Downtown LA

Liz love’s to dine on wine and cheese at Church and State, located on the first floor of Biscuit Company Lofts.

Downtown Los Angeles offers a central location to live, work, dine and entertain. In 1999, the Los Angeles City Council passed an adaptive reuse ordinance, making it easier for developers to convert vacant office, industrial and commercial buildings into renovated lofts and luxury apartment and condo complexes

The Arts District’s new Loft-style apartments and condos in restored industrial buildings dot the landscape, but the Arts District is still home to a major rail yard, cold storage, warehouses, food processing, personal storage, government facilities, film locations and furniture and fashion design/manufacturing.  It is also home to thousands of resident artists in live/work spaces that support creative entrepreneurial businesses and non-profits. In addition, the district is home to the Southern California Institute of Architecture, one of the premier architectural schools in the country.

South Park, a growing residential and entertainment neighborhood consisting of the new luxury high rise condominiums and lofts, The Los Angeles Convention Center, Staples Center and the mixed-use L.A. Live entertainment campus.

While there are currently numerous Live/Work Loft projects in downtown, the Toy Factory Lofts and Biscuit Company Lofts lead the path for residential condo development that transformed the neighborhoods.  Other loft and condominium projects include Elleven, Luma, Evo and Grand Avenue Lofts.

There are many unique and small shops for downtown residents, but with a newly opened Target Store and Ralphs grocery, the downtown residents have access to large scale amenities making downtown more and more appealing to home owners who want a vibrant and thriving urban and creative living experience without sacrificing convenience.

Beverly Hills


Jamie says the best burger in town can be found at the Fountain Coffee Room at The Beverly Hills Hotel.

Beverly Hills is, above all, a small town for the wealthy. Less than six square miles in size, Beverly Hills is a place for the fortunate to live in comfort and to shop and dine at their leisure. Beverly Hills is, undeniably, an extremely handsome neighborhood. Its commercial streets are immaculate and filled with exclusive boutiques and sophisticated shoppers. Its Civic Center is a gorgeous, mission-style landmark. Many of the film industry’s upper echelon offices are located there as well.  Its residential thoroughfares are lined with multi-million dollar mansions, towering trees, and miles of manicured green lawns. While the homes south of Sunset Boulevard are handsome, the homes South of Wilshire more modest, most of the city’s truly spectacular mansions are located north of Sunset. If you ever wondered where to find some of the most expensive real estate in Southern California, look no further.

Brentwood

Liz’s favorite ice cream is the salted caramel at Sweet Rose Creamery in the Brentwood Country Mart

Brentwood  is located at the base of the Santa Monica Mountains, bounded by the San Diego Freeway on the east, Wilshire Boulevard on the south, Santa Monica on the southwest, Topanga State Park on the west, and Mulholland Drive along the ridge-line of the mountains on the north.  Nearby neighborhoods and cities include Pacific Palisades to the west, Santa Monica to the south, West Los Angeles and Sawtelle to the southeast, Westwood to the east, Bel Air to the northeast and Encino to the north.  Brentwood’s northern portions largely consist of single-family homes, while south of Sunset is made up of a mix of single-family homes and apartments.  The area south of San Vicente Boulevard consists mostly of apartments, housing students and young professionals alike.

Brentwood has long been a neighborhood of choice for the high-end buyer, as Brentwood is considered one of the wealthiest neighborhoods.  Celebrities, business executives and other high profile personalities continue to make Brentwood their home.  The small commercial stretch on San Vicente features high-end boutiques, cafes and fine dining, and of course, a Whole Foods Market.

Hollywood


Liz says for the best croissants in town, hit I Panini Di Ambra Bakery on Hollywood Blvd.

Hollywood  is a situated west-northwest of downtown.  Simply mention “Hollywood” and visions of movie stars and red carpets come to mind.  Hollywood has undergone a major revitalization in the last few years resulting in an exciting and dynamic place to live.  While still maintaining its gritty urban feel, it is now populated with numerous high end restaurants, nightclubs and loft residences.  The Hollywood Hills have always been a desirable place to live, thanks to the spectacular views, centrality and diverse home styles.  From a Mediterranean Estate, Case Study Mid-Century or a funky old house on the hill, The Hollywood Hills appeals to many different tastes and price points.

Hancock Park

Liz’s recommends Kicks Sole Provider for all your sneaker needs and likes to get “fortified” at Cafe Gratitude.

Hancock Park is one of the oldest and most well-preserved neighborhoods in Los Angeles. With its broad lawns, mature trees and central location five miles west of downtown, Hancock Park consists largely of single family homes located north of Wilshire Boulevard and south of Melrose Avenue. Along its western and eastern boundaries, North Highland Avenue and North Rossmore Avenue, homes lining both sides of the street lie within Hancock Park. In sharp contrast to most Los Angeles neighborhoods, homes in Hancock Park are set well back from the street, most power and telephone lines are underground, and fences are strongly discouraged. The area also surrounds the Wilshire Country Club. These characteristics, along with the area’s abundance of classic Los Angeles architecture, have made it one of the most desirable areas in all of Southern California since its development.  The neighborhood of Windsor Square and Larchmont are nearby and Larchmont Boulevard is one of the best walkable commercial areas in Los Angeles featuring charming restaurants, trendy boutiques and numerous coffee shops.  In 2007, Hancock Park became the 23rd Historic Preservation Overlay Zone (HPOZ) in the City of Los Angeles. Eighty six percent (86%) of its homes and structures were identified as being Historic Contributors in the Historic Resources Survey.

