Last I just told you about walk #21 (West Silver Lake) and this next walk picks up from there. Just to recap for newbies:
In 2012 I have to do all 42 walks from my book, “Secret Stairs, A Walking Guide to the Historic Staircases of LA” by Charles Flemming. These posts are to (hopefully) convince you to buy the book and get out there to explore the secret stairs around LA. Enjoy!
Secret Stair Walk #22: Coffee Table Loop (Silver Lake)
Walk #21 finishes around Hyperion Ave and walk #22 picks up around Rowena, I figured I would go right from one to the next. This 1 mile stretch of Hyperion is not officially included in the walk, but I enjoyed it so much I included the pictures below. There are so many artistic, well designed shops and restaurants along Hyperion that when you do this walk, I would plan it so you can stop for lunch along here.
All the shops are so original: Barbarella Bar, Pizzeria Lago, Tomboy (kid’s clothing store), Say Cheese (cheese shop), Broome Street Genral Store (coffee, food, knickknacks)
Rowena Ave is where walk #22 pickup, so right around here in the photos.
You know how I love texture and graphics.
Like walk #21, as soon as I was off the main streets it got very quiet and calm.
It was a beautiful day for a stair walk, so the photos came out so bright and colorful.
The photo below is of the John Lautner designed Silvertop. This home is well known architecturally and iconic to LA. Learn more about the home and architect HERE.
The higher-up I went, the more beautiful the views (and the steeper the climb).
I turned a corner by Landa St. and took a short detour to get this image. I was so nestled walking in the hills I didn’t realize how close I was to downtown. Quite a view, seeing the lake and turning to my right and seeing downtown.
What goes up must come down. I made my way down the hills zig-zagging through the neighborhood until I reached the Silver Lake. At this point it was 5:30p, so all the runners who just got off work were doing their laps around the lake.
One thing Charles Flemming points out, which I didn’t want to miss, was this “V” on the door of not-the-schmanciest house on the block (as you can probably tell from the christmas ornament hanging on the door in June). Under the V is the morse code for that letter, which coincidentally (or not) matches the opening nots of Beethoven’s Fifth. Nice call on making that connection Charles!
As I looped back to Rowena, I made myself a cat friend who I also tried to get out of the street.
That finishes up walk #22! Now get out there, get the book and make your own free (once you own the book) adventures! It’s a gorgeous day, and I’m about to do that myself.