Escape from New York

5 houses for rent in Los Angeles for under $5,000 (the current average for Manhattan apartments)

By Austin Havens-Bowen | September 29, 2022 - 9:30AM

This two bedroom, two bath in West Adams is listed for $3,995 a month.

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New Yorkers have long been lured to Los Angeles for its laid-back lifestyle, warmer weather, cheaper cost of living, and career opportunities in the entertainment industry. The question of which city is better may be a perennial debate but the answer might come down to where rents are lower.

In addition, many New Yorkers move to Los Angeles because you can also give up crowded public transportation for your own car, trade an apartment for a house, and enjoy easy access to the outdoors thanks to nearby canyons and beaches. And because LA is far more spread out than NYC (another reason why having a car is a good idea), you won’t feel like you’re living on top of your neighbors. 

When you’re thinking about a move here, your neighborhood is even more important than it is here in NYC. Public transportation isn’t as widespread as it is in NYC, so you’ll need to be close to your job if you don’t want to spend lots of time in traffic. Neighborhoods like Venice and Echo Park are good picks if you want to be near beaches and parks while areas like Hollywood and Downtown Los Angeles are better for big-city living. 

Another perk: You can rent a house with a yard, parking, and in-unit laundry for less than an apartment in NYC. The average rent in Los Angeles is currently $2,450 according to Zumper. That's somewhat of a steal, considering the average rent for a Manhattan apartment hit $5,246 in August, according to the Elliman Report. Right now there are 740 houses for rent in LA for less than $5,000, and many apartments too.

So if you’re thinking about moving to LA, check out these five houses for rent in Echo Park, Cypress Park, West Adams, Hollywood, and Silver Lake.

1340 Liberty St., Echo Park

This two bedroom, one bath is listed for $3,395. The renovated house has a decorative fireplace, hardwood floors, ceiling fans, recessed lighting, stainless steel appliances, an office, washer and dryer, a gated and alarmed driveway, and landscaping including passion fruit vines. Echo Park Lake and The Echo are nearby. 

606 Romulo St., Cypress Park

This two bedroom, two bath is listed for $3,700. It has hardwood floors, recessed lighting, stainless steel appliances, split-unit air conditioning, and a backyard with new landscaping and a patio. It’s available starting November 1st. Cypress Park & Recreation Center are nearby.

2541 Hillcrest Dr., West Adams 

This two bedroom, two bath is listed for $3,995. The house has Samsung stainless steel appliances, hardwood floors, moldings, central air and heat, recessed lighting, smart lighting,  a patio, and garage. Gladys Jean Wesson Park and Sweet E’s Bake Shop are nearby.

848 North Ridgewood Pl., Hollywood 

This two bedroom, two bath is listed for $4,250. It has built-ins, woodwork, hardwood floors, ceiling fans, recessed lighting, stainless steel appliances, a washer and dryer, patio, and backyard. Paramount Studios and Hollywood Forever Cemetery are nearby. 

2224 Berkeley Ave., Silver Lake 

This two bedroom, one bath is listed for $4,700. The house has a decorative fireplace, built-ins, oversized windows, ceiling fans, moldings, hardwood floors, stainless steel appliances, a washer and dryer, patio, and one parking space. Mack Sennett Studios is nearby. 

 

Austin Havens-Bowen

Staff Writer

Staff writer Austin Havens-Bowen covers the rental market and answers renters' questions in a column called Realty Bites. He previously reported on local news for the Queens Ledger and The Hunts Point Express in the Bronx. He graduated from Hunter College with a BA in media studies. 

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