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"Noisy and Polluted"

Every metropolitan city has an industrial area, and the area of Elston Avenue (also part of the Industrial Corridor) is that area of Chicago. It is an area that really does not have any residential developments or complexes, but does have some classic diners, pizzerias, and antique shops that are enjoyable to visit from time to time. Great place to search for a job, or perhaps a place to stop on your way downtown but not an area one would reside in with a family.
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"A Business Area with Plenty to Do"

Portage Park is a neighborhood located on the northwest side of Chicago. It is primarily known as a business district and has plenty to offer throughout the neighborhood, including an intersection known as the " Six Corners". This area is full of famous pizzerias, bars, bakeries, and delicious restaurants.
Portage Park is increasing in popularity for real estate and a place to enjoy Chicago's northwest side.
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5/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 2/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 1/5
  • Cost of Living 1/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
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"Excellent and Extravagant"

Uptown Chicago is that of the other uptown areas in our country's Metropolitan cities. It's full of extravagant stores, restaurants, hotels, and activities. Nesteled right on Lake Michigan, Uptown Chicago holds some of the most sought after apartments and city-scaped condos.Due to the fact that this area and lifestyle is so fabulous, it does come with a hefty price tag. Unless you are able to maintain the upscale lifestyle and all that it entails, one might be better off visiting this city haven rather than living here.
4/5
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"Beautiful Wooded Area"

Wildwood is a great name to describe this area. It is a beautifully wooded area about 15-20 minutes from the heart of Chicago. This area is known for it's many wooded wildlife parks and preserves. There is a strong communal feel to this neighborhood, perfect for the single family. This area also has excellent schools, especially the younger grades (elementary-5th grade). The types of real estate vary: condos, townhomes, and Victorian style homes are scattered throughout the area.
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
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"Historic and Classic"

Jefferson Park is known as the Gateway to Chicago. Just as Staten Island is NYC's window to the world for travelers and immigrants, Jefferson Park is that for Chicago. The main attraction in this area is the variation of real estate. This neighborhood is very historic and dated, but the living areas have become modernized, while still maintaining some of the historic architecture that makes this area so classic and enjoyable. It also has a small town feel while being on the outskirts of downtown Chicago. It's rare to find a place that balances a small town feel with the hustle bustle of the big city so near by, but Jefferson Park does it within an affordable real estate price range.
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"Great area for the college crowd"

The University of Illinois Chicago campus is parallel to University Village. Heavily populated and influenced by the college crowd, University Village is joined by Little Italy in the southwest part of Chicago. It's a down to earth, yet hip crowd with plenty to do. Just blocks from the heavily populated University, and filled with shops, cafes, bakeries, pizzerias, and stores. A great place for the younger crowd or college student. There is something for every college student here, and a great place to live for anyone who enjoys the laid back college lifestyle. collegeic
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"Single Family Area"

Clearing is a part of the south west side of Chicago, tucked away ad mist the larger neighborhoods in the southern area. Filled with single family homes amongst a middle class income, this area has good, solid schools with all you need to raise a family. Common grocery stores, restaurants, bakeries, and shops, Clearing is approx. 10 minutes from downtown Chicago, so it's great to have a balance of family life with the availability of urban Chicago right in your backyard. One of the most popular pastimes in Clearing are the sports leagues for all to enjoy. They rank among the top in the area, and are available for all age groups and family members.
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"The heart of Chicago"

The Loop is the nickname given to the heart of the city. The attractions, restaurants, sights, and stores that attract millions of tourists each year are formed in the shape of a "loop", which is how the nickname came to be. This is the heart of Chicago, and where the hustle and bustle of the Windy City truly lives. With apartments throughout the area, they remain in the higher price range as it is such a popular part of Chicago. Plenty of restaurants and grocery stores in the heartland of Chicago for all price ranges, needs, and food cravings. You are 5 minutes from exiting the center of Chicago and about 5 minutes from Lake Michigan. Great location as long as you don't mind traffic, a busy city, and plenty of noise and city lights.
gaill
gaill Did anyone tell her she's wrong about where the name for the Loop came from? The loop is made by the trains that all come together here and go around the area in a loop. The area is slightly bigger now than just that loop, but that's where the name came from.
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"Noisy, packed, industrial"

Once one of the most popular areas of Chicago, unfortunately this area remains to be one of the most industrial and crowded areas of the southern parts of Chicago. With houses very tightly packed together, and factories shut down but still standing, this area of Chicago seems to be very "dirty" and a neighborhood that would be best to just drive through. Poor school systems, averaged priced and affordable homes but not the safest of areas by any means.
5/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
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"Norwood Park is a great place for all"

