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Los Angeles

Your guide to the City of Angels!

Welcome to Los Angeles - a city with many distinctions, along with an absolute paradise for beautiful weather. This area offers the whole package, from employment opportunities to tourist attractions, while at the same time providing a gentle breeze and a view of the sunset over the Pacific Ocean. Here you'll find a diverse culture and a plethora of neighborhoods to choose from, along with parks, museums, medical centers, nature trails, and so much more!


It should come as no surprise that leisure and hospitality is a leading industry in Los Angeles. Here, in 2015, this profession alone added more than 21,000 jobs in the area - which represented an increase of more than 4.5% over the previous year. But in addition to employment opportunities in tourism, entertainment, tech, and fashion - Los Angeles has a wide variety of reasons as to why it attracts so many new residents each and every year. For one, its climate is often described as being "perfect." With most days sunny and warm, the humidity is low, and there is little rain to spoil your day at the beach. The locale is also surrounded by the San Gabriel Mountain range, which can provide both beautiful views, as well as an array of outdoor activities, including hiking, camping, and even skiing. There are numerous attractions to choose from - both indoors and out - in the LA area. These include the Hollywood Walk of Fame, the Space Shuttle Endeavour at the California Science Center, visiting the Battleship USS Iowa located at the Port of Los Angeles, or going to the brand new Wizarding World of Harry Potter. The sports fan will certainly not be disappointed in Los Angeles either, as there are numerous team to cheer on. These include the LA Kings and the Anaheim Ducks for hockey, the Lakers and the Clippers for basketball, the LA Dodgers and the Anaheim Angels for baseball, the LA Rams for football, and the Los Angeles Sparks in the WNBA. While millions of people visit Los Angeles every year in order to take in its sunshine and ocean breezes, as well as its many tourist attractions - and possibly even to try and spot a movie star or two - there are thousands who also decide to stay and make Los Angeles their home.


What to do in Los Angeles

There is never a shortage of things to do in Los Angeles. In a city and county area with roughly 15 million, there is always something happening - so for those who are active, this is an ideal location. Because Southern California is known for its near-perfect climate, there are a variety of outdoor activities that allow you to take in the sunshine - which could even include snow skiing in the morning and surfing in the afternoon! You could also take in a visit to Griffith Park - the largest city park in the U.S. - with 50 miles of hiking trails and some of the most fantastic views in the world. For those who are bicycle enthusiasts, there are more than 430 miles of bikeways to enjoy as well. If you're more into arts and culture, LA provides a wide array of options, too. There are numerous museums and galleries in the area - and, Los Angeles is known for having more theatres than any other city in the United States. If you're hungry and need to stop for a bite to eat, Los Angeles also offers some of the most diverse dining experiences that you can find. Here, you can immerse yourself in anything from red-carpet dishes cooked by celebrity chefs to quick, casual meals on the go. Your choice!


How to Get Around in Los Angeles

Los Angeles is a big place - so getting around might seem a bit overwhelming at first. The good news is that there are a lot of options to choose from. First, the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) transports passengers by subway, light rail, and bus. The Los Angeles Metro Systemaverages more than 300,000 trips per weekday, and has roughly 83 miles of track. The rapid transit light rail system has six different lines and serves 80 stations across Los Angeles county. There are also three types of bus service. The Metro Local makes fairly frequent stops along major streets, while the Metro Rapid provides fewer stops, but offers more expedited travel times for passengers. The Metro Express provides reduced stops, and it travels along the freeways. Due to its year-round mild temperatures, there are also a number of bike paths available in and around LA - and, in order to assist bicyclists, the Metro system provides options for riding on the Metro Rail and bus lines. The area is also very pedestrian friendly for those who opt to walk.


What it's like to live in Los Angeles

Los Angeles is much more than just a cultural city with lots to see and do - it can also be a great place to call home. There are numerous employment opportunities here in a variety of different industries. Depending on where you opt to reside, you can enjoy the regular hustle and bustle of the city life, or more relaxing daily walks along the beach or even a tree-lined neighborhood street. Big cities offer plenty of options to choose from. Living in Los Angeles can be an awesome experience. The area is diverse and on the ball - and, while you may still choose to enjoy a quiet night at home, there will never be a lack of things to do here in this city of angels!


