Los Angeles Confidential - - Contents - BY MU­RAT OZTASKIN

Realtor and in­te­rior de­signer Elisa Baran ap­plauds the West­side glam life.

Mov­ing to LA for school six years ago, New York na­tive Elisa Baran made a bee­line for West Hol­ly­wood. “I had al­ways wanted to be a fash­ion de­signer,” says Baran. “But one year ago, I re­al­ized I wanted more than just fash­ion, and took my de­sign back­ground into real es­tate.” Now, the 24-year-old acts as project man­ager, in­te­rior de­signer, and list­ing agent for lux­ury real es­tate ti­tan Mercer Vine, spe­cial­iz­ing in prop­er­ties and ren­o­va­tions in her own ’hood. “I need to al­ways be creat­ing, and solv­ing prob­lems,” says Baran, “while con­stantly think­ing of ways to make our com­mu­nity a bet­ter place to live in.” Hip hip for that. mer­cervine.com “With its key lo­ca­tion on Mel­rose, Verve Cof­fee Roast­ers (8925 Mel­rose Ave., West Hol­ly­wood, 310-3859605; verve­cof­fee.com) is one of the vibe-ier cof­fee shops in WeHo. The av­o­cado toast with a poached egg is a must.”

“Rock & Reilly’s (8911 W. Sun­set Blvd., West Hol­ly­wood, 310-3601400; rockan­dreillys .com) is great for grab­bing a beer af­ter work. On Tues­day nights they have karaoke—if you’re lucky, you’ll be singing next to a celeb!”

“If you want the best Mex­i­can in LA, hop over to La Otra Es­cuela Taque­ria (7615 Bev­erly Blvd., LA, 323-9326178; es­cue­lata­que­ria .com). The ceil­ing is cov­ered with old wooden shoes—the owner is a for­mer shoe­maker.”

“Sun­day morn­ings, grab a cof­fee and a yo­gurt and gra­nola at Cof­fee Com­mis­sary (801 N. Fair­fax Ave., LA, 323782-1465; cof­fee com­mis­sary.com), then walk over to the Mel­rose Trad­ing Post (7850 Mel­rose Ave., LA; mel­rose­trad­ing­post.org) open-air flea mar­ket and bar­gain, bar­gain, bar­gain!”

“Jon & Vinny’s (412 N. Fair­fax Ave., LA, 323334-3369; jo­nand­vin­nys .com) has some of the best pizza in LA. I’m from New York, so that says a lot!”

Cali con­vert: “I couldn’t

see my­self liv­ing any­where else in Cal­i­for­nia,” says New Yorker-turnedWest Hol­ly­wood devo­tee

Elisa Baran. “I love this city! There’s so much to do.” right, from top: Baran prefers WeHoad­ja­cent Jon & Vinny’s for

that pizza-taste of home; Rock & Reilly’s is the go-to

for af­ter-work karaoke.

“Not only is the cof­fee smooth and de­li­cious, but the pas­tries are just as en­tic­ing,” says WeHo au­thor­ity Elisa Baran of Mel­rose Av­enue’s “vibe-y” Verve Cof­fee Roast­ers.

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