Life in Silver Lake

Imagine if you could have everything people love about Brooklyn - the food, the bars, the music and culture, Prospect Park and public transportation - without the grey slush and three-layers-of-thermals winter days. What if you could enjoy gallery hopping in February? And what if, best of all, you didn’t have to settle for Coney Island as the only viable beach-day destination? Enter Silver Lake, LA’s long-beloved hipster hideaway. With a strong grip on its urban roots and a forward-thinking population of artists, professionals, creatives and families, Silver Lake can convince even the staunchest East Coasters to rethink their loyalties. Whether your move is cross-country or in the same county, read on for everything you need to know about central LA’s most happening neighborhood.

 Silver Lake at a Glance

Silver Lake is bordered by East Hollywood, Los Feliz, Atwater Village, Westlake and Echo Park. The iconic Sunset Boulevard runs through the 2.75 mile neighborhood, and Sunset Junction is a popular meeting place for shoppers who want a piece of Silver Lake’s famously trendy boutiques, including clothing, home goods, vintage and antique shops.

You can commute to Burbank or Downtown LA in less than a half hour, or about an hour for Century City or Santa Monica. Public transportation is available, notably on the Metro Bus 4 Line. The neighborhood itself has a walkability score of 77, so die-hard pedestrians should feel comfortable getting around by foot, and residents brag about having everything they need within a ten minute walk from their homes.

Median rents in Silver Lake range from $1,396 to $2,359, while home values average around $1,089,000.

Don’t be fooled by the neighborhood’s hipster-centric reputation: Silver Lake is growing more family-friendly by the year. With spectacular elementary schools and kid-appropriate activities like the Silver Lake Farmer’s Market, outdoor movies at Silver Lake Picture Show (recent flicks have included Coco and Sister Act), irresistible sweets at Lark Cake Shop, shopping at The Reckless Unicorn, Yolk and Grow Kid Grow, and music lessons and performances at The Wee Ones Music Club, families don’t lack for things to do. The Neighborhood Nursery School, established in 1976, is a big draw for young families who want progressive, community-focused options for educating their kids.

