7.4 out of 10

Silver Lake

Ranked 16th best neighborhood in Los Angeles
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Great for
  • Eating Out
  • Internet Access
  • Neighborly Spirit
  • Parks & Recreation
  • Nightlife
Not great for
  • Parking
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Who lives here?
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Gay & Lesbian

Reviews

5/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
Aug 15, 2013

"Convenient, Artsy and Diverse"

Silver Lake is a community South and East of Los Feliz. It is named for the reservoir which it surrounds. The community is known for it's diverse people and architecture. In recent years, it has been considered one of Los Angeles' most "artsy" communities. It is also known for the many trendy restaurants and clubs.

The prices range (when writing) from about $600,000 for a 2 br/2 ba 1200 approx. square foot home to over a million for a 2800 sq. foot home with 4 bedrooms. Rental prices range from $1,500 for a 1 br apt. to $7,000 for a 3 bedroom 2300 sq. foot home.

The location is great for commuting to downtown LA or to West Hollywood. Silver Lake is surrounded by many parks including Griffith Park, Elysian Park, and Bellvue Recreation Center.
Pros
  • Trendy
  • Fun Nightlife
Cons
  • Traffic
  • Expensive
5/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 2/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 3/5
Mar 04, 2013

"Unique, Creative, Artsy, Architecture"

Discovering Silverlake. The panoramic views and charm of this unique city place it as a top place to know about. The beauty of looking at the ocean and the lake is possible from some spots. Everyone is already talking about the restaurants and the hip community. Its True.

The Music scene and the arts intertwine as the streets. It’s a lifestyle. I have visited the street music festival, the record shop Origami for vinyl records, awesome restaurants and some art shows that they have going on all the time. Modern Architecture with many Richard Neutra homes are in Silverlake. Walt Disney found this area and it fit him like a glove, after all he is the most visionary, creative guy and so Unique!

The people who live there really are so glad to be there. It’s green, with privacy and urban all together.
Everything is so close. When we go there or eat out there it feels special, like an event.
Pros
  • Architecture and ART
  • Music
  • Close to everything urban and residential too
  • Hip
  • Restaurants
Cons
  • narrow winding streets- but its the hill
  • parking, good luck
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 2/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
Dec 08, 2012

"Come for the Day"

I knew Silver Lake had fully changed from its edgy past when a lady from Beverly Hills told me she was going shopping in Silver Lake for her holiday presents, and gushed about how cute it was there, with all the shops and cafes.

She was right, Silver Lake is a really cute neighborhood is super cute and getting cuter all the time. I just didn't realize until then that Silver Lake isn't just for East SIders anymore. Once upon a time a Beverly Hills housewife wouldn't have been caught dead in Silver Lake, but now, it's known as a hipster paradise, and has gotten a clean shiny coat of Spiffied Up Awesome thanks to all the new businesses that have sprung up there in the past ten years, with more coming in all the time.

It is a great neighborhood to come and spend the day, or at least a long weekend morning. There's a great tradition of Silver Lake folks to sleep in and have a nice, long brunch in any one of the neighborhoods fabulous cafes and restaurants. There's now too many to even name, but it all springs from the central location of Sunset Junction and moves outward, up toward Los Feliz, mostly south towards Silver Lake Boulevard, where there is also a great little stretch of shops and places to eat.

There's so much to do here if you're feeling like shopping, or brunching. There's a great little farmer's market every Tuesday afternoon and Saturday mornings with that little street permanently closed off now to traffic next to a cute little pocket park. There's Pop Physique if you want to work out, or the lake to walk around if you're feeling old school. Just walking the hills is terrific exercise as Silver Lake has some of the steepest hills in the city, and once you get up high enough (cilmb Micheltorena for instance) some of the very best views.

