Trulia’s recent “local love” feature asked several of LA’s top agents to chime in on what makes Los Angeles special. They asked our very own, Courtney Poulos, for her input, and she delivers with some of the best local pride we’ve heard… from food to neighborhoods to activities and more, these are all reasons we LOVE Los Angeles!
We listed a few excerpts from the interview below, or, you can read the full article on Trulia!
What is your city’s source of pride?
“Diversity is my city’s source of pride. Los Angeles is a beautiful mix of cultures and lifestyles, offering a place of acceptance for all. I’m proud to belong to a city with such fantastic authentic food, entertainment on small and large stages, artistic creativity, and abundant outdoor space.” — Courtney Poulos of ACME Real Estate
What makes you a true Los Angeleno?
“I have lived in the city for 20 years. I feel like I was raised here, or at least got mature here! This city is so transformative. I moved to LA to pursue acting, which turned into singing, which turned into public relations, working for nonprofits, hotels, customer service, waitressing … you name it. I’ve seen the city from the inside out. I’ve also lived in all of the areas I sell: West LA, West Hollywood, Eagle Rock, Glassell Park, Highland Park, Laurel Canyon, Koreatown, Beverlywood, Miracle Mile. Every neighborhood has its own unique attributes, and newcomers don’t always see behind the veil; you have to live in a neighborhood to know its secret and sometimes hidden hot spots!” — Courtney Poulos of ACME Real Estate
What is Los Angeles’ best-kept secret?
“Well, if I told you, it wouldn’t be a secret! Honestly, I love the little speakeasy at 1642 Temple Street in Echo Park. While you wouldn’t know it from its inconspicuous exterior, inside you’ll find a cozy, well-lit, and handsome bar, a perfect spot to relax and converse. Has the feel of the 1920s, charming and warm. I also love the steampunk ambiance at Highland Park Bowl on Figueroa … and their pizza is amazing.” — Courtney Poulos of ACME Real Estate
What, in your opinion, is the most up-and-coming neighborhood in LA?
“The most up-and-coming neighborhood in LA is — not to sound cliché — Highland Park! Highland Park is still affordable for young entrepreneurs who want to build a business, and that energy has given life to both the York and Figueroa corridors. From design studios to custom-made doughnuts, from secret event spaces to retro bowling alleys, there is a thrilling vibe, full of possibility there. There is also a blending of longtime residents and new residents, particularly on display during the Second Saturday Gallery Night (where galleries and shops stay open late for art lovers and residents to peruse). Food trucks line the streets, and sometimes music even plays on the streets. It feels alive. The Highland Park HPOZ keeps historical homes in check, while there is plenty of affordable rental and resale housing. You can live, work, and play in and around NELA!” — Courtney Poulos of ACME Real Estate
What is the best quintessential Los Angeles cuisine and where can you find it?
“The best quintessential Los Angeles cuisine is, for sure, Guisado’s in Echo Park at 1261 West Sunset. While understated, this spot has the best mole sauce in all of Los Angeles. So many tacos to choose from, but tinga de pollo is my personal favorite. Plus a slurry of vegetarian taco options too! This is authentic, fresh Mexican food at a very affordable price. Yum!” — Courtney Poulos of ACME Real Estate
Check out the full article here. Thanks, Trulia!