Posted Apr 1, 2015

Where to Live to be Close to Los Angeles Public Transportation

Living in Los Angeles comes with a lot of perks, from plenty of sunshine to a variety of fun and lively neighborhoods. However, many residents complain about congested traffic and lack of public transit.

Where to Live to be Close to Los Angeles Public Transportation

However, the City of Angels does have the Metro, a lightrail, and buses. As such, you can get around without your car if you know where to go and which neighborhoods to live in.

So, if you want to ditch the vehicle and live near Los Angeles public transportation, check out these walkable neighborhoods and consider making the move:

Neighborhoods to Live In Now

The LA Metro will be adding more stops by 2016, but before that happens, you can find apartments in neighborhoods that already have stations, including:

Culver City

Situated along Metro line 733, Culver City is a great neighborhood option. An apartment in this neck of the woods will let you hop on the train and ride to other popular spots, like Venice Beach.

Where to Live to be Close to Los Angeles Public Transportation - Culver City

While Culver City doesn’t have quite the reputation of surrounding neighborhoods, the Metro line makes grabbing drinks outside of your turf easy. Even so, the west side neighborhood has bike routes, museums and a mall– certainly enough to keep you busy.

North Hollywood

Nicknamed the NoHo Arts District, North Hollywood is home to plenty of gyms, bike paths, and entertainment venues. But residents love the area even more thanks to its access to Los Angeles public transportation.

Where to Live to be Close to Los Angeles Public Transportation - North Hollywood

In fact, bus and Metro lines take passengers to Universal City, Downtown LA, and Hollywood. What’s more, NoHo was designed to be LA’s version of New York City’s SoHo neighborhood, so you know it’s loaded with shops and restaurants that give the area an energetic and eclectic vibe.

Pasadena

While Pasadena is 11 miles north of LA, the town is still a huge hit for California natives. Its proximity to the city is advantageous thanks to the Metro line that runs through the area.

Where to Live to be Close to Los Angeles Public Transportation - Pasadena

In fact, Pasadena boasts six Gold Line stations, giving residents plenty of points to hop aboard. What’s more, you won’t be bored living in the town. With museums, gardens, theaters, restaurants, and parks, Pasadena is a lively place.

Downtown LA

The heart of LA is the city’s transit hub, so scoring an apartment in this part of town is a sweet deal. From here, you can visit other neighborhoods off the Metro, or stay where you are to enjoy the amenities.

Where to Live to be Close to Los Angeles Public Transportation - Downtown LA

While downtown LA used to be a business-heavy locale, it’s now developed more apartments and is catering to residential life.

Koreatown

​Located northwest of Downtown LA, Koreatown is a cultural mecca. With splendid cuisine, trendy bars, cute niche shops, and an urban vibe, this neighborhood offers residents lively metropolitan life and easy access to other parts of the city. You can catch a Red or Purple Line train, or ride the bus to travel.

Where to Live to be Close to Los Angeles Public Transportation - Koreatown

Neighborhoods to Grab Soon

While you have a variety of neighborhoods to choose from in LA that offer public transportation, you’ll soon have more. The Metro is breaking ground on new construction projects, which will open as they are completed.

Some are scheduled to be done in 2016, while others won’t be ready until 2020 or later. Now is a good time to check out neighborhoods affected by the 2016 construction– once the stations open, rental prices in the area will likely skyrocket. Better to lock down your apartment rate now before the price hike. Here are neighborhoods you should check out ASAP:

Santa Monica

Located west of Culver City and abutting the Atlantic Ocean, Santa Monica is a beautiful neighborhood. In 2016, you’ll be able to get there via the Expo Line.

Where to Live to be Close to Los Angeles Public Transportation - Santa Monica

Residents have tons to do in Santa Monica, from visiting the Santa Monica Pier (which is a boardwalk with shopping and dining) to strolling down the Third Street Promenade (an outdoor mall). And, of course, you’ll have access to the beach.

Azusa

Home of Azusa Pacific University, Azusa is a town that’s northeast of downtown LA. While a bit off the beaten path, you’ll be able to get to the city via the Gold Line in 2016, which is good news for university students and other residents.

Where to Live to be Close to Los Angeles Public Transportation - Azusa

Of course, you can also stick around and enjoy Azusa by visiting Crystal Lake or the Bridge to Nowhere.

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Jen Jackowski

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Jen Jackowski is a graduate of Illinois State University, where she studied theater and English. Her experiences in the theatrical arts left her with a love for storytelling that she breathes into her writing. She’s also passionate about art, gaming, sustainability and fashion. Her work has been published in the literary magazine, Euphemism.

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