Silver Lake Home Search78 Properties

Address Beds Baths Sq.Ft. Price(%Chng) $/Sq.Ft. On Site
223 N Coronado St Los Angeles, CA 90026 223 N Coronado St
Los Angeles, CA 90026
4 3 2,822 $1,450,000 $513.82 3 days
2201 Selig Dr Los Angeles, CA 90026 2201 Selig Dr
Los Angeles, CA 90026
3 3 1,407 $995,000 $707.18 3 days
4567 Lexington Ave #205 Los Angeles, CA 90029 4567 Lexington Ave #205
Los Angeles, CA 90029
2 2 940 $795,000 $845.74 4 days
1069 W Kensington Rd Los Angeles, CA 90026 1069 W Kensington Rd
Los Angeles, CA 90026
3 2 1,326 $1,795,000 $1,353.70 5 days
738 N Dillon St Los Angeles, CA 90026 738 N Dillon St
Los Angeles, CA 90026
3 2 1,150 $899,900 $782.52 7 days
3011 Scotland St Los Angeles, CA 90039 3011 Scotland St
Los Angeles, CA 90039
3 3 1,822 $1,799,999 $987.92 7 days
1856 Lake Shore Ave Los Angeles, CA 90026 1856 Lake Shore Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90026
2 1 1,063 $1,050,000 $987.77 7 days
2402 Edgewater Terrace Los Angeles, CA 90039 2402 Edgewater Terrace
Los Angeles, CA 90039
4 4 3,251 $2,195,000 $675.18 9 days
2929 Waverly Dr #217 Los Angeles, CA 90039 2929 Waverly Dr #217
Los Angeles, CA 90039
1 1 880 $549,000 $623.86 9 days
1272 W Court St Los Angeles, CA 90026 1272 W Court St
Los Angeles, CA 90026
2 1 1,250 $1,250,000 $1,000.00 9 days
3111 Hamilton Way Los Angeles, CA 90026 3111 Hamilton Way
Los Angeles, CA 90026
2 3 1,798 $1,975,000 $1,098.44 9 days
723 N Occidental Blvd Los Angeles, CA 90026 723 N Occidental Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90026
3 2 2,520 $1,250,000 $496.03 10 days
717 N Occidental Blvd Los Angeles, CA 90026 717 N Occidental Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90026
4 3 2,748 $1,250,000 $454.88 10 days
2304 Lake View Ave Los Angeles, CA 90039 2304 Lake View Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90039
3 3 2,705 $2,450,000 $905.73 12 days
1355 Mccollum St Los Angeles, CA 90026 1355 Mccollum St
Los Angeles, CA 90026
2 2 1,144 $1,188,000 $1,038.46 12 days
1133 Sanborn Ave Los Angeles, CA 90029 1133 Sanborn Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90029
3 2 2,002 $1,250,000 $624.38 12 days
1143 Sanborn Ave Los Angeles, CA 90029 1143 Sanborn Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90029
3 2 1,608 $1,250,000 $777.36 12 days
1504 Stadium Way Los Angeles, CA 90012 1504 Stadium Way
Los Angeles, CA 90012
2 2 1,440 $849,000 $589.58 12 days
811 Maltman Ave Silver Lake, CA 90026 811 Maltman Ave
Silver Lake, CA 90026
2 2 1,551 $1,399,000 $902.00 12 days
3465 Winslow Dr Los Angeles, CA 90026 3465 Winslow Dr
Los Angeles, CA 90026
3 2 2,497 $1,700,000 $680.82 13 days
2452 Riverside Place Silver Lake, CA 90039 2452 Riverside Place
Silver Lake, CA 90039
3 1 1,000 $1,090,000 $1,090.00 13 days
2942 E 2nd St Los Angeles, CA 90033 2942 E 2nd St
Los Angeles, CA 90033
7 3 2,402 $799,000 $332.64 15 days
213 N Westlake Ave Los Angeles, CA 90026 213 N Westlake Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90026
5 3 2,040 $1,200,000 $588.24 16 days
2416 Reservoir St Los Angeles, CA 90026 2416 Reservoir St
Los Angeles, CA 90026
2 2 997 $1,250,000 $1,253.76 16 days
2906 Reservoir St Silver Lake, CA 90026 2906 Reservoir St
Silver Lake, CA 90026
5 5 2,186 $2,350,000 $1,075.02 16 days
2144 Lake Shore Ave Los Angeles, CA 90039 2144 Lake Shore Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90039
2 1 1,043 $1,399,000 $1,341.32 16 days
3037 Angus St Los Angeles, CA 90039 3037 Angus St
Los Angeles, CA 90039
3 3 1,853 $1,799,000 $970.86 18 days
1831 Cerro Gordo St Los Angeles, CA 90026 1831 Cerro Gordo St
Los Angeles, CA 90026
4 3 1,884 $2,350,000 $1,247.35 24 days
2237 Bancroft Ave Los Angeles, CA 90039 2237 Bancroft Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90039
3 2 1,654 $2,099,000 $1,269.04 25 days
350 Patton St Los Angeles, CA 90026 350 Patton St
Los Angeles, CA 90026
3 1 1,200 $1,200,000 $1,000.00 25 days
1657 Elevado St Silver Lake, CA 90026 1657 Elevado St
Silver Lake, CA 90026
6 5 4,012 $2,100,000 27.3% $523.43 26 days
3611 Ellsworth St Los Angeles, CA 90026 3611 Ellsworth St
Los Angeles, CA 90026
3 3 1,768 $1,999,000 $1,130.66 26 days
135 N Vendome St Los Angeles, CA 90026 135 N Vendome St
Los Angeles, CA 90026
7 6 3,484 $1,699,000 $487.66 26 days
1015 Figueroa Terrace #8 Los Angeles, CA 90012 1015 Figueroa Terrace #8
Los Angeles, CA 90012
3 3 1,800 $1,249,000 -0.1% $693.89 26 days
918 W College St #320 Los Angeles, CA 90012 918 W College St #320
Los Angeles, CA 90012
2 2 755 $525,000 $695.36 30 days
859 Hyperion Ave Los Angeles, CA 90029 859 Hyperion Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90029
3 4 2,020 $1,495,000 $740.10 31 days
2111 Clifford St Los Angeles, CA 90026 2111 Clifford St
Los Angeles, CA 90026
3 3 1,870 $1,998,000 $1,068.45 32 days
1318 N Occidental Blvd Los Angeles, CA 90026 1318 N Occidental Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90026
4 3 1,508 $1,499,000 $994.03 32 days
1933 Lemoyne St Silver Lake, CA 90026 1933 Lemoyne St
Silver Lake, CA 90026
6 4 3,233 $1,275,000 $394.37 37 days
1032 W Edgeware Rd Los Angeles, CA 90026 1032 W Edgeware Rd
Los Angeles, CA 90026
6 4 3,276 $2,995,000 $914.22 38 days
2945 Angus St Los Angeles, CA 90039 2945 Angus St
Los Angeles, CA 90039
5 5 6,800 $4,750,000 -5% $698.53 38 days
339 Laveta Terrace Los Angeles, CA 90026 339 Laveta Terrace
Los Angeles, CA 90026
5 2 2,372 $1,140,000 -11.6% $480.61 38 days
1822 Baxter St Los Angeles, CA 90026 1822 Baxter St
Los Angeles, CA 90026
4 4 3,420 $2,489,000 -14.1% $727.78 39 days
2011 Echo Park Ave #1 Los Angeles, CA 90026 2011 Echo Park Ave #1
Los Angeles, CA 90026
2 1 840 $769,000 $915.48 43 days
2011 Echo Park Ave #1/4 Los Angeles, CA 90026 2011 Echo Park Ave #1/4
Los Angeles, CA 90026
2 2 653 $659,000 $1,009.19 43 days
1725 Apex Ave Los Angeles, CA 90026 1725 Apex Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90026
4 3 2,897 $2,695,000 $930.27 44 days
642 Silver Lake Blvd Los Angeles, CA 90026 642 Silver Lake Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90026
2 1 841 $899,000 -7.3% $1,068.97 45 days
3439 Plata St Los Angeles, CA 90026 3439 Plata St
Los Angeles, CA 90026
3 3 1,819 $1,249,000 -3.2% $686.64 45 days
320 N Bonnie Brae St Los Angeles, CA 90026 320 N Bonnie Brae St
Los Angeles, CA 90026
4 2 1,332 $775,000 $581.83 46 days
2680 Ivan Hill Terrace Los Angeles, CA 90039 2680 Ivan Hill Terrace
Los Angeles, CA 90039
2 1 1,673 $1,684,262 $1,006.73 46 days
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Local Landmarks

