Castro · West Hollywood

Where to live in LA, if you love The Castro

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Hyper-liberal and brazenly accepting, West Hollywood (you can call it WeHo) invites bold expression and all-night entertainment. It’s stylish, it’s glamorous, it’s audacious. It’s also warm, welcoming, and encouraging of eclectic creativity. Gay-friendly businesses blend together with West Hollywood’s impeccably-designed urban decor and discerning shopping and dining establishments. Walk the Sunset Strip and wander Melrose District by day. Twirl, sip, and swirl by night—WeHo is a 24/7 destination.

 

The Castro

The Castro is known for being a “gay mecca,” which means it’s also a tourist attraction, but if you’re off the main strip, it’s also a great, even quiet, place to call home.

West Hollywood

For when you wanna party non-stop.

Who lives here:

A lot of people in the LGBT community; families

Who lives here:

Most of the gay community and anybody who has tons of energy

Median one-bedroom rent:

$3,320/month

Median one-bedroom rent:

$1,950/mo

Bar and restaurant scene:

Well, Ike’s is there, so if you’re in the mood for a sandwich you’re set. Castro’s food scene has only been getting better in recent years. Get pizza on the patio at Starbelly, wait months for a reservation at Frances, or enjoy a late dinner at Bisou, which serves French fare. There are so many bars to choose from, but you can’t go wrong with the wraparound balcony at the Lookout or catching a game at Hi Tops, SF’s first gay sports bar.

Bar and restaurant scene:

Exploding with life. The Sunset Strip alone is lined with places to go, and Santa Monica Blvd’s gay area goes absolutely ape-shit with parties on weekend nights.

Public transit situation:

So many options — the F streetcar (it’s historic!), the K, L, and M metro lines, and the 33, 35, 37, and 24.

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Quote from a resident:

“Views are amazing! Your neighbors will all be rich gay men! You will never really see any bums! It’s super quiet, which is great, but you can’t really walk anywhere. Public transportation is not amazing, so expect to Uber or drive everywhere.” – Jessica R.

Quote from a resident:

“I love West Hollywood — there are lots of fun places to eat and drink, and it’s safe for the most part. I also love the bounty of workout studios to try out.”

 

More about West Hollywood

Where to work- Restoration Hardware

This might be one of LA’s best kept secrets… until now. Don’t be distracted by all the flashy furniture; it’s what’s upstairs that counts. Walk up three floors until you lose your breath — not because you need to step up your workout game (though there’s that) — but because of the spectacular panoramic views of LA that are bestowed upon you. You’ll emerge onto a 10,000sqft rooftop park complete with trees, shade canopies, and the most luxurious lounge furniture that is just begging for someone to sit on it — mostly because no one knows about this hidden oasis. But wait, there’s more: specifically, a ping pong table AND a pool table, free Wi-Fi, and a killer playlist. The only thing this place is missing is a server taking your drink order. Throw away your coffee, and migrate your work day here. Immediately.

COFFEE

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Alfred Coffee & Kitchen

 

HOME FOR SALE

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Courtesy of: Matthew Ender, Vertical Real Estate Inc.

7267 Waring Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90046

RUN to this storybook spanish home in coveted West Hollywood. Complete with all new PERMITTED plumbing, electrical, HVAC, tankless water heater and dual pane windows, 7267 Waring is easy on the eyes as well… A fully remodeled kitchen with new stainless steel appliances, remodeled bathrooms, fresh paint and new flooring throughout. This home is one of very few of it’s size in the area to include a master suite. A wonderful condo alternative, a mere 4 minute walk from the fun and convenience of Melrose and central to all that L.A. and Hollywood have to offer. Don’t miss out!

  • Asking: $809,000
  • 2 BEDS
  • 2 BATHS
  • 934 SQFT

 

 

 

 

 

 

Written by:  Daisy Barringer, and Wilder Shaw, and Airbnb.

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