Thinking of moving to Silver Lake? Here’s what you need to know.
The small neighborhood of Silver Lake is now the worst kept secret in Los Angeles. Everybody knows about it, and everybody loves it! Situated east of Hollywood between Downtown and Glendale, the small enclave of 35,000 residents is quite proud of what Forbes calls “the hippest neighborhood in the US.”
You can’t talk about being ‘hip’ without talking about hipsters, and there are plenty in Silver Lake that blend with a highly diverse population. The residents are mostly young and educated, with a mix that includes both families and singles. Families in Silver Lake have a variety of options for schools, with three public schools and four private schools covering all ages. The neighborhood has a long history of being gay friendly. The LGBT community maintains deep roots in Silver Lake and has helped usher in a renaissance of stylish shops, trendsetting restaurants, and boutique fitness studios to the area. A close commute to Downtown means professionals of all industries have the opportunity to call Silver Lake home.
The entire city of Los Angeles is at your fingertips as the prolific public transportation links residents to the entire area. Nearby favorites include The Greek Theatre, Griffith Observatory, and people watching in Hollywood. Silver Lake itself has shown a commitment to public bike lanes and walking paths and the resulting traffic within Silver Lake is markedly less than in other nearby neighborhoods. Street parking is routinely available for those with cars. Glendale is just up the road and can satisfy any and all items on your shopping list, and the beach is roughly 30 minutes to the west.
What Do You Do?
Silver Lake has a thriving restaurant and bar scene, so make sure to try out Café Stella, Blair’s, and Pine & Crane, among others, to claim your favorite. If you’re a chef at heart, the twice-a-week farmers market is sure to satisfy any taste. For those that come west for sunshine, take a hike (literally) in Griffith Park or nearby Echo Park. The LA Dodgers (MLB) play three miles away in their historic stadium. Or perhaps stay a little closer to home and enjoy the walking path around Silver Lake Reservoir. Make sure to pick out your dream home in Moreno Heights as you walk by.