So, you're thinking about moving to Los Angeles? It may come as a surprise that people move to L.A. for more than the entertainment industry, but there are a ton of perks about living in Los Angeles including great weather, beautiful scenery and delicious food, just to name a few.
With all this in mind, here are 10 things to know about living in Los Angeles before you make the big move.
Before you move to L.A. or any city for that matter, it's smart to research the city to understand the cost of living, culture and overall vibe. This can help you make an informed decision about whether or not the city is a good fit for you and your family.
Here are some of the top things to keep in mind if you're considering moving to the City of Angels.
The amazing weather in L.A. is reason enough for some people to move to this bustling city. With mostly sunny days and rainstorms few and far between, it's an ideal place for those who aren't a fan of the cold.
There's rarely a day that you can't catch a breathtaking sunrise or sunset. The weather adds to the natural beauty of the city perfectly illuminating all it has to offer.
There's never a dull moment in L.A. Whether you're looking for a cultural afternoon exploring the many museums or looking for a fun night to remember, L.A. has it all. Take yourself to Venice Beach and spend the afternoon watching people. Stroll down Melrose Ave. and window shop in the many vintage stores.
Want to watch celebs at work? Take yourself to see a taping of a show. Spend the night feeling like a V.I.P. at one of the many clubs L.A. nightlife has to offer. No matter what you choose, you'll always find something fun and exciting to do in L.A.
Living in Los Angeles gives you access to a world of education and knowledge from schools like USC and UCLA. These schools are a great place to study as they lead the way in top-notch education and research.
Moving to a new city can be intimidating, especially if you don't know anyone. Like all other cities, it can be difficult at first to meet new people and make connections. Luckily, L.A. offers an incredibly diverse and truly unique culture. There are all types of people — from hipsters and industry professionals to the stereotypical Botox-Barbie living here.
While not everything you hear about L.A. is true, here are some cultural things that ring true. Health and fitness are a big deal and you'll never find yourself more than a block away from a healthy juice bar of vegan hang out. You'll soon learn that in L.A., going to hang out and write at a coffee shop isn't work, it's a way of life.
And of course, you can't forget the people with dreams hoping to make it big in L.A. While not everyone there is an actor, you can't help but notice the palpable feeling of optimism in the air that really defines L.A. culture.
Unfortunately, traffic in the city is as bad as everyone says. Getting anywhere takes much longer than you'd expect, meaning it's safe to say you should leave an hour early when you're going anywhere. It's also a difficult city to navigate without a car, being that it's not the most walking-friendly city.
Yes, there are other forms of transportation, such as rideshare apps, buses or scooters, but they can be unreliable and expensive. Here's a tip for managing traffic: make yourself a great music playlist that puts you in a good mood or find a really intriguing podcast.
Parking in Los Angeles takes some getting used to. L.A. is known to take its parking and street signage very seriously. You can get ticketed or towed for parking on the street without the right permit or parking during street cleaning. Large parking lots are hard to come by and if you do find one it's going to cost you. However, once you get the hang of it down it's doable.
You'll never have a bland meal again while living in L.A., as the city offers endless food options. Whether you're visiting the food trucks scattered around the city or fine dining, it'll always be tasty. There are endless possibilities of restaurants and types of cuisine making every meal exciting and new.
There are, of course, the classics like Musso and Frank, a favorite of new and old celebrities. There's Mel's Diner if you're looking for a quick and reliable burger and don't forget trendy new restaurants like Gracias Madres in West Hollywood.
Choosing what neighborhood to settle down in can be hard, to say the least. There are many factors to consider, such as suburb or downtown, beach or mountain views. The good news is that L.A. has some great neighborhoods to choose from.
One of the biggest things to consider when picking where to live in the commute. As mentioned above, L.A. has a lot of traffic making getting to and from anywhere difficult. For example, if you have a job in West Hollywood, you most likely don't want to settle in Burbank, unless you enjoy driving an hour and a half on average twice a day.
It's no surprise that the cost of living in Los Angeles is expensive. According to the Apartment Guide Rent Report, the average price nationwide for a one-bedroom apartment is around $1,600. However, according to the same report, living in L.A. comes at a steeper price, with a one-bedroom being around $3,100 a month.
It's not just housing that's more expensive in L.A., food, clothes and groceries can be more expensive, as well. This is something that you should really consider before making the move to L.A.
L.A. offers just as many outdoor activities as it does indoor ones. Los Angeles has some beautiful hikes that are perfect if you're looking to reconnect with nature. Take a hike through Runyon Canyon and you might even bump into your favorite celeb.
You can't forget the many beaches that surround L.A. With a pretty quick drive, you can be in Hermosa, Huntington, Venice or Santa Monica beach. Looking for a thrill? Take a ride on the roller coasters on the Santa Monica Pier or enjoy some outdoor live concerts at the famous Greek Theater.
Living in a big city is exciting and living in L.A. is no exception. Whether your tanning on the beach or trying out the newest food hot spot, there's always something to do. While it has its downsides, such as traffic and cost, the good outweighs the bad. Hopefully, these 10 things help you make your decision about moving to Los Angeles.