Highland Park, Culver City, and Mar Vista: those are the best LA-area neighborhoods for your 20s, 30s, and 40s, respectively, according to Los Angeles magazine (article only in print magazine). In their big cover story on "How to Afford LA," the magazine offers suggestions the best and most affordable neighborhoods for the younger years. The hottest up-and-coming market in the US, Highland Park, is recommended for the Girls set, with studios going from $750 to $1,100 a month. The record stores and wine bars on York Boulevard are an obvious benefit, as is the city's attempt to make the area more pedestrian-friendly.
Culver City is the place for thirtysomethings, with one-bedrooms between $1,000 and $1,200. With its revitalized downtown and an Expo Line station to get young professionals to their nice-paying jobs, CC is ideal for couples and singles saving up for their first down payment.
Nearby Mar Vista is a bucolic, family-friendly place to become a homeowner in your 40s, with two-bedroom houses going between $600,000 and $835,000. The schools are good, the suburban-style streets are tree-lined, post-war homes are in good condition, and there's a "block-party community" feel.
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