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Where To Live in Los Angeles

Written by Ysmay.

Los Angeles is, simply put, huge. The city is broken down in districts, and within these districts are smaller neighborhoods. Below we have outlined the districts.

Beverly Hills

Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills by Charles GallagherRodeo Drive in Beverly Hills by Charles Gallagher

Odds are high you've heard of this affluent Los Angeles community that is home to a number of celebrities and the famous Rodeo Drive. 47% of residents in Beverly Hills (as of the 2010 census) are renters. Beverly Hills is home to The Academy, Beverly Gardens Park, Virginia Robinson Gardens, and a number of fantastic restaurants and shops.


Downtown Los Angeles

Santee Alley by David HarowitzSantee Alley by David Harowitz

Downtown L.A. is home to a number of smaller neighborhoods including Bunker Hill, The Fashion District, and Chinatown. Downtown L.A. is predominately a business district although there are a number of condos and apartments in the area.

Chinatown is a mixed-use neighborhood with restaurants, bars, residences, galleries and shops. The L.A. State Historic Park is just north of the Chinatown light rail station on North Spring Street.

Bunker Hill is widely thought to be the hub of all things cultural in Los Angeles. The Walt Disney Concert Hall, L.A. Music Center, and the Colburn School of Performing Arts are situated in Bunker Hill. Bunker Hill is, in fact, a hill, and is recognizable in film due to its Victorian buildings and the 2nd Street Tunnel.

Fashion District isthe place for design and distribution of clothing and accessories. This West Coast apparel hub takes up 90 city blocks. Beware of Santee Ally where counterfeiters try to pawn off faux designer accessories.

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East Los Angeles

Lying east of Downtown L.A. this unincorporated area is also referred to as East Side. Home to a large Latino population, the term "East L.A." is largely a cultural one as opposed to geographical one. East L.A. was part of the Pueblo of Los Angeles. Lying east of Boyle Heights in Los Angeles, this unincorporated community has a population of under 130,000 and Spanish is the first language amongst most residents.


Northeast Los Angeles

Nestled between Downtown and Pasadena, this area was part of the original Spanish and Mexican land grants. The communities in Northeast L.A. are diverse and historic. There are many charming Spanish-style homes and duplexes that are surprisingly affordable.



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Annexed by Los Angeles in 1910, Hollywood was an independent city, and before that, a religious colony. Even though the name is synonymous with the silver screen, most of the movie production now takes places in neighboring towns.

There are numerous neighborhoods and communities within Hollywood, and include Los Feliz and Silver Lake among them. In Hollywood you can find Thai Town, Melrose District, Laurel Canyon, and Hollywood Dell.


South Los Angeles

Home to the University of Southern California, South Los Angeles had one of the first western jazz scenes in America. South L.A. is home to a very diverse scene of residents including Koreans, Indians, Filipinos, Native Americans, and Central Americans.

South L.A. is roughly bounded by Alameda Street, Main Street, Washington Boulevard and Slauson Avenue, and within the past six months, residents have begun to refer to South L.A. as "SoLa" at the appearance of the SoLa Food Co-Op.


San Fernando Valley

Sunrise in the Valley by Rod RamseySunrise in the Valley by Rod Ramsey

"The Valley" lies north of the basin and is 260 square miles. Bounded by the Santa Monica Mountains, Santa Susana Mountains, Simi Hills, San Gabriel Mountains, Verdugo Mountains, and Chalk Hills, The Valley is home to Bell Canyon, Burbank, San Fernando, Glendale, Calabasas, Universal City, and Hidden Hills.

The Valley has been home to a multi-billion dollar pornography industry since the 1970s. 90% of the legally distributed pornographic films in the U.S. were filmed in, or produced in, "San Pornando Valley."


West Los Angeles

West L.A. is the area between Wilshire Boulevard, San Diego Freeway, Santa Monica, and the Santa Monica Freeway. This affluent neighborhood has a Japanese enclave nestled alongside Sawtelle Boulevard. Schools in West L.A. are generally respected and offer what is generally regarded as a "higher quality education."



Car Free Earth Day at Wilshire Center by Fredrick DennstedtCar Free Earth Day at Wilshire Center by Fredrick Dennstedt

A variety of working-class, middle class, and upper class neighborhoods all run together in Wilshire. Defined as the area between Beverly Hills, Hollywood, I-10, and Downtown, Wilshire refers to the area directly surrounding Wilshire Boulevard. Wilshire Boulevard is densely developed and connects many Los Angeles districts to each other.

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