Hello LA_Buyer 2,
I used to live in Silverlake and Echo Park. To me that was up and coming 10 years ago. For the Westside that would depend how far west you need to be. True Westsiders consider Mid-City and areas like Picfair Village and Faircrest Heights not the Westside. I think they are close enough to the westside to be a great option for anyone considering those areas. Culver City is great but pricey. The most affordable part of Culver City I would say is the area around the 90. Up and coming to me has a little more of an edge and is affordable too. My vote goes to 1. Picfair Village (where I live). New restaurants and shops are popping up left and right. It's a great area.
Faircrest Heights. Next to Picfair. Mid-City: Washington between La Cienega and La Brea.
If you have any questions about any of these areas, please let me know.
The Carrabba Group