In a city as big as Chicago, it may seem difficult to find more community-based, family-oriented neighborhoods. Norwood Park has a strong community feel and has many aged neighborhoods that hold familiarity, warmth, and community through the decades. The area has many East Atlantic style homes, condos, and apartments within a vast price range. The variety of living choices are great: one can have an apartment here as a college student, or a starter quaint new home as a new family, or a Cape Cod mansion for the established family. School systems are great, and the neighborhood is 15 minutes from downtown Chicago.
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"A great area downtown"

Wells Street is home to one of the best Psychology schools in the nation, The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. Apartments are nearby, mostly geared toward students as they are right across from the school, and minutes from all of Chicago's hotspots. While it's a good size campus, it is not the only attraction that is well known on the block. Wells Street is also home to one of the most elegant Japanese restaurants in the Chicago area, The Kamehachi of Tokyo. With award winning food, dining, service, and atmosphere this is a great place to head if touring the heart of Chicago, and in the center area of the Chicago Loop.
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5/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 1/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
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"Chicago's Gateway"

I think this is my favorite part of Chicago-- it's scenic drive is one that attracts tourists, and newcomers to live in this city. This is the quickest way to go if looking to travel from the South Shore of Chicago to the Chicago Loop. Also a quick way to head to the Northside. On this street you'll find walking trails, and will be able to enjoy the views of the skyline, museums, and Lake Michigan. From here it's just blocks to these attractions, all within walking distance of one another. The only downside? The speed limit!! A speedlimit of 40 really makes for pretty bad traffic!
5/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
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"Most Popular Street in the Windy City"

Who hasn't heard of Michigan Ave? The most popular street in Chicago, it is also known as the "Magnificent Mile" This street is filled with some of the most extravagant and luxurious stores and restaurants, such as Tiffany's, Food Life, and The Signature Lounge At 96th. Not a place to really live, but a great place to visit and enjoy whenever you come downtown to enjoy Chicago!
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Schools 3/5
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"Warm, Welcoming Neighborhood"

Palos Heights is still a suburb of Chicago, but much more south. About 30 minutes from downtown (with traffic), Palos Heights is more of an older, rustic neighborhood in the Chicago-area. While new developments are being built rapidly, Palos Heights still holds true to it's peaceful and communal streets. Many of the houses were built in the 60s and 70s, so while they aren't historic, they each have a story behind them. Palos is about 10 minutes from the mall in Crestwood, but throughout the Palos Heights area there are various eateries and stores on the outskirts of each neighborhood. School systems are average, not much to brag about but no gang activity or anything of that nature. Overall, a good quality place to live.
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4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
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"Great Place to Raise a Family"

Glenview is located about 15 minutes from the heart of Chicago, and is an ideal place to live regardless of what you are looking for. With the city so nearby, you also have the picturesque woods and nature preserves in the Glenview area which makes it seem as if you are nowhere near the heart of the Windy City. Go down a couple of blocks bas Glenview's nature preserves and you will find yourself in a very busy suburb with every store, restaurant, and business. Minutes away from one of the biggest malls in Chicago, the Oakbrook mall. Schools are among the best in the nation (New Trier), and most of the neighborhoods are older and quiet, great place to live.
ChristineD1
ChristineD1 Glenview is about 25 min. North of the City and close to an hour away from Oakbrook Mall - you must have meant Old Orchard or Northbrook Court. Also The majority of Glenview goes to Glenbrook South High School.
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4/5
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"Great Neighborhood"

This area has some of Los Angeles' most different and eccentric homes, and very hilly...(great if you're trying to walk and get in a good workout!) While not an easy walking spot, it is an enjoyable one. You have stores of every possible kind, tanning salons, malls and smoothie shops, hotels, dry cleaners, dog stores and more. Since this area is very close to the area of Santa Monica, it's a great workout to walk to these neighborhoods as theyre in such a close vicinity. If you're in the area, check out William S. Hart Park built and dedicated to former ranch left to the citizens of Weho to enjoy when its cowboy-star owner passed away.
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"Good Surrounding Areas"

Nothing to see here, really.
However, between San Gabriel and Rosemead (south west of the two neighborhoods), you will find the delectable restaurant of Six Taste. Rated one of the top restaurants in the LA area, first I did the did the Santa Monica Tour. I was worried about doing too much walking and not getting enough to eat since we were told to arrive hungry. No problem on either! The walking wasn't bad at all and the food was almost too much! Great food and you must go there if you're visiting, a dining expereince unlike any other!
5/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
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"Where the Elite Work & Play"

This is one of the most prestigious neighborhoods in the LA area. This large area covers many names that you are sure to have heard plenty of times...places like Hollywood, Malibu, Venice Beach, and Bel Air. All of these neighborhoods consist of five star restaurants, award winning eateries, and extremely expensive living. One needs to be making a 6 digit income to be able to afford places such as these. The school systems are great, as most expensive neighborhood/areas are...the choices are vast as there are many private schools, and well as general public schools.
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"Trendy, Urban, Lovely"

