Beverly Grove · Hayes Valley

Where to live in LA, if you love Hayes Valley

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It’s no secret that San Francisco battles with New York as the most expensive city to live in. Thankfully, with the help of technology (and the ever growing Silicon Beach in LA), being a home buyer isn’t out of reach for San Franciscans. All you have to do is travel just 6 short hours down to LA. I’ve compiled a list of SF neighborhoods that compare to LA ones, and will be rolled out each week.

This week, we’ll explore the similarities of Hayes Valley and Beverly Grove:

Hayes Valley

Hayes Valley used to be super seedy back in the day, but now people use words like “chic” and “trendy” to describe this bustling corridor.

Beverly Grove

For when you can’t decide if you like West Hollywood or Beverly Hills better.

Who lives here:

Young professionals, though Hayes Valley remains diverse, despite gentrification efforts

Who lives here:

Hot single people who love great food

Median one-bedroom rent:

$3,250/month

Median one-bedroom rent:

$1,685/mo

Bar and restaurant scene:

It seems like a new bar or restaurant is popping up every day, but you can always count on Absinthe for great cocktails and food. Boxing Room serves up delicious Southern cuisine, including fried alligator, and Suppenkuche has authentic German fare and boots of beer. Biergarten is perfect for a midday beer and Smuggler’s Cove never fails when you’re in the mood for a pirate-themed Tiki bar with over 400 rums.

Bar and restaurant scene:

Pretty excellent. Between Thrillist-fave Animal, Joan’s on Third, and Toca Madera, it’s extremely hard to go wrong. But not at all hard to go broke.

Public transit situation:

21-Hayes runs right through the neighborhood, but it’s also a short walk to the Civic Center MUNI/BART station.

Transportation situation:

Not ideal. Your best bet is the 101 or the 10, but good luck getting to them through the traffic.

Quote from a resident:

“Hayes Valley is a great spot for restaurants and boutique shops (there are no chain stores allowed). Condos keep rising which is great for density and the retail businesses that go in (like Monsiuer Benjamin, for example). Downside is the prices are insane. There are still a lot of homeless people who are mainly harmless, but occasionally there are some ranting lunatics or I have to grab my 2-year-old to keep him from stepping in human poo.” – John Glander

Quote from a resident:

“I love the accessibility of the Beverly Center. And not to mentioned Canter’s being open 24 hours a day.”

 

WHERE TO GET WORK DONE

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The Grove
Thanks to Citi, The Grove offers free Wi-Fi, and, lucky for you, the touristy destination isn’t nearly as crowded during the week as on the weekend. Try snagging a table in the park, or head indoors to one of the last remaining Barnes & Nobles in LA (or brick-and-mortar bookstores, for that matter) and finally finish that screenplay you’re working on.

COFFEE/ TEA

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Pearl’s Finest Teas

This upscale Fairfax tea shop is all about bubble tea (or boba, for those in-the-know). The boba at Pearl’s is cold brewed to reduce the acidity and infused with familiar Asian flavors like taro and lychee. Though the menu includes classic green, black, and oolong teas (as well as coffee), you’re here for the speciality drinks — crafted by tea whisperer Phong Trinh — like horchata milk tea, chamango, and lavender tea with fresh-squeezed orange and yuzu.

HOMES FOR SALE

beverlygrovehome                              Courtesy of: Grant Linscott, Keller Williams Realty Los Feliz

1213 South Dunsmuir Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90019

Introducing The Wilshire Vista, a spectacular luxury development of 6 new architectural homes featuring beautifully appointed finishes and dramatic open spaces. Walls of glass, wood floors throughout, 2-car private garages with direct entry, vaulted ceilings and incredible volume which brings abundant natural light, form and function to each home.
Asking | $924,000

  • 2 BEDS
  • 3 BATHS
  • 1441 SQFT

 

beverlygroveforsale                                    Courtesy of: Jose Schnaider, Summit View Estates

1225 Hauser, Los Angeles, CA 90019

Stunning 3 bed, 2 bath storybook style home, conveniently located in the discrete tree-lined Wilshire Vista neighborhood, just minutes from studios and offices in Beverly Hills, Century City, Culver City and Hollywood. This elegant, comfortable, newly upgraded beauty with new plumbing and electric retains its historic charm with high ceilings, arched portals, and bay windows in the living and dining rooms, enhanced by recessed lighting, new hardwood flooring and new dual pane windows throughout, and a Calcutta slab fireplace anchoring the living room.
Asking | $1,275,000

  • 3 BEDS
  • 2 BATHS
  • 2174 SQFT

 

beverlygroveforsale2Courtesy of: Jeffrey Lemen, Keller Williams-Santa Monica

1113 South Stanley Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90019

Stunning and special Colonial-style house and property, located in popular Wilshire Vista. Secluded and private behind mature landscaping, this 2-story, 4 bedroom/2 bathroom house oozes character and warmth.
Asking | $1,550,000

  • 4 BEDS
  • 2 BATHS
  • 2093 SQFT

If you’re ready for sunny days and a mortgage cheaper than your Bay Area rent call me directly at 805-300-9009.

 

Written by Daisy Barringer, Wilder Shaw,  and Leila Najafi  from Thrillist.com.

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