Oh North Hollywood, How I Love Thee

Picture courtesy of Jo Martin Photography

Picture courtesy of Jo Martin Photography

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.

Kristena Deyon

Kristena Deyon is a contributing writer for ImMovingtoLA.com, originally from Birmingham, Alabama. She is also an Executive Recruiter for a retained executive search firm in Beverly Hills.


  • Reply September 22, 2011

    versel johnson

    Great advice! Loved the article.

    • Kristena Deyon
      Reply October 14, 2011

      Kristena Deyon

      Thanks Versel! I’m glad you liked it!

    • Reply November 5, 2014


      This blog was so awesome. I’m moving to NoHo in February 2015 I thank you for this blog

  • Reply January 4, 2014

    Robert Knight

    Ok, so obviously this article is 3 years old. But it is very helpful. Im moving to LA in June of this year and Im looking at NoHo for all the reasons u mentioned in this article. Thanks

  • Kristena Deyon
    Reply January 4, 2014

    Kristena Deyon

    Thanks for taking the time to read the article Robert! I’m so glad you found it helpful. All the best to you with your upcoming move! You’re going to absolutely love LA and North Hollywood.

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  • Reply May 27, 2014


    Hi Kristena,

    Thank you soooo much for this post. I’m moving to LA in exactly 1yr, to pursue acting and I’m doing heavy research already. The biggest issue is finding somewhere to live. After reading this article I feel like this is the only place I want to look for places in. Its like you were a realtor and just found me a great spot! I can’t want to go apartment hunting here!!! But I do still have a few questions… Like what areas in NoHo do I look in specifically ? Even though you didn’t give a direct location for where you were, you describe the area amazingly lol. I can’t wait to move !!

    • Kristena Deyon
      Reply May 27, 2014

      Kristena Deyon

      Hi Sierra,

      I’m delighted that you enjoyed the article and found it to be such a great source of information for you. As I mentioned, I lived right in the heart of the NoHo Arts District (off of Lankershim Blvd and Morrison St to be exact). I would definitely recommend staying around that area and also looking further down around Lankershim Blvd and Magnolia. Depending on your budget, you should be able to find a nice apartment in those areas, as there are plenty to choose from. It’s also great because so many things are within walking distance so you don’t have to do much driving unless you’ll be working outside of NoHo. You may also want to try looking in surrounding areas including Valley Village as well. Hope this helps and all the best to you in your move! Just a reminder, save as much money as you can prior to your arrival! 😉

    • Reply May 24, 2016


      the north Hollywood area the most of the rest of the valley is city of LA. it has a population of over 100,000 according to the city

  • Reply May 29, 2014


    I live in Valley Village, will be moving closer to Burbank area on magnolia in a month and i have to agree NOHO is an awesome place to live in LA. I wanted to live in WEHO before i moved out her but am glad with the final decision.

  • Reply July 19, 2014

    Sierra Johnson

    Hi Kristena,

    I have another question! What would you say is the best step to take on finding & completing a move in from out of state?. I’ve been thinking it’ll be kind of hard to lock in on an apartment from out of state. Do you think It would make sense to designate a week or two to get everything done at once ? I’m not moving until next year, but I want this to be as swift as possible lol.



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