Los Angeles – lively, diverse, picturesque, and scenic. The city of glitz and glam, sky-touching mountains, and entertainment, Los Angeles is the second biggest city in the US. While New York is the Big Apple of America, Los Angeles literally means the city of angels. From adults to youngsters, everyone loves to have a slice of this place.
If you have been to the divine LA, you would know what we are talking about. Every one of us wants to “live the Cali life” in the city that welcomes everyone with open arms. If you are fed up of your life in the East Coast and want to find a permanent abode in LA or if you are living in LA and are done with living with roommates, you have come to the right place. Here, we will look at the great places to live in, in Los Angeles.
But before we begin our list of great LA places to live in, we should give you a heads-up. LA is one of the most expensive cities in the US and living here means coping with high rent prices and overall high cost of living. If you’re reading this, we can assume that you don’t have to worry about rising prices and that you have a stable job to meet your expenses.
Hundreds of eager city dwellers come to LA to start a new life in the city. We cannot possibly choose one area for you, but we can list down some famous and most sought-after areas in the city.
1. Manhattan Beach
If you have a really good job and your finances are secured, you should consider living in the Manhattan Beach neighborhood. The rent in this area is quite high- more than $2,000 per month for a small apartment – but the place is a gem. It has great bars and restaurants, making sure that you have a good nightlife. If you’re living with your family, the area is even a better choice for you since the place has really great public schools. The area is the closest to the Los Angeles International Airport. It will be a great feature for you if you are one of those who have to frequently travel for work or other purposes. So if money is not an issue, you should consider raising your family – or living alone – in this joyful neighborhood.
2. Culver City
Culver City was home to MGM – Metro Goldwyn Mayer – in the 1920s and still has some of the biggest studios. In the past, some of Sony & Columbia employees chose to settle down in the area to avoid the long commute they had to take every day to reach work. While in the past the area was devoid of hip and trendy things, over the years the area has undergone a complete makeover. Now, big and trendy restaurants line the streets of this now hustling bustling area of LA. The average one bedroom rent is $2,260 per month.
3. Downtown LA
If you want to live ‘the LA life’, you will be thrilled by the life that Downtown LA has to offer. While it is true that the area is still tackling the problems of an increasing number of homeless people and crime and drug issues, Downtown residents believe that their decision of living in this part of LA can’t be more right. The area has a large number of museums and an exceptionally great art scene. The rent in the area is high – with a modest apartment starting from $2500 per month – and almost 90% of Downtown residents live on rent. But since it is right in the center of the city, residents save up a lot of traveling cost.
If you have a small family, you may consider living in the peaceful area of Glendale. It is a quiet place and is one of the safest areas in LA. People with small children who constantly worry about their kids’ safety can definitely have a good time in this area. It doesn’t mean that the area doesn’t have any entertainment options. It has plenty of options for recreation, including hiking trails and museums. But the rent price in the area is a bit high. If you are looking for a house in the area (for buying), your budget shouldn’t be anything less than $800,000. The rental rate is around $2,750 per month.
5. Silver Lake
Packed with wine bars, coffee shops, art museums, Silver Lake is one of the most sought out areas of Greater LA. Spend your nights dining out or sipping on a cup of coffee in a nearby cafe. Also, the actual Silver Lake reservoir is a great place to be. A jog or stroll around it can be a major factor to influence your decision of living here. The prices, however, soar to the north. The average rent is around $3,000 per month and if you are looking for buying a house, you should have at least $1 million to spare.
6. Beverly Hills
Just as America is the country for dreamers, Beverly Hills is the place for those who want to make big. You have grown up reading about celebrities living in Beverly Hills. You have always fantasized about owning a house in this popular area of LA. With top designer outlets at almost every corner, this rich area is the place to be. With an average monthly rent of $3,270 per month, Beverly Hills is still the most popular area of LA.
Wrapping It Up
LA is a dream. If you want to settle in the vibrant city of the US, LA is the right choice. The beauty and aura of the place cannot be described in words. Granted, the rent is high and living in LA is expensive, but the intangible value that comes from living in LA cannot be quantified. If you manage your expenses wisely, you can easily live in the city of angels – the city of dreams.