10 Design Destinations In Echo Park

10 Design Destinations In Echo Park

Beth Zeigler
Jul 21, 2009
We've had the good fortune to call Echo Park home for three years and counting. Not discovering this eclectic neighborhood until we had lived everywhere from South Pasadena to Burbank--we finally feel at home in Los Angeles. And while we love to discover all Los Angeles has to offer, sometimes we have just as much fun stumbling upon great design elements in our own backyard...
  • Carroll Avenue Nestled in Angelino Heights, Carroll Avenue has the highest concentration of Victorian era homes with Craftsman style and Brownstone mixed in. Picturesque streets lined with antique light posts, with a handful of homes listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Besides the amazing architecture, it's also a great source of inspiration for exterior home colors and manicured lawns.
  • Echo Park Lake
    Although the Lotus beds no longer reside in the Echo Park Lake, the area still brims with life. You'll find local street vendors and families with tons of space to spread out and enjoy a picnic (and the view).
  • Cafes, Coffee Shops and Boutiques Countless coffee shops and cafes spill out onto the sidewalk with tables and chairs creating a cozy vibe. On our street alone there's FIX Coffee, Delilah's, Tavin and Feeding Birds Boutique. All charming and welcoming with ample outdoor seating.
  • Antique and Second Hand Stores When we're looking for the perfect piece of vintage or antique furniture, our first stop is Echo Park. There are two sets of shops off of Sunset Boulevard that have great finds in second hand goods. On one side of the street there's Pepe's and Sunset Bazaar and just up the road you'll find Minnette's Rumer B and Peron's Antiques and Collectibles.
  • The Jensen Recreation Center Built in 1924, the building's facade is largely Beaux Arts and Italianate in style with the exterior undergoing little changes during its long history. Once a pool hall, bowling alley and an apartment building, developers are starting to remodel the front shops to make way for restaurants and stores. Our favorite part of the historic building is the ginormous sign which sits rooftop that spells out Jensen's Recreation Center. Below the signage, an individual knocking down bowling pins lets us know what used to occupy the space.
  • Stairways With over 20 stairways and counting, these public spots have us discovering the backyards of Echo Park. On each stairway, you're bound to get inspiration from other people's homes and gardens--not to mention a workout.
  • Watering Holes We love that Echo Park is free from the usual chain and corporate stores with local owners making up the majority of businesses that we frequent. El Prado Bar is one watering hole that we love to visit. To us, if feels like a rustic inn complete with retro wood paneling and thick glass windows made from bottles. And if you're ever around on a Tuesday night, they have a standing record club where patrons get to play music from their own collection.
  • Dodger Stadium Going to a Dodger game with friends is definitely one of our favorite ways to spend an evening in Los Angeles. The 3rd oldest ballpark in existence, renovations in 2005 returned much of Dodger Stadium back to its original look. Muted blues, yellows and greens are one of our favorite color combos.
  • Murals and Street Art
    Echo Park's landscape is dotted with murals and street art on almost every corner. To us, it adds to the liveliness and diverse culture that defines Echo Park. Adding a large mural to your own space is a great way to pull focus into a room or add a playful vibe to your space. Check out the full list of murals in Echo Park here for more inspiration.
  • Amazing Views Some of the most amazing views of the city can be found from Echo Park. Looking out from atop Baxter Street, you can see the Hollywood Sign and Griffith Observatory. And on your way down Echo Park Avenue while in a lush neighborhood you have an amazing view of skyscrapers that make up Downtown LA's skyline. And after reading Abby's post yesterday about a film shot in Downtown LA, it reminded us that we're just seconds away from tons of design inspiration. Not to mention, The Echo Park Historical Society does monthly walking tours (info found here).


--We've also attached a Google Map plotting our favorite Design Destinations in Echo Park

(Images: 1. El Prado Bar, 2-4 Beth Zeigler, 5. Rich Alossi, 6-9 Beth Zeigler, 10. Rich Puchalsky)

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