Apartments for Rent in Los Angeles
Life in Los Angeles
The City of Angels has no shortage of attractions to keep your days and nights busy, fun, and adventurous. Los Angeles is, of course, the home of Hollywood, Beverly Hills, and stars of the stage and screen. Here you can enjoy hundreds of museums, art galleries, and other exhibitions of creative art. For those pursuing education, colleges and universities abound, including the University of California and the California State University, as well as many music, drama, film, art, and design schools. Those who love the sea and sand need only take a stroll to Venice Beach to find a place to relax. The star-struck new arrival should certainly plan to see the Stars on Sunset Boulevard at the Hollywood Walk of Fame. For family fun, Disneyland and Universal Studios Hollywood will be an easy getaway for a day of fun. If animals are your thing, the Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens will allow you to meet a vast amount of exotic animals from gorillas and jaguars at the zoo to all the many exotic flora of the Botanical Gardens. Shopping in Los Angeles is, of course, unparalleled. Whether you're looking for designer wear, haute couture, boutiques, or that amazing thrift store find on a budget, Los Angeles shopping will scratch that itch.
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Things to Consider when Renting an Apartment in Los Angeles
- Your Commute. If you thought you'd be moving to Los Angeles without a car, we're sorry to be the bearers of bad news. There is public transportation in Los Angeles, but it's nothing like you see in New York or Boston. Los Angeles is not a walkable city, and when you search for an apartment for rent in the City of Angels, the most important factor to consider is how close you are to work. Traffic congestion is the norm on Los Angeles' streets and highways, so choose an apartment as close to your workplace as possible, and test drive the commute before you commit.
- Parking. Busy streets mean busy parking areas, and the necessity of a car in Los Angeles means that parking is also a necessary evil. When shopping for an apartment, always inquire as to the parking situation. Many apartments come with their own parking space, but the location and security of your parking spot is also a concern when choosing an apartment in LA. If you will have street parking, you'll have to be aware of times when your car will need to be parked elsewhere, such as street cleaning day, or rush hour. A secure parking spot is worth the extra cash, usually.
- Schools. If you have kids, schools should be your number one inquiry when shopping for apartments in Los Angeles. LA public schools vary widely in quality — and some are just scary — so definitely put in some research time here as you conduct your apartment search.
- Budget. Of course, budget is always a consideration. When searching for your apartment in Los Angeles, consider your budget carefully. If you have a number in mind, start searching a little above that number. Why? Well, some apartment rentals in Los Angeles will include utilities and extras like cable, internet connectivity, water, etc. You'll usually pay a little bit more for these rentals, but the difference it makes in your overall cost of living is often significant. Not limiting yourself on budget as you look for an apartment will ensure that some all-inclusive properties you may have missed otherwise will catch your eye.
- Neighborhood. Of course, choosing the right neighborhood from the over 100 distinct areas in Los Angeles can be difficult. When searching for apartments, you'll want to drive around the neighborhood first. To save time, call listings before you visit them, as sometimes a phone call can eliminate the need to visit a spot. Also, many landlords don't bother listing their properties online if they only have one or two, so if you know a neighborhood you like, searching for «For Rent» signs could prove fruitful. Finally, once you've found a neighborhood that suits you, before you take the plunge, we recommend you come back for another visit at night. Some neighborhoods can transform from charming to sketchy as night falls, and if crime is a concern, consult a LAPD crime map.