A living part of Silver Lake’s history are the “secret stairs”. These leftovers from the bygone trolley days are equally great for fitness-seekers and photo-takers. Not content to simply be a convenient way to reach stellar views of the San Gabriels, some of the staircases have been turned into public art pieces: the Micheltorena stairs are painted in vibrant stripes. The whole neighborhood is home to amazing street art - some of the most impressive in the city.

Of course, Silver Lake’s namesake, the massive reservoir at its center, is a focal point of the neighborhood. With a 2-mile paved loop for walking and running, two dog parks, the Silver Lake Recreation Center and Silver Lake Meadow, it’s a dreamy, scenic oasis. Silver Lake Meadow, designed after New York’s Sheep Meadow, was a couple of overgrown, impassable acres until 2011 - now, it’s a wide-open space with native plants flourishing along the walkways. The recreation center hosts sports leagues for kids along with yoga, painting, Tai Chi and other enrichment for all ages.

Food + Drink

Locals are spoiled for choice when it comes to coffee: Lamill Coffee, Intelligentsia, La Colombe, Proof, Dinosaur Coffee, and Scout are just a few of the more popular spots. Pour-overs, cold brews, grab n’ go or get-your-work-done, it’s hard to throw a stone without hitting a great café. Later in the day, you can get your fill of date-night dining at Alimento, Night + Market Song, Sawyer, Kettle Black, or Stella. For more casual meals, the choices are even better: lemongrass chicken at Same Same, pho at Blossom, ramen at Silverlake Ramen, burgers at Hache, and take-out at Fat Dragon barely scratches the surface of Silver Lake’s options. After dinner, dance the night away to indie bands at The Satellite or under the disco ball at The Friend. There’s also tiki bars (Side Bar), wine bars (Melody), dives (Jay’s Bar), and, of course, the aforementioned Black Cat. And in the morning, mimosas, eggs, and espresso away at BarBrix, Sqirl, Cliff’s Edge, Millie’s Café or Trois Familiar.

         In Silver Lake, low-key locals rub elbows with celebrities and don’t think twice about it, a testament to the neighborhood’s ultra-chill, ever-evolving vibes. Suitable for strolling with a stroller or stumbling home from an all-night dance party, this central LA is a perfect place to put down roots - you’ll be surprised at how much room there is to grow.

Silver Lake History

Silver Lake History Lake wears its history on its sleeve: many of its homes boast mid-century modern architecture and have had famous architects or residents. Micheltorena Street alone is home to several houses designed by John Lautner, Gregory Ain, and Rudolph Schindler, as well as the home of silent film star Antonio Moreno, a home that served as a set piece for Less Than Zero,  and the former home of music critic Peter Yates - who hosted outdoor concerts on its roof. And then there’s the Sunset Pacific Motel (known locally as the Bates Motel for its location near Bates Street and its derelict, spooky vibes), now distinctive for its participation in the 2015 public art installation “Projection”: the artist, Vincent Lamoureux painted the entire building white. A bit worse for the wear these days, the installation gave the property a new afterlife. It’s not far from what remains of the wall pictured on the cover of Elliott Smith’s Figure 8 album!

Silver Lake was also home to Walt Disney’s very first studio in the 1930’s - you can kill two birds with one stone by getting your groceries at Gelson’s Market, which is the site’s current occupant. If you’ve ever wondered why Disney favors the name Hyperion in its subsidiary companies (as in Hyperion Books), it’s because the original studio was at the corner of Hyperion Avenue.

The neighborhood also served as a hub for the LGBTQ community - some consider Harry Hay’s Silver Lake home as the birthplace of the gay-rights movement. The Black Cat Tavern, which still stands, was the site of a police raid and subsequent protest - two years before the Stonewall Riots. From subversive drag performances in the 30s to modern-day voguing at Los Globos, Silver Lake has long been a place where freedom of identity and expression has taken priority.

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