Where to find apartments in Los Angeles

There are neighborhoods both directly in the Los Angeles city proper, as well as in the surrounding areas - so there are plenty of potential spots to locate the apartment of your choice. But, before heading out, it is always a good idea to do some research first. When you are securing an apartment rental in Los Angeles, you will usually be required to initially put down a security deposit, as well as the first month's rent. This will generally need to be accompanied by proof from your employer that your income is steady - and that the amount is well above what you will need for your monthly rent. You will also typically need proof that your income is stable. Also, it is usually required that you have a good credit history, as well as at least one or two good credit references. When looking for that ideal apartment for rent in Los Angeles, you should decide just exactly what type of attraction you will want to be close to. For instance, it is important for you to be near the water, a park, or the downtown area? Also, do you want to be in close proximity to public transportation? After you have nailed down your desired location, then there will be other items to think about, too. For example, do you want to have other conveniences, such as a washer and dryer inside of your apartment unit - or, are you more willing to pay a bit less in rent and do your laundry offsite. Likewise, what about other amenities, such as having a workout facility in your apartment building and / or onsite management? Once you have narrowed down your list of "must haves," and you have your short list in hand, it will be much easier to know just exactly where to go for your Los Angeles apartment search.


Neighborhoods in Los Angeles

Downtown


Downtown Los Angeles is considered to be the mecca of business and business happenings in the area. But it also offers numerous cultural attractions, as well as some nice restaurants and bars, too. In addition, it is a close commute into the suburbs to visit friends and / or family (other than during the weekday rush hour).

Pasadena


Just east of the downtown area, Pasadena is a beautiful and serene locale. It offers convenience to the freeway and various attractions, and it provides nearby dining and shopping establishments. It is considered to be much quieter than the hustle and bustle of the city.

Santa Monica


If you want to be near the surf and sand, then Santa Monica may just be your ideal location because this is what most people imagine when they think of a beach community. With its wide beach - along with the iconic Santa Monica Pier - this area also offers an array of shopping and dining for residents and visitors to enjoy. This can be a great area for both singles and families alike.

Westside / Beverly Hills


The Westside is considered to be the home of LA's most centrally located, star-studded, and distinguished shopping, dining, and spa-centric communities. This locale consists of many high end luxury hotels, along with nice restaurants and shops. The rent in this area may be a bit pricy as well - but could be well worth it for the experience and the lifestyle.

Hollywood


While the name may sound enticing, this area isn't actually what it used to be several decades ago. In fact, in the 1980s and 90s, the area became somewhat run down - but over the past several years, it has seen a revitalization. Today, you will find many nice clubs and restaurants here - but there are also a fair number of tourist traps left, as well. You are likely to still find many older homes here, as well as guest cottages, that are rich with LA history.

Brentwood


Brentwood is a beautiful, well-kept, family oriented neighborhood that is located in a very good school district - which can make this area good for couples and young families. It is also not far from some of the nice beaches.

Manhattan Beach


Manhattan Beach is also a nice family community that has a great beach-side setting. This area gives off somewhat of a small town feeling, as it is sectioned off into several smaller areas, each with its own different and unique characteristics. This can also be a good area for those who like the outdoors, as it provides lots of space for walkers, joggers, and bicyclists.

Miracle Mile


The Miracle Mile area is great for those who are more on the domestic side. The residences here are typically on the older side. There are lots of paved sidewalks, so for those who love to walk, this can be an ideal spot. Also, if you own a vehicle, there is ample space for parking - unlike some of the areas in and around the downtown location.

Silver Lake / Echo Park


The Silver Lake and Echo Park areas are considered to be very hip and trendy East Side locales. These neighborhoods provide lots of activity, so for those who may be younger and seeking music, dance, and other nightlife, this may be a consideration.

Century City


Century City sits just west of Be University of California at Los Angeles verly Hills. This is more of a business district that was created by converting the backlot of the 20th Century Fox Studios into a grid of high rise office buildings and hotels, as well as an outdoor shopping mall. This is a popular area for those who come to Los Angeles for business.

Westwood Village


This is the home of the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA), so is primarily populated by students and recent grads. There is always something happening here, with many shops, restaurants, and cafes that are open to serve those who are studying or working on projects.

Culver City


This neighborhood is located near the southwest corner of Los Angeles, on the way to LAX airport. This is the former location of three movie studios - including MGM.

Malibu


Because Malibu basically occupies 27 miles of coastline along the Pacific Ocean, its primary attraction is the beach. This area offers some beautiful views and awesome beach life, along with many shops, restaurants, and cafes for residents and visitors.

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