Victor Heights stories, photos and more

Meet you for sandwiches at Eastside Market Square?

VICTOR HEIGHTS –– The Eastside Market Italian Deli is hidden away in Victor Heights, where densely packed homes and apartments rise up a steep hill north of Sunset Boulevard near the 110 Freeway. Despite being tucked into a mostly residential neighborhood, come lunch time hungry customers descend on the corner market on narrow Alpine Street and deli to line up ... Read More »

Fire burns vacant house in Echo Park area [updated]

ECHO PARK — The L.A. Fire Department is working to put out a fire in what is described as a vacant home in the 900 block of Everett Street north of Sunset Boulevard. The fire began at about 5:30 p.m. No further details available. UPDATE @ 6 p.m.: The fire has been knocked down. It took 78 firefighters 36 minutes ... Read More »

Is a penthouse view worth $7,000 a month?

We will soon find out as apartments at The Elysian, the former water district office tower halfway between downtown and Echo Park, have gone up for rent, with eighth-floor penthouse units being leased for between $4,950 to $7,000 a month. Leasing manager Irina Valkov said the first of the building’s 96 apartments, including 13 penthouse units, are expected to be ... Read More »

High-rise living in the making over Sunset Boulevard

After being stripped down to its steel and concrete skeleton,  the former Metropolitan Water District office building just east of Echo Park in Victor Heights  is currently in a see-through state as it is being transformed into more than 90 apartments.  Renderings on the website of developer Linear City, which has been involved in several downtown loft projects, show a ... Read More »

Apartment developer clears out the former Tower of Tagging

Demolition crews are busy clearing out the interior of a seven-story Sunset Boulevard officer tower as the developer prepares to turn the building located halfway between Echo Park and downtown into a 92-unit apartment complex Last November, developer Linear City announced it had purchased the former Metropolitan Water District officer tower, which had drawn complaints last year after the vacant ... Read More »

Echo Park traffic signs don’t have much to say

It has been more than two years since a pair of large electronic message signs were installed on Sunset Boulevard in Echo Park and  Victor Heights to flash messages about traffic conditions and warnings.  But, on Tuesday, as traffic on Sunset Boulevard was jammed during the season opener at Dodger Stadium, the signs remained dark.  With the exception of the ... Read More »

Police investigating Victor Heights shooting*

Police are searching for two men involved in a shooting this afternoon in Victor Heights, located between Echo Park and Chinatown.  The shooting, based on preliminary information, took place before 4 p.m. north of Sunset Boulevard on or near Centennial Street.  An officer at the Central Division said police have responded to calls of shots fired but had no further ... Read More »

The last hours of Occupy L.A. as seen and heard from afar

[portfolio_slideshow id=26845 portfolio_slideshow click=lightbox portfolio_slideshow width=535 showcaps=true] The drone of media and police helicopters covering the last hours of Occupy L.A.  last night and early this morning was heard loud and clear across many portions of Echo Park.  The sound prompted Echo Park photographer Brett Van Ort to drive up to the top of nearby Victor Heights, where he spent ... Read More »

Loft developer buys former The Tower of Tagging

The Downtown News reports that loft developer Linear City has purchased  the former Metropolitan Water District tower that earlier this year was covered with tagging and graffiti.  Linear City paid $6.8 million for the vacant Sunset Boulevard building located in Victor Heights between downtown and Echo Park.  The developer plans to transform the long vacant tower designed by architect William ... Read More »

Echo Park area shooting leaves one injured

Police are searching for suspects in a Wednesday night shooting half way between Echo Park and downtown that left  an 18-year-old man injured with multiple gunshot wounds.  The victim and two other companions were walking on Beaudry Avenue near Bartlett Street in Victor Heights when the occupants of a vehicle pulled up and  opened fire, said Dect. Doug Pierce with ... Read More »

Space running out on the tower of tagging

The Eastsider posted photos last week of the tagging that covered the west and south facing sides of a seven-story building  on Sunset Boulevard half way between Echo Park and downtown.  The tagging has also spread to the east side (pictured) of the vacant building, which once served as the headquarters for the Metropolitan Water District, located at the base ... Read More »

A tower of tagging

The former Metropolitan Water District headquarters on Sunset Boulevard in Victor Heights is empty on the inside but has become a seven-story canvas for taggers on the outside. The property, which is part of the Holly Hill Community Church campus,  is up for sale at an asking price of $8.5 million.  Earlier this month, one of the listing agents told ... Read More »