I recently left my FAANG job and will be moving to L.A. for a director role at a startup (don't want to get too specific). As I have never lived in L.A., I'm totally lost as to where I should live. The job will be in El Segundo, so it looks like I should target Santa Monica, Venice, Marina del Rey, Playa del Rey, Culver City. I have ruled out Manhattan Beach because even though it's close, it feels a bit too suburban for my taste.
My criteria are as follows:
- Decent building with a gym and ideally, parking is included.
- Area with lot of restaurants, stores, more of an urban feel.
- Great area for single men.
Unfortunately, I will have to get a car, but because it is reverse traffic, it looks like my commute time won't be too bad. My apartment budget is around $3K/month but open to paying a bit more if it satisfies all of my criteria.
Advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.