The Best LA Neighborhoods for Everyone

Congratulations, you’ve decided you’re moving to Los Angeles! Or, at the very least, you’ve decided to make a change and move to a new neighborhood. At any rate, change and exploring is positive and good for you. With so many different neighborhoods with distinct vibes, it can be tough to judge which one you should move to, but that’s where Oz comes in. We’ve been in Los Angeles for years, and from all the moving we’ve done, we can tell which neighborhood will be right for you to move into.  

 

Eagle Rock Los Angeles


BEST LA NEIGHBORHOOD FOR YOUNG FAMILIES

EAGLE ROCK

Eagle Rock is a newly hot area in northern Los Angeles, in-between Pasadena and Glendale in the San Rafael Hills whose praises have been sung by its residents in the last few years. “I live in Eagle Rock and I love it” says Deidre Woollard of Lion & Orb PR. The neighborhood is no stranger to the spotlight; it was named the #2 hottest neighborhood in the US in 2014 by Redfin, and according to its own residents it’s “seen rapid gentrification” in recent memory. 
Still, Eagle Rock has enough of a small-town vibe with plenty of longtime residents still residing in the neighborhood, and enough to entice the newcomers too. Good schools and a suburban vibe make Eagle Rock great for young families, but the neighborhood is by no means boring. “There are great restaurants, plenty of local businesses, and wonderful architecture from the 1920s on up.” Woolard says. “The local neighborhood council is highly engaged and there are lots of events such as neighborhood cleanups, farmers markets, street fairs and other events that offer a small town charm.”

 
FINDING A HOME

Plenty of charming homes are available to the would-be Silver Lake mover. Some of the best brokerages that operate in the area are Tracy King,The Partners Trust, and The Rental Girl.

Median Eagle Rock 2-bedroom monthly rent: $2100

Next Best Thing: Highland Park

Silver Lake Los Angeles CA

 

BEST L.A. NEIGHBORHOOD FOR YOUNG PROFESSIONALS

SILVER LAKE
Juyoung Seo of Forbes deemed Silver Lake “The hippest neighborhood in L.A.”The neighborhood might be the closest thing to Brooklyn there is on the west coast - with tons of impossibly cool independent shops, artisanal restaurants, indie bars, and trendy clubs seemingly around every corner, all frequented by a fashionable, health-conscious smorgasboard of hip young folks. Like Brooklyn, Silver Lake isn’t cheap; lots of people want to be where the action is.  If you’re a fan of independent music, you’ll find a community in Silver Lake; there’s indie venues like The Satellite around and in nearby Echo Park, and the famous mural where Elliot Smith photographed one of his album covers is here.

 

FINDING A HOME:

The Rental Girl also covers Silver Lake, as well as newer hipper firms likeCompass.

Median Silver Lake 2-bedroom monthly rent: $2310

Next Best Thing: North Hollywood

 

Studio City Los Angeles


BEST L.A. NEIGHBORHOOD FOR FIRST-TIMERS

STUDIO CITY

Named after the huge Universal & WB studio lots near the area (and many former lots), Studio City is a great landing spot for people looking to live close to Hollywood but not directly within to avoid the high prices and hectic lifestyle. It combines suburban comfort with the bristling allure of a vibrant city. Studio City skews older, but there is plenty for families and those flying solo alike to enjoy. Famed Ventura Boulevard cuts through studio city, and you can find plenty of trendy restaurants and shops there. It’s no wonder celebrities like Zooey Deschanel and George Clooney call Studio City home.

 
FINDING A HOME:

Plenty of brokerages have good resources for finding homes in Studio City: you can try Keller Williams Studio CityColdwell Banker Studio City, or the John Aaroe Group in Studio City, in addition to the usual resources we recommend (Craigslist, zillow, etc.)

Median 2-bedroom monthly rent: $2610

Next Best Thing: Echo Park

 
Boyle Heights Los Angeles
 

BEST L.A. NEIGHBORHOOD FOR MILLENNIALS

BOYLE HEIGHTS

Just east of downtown L.A., Boyle Heights has plenty to offer young people who want to live around Los Angeles. The area is known for a high percentage of Latino residents and young residents (the average resident age is 25, according to the LA Times.) With low prices in the area, young people can find an affordable living space on their entry-level salaries. Good public transit access to the city center (the gold line goes from the Boyle Heights stop to Union Station in less than 10 minutes), the arts district just over the 4th street bridge, and lots of affordable mexican cuisine around means there is plenty for young angelenos to like about the area. A huge percentage of the area’s residents boasting a proud Mexican heritage, so new movers to the area should hope to embrace El Tri (the Mexican national soccer team) and the fabulous food of our neighbors to the south.

 
FINDING A HOME:

A lot of homes in the area seem to be rented directly by property owner - try using massive sites like Zillow, Craigslist, or the tried and true tactic of driving around the areas that suit you looking for vacancy/”for rent” signage.

Median Boyle Heights 2-bedroom monthly rent: $1950

Next Best Thing: East L.A.

 
Santa Monica Pier
 

BEST LA NEIGHBORHOOD TO RETIRE (OR RELAX)

SANTA MONICA

Perhaps the most appealing beach town in the world, Santa Monica offers it all; that peaceful, easy feeling associated with the beach that still includes a vibrant downtown. “If you live here  try to get to the beach as much as possible.” says Mark Verge, founder of listing service Westside Rentals and On The Verge Hospitality. When you’re not hanging out at the beach, Third Street Promenade in downtown Santa Monica offers eating, entertainment and shopping galore. The cost to be near the beach is steep, make no mistake, but for the discerning Angeleno it is worth it. “You might get less space for the dollar but do it. Go Zen and sacrifice space.” says Verge.

 
FINDING A HOME:

Westside Rentals is one of the best resources for apartment hunting in west L.A. available. Verge has a bold offer for movers looking to relocate to Santa Monica; “Call me and I will buy you your first cup. 310 422-0024"

Median Santa Monica 2-bedroom monthly rent: $4330

Next Best Thing: Sherman Oaks

 



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(All rent figures circa 2016 via Curbed LA)

 

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