Solo artist and songwriter Jamie N Commons takes us through the best bits and top spots in his adoptive home - the Echo Park and Silver Lake area of Los Angeles.
A once-cheap area inhabited by a young creative crowd, that is now quite expensive (think Shoreditch and Dalston in London).
Dance Yourself Clean at The Satellite is a bit of an institution.
The Los Angeles Times reported Lizard People living under the ground in the '30s. Also, unfortunately, a young man drowned in Echo Park lake this summer and my friend said he saw his ghost one time.
Besides the ghost, Echo Park Lake is absolutely lovely. As is the newly refurbished Silver Lake Reservoir. If architecture is your thing, Hollyhock House is "the best Frank Lloyd Wright house I’ve been to!" - and that’s a quote from my dad.. and he’s been to a LOT of Frank Lloyd Wright houses. If coffee is your thing, Silver Lake is basically ground zero for the 'hipster wanker coffee movement' of the past decade or so… Intelligentsia being the main one probably.
They are always repainting the walls around Sunset Junction, worth having a look.
Car or Uber… DO NOT GET THE BUS! Though you can actually do a bit or strolling around Sunset Junction and near Echo Park Lake.
Echo Park Lake.
It's not Hollywood or The Valley...