10. Exploding Job Growth
Los Angeles is bursting with job opportunities thanks largely to the emerging Silicon Beach community. Snap’s recent IPO will lead to hundreds of jobs. Companies like Facebook, Google and Apple are aggressively expanding their footprint in LA. Innovators in aerospace and engineering like SpaceX rule the South Bay. Of course, business is roaring in the entertainment sector with companies like Disney, Universal, Warner Bros and 20th Century Fox all calling LA their home. Every year, more and more companies are deciding to move to Los Angeles.
9. The Weather
You haven’t lived until you’ve experienced a winter in Los Angeles. Seriously. Typically, the temperature ranges from the high 50’s to the mid 70’s. If you’ve lived in a cold weather place before, you will never get tired of it. The summer can be a bit hotter, but unlike places like Florida, there is very low humidity, and at night, the temperature usually drops substantially. It’s sunny about 90% of the time, so bring your sun screen!
8. The Beach
LA County has 75 miles of coastline. From the quirky Venice Boardwalk to posh beachfront homes in Malibu, if basking in the sun with a good book and a cold beverage, is your thing, LA has got you covered.
LA features trendy clubs, back-door speak-easys and just good old-fashioned bars that serve hundreds of California microbrews on tap, along with libations from the growing community of creative mixologists. Whatever your mood is on any given evening, you can find it here.
6. Healthy Living
I have lived in LA for 13 years and I am the same weight I was when I was 24 and I have never been on a diet since my move to Los Angeles. Yoga studios are everywhere. Delicious vegan and vegetarian options exist all over the city. Maybe it’s all the attractive actor types running around this town, but people really seem to keep themselves in good shape here.
5. Outdoor Activities
Some of the best surfing in the world can be found in Los Angeles. Two hours to the East, ski enthusiasts can hit up Big Bear Lake which features several nice runs at an altitude of 7,000 feet. For an even more epic ski experience, you can drive four hours North and tackle Mammoth Mountain.
If you prefer to stay on your feet, Los Angeles County features some of the most scenic hiking trails in the US. From the Santa Monica Mountains to the west, to the sprawling Angeles Forest to the Northeast, with Griffith Park and the world-famous Observatory sandwiched in between. Move to Los Angeles and you could hike a different trail every weekend for a year.
Los Angeles is home to some of the finest architectural landmarks in the United States from museums to movie theaters. The downtown area is booming with new construction that beautifully contrasts the classic buildings like The Eastern Columbia Building and the iconic Ace Hotel. But if you really want to see interesting architecture just take a drive through an area like Hancock Park. LA’s landmark individuality is on full display as you will see English Tudor, Art Deco, Craftsman, Colonial, Mid-Century Modern, Mediterranean, Spanish, Victorian, and some of the coolest little bungalows in the world.
3. The Food
I recently got together with an old friend who decided to move to Los Angeles back from New York with his fiancée. I was a bit surprised when he told me that the food scene in LA is far superior to NYC, but when I thought about it, it makes a lot of sense. While LA certainly has its share of high-end restaurants, there are hundreds of mid-priced to downright cheap establishments that can electrify your taste buds: Taco Trucks, authentic Dim Sum in the San Gabriel Valley, and gourmet food trucks along Abbot Kinney Blvd. in Venice. For those of you who like to cook, Angelenos are blessed with some of the freshest produce around (we grow almost half of the nation’s produce, you know). You can find a farmer’s market here seven days a week.
2. Arts & Culture
Los Angeles is home to some of the finest museums in the US from LACMA to the Norton Simon to soaring views at The Getty Villa. The recently opened Broad Museum features a nearly 2,000-piece collection of contemporary art, featuring 200 artists, including works by Cindy Sherman, Jeff Koons, Ed Ruscha, Andy Warhol, and Roy Liechtenstein. On the second Thursday of every month, the Downtown Art Walk takes place. This free event allows LA residents to explore smaller galleries with the community while surrounded by the glimmering lights of the revamped Downtown LA.
In LA, art is everywhere. Around every corner one can find an amazing mural or simply “street art”. This eclectic vibe reverberates throughout the city.
If music is your thing, you can do no better than the Frank Gehry designed Walt Disney Concert Hall, home to the L.A. Philharmonic, led by the world’s hottest conductor Gustavo Dudamel (inspiration for “Mozart in the Jungle”). Outdoor venues like the Hollywood Bowl and Greek Theatre allow Angelenos to see their favorite bands under the stars with beautiful mountain backdrops.
Of course, you can’t talk about LA without mentioning Hollywood. One of my favorite activities is outdoor screenings of classic movies. Cinespia screens films every Saturday at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery (!) during the summer, projected onto the wall of a mausoleum containing the remains of classic Hollywood stars like Rudolph Valentino and Peter Lorre. Bring a picnic and some wine and watch Chinatown under the stars with hundreds of friends. It’s highly recommended.
LA is a city of transplants. Wallet Hub recently did a study and found that Los Angeles ranked as the 12th most diverse city in the United States, and the 4th most diverse among cities with a population north of 1,000,000. There is something distinctively American about a major city filled with immigrants from all over the world. This massive diversity fuels much of what makes Los Angeles great, from the culture to the food to architecture. It is a representation of humankind in our most creative place.
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