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The 11 Hottest Rental Neighborhoods in Los Angeles Right Now

Everybody's interested in scoring an apartment in these in-demand 'hoods

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Apartment hunting in Los Angeles isn't easy. We've got a low vacancy rate, rents are expected to continue their upswing, and the city's got a deserved reputation as being a rough place to be a renter. (Only the Bay Area and New York are harder on tenants.) Everybody's gotta live somewhere, we can't just drop the search, but maybe it's possible to narrow the playing field by looking into (or totally avoiding) places where others are already combing through listings. To figure out which neighborhoods in LA were generating the most interest, we asked Zumper to take a look at the most searched-for neighborhoods in Los Angeles. They came back with a list of 'hoods that was a mix of what we expected to see on the list (Echo Park, Koreatown) and several that we were surprised to see in the top ten (Boyle Heights, Brentwood).

Zumper calculated the hot 'hoods list by looking at the percent of total searches that each neighborhood accounted for in April. The top ten hottest neighborhoods together make up just 40 percent of total results, with the remaining searches spread out over the nearly 90 other 'hoods Zumper recognizes in LA.

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1. Koreatown

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808 S Hobart Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90005

Zumper's most frequently searched neighborhood for apartments was Koreatown/Wilshire Center. According to the site, the average one-bedroom rents for $1,550 a month—below the average for Los Angeles as a whole by about $500. In addition to affordability, Koreatown's draw for many are its walkability and cool older buildings. Though it's a bit on the pricey side for the area, this studio apartment at Eighth and Hobart does have a WalkScore of 96 and charming 1920s details.

2. Westwood

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1621 Veteran Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90024

Westwood took second place on Zumper. The neighborhood is convenient to freeways, but what the listings always mention is its proximity to UCLA. Westwood is a bit more expensive than the city overall; this pet-friendly two-bedroom apartment is a good deal for the area (39 percent cheaper than the median two-bedroom), renting for $2,595.

3. Boyle Heights

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234 N Chicago St
Los Angeles, CA 90033

Number three Boyle Heights has seen rising interest from people who some view as gentrifiers priced out of other parts of the city by rising housing prices; that attention has been met in a variety of ways, but mostly with wariness and swift opposition. Relatively reasonable rents like the one on this studio apartment a short walk from a Gold Line stop asking $925 can still be found here.

4. Echo Park and Historic Filipinotown

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1608 Donaldson St
Los Angeles, CA 90026

The area referred to on Zumper as "Greater Echo Park Elysian" tied with Silver Lake for fourth place. The 'hood as Zumper sees it is made up mostly of Echo Park and Historic Filipinotown. Echo Park is considered a pretty cool neighborhood, and attracts all sorts of artsy types with large-brimmed hats and Coachella tickets across a wide range of ages. Though firmly on the expensive side of rentals, this little two-bedroom house "designed by an emerging rock star photographer" with a kitchen that "mixes juice bar with Soho coffeehouse" and is perfect for the tenant who wishes to "escape to the closest thing L.A. has to the vibe of San Francisco and the Village" is basically an EP stereotype one can live in.

5. Silver Lake

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2849 Waverly Dr
Los Angeles, CA 90039

Sharing fourth place with Echo Park and HiFi was Silver Lake. The hilly 'hood is renting one- and two-bedroom apartments for roughly the going rate of the rest of LA, though there are plenty of options to veer off into more expensive territory. This two-bedroom, two-bathroom apartment is a fairly good deal for the area (and for LA), renting at $1,995 a month.

6. East Hollywood

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1201 N Kingsley Dr
Los Angeles, CA 90029

East Hollywood is right up next to Los Feliz but always seems to have more affordable options. Very affordable compared to the rest of LA, East Hollywood is fairly close to transit and has easy access to one of the two Red Line stops in the area (Vermont/Santa Monica and Vermont/Sunset). At $1,100, this studio rents for about the going rate for studios in East Hollywood.

