Westside

This seaside residential neighborhood of Venice Beach is known the world over for its carnival-like pedestrian-only boardwalk, chalk-full of eccentric performers, mystics, drum circles and muscle men. And despite the antics for which this free-spirited neighborhood is known, it has also become one of the more elevated areas on the west side thanks to attractions like Abbot Kinney Boulevard, with its well manicured storefronts, galleries and high-end bars and restaurants. Just north of Venice Beach is Santa Monica, with its amusement park pier, the tourist-heavy Third Street Promenade and the spectacular resort town feeling with panoramic ocean views. These neighborhoods each uniquely capture the fantasy of Los Angeles as the city on the beach with ever-perfect weather that is crawling with hot surfers. Whether or not that is actually true is not the point; it feels like it could be true on the west side.