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Downtown Los Angeles (DTLA) is the business, legal and cultural center of Southern California.
Once a neglected urban core, brought about by decades of postwar suburbanization, DTLA continues to undergo a renaissance. With investment and revitalization of the area, new construction of residences and conversion of older buildings into trendy lofts continues at a rapid pace.
With only 60,000 residents but 500,000 jobs in a compact space, DTLA is the epicenter of public transportation in the city. After all, those people need to efficiently get in and out every day. Busses, subways and trains (Metrolink and Amtrak) all converge at historic Union Station, a beautiful Art Deco structure you may recognize from film or television.
Four freeways (the 10, 110, 101, and 5) form a ring around the city center, the convergence of which produces heavy traffic during two peak commuter periods a day (and nearly all-day on weekends, during sporting, convention, or concert events).
Here’s the good news: Downtown Los Angeles is highly walkable compared to the rest of the city. One could easily live here car-free and still enjoy the myriad of things to do, including theaters, dining, drinking and shopping. DTLA is the one (and only) part of Los Angeles where people can live like a New Yorker or San Franciscan.
The northern portion of Downtown is occupied primarily by government buildings, several square blocks including City Hall, a FBI Field Office, U.S. District and Superior courthouses, and the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) Headquarters.
Adjacent to the cluster of government buildings, one cannot help but notice the Frank Gehry-designed Walt Disney Concert Hall, the steel-hulled home of the L.A. Philharmonic. Even better, attend a concert and experience the warm, rich acoustics.
A few steps way, cruising down South Grand Avenue, you’ll see noteworthy museums like MOCA and The Broad. Just down the slope is the Financial Center.
Continuing south to the aptly-named South Park neighborhood, you’ll find the Staples Center (Clippers, Kings and Lakers), L.A. Live, and the L.A. Convention Center.
Most homes for sale in Downtown range from luxury condominiums, townhomes, lofts to units in high-rise buildings. Popular residential neighborhoods include Little Tokyo, Financial District, Arts District, Bunker Hill, and South Park.
Home shoppers can find more affordable, albeit smaller (on a square footage basis) housing options than nearby Echo Park.
If you find a home you’d like to see in-person, please let us know. Our Downtown Los Angeles real estate agents would love to help!