A Guide to Los Angeles Neighborhoods

More so than many other big cities, Los Angeles, California, is made up of such clearly defined neighborhoods that many say it’s more an amalgamation of small towns than a single big city. But because Los Angeles neighborhoods are so diverse and plentiful, it can be tough to decide which one is best to move to– especially if you’ve never lived in the city before.

A Guide to Los Angeles Neighborhoods

If you’re making a big move to LA, we’ve tried to make it a little easier for you by putting together this guide of some of the most popular Los Angeles neighborhoods you should know about:


When many people hear “LA” they automatically think of Hollywood. But although those who aren’t from the area sometimes believe the two to be synonymous, most people from Southern California  know Hollywood to be just one small neighborhood within a much more diverse city.

A Guide to Los Angeles Neighborhoods - Hollywoods

In fact, locals often move away from Hollywood because of the thousands of tourists roaming the area and relatively high cost of living. Hollywood does feature some local art galleries and farmers markets, but it’s more tourist-centric than many other parts of the city.

West Hollywood

West Hollywood is well-known for being gay friendly, and the parts of the neighborhood surrounding Santa Monica Boulevard have even been dubbed “Boy’s Town.”

A Guide to Los Angeles Neighborhoods - West Hollywood

This area of LA is a pretty fun and glamorous place to be, with shops, galleries, cafes, and myriad nightlife options.

The Valley

The Valley is an encompassing term that includes several neighborhoods, such as North Hollywood, Studio City and Burbank, among others. Though each neighborhood within the Valley is slightly different, the area is known for being a good spot for people who’d rather save some money and live a bit outside of Downtown or Hollywood.

A Guide to Los Angeles Neighborhoods - The Valley

The neighborhoods have plenty of restaurants and entertainment options, but they’re a bit more of a commute to central LA than some other areas in the city.


Downtown LA is one of the most central Los Angeles neighborhoods, and it’s a pretty good area for people who prefer walking to driving. The neighborhood has an almost New York-style vibe, with skyscrapers and a subway system, and it offers plenty of great restaurants and recreational opportunities.

A Guide to Los Angeles Neighborhoods - Downtown

However, Downtown LA is also known for being somewhat dangerous at night, so it’s worth a walk-through of the area before deciding to live there.

Silver Lake and Echo Park

Silver Lake and Echo Park are two eastside Los Angeles neighborhoods that are known for being some of the most indie and artsy (read: hipster) areas in the city.

A Guide to Los Angeles Neighborhoods - Silver Lake and Echo Park

The neighboring communities are full of locally owned (and very hip) establishments, music venues, shops, and more. Another benefit of the area? It’s beautiful– set in the hills and full of leafy trees and pretty views.


There’s nothing inside or outside of LA quite like the Venice Boardwalk, on which you’ll find a very diverse group of street performers, hippies, and other kooky people who love hanging out in one of LA’s beachside neighborhoods.

A Guide to Los Angeles Neighborhoods - Venice

Venice is the perfect spot for people who’d rather live a little outside of the city in a unique area with tons of nightlife.

Santa Monica

Santa Monica is just north of Venice, and though it’s often considered a neighborhood in Los Angeles, it’s really its own incorporated city. Perfect for beach-lovers, Santa Monica is also easily walkable, full of entertainment and dining opportunities, and offers tons of shopping.

A Guide to Los Angeles Neighborhoods - Santa Monica

Santa Monica’s one shortcoming is its infamous commute– because of where it’s located, it’s notoriously difficult to get in and out of LA if you live there, making it hard for people who work in the city. If you do commute to and from Santa Monica, just be prepared to spend a couple hours in the car both ways!

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Top 10 Fabulous Metros for Luxury Apartments

If you love the finer things in life, dahling, naturally you want the poshest apartment you can find to match your luxurious lifestyle. Granite countertops, a doorman, tons of closet space, gorgeous views – these are all things you want in your life, and you won’t settle for anything less in your home.

If this sounds like you, then you definitely belong in one of these top 10 metros with the most luxury apartments on ApartmentGuide.com. Read on to find out where you can live in the lap of luxury.

