Los Angeles, CA Neighborhood guides

Los Angeles’ Best Neighborhoods for Renters

Buzzing with excitement, celebrities and entertainment, Los Angeles is what many of us would like to call home. It’s got breathtaking views, great weather with plenty of sunshine all year round and lovely architecture, as well as a plethora of cool spots to visit and fill your time.

As you might expect, the benefits of choosing to live in Los Angeles apartments are vast and will vary depending on the area you decide to settle in. From exciting Hollywood to the more historic Palms, each neighborhood is unique in its own way.

If you plan on making Los Angeles your home, check out this list of the most Googled neighborhoods among renters to find the one that’s perfect for you.

Downtown Los Angeles

  • Number of large apartment buildings: 197
  • Number of apartments for rent in large buildings: 22,610
  • Average rent: $2,407
  • Average apartment size: 805 square feet
  • Median age: 35.7
  • Share of renters: 80%

Right in the heart of the city, downtown LA is an eclectic mix of historic and modern buildings. Some of its former warehouse spaces have been converted into condominiums, apartment, offices or artists’ lofts. And, despite gaining world-wide fame for its skyscrapers, downtown LA boasts many green spaces in the form of parks that cater to children, adults and their furry friends, too. In this neighborhood, you’ll also find many impressive lofts that are likely on the pricier side, but there are affordable options, as well.

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Encino

  • Number of large apartment buildings: 117
  • Number of apartments for rent in large buildings: 5,836
  • Average rent: $1,909
  • Average apartment size: 811 square feet
  • Median age: 41.3
  • Share of renters: 50%

One of the more affordable neighborhoods on this list, Encino caters to everyone — affordable rentals and condominiums exist alongside celebrity-studded million-dollar mansions. In the heart of the San Fernando Valley and situated close to two major freeways, it blends small-town feel with all of the necessary amenities of the big city right at your disposal. If you’re craving some peace and quiet, but also want the convenience of city life, Encino is definitely a good option to keep in mind.

Cementing its own identity as a city, Encino has a local event that takes place annually on the second Sunday in October – “A Taste of Encino” which showcases food, home improvement ideas, arts and crafts, and much more, along with a plethora of fine dining and shops. You’re sure to get a kick out of it.

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Hollywood

  • Number of large apartment buildings: 86
  • Number of apartments for rent in large buildings: 5,892
  • Average rent: $2,252
  • Average apartment size: 752 square feet
  • Median age: 36.1
  • Share of renters: 79%

Although Hollywood doesn’t need much of an introduction, this neighborhood is not just a short vacation spot for eyeing celebrities. Rather, whether you choose to move to budget-friendly NoHo or to pricier WeHo, it’s well-equipped to play the part of a welcoming place to call home.

A sought-after neighborhood for artists and non-artists alike, Hollywood has cultural diversity and tourist attractions galore. Here, the real estate scene is primarily comprised of mid-rise buildings, most of which boast a retro style. And, while the rent might not be cheap, the views and perks of living in one of the most exciting places in Los Angeles will definitely make up for it.

 

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Koreatown

  • Number of large apartment buildings: 250
  • Number of apartments for rent in large buildings: 17,135
  • Average rent: $1,882
  • Average apartment size: 683 square feet
  • Median age: 36.1
  • Share of renters: 82%

Bustling K-Town is popular for a reason. From 24-hour spots and unique buildings to a thriving nightlife and seriously good food, this neighborhood is filled with urban professionals and a plurality of ethnic groups.

What’s more, cultural venues and great restaurants are present at every turn here, so you’ll never be at a loss for activities. In particular, the art scene in Koreatown is flourishing, making it the perfect neighborhood for artists and photographers. Its buildings are also as diverse as they come, ranging from Art Deco to modern. Notably, rents are relatively affordable here — another advantage to living in such a booming neighborhood.

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North Hollywood

  • Number of large apartment buildings: 223
  • Number of apartments for rent in large buildings: 8,906
  • Average rent: $1,966
  • Average apartment size: 761 square feet
  • Median age: 36.1
  • Share of renters: 66%

Located in the San Fernando Valley, NoHo — as it’s commonly referred to — is a mix of the suburban and urban life that many of us long for. If there’s a neighborhood that clearly subscribes to the idea of live-work-play, this is it. It’s an urban village that has plenty to offer, including a thriving bohemian community, offbeat local restaurants and a diverse community.