7. Mid-Wilshire/Fairfax/Beverly Grove

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359 S Detroit St
Los Angeles, CA 90036

Zumper's "Mid-City West" is mostly made up of Mid-Wilshire, Fairfax, and some Beverly Grove thrown in, too. The neighborhood is close to a lot of popular shopping and cultural destinations, like LACMA and The Grove. This one-bedroom guesthouse rents for $2,750, roughly what a one-bedroom apartment costs here.

8. West LA

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Santa Monica Blvd & S Bundy Dr
Los Angeles, CA 90025

Zumper includes Sawtelle and West LA in their West LA designation, and the area was in a three-way tie with East Hollywood and Mid-Wilshire/Fairfax/Bev Grove for popularity. Apartments here rent for about $1,925 for a one-bedroom and $2,800 for a two-bedroom, but you might get to see a guy driving around on a motorized Papasan chair in your neighborhood, so it all evens out. This 750-square-foot, one-bedroom apartment in Sawtelle is asking $1,825 and has been updated recently.

9. Brentwood

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11676 Chenault St
Los Angeles, CA 90049

Despite the snarling traffic mess on Sunset in Brentwood, the neighborhood still managed to eke out the eighth place ranking in terms of most searched LA 'hoods. Rents here are expensive (this is the Westside, after all). This one-bedroom apartment rents for $2,195—just shy of the median one-bedroom rate for the neighborhood.

10. Mar Vista

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National Blvd & S Barrington Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90064

In last place, Mar Vista is a Westside neighborhood with some good deals left for renters. Freeway close and next to Venice, a Mar Vista studio will run about $1,795. This studio in the neighborhood rents for a little bit less than that, but offers laminate floors and amenities like a dishwasher and parking.

11. Los Feliz

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5361 Russell Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90027

What Zumper calls "Greater Griffith Park" is more or less what we'd consider Los Feliz, and it tied with Mar Vista for tenth most popular neighborhood according to searches in April. This neighborhood alongside Griffith Park has always been popular for renters and for buyers, too (plenty of celebs love its The Oaks neighborhood). Apartments rent for around $2,700 for a two-bedroom, just a bit cheaper than the city's median for an apartment like that. This unit, at $2,095 for two bedrooms, is a nice deal in an older but well-maintained unit near Franklin and Western.

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1. Koreatown

808 S Hobart Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90005

Zumper's most frequently searched neighborhood for apartments was Koreatown/Wilshire Center. According to the site, the average one-bedroom rents for $1,550 a month—below the average for Los Angeles as a whole by about $500. In addition to affordability, Koreatown's draw for many are its walkability and cool older buildings. Though it's a bit on the pricey side for the area, this studio apartment at Eighth and Hobart does have a WalkScore of 96 and charming 1920s details.

808 S Hobart Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90005

2. Westwood

1621 Veteran Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90024

Westwood took second place on Zumper. The neighborhood is convenient to freeways, but what the listings always mention is its proximity to UCLA. Westwood is a bit more expensive than the city overall; this pet-friendly two-bedroom apartment is a good deal for the area (39 percent cheaper than the median two-bedroom), renting for $2,595.

1621 Veteran Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90024

3. Boyle Heights

234 N Chicago St, Los Angeles, CA 90033

Number three Boyle Heights has seen rising interest from people who some view as gentrifiers priced out of other parts of the city by rising housing prices; that attention has been met in a variety of ways, but mostly with wariness and swift opposition. Relatively reasonable rents like the one on this studio apartment a short walk from a Gold Line stop asking $925 can still be found here.

