Silver Lake · The Mission

Where to live in LA, if you love The Mission


Hang out with the indie crowd in Silver Lake, an Eastside neighborhood whose cool atmosphere garners a cult following. Rock-and-roll attitudes contrast with refined homes in the hills of Silver Lake—it’s these contradictions that keep the neighborhood audaciously coy and always entertaining. Run along Silver Lake’s reservoirs by day and swirl craft cocktails by night. If you prefer analog to digital, Silver Lake will have you smitten in minutes.

Check out how The Mission compares to Silver Lake.

The Mission

Easily SF’s most popular neighborhood thanks to the sunshine and bar scene, the Mission is also at the heart of almost every housing development and gentrification debate.

Silver Lake

For when you like to overpay for grilled cheese and coffee.

Who lives here:

Hispanic families; blue-collar workers; hipsters; tech workers; 20-somethings

Who lives here:

Fifty percent of the residents of Silver Lake look like they read a book called How to Dress to Live in Silver Lake (read: H-I-P-S-T-E-R). The other 50% are the sweetest people you’ll ever meet.

Median one-bedroom rent:


Median one-bedroom rent:


Bar and restaurant scene:

Probably the best place in the city to live for eating and drinking. Taquerias are right next to trendy new spots, dive bars next to places that take 10 minutes to make craft cocktails.

Bar and restaurant scene:

The food and drink scene is pretty top-notch, but don’t ever get too attached to a place, since the bars and restaurants seem to open and close on a whim around here. In the meantime, make sure you hit Pine & Crane and the legendary Tiki-Ti.

Public transit situation:

Two BART stations (16th and 24th Sts) as well as a million buses (9, 12, 14, 14L, 22, 27, 33, 48, 49, 67) and the J-Church on the western edge

Transportation situation:

The 101 cruises underneath Silver Lake, but sometimes the traffic is so awful that you might as well take Sunset if you’re going Downtown. In fact, take Sunset if you’re going Downtown.

Quote from a resident:

“This is an amazing place to live if you love: burritos, gentrification, anger about gentrification, authentic SF culture (aka more than just white people!). If you’re young and are moving to the city, it’s either here or the Marina, and the two are becoming less and less dissimilar. It’s always awake, loud, and has a bar open (which is fun when you’re young). It’s always awake, loud, and has a bar open (which is exhausting when you’re old). It’s a great ‘SF Starter Kit’ place to live.” – Drew Hoolhorst

Quote from a resident:

Have you seen my cowboy hat? I must have left it with my donut-print button-down, skinny jeans, and leather boots.”



More about Silver Lake


latteartCourtesy of Cafecito Organico

Cafecito Organico

From a small batch roasting in a garage to selling at Farmer’s Markets in locations throughout Southern California, Cafecito Organico is the independent artisan coffee company originating in Los Angeles. Tucked into Hoover Drive, Cafecito is the perfect place to grab a seat and get to work.


about1Courtesy of Intelligentsia


They believe coffee in all its forms—whole bean, brewed, and espresso—should be an approachable, accessible luxury. Intelligentsia’s goal is to make their coffee a memorable addition to any experience, and to make the act of preparing and enjoying a cup of our coffee an experience in and of itself.



16-183204_831f49e1-88c1-487b-99be-b0d96fa7611c                                      Courtesy of: Wayne A. Willbur, Deasy Penner & Partners

2207 Polyscopy Place, Los Angeles, CA 90026

This uniquely designed modern, European-style single-family, detached townhome is perfectly nestled in between two of Los Angeles’ most desirable neighborhoods Silver Lake and Echo Park; this newly constructed home was strategically designed and developed as part of an enclave of stand-alone homes built on the site of one of Hollywood’s first silent-era movie studios. As an homage to its history, street names reflect the area’s roots: Polyscope Place, Silent Era Drive and Selig Drive. Enter the solidly constructed home on the ground floor to a formal entry with a guest bath, laundry closet and garage access before accessing the main living space on the second floor with an open-air loft-feel concept with a beautiful bright kitchen with top-of-the-line appliances, including a hooded Bertazzoni range/oven, Bosch dishwasher and microwave and Viking refrigerator, perfect for entertaining. The third-floor has a master bedroom and second bedroom, both with en suite bathrooms.

Asking | $789,000

• 2 bed

• 3 bath

• 1,307 Sqft


Written by: Airbnb, Daisy Barringer, and Wilder Shaw



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