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Marina Del Rey Has The Country’s Highest Rent

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According to The Marina Del Rey Patch, rental prices in Marina Del Rey and parts of Santa Monica are the highest in the country. If you’ve read this blog, you saw that rent prices in Los Angeles are already well above pre-recession prices. In fact, the average rent for the areas around Marina Del Rey were $2,690, whereas the average rent for the rest of LA County is $1,688. I can understand the desire to live near the ocean, and Santa Monica and Marina Del Rey are beautiful parts of Los Angeles. However, if you want to still have some money left over after paying rent while still having touches of luxury and charm, check out our available apartments.

Read the full article here: http://marinadelrey.patch.com/groups/real-estate/p/report-rent-in-marina-del-rey-highest-in-county

Renting In LA: Hollywood Hills

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Home to movie stars and studio executives, the Hollywood Hills are also home to some of the best apartments in Los Angeles. Though the Hollywood Hills technically stretch west to above West Hollywood, I want to focus on the Hollywood Hills neighborhood around Franklin Village, which lies east of the 101 freeway, north of Franklin Avenue, and west of Western Avenue. This area of the Hollywood Hills is a convenient commute to downtown LA or the San Fernando Valley with its easy access to the freeway, as well as Koreatown, Hancock Park, Miracle Mile, and, of course, Hollywood. If you are a young professional in the entertainment industry or an artist, this neighborhood is a great place to live.

The Hollywood Hills is a quiet and safe neighborhood with a crime rate that is on par or lower than the surrounding areas. Though the average rental price is a little higher than Hollywood, the beautiful old buildings of the Golden Age of Hollywood have considerable charm. In fact, we have several Art Deco Apartments in the Hollywood Hills neighborhood. See what we have available here. This neighborhood, which includes Franklin Village has a great walk score of 78 with a nearby Gelson’s, coffee shops and restaurants, and the Upright Citizen’s Brigade Theatre.

Curbed LA Tours John F Kennedy’s Art Deco Apartment

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Curbed LA  has written a series of articles examining how non-wealthy, non-professional-decorator renters live. So often, when opening a design or real estate magazine, you will see carefully lit photos of lavish homes that were decorated by the best decorators money can buy. Curbed LA’s article series looks at the opposite; Los Angeles renters living in beautiful apartments with sub-par interior decoration. Adrian Kudler recently toured through The Mauretania, which is located on Rossmore Avenue, and interviewed its two tenants for his article. The apartment building was commissioned by The Tin Man in the original Wizard of Oz movie, and was lived in by then senator John F Kennedy during the 1960 Democratic National Committee. You can read more about the history of The Mauretania here. To live in this fantastic historic apartment, visit our available apartments page.

Read Adrian Kudler’s full article on Curbed LA, and see more pictures of The Mauretania, here: http://la.curbed.com/archives/2013/11/touring_john_f_kennedys_1960_hancock_park_rental_today.php

Renting In LA: Hancock Park

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Nestled between Hollywood, Larchmont, Koreatown, and Miracle Mile, Hancock Park was founded in the early 20th century, and is home to many historic and lavish homes. Hancock Park was first founded by the Hancock family during the 1920s. The family obtained their wealth through oil drilling in Rancho La Brea, which would become the La Brea Tar Pits and Page Museum. During the Golden Age of Hollywood, many movie stars and entertainers, including Nat King Cole, lived in Hancock Park. In fact, Nat King Cole was the first African-American resident of Hancock Park. Through the years, the neighborhood has been home to many entertainment-industry heavyweights, including Eric Eisner, Bruce Feirstein, and Tavis Smiley.

Hancock Park is a quiet neighborhood that is a convenient commute to Hollywood, the San Fernando Valley, Mid-City, and Koreatown. The average rent price in Hancock Park is a little bit higher than the surrounding areas ($2,100/month), but the neighborhood has an excellent walk score of 85 and a reasonably low crime rate. Next time you are in the Hancock Park area, drive down Sycamore Avenue. In addition to Art Deco Apartments’ lovingly restored historic Art Deco buildings, you will see a number of buildings from the 1920s to 1930s in a number of different architectural styles that are a great representation of Los Angeles architecture of the first half of the 20th century. If you are thinking about renting an apartment in Los Angeles, Hancock Park, Miracle Mile, Mid-Wilshire, West Hollywood, and the areas around The Grove/Beverly Center are your best bet for low crime, walkability, and fun.

Renting In LA: Miracle Mile

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The Miracle Mile is a great neighborhood to live in if you’re looking for a combination of convenience, culture, and fun. The neighborhood is centered around Wilshire between Fairfax and Highland Avenues, and extends north to 3rd Street and south to Olympic Boulevard. The stretch of Wilshire between La Brea and Fairfax is often referred to as Museum Row, as it contains LACMA (LA County Museum of Art), the Page Museum/La Brea Tar Pits, the Petersen Automotive Museum, and several smaller museums. The Miracle Mile is also home to many excellent restaurants and a vibrant nightlife.

The Miracle Mile is convenient for commuters to Beverly Hills, Koreatown, Hollywood, Hancock Park, and the rest of the areas in Mid-City. The area has a walk score of 80, which means most of your errands will be in walking distance. Public transportation in the area is easily accessible, as Wilshire is a main east-west thoroughfare, and is on many bus routes. The Metro Red line and Purple line are also nearby. Furthermore, the Miracle Mile is a safe neighborhood, with crime being lower than the nearby neighborhoods of Koreatown and Hollywood. Though the rent is more expensive in this area (around $1,400/month average), it is a well worth it.

The Miracle Mile was first built in the 1920s as a retail center for the more affluent communities of Beverly Hills, Hancock Park, and Hollywood, which were growing quickly during the 1920s and 1930s. I won’t go too much into the history, but you can read more from KCET. While driving along Wilshire, you will see that many of the historic Art Deco buildings have been preserved, and are now home to several of the museums on the row. Art Deco Apartments owns several historic Art Deco apartment buildings in the neighborhood, and has painstakingly preserved and restored them to their original quality. Check our available apartments page for availability. So, if you’re moving to Los Angeles, make the Miracle Mile one of the first neighborhoods you check out!