“As a Downtown Los Angeles resident of 15+ years, I’m proud to be part of the economic development and growth that has made DTLA a desirable neighborhood to work, live in, and play for young professionals, fashion influencers, artists, foodies, families and more! Housing some of the best restaurants, world-class entertainment, a thriving fashion scene, and plenty of Insta-worthy street art, DTLA has grown to become the heart of Los Angeles.”
-- Kinya Claiborne, founder of Style & Society magazine
Average one bedroom rent: $2,360/mo
Transportation situation: A stone’s throw from the 110 and the 10, which can take you to the 101, 5, and 710. The Red & Purple Lines run here, and they can take you right into the Valley and Koreatown, respectively; the Gold Line hits Downtown; and the Blue Line also starts here, so you can ride that bad boy all the way to Long Beach.
Downtown Los Angeles is arguably the neighborhood experiencing the most significant renaissance. After a period of stagnation and decreasing population following WWII, Downtown’s “Skid Row” neighborhood became synonymous with urban decline. Thanks in large part to legislation passed in 1999, residential development saw an upswing and an area formerly dominated by empty spaces and warehouses regained enough population to draw restaurants and retail businesses back into the fold. That trend continues to this day, despite rising prices. Everywhere you look, people are walking; commuting, hopping in and out of the Metro station, grabbing a happy hour beer, or walking their dog. Downtown LA has received nearly the same reaction from every East Coaster that’s visited: “... are we still in LA?”
The eastern section of DTLA is called the Arts District, and as more and more new things open around there, it’s hard to deny it may be the “coolest” area of LA. In the last few years, it’s blown up as a total craft beer palace. From places like Westbound where the word “gastropub” doesn’t even do it justice, to Everson Royce Bar & Bestia (which many people consider to be the best restaurant in Los Angeles), to the booming arts & design community, the Arts District is impossibly hip and impossibly hard not to fall in love with.
Some of our most decorated chefs have opened restaurants in beautifully designed spaces here (like Spring, Redbird, Shibumi, Q). Something less beautifully designed, but no doubt the prize of the Los Angeles dining scene: Grand Central Market. Inside, you’ll find an excellent mix of generations-old food stalls next to brand new wonders like the illustrious Eggslut. Little Tokyo, a section of Downtown, is exactly what it sounds like: a Japanese food mecca. Lines down the block will form for places that deserve it (Marugame Monzo), directly next door to restaurants that probably don’t deserve it (Daikokuya), while other lines form in a deli-style huddle in front of the door (Kula). Robata, ramen, udon, sushi... you name it, Little Tokyo has it.