City Councilman Eric Garcetti and wife Amy Wakeland had called the Elysian Heights section of Echo Park home for about a decade. But last month, Garcetti and Wakeland left their mid-century home, which was featured in a 2008 Dwell magazine story, and moved to a newly purchased home in Silver Lake, according to residents. It’s not clear what prompted the couple to move from their Elysian Heights home – set at the bottom of a nearly 19,000-square-foot hillside lot – that they renovated and expanded. A 2008 holiday postcard (pictured) sent out by Garcetti and Wakeland showed them in the interior of the post-and-beam home.
Of course, living in Echo Park is not as perfect as life depicted in a magazine spread. The councilman and neighbors heard the gunshots that left one man dead during a shooting spree; Garcetti’s wallet was stolen from inside his car parked in front of his home and there was talk that the couple experienced some vandalism along with other neighbors. Last summer, tenant rights activists filled the narrow street in front of Garcetti’s home during a protest.
Artist and lifelong Echo Park resident Peter Shire said very few people make the neighborhood a permanent home. “It’s always been a starter neighborhood. Most people I know moved. People always moved west.”
Update: A spokeswoman for Garcetti said: “Eric and Amy have moved to a Silver Lake home that is better suited for their needs at time. They have not yet made a decision about what they are doing with their Echo Park home.”
Photo: Misha Gravenor