In the eastern village near Venice, Windward Circle sits undiscovered but has alot of potential.
This neighborhood has a good balance of all sorts of residents, as the opportunities here vary from industrial, business, to art related professionals. The artsy, urban flair is prominent throughout the area, very laid back and relaxing...yet right next to this area you have all of your stores, restaurants, and commercialized areas. I think it's great...there are great cafes, little shops, and the houses are beautiful...just a hop skip and a jump from the beach too!
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"Average Neighborhood"

Another average area in LA. Median price range of homes, average dining and entertainment venues, and generic residential areas. The school systems aren't horrible either, yet they are not among the top elite schools in Los Angeles. The neighborhood and its surrounding areas are primarily African American and Hispanic, as there is a feeling of community and cultural diversity that is a good experience for many. One place to try in Inglewood is Calgary, it is a more posh restaurant yet it is served cafeteria style with many things to try. Great for taking the family out, as theres good for for everyone!
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"Warm Hispanic Community"

This area is predominately Hispanic, and it is reflected by the warmth, homey atmosphere, and the multi-family dwellings in each single person house. This area isn't untouchable to live in, but yet more expensive then that of San Fernando Valley, but less than Venice Beach. Middle income area to live in, with plenty of restaurants, real estate, and stores. A downside are the schools- all three school systems ( middle, elementary, high school) are on the lower end of the totem pole with schools that don't have the best reputation. My advice? Enjoy the commnity and live here, but perhaps find a school system more reputable yet close by.
3/5
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"Good living area, but not much doing"

Miraleste Pines is more of developmental area. A newer LA suburb it is still lacking warmth, neighbors, and things to do. While there are alot of real estate opportunities to move or rent, there really isnt much to do in this area. Luckily you are minutes from the freeway, 20 minutes from downtown LA, and very close to the stores, shops, restaurants, and entertainment. Right in the middle of two parks, this area is a better place to live- not work and play!
4/5
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"A nice neighborhood for anyone to enjoy"

Mar Vista is located near Culver City and Santa Monica. it's Elementary schools are in the top of the state, and the middle and highschools are excellent as well. Mar Vista does have quite the price tag on it, it is worth every penny.
I think this is a great place to be single, live as a couple, or even as a family. There is not one particular dominate age group in this area. It's a very diverse area, with plenty to do.
Enjoy the highly reviewed and rated stable for lessons for your kids or yourself, enjoy the shops and stores for anything you can think of or enjoy one of the amazing restaurants. Check out Pitfire Pizza by Washington Boulevard- amazing!
4/5
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"Everything you want"

Milwood Trapezoid is part of the Venice Beach area. It's in the center of all of the Venice Beach hub-bub, and is a great area for the single or couple in their 20s or 30s looking for an all-in-one neighborhood.


It's a smaller area that is west of downtown LA. One of the great things about the Venice Beach area is how close it is to LA, yet you still have the beach and the whole beach living experience. Downtown LA is about 15 minutes from Milwood Trapezoid, about 25 minutes to Beverly Hills, and 12 minutes to the LAX airport.

Higher cost of living, as this is one of the most desired areas of LA, but worth it. Shops and malls galore, award winning and world renowned cuisine lies in the center of Venice Beach. Minutes from the MArina Del Rey, couldnt ask for more!
4/5
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"Mini City"

Mid Wilshire is one of those areas that while it is it's own area, it is still separated into tinier areas or neighborhoods. The arcitecture, people, and atmosphere varies a bit within each area. One thing that I noticed is that the house style changed from area to area. Upper Mid Wilshire has more 1920s oriented housing, and lower Mid Wilshire has more modern architecture. The entire Mid Wilshire area is a bit pricey in itself, but I think it's work it. It's a versatile neighborhood, and they have an excellent school system. They maintained the historic spirtit in this town, and if you're in the real estate market there are houses for each budget and style and family size.
5/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
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"Great city for everyone"

Los Feliz is the name of the boulevard in the area, but also the neighborhood so don't be fooled when looking up locations/directions. Same area though! This area is so beautiful, and it's really quiet for the most part. I didn't run into any traffic except for rush hour. Great restaurants and the neighborhoods are so quaint and friendly. There wasn't anything I didn't like about this area. The schools are among the best in area. There is a great sense of community as well.
Some places to check out:
1. Fiagro Cafe (a nice classy and upscale lunch place)
2.Vermont Restaurant (good family dining)
3.Alcove Cafe and Bakery (their muffins are amazing!)
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  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
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"Just an average neighborhood in LA"

