I absolutely love my current L.A. residence, and I hope that I won’t have to move for a very long time. I know a number of people who are currently looking for places to live in Los Angeles, and I can certainly say that I don’t envy them, because the whole process of searching for a desirable new abode can be downright daunting. Thankfully, there’s Zumper, a fantastic comprehensive site on which people can research the rental market to see what the median rent prices are, browse listings, and even schedule viewings directly through the site.
I love the fact that Zumper enables you to research median rental prices for specific regions within Los Angeles County. Recent data by Zumper shows 63% of housing units are renter-occupied in Los Angeles, California, a fact I was not aware of until I visited the site. I discovered that the current median rental price for a 2 bedroom unit in Los Angeles is at $2,650, with an inventory of 4,087 available rentals. However, those of you who are familiar with Los Angeles County know that it is an enormous county, and the rental prices vary dramatically depending on what part of the county you are considering.
For those of you who are flexible about where you could live in L.A., or if you just want to browse the more popular parts of the county, you can simply access popular listings here:
However, since I am an L.A. native, I am pretty particular about which areas I would be willing to set up my cozy home shack. If I wanted to compare three different cities which I would consider living in, I could pull up findings like this:
Average rent for 2 bedroom rental:
- Marina del Rey $3,244
- Silver Lake $2,796
- Greater Toluca Lake $2,613
Based on the average rental prices for the above cities I discovered on Zumper, I could then really hone in on details by adding filters to a customized search. For example, check out the listings for a 2 bedroom unit in Greater Toluca Lake:
You can make your rental search as specific as you want by adding filters to the search engine such as number of bedrooms, number of bathrooms, pet policy, rental type, lease term, amenities, and even adjacent neighborhoods. When you find a listing you are interested in, you can peruse photos of the unit and property, send a message to a property manager or owner, and even schedule a tour directly through Zumper. Who wants to gather phone numbers and contact property managers the hold fashioned way? I sure don’t, and I simply don’t have the time to sit around and make countless phone calls. It’s so convenient to jump on Zumper and send messages which take less than a minute to compile.
One important point I would like to make about hunting for rentals, is that it’s a good idea to do an area search for activities you enjoy, so you are sure that the area you are considering moving to can accommodate your interests. Since I love hiking, one thing I would do if I were considering a move to Toluca Lake would be to look up hiking trails in the area. Here’s a great resource for finding hiking trails in or near Toluca Lake:
If you are looking for a great new residence in Los Angeles, make sure to check out Zumper at https://www.zumper.com/rent-research/los-angeles-ca