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Tired of Paying Top Dollar for Rent in Los Angeles? – Check Out What You Can Get in the ‘Burbs for Less

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Best known for its glitz and glam, sunny beaches and dynamic lifestyle, Los Angeles is one of the world’s most fascinating metro areas. The city draws many young professionals looking to pursue a career in the city of opportunity, and also to enjoy its endless entertainment options.

However, renting a place in L.A. often means saying goodbye not only to a big chunk of your paycheck, but also to dining out and enjoying the city life. According to Yardi Matrix, average rent prices in the city are around $2,016/month, which can make a serious dent in your monthly income.

If you want to experience the vibrant L.A. life without the trade-offs, there is another alternative. Check out these apartments for rent in Los Angeles‘s suburbs, within a 30-minute drive to downtown:


Commute time to downtown L.A.: 19 minutes (10.78 mi)
Best find: Franklin House Apartments, from $1,550 for a 1-bed, 1-bath 486 sq. ft. apartment (check availability)
Perks: short distance to many shopping, dining, and entertainment facilities; underground gated parking; spa; swimming pool; fitness center

Located in Los Angeles County, the city of Pasadena is a renowned center for visual arts and home to the California Art Club. Its placement near the mountains and hiking trails make this a favorite location for nature lovers. With its convenient transportation services, shopping and entertainment facilities, this friendly suburb is a great option for everyone.

Just two blocks away from trendy South Lake Avenue, the Franklin House Apartments community is a popular choice for people who work in the city and seek the suburban feel.

Franklin House Apartments community in Pasadena. Images via RENTCafé.


Commute time to downtown L.A. 32 minutes (19.7 mi)
Best find: 25935 Rolling Hills Rd from $1,350 for a 1-bed, 1-bath 740 sq. ft. to $1,695 for a 2-bed 1.5-bath 1020 sq. ft. apartment (check availability)
Perks: very close to the beach and shopping centers; multiple sundecks; underground assigned parking with storage; pool and spa

Part of the Greater Los Angeles area, Torrance is home to various Japanese automakers, publishers and the well-known Nippon Airways. This L.A. suburb is known to be a family-friendly area with good schools and reliable public services. Shopping enthusiasts will be happy to find here the Del Amo Fashion Center, one of the five largest malls in the U.S.

Located close to the South Coast Botanic Garden and offering a beautiful mountaintop view, the community at 25935 Rolling Hills Rd can surely grant you the perks of big city life and save you some bucks.

Rolling Hills Apartments in Torrance. Images via RENTCafé.


Commute time to downtown L.A.: 18 minutes (11.69 mi)
Best find: Palm Capri Apartments starting at $1,500/month for a 1-bed 1-bath 750 sq. ft. to $1,750/month for a 2-bed, 2-bath 950 sq. ft. apartment (check availability)
Perks: easy access to freeways; airport transportation; underground parking; shimmering swimming pool; picnic area with barbecue

If you’re looking to rent an apartment in the beautiful San Fernando Valley, then you’ll surely love Burbank. Home to several production studios such as Warner Bros., Walt Disney, Cartoon Network – just to name a few – the suburb brings together the razzle-dazzle of Hollywood and the peaceful panorama of the Verdugo Hills. Residents benefit from a safe and secure environment, very good public schools, and access to Bob Hope Airport.

Palm Capri Apartments offers comfortable living to everyone looking to save money without skimping on space.

Palm Capri Apartments in Burbank. Images via RENTCafé.


Commute time to downtown L.A.: 19 minutes (8.47 mi)
Best find: Hawthorne Apartments from $1,850 for a 2-bed, 2-bath 950 sq. ft. apartment (check availability)
Perks: proximity to LAX and the beaches; spacious bedroom; secured entry; gated underground parking with controlled access

Along with Burbank, Glendale plays a major part in present day entertainment industry, both by hosting production studios such as DreamWorks Animations and its proximity to Hollywood. Home to famous software companies (Nero AG, Panda Security) and Swiss food multinational Nestlé, the area has plenty of professional development opportunities for people of all ages.

If you want to live like an Angeleno without having to deal with a lot of the riff and raff and higher prices that come along, Hawthorne Apartments is an excellent choice.

Hawthorne Apartments in Glendale. Images via RENTCafé.

West Covina

Commute time to downtown L.A.: 23 minutes (18.44 mi)
Best find: Waterstone At Walnut Ridge from $1,100/month for a 1-bed, 1-bath, 600 sq. ft. apartment to $1,395/month for a 2-bed, 1-bath 825-865 sq. ft. apartment (check availability)
Perks: quiet green area; pet-friendly; reserved & assigned covered parking; guest parking; state of the art fitness center; two pools; easy freeway access

Set in the beautiful San Gabriel Valley, the city of West Covina appeals to those seeking more outdoor activities. Mountain hikers and bikers appreciate its trails, while those who love sunny Californian weather can reach the beaches within an hour’s drive. West Covina also boasts good schools, multiple shopping facilities, and a large variety of ethnic food restaurants.

The easy freeway access that the Waterstone At Walnut Ridge complex provides will turn out to be a real benefit to commuters.

Waterstone At Walnut Ridge Apartments in West Covina. Images via RENTCafé.

Still haven’t found the perfect place to call home? Check out more of what Los Angeles has to offer.

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About the author

Nadia Balint

Nadia Balint is an online content developer and creative writer for RENTCafé. She loves writing and reading about real estate, lifestyle and travel. She finds joy and inspiration in the little things in life. You can get in touch with Nadia via email: nadia.balint@yardi.com.

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