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Relocating to LA? Here's What You Need to Know

Los Angeles is such a wonderful city with a very diverse population, making it one of the most desirable places to live in the country. There are so many amazing options for entertainment, food, and fun throughout the city, but adapting to the LA lifestyle can sometimes be a challenge. Consider these tips when relocating to LA for a smooth transition into the California way of life.

Neighborhoods are a Big Deal

Los Angeles is a sprawling metropolis with a variety of diverse and unique neighborhoods. Each part of Los Angeles has its own distinct charms that make it perfect for someone. The best realtor will help you figure out which neighborhood is right for you.

The metro area has naturally been separated by the infamous Highway 405 - the beach cities to the  west are commonly referred to as “The Westside”, while the communities to the east are referred to by city name. These areas are home to affluent neighborhoods, like Beverly Hills, Brentwood, and Westwood, which are know for high-end shopping, amazing dining, and cultural attractions like Museum Row. The coastal communities indulge in beach views, a 10+ mile bike and walking beach path, and restaurants and cafes that seamlessly blend between each city. While other popular areas include the revitalized Downtown, Hollywood and The Valley. 

Traffic is a Fact of Life

No matter what neighborhood you choose to live in, traffic often becomes part of your daily planning and routine. With more than 4 million people living in the city of Los Angeles, in addition to millions of other who travel to and from the city for work each day, you can be sure that the roads will be jam packed for most of the day. 

One way to lessen your commute is to look for a home near where you work. If that isn’t possible, many Los Angeles residents opt to head into the city early or leave late to avoid the heaviest flows of traffic. Consider visiting the gym to unwind after work while you wait for traffic to clear. 

Nature Abounds

Unlike many other metropolitan areas, nature is all around in LA. Whether you love hiking through the mountains or enjoying the wonders of the ocean, there is something for you in the city. One of the best ways to explore the city and its surrounding areas is on the hiking trails. Whether you want to see the Hollywood sign up close and personal, take in the splendor of the San Fernando Valley, or take a leisurely stroll through the set of a television series, there is a hiking trail for you in Los Angeles. 

The Weather Truly is Amazing

In spite of the longstanding drought, the weather in Los Angeles really is wonderful. With highs in the low 80s during the summer and 70s in the winter, the Mediterranean climate in the city is very desirable. Temperatures vary in the outlying areas, with warmer weather in the valley and cooler weather near the coast.

It rarely rains in LA, which means residents must be very water conscious throughout the year. Working to conserve water in every facet of your life will probably become a priority after your move to Los Angeles.


Arlene is committed to the highest standards of excellence, integrity, and service to faithfully serve her clients. Arlene Rutenberg is a premier luxury real estate broker in Southern California with vast experience in the Los Angeles Westside real estate market and an extensive international network of clients, real estate agents, and partners.

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