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Atwater Village

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Atwater Village has all the cool things you'd want in a city but doesn't feel like it's part of the rat race. It's a neighborhood where you can walk to locally-owned shops and restaurants without tooooo many too-cool-for-school types, and if you want to sell out and go to the Costco, it's got that too. The farmers' market is a lot of fun. The history of the neighborhood is rich, the LA river runs along it's edge, where the old red car tracks ran. It's home to the city's oldest restaurant where Walt Disney used to hang out.

— ScoJo
February 21, 2012 at 10:35 p.m.

Gentrification is gonna force out all the low income residents as hipsters and yuppies flock into the neighborhood. A tamale truck guy already got arrested just for not having a liscense to sell food or drive a truck because of them. I no longer feel at home in the neighborhood I grew up in, don't recognize it. It has a day spa now some hipster art galleries, nothing useful like a 99 cents store anymore. Yuppies in their mercedes benz driving really fast down the street because they don't care about pedestrians who don't have the liberty of affording a car. Buisnesses associating themselves more with Glendale and Silverlake because that's where the yuppies also hang out. Sure the neighborhood is "nicer" and I don't have to worry about street gangs as much but I have to worry about the landlord deciding to replace my apartment building with condominiums, and I have to look around and think about how people in this world only care about property values, only want to get what the middle class view as nice for as cheap as they can get it, every area in northeast LA is getting ravaged in one way or another by gangs or by gentrification

— Anonymous
August 11, 2011 at 4:32 a.m.

I LOVE ATWATER VILLAGE! This quaint little village has the feel of a Wonder Years-y era. You feel like you're stuck in the 50's and can walk down the street for some salt water taffy with a pocketful of pennies. It's beautifully nostalgic and a great place to raise a family.

— Lucy
July 9, 2010 at 10:41 a.m.

I moved to northern California from Atwater in 1995. I love it up here in wine country, but I still have a special place in my heart for Atwater. I can't believe all that has changed there, but it still has that small town character within the larger city. I lived between Frogtown and Toonerville. On rainy years the frogs would come up from the river and cover the streets. You had to watch where you walked, or you'd have some major frog squishing underfoot.

— Patrick Reagh
February 3, 2010 at 4:32 p.m.

I moved to Atwater about 23 years ago. I can't see myself living anywhere else in Los Angeles.

— G Estrella
December 7, 2009 at 9:24 a.m.


Grew up in Atwater, went to Atwater elem. Irving Jr.Hi

and graduated at John Marshall.

Moved out of state to go to college. Came back home,

checked out the old turf and surprisingly found little change.

I am 72 now and remember how our community went

through WW2 and Korea where many families waited

for sons and daughters in the service to come home or

mourning them.. We cared for our neighbors and had

great picnics at Griffiths Park. However, when did Atwater become so big? In my days there ,it ended to the

east at the railroad tracks; north Glendale Blvd.,west

the wonderful L.A. river and Fletcher Drive to the south.

I still go by my old house on Hollydale is the same

with the same old pathetic garage. Have many fond

memories of Atwater.

— judith Espinoza
December 3, 2009 at 9:10 a.m.


November 29, 2009 at 9:14 p.m.

I moved to Atwater Village in 2003. I choose it to buy my first house because I loved the look of the houses and streets and it felt very diverse. Since then it has only gotten better with great restaurants, bars, shops and art galleries opening along Glendale. I absolutely love my neighborhood.

— Lorena David
November 18, 2009 at 8:57 a.m.

I moved here in Feb 2008 out of a recommendation of a friend who also lives here. I've never regretted it since. I love the people in my neighbourhood. They are so friendly and nice. Lots of entertainment around and transportation is available that I don't even need to buy a car!

— Sandra Tai
October 22, 2009 at 10:46 a.m.


October 20, 2009 at 9:39 a.m.

I love everything about Atwater. The bunglows, the tree-lined streets, the way that people actually look you in the eye when they say hello in passing. Tacos Villa Corona's steak and potato burrito, Pot-ted's mid-century ceramics, Whole Food for Life's dry cured olives, 55 Degrees' tastings, Grain's impeccable furniture finds and Viet's tofu sandwich. Most of all, I love my neighbors - diverse, interesting and engaged - they're what makes Atwater Village home.

— Courtney Smith
October 10, 2009 at 6:15 p.m.

I moved there in 1990 when I bought my first house on La Clede. My 2nd house was on Valleybrink. I loved being by the river, riding my bike, walking my dogs, and almost all of my neighbors. I was a bit sad when it started to gentrify. I missed the vegetable trucks that stopped coming, but I sure loved the bakery. Very much a true neighborhood, with folks walking about, and knowing each other. I like the cat paintings on the covers in the river, Foster Freeze and the Thai mini-mart/restaurant on Fletcher, the yearly horde of bikers on Glendale, Osteria, the staff at Acapulco, Griffith View, the architecture. My house on the hills in Glendale is very nice, but I would like it even better if it were in Atwater.

— Sherril Babcock-Wells
September 3, 2009 at 4:39 p.m.

As someone who grew up there and saw the neighborhood go threw it's transformation its a place that I call home.20min from any other city and 5 to 10min from any other northeast side neighborhoods. cool shops,and nice people,all come together to make atwater a place for art and fun.

— Omar A. Gomez
August 25, 2009 at 12:46 p.m.

Atwater Village is what I like to call the Urban-Burbs. You can walk or bike almost anywhere in the neighborhood which gives it a small town feel but you're close to Downtown and Hollywood.

— H
August 21, 2009 at 6:35 p.m.

My grown son moved to Atwater, I can get there from Orange County in 40 minutes, if I leave around 8 a.m. on a Sunday morning. He likes it; its the kind of neighborhood I had as a kid and have avoided it ever since.

I prefer Orange County, where you can pretend you are on vacation if you leave early enough to get a parking space in Laguna or Huntington Beach.

— Anne Jorgensen
August 16, 2009 at 9:45 a.m.

Atwater Village

is a neighborhood in the city of Los Angeles in the Northeast L.A. region of Los Angeles County.
The neighboring communities are Elysian Valley, Glassell Park, Glendale, Griffith Park, Los Feliz and Silver Lake.
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