In the busy bustling city of LA, it is refreshing to find an area that is quieter and is a nice place to settle down. While a few reports of Lakeview area being unsafe, other school reports and neighborhood reports say otherwise. This area is pretty average in each aspect. One place I do recommend in the Lake View Terrance area is on VanNuts Boulevard- a great and charming Italian restaurant, the Oliva restaurant. Amazing food, and a great time!
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5/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
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"New and Fresh"

I believe this is a more recent area/deveopment, as when I went through it I loved how fresh, crisp, clean, and new the area was. Some places in Los Angeles seem ages and worn (some may call it dirty or old) but Lake Balboa isn't like that at all. While this is an area of the San Fernando Valley, you still feel a bit isolated from the other San Fernando areas but yet you still feel like all of the aspects of LA are fully accessible. The lake here is beautiful, clean and a great place for family, singles, college students or even the retired couple. An attraction in the area is a toy company, a fun place to take the kids. You also have your pick of restaurants and stores regardless of your food or shopping preference.
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3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
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"A great tourist attraction"

Zoos are in a way, a controversial tourism spot. Some people love them, love to take their kids and spend a day enjoying it. However some people don't enjoy the tourist attraction- wether it's because of the zoo itself, or perhaps the belief that animals aren't cared for at zoos. Regardless of how you generally feel about zoos, I still suggest visiting the LA Zoo. It's a big zoo and attracts quite a few people from all over. It's also a clean zoo...some zoos can be so unkept and drab, but the LA zoo does a great job of keeping the zoo clean, well kept, and a safe and health environment for the animals. I recommend it!
3/5
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"Nothing but Churches"

This neighborhoods is really nothing but churches and private schools. While the school system is wonderful for all age levels, there really isn't much to do here. You do have your pick of churchs and schools though. There are many denominations, but the biggest church and private school in the area is the Catholic school and church with the hospital affiliated with the church nearby.
Since this is a good place to worship and send your kids to school, would recommend settling around these areas (it's near San Pedro) and making the minimal commute to this area. Another thing to check out here is Peck Park...close to the schools and a great place to take the kids after school or on a weekend, a nice reprieve from your busy life.
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  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
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"Why is this place even on the map?"

If you asked someone where Harbor Gateway in Los Angeles is, they will most likely have no clue. If you look on the map you'll see how the area is so tiny, and theres really nothing to do or see here. Take a moment to consider the name however, "gateway" it is the gateway to various well known cities and neighborhoods, but it is not one in itself, more-so the gateway to the better areas of LA. If driving through, just keep on driving.
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
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"Average LA Neighborhood"

Green Meadows really isn't anything spectacular, I met some very friendly people here but the area in itself is nothing really exciting. This area has affordable living, as the standard income rate in the Green Meadows area was around $35,000...so middle class. Has everything you need though all the standard grocery stores, retail stores, and whatever you think of. To me it looks like a regular LA neighborhood but perhaps to someone else they might find it a diamond in the rough!
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
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"Compact but Cute!"

This is a very small area of Los Angeles, but Franklin Village makes up for it with its array of stores and places to eat as well as a fun place to live. Nestled very near to Hollywood Boulevard, this area is tiny but who cares when it has everything you need? Granted, there are a few areas that need some work, and in those older areas you wouldn't want to get an apartment. However, the majority of the area is very reputable and close to everything you want and need.
3/5 rating details
  • Peace & Quiet 1/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
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"Fashion Lovers Heaven"

This area of LA is a shopaholic's dream. Shops and stores everywhere. While I got quite the rush driving into this area and enjoying the stores and all things fashion, it is a high that would eventually diminish over time. While it's a great place to go shopping, meet up with friends at the cafes, attend classes at FIDM , or attending a fashion show...it's very crowded. This is one of the places that can be defined as an essential to LA, but it's very crowded. Tourists, students, and shopaholics are everywhere. Maybe a better day-trip than a place to live.
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"High Class for the Higher Paid"

Encino reminds me of one of the standard cities you would see in a movie that features a city in California as the set. This is a beautiful area, but very expensive. Unless you are making a high salary, it is unlikely you'll be able to relocate to this area! This is an area is home to many of the worlds biggest financial establishments and institutions. The average income of this area is around $1,500,000. There is plenty to do here, however, aside from the dining, real estate, and shopping opportunities the job opportunities are tremendous. With so many financial employers in the area, anyone in a career field such as this would find their niche in Encino, LA.
5/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
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"LA's Reprieve"

This is not only rated the #1 area of LA by StreetAdvisor, but by visitors and residents who have experienced what Elysian Park has to offer. Nearly 15 miles from the famous Dodger Stadium, Elysian Park is the oldest park in the area and through the years many members of the community, government, and envirionmental-gurus have come together restore and fund this beautiful area of Los Angeles.

