Before I moved to Los Angeles, I have ZERO idea how big the city was, how many different pockets there were and how much the neighborhood you live in dictates your world.
So how do you choose where to live in this massive metropolis?
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When I first moved to LA I was supposed to live in Sherman Oaks with two girls I met on the internet. Needless to say 1. that was a bad idea and 2. it all fell apart when they ghosted me literal days before my plane took off. So I sublet a room from a friend in Franklin Village in Hollywood which to this day is still my favorite neighborhood.
Here are the pockets of LA that I have learned and love:
Just miles under the Hollywood Sign on the east side of Hollywood (close to Griffith Park) is Franklin Village. North of Franklin Blvd, Franklin Village/Beachwood Canyon is my favorite place in all of Los Angeles. It has so much charm and culture and the energy just feels different there. I ended up living in that neighborhood for pretty much my first three years in LA. I loved it because I could hike, eat, grab a drink or see a comedy show all without having to get in my car. One my my favorite hikes is a guided walking tour called The Beachwood Stairs. Apartments here are a little pricy - I paid $1250 for my studio and my husband and I looked at a 1 Bedroom on Beachwood recently that was $1900 - and there isn't a lot of parking, but the charm and the location make is one my favorite places to live
Hipster, trendy, and full of culture. Highland Park is on the boarder of East LA and Pasadena. It is a about a 30 minute trek to Hollywood, about 45 minute trek to Beverly Hills and about an hour to Santa Monica. It is full of great places to eat and historic landmarks like the Highland Park Bowl which I highly recommend you check out for their amazing pizza, authentic bowling allies (they are the original ones, just restored) and fun shows like Friday Night Drag. Apartments average about $1800 for a one bedroom
If I could live anywhere that wasn't Beachwood Canyon/Franklin Village it would be Silverlake. With it's charming architecture and artist vibes, Silverlake deserves it's reputation for being the "cool" Los Angeles neighborhood. Rent is pricy but the views, the dining, shopping, and nightlife options make it worth it. The energy there is inspiring and the views are breathtaking. Apartments in Sliverlake start at about $1,900.
Studio City/Toluca Lake
I know people rag on the valley (shout to my writing partner who hates it) but I live here now and I love it. It is super cute, pretty normal and very suburban. If you don't want to worry about parking, want affordable rent and be in a central location, Studio City/Toluca Lake is the place for you. We have lived here for two years now and love it. Our apartment is great (and affordable) and we live in the canyon so I can still get my hiking in! This area of the Valley is great because you are only two exits up the 101 from Hollywood. I highly recommend this as a starting place or a place to settle down because it is affordable and safe without totally compromising on charm. It has cute dining spots like Aroma and Firefly. Studios here start at about $1600.
Super close to Franklin Village, Los Feliz is home to Griffith Park and rose to popularity with its charming bungalows and cute main drag. Bordering Hollywood on the East side Los Feliz has a mixture of charm and grit that attracts creatives. Some of my favorite places to eat are in Los Feliz like Alcove and Home. Pricier than most because of it's central location and charm, apartments start at about $1,995 for a studio.
Disclaimer: All figures mentioned are based on research from Apartments.com I am not a relator, nor do I work in real estate. I am just an avid apartment hunter. All images are pulled from google under the town which is described.
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Thank you for stopping by. My name is Ansley and I am a creative being. With not much to show for it. Feel the same?! Welcome! For all of you artists out there who are just hanging in there - this is for you!