Secret Stair Walk#20: Sunset Junction Loop

It seems like I’ve been talking a lot about the Secret Stair Walks with friends lately, so I figure it’s about time I share another walk with you. This is Secret Stair Walk #20: Sunset Junction Loop.

—  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!  —

Oh, Sunset Blvd. You are a fun fun street.

The street art along Sunset is truly original. I love looking for these small creative details. Who takes the time to make this art? Who does it for creativity/humanity (because LA certainly didn’t commission these artists)?

The colors and texture of Sunset (above). When you do this walk, be sure to park far away, so you can add a Sunset walk to the loop.

Mascots of Silver Lake.

This neighborhood has excellent brunch spots/cafes to visit, so plan the walk around a meal.

A fresh bloom.

Like all of these walks, after a stint on a busy road the stairs take you to a quiet landing overlooking Los Angeles. The hustle+bustle becomes so tranquil.

Even high up in the hills, there is still creativity to observe.

The above photo was taken on a landing many flights of stairs above the road. This is the path these 5-10 home owners have to walk every time they arrive/leave in order to reach their cars. You wouldn’t want to lug groceries up here.

Then I came across the freakiest “free” sale. Yes, you are seeing a bong and 5 identical doll heads. So weird, but an awesome find for a Secret Stair Walk.

I heart doors. The bright color is so daring for this traditional colonial. It’s a great contrast compared to the bright white trim and green of the nature surrounding it.

Doors <3.

Then I came across a teepee. This is the second one I’ve seen in Silver Lake.

 

Color, color, color!

This last photo was taken on the car ride home from the walk (and not actually on the walk). I just had to share this large mural. This is located across from the Lyric Cafe. Keep an eye out for it!

Secret Stair Walk#27: Silver Lake Court

Since I’m lacking Comedy Wednesday material, I thought I would share a Secret Stair walk with you. I know I haven’t shared many walks with you recently, but there are more coming. There’s nothing more calming than pushing stressful thoughts from my head, grabbing my camera and hopping in the car off to a clear-your-head walk. I find these walks force me to live in the moment and focus on what’s around me. You should try it, if you haven’t already. This time around I explored walk #27: Silver Lake Court.

—  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!  —

This was a lovely quiet walk, which took me along the familiar Silver Lake Court, which is a dirt patch where the Pacific Electric Red Car trolley used to run.

Only this time we didn’t take my typical route up the stairs, but instead turned to the left, and headed in a new direction. Excitement!

I passed an adorable bunny guarding the gate to the Rose Sharlin Co-op Nursery School, and continued along the brush path.

Eventually I was spit out into another side of the neighborhood, where I noticed this spray painted on a trailer parked on the street.

Stairs, stairs, and more stairs.

Log cabin?? In LA??

Fun with color. I love the creativity in the Silver Lake neighborhood.

“Warning: People Before Profits”

An odd museum.

Architecture fun! I love this home above.

Above: The wide shot

Above: The close-up of the John Lautner’s Silvertop residence.

Assuming I got the address right, the home above is designed by Eric Lloyd Wright for Rupert Pole and where Anais Nin lived and died in 1977.

Secret Stair Walk #36: Whitley Heights

Did you like all the Chicago posts? I had SUCH a great time in that city. If you haven’t been, GO! There was plenty of stuff to do on a tight budget, and I can’t wait to go back and see more. Before I jump right into the next leg of my trip, Cape Cod, I thought I’d take a breather and tell you about another Los Angeles Secret Stair walk.

—  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!  —

I parked near the Gelson’s off Franklin Ave in Hollywood (great free parking in that hood, with few limitations). I included photos from my walk-to-the-walk. For example this photo below was taken under the 101 overpass.

This was also taken there:

Now I’m at my starting point across from the Bowl. I spotted this dumpster behind a fence and had to take a photo. Even the dumpsters are classy here.

Just beyond the designer dumpster, I was greeted by a cat at my first set of stairs along walk #36: Whitley Heights.

This immediately puts you high above the noise and traffic of Hollywood. This whole neighborhood had an old Hollywood charm about it. You can tell there’s lots of history here.

This is also a steep hillside, so many of the homes sit on stilts like the photo shows below. Eek, I would be nervous in that house during an earthquake.

Color fun.

As this looped back down the hill, I enjoyed this sculpture of a man and his dog. I was purposeful with my leaf placement.

This was a very delightful late afternoon trek through Hollywood. It was nice to not be in the traffic I could see far below.

I just love the colors and textures in the photo below, I HAD to include it in the bunch. You can see by the reflection, it’s across from the big vertical “Hollywood” sign along Cahuenga.