Local’s Guide to LA: Best of the East Side

The West Side of LA may have the beaches and Hollywood glam, but the East Side is where all of the twenty-something hipsters congregate. In the past decade, the East Side has become the coolest part of Los Angeles. With a full range of yoga studios, hip eateries and indie boutiques, there is no reason to venture west of the 101. Read on for a few of our favorite neighborhoods east of the LA river.

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Atwater Village

Just across the river from Los Feliz, Atwater Village is one of our favorite neighborhoods in Los Angeles. Glendale Avenue, the main strip of businesses in the neighborhood, is dotted with LA essentials such as juice bars, exercise studios and grain bowl eateries. Despite the influx of hip design boutiques and artisanal cafes, Atwater has clung to its neighborhood institutions, such as club Tee Yee, one of the best dive bars left in the city. Most of the housing options in Atwater are single family homes laid out along tidy, residential blocks. The average rent in Atwater is $1812 per month, which is slightly below the average rent city wide, which is $2445 per month.

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Highland Park

Highland Park is probably the hottest neighborhood in the East Side. In the past five years, the neighborhood has been transformed from a inexpensive residential area into a super hip part of town, and rents have shot upwards to reflect that.

Most of the businesses in Highland Park are clustered around York Avenue and Figueroa Street. York Avenue offers an array of cool dining options. Grab a slice at The Towne pizzeria, and then head down the block for a funky donut at Donut Friend, or sample one of Scoops' off the wall ice cream flavors.

On the other side of the neighborhood, Figueroa offers a wealth of options. The Highland Bowling Alley has a super cool vibe, with stripped down hardwood floors and squashy chesterfield couches. Across the street, La Cuevita is a dimly lit bar with an outdoor patio and a generous happy hour menu. On Tuesdays, the Highland Movie theater sells tickets for only $6. And just down the street is La Estrella, which locals claim makes the best burrito in town.

There is so much to do in Highland Park, you will hardly need to leave. Rents in this bustling neighborhood have been steadily rising. The average rent in Highland Park is $1734 per month.

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Lincoln Heights

Less developed than Highland Park and Atwater Village, Lincoln Heights is an up and coming East Side neighborhood. A stone's throw from downtown, Lincoln Heights was actually the first residential neighborhood in LA. Walking along the urban blocks of Lincoln Heights, you can still find houses dating back to the 1920s.

Today Lincoln Heights is a favorite neighborhood for Los Angeles' art community. The East Side neighborhood is home to many young creatives, and artists are setting up studio spaces in the neighborhood. With the studios have come a constellation of scrappy, artist run gallery spaces. Wander through Lincoln Heights on Saturday night and you are sure to find a crowd of stylishly disheveled hipsters sipping beer outside the latest art opening.

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Despite the influx of young artists, Lincoln Heights has not yet been transformed into a yuppie haven like Echo Park and Silverlake. The neighborhood is still bursting with torta shops, burrito stands, and taquerias. The Avenue 28 taco stand is legendary amongst East Side locals. Only open at night, a dingy backstreet is transformed into a block long cornucopia of Mexican street food.

Lincoln Heights is one of the cheapest neighborhoods in the city. The average rent for an apartment in Lincoln Heights is $1157 per month. The neighborhood is definitely on the up and up, so get in now before rents shoot upwards.

Eagle Rock

To the northeast, Eagle Rock is another neighborhood on the rise. A little bit more chill than its neighbor Highland Park, Eagle Rock is an affordable area with plenty to offer. Colorado Avenue has everything you could possibly want, from cool coffee shops to great ethnic restaurants.

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Eagle Rock is home to Occidental College (alma mater of Obama!) and the groups of students wandering the neighborhood gives the area a distinctively youthful feel.

Unlike many other neighborhoods in the East Side, Eagle Rock provides easy access to big box stores. The neighborhood has both a Trader Joe's and a Sprouts, an affordable natural food store local to California. In addition, you can find major retailers such as Macy's and Target at Eagle Rock Plaza.

Its slightly out of the way location means Eagle Rock is still a relatively cheap neighborhood. The average rental price for an apartment in Eagle Rock is only $1768 per month.

So if you are looking to live in a hip area at a good price, head east. Check out our rental listings to find your ideal East Side pad today!

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