Los Angeles isn’t just the heart of the entertainment industry — it’s a thriving metropolis, one of the largest cities in the USA, and it’s got all the charm and variety that goes with major city status. This makes it easy to tailor your LA vacation experience to your exact interests, whether you want to indulge in some old Hollywood glam or focus on the urban bohemian lifestyle.

Best LA neighborhoods for a vacation rental

  1. Mid-century Mansion in the Hills
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    One of the things that make Los Angeles so interesting is that it’s sandwiched between the ocean and several mountain ranges. This makes the topography in the metro area alternately hilly and flat. Sleek, modern mid-century mansions in the Hollywood Hills provide the perfect venue for a house party weekend. Most of these houses have pools and plenty of picture windows to enhance the view from up high.

  2. Vintage Bungalow in a Hip Hood

    Neighborhoods like Los Feliz and Silver Lake are fun places to take in the hipper, less self-consciously glamorous side of LA, and there are lots of vacation homes to choose from in these areas. For the classic experience, try to find a 1920s bungalow with charming original architectural details like wood floors and front porches. This is a great choice for travelers who want to eat tasty food and drink good cocktails and coffee in a more laid-back setting.

  3. Glamorous Estate in Beverly Hills

    The legendary 90210 ZIP code is indeed home to some of the most expensive homes in the world, and some of them are available as vacation rentals. There’s no shortage of luxury vacation rentals in Los Angeles, but if you want to go big for your vacation, Beverly Hills is a great place to start. Lucky travelers may even find that their luxe Beverly Hills trip rental is just down the street from a celebrity resident.

  4. Walkable Condo in WeHo

    West Hollywood, also known as WeHo, is a great place to situate yourself for the classic LA tourist experience thanks to its proximity both to Beverly Hills and Hollywood. There are some single-family vacation dwellings for rent, but WeHo is also an ideal place to rent a smaller place. Though LA is generally diverse and welcoming of the LGBT community in most corners, West Hollywood is the designated gay neighborhood in the city, making it a popular place for travelers looking for fun nightlife options. Plus, most of those nightlife options are walkable from the many condos in the area, meaning you can save some money on transportation.

  5. Funky Beach House in Venice
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    Venice Beach is another of the many iconic locations in LA, and its oceanside location makes it feel more like the California of the Beach Boys than other parts of the city. There are lots of cozy, laid-back vacation housing options in Venice, many of which are just steps away from the famous beach and its street performers, shops and other sights.