Silver Lake is a hilly neighborhood east of Hollywood and northwest of Downtown Los Angeles. It is inhabited by a wide variety of ethnic and socioeconomic groups, but it is best known as an eclectic gathering of hipsters and the creative class. Silver Lake also contains some of the most famous modernist architecturein North America. The neighborhood is named after water board commissioner Herman Silver.
During the 1930s, Walt Disney built his first large studio in Silver Lake at the corner of Griffith Park Boulevard and Hyperion Avenue, now the site of Gelson’s Market. As consequence, the name “Hyperion” is of great significance to the Walt Disney Company, with many company entities carrying the name, such as Hyperion Books and the Hyperion Theater in Disneyland. A few blocks away on Glendale Boulevard was the studio of Tom Mix. The location is now occupied by the Mixville shopping center. It is rumored that Mix buried his steed “Tony, the Wonder Horse” on the property. The neighborhood is crisscrossed by numerous municipal staircases that provide pedestrian access up and down the neighborhood’s signature hills. Among these are the Descanso Stairs, Redcliffe Stairs and the Music Box Stairs. The famous flight of stairs in Laurel and Hardy’s film The Music Box are located between lower Descanso Drive and Vendome Street, as it winds up and around the hill. Gentrification has intensified in the neighborhood, including the opening of many stylish independent boutiques, coffee shops, fitness studios, and restaurants.
Silver Lake currently has a population of around 32,000. The area has an average income of $54,339 and 36.2% of the residence have a four year degree.
The Los Angeles Unified School District operates seven public schools in Silver Lake
- Allesandro Elementary School
- Bellevue Primary School
- Clifford Street Elementary School
- Ivanhoe Elementary School
- Micheltorena Street Elementary School
- Thomas Starr King Middle School
- John Marshall High School
Silver Lake also has five private schools.
- Saint Francis of Assisi School
- Saint Teresa of Avila School
- Kid’s World School
- The Learning Kingdom
- Carroll-Rees Academy & Arts