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A Renter's Guide to Echo Park

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All Renters Week long we'll be looking at some of the most happening rental neighborhoods in Los Angeles. We start today with Echo Park.

By now, hilly 'hood Echo Park has gentrified enough that the average liberal arts college graduate will feel comfortable there, but not so gentrified that it's suffering a dreaded case of stroller-glut. What can you expect renting there, besides almost-guaranteed views of an American Apparel billboard?

Rental units: Echo Park has a nice stock of old bungalows, bungalow courts, and Victorians (the latter particularly in sub-neighborhood Angelino Heights), ranging from rundown to well-kept to all tarted up with granite and basin sinks. It's also got its share of generic crappy apartments and a handful of newer loft-style places.

Rent range: about $600 for a bachelor to about $3,600 for a four bedroom house

Who lives there: Mexican families, white kids in their twenties, slightly older gay men, people in bands, the bearded, vegans. Plus American Apparel founder Dov Charney and one of the guys from Panic! at the Disco.

Neighborhood highlights: The picturesque Echo Park Lake (now closed for a couple years for a major rehab); music venue the Echo and its downstairs brother the Echoplex; the Angelus Temple, the 1923 home of the International Church of the Foursquare Gospel; the Taco Zone truck on Alvarado; tutoring center 826LA and its Time Travel Mart; educational hangout and event space Machine Project.

On Craigslist, sometimes mistaken for: Koreatown, Westlake

On Craigslist, sometimes referred to as: Los Feliz, Silver Lake/Silverlake

If you want to spend a little more, try: Silver Lake

If you want to spend a little less, try: Elysian Valley, Virgil Village

Sample rentals:
-- A big one bedroom in a kept-up-looking 1906 fourplex. Rent is $1,585.
-- A no-frills-looking studio with its own little yard space. Rent is $700.
-- A two bedroom 1920s bungalow updated with stainless and granite. Rent is $2,175.
-- One half of a duplex with new (but rental-grade) appliances. Rent is $1,100.
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