls.
In the center of Echo Park is Echo Park Lake which has 26 acres as well as the lake, with paddle boats that you can rent hourly. This park is home to the annual Lotus Festival, an Asian Celebration complete with Chinese Dragon boat races as well as booths of wonderful food and amazing treasures.
The nightlife in Echo Park is excellent. If you love music, then Echo Park is the place for you. There are plenty of music venues all over Echo Park, including The Echo and Echoplex. There are also some great restaurants in Echo Park, many of them are located along Sunset Blvd.
Elysian Heights borders Silver Lake on the Northwest and Elysian Valley on the Northwest. The area is mostly residential with houses set on the northern hills of Echo Park. Many architecturally notable and historic homes can be found in the hills of Elysian Heights, such as The Ross House, the Paul LandacreHouse, the Klock House, the Judd-Atwater Bungalows, the Harwell Hamilton house, Rudolph ShindlerSouthhall house, the Carey McWilliams homes, and the Philip Dike home.
Angelino Heights is a small quarter within Echo Park and is most notable for it’s Victorian era residences. This neighborhood is bordered by Westlake on the South, Echo Park proper on the west and northwest and Elysian Park on the east and northeast. It’s boundaries are roughly Echo Park Avenue on the west, Sunset Boulevard on the north and east and then Hollywood 101 Freeway on the South.
Angelino Heights is second only to Bunker Hill as the oldest district in Los Angeles. Founded it 1886, it was originally connected to the Downtown mainline. This district contains many notable examples of Victorian Architecture, particularly of the Eastlake and Queen Anne styles. Carroll Avenue has the highest concentration of these historic homes. Within the neighborhood of Angelino Heights are also architecturally significant homes, such as Craftsmen, Mission Revival, Art Deco and Colonial Revival. It’s seriously one of the most charming neighborhoods in Los Angeles and it’s proximity to Downtown La, makes it very convenient to people who work there.
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