Los Angeles is a melting pot for people of all ethnicities, ages and styles, and the city’s unique neighborhoods often reflect that. Each area of the city offers something distinct that you may not be able to find in another neighborhood. Sometimes that may be a trendy restaurant. Other times it could be historic, walkable streets. No matter where you look in Los Angeles there is something to suite everyone.
Areas of Los Angeles like Santa Monica and Culver City have long been considered desirable places to live. But with the high price tags making these areas increasingly difficult to afford, there are a number of up-and-coming, lesser known neighborhoods that are worth checking out when looking for your next apartment location.
Here are some of the neighborhoods to check out in Los Angeles that offer more bang for your buck without sacrificing on things to do:
Los Feliz, a hillside neighborhood in the central Los Angeles region, is one of the trendiest and most popular communities in the city. The area is known for its historic charm and small-town feel, despite its location in the heart of the city and roughly 40,000 residents. This walkable and friendly community offers a variety of coffee shops, bars, restaurants, theaters, cafes, book stores and boutiques, along with an abundance of other entertainment options.
The quirky, artistic neighborhood also is known for its green space, specifically Griffith Park, and its classic architecture. Housing options vary from art deco and mid-century apartment buildings to million-dollar mansions, but Los Feliz is home to some iconic buildings. The Ennis House and Hollyhock House, two early 20th Century homes designed by renowned architect Frank Lloyd Wright, both are located in the historic community.
Quite a few communities are grouped together to create the diverse and expansive Mid-City West neighborhood, located in the central area of Los Angeles. Beverly Grove, the Fairfax District, Carthay Circle and Miracle Mile are some of the neighborhoods that make up Mid-City West, or Midtown. Most of these communities are starkly different, but combined they offer unique dining, bars, shopping, nightlife and entertainment.
Beverly Grove, located on the far west side of the neighborhood, is a center for upscale retail stores and fine dining with several shopping centers and malls, including the eight-story Beverly Center. Slightly to the east, the Miracle Mile and La Brea communities offer several museums on Museum Row, including the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Petersen Automotive Museum and the La Brea Tar Pits.
The Fairfax District, a historically Jewish neighborhood, has several Spanish-style homes and is known for its landmark Farmer’s Market, the Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust and a great deal of shops and stores on Fairfax Avenue. The area also has unique dining, such as the famous Canter’s Deli, and entertainment options like a silent movie theater.
Highland Park is one of the oldest neighborhoods in the Los Angeles area, and despite some slow periods, the community has seen some growth in recent years. According to real estate website Redfin, the northeast Los Angeles neighborhood ranked as the most competitive housing market in the Los Angeles area for 2015 with a 12 percent increase in the median sale price of homes.
The historic neighborhood is still growing and changing, but some of its original beauty has been preserved, including several Queen Anne-style hilltop homes. In recent years, several new restaurants, bars and shops have opened in the area, especially along York Boulevard, growing its appeal to younger residents. The area also boasts several museums, art galleries, including Future Studio Gallery, and cultural landmarks like the Judson Studios, which specializes in stained glass.