It's a pleasure and a treat to be able to forget about the fact that you're in a busy and metropolitan area like LA, and come here to enjoy the peace and serenity. You'll be able to step out of your usual routine and enjoy this restored area.

Now, this is still LA so I don't recommend walking alone at night or dusk but overall, its a beautiful area that remains a nice reprieve from the everyday LA lifestyle.
3/5 rating details
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 4/5
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"Convenient but too busy"

This is one of those areas of Venice where there is everything right at your fingertips, but it's almost overkill. Everything is available for you- name it? Yes, it's here! However it's mostly retail and dining and extremely crammed. One would do better trying to find an area surrounding here rather then in this area of Lincoln.

Convenience is important though, it is a positive part of a neighborhood to have easy access to whatever you need at nearly any time of day. However, the crowdedness and busyness of this area is quite a bit to take in. Consider looking at nearby streets if trying to relocate. If not, then enjoy shopping and the comfort and convenience of finding whatever you need, all in one place.
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  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
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"A Toss Up Community"

Mixed feelings on this area...on the southern end of Cypress I noticed it to be not as quiet as a community. Alot of traffics, police sirens, and not as well kept. It's more industrial but this part of the city is full of hard working people, primarily middle class families. Not many attractions or eateries here.

However mid-town Cypress and Northern area of Cypress I noticed a change. The school systems are quality and all of the streets surrounding them are very quaint and calm. I would feel comfortable sending my kids to the school systems in Cypress, especially the elementary school. Known to have great teachers and plenty of resources and programs available for all grades. Northern end of town you'll find the artistic and eclectic community with more of the artsy influenced neighborhoods.
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  • Safe & Sound 1/5
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"Dirty and Dangerous"

While there isn't a shooting every couple of hours, this is definitely not the safest place in the LA area. Reported gang activity continues to cling to this town's reputation and the school systems are terrible. Traffic is horrible, most likely because it's closer to the airport (LAX) but if you plan to go through this area allow ample time to get to your destination since the traffic will really slow you down.

Drove through here...and quickly wanted to drive right through it! I can't even recommend a good restaurant or attraction as it is just fast food restaurants, struggle businesses or abandoned shops or buildings lining the streets. Not a fan at all
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"Nice Area with a Spanish Flair"

Not sure if many are aware of this, but a little piece of history for you- while this city is now part of the San Fernando Valley, it was actually owned by Spain in the early 1800s. It then transferred ownership to Mexico until the Mexican war of 1845 changed territories and boundaries. While this is irrelevant to the present, it explains the Spanish influence that is prevalent throughout this area. Visited this area with my family for a picnic, and I enjoyed the surroundings and spanish influence in this area. It is mostly suburban but has some great restaurants for various cuisine. One place we loved is Zarro Chicken on Topanga Canyon Boulevard. It's a great family atmosphere and has award winning European/Mediterranean cuisine. There are plenty of other eateries though- especially mexican restaurants- this is the real deal!
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"Not Much to See Here"

Boyle Heights is just a place to pas through on the way to somewhere more desirable. It is the midpoint to many of the highways and freeways in the area and is known to be one of the older neighborhood in LA. Safety in the area has been an issue for quite sometime now, and it has yet to be resolved. There really is not much opportunity for anyone in this area as it has generally been a 'rest stop' for those traveling through. Poor school systems, lack of entertainment, minimal dining and any sort of tourism really does not exist. This area left me very unimpressed.
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
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"LA's Happy Place"

I always think of the Prince of Bel Air when I see this city name, but it really is so much more than just a name of a show. Bel Air offers so much to all sorts of people at any age.

One of the perks of this area is it's attraction to college students. It offers a great "college town" feel yet anyone can fit in. Located near UCLA, it offers a great city atmosphere for college students, singles, and families alike.

It's one of those well-rounded areas that regardless of what you go to Bel Air to look for or enjoy, you will leave (or stay) satisfied. Various restaurants of all cuisines, shops and stores, a good school system for all grade levels, and various nature parks and trails. Something for everyone, in a beautiful location.

The only challenge in this area is housing prices. The homes in this area are beautiful, meticulous, and one-of-a-kind. So unless you have a high budget, one may want to just spend a lot of time visiting this famous, yet humble city.
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  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 4/5
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"All Around Great Place to Live"

This area is gaining popularity ever since people starting sprucing it up and putting time and effort into restoring the town and making it more tourist and resident friendly. This area is a perfect location, near Glendale and Silver lake it offers average housing, with a unique style. Many of the homes in the area maintain the Spanish theme, tiny little "cottages" that have been around since the early 1900s. They are fixed up, beautiful, and being occupied by people of all ages and journeys in life.
As the popularity escalates, so do the things to do. Restaurants, popular chain stores line the strip malls and other tinier stores and shops are in the area as well. Culture and tradition is also coming back to life as Atwater Village has various Scottish festivals and events held year wrong to bring the community closer together.
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"Piece of History Hopefully to Make a Comeback"

LA is known for it's hip areas, restaurants, and high-end living. It is a place to spot trends, or even start new ones. What we tend to forget about is the historical aspects of LA, and Angelino Heights brings you back to the old historical roots of LA.

