Silver Lake is a hilly neighborhood in the city of Los Angeles, California, east of Hollywood and northwest of Downtown Los Angeles.
Silver Lake is inhabited by a wide variety of ethnic and socioeconomic groups, but it is best known as an eclectic gathering of hipsters and the creative class. Silver Lake also contains some of the most famous modernist architecture in North America. The neighborhood is named after Water Board Commissioner Herman Silver.
Silver Lake is bordered by Atwater Village to the north, Echo Park to the east, Echo Park’s Historic Filipinotownto the south, Virgil Village to the southwest, East Hollywood to the west and Los Feliz to the northwest. Silver lake blends into Elysian Valley on its eastern edge.
The neighborhood was named for Water Board Commissioner Herman Silver, who was instrumental in the creation of the Silver Lake Reservoir, located within the neighborhood.