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Downtown LA lifestyle

Diverse. Family-friendly. Exciting. There is never a dull moment in Downtown L.A.

Learn more about what life has in store for you in Downtown L.A.

Getting around DTLA

Private transportation is not the only means to get around Downtown L.A.

  • Los Angeles Metro Rail: There are four Metro lines that serve Downtown L.A. You can also take the Metro to go to different destinations in Los Angeles County.
  • Bus: There are two types of buses you can take: DASH and the Metro’s bus lines. Both are available regularly.

If you prefer a more eco-friendly method of getting around, you can get day and year passes for Metro’s bike sharing program. Electric scooters are also now allowed to run on Downtown L.A. streets.

On days when you would rather take your car, there are several parking spots throughout the neighborhood. Click here to find a parking lot near you.

The different districts of DTLA

Downtown L.A. is made up of several districts, each with their own character and offerings.

  • Historic Core has the highest concentration of landmarks and heritage buildings in the neighborhood. Here, you can find the Broadway Theater District and the so-called Wall Street of the West.
  • Financial District is considered the heart of Downtown L.A. with its huge collection of shopping, dining, and entertainment options. It is sandwiched between Bunker Hill and Jewelry District.
  • Bunker Hill is another thriving Downtown district, with the landscape composed of a mix between towering skyscrapers and coveted residential properties. On the weekends, it is a culinary and cultural hub.
  • Little Tokyo in DTLA is the largest Japantown in the country and a declared National Historic Landmark District. It is a highly walkable area, its streets lined with retail spaces, Japanese-American museums, and some of DTLA’s best Japanese restaurants.
  • Arts District is the center of arts and culture in the neighborhood. Its industrial buildings are now home to art galleries, cultural spaces, start-up companies, specialty shops, up-and-coming restaurants, and residential real estate.
  • South Park is home to three of DTLA’s premier event and entertainment venues: Staples Center, L.A. Live, and the Los Angeles Convention Center. It is also a luxury residential community.
  • Chinatown in north DTLA is a hub of Chinese and American culture. It is the home of the LA State Historic Park, as well as several residential projects.

Discover your real estate options in Downtown L.A. through our neighborhood guides.

Schools and more in DTLA

Whether you are raising an urban family or you are interested in pursuing further studies, you will find plenty of educational opportunities in Downtown L.A.

Some of the most notables schools, colleges, and universities in the neighborhood include:

Downtown Los Angeles is also served by the Los Angeles Unified School District. Public schools in the neighborhood include the Ramon C. Cortines School of Visual and Performing Arts.

Parks and green spaces in DTLA

Some of the best places to go in Downtown L.A. are the neighborhood’s parks and green spaces. Wherever you choose, you can take a break in these urban oases and indulge in some seasonal activities.

  • Blue Ribbon Garden at the Walt Disney Concert Hall on Hope Street is one of the secret spots to enjoy skyline and landmark views of Downtown L.A.
  • Grand Hope Park near the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising is a quiet pocket of green where kids can frolic and you can stretch your legs under a shade.
  • Grand Park has four areas with different amenities and features. Handicap-friendly slopes, ramps, stairs, and an elevator were also recently added to make Grand Park more accessible.
  • Los Angeles State Historic Park features 32 acres of open space where you can relax, run, or take a leisurely stroll as you soak in views of Downtown L.A.

Around Downtown Los Angeles

Downtown L.A. is ideally located to experience everything the entire Los Angeles County has to offer. The neighborhood is a short drive away from Beverly Hills, Santa Monica, and West Hollywood. Urban fun and an endless wealth of outdoor recreation are all within your reach.

Browse our blog and our neighborhood guides to learn more about living in Downtown Los Angeles. For more information about your real estate options in each neighborhood, contact our team today at 213.700.6515 or David(dotted)Lukan(at)Compass(dotted)com.

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