It's hard to get the full aural experience of a neighborhood before you move in—in that limited window of time when you're scoping out a new place, it's hard to gauge just how loud it's really going to be. Finally there are apps (and websites) for that. An app called HowLoud has created sound profiles for every Los Angeles address, and now RentLingo has released a searchable map that displays the decibel levels at any given point in town, which lets you see how noisy the neighborhood is both day and (probably more importantly) night. The map's noise level ratings are influenced by proximity to bars and restaurants; construction projects nearby; traffic in the area; and how close a location is to highways, railroads, airports or public transportation. Using that data, we can now see a visual of what sound level can be expected in any part of Los Angeles and see what's contributing to all the noise.
A few things were confirmed when we did a little snooping around the map: Hollywood and Vine makes more noise than Hollywood and Highland, UCLA is louder than USC, and owning a house near an airport would be a living nightmare.
· Noise Level Map [RentLingo]
· Mapping the Loudness in Every Home and 'Hood in Los Angeles [Curbed LA]