Why I Love Living in Los Angeles

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Home Jane Realty BRE# 01439865

Yes, Los Angeles gets a bad rap when it comes to a place to live, but I honestly think it is one of the best places in the world to call home. Take it from someone who has lived in three other countries and traveled extensively around the world.

What are some of the negative impressions about Los Angeles in no particular order:

  • Housing is expensive.
  • Public transportation barely exist.
  • It is a crime-ridden city.
  • It is a cultural wasteland.
  • The city is a parking lot.
  • Earthquakes.

These are some of the few but main complaints about our fair city. Now let me tell you my experience of living in Los Angeles.

Firstly, I am from the U.K. I was born in a town in South Wales and moved to London in my late teens. Talk about an expensive city, especially as it relates to housing. I remember having to share rentals with at least two other roommates if not three in order to afford the place. We rarely if ever went out to eat because it was expensive. Food in Los Angeles is much more affordable than the U.K. and I have never had more than one roommate since living here.

In my world travels I have seen much worse traffic than here in L.A. Have you driven around London or Paris lately for instance? Talk about parking lots. And forget parking. Completely unaffordable. Parking is a breeze here. Unless you drive Downtown you are going to find free parking when you visit businesses. Yes, the meters are becoming expensive, but I almost always have a way to avoid them by finding nearby street parking. Something you are rarely going to find in other major metropolises

Other major cities have great transportation systems, as does London. However, I remember using that system to go to work and being jammed like a sardine into the Tube. And forget the buses. You could stand in the pouring rain and watch five packed buses drive by before one would stop to let a couple of people board.  Here in L.A. you are in the comfort of your own car listening to your choice of music or podcast or whatever. And Los Angeles is investing heavily in its metro system. Unfortunately it is difficult to coax people out of their cars and onto the trains. When they solve the “first mile-last mile” problem (getting people to and from the trains) then this might change.

I am often asked whether a particular area is safe or not. In my 40 years here I have not experienced any personal danger. I lived in Israel and was robbed in my own apartment there. My father was held up at gunpoint 60 years go outside our house in South Wales.

Our entertainment scene is up there with the best of them we have over 225 theaters, over 100 museums, art galleries and a world-class philharmonic and opera companies. And L.A.’s dining scene is one of the few cities in the world rated by the Michelin guide making it among the best in the world. A common boast about the uniqueness of Los Angeles is that it is one of the few cities in the world where you can ski in the morning and surf in the afternoon.

For a city that has the reputation that people don’t walk here, there are miles of parks and hiking trails, including Griffith Park, the largest park in the country.

Yes, Los Angeles does have its earthquakes, but in general the building codes here are stringent. Other than the discomfort of the temblors you shouldn’t worry too much.

And, of course, there’s the weather. There are few places in the world that have our weather. The average number of sunny or partly sunny days is 292 with an average high of 74 degrees.

Visitors to Los Angeles rarely get to see its beauty. They generally visit all the usual tourist attractions which really don’t capture the essence of the city. The spectacular views from the hills, a drive along the Pacific Ocean in Malibu when the water is at its bluest. L.A. is described as 72 suburbs in search of a city, but your suburb is your little part of the city, with your favorite restaurants, coffee shop, supermarket, dry cleaner, etc. You don’t feel that as a tourist.

I love Paris and New York, and there are many exciting cities around the world, but the place I feel is the best to live is Los Angele


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Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Jane:

Great review of an amazing city with a wonderful personal perspective. Having spent a fair amount of time here I agree with so much that you said!!


Mar 08, 2020 03:26 PM #1
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Jane Peters - I am glad you enjoy living in LA.  

Mar 08, 2020 04:58 PM #2
Jane Peters
Home Jane Realty - Los Angeles, CA
Los Angeles real estate concierge services

Jeff Dowler, CRS Thank you. I really do think this is a great place to live.

Sheri Sperry - MCNE® Thank you.

Mar 08, 2020 05:05 PM #3
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Jane - as a native Angeleno, I agree this is a place where people can give it a bad rap but the advantages for me are abundant.  I have lived elsewhere but I agree with Randy Newman: I Love Los Angeles (although I rarely if ever call it LA).

Mar 08, 2020 05:52 PM #4
Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

Good morning, Jane... I've been to LA many times and always enjoyed my time there... but never had any real desire to live there. I lived for two years in San Francisco and discovered that at heart I'm an East Coast girl. I appreciate the "positive" things you outlined that make living in LA a wonderful experience.

Mar 09, 2020 05:42 AM #5
Melinda (Mel) Peterson
Grants Pass, OR - Bend, OR
The Blessed Realtor - ABR, CRS

From an LA girl in an Oregon world... here's what I love and miss about LA:

  • Sunshine
  • Eateries on every corner
  • Beautiful sandy beaches
  • The Grandkids 
  • Friends like you 
Mar 09, 2020 08:16 PM #6
Jane Peters
Home Jane Realty - Los Angeles, CA
Los Angeles real estate concierge services

Michael Jacobs Interesting you don't call it L.A. I rarely call it anything else. I do like Pasadena too.

Mar 12, 2020 10:46 AM #7
Jane Peters
Home Jane Realty - Los Angeles, CA
Los Angeles real estate concierge services

Nina Hollander it's funny how we all have our preferences. I love the East Coast but could never see myself living there.

Mar 12, 2020 10:47 AM #8
Jane Peters
Home Jane Realty - Los Angeles, CA
Los Angeles real estate concierge services

Melinda (Mel) Peterson you will just have to move back down here. 

Mar 12, 2020 10:48 AM #9
Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089
Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers - Haiku, HI
Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info

You can tell LA is the right place for you and you've pointed out a lot of the highlights.  I hope it's still where you want to be after this is all over.

May 04, 2020 05:31 PM #10
Jane Peters
Home Jane Realty - Los Angeles, CA
Los Angeles real estate concierge services

Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089 After Hawaii and Alaska it probably is the best place to be for social distancing, that's for sure. I hope you are doing well. I hear Hawaii is doing things right

May 07, 2020 12:39 PM #11
Gwen Banta
Sotheby's International Realty - Los Angeles, CA

Jane, I could not agree more . I thank God every day for Los Angeles and our beautiful State of California with its cornucopia of riches!

Aug 13, 2020 02:41 PM #12
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