What can you tell me about East Hollywood/South Los Feliz/North Koreatown? (Los Angeles)
So following up on this
, nearly two years later, we're going to do it!
We'll be moving in the fall, but I'm trying to get super prepared; apologies in advance as I become one of those people that ask a string of related, narrative questions! I've narrowed our housing search down to a fairly small area I think, and I'd love some feedback on whether it's a good choice, and some LA resident perspective and info on it.
We're looking at the area clustered around the 101, a little way north of Downtown. That means the northern part of Koreatown, down to about Wilshire, and the area above the 101 to the west of Silverlake that I've seen called East Hollywood (and Little Armenia and Thai Town) - up to about Franklin Ave. I'm especially interested in the area around Barnsdall Park and Los Feliz Elementary School. This is what we need, and why I think this area sounds good:
- One of us will be working at Wilshire and Normandie, and would love to stay sane by metroing there (the other will be working from home or driving just about anywhere, so we also need easy freeway access.
- We need room to park two cars, not being able to do that will make our lives hell, I have the impression that further East in Silverlake or Echo Park parking is much worse and apartments tend to be more cramped.
- We want to be able to walk to a coffee shop and grocery store. We live in unwalkable suburban hell right now, no more thanks!
- We want kids in the next couple of years, so we want to be near an ok elementary school (Los Feliz Elementary?) and we're not comfortable with a slightly higher level of crime (Westlake?) that would probably be ok for just us.
- We're lesbians in our mid twenties and want to live somewhere that will be ok. We want easy access to things like a lesbian parent's group that we've heard we might find in Echo Park. However, the gay scene is not all that interesting to us, and we'd rather be near cool, sleazy dive bar type stuff.
- We can afford $1300 - $1800 a month for rent fairly comfortably, and need a 2 bedroom (realistic?). We'd love a decent amount of space, and an attractive building.
So, ok choice? anywhere else I should be thinking about? what's it really like around there, and what else should I know? Bonus point, what do you call that area north of the 101?