When Nook Sales Experts match a buyer with their dream home, the only thing as important as architectural style is the neighborhood. That’s why we’re bringing you the #NookNeighborhoods series, where every Wednesday you’ll find cool history and culture to make sure you don’t overlook an area that could have the best nook for you.
The Eagle Rock I know today is not the Eagle Rock I first met 10 years ago. It still retains everything appealing from my first encounter, and is one of the growing Los Angeles neighborhoods that has absolutely lived up to its hype and potential. Like the bird-shaped shadow on a northern boulder which gives Eagle Rock its name, this nook will always be a home for creatives, for singles and families, inclusive of many backgrounds.
Although the term creative class only came into vogue recently, Eagle Rock has long been a sanctuary for the counter-culture. Young professionals increasingly choose this charming area over more well known neighborhoods like Silver Lake and Los Feliz. As it grows and the needs of the neighborhood changes, many businesses learned to accommodate. A staple of Colorado Boulevard, Swork Coffee maintains a play corner where kids can enjoy themselves and parents either sit on the side or at a counter overlooking their playtime. Collab&Play combines co-working with great childcare for the ever growing population of work-at-home-parents.
Occidental College holds a lot of cool history that adds to Eagle Rock’s flavor. It was near there that former Occidental student Ben Affleck and Matt Damon wrote the script to the Oscar-winning screenplay Good Will Hunting. Before Barack Obama became our 44th President, he was a student at Occidental and delivered his first big speech there.
Occidental’s architecture, helmed primarily by Myron Hunt, is only the tip of the Eagle Rock Styles iceberg. Besides a beautiful assortment of Spanish revival homes ad Craftsmen, people are often stopped short at the grandeur of the Eagle Rock Recreation Center. Architect Richard Neutra was lauded for his Modern and individual attentions given to all clients, often touting a “ready for anything” plan; he wanted their ground-plans to stay flexible and adaptable to any situation. It is this component that makes the Eagle Rock Recreation Center so interesting: its walls can open for exposure to the outside, and will act as the backdrop for spots and the arts. The LA Conservancy describes it as “Clad in brick and stucco, the Modern style building includes a main volume that is two stories in height but maintains a low horizontal feel with its plain, flat rooflines and simple bands of windows.“ A renovation effort has been started and stalled over the years, with local residents eyeing improvements to create even more opportunities for the space at the Eagle Rock Recreation Center to serve its community.
No one can discuss Eagle Rock without getting into the delicious food options. We already sang the praises of Eagle Rock Brewery Public House, and there is so much more to discover. A family favorite of mine is The Oinkster, for a pulled pork sandwich to delight your taste buds; artisan cheeses, caramels and gourmet meats are part of the selection at Milkfarm; Eagle Rock Italian Bakery has enticed their neighbors with great subs and cannoli for the last 40 years; then there’s a pizza parlor Casa Bianca that is unlike anywhere you’ve had Italian American food except for maybe your grandmother’s kitchen (but remember to bring cash).
Its food, its people, its film locations: Eagle Rock is not just any old Los Angeles neighborhood. You will find eccentricity, community values, and plain old fun events: this Friday is their annual Halloween Pumpkin Festival, followed by a Community Clean Up. Their Neighborhood Council sponsored beautiful street banners to replace advertisements, and are always looking for better ways to improve the lives of their residents.
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