RELOCATING TO LOS ANGELES
Los Angeles is like a cluster of many towns in one sprawling metropolis. Our basic public transportation system notwithstanding, we rely heavily on driving to get around. Because of this, choosing the right neighborhood to move and settle into is crucial, and may require some advice.
If, for instance, you live in Hollywood you may rarely get around to seeing your friends in Venice. If your apartment is in Culver City it may seem like a huge trek to check out a new restaurant or club in Silver Lake.
It’s important to get around and explore different neighborhoods–whether you’re new to LA or a long-time resident–but the sad truth is that many of us end up hunkering down in our little respective ‘towns within a city.’ So, it stands to reason that the area you choose to live in should be a perfect fit for your lifestyle.
Here are some things to consider when choosing which neighborhood you want to live in in Los Angeles:
- What is the parking situation? LA is turning into New York in this respect. As the city fills up, free parking spots become increasingly difficult to find. Great parking is a major plus.
- Be sure to visit the neighborhood you’re planning to move into at night as well as during the daytime. Some areas have a totally different feeling (i.e. they become a little shady, derelict or potentially dangerous) when the sun goes down.
- If you have children, consider the public schools in the area. How do they rank? Are there any well-rated magnate schools in the neighborhood?
- Is this an area that lends itself to walking or jogging? Does it have parks or green belts and hiking close by? (if this is something you do regularly)? Are there well-paved sidewalks and is the terrain easy to cover on foot? Is it dog friendly?
- Is the rent/sale price to space ratio decent? Do most of the apartments (or homes) have enough outdoor space?
- Where do most of the people you know live? It’s nice to make new friends, of course, but if you’re new in town and the few friends you have are all the way across the city it could be challenging.
- Is this predominantly a singles or family neighborhood?
- Do neighbors seem friendly and social? Is there a sense of community (like a neighborhood watch association or a local hub where everyone hangs out)?
- What are the crime statistics in the neighborhood?
- Is the area easily accessible? This is something to consider when you’re looking into some of the gorgeous hillside regions of LA, especially if you have someone with special medical needs or an elderly person in your household.
Neighborhood Pros and Cons: A Quick Breakdown of a Few Central Areas in LA.
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Pros: Excellent school district, nice clean, manicured area, good for pedestrians/walking, in the flats there are many 1 and 2 hours free parking lots, parking is generally very easy (except in the retail center), very safe highly regarded neighborhood
Cons: Extremely expensive of course (you are not just paying for a house/apartment, but also for a zip code), traffic and parking can be horrible around the retail center
Pros: Beautiful, well-kept, family oriented neighborhood in a very good school district, parking is not generally an issue and it’s a nice ride to the beaches from here on Sunset
Cons: Not a great location for singles, beyond the main Brentwood marketplace there is not much going on in terms of restaurants and retail locations, this is one of the most expensive areas to live in in LA
Pros: Exciting arts area with a strong sense of community, feels a bit like New York (nice, especially if you’re a Manhattanite who misses home), much of it accessible on-foot which many attendees of the monthly Downtown Art Walk can attest to
Cons: At night it can get a bit shady and potentially dangerous, basically devoid of natural/garden space
Pros: Great, old (by LA standard) houses, bungalows and guest cottages, rich with LA history, fairly central and packed with restaurants, nightlife, etc.
Cons: Freeway access is somewhat limited to the 101 which is by and large known by locals as one of the most sluggish freeways, depending on the area crime and drugs can be an issue, rush hour happens at night as well as in the daytime
Pros: Fairly close to the beach, not far from Malibu beaches, mostly good for walking, lots of retail spaces around, considered a good school district, just as suited for singles as for families (maybe even a bit better for singles)
Cons: Traffic is notoriously bad, for out-on-the-town singles the nightlife scene (usually geared towards Irish bars and pubs) can pale in comparison to say, Hollywood or the East Side
Pros: Extremely hip and trendy East Side areas full of life, activity and edgy young people, also contains some very pretty rustic enclaves in the hills, loose based sense of community
Cons: Crime in some areas, parking issues and too much night time activity.
Pros: Suburban feeling, great for kids, much more relaxed in terms of night noise and parking, lots of restaurants and retail spaces mostly within walking distance, convenient commute for film/TV industry people working in Burbank
Cons: It gets extraordinarily hot (about ten or more degrees hotter than the flats) especially in the summer, feels a bit separate from the rest of LA as it is ‘over the hill’
Pros: Incredibly charming arts neighborhood of canals, boardwalks and arcades, close to the beach, eccentric, Bohemian, with a definite sense of community and rich history
Cons: Crime can be an issue, if you work in Burbank or Hollywood this could be a long-ish trek, houses are generally small for the price you pay so if you’re looking for a lot of space this may not be the area for you
Pros: More or less a central point in the city–not far from Beverly Hills, Westwood, Miracle Mile, Hollywood, East Hollywood, The Valley and Laurel Canyon many restaurants and retail businesses in the area, pretty easy to navigate by foot in most areas (with bike paths throughout)
Cons: Terrible parking (much of it permit required), in many parts it’s extremely loud at night, many of the apartments are tightly clustered together and ‘dingbat’ style complexes with paper-thin walls
West LA and Culver City
Pros: Culver City is really coming up as a fun area for nightlife and restaurants, there are good public schools, lots of great restaurants offering eclectic and exotic cuisines, very good for families and increasingly good for singles
Cons: Traffic can be brutal especially if you’re near the south end (Pico and Olympic), some parts of the West Side feel uninspiring and industrial (lumber yards, carpet stores, etc.)
Pros: Student and family neighborhood ideal for walking around, very well-kept and clean, not far from the 405, Brentwood and the beaches, in an excellent school district
Cons: If you’re not a student this isn’t the most exciting area to live in as a single, in the Village parking is a major issue
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