Despite the rebirth of cool that comes with revamping dive bars like The Roost, the opening of restaurants like Canelé, and being named LA’s Hippest Neighborhood, Atwater Village still maintains a small and quaint hometown vibe.
MODERN HOMES & REAL ESTATE
The book Images of America: Atwater Village details the neighborhood’s history. Written by Friends of Atwater Village, the book recounts the Richardson family purchasing acres of land they named Rancho Santa Eulalia. In 1902 this area was subdivided, given the name we know it as today, and sold to developers.
The original real estate ads attracted residents to the area by highlighting “… only 15 minutes from the city center … fine soil on a high mesa with an ever changing vista of beautiful mountains…simply ideal.”
Today the tree lined streets are filled with many of the original structures. There’s an eclectic mix of architectural styles ranging from stylish CA bungalows, Mediterranean, English Tudor to Spanish Colonial Revival, and California Craftsman.
In recent years the influx of design savvy real estate development companies like Better Shelter and homeowners like Renee D. added a modern design aesthetic to these older, classic homes. In turn, this attracts design savvy buyers.
Architects Corsini and Stark knew it was risky. But they saw potential and embarked on building 23 eco-friendly, modern homes utilizing the small lot ordinance.
The results are what modernist dreams are made of. Concrete floors, clerestory windows, indoor-outdoor flow, and retractable floor to ceiling walls of glass are just some of the features that make these spaces architectural gems.
These are six modern homes built by LivingHomes and REthink Development. The first LivingHomes was designed by architect Ray Kappe. And it’s easy to spot Kappe’s aesthetic influence throughout.
Private yards, floor-to-ceiling glass and clerestory windows, and ample storage are just a few of the features you’ll enjoy living here.
According to Mapping LA the neighborhood is considered highly diverse for the city of Los Angeles. It is 51.3% Latino followed by 22.2% white. The Asian population makes up 19.7% of the area and Black at 1.4%. 5.4% fall under other.
LOCAL GRUB & THINGS TO DO
From boutiques to watering holes and all the places where the scene is about being seen, here are some local faves.
Tam O’Shanter | 2980 Los Feliz Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90039 | (323) 664-0228
It is the original Lowry’s and one of the oldest restaurants in the city. It’s also where you’d find me every Friday night when I was preggers with my second child. I’d drag one friend after another who would watch in amazement as I devoured a hearty plate of prime cut beef, potatoes and Yorkshire pudding. And of course I ordered the chocolate souffle with a hefty spoonful of cream on top.
Canelé | 3219 Glendale Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90039 | (323) 666-7133
Is a small neighborhood joint serving a hybrid of French and American food. Owner/chef Corina Weibel and Jane Choi cook hearty and simple dishes. Tuesday is “friends cook at Canele” night where newbie to seasoned chefs create, prep, and deliver 3 course meals.
Viet Noodle Bar | 3133 Glendale Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90039 | (323) 906-1575
Serves fresh Vietnamese nouveau noodle dishes and pho. I always start with a C-SHOT – a mix of sugar cane, lemon, and cayenne pepper served in a shot glass. And I always order the rice plate with turmeric rice, extra sauce.
Rise Hot Yoga | 3223 Glendale Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90039 | (323) 668-7500
I’m not sure the heated room makes yoga easier but I do know your downward dog will definitely improve. Use their $45 offer that lets you go as many times as you like in 30 consecutive days. And if all else fails, Canelé is next door. Namaste.
The LA River flows through the San Fernando Valley, Burbank, Glendale, Griffith Park, Elysian Park and alongside Atwater. While the river currently doesn’t look very river-like recent talks to revitalize its flow looks promising. Alternative 20, a plan to restore 11 miles of the river from Griffith Park to Downtown, was recently passed by the city.
Potted | 3158 Los Feliz Blvd Los Angeles, CA 90027 | (323) 665-3801
Owners Annette Gutierrez and Mary Gray fill their store with “vibrantly hued outdoor furnishings by Loll and French designer Fermob, graphic wool frazadas, handcrafted birdhouses and fire pits, their bestselling pots, and even their own designs.” This might make Potted the only place you’ll need to visit to make your outdoor areas stylish and inviting.