Beverly Grove, Los Angeles: Convenient and Upscale Living that’s also a Shopper’s Paradise
Beverly Grove is a mid-Los Angeles neighborhood with houses, condos, and a growing number of McMansions. It was an older, quieter neighborhood that has undergone rapid change in the last decade and continues to add new condos and apartments at a dizzying pace.
Beverly Grove is on the west side of an area generally referred to as Mid-City. It’s tucked in between Beverly Hills and West Hollywood, with Fairfax on its eastern border. The Beverly Center shopping center is in the north and Farmer’s Market and The Grove – a newer, popular outdoor mall – is just outside its jurisdiction.
The neighborhood sprouted up in the 1920s, the latter part of its name mostly referring to the orchards that used to thrive here when the city was still young. The original Los Angeles Farmer’s Market on 3rd and Fairfax opened in 1934 and sold local produce from area farmers (now it’s a popular brunch spot).
Shopping and Dining
On the upside, because of its location, there is a lot of shopping and dining to do, much of which is actually within walking distance. The Beverly Center was once at the forefront of design and entertainment, being the first mall to host a 14-screen movie theater. Today, though a bit architecturally dated, it is home to major retailers and top brands including Louis Vuitton, Burberry, Gucci, Fendi, Prada, Salvatore Ferragamo, Dolce & Gabbana, Versace Collection, and more.
Trader Joe’s fans will love shopping for groceries at the 8500 Burton Way Trader Joe’s. Large isles, good service, a wide selection of fresh and organic produce, and then, there’s the free parking. It’s got to count for something, right?
For fine cuisine enthusiasts, Suzanne Tracht’s Jar is one of the neighborhood’s finest chop houses, and maybe one of the city’s best 5-star restaurants.
There are many public and private schools in the area, which generally have a good reputation. Due to the large Jewish population here and in nearby Fairfax District, the majority of private schools are Jewish. For example, Shalhevet High School, which bills itself as the only Modern Orthodox co-educational high school in California.
Outdoor and Green Space
Sadly, the orchards are all gone and the quaint homes with big lawns are also dwindling. There’s not much public park space or greenery, aside from the tree-lined streets.
Then again, the 28-acre Pan Pacific Park is a mere 30 minutes’ walk away (or a 6-min drive), in nearby Fairfax, as is the much-hyped The Grove with its endless array of indoor and outdoor entertainment opportunities – plus it’s always a popular place for a stroll. Fun fact: The Grove has 18 million visitors a year, more than Disneyland.
Cost of Living
Beverly Grove apartments used to be more affordable in spite of its tony location; the median household income last reported in 2008 was $63,039, average for Los Angeles. It has surely shifted higher since then, as the area continues to skew younger and more affluent.
Because of the shopping areas, there is an unfortunate side effect of vehicle break-ins and thefts making Beverly Grove property crime amongst the highest in the city. Violent crime is lower, but on the rise. In other words, you should park only in well-lit garages or off-street if possible and avoid walking too far after dark.
The general vibe of the area is pleasant and tranquil, with charming, Spanish-style cottages dotting tree-lined streets (Colgate, Lindenhurst anyone?) and contemporary abodes catering to more modern tastes. In recent years, however, the neighborhood has seen quite a bit of turmoil due to the so-called McMansionization of the area where smaller homes are being razed and replaced with huge houses. Some of the area’s longtime residents feel squeezed out by this “building big” trend and complain about the new additions’ complete lack of character.
As for multi-family housing, there is a spate of development slated for Beverly Grove apartments and condos including a new multimillion dollar 19-story tower near the Beverly Center breaking ground in 2017.
Apartments for Rent in Beverly Grove
Beverly Grove rentals tend to be pricier for the new buildings, but there are some bargains available for those willing to look. According to data from Yardi Matrix, average rent for Beverly Grove apartments is $2,879, only confirming what we already know, that living in the Creative Capital of the World – in its urban core, no less – comes at a cost. But there are perks aplenty, especially if you’re a young professional in search of bustling city life.
Modern and airy, these new apartments are available with 1 or 2 bedrooms. Fireplaces, hardwood floors, and private balconies are included with most units. The kitchens and bathrooms come equipped with stainless steel appliances, quartz counter tops, sleek Moen appliances, and custom Italian cabinets fit for all your storage needs. Community amenities include gated assigned parking, a fitness center, resort-style cabanas, and stunning 360 degree views of all of Los Angeles. Rents start at $2,075 for one-bedroom apartments.
Located on the trendy Kings Road, the modern complex of Kings Court features easy access to shopping and a stunning view of the Hollywood Hills. Walk-in closets and luxury appliances are amongst its many high-end features.
An older building but one that’s not without charm. These spacious apartments are conveniently located near Cedars Sinai Hospital, Beverly Shopping Center, and the famous restaurants on La Cienega. The apartment complex is pet-friendly and provides tenants with off-street parking, controlled access, and recreational facilities. One-bed, one-bath units rent for $1,850.
What you can buy in Beverly Grove
Condos and mansions make up the bulk of what you can buy in the Beverly Grove area, none of which is less than $475,000. If you’ve got money and prefer something a little more old school, there’s this Spanish-style home built in 1936 at 148 S. Crescent Heights, now listing at $1.89 million.
This popular LA neighborhood offers a charming variety of apartments, condos, or homes for those willing to pay the cover charge. Keep in mind: when living in Beverly Grove, the best of Los Angeles is at your front door.
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