L.A. NEIGHBORHOODS: A GUIDE FOR WEEKEND EXPLORERS

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Even for residents of Los Angeles, discovering a new neighborhood can be a daunting proposition. Everything from braving different traffic patterns, to wondering where to grab lunch, can make a person think, “I’ll just stick to what I know.” But, armed with the right information, exploring L.A. goes from frightful to fab.

Here are some of our favorite communities:

MIRACLE MILE

Miracle Mile is an area central to Mid-City, West Hollywood, as well as iconic Beverly Hills. When you picture that Art Deco L.A. of yesteryear, Miracle Mile is what comes to mind. This community boasts Museum Row on historic Wilshire Boulevard—including the La Brea Tar Pits and Museum, the L.A. County Museum of Art, and the Petersen Automotive Museum.

Miracle Mile was conceived as a retail destination, and it continues to draw both families and the jet set crowd looking for unique offerings. From the Original Farmers Market and The Grove , to West Third Street , sport shoppers will rejoice. But first you’ll need to fuel up.

Start your day at Du-Par’s for the legendary pancake breakfast (whether your day begins at 8am or 3am—Du-Par’s is open 24-hours). This joint has been kick-starting mornings since 1938, but traditional American lunch and dinner options are always available. Speaking of dinner, you might not equate L.A. with Italian food, but be sure to have a reservation made at nearby Angelini Osteria for divine homemade pasta and other delicacies native to Italy. (And this company will deliver its exquisite cuisine right to your private jet!)

Yes, we love our cars in L.A., but from an investment perspective, it is important to note that a subway stop for the Purple Line is slated for 2023.

LONG BEACH

Long Beach is another world right here in Los Angeles. The vibe is easygoing, bicycle-friendly, and full of fun festivals, like the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach. By day, shopping in Long Beach runs the gamut from high-end thrift on Retro Row, to boutiques along Belmont Shore. Thrill seekers love the close proximity to Knott’s Berry Farm’s roller coasters. And for thrills of a more ghostly persuasion, take a tour of The Queen Mary , the historic luxury liner that is permanently docked at the Long Beach Cruise Terminal and reported to be haunted. At the other end of the bay, your precious pup can enjoy off-leash fun at Rosie’s Dog Beach. In fact, area beaches are sheltered from large waves due to a breakwater, so the whole family can safely enjoy the ocean and waterways. But, Long Beach isn’t just kid- and dog-friendly. There are some interesting places for enjoying the night—if you know where to look. The Parlour is the place to go if you enjoy serious mixology and exclusivity. A password is required for entry, but don’t worry, it can be obtained via registering an email address.

Take a peek at beachfront living at 1400 East Ocean. We’d love to show you more of these charming L.A. communities, and be sure to look for additional neighborhood highlights to come!