Made up of more than half a dozen regions that all contain smaller neighborhoods, each with their own culture, terrain and real estate, Los Angeles is almost of collection of cities within a city. When purchasing a home in Los Angeles, the first step is knowing where to look. While there are many neighborhoods you may have heard of, we have your list of the five up and coming areas in LA you have to check out in your real estate search.
At the crossroads of Santa Monica, Venice and Marina Del Rey, Mar Vista is a charming family-friendly community that’s home to longtime Los Angeles locals looking for a quieter space with easy access to the city’s greatest amenities. The neighborhood is filled with mid-century ranch style homes among winding palm-tree lined streets, lending true Southern California style. Mar Vista’s historic downtown is filled with local coffee shops, original historic buildings converted to boutiques, and a weekly farmers market. With public schools such as Mar Vista Elementary as well as nearby private schools like Le Lycée Français, Mar Vista offers residents with kids amazing access to top Los Angeles schools.
Tucked on the border of Los Angeles’ Westside, Faircrest Heights is among the cities’ most promising neighborhoods. It has been popular with renters for a number of years thanks to its proximity to Beverly Hills, Century City, Westwood and Santa Monica, but with its deco-style houses and family-friendly streets is turning into a hot area for buyers. Prices are lower than surrounding communities like Pico-Robertson but the style and quality of homes are comparable.
Sandwiched between Glendale and Pasadena in Northeast Los Angeles, Eagle Rock maintains a low-key vibe and reputation as one of LA’s bohemian neighborhoods. The community’s namesake Eagle Rock soars above the neighborhood’s skyline and offers hikers great views and a crisp escape from the city. In the last 100 years, Eagle Rock has cultivated a unique personality, attracting the city’s artistically-inclined and is filled with old-timey diners, vintage and antique stores, and charming coffee shops. Architecture and home styles are eclectic as well, with many Craftsman and Spanish style bungalows from the 1920s.
Just south of Eagle Rock and rooted in a similar artsy vibe, Glassell Park has completely transformed from its run-down reputation of the past decade into a haven for creatives and young families. With an accessible commute to Pasadena and Downtown LA , Glassell Park also offers housing at reasonable costs. Charming bungalows and hillside vistas are a draw for buyers as are the neighborhood’s historic eateries and the recently revitalized Rio de Los Angeles State Park.
Becoming more popular after the extension of the MetroLink, Monrovia is a quaint, diverse community tucked between Arcadia, Sierra Madre and the foot of the San Gabriel Mountains. With a number of trails and access to the true Southern California outdoor lifestyle, Monrovia feels much more like a small Orange County town than a city in Los Angeles, attracting families and those looking to get away from the bustle of the city without feeling remote. The mix of classic bungalow style homes, Spanish casitas and new builds, makes Monrovia an area of diverse real estate to check out during your Los Angeles home search.
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