walking West Adams
Alright, we’re headed on a walk… in… Los Angeles.
Some of our favorite spots locally are old school or vintage Los Angeles neighborhoods – filled with character, a bit of grit, & lots of history – they’re sometimes neglected for newer & shinier places, but we are always drawn back to them. One of those vintage spots in Los Angeles is the West Adams District – which stretches west from Figueroa between Pico & Jefferson.
Ever been to West Adams? Been awhile?
Here’s a map to help:
One of the oldest, & most historic of Los Angeles neighborhoods – it once reigned supreme as the primo spot for the wealthiest of Angelenos. It still is the home of huge homes from every architectural style of the last few centuries – many once-owned by the original elites of L.A – names found across street corners & in museums across Southern California.
Basically the entire Adams neighborhood runs from just off the Culver City Arts District to the USC – south of the 10 freeway.
We remember years ago taking the streets from Venice Beach to DTLA & sneaking down Adams only to find ourselves craning our necks over one stunning house or building after another.
Knowing that we probably missed a million things being in the car, we knew that we had to get back & to walk along Adams- so we did.
First off – a great way to experience West Adams on foot is by doing the Angels Walk.
Feel like going on an Angels Walk?
Angels Walk are self-guided walking trails that commemorate the history, architecture & culture of our city’s neighborhoods – encouraging pedestrians to discover & explore Los Angeles by connecting directly with Metro L.A. transit & rail lines.
They cover tons of different areas around L.A. – & you’ve probably seen their stanchions on various poles & fixtures around Los Angeles – which typically include a map & some anecdotal history about the area you’re visiting. In this specific walk, we learned a ton about West Adams & it’s rich history.
On Wednesday afternoons until 6pm you can catch the West Adams/ Vermont certified farmer’s market at St. Agnes Church
Just enough freshly picked fruits & vegetables for a quick detour from any supermarket. And their fresh peanuts are delicious.
Interested in how California got started in neighborhood farmers markets? Chat with Harry the market manager, he’ll tell you.
If you get a chance, take a walk around West Adams- you’ll dig the vibe & you’ll be the one person in your group of friends who discovered a “new” neighborhood before it got big… remember when people didn’t realized how cool Highland Park or Silver Lake were? Yeah, that seems like ages ago but we totally remember being told “no one goes there”… well, we did & like West Adams – those neighborhoods were ALWAYS cool.
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feel like wandering with us?
cool… ’cause that’s what we do here.