Thanks to destinations like the Sunset Strip and Hollywood, family-friendly isn’t always the first description that comes to mind when thinking of the City of Angels. However, there are plenty of neighborhoods that are good for kids in Los Angeles, ranging from beach-adjacent suburbs to locales in the middle of the city. If you’re looking for a place to settle with your family, make sure to check out these five neighborhoods.
This area south of Beverly Hills — west of Cheviot Hills and north of the 10 freeway — was ranked as both the best neighborhood for families in 2017 and the best neighborhood overall by Niche, and it’s easy to see why. It is as centrally located as possible on the west side of Los Angeles and just minutes away from both the 10 and the 405, so parents can get home to their children a bit faster in the evenings.
2. Mar Vista
Mar Vista sits between Santa Monica and West Los Angeles, slightly to the south. It’s home to one of the jewels of the public park system, the Mar Vista Recreation Center, which features indoor and outdoor basketball courts, baseball diamonds and an outdoor roller hockey rink complete with side boards and goals. It’s close to the Expo Line, Santa Monica Airport and the beach.
3. Sherman Oaks
One of the San Fernando Valley’s most desirable neighborhoods, Sherman Oaks has plenty of attractive qualities for young families. It sits at the intersection of the 405 freeway and Route 101, making the beach and the culture of downtown Los Angeles equally accessible. Closer to home, it has Sherman Oaks Castle Park, a miniature golf course that also features batting cages and an arcade.
4. Windsor Square
One of the most urban neighborhoods on this list, Windsor Square falls to the west of Koreatown and the east of Hancock Park. It’s less than a block away from one of the city’s most popular private high schools for girls, Marlborough, which Town and Country ranked it the sixth best all girls school in the nation. Lazy Sunday afternoons are perfect for family outings along Larchmont Boulevard, which feels more like a small town main street than nearly anywhere else within the sprawling metropolis of Los Angeles.
5. Rolling Hills Estates
This South Bay suburb has a tremendous pull for families who can afford housing within city’s limits. One of its biggest advantages comes in education: Its public high school and one of its elementary schools received a 10 out of 10 rating from GreatSchools, with the neighborhood’s other public elementary school scoring 8 out of 10. Rolling Hills Estates is isolated near the coast, far from the freeways. It doesn’t make commuting easy, but it keeps crime low. The South Coast Botanic Garden offers a great family-friendly walk. All this adds up to one of the best places to raise a family in Los Angeles. And the secret is out among young couples: The percentage of married males and females in Rolling Hills Estates is among the highest in the country.
Finding family-friendly neighborhoods in Los Angeles is easy, if you know where to look. Once you’ve decided on one, you can search Owners.com to find the right home for your family.
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