Introducing LA Neighborhoods
Location, location, location…
Nicknamed the City of Angels, Los Angeles is a world center of business, international trade, entertainment, culture, media and technology. Afforded with warm sunny weather year round and in close proximity to beaches yet within driving distance to the snowy mountains during winter, there are always a plethora of outdoor activities for those living and visiting Los Angeles to take part in. Three of the most desirable areas to live within Los Angeles County are Beverly Hills, West Hollywood, incl. West Hollywood Hills, and Hollywood (all areas that the agents at Real Realty LA specialize in). Each are desirable in their own right ensuring that no matter a persons lifestyle and preferences they will find the home of their dreams in Los Angeles County.
Home to Rodeo drive, palm trees & mansions.
In spite of the city’s name, most residents live in the “flats” of Beverly Hills which is a relatively flat land that includes all of Beverly Hills itself. The houses situated in the hills north of Sunset Boulevard have a much higher value then the average house price for the rest of the city.
Some of the most exclusive and most expensive homes in Beverly Hills are all situated high up in the hills. Santa Monica Boulevard divides the “flats” into two areas, locally known as “North or South of the tracks,” referring to the train tracks that were once used by the old Pacific Electric streetcar line that traversed Beverly Hills along Santa Monica Blvd. Houses south of Wilshire have more urban square and rectangular lots, in general smaller than those to the north. There are no condo buildings north of Santa Monica Blvd and the average house value south of Wilshire is the lowest in Beverly Hills.
Hollywood has seen a major revitalization over the last 8 years. With the addition of the Hollywood and Highland complex and the construction of the W hotel along with a number of well known loft conversions, the young and trendy of all kinds are flocking to Hollywood. Whether you’re looking for a home in the hills or a loft on Hollywood Blvd, there are many different price points and options within this neighborhood.
West Hollywood/Hollywood hills
Adjacent to Beverly Hills, CA
West Hollywood is one of the more popular neighborhoods among my clientele. In West Hollywood there really is something for everyone. The location is central to the best of LA: nightlife, restaurants, cafes, the finest shopping in the world. What’s also great about West Hollywood is that is a very walkable city. There will almost always be a café or hip lunch spot within walking distance of where you reside. West Hollywood has an abundance of high end condos and luxury homes spread throughout its city limits.
The West Hollywood Hills (a subsection of West Hollywood) Comprising of the streets off of Doheny, north of Sunset, The Bird Streets, Kings, Queens. You don’t get much cooler than this location. Located off of the prime Sunset Strip, you can cab to the best nightlife and restaurants Los Angeles has to offer. Homes in this neighborhood feature panoramic city to ocean views, privacy, and stunning architecture.
One of the best things about LA is that there are a number of different neighborhoods to fit a wide array of personalities and budgets. You can literally carve out any type of life that you would like based on your neighborhood choice. That being said, the overwhelming choice of neighborhoods within LA County can be just that, overwhelming.
Additional neighborhoods that appeal to a wide variety of homeowners and renters alike are:
Bel Air is a family oriented neighborhood located north of Sunset Blvd just west of Beverly Hills and just east of Brentwood. Although Bel Air has a reputations for being one of the priciest locations in Los Angeles, there are many homes for under $1,000,000. The zip for Bel Air is 90077, which encompasses Beverly Glen and the surrounding streets. Lower Bel Air is where the great estates are found – priced up to $125,000,000 – while the upper hillside portion includes more modest homes, starting at around $950,000.
Brentwood is a wonderful, laid-back community in close proximity to the beach, and not too far from Beverly Hills and the Sunset Strip. Chic but very casual, Brentwood offers a small town feel, with side walks, close proximity to some of the cities best schools and a village center all whilst being readily accessible by freeways. Below San Vicente (Brentwood’s epicenter – a walkable street with a Whole Foods, great dining, shopping, etc) is mostly condos/apartments that that are home to a mish mash of professionals and UCLA students. North of San Vicente is more family oriented, consisting primarily of large houses. $400,000 will get your foot in the door for a very small condo that needs extensive work, while $1,500,000 might buy you an extremely modest single family home.
Malibu is one of the most beautiful places in the country. Located about 25 minutes north of the Westside, Malibu is where the hills meet the ocean. Beautiful views, charming restaurants, beachside bars, and sandy beaches make Malibu the perfect choice for anyone looking for a laid back retreat. If you like to surf during the day, BBQ in the afternoon, and hit up the local beach bars and restaurants at night, Malibu could be the perfect fit! Living the California dream does not come cheap! The current lowest priced ocean view condo is $580,000.
The community is famous for its warm, sandy beaches, and for being the home of many Hollywood movie stars and others associated with the entertainment industry.
Venice is one of the most vibrant and eclectic areas of Southern California. Venice has always been known as a hangout for the creative and the artistic. Venice is one of the wealthiest neighborhoods in Los Angeles and is known for its canals, beaches and circus-like Ocean front walk, a two-and-half mile pedestrian-only promenade that features performers, fortune-tellers, artists and vendors.
*I am currently working with a client who is looking to purchase a home in Venice under $800,000 and whilst they are few and far between, you can get into the neighborhood, within biking distance to Abbot-Kiney at that price. Whilst Venice is home to some beautiful million dollar homes, you can definitely find your first home here.
With hipster favorites such as Silverlake and Los Feliz becoming increasingly more expensive, the east-side crowd has started to favor Echo Park (5 minutes from downtown) as an affordable alternative. Drinks at the divey Short Stop, bands at The Echo, and late night munchies at the Brite Spot diner make Echo Park the new trendsetter for hipster chic. Affordable home prices starting in the $399,000 range, but it’s definitely hit or miss, Echo Park is a neighborhood to consider for the hipster on a budget!
Los Feliz is the mecca for hip rich kids and alternative families alike with big bucks who still want to maintain their alternative status. North of Sunset, east of Western and bordered by Griffith Park, Los Feliz has it all for the rock star: cool diners, old school movie theatres, divey-but-pricey bars, and retro music stores. $400K will get you a condo while a bungalow can be had at around $900,000.
Silverlake is the middle ground between Los Feliz and Echo Park! What makes the neighborhood so cool is that you can get authentic Italian gelato, and then stroll through the Sunset Junction street fair – all without ever having to get into your car! From hipsters, to uber cool parents strolling around toddlers clad in Gymboree – Silverlake caters to all types. Located south of Los Feliz and west of Echo Park, there are still good deals to be had in this neighborhood. A cool mid century 3 br home in the hills with a view could set you back $799,000.
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