An inexperienced renter’s guide to LA
New at renting? Don’t worry we’ve all been there. And we’re doing just fine, maybe even a little less stressed than most recent homeowners. Los Angeles is such a diverse city, abounding with so many housing options and eclectic lifestyles that it might feel a bit overwhelming at first. Whether you are relocating or local, you’ll want your homework done before starting your apartment hunt.
Location comes first. Living in an area that is close to work or school, with easy access to shopping and dining will leave you with a lot of extra time on your hands. And in Los Angeles you’ll need it all cause there are so many things to do and see, starting with the exploration of our magnificent oceanfront and lovely beaches to enriching cultural events and engaging nightlife.
Do you want to reduce reliance on auto travel? Then you should make sure there is a public transportation station somewhere close by.
Go on a recon mission. Every district in LA has its own heartbeat, with its own cultural events, ethnic vibe, shopping destinations, and unique architecture. If you’re a fan of loft style, condo living, look no further than Downtown. Besides accommodating lots of good places to eat and have fun, it’s also the largest employment core in the region, with easy access to mass transit and major freeways. Wilshire Center also has a reputation of being chill, safe and reasonably priced, featuring great pedestrian environments, varied retail and modern transportation systems.
Consider proximity to parks and open-air fun. If you’re an outdoorsy type in love with movement and nature, you’ll love living in one of the beach communities. Santa Monica has always been paradise to beach enthusiasts and Hermosa Beach offers interesting options for young renters.
Don’t choose an area just because it’s hip and trendy. There will be another neighborhood emerging tomorrow as a cool living enclave and you’ll get stuck with a huge rent pillaging your paycheck every month. There are hidden treasures all around the city, with something beautiful and appealing in its every corner. You just have to find the right place for you and your needs, depending on your personal interests and preferences. So be open and once you’ve found something you really enjoy, act quickly. Have your credit report, renter’s history, and references at hand and be prepared to throw in a fat check if things get serious. Competition is tough but you can make it.