For information on schools in Echo Park go to lausd.net, L.A Unified School District website. A number is provided should you want to call.
For information on safety check out lapd.org, Los Angeles Police Department website. There is a crime maps feature that will provide you with area statistics.
For information on the local flavor try historicechopark.org, here you will find all you need to know about this historically rich community.
Home values will vary, there are many factors. You can either contact me directly for a comparative market analysis or go to lametrohome.com, click on property search, click on Search For A Property In Your Area and select Echo Park from the menu. This will provide all the area active listings you can look through at your leisure.