Echo Park is a neighborhood of approximately 45,000 located in central
Los Angeles. Chinatown and
Downtown Los Angeles are to the southeast,
Silver Lake and East Hollywood are to the northwest, and Rampart Village is to the west. The neighborhood of Echo Park is centered on a lake named Echo Park Lake.
Notable residents have included:
Victor Heights is a neighborhood that makes up most of the eastern section of Echo Park which is just northwest of Downtown Los Angeles. Victor Heights is north of Sunset Boulevard and northeast of Angelino Heights in a very hilly area that offers great views of the Los Angeles Basin, including Downtown Los Angeles, the Hollywood Hills, and south to Long Beach and the Palos Verdes Hills.
Angelino Heights, established in 1886, is a small, residential neighborhood within the hills of Echo Park and the second oldest in Los Angeles. Only Bunker Hill in Downtown Los Angeles in older. Angelino Heights is known for its Victorian homes and great views of Downtown Los Angeles, the Los Angeles Basin, and the surrounding hills. Other architecturally significant homes include Bungalow, Mission Revival, Craftsman, Colonial Revival, and Art Deco homes.
Forthmann Carriage House
The Forthmann Carriage House is a beautiful, historic Victorian house built in 1887 in the Angelino Heights neighborhood of Los Angeles. The 4,200 square foot, eleven room home is located at 812 E. Edgeware Road and is privately owned. The home is a Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument and is not currently open to the public.
Neutral Maxwell House
The Neutral Maxwell house, built in 1941 in the Angelino Heights neighborhood of Los Angeles, is a Mid-Century Modern style home and Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument. The historic home is privately owned and is not currently available for tours.
Elysian Heights is a small residential neighborhood within the Echo Park section of Los Angeles. Silver Lake is on the northwest and the Elysian Valley is on the northeast.
Edendale is the historic name for a hilly neighborhood that is now part of Echo Park, Los Feliz, and Silverlake. The name Edendale is rarely seen or used today. It was once known as the home to many of the very early movie studios in Southern California.
Echo Park – Early History
Echo Park was originally a natural arroyo that filled with water from a spring-fed stream that originated at Baxter Street and flowed down what is now Echo Park Avenue. In 1868, construction started by private developers, on an earthen dam, and in 1870, the reservoir created was used for drinking water and local agriculture use. In 1888, the lake or reservoir, and the surrounding park area were donated to the City of Los Angeles to be used for recreational purposes.
Echo Park Lake
Echo Park Lake is a beautiful artificial lake located in the Echo Park section of Los Angeles at 751 Echo Park Avenue, just north of the Hollywood Freeway, south of W. Sunset Boulevard, and east of N. Alvarado Street. It was developed in 1870 as a reservoir originally to be used for drinking water. Today, features include fishing, pedal boats, gondola rides, walking paths, picnic areas, and great views of Downtown Los Angeles. In addition, the lake includes a famous bed of lotus flowers that grew in the water at the northwest end of the lake. It is the largest bed of lotuses outside of Asia and the inspiration for the annual Lotus Festival.
Echo Park Historical Society
Founded in 1995 as a non-profit, all volunteer organization, the mission of the Echo Park Historical Society is to promote and preserve the cultural and architectural heritage and history of Echo Park. Echo Park Historical Society organizes the annual Echo Park Home Tour which is highly popular with architects, interior designers, contractors, and artists. It also sponsors Echo Park History Day and publishes a quarterly newsletter. Memberships are available and donations are greatly appreciated.
All of the homes located on the 1300 block of Carroll Avenue in Los Angeles, near Echo Park, have been listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Most have been named as Los Angeles Historic – Cultural Monuments. The Victorian-era homes are primarily Queen Anne, Craftsman, and Bungalow style homes built in or near 1887. All of the homes have been restored and are privately owned.
The Angeles Temple, dedicated in 1923, is a National Historic Landmark and is on the List of Registered Historic Places in Los Angeles. The Angeles Temple is located at 1100 Glendale Boulevard in the Echo Park neighborhood of Los Angeles which is just outside of downtown. The temple was the central house of worship for International Church of the Foursquare Gospel and has a seating capacity of 5,300. During the 1920s and 1930s, the church was filled to capacity three times every day, seven days a week making it the largest Christian congregation in the world. The building is now the home of Angeles Temple Hispanic Church. The building is absolutely magnificent.
Every year, in July, since 1975, the City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks has sponsored the Lotus Festival at Echo Park Lake in the Echo Park section of Los Angeles just northeast of Chinatown and Little Tokyo. Festivities include good music, great food, boat races and a short film on the history of Echo Park and its famous bed of lotus flowers that have flourished in the lake since the 1920s.
Alpine Hill is a small neighborhood in the Echo Park section of Los Angeles. Angelino Heights is to the west, Victor Heights is to the northwest, Chinatown is to the east, and Downtown Los Angeles is to the south. Alpine Street runs directly through the center of Alpine Hill from central Chinatown.
Elysian Park is a 600-acre city park in Los Angeles, which includes Chavez Ravine, the location of Dodger Stadium and the Los Angeles Police Academy. It is the second largest park in Los Angeles and the oldest having been founded in 1886. Elysian Park is located directly north of Chinatown, Los Angeles and Downtown Los Angeles. Echo Park is to the west and northwest, Cypress Park is to the northeast, and Lincoln Heights is to the east. At the southeastern section of the park is the Los Angeles River where the Portola expedition camped and gave the river is name in 1769. The Portola Trail Campsite is located at the Meadow Road entrance and has been designated a California Historical Landmark.
Echo Park Real Estate
Homes in Echo Park consist of both single family detached homes and attached homes that may be townhomes or stacked condominiums. Prices range from moderate to high depending upon the neighborhood. Our real estate agents and brokers can show you any homes listed for sale with any real estate brokerage firm.
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Echo Park Land
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