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The Most Expensive Square Feet in the Nation: 20 Metros Where Rented Space Really Costs You

In a previous article, Apartment Guide looked at internal data to determine apartment rent costs per square foot nationwide. We learned the median rent for an entry-level apartment — $769 in April of this year — and how much space that amount would rent in metropolitan areas (metros) around the country.

Below is an expanded list to include the twenty most expensive metros for renting by square foot based on internal apartment listings data on Apartment Guide in May 2014.

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Keep an eye on what your renting dollar can buy in some of the most desired places to live in the country!
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Top Cities for College Grads

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For college seniors, the spring season means looking forward to graduation – and life beyond the college campus.

To help college graduates as they look both for work and a new place to live, Apartment Guide consulted with Indeed, the number one job site worldwide, to bring together information to match the perfect apartment with the right job.

Together, Indeed and Apartment Guide have researched the top cities with the most entry-level job openings, along with average rents for one and two bedroom apartments in these cities.

Here’s the list.

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Upgrading to a 2BR Apartment? Here’s Where It’ll Cost You the Most

Considering a move to a larger apartment? Wondering if you can afford a second bedroom?

We wondered the same thing and decided to look at our data to see what metro areas had the biggest percentage rent increase from one bedroom to two bedrooms.

For March 2014 in metros with at least 50 apartment listings, we looked at the lowest-price one bedroom and two bedroom apartment units to determine the average percentage increase between the two inside the same community. We included only apartment listings for which there were both one and two bedroom offerings located on the same property.

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Top 10 Metros for Great Apartment Kitchen Amenities (Infographic)

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For many American families, everything that’s really important in home life takes place in the kitchen.

At Apartment Guide, we know that renters want kitchens they can both enjoy spending time in and also put to work for their cooking efforts.

What are the great apartment kitchen amenities people want and need most?

Stainless steel appliances, dishwashers and microwaves are important, but extra amenities like a kitchen island and granite countertops can make a kitchen more useful and elegant.

We’ve combed our apartment listings to find the metro areas with the most tricked-out kitchens.

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New York Tops List of World’s Most Competitive Cities: Report


Find it hard to secure an apartment in New York City? It’s just another way that city is one of the most competitive in the world.

For those who find New York a challenging place to live, there’s hard research to back that up.

As reported in the New York Times, a brand-new study, published by The Economist Intelligence Unit for Citigroup, places New York #1 on the list of most competitive cities worldwide.

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Relocation Trends: Where’s Your Next Move? (Infographic)

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June is a popular month for change: graduations, weddings and job changes. All of this change results in relocation and the need to find a new place to call home.

Where are people relocating to? We define “sister metros” as the areas where people most often move from and where they move to.

In this relocation trends infographic, we found that the top searched sister metros included Washington, D.C. to New York City, New York City to Los Angeles, New York City to Atlanta and Dallas to Houston. The top five searched metro areas were Los Angeles, Washington, D.C., Dallas, Houston and Atlanta.

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Apartment Guide used internal search data from May 2013 to determine the top sister cities, as well as the cities that are most searched. U.S. Census Bureau data was used to identify common reasons that trigger relocations.

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2013 Renting Trends: Mid-Year Update

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At Apartment Guide, we want to help movers stay informed about the state of renting in this country.

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Take a quick look at a gathering of recent trends and reporting about what you might expect to find when renting an apartment right now.

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Hippest Neighborhoods in the United States

The Pearl district of Portland, OR, is one of America's hippest neighborhoods, according to Forbes.

The Pearl district of Portland, OR, is one of America’s hippest neighborhoods, according to Forbes.

Forbes has ranked the hippest neighborhoods in the United States. By looking at key factors like which neighborhoods are home to people with artistic jobs, a large concentration of farmers’ markets and food trucks, and high walkability scores, the magazine’s research turned up some of the most interesting spots to hang out in the country.

The top three they found, in order, are:
Silver Lake in Los Angeles, Calif.
• The Mission District in San Francisco, Calif.
Williamsburg, Brooklyn, N.Y.

But what about the other hip hangouts from the 20 places featured? Here are five of our faves.

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