The hardest part of moving to a new city is figuring out where to live! And the city of Los Angeles is no exception. A sprawling metropolis, there are so many neighborhoods in Los Angeles, and so many descriptions of them, that it can be hard to figure out what is what.

In the below Youtube video, we walk viewers the various parts of the city, their reputations, relative cost of living and what's there.

Here is the high level breakdown:

North LA

  • ie. Sherman Oaks, Studio City, North Hollywood etc
  • Bordering Cities: Glendale, Burbank, Pasadena

Great if you are:

  • Looking for more affordable housing (vs the rest of LA)
  • Looking for peace/quiet/residential vibes
  • Don't mind the heat; since it's closer to the valley, it heats up a bit more vs coastal LA

East LA

  • Los Feliz, Silverlake, Echo Park, Elysian Park
  • Northeast LA: Glassell Park, Mt. Washington, Highland Park, Eagle Rock etc
  • Bordering cities: Alhambra, Monterey Park, South Pasadena

Great if you are:

  • Looking for "hipster" aka gentrified vibes (small batch coffee, vintage shops, fusion restaurants, breweries etc)
  • Want to be close to greenery/parks
  • Don't mind paying $2k+ for a 1bd (minimum)
  • Want to live in a house/townhome (vs an apartment which are harder to find here)
  • You love Griffith Park and plan on being there every weekend

West LA

  • Pacific Palisades, Brentwood, Mar Vista, Culver City etc
  • Bordering cities: Santa Monica, Manhattan Beach, Beverly Hills

Great if you are:

  • Affluent or work in tech and can pay the high priced rental costs ($2k+/studio) or you're willing to live in shabby housing for a cheaper price
  • Dying to live by the ocean & plan to go there every weekend (or more)
  • Wanting the SoCal lifestyle & vibes you've seen on TV

South LA

  • Jefferson Park, Crenshaw, Leimert Park, Park Mesa Heights, South Park etc
  • Bordering cities: Ladera Heights, Huntington Park, Hawthorne, Inglewood

Great if you are:

  • Interested in living in a more diverse neighborhood & comfortable in lower income neighborhoods
  • Want to be surrounded by authentic Latin and African cuisine

Central LA

  • Downtown LA, Mid-City, Koreatown, Fairfax, La Brea, Hollywood etc

Great if you are:

  • Want to be around events, bars, restaurants, shopping etc
  • Keen on living in an apartment building, especially a newer one or luxury building; you'll find most of them here
  • Eager to be centrally located so you're no more than 30 mins away from anyone else

Wherever you end up in Los Angeles, you'll be sure to eventually get a taste of all of these parts of town. So drop a comment below; what's your favorite part of LA?