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The Ultimate Renter’s Guide to West Los Angeles

Picture of Dominic Bertolami
Freelance writer
Updated: 7 May 2018
Made up of 23 unique neighborhoods, L.A.’s Westside is the most sought-after place for renters in Los Angeles. From sun-soaked beaches to winding mountain roads and sprawling urban areas, this city has it all. Culturally diverse and constantly evolving, this buzzing entertainment capital offers endless opportunities.

Before you can make that Hollywood dream a reality, the first step is finding the right neighborhood in which to base yourself. This guide to renting on the Westside of Los Angeles will help you narrow down the many choices so that you can find that perfect place to call home in the City of Angels.

First, A Few Thoughts on Savings

Before making the big move, be sure to set aside at least a month’s worth of cash (or two if possible) for bills and rent. With a 5% increase from 2017, the average amount paid in rent for an apartment in Los Angeles is $2,220. A one-bedroom apartment’s monthly average is $2,037, and for a two-bedroom apartment, the average is $2,726 per month. Don’t let the price tag discourage you; many people begin their L.A. experience renting rooms or apartment sharing. Post about your travel plans on Facebook or take a look on Craigslist under apartment shares. The more flexible you are, the more likely you will find something in your price range.

Neighborhoods

These are the best neighborhoods on the Westside for renting when considering location, price, and things to do. As it offers a variety of pricing options and captivating places, there is never a lack of activities to enjoy in these top neighborhoods of L.A.’s Westside.

Pacific Palisades

Ideal for renters with a car looking for a retreat from the city, the Pacific Palisades offers plenty of hiking trails and impressive ocean viewpoints. Nestled between the Santa Monica Mountains and the Pacific Ocean, this well-to-do neighborhood surrounds the massive Temescal Gateway Park. Easily access the beach or spend a day at the famous Getty Villa. This quiet, safe area offers a unique location with plenty of street parking.

Pacific Palisades
Pacific Palisades | © USA-Reiseblogger / Pixabay

Santa Monica

The ocean is easily accessible no matter where you choose to live in Santa Monica. From quaint houses to luxury apartment complexes, it is easy to see why people spend top dollar to enjoy the lifestyle here. Luxury outdoor shopping, a weekly farmer’s market and both independent and public schools draw families to the area; however, its proximity to Venice and easy access to downtown via the train also attracts a younger crowd.

Santa Monica
Santa Monica | © DEXALB / Pixabay

Venice

Venice Beach is a major creative hub in Los Angeles. Colorful street art lines the walls of its many neighborhoods—areas which house eccentrics, artists, and the newly arriving tech crowd. Stroll along the famous boardwalk or check out the many shops and restaurants on Abbot Kinney Boulevard. Although prices have risen in the past few years, this notoriously gritty beach community still keeps an authentic, edgy spirit. Sharing an apartment or house is the easiest way to make living in Venice possible, as the arrival of social media startups continues to eat up the market.

Marina Del Rey

Situated around the world’s largest man-made small vessel boating harbor, Marina Del Rey offers renters beachside apartments and large amenity-rich housing complexes overlooking the water. Take advantage of the calm waters of the Marina, whether kayaking, standup paddle boarding, sailing or fishing. As it borders the south side of Venice Beach, you can stay close to all the popular shops, markets, and restaurants. If boat life is more your style, slips are rented at a considerably low-cost per month with tidy bathrooms and showers and 24-hour access.

Marina Del Rey
Marina Del Rey | © StockSnap / Pixabay

Culver City

Best known as the home of Sony Pictures Studios, this moderately priced district of L.A.’s Westside offers an up-and-coming music and arts scene plus niche eateries, ethical fashion, and hip nightlife. An area ideal for young working singles or apartment shares, there are a variety of options for housing, including both small and large condos. With the beach close by, hop on the public transportation or cycle for a sunset. Head the opposite direction and get to downtown in approximately 40 minutes.