Exploring the East Side: Highland Park

This hip L.A. neighborhood hasn’t lost its old-school charm.

Photo by Michael Juliano via Time Out Los Angeles

Photo by Michael Juliano via Time Out Los Angeles

Highland Park is one of L.A.’s most exciting and vibrant East Side neighborhoods. With sweet residential streets full of charming California bungalows, Craftsman cottages, and Spanish colonial revival homes, plus two main commercial roads brimming with happening restaurants and vintage hotspots, it’s no wonder this little enclave is getting big-time attention. Read on for a peek into some of our top Highland Park highlights.

Location

Bordered by South Pasadena to the East and Eagle Rock to the West, Highland Park is smack in the middle of Northeast Los Angeles’ liveliest corridor. It’s also conveniently located from Downtown L.A. - roughly 10 minutes from Chinatown up the 110.

Highlights

Highland Park has two main commercial areas -- one along York Boulevard and the other along Figueroa Street. Both are full of restaurants, coffee shops, bars, and retail stores.

Café de Leche. Photo by Mindee Choi via Los Angeles Magazine

Café de Leche. Photo by Mindee Choi via Los Angeles Magazine

York Blvd

Start your day off sweetly with a vegan (but no-less-decadent) donut at Donut Friend, where the treats have rock-n-roll-inspired names like Banana Kill and S’Morrissey. Or if you prefer a more traditional coffee shop, Café de Leche’s got all of your favorite espresso drinks, served with Latin American flair.

For something more substantial, check out Delia’s - a neighborhood favorite breakfast and lunch spot offering traditional Mexican fare. Or try new addition Joy - sister restaurant to Silverlake’s massively popular Pine and Crane -- serving fresh, delicious Taiwanese food in a warm and spacious setting.

After dining, walk a few doors down to Permanent Records, where you’ll find new records, used records, cassette tapes, and selections from their own label. Then check out Pop-Hop Books, a local favorite for used books, zines, and literary journals from the local L.A. lit scene and beyond. And if your morning sugar rush wasn’t enough, go to historic soda shop Galco’s Soda Pop Stop - a neighborhood institution since 1955, where they sell unique specialty sodas from all over the world.

Sonny’s Hideaway. Image via Eater L.A. and WadeCo Design

Sonny’s Hideaway. Image via Eater L.A. and WadeCo Design

For a fun night out, try The York or Sonny’s Hideaway - two cozy gastropubs with hearty, well curated fare and stiff cocktails. Finish up the evening with a dip into the Hi Hat - a neighborhood haunt featuring live music, pool tables, and of course, drinks.

Image via Discover Los Angeles

Image via Discover Los Angeles

Figueroa Street

Hungry? Fig’s got plenty of options. Check out Go Get Em Tiger for coffee and light café-style breakfast bites. For lunch, head to eclectic vegan diner Kitchen Mouse for dishes like gluten-free snickerdoodle pancakes, gomasio rice cakes, and tikka mushroom tacos, or pop over to Salvadorean eatery Las Cazuelas for pupusas and aguas frescas. If you’re sticking around for dinner, Café Birdie or the brand-new Hippo offer tasty bites and nice drinks in airy-yet-cozy surroundings.

Highland Park Bowl. Photo by Wonho Frank Lee for Vogue Magazine

Highland Park Bowl. Photo by Wonho Frank Lee for Vogue Magazine

For shopping, check out Sunbeam Vintage’s massive collection of mid-century furnishings, then head to the Bearded Beagle to get some duds to match your digs. Keep the retro themed going and hit the lanes at Highland Bowl - an impressive bowling alley that dates back to 1927. End the evening with a nightcap at La Cuevita, or, if you swap nighttime beverages for drinks on a Sunday afternoon, you might even catch some live jazz on their spacious patio.

FIVE RECENTLY-SOLD HIGHLAND PARK HOMES

3 bed/2 bath, sq. ft. 1290. Sold at $904,000. Courtesy of Robert Kallick & Laura Marchetti @Compass.

3 bed/2 bath, sq. ft 1,095. Sold at $934,000. Courtesy of Jason & Alison Huddy @ Compass.

2 bed/1 bath, sq. ft 1201. Sold at $1,010,000. Courtesy of Robert Carey @Compass.

3 bed/2 bath, sq, ft. 1,669. Sold at $1,450,000. Courtesy of Noe Gomez @ Intero Real Estate.

3 bed/2 bath, sq. ft. 2,082. Sold at $1,150,000. courtesy of John Fredrickson @ Sotheby’s International Realty.

Exploring the East Side: Fun in Frogtown

Frogtown has been an “up and coming” neighborhood in Los Angeles, becoming an extension of Silver Lake, Echo Park, Los Feliz and Atwater Village.

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There are many ways to explore Frogtown, with big named artist studios and architectural firms moving in. If you haven’t heard much about this changing neighborhood you are not alone. Situated between the L.A. River and the Golden State Freeway, behind Silver Lake you will find warehouses, an eclectic community of homes, restaurants, cafes and much more

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Originally named Elysian Valley, it became to be known as Frogtown in honor of the amphibians that would take over the streets during the rain. Frogtown is not the hidden enclave it once was. With a collection of art and performance spaces, The Frogtown Artwalk, the newly tranformed Marsh Park, Kayaking, and part of the LA River bike path it’s more or less become an extension of nearby Echo Park and Silver Lake.

Wild Life along The Los Angeles River near Silver Lake, Echo Park, Los Feliz and Atwater. In the summer months you can sign up for a kayaking and bike riding trip. I loved it, especially when I was the first one in the group to fall into the river and embarrass my son.

Wild Life along The Los Angeles River near Silver Lake, Echo Park, Los Feliz and Atwater. In the summer months you can sign up for a kayaking and bike riding trip. I loved it, especially when I was the first one in the group to fall into the river and embarrass my son.

