Since the 1990s, Silver Lake has become the center of the alternative and indie rock scene in Los Angeles. Since the indie rock music scene is particularly prominent in this neighborhood, Silver Lake, known as one of “the city’s hippest neighborhoods”, is sometimes referred to as the “Williamsburg (NY) of the West”.
In the community of Silver Lake lies the namesake reservoir composed of two basins, within the grounds of the reservoir are several popular recreational facilities — the Silver Lake Recreation Center, which includes an adjacent city park; the Silver Lake Walking Path, which circumnavigates the reservoirs (2.25 miles); and the Silver Lake Meadow, modeled after N.Y.C.’s Central Park Sheep Meadow.
There is certainly nothing cookie-cutter about Silver Lake, CA — it’s as diverse as the people living in it. Silver Lake is home to many artists, writers and musicians, like Beck and the late Elliot Smith, just to name a few.
Thanks to its neighborhood feel, Silver Lake is the perfect area for young people looking for an eclectic spot, and diverse families seeking out good schools and a community vibe.
Silver Lake is continually growing — with an ever-increasing mix of stylish boutiques, restaurants, bars, coffee shops and everything in-between. But it’s managed to hold on to its unique charm.
Silver Lake is flanked on the northeast by Atwater Village and Elysian Valley, on the southeast by Echo Park, on the southwest by Westlake, on the west by East Hollywood and on the northwest by Los Feliz.