Built in the late 1800s, this area is laden with historical homes. Many of the homes in the area are of that classic, Victorian architecture and design. This area has remained very untouched and undone for years but local attention has begun to be paid due to the age of this area. It is receiving some TLC since it is a historical area of LA now, so the place is sprucing up. The beautiful homes still offer some peace and beauty to this town, it just needs more things to do, continuing maintenance, and of course...more residents!

While there is not much to offer as of now, I think as more attention is drawn to this area by locals and the artsy and eclectic crowd, we will eventually have a beautiful and quaint area here in Angelino Heights.
2/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Schools 2/5
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"It's Popularity Lies in the Past"

Arleta's most popular time was around the late 60s and 70s. Once home to the famous Osbourne family, the popularity and fame of this city quickly came and went.

It still has somewhat classy homes. Part of the San Fernando Valley, this area is laden with various homes of all sizes and styles and price ranges. A nice family style ranch runs about $300,000. One may want to reconsider the school system, however. Their schools systems are not the greatest, so consider another area if you have children when looking to find a quality safe school system.

While Arleta has tried their best to steer clear of the dangers of the gang activity in LA, there is still some bad areas. Not much entertainment or things to do in this area. While I wouldn't call it a "ghost town", it's peak has come and gone and we are left with remnants of the 70s in this area of LA.
5/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Cost of Living 1/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
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"Extravagant and Family Oriented"

When researching Brentwood, be sure not to confuse Brentwood in LA with Brentwood in San Francisco.
This area is beautiful, absolutely beautiful! While much of LA is geared toward a younger crowd, this is one area that really caters toward the family. Amazing school systems(public, private, and charter), family-geared restaurants, grocery stores, retail. Nature trails, hiking trails, and parks- for dogs and family too! It's also a very short distance to the beach.
If I had to pick any 'con' for this area, it's just that it's one of the most expensive areas in Los Angeles and also more family friendly than anything. I wouldn't recommend having a college student or single living in the area as Brentwood was really developed with the family in mind. Not much of a nightlife, and not too many 'hip' locations- just a clean, reputable family-fun area.
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"Not Much Here"

A great "looker" of a neighborhood but not much to do here. The architectural is exceptional and historical but if you can't afford a home that is extremely pricey, you may want to keep on driving.
These homes have intricate design and architecture but they start at around $300,000.
There really isn't much here to visit, enjoy, or eat at. A restaurant here and there, a public library, little stores speckled throughout the area; however, they do have a good school system for elementary, middle school, and highschool. If choosing to live here, perhaps enjoy the beautiful real estate but shop, dine, and enjoy Southern LA by driving a bit to the areas that suit you.
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"The Jack of All Trades City"

When searching for a place in LA to live, or even visit, often you try an search for a place that has everything you need and more- you want a well rounded city with not only everything you need, but the extras as well. Sherman Oaks is one of these places. It has some beautiful neighborhoods, not too expensive, for families, singles, and retirees.

Downtown Sherman Oaks has a beautiful shopping and eating area. There are various indoor and outdoor shopping areas along with quaint and eclectic restaurants of all cuisines and budgets.

Top-rated dining with award winning food from around the world offers something to satisfy the palette of every visitor and local resident. There is entertainment for family, singles, and couples every night with a great nightlife- a quaint nightlife but very pleasant nonetheless.

This isn't an extravagantly expensive area and I would consider it reasonably priced.
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"One of the best beaches in the southern LA area"

Manhattan Beach, very close to LAX and downtown LA. It is one of the three beaches in the Southern LA beach area with all of the necessities and then some for singles, couples, and families.

The temps are great year round. Warm winters and a mild summer the average temperature ranges from 70º F in summer to 55º F in Winter. Average rent really does vary but it's fairly reasonable. 1600 for a very nice 2 bedroom 2 bathroom near the beach, not too shabby!

