Large and Beautiful Guest House in Very Interesting Area
The guest house was excellent - all the rooms are very large. And the contemporary decor is very attractive. It can easily sleep 3 or 4 people, and is very comfortable. The neighborhood is very interesting, a mixture of Latino and hipster. Just south of Sunset Blvd.on the east side of Echo Park Avenue, is Echo Park Lake, with birds, including herons, jets of water shooting up in the air, pedal boats for rent, etc. A few blocks to the east is the Angelino Heights area (Carroll St. etc.) which has a large number of wooden homes from a century or more ago - this is a must-see if you have any interest in architecture. On Sunset, a block and a half west of Echo Park Ave. , is the Time Travel Mart, which is possibly the strangest store I have ever seen. On Alvarado, just north of Sunset, if you like coffee, is Mi Tierra, which has fantastic coffee. And Echo Park Avenue north of Sunset has Change coffee house, and much farther up, FIX. When I stayed here, I did not have a car and got around by walking. The rest of this review is about the walking aspects. First of all, at Mohawk, the street the house is on, Sunset Blvd. kind of curves to the south, so it is four blocks from Sunset to the house. Second, if you want to walk to Echo Park Ave. or to go across Alvarado, it is much easier to walk a block south to Montana than to walk across Scott, the cross street the house is on. As for longer walks, there is a book called "Secret Stairs" by Charles Fleming, that has several walks in Echo Park. (The Edendale library, which is right at Sunset and Alvarado, has it.) I recommend walks #12 and #13. Finally, if you want to go up Echo Park Ave., there is a DASH shuttle bus that runs every 20 minutes and costs 50 cents. Finally, the #2 and #4 buses run along Sunset very frequently and go to downtown L.A. (Or you can go the other way - west - to the super-hip Silver Lake neighborhood - the area around Hyperion has many unusual stores and restaurants.) You can also take the bus to Tacos Guisados, at 1261 Sunset, east of Douglas - this is a taqueria, specializing in several kinds of tacos - not the typical Mexican restaurant. Try to sampler, with 7 kinds (the tinga is HOT !). All in all, I definitely recommend this rental and plan to come back.
Modern Guest House in the Heart of Echo Park, Near Downtown La