LOS ANGELES, CA - A city full of beauty - the weather, the beaches, the people. It's the city where you're most likely to spot a celebrity walking down your street, and one of the few US cities where you can enjoy a mild beach day year-round.  There are many apartments for rent in Los Angeles, just be prepared to pay for them!  Living here is a dream for many and an expensive one at that…

The cost of living in LA is high, in addition being a gorgeous town with beautiful weather, it's also a hugely film and music-centric city. For this reason, it attracts some flashy residents who can live pretty much anywhere they want.  The rest of us, however, have to be a little bit more careful about where we shop for homes. Read on for a few tips and tricks to finding the perfect rental in LA.

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Pick A Neighborhood

Silverlake, Echo Park, Mar Vista - even the neighborhoods have charming names here. When searching for apartments for rent, take some time to research the neighborhoods. There's a seemingly endless amount of them and they all offer unique perks for tenants who chose to live there. They also, of course, have very different price ranges - so your wallet may determine where you land an apartment before your heart does.

Ask Yourself How Much You Like Traffic

LA is famous for its traffic. It's a sprawling city and it's got serious traffic problems. Many people in LA have cars, but if you're trying to minimize travel time or rent in a neighborhood where you have to drive less, your options for rent will largely be determined by that. Use a map to log apartments for rent -and consider your commute if you find a condo that's far from work.

Go DIY or Hire a Professional?

The apartment market in LA is competitive - if you choose to search for rentals yourself, be aware that you're going to spend a lot of time with your nose in apartment guides. You may catch a great deal with a landlord who owns just a few rentals. Lots of people, however, chose to hire the help of an agent. Real Estate agents in LA know the neighborhoods well and have good rapport with property management companies, so they can get their hands on a deal that fits you well more quickly than you may have gotten yourself.

LA is a fantastic city to call home, so don't let the competitive apartment hunt get you down! Once you've found your rental, enjoy soaking up the sunlight and start tallying up your celeb sightings.  From all of us here at ApartmentLove.com, happy LA apartment hunting! #ApartmentLove