Silver Lake vs. Los Feliz: Los Angeles neighborhoods

Los Feliz is known as the quaint, beautiful neighborhood with lots of character and charm, while Silver Lake has been crowned the most hipster neighborhood of Los Angeles. Both of these areas tend to attract artistic people, and are home to lots of creatives in the entertainment industry. Although these two neighborhoods are adjacent to each other, they have very different vibes and have unique things to offer.

modern home in silver lake

modern home in silver lake

Affordability

WINNER: Silver Lake

Silver Lake Reservoir

Silver Lake Reservoir

Los Feliz is the more expensive neighborhood. The median list price in Silver Lake (Aug 2019) is $1,099,000 in comparison with Los Feliz which is $2,485,000. Median house rent in Silver Lake is $3,750 and $6,550 in Los Feliz. Homes in Silver Lake currently range between $550,000 to $3,300,000, and homes in Los Feliz are priced between $999,000 to $23,000,000. This is because Los Feliz (especially in the hills, north of Los Feliz Boulevard) is home to some very large mansions and estates, which doesn’t exist in Silver Lake. Homes that are not in the hills tend to be more affordable and are usually around the $1-$2.5M range.

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Walkability

WINNER: Los Feliz

Hillhurst Ave, Los Feliz

Hillhurst Ave, Los Feliz

Both Los Feliz and Silver Lake are very walkable neighborhoods. In Los Feliz, most of the restaurants, grocery stores and bars are concentrated on two main streets - Vermont Ave and Hillhurst Ave. In Silver Lake, most of these places are concentrated along Sunset Blvd, Silver Lake Blvd and Hyperion Ave. Los Feliz has the slight advantage in terms of walkability because it is less hilly and spread out compared to Silver Lake.

Nightlife

WINNER: Tie

Akbar in Los Feliz

Akbar in Los Feliz

Both Los Feliz and Silver Lake have no shortage of bars and lounges, however Los Feliz has a few more options when it comes to bars. The nightlife in Silver Lake is arguably better though, as it has more dive bar and dance club options whereas Los Feliz offers casual pubs and lounges.

Restaurants & Cafes

WINNER: Tie

Atrium in Los Feliz

Atrium in Los Feliz

Both Los Feliz and Silver Lake offer an abundance of restaurants and cafes. In terms of restaurants, you’ll tend to find more of the hipper, newer (and slightly pricier) restaurants in Silver Lake and older restaurants in Los Feliz that have been there for a long time.

Similarly with the coffee shops, Silver Lake tends to be trendier by having places such as Intelligentsia, Lamill coffee, Alfred coffee, La Colombe and several other high quality, albeit rather expensive coffee shops. Los Feliz has a few of these such as Maru Coffee and Blue Bottle, but also has larger chains such as Starbucks and Coffee Bean.

Transportation

WINNER: Los Feliz

Dash bus at Griffith observatory

Dash bus at Griffith observatory

Los Feliz is the clear winner in terms of transportation because it has two metro stations (Vermont/Sunset and Vermont/Santa Monica). Both Silver Lake and Los Feliz have buses that run fairly frequently, however it isn’t the most convenient unless you live close to the major roads of Los Feliz Blvd and Silver Lake Blvd.

Parking

WINNER: Los Feliz

blue bottle on hillhurst ave

blue bottle on hillhurst ave

Parking isn’t the greatest in these neighborhoods, but its definitely easier to find parking and park in Los Feliz. Roads in Silver Lake tend to be a lot narrower, especially in the residential areas. There is metered street parking along Vermont Ave and Hillhurst Ave and usually street parking is available on side streets in residential areas.

Sightseeing & Proximity to Nature

WINNER: Los Feliz

Homes in Los Feliz Hills

Homes in Los Feliz Hills

The area around Silver Lake Reservoir is beautiful and a great place to jog around. There is also a dog park conveniently located around the area. However Los Feliz simply offers so much more as it is at the base of Griffith Park, which offers acres of hiking trails and stunning views overlooking the whole of Los Angeles.

Schools

WINNER: Tie

john marshall high school

john marshall high school

Silver Lake has 25 schools in total (public & private) whilst Los Feliz has 15 schools. Both neighborhoods are decent school districts and share several schools including Ivanhoe Elementary School (10/10), Thomas Starr King Middle School (7/10) and John Marshall Senior High School (8/10).

Safety

WINNER: Los Feliz

Spanish home in Los Feliz

Spanish home in Los Feliz

While both neighborhoods are generally quite safe, Silver Lake has a slightly higher crime rate. Silver Lake has 143.2* crimes per 10,000 people, in comparison with Los Feliz which has 135.9* crimes per 10,000 people.

*Six-month summary based on the latest six months where data are available from all departments, Dec. 24, 2018 to June 23, 2019.

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