Atwater Village is a Northeast LA neighborhood established along the LA River east of Griffith Park. Sandwiched between the 5 freeway & Glendale, Atwater is nearly 4 miles long and half a mile wide and has a population of over 14,000. The History of Atwater as a residential community extends back to 1904 when the Pacific Electric Red Car offered a convenient commute to downtown Los Angeles, and the Art Tile Company, Van de Kamps Bakery & the nearby DWP substation became key local employers. It became known as Atwater due to its proximity to the Los Angeles River.
If you are looking to buy in Atwater, you will have limited choices as inventory of homes for sale are low compared to Los Feliz or Silver Lake. Currently (February 2017) there are 8 homes on the market. Over the past 3 years, the most for sale at one time was 19 in October 2015. If you find a home you like for sale, act quick, the days on market tend to be below 20. For most part, prices range from about $600,000 to $1,000,000. The median sales price is $897,000, up 20% from a year ago.
The architectural style of the homes in Atwater are similar to other northeast LA neighbors that were developed in the early 20th century; smallish homes and bungalows proliferate along the tree-lined streets in a variety of styles; Mediterranean, English Tudor, Spanish Colonial Revival, California Craftsman, etc.
Atwater Village has undergone a renaissance in the last few years. With the influx of new shops, restaurants, and bars, the area has become very popular for families and singles looking for housing in a walkable community.
In addition to its close proximity to Griffith Park, Atwater has also benefited from improvements to the LA River and it's river side bike path that runs the entire length of Atwater.
The Atwater Village Farmers’ Market is a central neighborhood happening every Sunday from 10-2. Located at 3250 Glendale, the market hosts more than two dozen of Southern California’s highest quality local farms.
The principal commercial thoroughfares include Fletcher Drive, and Los Feliz and Glendale Boulevards, with Glendale being the center of the village commercial district. Atwater has some stand out restaurants; from the Tam O’Shanter (Los Angeles' oldest restaurant operated by the same family in the same location.) to All'Acqua Atwater’s buzz worthy Italian eatery. Some of my favorites are Proof Bakery for their morning buns and Tacos Villa Corona for their famous Breakfast burritos. And for inexpensive Indian food, India Sweets & Spices is worth the drive from any Northeast LA neighborhood.
The retail offerings in Atwater village will keep you from ever having to leave the neighborhood. Jill’s paints in known throughout the area as the place to go when you need help choosing paint, and Potted will help you turn your outdoor spaces into your own slice of heaven.
There are three elementary schools in Atwater Village. Two LAUSD schools; Glenfeliz Boulevard Elementary (API 813) & Atwater Avenue Elementary (API 781) & one private, Holy Trinity Elementary School. Upper levels schools serving the area include Theodore Roosevelt Middle, which scored 820, and Washington Irving Middle, which had a score of 729. John Marshall Senior High scored 757.