You are using an unsupported browser

For the best experience on this website, it is recommended that you upgrade your browser. Please consider downloading: Chrome / Edge.

Return to articles

Affordably LA: Budget Neighborhoods Amongst the Stars

Even if you don't have millions of dollars of disposable income to drop on a luxury mansion in the star-studded hills of Los Angeles, you can still find a comfortable, safe neighborhood in LA. If you make your home in one of these neighborhoods, you might even spot a celebrity or two while you walk your dog.

Canoga Park

According to Zillow, the average home price in Canoga Park is $478,300, which is higher than many middle-income families want to pay. However, rental prices average just $2,000, and you can find some small apartment units in the community for less than $900. With low crime rates and an ethnically diverse population, this neighborhood makes an excellent choice for young couples and families who want to put down roots. 

Harvard Heights 

If you're looking for a larger home at an affordable price, Harvard Heights delivers with historical homes and new construction alike. You can find four- and five-bedroom homes to rent for less than $4,000 per month. Grand Victorian and Craftsman homes (in various states of repair) line the quiet streets. The mixed-income population makes it a diverse place to settle down, and it was once the home of Ray Charles' studio.

Leimert Park 

A mix of housing styles (Mediterranean, Craftsman, Spanish bungalow, and mission, among others) and easy access to public transportation keeps the real estate market in Leimert Park healthier than some of the surrounding communities. Home prices are slightly high at an average of $546,100, but you can find gems in the rough that go for much less. Plus, rental prices are far lower than in nearby Culver City, but you can still visit the latter neighborhood for shopping and fine dining.

Playa del Rey

As one of the fastest-growing beachside communities in Los Angeles, Playa del Rey offers significant advantages for both homeowners and renters. Most of the neighborhood is residential, which means plenty of housing opportunities. The short walk to the beach combined with the healthy property values ($750,300 on average) help elevate Playa del Rey above neighboring areas. It's also ideal for singles, as the non-married population is higher than the rest of the city, according to the LA Times. 

Montecito Heights 

With an average property value of just under $430,000, Montecito Heights makes an affordable choice for home buyers. It's an ethnically diverse community and offers views of the beautiful Monterey Hills. If you feel like escaping the rat race into the wilderness for a few hours, you'll find plenty of hiking trails within a few minutes of the residential streets.  

El Segundo 

Renters in El Segundo pay an average of $2,650, and although home prices are high, you can find decent deals if you look for them. The healthy real estate market creates plenty of competition for the best houses, and values continue to increase, so you're likely to make a profit if you sell in a few years. You'll enjoy the close proximity to the beach and the excellent school district. Plus, you'll never lack for great restaurants in this neighborhood. 


Since 92 percent of Palms residents are renters, you're sure to find an excellent deal on an apartment, townhouse, or multi-family house. Duplexes and triplexes abound in this westside neighborhood. If you love meeting new people, you'll enjoy the dense population and the pervasive sense of community.  

Elysian Valley 

Known affectionately as Frogtown, Elysian Valley attracts both renters and home buyers because of its excellent school district and high population of children. With average property values of $466,800, home buyers who want to invest in a long-term property can find an affordable home base here. 


Zillow reports a median home price of $466,800 in the westside neighborhood of Sawtelle, but single-family dwellings in the $300,000 range balance out more expensive abodes. It's a highly diverse and educated community with excellent public transportation and a variety of restaurants. 


Although Crenshaw consists primarily of residential neighborhoods, its bustling commercial district provides plenty of jobs for people who move into the area. Shop at the tri-level Walmart, grab your morning coffee at the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza, and enjoy easy access to Culver City, West Adams, and other favorite Los Angeles neighborhoods. 

Whether you're looking for an apartment to rent or a home to buy, you don't have to sacrifice if you want to live in LA. The abundance of trendy, safe neighborhoods without sky-high property helps new residents find their place in the City of Angels.

Custom Moving Guide

Get Connected

Find your service provider today. Enter your address to get started.

Enter Address

Related Resources

Top Smart Cities in the USA
Top Smart Cities in the USA

What’s a “Smart City”? No, we’re not talking about IQ or test scores. Smart Cities are places that are stepping up to the plate to tackle goals related to transportation and sustainability. These cities use technology in innovative ways in order to reach their goals, and are turning their streets into “urban laboratories” of sorts to manage the flow of the city and find ways to improve accessibility.

Read More
Better Living: 4 of the Most Affordable Cities to Settle Down in
Better Living: 4 of the Most Affordable Cities to Settle Down in

While New York and Los Angeles used to be the go-to cities for job opportunities, entertainment and culture, there are a new breed of smaller cities that are attracting transplants from all over the U.S. The reason? These cities have been identified as the most affordable cities to move to for new transplants. Check them out here.

Read More
Millennial Movers: Top 5 Cities for Millennials
Millennial Movers: Top 5 Cities for Millennials

When you think of Millennials, the cities that come to mind are usually New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco, but according to Time’s recent article on the top five cities for Millennials to move to, these aren’t among the top choices. However, cost of living and job growth may be the reasons why the following five cities did make the cut.

Read More
Ready To Get Connected?

Enter your address to get started