There truly is something for everyone in this area. It sports some of the best golf courses and country clubs for those who enjoy the luxurious golf and dining experience, plenty of stores (both grocery and retail) in the area. There are gyms, shops, and markets for all age groups and family sizes. A great place to visit or call home.
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"Little Tokyo"

Little Tokyo is named a National Landmark and is composed of many little Japanese restaurants, markets, stores, and shops. While it is a great place to visit, a place to get some of the best Japanese food around and shop the different markets and venues, the neighborhood itself isn't a best place to live. While many LA neighborhoods are known for their hospitality, welcoming atmosphere, and family friendly blocks, Little Tokyo isn't known to offer those amenities.
A great place to visit? Absolutely. Some of the best Japanese food in the country- it's authentic, locally owned, and fairly priced. The markets and shops reflect the beautiful culture and heritage of Japan right here in LA. A place everyone should visit but not the place for just anyone. Someone who embraces and enjoys living in a Tokyo-reminisent area would find it outstanding, but most will just enjoy it as a place to visit and not to call home.
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
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"A Nice Middle Upper Class Area"

One of the couple residential areas in Pasadena, LA, California it is known for it's dated but well-preserved historic homes, modest bungalows or extavangant mansions. Within these areas there are many gardens, historic neighborhoods (with beautiful houses but with a hefty price tag), house museums, and plenty of bed and breakfasts throughout the area.

Arcadia is known not only for it's great architecture and a neighborhood with upper middle class living but more so the dining experience. While this is not an extremely populated area, it is still full of people of all walks of life. Singles, couples, and elderly couples.

They have restaurants and bakeries throughout the area. With many choices to fit your budget, lifestyle, and cravings you will enjoy your dining experience each time you go out to eat.
Plenty of shops- grocery, apparel, home stores, everything is close by.

A great place to raise a family and enjoy this historic area regardless of where you are at in life.
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"The Oldest Neighborhood in Tinseltown"

Once known as the " Village", Westwood is oldest neighborhoods in the famous celebrity spotted "Tinseltown"

What many people call a college town (located right outside of UCLA), it has the college town essentials and more. Crowded streets, University bars, libraries stores, condos, apartments, houses, nature trails- everything you need to enjoy the college life experience.

One thing Westwood is known for above all is their movie theaters. Westwood is still known for their movie selection. Cinema has inspired this town, and continues to do so.

It lost some of it's popularity in the 80s after a fire, but the past 30 years it has really strived to live up to its past history and memories. It's making a comeback and is a great place for someone looking for a college atmosphere.

It offers most everything: stores, old architecture, college life, night life, upscale dining, fun restaurants, and opportunities for the college student galore.
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"Diverse and Culturally Sound"

Echo Park is an extremely culturally, ethnically, sexually diverse area which includes a small African-American enclave, a large Latin community as well as a prominent Asian population. It is known, among other things, to be home to some great Mexican and Latin American eateries, taco trucks, bakeries and markets.

Echo Park is known for it's culture, diversity, and sexual diverse nature. This area has a very strong community of minorities. It is a great place to raise a family, as the community and friendship is very apparent throughout the area.
Although in the past Echo Park has created the reputation for being a very artsy community. However, it now is more known for it's hip-hop and young artistic culture. Despite the changes in the area over the year, it still remains one of the most strong, family oriented neighborhoods in the LA area.

Echo Park is home to many annual festivals and celebrations, such as the Lotus Festival. there are various film festivals, and art exhibits.

If you're looking for culture, a familial atmosphere, and diversity - Echo Park is the place.
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3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
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"Plenty of things to do for all types of people"

I have only visited the area and there was plenty to do within such a small radius Within walking distance there are an entire list of clubs, bars, restaurants, and nightclubs. Rent, is not the most affordable but yet not too extravagant either. You're looking about 1700 for a smaller two bedroom. As I said, there are plenty of entertainment areas. Jazz clubs, hotels, pool parties, night clubs, bars and restaurants. Hundreds of places to go within the small area of Silver Lake in LA.
This area is great since you have the nightlife, shopping, and dining but you also have various opportunities to enjoy the nature aspects of Silver Lake. Plenty of hiking the extravagant nature trails lining the outskirts of the area.
Crime rates really vary. It's hit or miss as some areas are perfectly safe and others are areas where you need to be more careful.
There are plenty of shopping areas within a very short walking distance. Silver lake has a great daytime life and a very happening night life. Great for couples, someone enjoying the single life, or the college student who works all day and stays up all night.
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"Funky and Quaint"

Melrose Avenue is known for it's quirky and funky shops that are scattered throughout the area. For those who enjoy the youthful and artistic side of LA, this is the place to be. With plenty of secondhand shops and down to earth eateries, it is perfect for the college student or couple looking to settle down in an artsy and affordable area.

This area is also known as the Miracle Mile. It runs near the southern part of Hollywood and is scattered with tall and contemporary office buildings and apartments.

Apartment rates are not too extravagant, either. The average rent is about $1200 for a one bedroom in a nice area and nice building. Great for a student, single, or earthy couple looking for a calm and quaint place to live.

