The growth of Silicon Beach means relocating to Los Angeles, and especially the Westside, is hotter than ever. So if you’re about to move here (and good for you, if you are!), there are probably a few things you want to know. We’ve got a cheat sheet that will help you get acclimated and get the best out of living on the Westside.
You’ll never want to leave.
When relocating to Los Angeles, one thing becomes clear very quickly: The Westside might as well be its own state. Once you move here, you simply won’t want to be anywhere else. You can easily get to downtown L.A., the San Fernando Valley, and the South Bay, if you so choose. But Westsiders typically find themselves sticking closer to home, even when they’re not at work. With the beach, some of the best restaurants in the state, excellent shopping, and more special events, activities, recreational opportunities, and cultural experiences than you could ever imagine, people just don’t want to leave.
The apartments will be expensive.
Los Angeles-area rents are consistently among the highest in the nation, and three of the priciest are, “not surprisingly,” said Curbed, in the Westside cities of Santa Monica, Venice, and Marina del Rey. “The three beach communities have been contending for the No. 1 spot for a while, and Venice could make it soon if prices continue to rise in that area,” they said.
The luxury rental prices won’t be shocking when you’re relocating to Los Angeles from the Bay Area or New York City, two other places that perennially make the list of most expensive rentals in the country. But there’s good news for those who want to spend their money more wisely; new luxury condos on the Westside are priced comparably to many of the high-end apartments in Venice, Santa Monica, and Marina del Rey. And, they offer two important things apartments do not: The potential for equity growth and tax savings.
There will be traffic.
Traffic is a fact of life when you live anywhere in Los Angeles. You’re probably used to a commute if you’re moving from San Francisco, Silicon Valley, or the East Coast and relocating to Los Angeles. You probably also know the value to a great location, and so do those who head right for Westside cities like The Marina when looking for a new home in Los Angeles. Luxury homebuyers are increasingly choosing Marina del Rey for its great proximity to all of Greater L.A., the entire Westside, and especially to the hot tech shops of Silicon Beach.
Getting and staying fit will actually be fun.
Keeping up your active lifestyle when relocating to Los Angeles will be a breeze. You can choose to go to a gym, or you can take advantage of the Westside’s focus on the outdoors, with everything from YOGAqua to beach boot camp to trapeze school to cycling on the Marvin Broade Coastal Bike Trail to a host of watersports including kayaking, rowing, surfing, and paddling.
You’ll never lack for something great to do.
Moving from San Francisco and relocating to Los Angeles doesn’t mean giving up your favorite hotspots; it just means finding a few new ones. Marina del Rey condos for sale are close to the beach, nightlife, great shopping, and Abbott Kinney, which is ground zero right now for many of the Westside’s top restaurants. So, all you have to do is walk out your front door to find a great activity.
It’ll feel like it’s 10 degrees cooler than inland areas.
L.A. gets a lot of attention for its great year-round weather, but those who have spent time in more inland areas will tell you it can get toasty in the summer, much like living in San Jose or Manhattan. Studies like this one from UCLA professor Ivo Welch lay out the specifics of how much cooler it can be on the Westside—and the closer you get to the ocean, the better it is! All you have to do is experience those Pacific breezes to prove your own theory.
X67 Lofts offers contemporary loft-style new homes for sale on the Westside with 15 uniquely designed floorplans offering up to 1,906 square feet and high-end features and finishes including gourmet kitchens with center islands and eating bar (per plan), KitchenAid® stainless steel appliances, frameless European-style cabinetry, and Caesarstone® countertops. The community is located within walking distance to the beach, Abbot Kinney, and trendy shopping and dining opportunities, and in the perfect spot for those who work in Silicon Beach.
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