234 N Chicago St
Los Angeles, CA 90033

4. Echo Park and Historic Filipinotown

1608 Donaldson St, Los Angeles, CA 90026

The area referred to on Zumper as "Greater Echo Park Elysian" tied with Silver Lake for fourth place. The 'hood as Zumper sees it is made up mostly of Echo Park and Historic Filipinotown. Echo Park is considered a pretty cool neighborhood, and attracts all sorts of artsy types with large-brimmed hats and Coachella tickets across a wide range of ages. Though firmly on the expensive side of rentals, this little two-bedroom house "designed by an emerging rock star photographer" with a kitchen that "mixes juice bar with Soho coffeehouse" and is perfect for the tenant who wishes to "escape to the closest thing L.A. has to the vibe of San Francisco and the Village" is basically an EP stereotype one can live in.

1608 Donaldson St
Los Angeles, CA 90026

5. Silver Lake

2849 Waverly Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90039

Sharing fourth place with Echo Park and HiFi was Silver Lake. The hilly 'hood is renting one- and two-bedroom apartments for roughly the going rate of the rest of LA, though there are plenty of options to veer off into more expensive territory. This two-bedroom, two-bathroom apartment is a fairly good deal for the area (and for LA), renting at $1,995 a month.

2849 Waverly Dr
Los Angeles, CA 90039

6. East Hollywood

1201 N Kingsley Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90029

East Hollywood is right up next to Los Feliz but always seems to have more affordable options. Very affordable compared to the rest of LA, East Hollywood is fairly close to transit and has easy access to one of the two Red Line stops in the area (Vermont/Santa Monica and Vermont/Sunset). At $1,100, this studio rents for about the going rate for studios in East Hollywood.

1201 N Kingsley Dr
Los Angeles, CA 90029

7. Mid-Wilshire/Fairfax/Beverly Grove

359 S Detroit St, Los Angeles, CA 90036

Zumper's "Mid-City West" is mostly made up of Mid-Wilshire, Fairfax, and some Beverly Grove thrown in, too. The neighborhood is close to a lot of popular shopping and cultural destinations, like LACMA and The Grove. This one-bedroom guesthouse rents for $2,750, roughly what a one-bedroom apartment costs here.

359 S Detroit St
Los Angeles, CA 90036

8. West LA

Santa Monica Blvd & S Bundy Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90025

Zumper includes Sawtelle and West LA in their West LA designation, and the area was in a three-way tie with East Hollywood and Mid-Wilshire/Fairfax/Bev Grove for popularity. Apartments here rent for about $1,925 for a one-bedroom and $2,800 for a two-bedroom, but you might get to see a guy driving around on a motorized Papasan chair in your neighborhood, so it all evens out. This 750-square-foot, one-bedroom apartment in Sawtelle is asking $1,825 and has been updated recently.

Santa Monica Blvd & S Bundy Dr
Los Angeles, CA 90025

9. Brentwood

11676 Chenault St, Los Angeles, CA 90049

Despite the snarling traffic mess on Sunset in Brentwood, the neighborhood still managed to eke out the eighth place ranking in terms of most searched LA 'hoods. Rents here are expensive (this is the Westside, after all). This one-bedroom apartment rents for $2,195—just shy of the median one-bedroom rate for the neighborhood.

11676 Chenault St
Los Angeles, CA 90049

10. Mar Vista

National Blvd & S Barrington Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90064

In last place, Mar Vista is a Westside neighborhood with some good deals left for renters. Freeway close and next to Venice, a Mar Vista studio will run about $1,795. This studio in the neighborhood rents for a little bit less than that, but offers laminate floors and amenities like a dishwasher and parking.

National Blvd & S Barrington Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90064

11. Los Feliz

5361 Russell Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027

What Zumper calls "Greater Griffith Park" is more or less what we'd consider Los Feliz, and it tied with Mar Vista for tenth most popular neighborhood according to searches in April. This neighborhood alongside Griffith Park has always been popular for renters and for buyers, too (plenty of celebs love its The Oaks neighborhood). Apartments rent for around $2,700 for a two-bedroom, just a bit cheaper than the city's median for an apartment like that. This unit, at $2,095 for two bedrooms, is a nice deal in an older but well-maintained unit near Franklin and Western.

5361 Russell Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90027