When thinking about moving to LA, one of the most important decisions to be made is, “Where am I going to live?” Reflecting back on my move, I knew absolutely nothing about the neighborhoods of LA regarding price range and safety, which are clearly concerns that need to be well thought out, even before making the big move. Honestly, I wish I would have taken more time to explore the numerous cities of LA before making a costly and snap judgement based solely on the exterior appearance of each apartment complex.
After losing a great deal of money (which I didn’t even have to lose) on an expensive apartment in Burbank (which is a very nice area as well), I was lucky enough to meet someone through a connection who I had an apartment in North Hollywood (also known as NoHo), and she was in need of a roommate. Since I was used to living solo for most of my college life, I was quite hesitant to move in with someone who I practically just met. However, the thought of paying $300 less than what I was currently paying per month, served as a literal “kick in the butt” that I should definitely consider the move. On the topic of rent, studio apartments in North Hollywood can range from around $750 to $900 per month. One to two-bedrooms usually fall around the $915 to $2,300 range, with three-bedrooms ranging from $1,850 to $3,000 per month. Always be sure to ask about up-front security deposits when considering how much you need to save for an apartment.
I must say, making the move to North Hollywood was truly one of the best decisions I have ever made since moving to LA about four years ago. I am absolutely in love with this city and all the many conveniences it offers! Imagine having your local grocery store, numerous bars and places to dine, both a Walgreens and a CVS, a gorgeous park (literally right down the street from my apartment), gym, small theatres, and car repair shops, all within walking distance! There is also the ease of access to the North Hollywood Metro Subway station, and within a matter of minutes, you can access both the 101 and 134 freeways.
I reside in the heart of the NoHo Arts District, a play off of the well-known “SoHo” Arts District of New York City, home to the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (Emmy Awards), the infamous Millenium Dance Complex (A-List clientele and choreographers for celebrities including Jennifer Lopez, Christina Aguilera, and Janet Jackson to name a few), Debbie Reynolds Studio, The Acting Corps, The Art Institute of California — Hollywood, and many more facilities and recording and rehearsal studios serving the thriving arts community. North Hollywood is located in the San Fernando valley with a population of over 39,000 aspiring Actors, dancers, celebrities, families, and those seeking a life close to Hollywood and the entertainment community, minus the “hustle and bustle” of everyday life amidst all the action. The neighboring areas of North Hollywood include Universal City and Burbank, home to major entertainment studios and companies including Universal Studios Hollywood, The Walt Disney Company, Warner Brothers, and NBC Studios, to name a few.