Friday, October 31, 2014

Happy Halloween from Silver Lake!


SILVER LAKE — The Vidal family’s Halloween sculpture is once again attracting attention. Guy Vidal said that this year’s Vidal Pumpkin Sculpture resembles a sea monster/octopus, with its tentacles reaching out across the lawn in the direction of the Silver Lake Reservoir. A frightful but fun ... Read More »

Eastside Open House: A Weekend Guide To House Hunting

Eastside real estate homes

This weekend’s selection of properties range from a remodeled Boyle Heights home near the Soto Street Gold Line Station  to a 2-bedroom, Raphael Sorriano-designed Silver Lake home going for $1.550 million. Always check to make sure the open house has not been cancelled or rescheduled before ... Read More »

Another Silver Lake water main break; will Hillhurst be put on a road diet?; sugar skull making in Highland Park

Mushroom Mural & Sidewalk, Silver Lake | Paul Lacques

Morning Report: A water main broke - again - on Castle Street in Silver Lake. It's been about the third rupture on the street, one resident said ... The city is considering installing bike lanes on Hillhurst Avenue as part of a road diet to improve safety for cyclists and pedestrians ... Kids learned the art of the sugar skull at Highland Park's Arroyo Seco library Read More »

New And Modern Green-Built Home Now Available In Highland Park


New modern green-built home with green point rating. Built with our discerning Highland Park creatives in mind. The top floor living area flows seamlessly to the front balcony with floor to ceiling glass to capture the views and lush greenery of the mature trees lining the street. High ceilings give room to breath and an expansive feel. Using green materials helps eliminate the products that off gas chemicals. Read More »

A DIY Echo Park bus bench

Echo Park DIY bus bench 10-30-2014 1-40-44 AM

ECHO PARK —  DASH bus riders who wait for the bus at the northwest corner of Echo Park and Scott avenues now have a place to sit while their ride finally arrives. Unlike most L.A. bus benches that double as billboards, this simple wood bench, secured ... Read More »

Meet the new owner of Silver Lake’s most expensive home

A curving roof of Silvertop rises above Silver Lake

SILVER LAKE - Sorry, Dov Charney but the hillstop estate you paid $4.1 million for is no longer the most expensive home in Silver Lake. That honor now goes to a Space-Age like home designed by John Lautner and recently purchased by Luke Wood, a music and audio products industry executive, for $8.55 million - a record-high price for a Silver Lake home, according to Redfin. Read More »

Skeletons, complaints and delays haunt renovation of former Rampart police station

The renovation of the former Rampart station is running behind schedule

HISTORIC FILIPINOTOWN -- The conversion of the former Rampart Division police station into the stylish new headquarters for the SWAT team was slated to be been finished next month. But the building remains a hollowed-out eyesore, and the completion date has been postponed until next year in part because construction was temporarily halted following the discovery of skeletal remains. Read More »

Woman rescued after Boyle Heights kidnapping; Echo Park gentrification fears

Autumn Dawn, Montecito Heights | Martha Benedict

Morning Report: An armed man who kidnapped a woman early this morning in Boyle Heights was apprehended after a police chase that ended in San Bernardino County ... Recent real estate sales and developments have some Echo Park residents worried about gentrification, according to a neighborhood council member ... Get The Eastsider on Facebook, Twitter, Daily Email Digest & RSS feed News From Our Sponsors For Rent: Massive 2000 Sq Ft Home by LA River For Rent: Remodeled Spanish duplex with patio, bonus room and separate studio Read More »

FIGat7th: Dine, Shop and Play in Downtown Los Angeles


In the heart of Downtown Los Angeles, FIGat7th’s open-air luxe, lifestyle space offers a contemporary urban retail and dining experience for Los Angeles’ residents and visitors alike. The downtown destination is anchored by one of the nation’s first City Target stores and home to fashion powerhouses H&M and Zara and premier retailers Victoria’s Secret, L’Occitane, M•A•C, Bath & Body Works and more. FIGat7th boasts great retail among amazing culinary eateries at TASTE FIGat7th. Read More »

The guardian of a hill called Flat Top


MONTECITO HEIGHTS -- In high school Roy Payan ran the hills of Montecito Heights for cross country. He remembers being chased by road runner hens and a very green place with rabbits and lizards high above the city in a place known as Flat Top. Today, Payan, a 57-year-old retiree, walks the trail to Flat Top and the area is bare. Beer bottles and bullet casings also litter the ground. But the glamour of Flat Top can’t be denied, like a stage atop a hill with the citizens of Los Angeles below as the audience. Read More »

Highland Park trash pile finally gets cleaned up; audit issued on Occidental College’s response to sexual assaults

Boyle Heights | Veroomac/Instagram

Morning Report: After a month of complaints and news media attention, a large pile of trash that was part of a Highland Park homeless encampment on Avenue 49 has been cleaned up ... An independent audit has found that Occidental College has improved the way it handles reports of sexual assault but warns that sharp divisions on campus may limit future progress ... Got photos to share? Join The Eastsider Photo Pool or tag your Instagram photos with #eastsiderla or send them via email to hello@theEastsiderLA.com. Read More »

Echo Park area church on the market for $55 million; the Silver Lake that was; Eagle Rock house fire

Hillside View, Montecito Heights | Martha Benedict/Eastsider Flickr Pool

Morning Report: Holy Hill church, which occupies the former Metropolitan Water District headquarters on Sunset Boulevard, has put its approximately 5-acre property between Echo Park and Downtown on the market for $55 million ... Writers Dagoberto Gill and Ruben Martinez talk about the Silver Lake that they once knew ... Firefighters extinguished a small blaze that broke out Monday night at an Eagle Rock home near Occidental College Read More »

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