When you’re daydreaming about moving out to Los Angeles for sunnier days, you’re probably picturing looking out of your window and seeing the Pacific Ocean and taking leisurely strolls in Venice or Santa Monica admiring the palm trees, opposed to navigating the urban, skyscraper-filled neighborhoods of Downtown Los Angeles. While young professionals are moving to DTLA in droves, the perks of living Downtown feel a bit overshadowed by the conventional Los Angeles neighborhoods. Below are four reasons why living in DTLA is a fantastic place.
Living Downtown means you are a short walk to some of the best restaurants and bars in all of Los Angeles. There is no neighborhood in the entire city that combines convenience and options as DTLA does – you’ll never want for anything if you live down here, and in this way, it is reminiscent to living in Manhattan.
The scenery and overall feel can change drastically from block to block in DTLA. Bunker Hill and the Arts District are flush with galleries, museums, theatres, venues, and both areas are also the homes for many start-up businesses in both tech and the entertainment industry. There is also a Financial District, and the Civic Center has the highest concentration of government employees in the country outside of Washington, D.C. Chinatown and Little Tokyo have some of the best restaurants for their respective cuisines in town. Different strokes for different folks can be actualized in DTLA, as there is no shortage of working and different living options in the neighborhood.
Want to escape the concrete jungle feel of DTLA? Griffith Park and Elysian Park are very close by. You’re also a short commute to some of the best neighborhoods on the east side of town, like Silver Lake, Echo Park, and lesser known areas in East Hollywood.
Luxury apartment complexes and high rises are popping up Downtown seemingly every day. Apple has elaborate plans for a state-of-the-art store in the historic L.A. Tower Theatre. Change seems to be happening rapidly here, and for the better.
Written by Andrew Sophocleous