The key to moving wisely is to find a location you’ll be comfortable with for the long haul. This way, you can hire a moving company once and not have to worry about it again for a while. Taking some time to familiarize yourself with what's available around town means knowing where to look, how to look, as well as what you're looking for. Here are the best tips and tricks to help you land the L.A. apartment of your dreams.
Know What You Want
What are the things you must have, would like to have, and definitely don't want in an apartment? Make a list and check each apartment against your list while you're shopping. Your budget is likely one thing you can't compromise on, but what else? Maybe you absolutely have to have a full tub for baths, or perhaps washer and dryer hookups are essential. Having this list handy makes it easy to check each apartment listing for your requirements so you don't waste time visiting the ones that obviously don't meet your needs.
Know Your Neighborhoods
What kind of lifestyle do you like to live? Perhaps you're a party-all-night type, or maybe an up-and-coming young professional who values an early bedtime? Some renters prefer to be close to a subway station , which are scarce in LA, or near the best shopping venues, of which there are plenty. Each section of Los Angeles offers something different, so pick the one that best suits your preferences.
Downtown L.A. - The downtown area has the most diversity. If you don't mind some grunge and a bit of graffiti, downtown is an easy walk to some of the city's best employers, and offers some stunning architecture to enjoy. Downtown is a huge draw for the urbanite and young professional crowds.
Highland Park - Highland Park features some of the most affordable rental properties in L.A., some units starting at less than $800 per month. Highland Park draws in the 20-something crowd with lots of music stores and wine bars. It's also a great place for those who prefer to do more walking than driving or riding the subway.
Culver City - Culver City draws young career types who need affordable rent (but not the dirt-cheap prices of Highland Park), and easy access to the subway for commuting to work. Expo Line station takes commuters to their day jobs, while the revitalized central area of Culver City serves as a nice place to relax in the evenings and weekends. Rent here starts out around $1,000 per month for a single bedroom unit, but more upscale units are available starting around $2,000 per month.
Mar Vista - Mar Vista attracts a slightly more mature crowd, especially young families. There are more homeowners than renters here, and the excellent school system is a huge draw for those with kids. Mar Vista has a close-knit community vibe for renters who value friendliness and structure.
Hollywood - The old, seedy Hollywood is no more. Hollywood's movie industry has all but moved out, leaving vacancies that have since been filled with bustling shops, restaurants, clubs, and residences. There are lots of trendy loft apartments here, and it's convenient to the subway if you need to commute to work.
Know How to Shop for Apartments
Once you've selected where you'd be happy living and have identified the things you must have in an apartment, it's time to go hunting. It's easier, quicker, and cheaper to do this online, but Craigslist and Apartment.com can be infuriating. Try one of these sites instead.
Padmapper - This helpful site combines the listings on a variety of sites like Craigslist and Apartment.com and puts them into a map format so you can shop the apartments where you want to live. It also allows you to see what amenities are nearby, such as a gym or grocery store, so you can find the convenience you need.
MLS.com - Many property owners forego Craigslist and other websites and list their properties directly with realtors. There is far less competition here with other renters, and these properties are often far more upscale than those listed elsewhere. You can find rental properties listed with real estate agents on MLS.com.
Now all that's left to do is find a great moving company and schedule your move!
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