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Old 06-18-2007, 12:27 AM
 
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Hey guys,

I am thinking of moving out to Echo Park can someone give me an idea of what the place is like pros/cons. I am moving from the East Coast and have heard the place is really cool for the younger crowd (I'm 25 and into the arts). Any information will be helpful!
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Old 06-18-2007, 02:57 AM
 
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Well, Double Down, Echo Park is one of those places that has its good parts, and bad parts, and they are pretty close to each other. I've been to some really cool places in Echo Park, with great views. Then I've walked a few hundred yards to places where I get maddogged by the typical group of gang members hanging out on the sidewalk. I know that's not helpful, but if at all possible, check it out in person.
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Old 06-18-2007, 10:26 PM
 
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Anyone else spent anytime in Echo Park?
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Old 06-19-2007, 09:08 PM
 
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As the other poster mentioned Echo Park is still pretty hit or miss. There are some nice areas, but overall, I wouldn't want to live there. If you like the Echo Park vibe, I suggest checking out Silverlake. Silverlake has many more shops and restaurants, and is overall much safer. Anyplace near Sunset Junction is great! You would have access to all of the shops on Rowena and Hyperion, not to mention being close to Hillhurst and Vermont. It's a great area.
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Old 06-20-2007, 11:48 AM
 
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skip echo park unless you have a tight budget. then look really really hard. I recommend Silverlake. It is about a mile west and much more hip. I have lived here for the past 5 years and I love it.

Echo park is very hit and miss, best to find a building where you know others. Or they live nearby. also parking in all of LA is pretty much a nighmare. try to get a place that provides parking.
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Old 06-24-2007, 06:32 AM
 
Location: Puyallup, Wa
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Wow...I am suprised Echo Park is getting some positive reviews. I used to live 10 minutes from Echo Park and would travel through on my way to Downtown, etc. The area immediately around Echo Park is very depressed with a very high crime rate. Legend held that LAPD would scrape the lake every couple months for dead bodies.

I would agree with the Silverlake recommendations.....
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Old 06-24-2007, 10:41 PM
 
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Echo Park has changed a lot in the past decade. Right around Sunset can look iffy, but a few blocks north of there are many decent places to rent at reasonable (for L.A.) prices. Silver Lake is interesting, too, but it's much busier with much worse parking. A lot of young professionals look here to live close to downtown. Tough drive from the area to the Westside.
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Old 06-26-2007, 07:58 PM
 
Location: Cincinnati
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You either "get" Echo Park or you don't. 15 years ago, I didn't want to get out of my car there as a young man from Redondo Beach. Now it's seen much gentrification. It's better to stay north of the freeway. Echo Park Lake is gorgeous. I recently spent part of a balmy afternoon there. Recent gentrification has changed the place a lot. Stunning views of downtown can be had from the hills and it has a character all it's own. The only way to find out if it's for you is to come see it in person. Silverlake 15 years ago is a lot like what Echo Park is today. The latter is still "up and coming". I personally prefer Los Feliz to both, that's where I live. If I find that killer haunted house on top of a hill in Echo Park, that could prompt a move (or an investment).
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Old 06-27-2007, 12:05 AM
 
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Anyone else spent anytime in Echo Park?
Yeah. Listen to what the other posters are saying.
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Old 06-27-2007, 06:02 PM
 
Location: Rogue Valley, So. Oregon
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Yes, Echo Park is much different than it was 15 years ago. So it Silverlake. Good luck affording rent in SL (studios for $1500 near me ... south of Sunset!!!), EP is creeping up, too. I mean expensive considering that these are quaint old parts of the city with failing infrastructures (some 4-way intersections still don't have stop signs, power goes out for several hours almost every time it rains).

Meet neighbors before you sign a purchase offer/lease. That'll be your best indicator for any little pocket or block you become interested in.
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