June 22nd, 2016 at 11:00 am

best places to live in southern california
We know that millennials and young business professionals are looking for more than just a place to lay their head at night when it comes to buying a home. Community, nightlife, and affordability are all top of mind, plus proximity to work and other job opportunities. We selected our top picks for young business professionals when it comes to living in Southern California. You’ll find that these communities boast the perfect blend of work and play. 

San Diego County

Little Italy

Little Italy is known for its diverse selection of restaurants, craft beers, and energetic nightlife. Its close proximity to the airport makes it a hot spot for young professionals both on the go and here to stay, and it’s just a short Uber ride to downtown San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter, restaurants, and shopping. Though Little Italy’s residences are fairly new, the careful city planning and marketing that went into them have quickly made it a magnet for professionals and millennials.

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Orange County

Newport Beach

Though it is one of the pricier communities in Orange County, Newport Beach is full of top-earners who love to work hard and play hard. The community is perfect for those who keep an outdoor lifestyle, but is still accessible to thousands of major area employers that are just minutes inland. If you love the sun and sand, funky restaurants, and being near professionals who share the same tastes, then Newport Beach is the place for you. We suggest Balboa Peninsula, where you’ll find a variety of upscale and affordable for-sale and rental housing. If you talk to one of the agents in our Newport Beach office, we guarantee you won’t be able to resist making the move to Newport Beach.

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Los Angeles

Los Feliz

This community is full of young, smart, and driven professionals. You will find a mix of townhouses and luxury homes on the safe streets of Los Feliz. You may even find Ryan Gosling, who is a permanent resident of this trendy neighborhood. In addition to having quick access to downtown via the subway, Los Feliz is close to Griffith Park, where you’ll find hiking and horseback riding trails, Griffith Observatory, the Los Angeles Zoo, and Greek Theatre. When you’re not working or playing, you’ll likely be eating, and Los Feliz is home to many delicious and unique restaurants, with many boasting gluten-free and vegan menu options, and you may find that some are even within walking distance. Talk to an agent in our Los Feliz office today, and start searching for homes now.

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Santa Barbara County

West Santa Barbara

When you combine proximity to the beach, downtown, and city college, you’re bound to find tons of young professionals and recent graduates living in one area. Plus, rent and house payments have the potential to be relatively low, considering that you are living in Santa Barbara. You’ll find that buses and bikes are the main mode of transportation west of State Street. If you’re looking for more affordable housing, try the upper west side or downtown portion. If you’re a young professional already making the big bucks, though, you’ll find that West Beach and the lower west are much more affluent areas. Talk to one of our Santa Barbara agents today to see if West Santa Barbara is right for you.

Convinced that West Santa Barbara is right for you? Get started on your home search now.

Ventura County


Also known as “The Avenue,” this eclectic and diverse neighborhood of Ventura attracts millennials and professionals, due to the booming art scene, delicious cuisine, and proximity to shops, galleries, and downtown Ventura. Recreational activities include going to the ocean, downtown, or hiking on one of several trails in the area. Plus, on the first Friday evening of every month, several Westside galleries are showcased along a two-mile walk. Start talking to an agent in our Ventura office today if you’re ready to call the Westside home.

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Are kid-friendly neighborhoods more your style? Check out our guide for the best neighborhoods in Southern California to raise a family

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