For those who enjoy history and culture, this area has plenty of museums of various genres and specialities. A well-rounded area for those that love the funky lifestyle and culture.
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1/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 1/5
  • Safe & Sound 1/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 1/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 1/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Schools 1/5
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"One of the Most Dangerous Areas in LA"

It's name speaks for itself. Skid Row is actually defined as " a run-down or dilapidated urban area with a large, impoverished population." Most presumably how this area got it's name. Skid Row is located near 3rd to 7th Streets and Alameda to Main Street in LA. The area around it has beautiful architecture and some great restaurants with city locals making their establishment serve quality, affordable food. The work ethic is great around that area at all the establishments but it is just not safe. it's a shame, as there are some great hotels in the area and some beautiful buildings that are fun to visit but it's just not safe. You have the convenience of the subway nearby which cuts down on travel times due to high traffic but with an unsafe neighborhood, is it worth it? Especially avoid at night.It is home to some of the most dangerous gangs, and highest crimes in the Los Angeles area.
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Cost of Living 1/5
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"From Rags to Riches"

During the 1920's, this neighborhood was known for it's family-friendly areas and atmosphere. With a beautiful carnival, eateries, and shops right by the sea, this area was picturesque.

However over the decades, bankruptcy prevented Venice from being the same neighborhood it once was. it went downhill, as Venice used to have nicknames that represented the bad reputation that followed it for years. Names like Ghetto Beach and Slum by the Sea, this neighborhood had a bad rep that didn't change for many years. Now, former locals are in awe of the changes that have been made.

Today Venice is one of the most expensive places to live in the LA area. With homes near $5,000,000, this city has made quite the comeback. It is filled with award winning, 5-Star restaurants, designer ships, local stores, high end art galleries and museums.

Unlike most of LA, Venice has quite a bit of pedestrian traffic. it is right by the beach with everything you need easily accessible without needing to venture downtown. There is a nightlife, plenty of places to eat and various sights to explore.

I see this area as a place for singles or younger couples as it didn't seem to be a very family oriented area as it once was in the roaring 1920s.
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5/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Cost of Living 1/5
  • Schools 5/5
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"A Beautiful Bohemian Community"

Laurel Canyon was made famous after a Joni Mitchell song Ladies of the Canyon in the 1960s. Once very quaint, quiet, and low key, it still holds to it's bohemian reputation as the residents and neighborhood are very laid back and welcoming.

It is home to the Wonderland treatment center with amazing views and world-class therapy. Minutes from the hottest clubs in Hollywood, Laurel Canyon still maintains its reputation for it's "little bohemia feel", as well as a very relaxing area throughout the past 50 years.

Houses are classified on two different "sides"-the Valley side or the Hollywood side, the two sides are divided by a beautiful drive called Mulholland Drive .Houses are considered either on the Valley side or the Hollywood side It is a pricey neighborhood, low-end house costs are around 700,000 and can go all the way up to $2,000,000. It has been and is home to many celebrities as well such as Justin Timberlake ,George Clooney, and Christina Applegate.

For families who can afford such an expensive area, their kids will have some of the best elementary education in the state.

For families who can afford such an expensive area, their kids will have some of the best elementary education in the state.
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  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Schools 2/5
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"Affordable Urban Living"

One of the most affordable neighborhoods in the Los Angeles area. Housing prices start around $250,000 which places Leimert Park as one of the better buys when looking for place to live in LA. The houses throughout the area have the "mecca" type of aritecture with many trees and greenery surrounding the area.
This neighborhood has a very urban, jazzy feel to it. It is home to many hip hop shops, diverse stores and galleries throughout the area.
Schools are not the greatest, however they are working their hardest to make a comeback and raise the school's reputation.
It's a great place for people looking to locate to an urban, artsy neighborhood with many diverse business establishments.
The area is known for it's jazz clubs & restaurants that serve excellent food. Be sure to visit Lucy Florence Coffee House at 3351 W. 43rd St., with some awesome hometown musicians and local talent.
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  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Schools 5/5
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"Perfect Blend of Unique Architecture with Urban and Natural Inspirations"

Mt. Washington is a unique, quaint area that is northeast and minutes from downtown LA. So close to the city, yet it sits on it's own area hidden in the hills that make up the LA basin. It is the current LA Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa's home, and is known for it's warm neighborhood, brilliant architecture and hospitable atmosphere.

While it is so close to downtown, it also has a natural feel to it. Surrounded by a couple lakes in the area it provides a nice location for singles, couples, and families of all ages. A perfect balance of urban lifestyle, natural class, and a communal atmosphere.

The area culture used to be mainly Latino but today it is called home by a very diverse population, Latino still being the majority.
Working professionals and working class call this area home, including many families with kids. Mt. Washington schools are in the LA School district but it is known for some of the best schools in the area.
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