How to Find the Perfect Place to Live in Los Angeles

Here are some tips to consider before the big move
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The Myth: You’ll benefit if the landlord lives on the property.
The Truth: This city is known for its sweet guesthouses, and proximity to your landlord can mean, in the best of situations, good upkeep and prompt maintenance. But if your idea of fun includes blasting Skrillex at 1 a.m., brace yourself for a knock on the door. Also, some on-site owners are looking for more than a check on the first of the month (read: a caretaker or a new best friend). Prepare to set some boundaries.

The Myth: The more amenities an apartment has, the better.
The truth: If you’re new to town, it can seem as if landing the perfect digs will determine your future. Don’t be seduced by the kidney-shaped pool (you’ll never stick a toe in it), the basement gym (it has only one elliptical), or the yard for a future dog (if you ever, like, get one). Make a list of realistic must-haves (on-site laundry, covered parking, even a doorman) and stick to it. Your bank account will thank you later.

The Myth: Location, location, location.
The truth: If you work in Pasadena, it makes sense to live there, too. But beware of aspirational location lust, by which we mean: “If I live next to Griffith Park, I’ll hike every morning” or “If I move to Venice, I’ll finally pick up surfing.” That’s a little like saying “If I buy a laptop, I’ll write a blockbuster screenplay.” All of those things are possible, but hard work—not your address—will make them happen. The beach is rad, bro. But drive to Zuma on the weekends instead.

Not sure what neighborhood is right for you? Let us help you narrow it down:

 

Martini

 

 

IF YOU’RE SINGLE
Culver City
$1,950 for 1 BR

 

 

 

 

Baby

 

 

IF YOU HAVE CHILDREN
Atwater Village
$2,400 for 2 BR

 

 

 

Ramen

 

 

IF YOU MISS NEW YORK CITY
Koreatown
$1,450 for 1 BR

 

 

 

couch

 

 

IF YOU WANT A ROOMMATE
Does anyone want a roommate? Yes, if it let’s you afford downtown Santa Monica.
$4,290 for 2 BR

 

 

 

coffeecup

 

 

IF YOU WANT TO WALK TO A COFFEE SHOP
Downtown
$2,650 for 1 BR; $3,700 for 2 BR

 

 

 

 

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IF YOU WANT TO JOG AROUND A LAKE
Echo Park
$,1,160 for 1 BR

 

 

 

 

beachchair

 

 

IF YOU CRAVE THE SALT AIR
Pacific Palisades
$2,490 for 1 BR
Venice
$2,810 for 1 BR

 

 

 

bun

 

 

IF YOU (STILL) HAVE A MAN BUN
Silver Lake
$1,880 for 1 BR

 

 

 

 

dog

 

 

IF YOU LIKE RUNNING INTO CELEBRITIES WHILE WALKING A DOG
Hollywood Hills West
$1,820 for 1 BR

 

 

 

makeup

 

 

IF YOU’RE A CULTURE VULTURE
Mid City
$2,430

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