Only a short trip from downtown, NoHo is also home to many writers, actors and filmmakers, as well as musicians. Clearly, if inspiration is what you’re after, there’s no shortage of creativity here.

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Palms

  • Number of large apartment buildings: 74
  • Number of apartments for rent in large buildings: 4,415
  • Average rent: $2,385
  • Average apartment size:  764 square feet
  • Median age: 37.2
  • Share of renters: 74%

Just five miles away from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) campus and in the heart of the Westside, Palms is perfect for students and commuters alike. Founded in 1886, it’s also the oldest Los Angeles neighborhood, and, with the numerous libraries, parks and retail outlets here, it is an ideal spot for families with kids.

Although small in size and densely populated, Palms has a wide array of residential offerings, starting with a generous selection of apartment buildings. Plus, for all of the food enthusiasts out there, living in Palms comes with craft beer, artisanal wine and loads of tasty local food.

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Sawtelle

  • Number of large apartment buildings: 69
  • Number of apartments for rent in large buildings: 3,161
  • Average rent: $2,573
  • Average apartment size: 828 square feet
  • Median age: 37.2
  • Share of renters: 60%

When it comes to culinary diversity, there’s no better place than Sawtelle. Living here means you’ll get to experience cuisine from all parts of the world — from banh-mi sandwiches and cinnamon churros to curry and ramen and so much more.

Meanwhile, if you’re into Japanese culture, the charming Sawtelle Blvd. (also known as Sawtelle Japantown) is chock full of Japanese cultural products. This charming middle-class neighborhood also offers some of LA’s most exceptional boutiques and outlets.

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Sherman Oaks

  • Number of large apartment buildings: 173
  • Number of apartments for rent in large buildings: 7,397
  • Average rent: $2,105
  • Average apartment size: 818 square feet
  • Median age: 37.9
  • Share of renters: 58%

Ever wondered what it would be like to live in a selective retreat in the heart of a neighborhood, abundant in high-end fashion stores, mouth-watering eateries and chic little boutiques? If so, look no further than Sherman Oaks. This neighborhood is right in the middle of the San Fernando Valley and full of luxurious apartments and impressive, ranch-style properties.

With the world-famous Ventura Blvd. running through it, Sherman Oaks, like Encino, can be the exciting new place you’re looking for, complete with fascinating spots and impressive shopping and dining options.

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Van Nuys

  • Number of large apartment buildings: 104
  • Number of apartments for rent in large buildings: 4,798
  • Average rent: $1,752
  • Average apartment size: 725 square feet
  • Median age: 35.9
  • Share of renters: 65%

Vibrant Van Nuys — the most populous neighborhood in the San Fernando Valley — is suitable for all those who want to experience living in LA, but without the hefty price tag. Specifically, it’s the most affordable neighborhood on our list in terms of rent, so finding the perfect apartment should be easy.

Here, the food scene caters to all tastes and budgets, while the shopping and entertainment spots are never too difficult to find. You can also relax at the Japanese Garden or have some fun and be active at Lake Balboa Park. Whichever you choose, you’re sure to have a great time.

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Westwood

  • Number of large apartment buildings: 134
  • Number of apartments for rent in large buildings: 7,719
  • Average rent: $3,026
  • Average apartment size: 917 square feet
  • Median age: 32.4
  • Share of renters: 63%

Home to UCLA, Westwood is a great choice for both students and just about anyone who wants to immerse themselves in a vibrant cultural lifestyle. This hip neighborhood features unparalleled diversity in terms of amenities and walkable streets. Counting on attraction spots such as the Fowler Museum, the Billy Wilder Theatre or The Crest Theatre, Westwood is a part of Los Angeles that you’ll never get tired of.

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Florentina Sarac

Florentina Sarac is a creative writer, editor, and researcher for RENTCafé. She covers a variety of topics, from real estate trends, demographic shifts, housing industry news and multifamily construction to homeownership, smart-home technology, personal finance and business. With a 7-year background in the real estate industry, Florentina has also penned articles for publications such as Multi-Housing News, Commercial Property Executive and the National Apartment Association Magazine. You can connect with Florentina via email.

Florentina’s work and expertise have been featured in several major U.S. and international publications, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, Bisnow, The Mercury News, Curbed, The NY Post, CBS News, Business Insider and Realtor.com. She holds a B.A. in English and Spanish, as well as an M.A. in Multilingual and Multicultural Communication, which serve as a testament to her love of literature and language.

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