West Hollywood: City of hope, opening its arms to aspiring actors and executives. This is a good spot to live if you’re new to L.A. or obsessed with famous people. Or if you’re still really sad about The Hills getting canceled.
Downtown is where Hollywood goes when it wants to pretend it’s New York. You should get a huge loft and then call all your New York friends and tell them how much less you’re paying in rent than them.
You got: Silver Lake
Silver Lake can sometimes feel like small town living — but with more tattoos. You should move here if you want a quiet home (they only cost, like, $800k) and enjoy throwing dinner parties in your quiet home.
You wouldn’t call yourself “Hollywood,” but you still want to be close to the action. Los Feliz is a super spot for industry creatives, and although it can be pricey, it’s full of classic L.A./Spanish-style apartments. Its proximity to Beachwood and Griffith also make it a great spot for dog lovers and hikers.
The only people who hate on Beverly Hills are the ones who don’t live there, which is to say everyone else in L.A. Whatever, because the 90210 is so much more than expensive restaurants and Rodeo Drive. OK, maybe not much else, but who cares when your foyer is bigger than most people’s apartments.
The Valley, the oft-scoffed land on the other side if the hill, is where you go when you are finally tired of searching for parking and really want to eat at a Chili’s. It is also the place where you can settle down and have kids without it costing an arm and a leg. Also, Dave Grohl lives there so how bad can it be?
The Westside is where you go when you want a large home without having to live in the Valley or in Beverly Hills. It also is the place to go if you never want your friends from the east side to come visit you since getting across town is a nightmare. Plus, you’re close to the beach, which you hardly ever go to, but it’s nice to have the option. LAX is also nearby, so there’s that.
Venice is weird. Venice is great. Venice is far. It’s almost like it’s not even in L.A., which is kind of the point. Whether it’s hanging out in Abbot Kinney or taking a stroll along the canals, or cruising the boardwalk, it will be a chill time. Like, so chill that you eventually stop noticing the guys that carry snakes as pets.