Known as the City of Angels, Los Angeles has it all. The sprawling metropolis on Southern California’s coast contains a mixture of studio apartments, one- and two-bedroom mid-century bungalows, and opulent mansions in which one could easily get lost. With its abundant beaches, mountains and easy Mediterranean climate, it’s not hard to see to why so many people relocate to America’s second-largest city.
Downtown L.A. is currently undergoing a revival. Having been neglected throughout much of the 1980s and 90s, the area’s developers and Angelenos have recently devoted efforts to spruce up this neighborhood. Studio apartments, vast penthouses and everything in between are now available in the stunning art deco buildings and skyscrapers constructed during the area’s Golden Age. The revitalization of the Grand Central Market and the addition of farmers markets and craft fairs has put downtown back on the map as a trendy and safe place to live. Just to the north of downtown lies Echo Park, a densely populated neighborhood known for its good public schools and small, one- and two-bedroom Spanish-style bungalows. Heading west towards Hollywood and the surrounding neighborhoods, larger homes with more sizable yards become the norm. Single-family houses in both North and West Hollywood are fairly easy to find, surrounded by native cacti, succulents and citrus trees.
The economy of Los Angeles relies heavily on the entertainment industry, from studio personnel and sales to technology development and hospitality. Paramount Pictures, 20th Century Fox and Universal Studios are all within city limits and employ countless Angelenos. The ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach combine to make the most significant port in the Western Hemisphere. The higher education campuses of UCLA and USC are also among the city’s top employers. Los Angeles is one of the most ethnically and economically diverse cities in the country, with a housing market that reflects its innumerable options.