Angeleno Heights is one of the oldest districts (1880s) in and contains the highest concentration of 19th century Victorian homes in Los Angeles. Although there are more than 50 Victorian houses in the neighborhood, the majority of the ones you’ll want to see are in the 1300 block of Carroll Avenue, between East Edgeware Road and Douglas Street.
You could have someone drive you around Angeleno Heights while you snap pictures out the window. Please don’t. Take my advice… park the car and walk down the block instead. These beautiful Victorian houses have so much detail and character you need to take the time to stand in front of them and really look.
For instance, try to count how many colors of paint have been used on just one house, or try to discover the differences between Eastlake style and Queen Anne. Or see if you recognize the house from Charmed or from Michael Jackson’s Thriller video. As you stroll along, don’t forget to keep an eye out for the gigantic Moreton Bay Fig tree and the charming street lamps, hitching posts, and carriage steps.
Since you’re already in the neighborhood, why not take the kids over to Echo Park Lake to ride the pedal boats? The lake was recently dredged, cleaned up, and restored with four acres of wetlands, courtesy of 2004’s Prop O water quality bond. Since you paid for the bonds via your L.A. City property taxes you might as well enjoy it, right?
All that walking and pedal boating make you hungry? Try some amazing homemade street tacos from Guisado’s on Sunset. You can watch them make the tortillas from scratch while waiting to place your order and they have a nice patio out back where you can sit down to enjoy them.
Tip: If you’re at all skittery about visiting unfamiliar neighborhoods on your own or would like a chance to go inside a couple of the houses, the Los Angeles Conservancy offers guided tours the first Saturday of every month. Make a reservation here.