Not too far from Downtown, Echo Park is a neighborhood that is definitely coming into its own. Echo Park Lake, recently refurbished, is now a beautiful recreational area, complete with pedal boats and a lotus garden. Sunset Boulevard runs through the neighorhood, peppered with boutiques and local businesses along the route. There are so many different architectural styles to choose from in this neighborhood, from meticulously restored Victorians perched on the hill of Angelino Heights to craftsman bungalows and modern concept homes throughout the neighborhood. 

Spend a day here: Breakfast with a french press full of coffee is always great at The Park restaurant, then hike Elysian Park's dog friendly west loop for scenic views and an early afternoon nature fix.  Check out the Time Travel Mart for literary puns and pick up the latest copy of McSweeney's. Grab a vegan, field-to-table lunch at Sage. Refresh your record collection at Origami Vinyl or take an art workshop at Machine Project during the afternoon. Then, catch a baseball game at Dodger Stadium and, inevitably, eat a Dodger Dog. End the night listening to music at The Echo or with a celebratory nightcap at El Prado (if the Dodgers won).   

Demographics: In 2008 the city estimated that the population had increased to 43,832. The median age for residents was 30, about the same as the city norm. Echo Park is considered moderately diverse ethnically. The breakdown was Latinos, 64%; Asians, 18.8%; caucasian, 12.9%; African American, 2%, and others, 2.3% The median household income in 2008 was $37,708.

Elementary Schools:

  • Baxter Montessori (private)
  • Elysian Heights Elementary (LAUSD)
  • Clifford Street Elementary (LAUSD)
  • Mayberry Street Elementary (LAUSD)
  • Golden West Christian (private)
  • Gabriella Charter (LAUSD)
  • Logan Street Span School (LAUSD)
  • Rosemont Elementary (LAUSD)
  • Betty Plasencia Elementary School (LAUSD)