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So You Want to Move to LA: The Westside

Region: The Westside Brentwood, Beverly Hills, and Westwood (See also: Pacific Palisades, Bel-Air, West L.A.): Page, Market Research Analyst, Brentwood Describe what it's like in Brentwood:  Brentwood has everything I'd want in a neighborhood. I'm very close to the 405 and the 10 freeway, but also only a 10 minute drive to the beach and to great hiking trails. One of the reasons I chose this area is because I'm going against traffic to and from my office in Sherman Oaks (the Valley), … Read More...

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So You Want to Move to LA: The Verdugos

Region: The Verdugos Glendale and Pasadena (See also: La Cañada Flintridge, Altadena) Anneli, Executive Recruiting, Glendale Describe what it's like in Glendale:  Glendale is a great place to live – it’s fairly quiet and relaxed which is ideal, but close enough that we can go down to downtown LA, Silver Lake, and Pasadena fairly easily. We love to eat and Glendale is not really too foodie-friendly, but it’s getting better. What is the best thing about living in LA? The best thing … Read More...

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So You Want to Move to LA: The Valley

Region: The Valley Woodland Hills, Sylmar, and Sherman Oaks (See also: Burbank, North Hollywood, Van Nuys, Northridge) Tim, Video Game Producer, Woodland Hills Describe what it's like in Woodland Hills:  I live south of Ventura Boulevard, which has a unique vibe compared to the rest of the Valley. Primarily residential, the neighborhood I live in can be quiet and peaceful, however, since I live close to Topanga Canyon Boulevard there is always the encroachment of LA reality...mainly in … Read More...

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So You Want to Move to LA: South Bay

Region: South Bay El Segundo and Playa del Rey (See also: Westchester, Inglewood, Hawthorne) Tonya, Freelance Video Editor and Writer, El Segundo Describe what it's like in El Segundo: ES is a charming, midwestern-ish town, which is surrounded by LAX to the north, a thriving business district to the east, an oil refinery to the south, and a water treatment plant to the west. It doesn't sound all that great on paper, but El Segundo is a hidden gem smack dab in the middle. The heart of … Read More...

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So You Want to Move to LA: Central Los Angeles

Region: Central LA Hollywood and Silver Lake (See also: Los Feliz, Echo Park, West Hollywood, Hollywood Hills) Jackie, Executive Assistant at FX Networks, Hollywood Describe what it's like in Hollywood: It's a nice area during the day and there are some good places to eat nearby, but it gets pretty sketchy at night. I wouldn't want to live where I do if it didn't have gated parking. I work in Century City, which is only 7 miles away, but my commute is 45 minutes plus. I got an electric … Read More...

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So You Want to Move to LA: Santa Monica Mountains

Region: Santa Monica Mountains Thousand Oaks (See also: Topanga, Malibu, Calabasas) *Thousand Oaks is technically Ventura County Jim, Digital Media Producer, Thousand Oaks Describe what it's like in Thousand Oaks: It's quite nice to be removed from the traffic and crowded conditions found in many parts of greater Los Angeles. Because of its relative proximity to the Pacific Ocean and the canyons leading to the beaches, the Conejo Valley is usually about ten degrees cooler than the … Read More...

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My Experience Buying My First Home

Today I have a guest post from Michelle. Michelle is the owner of the blog, The Shop My Closet Project. She is an accidental hipster without the cynicism and irregular bathing. She loves, travel, fashion, is a foodie, obsessed with Perrier water, loves her home state of Colorado, and just wants people to be happy. Throughout our lives there are a number of milestone moments that we reflect on: Meeting the One; getting married; traveling the world; having children; doing an extreme adventure; … Read More...