Los Feliz


For special occasions,  Jamie loves to shop at McCall’s Premium Meats and Fish on Hillhurst.

Los Feliz is a hilly neighborhood near the Hollywood district of Los Angeles. It lies north of East Hollywood and just south of the Santa Monica Mountains, adjacent to the neighborhoods of Hollywood and Silver Lake. Home to the southern face of Griffith Park, with over 4,210 acres of both natural chaparral-covered terrain and landscaped parkland and picnic areas, it is the largest Municipal Park with urban wilderness area in the whole of the United States.  The park area includes the Griffith Observatory, the Greek Theatre, and The Los Angeles Zoo.  Griffith Park also contains various children’s play areas, two 18 hole golf courses, a driving range and other sports fields as well as hiking and equestrian trails in the mountains away from the residential district. At Traveltown there is a miniature railroad operated by the Los Angeles Live Steamers and a collection of railroad locomotives, passenger cars andstreetcars.  In addition, Hillhurst and Vermont Avenues are two thriving commercial areas featuring restaurants, boutiques, movie theaters and of course, coffee shops.  Its close proximity to Hollywood, the Valley, Downtown and the 5 Freeway make this a very desirable location.

Silver Lake

Jamie loves the leather goods store Dean located at the Silver Lake Junction and the Saturday farmers market features some of her favorite local vendors.

Silver Lake is a hilly neighborhood in the city of Los Angeles, east of Hollywood and northwest of Downtown Los Angeles.  Silver Lake is bordered by Atwater Village to the north, Echo Park to the east, Echo Park’s Historic Filipinotown to the south, Virgil Village to the southwest, East Hollywood to the west and Los Feliz to the northwest. Silver lake blends into Elysian Valley, aka Frog Town on its eastern edge.  Silver Lake is made up of a wide variety of ethnic and socioeconomic groups, although it is best known as a community of hipsters and creatives.  Home to many popular restaurants and trendy boutiques, it features the Silverlake Conservatory of Music, Eco Apothecary, and Intelligensia Coffee House.

 

Internationally acclaimed Architect Richard Neutra, designer of many homes in the area, built his own home on Silver Lake Boulevard.  Many examples of purist Mid Century architecture can be found in Silver Lake as well as charming bungalows from the early 1900s.

City of Los Angeles

The City of Los Angeles is like a cluster of many towns in one sprawling metropolis. Many Los Angelinos rely heavily on driving to move around the city and have to negotiate commute times and traffic. Because of this, choosing the right neighborhood to move and settle into is crucial, and may require some professional advice. It is important to get around and explore different neighborhoods–whether you’re new to LA or a long-time resident before making a commitment.  For many of us, our lives revolve around our little respective ‘towns within a city.’ So, it stands to reason that the area you choose to live in should be a perfect fit for your lifestyle.

The Grove & Miracle Mile

You can find Jamie’s favorite dessert, banana pudding, at Magnolia Bakery, and her go to, OK, curated by owner Larry Schaffer,  offers some the best in home goods, jewelry and unique and rare books.  Free Jazz Friday nights at LACMA is one of the highlights of the summer season.

 A thriving area of town, these centrally located neighborhoods, are some of the most vital in the city.  Made up of vintage apartments, charming traditional and newly constructed modern homes they are exceptionally varied communities.  Locals can often be seen walking to the popular boutiques and restaurants, as well as the larger nearby destinations.  The Farmer’s Market, an historic open air market of food vendors and The Grove, a bustling, retail and entertainment complex, make this one is one of the busiest shopping and tourist areas in town.  For a perfect night out, trendy shopping, and great lunch spots, 3rd Street, between La Cienega and La Brea, is  a stylish neighborhood.

 

Miracle Mile is an area consisting of an almost two-mile stretch of Wilshire Boulevard between Fairfax and Western Avenues.  The heart of this neighborhood is Museum Row, which is home to The Los Angeles County Museum of Art, The Page Museum, the La Brea Tar Pits and The Petersen Automotive Museum.  LA’s famed food trucks line Museum Row, offering unique dishes like lasagna cupcakes and Kogi BBQ.

Bel Air

Jamie enjoys Royce Hall at UCLA where some of the most avant garde and celebrated artists from around the world come to perform music dance and the spoken word.

Bel Air is an affluent residential community in the hills of the Westside of Los Angeles.  Together with Beverly Hills and Holmby Hills it forms the Platinum Triangle of Los Angeles neighborhoods.  Bel Air includes some of the foothills of the Santa Monica Mountains, and borders the north side of UCLA along Sunset Boulevard.  At the heart of the community sit the Bel Air Country Club and the Hotel Bel Air.  Residences in Bel Air tend to be private, and hidden from the winding roads of the community by dense foliage and gates.  Residences range from relatively modest ranch-style houses, to lavish mansions on magnificent estates.  Lower Bel Air boasts many of the most expensive homes in the community, largely because of their proximity to Sunset Boulevard, a major thoroughfare.
Residences in Bel Air tend to be private and hidden, by dense foliage and gates, from the winding roads of the community. Residences range from relatively modest ranch-style houses, to lavish mansions on magnificent estates.  Lower Bel Air boasts many of the most expensive homes in the community, largely because of their proximity to Sunset Boulevard, a major thoroughfare.