Silver Lake

If there is one word to describe Silver Lake it would be diverse. From the architecture to the inhabitants, this neighborhood is culturally rich and draws an eclectic mix of musicians, writers, and artists. The community feels tight knit and you’ll find many young professionals as well as a good mix of couples that enjoy the uniqueness of the area and the great schools such as Ivanhoe elementary that are within its district.

VDL Research House by Architect Richard Neutra 1932
VDL Research House by Architect Richard Neutra 1932

Silver Lake has some of the most studied and unique modernist architecture in the West. Richard Neutra, an architect, built many homes in the area but made it a point to build his own home on Silver Lake Boulevard.

It is close to downtown, with views of the mountains and the skyline. People from surrounding areas drive in to jog at the Silver Lake Reservoir. Boutiques pepper the community with their unique style and the Sunset Junction street fair is not to be missed. A good mix of restaurants, coffee shops and bars are all within reach. And if you ever felt like getting out, the proximity to freeways is excellent.

In short, this is a very hip and interesting neighborhood that has a lot to offer.

Where is Silver Lake?

You’ll find Silver Lake bordered by Los Feliz to the northwest and Echo Park to the south, just east of Griffith Park. Here is a map of the area.

Architecture of Silver Lake

Tree House Jeffrey Allsbrook and Silva Kuhle 2002
Tree House Jeffrey Allsbrook and Silva Kuhle 2002

Some of the greats of the Modernist age broke ground in this area. Those include Richard Neutra, John Lautner, Gregory Ain, Frank Lloyd Wright. The 1930’s was the height of the first architectural boom.

Many of the creative class who were entranced with the Hollywood glitz and glamor in the 20’s came to make their architectural mark in this neighborhood after the Hollywood Hills real estate parcels started to get too pricey.

In recent years a renaissance of the next generation of architects have taken up the call in the area, these include Sean Briski, Barbara Bestor, Ana Henton and Barry Milofsky.

History of Silver Lake

This area was originally called Ivanhoe, a name the well sought out elementary school nearby stills bears. The boom of the 1930’s was an interesting time for Silver Lake in Los Angeles. Walt Disney built his first studio in the area, followed by Mack Sennett Studios and Monogram (KCET) and Talmadge (ABC).

Since the 90’s this area became ground zero for the alternative and indie rock scene in LA. Those from the East Coast often relate this area to NYC’s Williamsburg district.

Where to Go and Things to Do in Silver Lake

Sunset Junction Silver Lake Los Angeles Sign

Sunset Junction Street Fair

A great representation of what this neighborhood is all about. Music and community brought together. It is a great time to get outside at the end of summer and get all of the musicians and neighbors in the surrounding community together.

Red Lion Tavern

Outdoor German beer garden with tasty food and a great atmosphere. During the day you are likely to find older clientele enjoying a Schnitzel, where as at night the young hip crowd packs in for liter beers and a hearty laugh.

(323) 662-5337
2366 Glendale Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90039

Cha Cha Lounge

Small and intimate dive bar where the vibe always feels welcoming. The drinks are inexpensive, the room is dark and the crowd is usually in a festive mood.

(323) 660-7595
2375 Glendale Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90039

Berlin Currywurst

German food done right, quick, delicious and the price is right. This is reminiscent of the eclectic street food culture that this neighborhood embraces.

(323) 663-1989
3827 W Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90026.

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