One of the most famous cities in the world, Beverly Hills offers more affordable housing south of Wilshire Blvd., between Century Park East and San Vicente Blvd. (zip code 90212).
Burbank is one of the more economical L.A. communities. Home to major entertainment studios, including Disney, Warner Brothers and NBC, the housing is well balanced between homeowners and renters (about 55% are condos and apartments).
This area is also home to several major entertainment studios, including Sony and Fox. Though only five-square-miles and bordered on all sides by other parts of L.A., Culver City is its own municipality and is more affordable than the other surrounding Westside area, with many apartments and single-family homes.
Glendale's affordability makes it a popular choice for newcomers and has attracted a diverse community. Most apartment buildings are clustered around the downtown area, which has a more small-town feel.
Pasadena's "old town" is a revitalized area brimming with people on the weekends. The newly renovated buildings house an array of unique stores, movie theaters, restaurants and antique shops. At first glance, single-family homes appear to be the majority of housing, but about half of the city's residents are renters.
Santa Monica is the quintessential L.A. beach town, bounded on the north by Brentwood and Pacific Palisades, the east by West L.A. and the south by Venice and Culver City. The city is broken down into several subsections. The area around Main Street boasts new galleries, bars, cafes, etc.; Third Street Promenade is always bustling with people; and the upscale community around Montana Ave. has a high-end shopping district.
TORRANCE AND THE BEACH CITIES
Torrance and the beach cities, including Redondo Beach, Hermosa Beach and Manhattan Beach, are located between Los Angeles and Orange Counties (in L.A. County). Torrance is a prime business center for this region known as the South Bay. Among local attractions include the beaches; Del Amo Fashion Center, the largest enclosed shopping mall in the west; and very affordable housing.
At the foot of the Hollywood Hills, just east of Beverly Hills, this densely populated city has a business base as diverse as the community itself. It is home to some of the trendiest places in L.A., including Sunset Blvd. (with the House of Blues and The Laugh Factory) and Melrose Avenue (featuring the current must-haves in fashion).
To live in Hollywood, you must love the energy and edginess of the area. Most apartment complexes were built in the 50's and 60's and are usually filled with budget-minded people pursuing the American dream. With the addition of the Hollywood and Highland complex, it has become a popular place to see or be seen.
LOS FELIZ, SILVERLAKE AND THE HOLLYWOOD HILLS
More affordable than the Westside, this area is located a few miles north of Southwestern and is considered one of the trendier communities that hug the Santa Monica Mountains between Hollywood and Dodger Stadium.
Closest to campus, this area (also known as Mid-City or Wilshire Center) features affordable housing minutes from downtown, with accessibility via the subway or buses to the many retail and community resources. Like most metropolitan cities, the more inexpensive areas vary in safety, so look for buildings that include enhanced security. You may also call the Admissions Office for advice on better neighborhoods in this area. Architectural highlights include the Wiltern Theater, the Wilshire Boulevard Temple, the Immanuel Presbyterian Church and of course, the Bullocks Wilshire Building!
MIRACLE MILE AND THE FAIRFAX DISTRICT
Miracle Mile and the Fairfax District boasts one of the town's most popular shopping and entertainment center: The Grove at Farmer’s Market, a favorite for locals. Also in this area is Museum Row, including the L.A. County Museum of Art and the La Brea Tar Pits. You can find reasonably priced rentals in everything from multi-unit apartment buildings to small houses.
STUDIO CITY, VAN NUYS AND NORTH HOLLYWOOD
Typical of many areas in the Valley, the majority of businesses line Ventura Blvd., including grocery stores, banks and restaurants that serve the needs of the locals. Housing includes everything from plush apartments, newly-built condos and single-level family homes to a variety of apartment buildings in both bustling and quiet neighborhoods, and it tends to be more affordable.
WEST LOS ANGELES
West Los Angeles (including Westwood, Brentwood and "Beverly Hills Adjacent") spans a large amount of land between Santa Monica and Beverly Hills and is home to many famous attractions. Luxury apartments can be found in Brentwood and some parts of Westwood, while more affordable rentals are available in the lower portion of Westwood, "Beverly Hills Adjacent," Mar Vista and Palms.