While it might be too expensive, too hipster, or even still a little too sketchy for all people to feel comfortable living here, it's definitely one of the coolest neighborhoods you'll ever spend time in.
Pros
  • Great bars
  • Hip
  • Restaurants
Recommended for
  • Singles
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Trendy & Stylish
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 2/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
Aug 15, 2010

"Definitely the hippest"

Silver Lake is pretty awesome, in my opinion. It used to be an utter slum until about 10 years ago and now it's one of my favorite places in Los Angeles. A lot of the apartments are old and have glorious high ceilings. But, the streets with the good ones are hit and miss. Half of the areas are still pretty run down and scary. The neighborhood has become pretty expenisve, too, because of its cool factor, so you can't get the giant apartment for a good deal in the area any longer. The houses up in the hills and around the reservoir are really cool. A lot of them are small-ish houses that have huge decks and a great view; but, there are definitely some whoppers in the area. There isn't much of a neighborhood feel in any of the residential parts of Silverlake, though. I'm not sure if it's because of the hills but it isn't a neigborhoody kind of neighborhood.
The reservoir isn't the most scenic of bodies of water in the city; but, there is a great dog park attached. And, if you live in the neighborhood and want to see a bit of water on a run, this is the spot. You have to be careful, though, because cars go flying down the street right there.
Silverlake reminds me a lot of Williamsburg in the way of music, shops and food. There are a lot of small, hip restaurants in the area. Malo is one of my favorite. It's small, it's great and it's always packed. The little boutiques in the neighborhood are fantastic. And, there's an independent coffee shop for every four shops.
There hipster quotient of Silverlake is pretty high. So, be prepared to be judged by adults in costumes. Especially at the bars like Cha Cha and Mixville. But, the great thing about all of the Silverlake bars is that they are all pretty low-key. I'll take a hipster bar over a Hollywood d-bag club any day.
The best part about Silverlake is, undoubtedly, the music scene. I have seen so many bands at Spaceland before they got big. And, all of the music venues are really small so you are right up on some great music. Silverlake has long been the home to up and coming musicians. Elliot Smith, Beck, Jeff Buckley, etc all lived and performed in Silverlake before they were names.
Which brings me to The Sunset Junction Street fair. This is the most incredible street fair as far as music, indie shopping and food. It's every summer and it's one of my favorite things to do in the city.
Silverlake is diverse and fantastic but maybe not for older people.
Pros
  • Hip
  • Restaurants
  • Great bars
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
Jul 17, 2010

"Plenty of things to do for all types of people"

I have only visited the area and there was plenty to do within such a small radius Within walking distance there are an entire list of clubs, bars, restaurants, and nightclubs. Rent, is not the most affordable but yet not too extravagant either. You're looking about 1700 for a smaller two bedroom. As I said, there are plenty of entertainment areas. Jazz clubs, hotels, pool parties, night clubs, bars and restaurants. Hundreds of places to go within the small area of Silver Lake in LA.
This area is great since you have the nightlife, shopping, and dining but you also have various opportunities to enjoy the nature aspects of Silver Lake. Plenty of hiking the extravagant nature trails lining the outskirts of the area.
Crime rates really vary. It's hit or miss as some areas are perfectly safe and others are areas where you need to be more careful.
There are plenty of shopping areas within a very short walking distance. Silver lake has a great daytime life and a very happening night life. Great for couples, someone enjoying the single life, or the college student who works all day and stays up all night.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 3/5
Apr 18, 2010

"An artist community with delicious restaurants and friendly people."

Silver Lake is nestled in the hills between downtown Los Angeles and Glendale. There are several retail areas that make up Silver Lake, each one situated at different sides of the Silver Lake Reservoir. Between each unique retail area are streets lined with 1920's Craftsman bungalows and Spanish-influenced duplexes, 1960's modern ranch homes, and a sprinkling of ultramodern Bauhaus minimalist houses. Silver Lake is known for its trendy and fashionable music venues, restaurants, and boutiques -- but still maintains a gritty urban edge due to the proximity of less gentrified LA neighborhoods like Rampart, Korea Town and Echo Park. A yearly highlight of the neighborhood is the Sunset Junction Music Festival, which has grown in recent years to include internationally recognized bands as headliners.
Recommended for
  • Families with kids

Best Streets in Silver Lake

"Lovely area for being outdoors."
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Tesla Ave

3.5/5
"Nice homes and a park"
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"Busy retail street."
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Unranked Streets in Silver Lake

"Gorgeous residential neighborhood near Dodger Stadium."
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Angus St

3.5/5
"Homes by the water"
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"A park like setting"
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Avon St

3.5/5
"Backs up to the Elysian Park at Dodger Stadium."
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Clinton St

2.5/5
"I See Potential!"
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Descanso Dr

3.5/5
"Beautiful Silverlake Hills location"
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"A place to live in the hills"
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