Explore Shipping Container Homes in Los Angeles

One of my favorite home trends is the eclectic, eco-friendly shipping container home. Yes, it is exactly what it sounds like!

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Though it’s not entirely mainstream, the trend has been around for nearly twenty years. There has been an effort to make home construction more green, and shipping container homes are one way to accomplish a sustainably sourced home. Because of these containers’ previous function in overseas transportation, they are mold resistant, won’t rust, can hold tons of weight, and plenty large to create a comfortably sized space in your home. Typically, they measure 20-40 feet long and 8 feet high, creating a great shape for a modern architectural look.

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Another great advantage to these homes is cost. Previously owned boxes can be purchased through a broker, eBay, or possibly someone local for a few thousand dollars each. But make sure to be mindful of the condition they’re in before buying! It’s highly recommended to see the containers in person before buying, considering there could be noticeable wear and tear from their time transporting cargo.

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To avoid that potential issue, it’s also possible to buy shipping containers brand new for a slightly higher price. However, the appeal for many container home owners is the process of up-cycling the abandoned containers and reducing waste. But no matter what the motivation for building one of these homes, they are without question some of the most fascinating homes around.

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Makers Market in Miracle Mile! - Where To Go, What To See

One of the best services I can provide to my clients is an extensive knowledge of the city of Los Angeles. As I discover new boutiques, restaurants, and experiences that make our city so exceptional, I'll be sharing them with you here in this new feature on my blog - Where To Go, What To See.

To kick it off, let's take a look at Allright Collective in Miracle Mile!

Photo via @allright.collective on Instagram.

Photo via @allright.collective on Instagram.

Allmost Studio & Gallery is an art space in MidCity Los Angeles that aims to be accessible, support small businesses, and emphasize the value of DIY. As of last spring, they have expanded that mission by transforming their gallery space into a thoughtfully curated makers market called Allright Collective, featuring LA local designers, crafters, and artists.

The interior of the market, overflowing with personal flair. Photo via Allright Collective.

The interior of the market, overflowing with personal flair. Photo via Allright Collective.

Keeping things fresh from month to month, Allright also hosts rotating artists showcases, monthly events, workshops, and more. Every third Saturday of the month, they host So-So Saturdays, where you can come hang out in the market spaces for drinks, shopping, and a workshop.

Allright vendor Twig and Stone (@twigandstone on Instagram) arranging their product for shoppers. Photo via Allright Collective.

Allright vendor Twig and Stone (@twigandstone on Instagram) arranging their product for shoppers. Photo via Allright Collective.

Formerly an old tile shop, the space is a unique vision of interesting architecture that creates a truly inviting atmosphere with it’s eclectic furnishings and abundant natural lighting. While Allright lives downstairs, Allmost has studios for rent upstairs, and offers photography bookings as well as membership packages for their communal space.

Stunning handmade earrings by vendor In Reverie Jewelry (@inreveriejewelry on Instagram). Photo via Allright Collective.

Stunning handmade earrings by vendor In Reverie Jewelry (@inreveriejewelry on Instagram). Photo via Allright Collective.

Allright's summer hours are Wednesday - Sunday, 12 PM - 7 PM! The market is run co-op style by the vendors, so pop in to see this gorgeous space and say hello to the incredible artists who make the magic happen!

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Rx Candles (@rxcandles on Instagram) fills the space with sweet scents while you shop, and you can pick one up for yourself. Photo via Allright Collective.

Rx Candles (@rxcandles on Instagram) fills the space with sweet scents while you shop, and you can pick one up for yourself. Photo via Allright Collective.

7266 Outpost Cove Drive

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The Brander House, c. 1959 Eugene Kinn Choy, A.I.A. 3 bedrooms (plus an office), 4 bathrooms. Privacy, unstoppable city to ocean Views, spacious pool, lighted tennis court, flat grassy lawn, gated circular driveway, 4 car garage, separate art studio. Hidden away in an elevated enclave, The Brander House affords discerning lovers of true mid-century architecture the wonder of yesterday's sleek perfection in design, as it effortlessly embraces the decades. Immortalized by architectural photographer Julius Shulman and featured in The Los Angeles Times Home Magazine, this is a rare Hollywood Hills lease opportunity. 

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Classic mid-century feng shui living room.

Classic mid-century feng shui living room.

Post and beam entry designed by Eugene Kinn Choy.

Post and beam entry designed by Eugene Kinn Choy.

Breathtaking sunrise view through the windows.

Breathtaking sunrise view through the windows.

Exquisite layout of this Hollywood Hills masterpiece.

Exquisite layout of this Hollywood Hills masterpiece.

Photo by Julius Shulman from the Getty Museum Collection.

Photo by Julius Shulman from the Getty Museum Collection.

How the New Tax Laws will effect Home Buyers, Sellers and Owners

 Since the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act were this tax reform plan will have on them. To help explain some of the major provisions affecting Since the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act were signed into law, many are concerned about the impact housing in California, the California Association of Realtors has created various one-sheet handouts detailing the impact that this tax reform plan may have on first-time buyers, home sellers and homeowners. Please check out these one-sheets and see how the new tax reform will affect you. Always discuss this with your accountant, CPA, or tax attorney for legal or tax advice.


 

Only a Few More days to apply for Earthquake Brace and Bolting.

I applied last year to the EBB program to receive $3,000 towards the bracing and bolting of my home. It’s very easy and done online. I didn’t receive an acceptance during the first round of the lottery. A few months later I got lucky and was accepted. What a relief as I live in a 1934 home in Silver Lake. The peace of mind is priceless. If you don’t get it this year, there is always next year. Please read the EBB website link – https://www.earthquakebracebolt.com/homeownerregistration

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