Best Neighborhoods in LA & Why?

I've lived in LA for 5 years. I love living here, but I still haven't found a neighborhood that I HAVE to live in (it doesn't help that 1/2 of me wants to move to Topanga Canyon and never wear shoes and grow vegetables...and the other 1/2 wants to be surrounded by buzz of the city).
  1. Can you tell me which 'hood you live in and why you love it/why people should move there? This is open to interpretation...can be the energy, scenery, or specific stores, bars, restaurants, etc.
  2. Really I'd like to know where specifically in that 'hood is the best place to live (which streets/blocks, or with walking distance to ____).
  3. I think this'll also be helpful for non-LA List App'rs who are thinking about making the move west to join all the cool kids.
  4. Silver Lake
    Lived in Silver Lake for almost 2 years now. Dubbed the "Brooklyn" of LA and stereotyped with being overrun with hipsters. There definitely is some truth behind that, but I absolutely love living there. It's the perfect combo of city life and residential. It's very walkable, which for LA is an extreme rarity. Bars, restaurants, music venues, cool boutiques/specialty shops line the main drag of the Sunset Junction. Anywhere with a few block radius of Sunset Blvd is ideal for finding a place.
    Suggested by   @TJ
  5. Studio City
    Yes, it's the Valley. But we rent a house with a pool and a guest unit and a yard for the dog to run in for SO NOT MUCH. Plus the 170 and the 101 are right there, and new bars and restaurants are opening up every day.
    Suggested by   @daveholmes
  6. Mar Vista
    It's getting kinda cra$y now but my family is 3 generations deep in the neighborhood and it used to be one of the best-kept secrets. A stone's throw from the 10 and 405. 5 minutes from Venice, Santa Monica, Brentwood, and Culver City. Couldn't be further from Silver Lake and Echo Park, which I love 😉.
    Suggested by   @bobbyhundreds
  7. West LA
    Live on the West Side without feeling like a Brentwood yoga mom.... Can run/bike to beach.... Actually affordable - unlike every neighborhood it borders.... Sawtelle - aka Little Osaka offers stellar Japanese and Korean cuisine.... Half hour from Malibu and epic hikes in the Santa Monica Mountains.... 10 degrees cooler than pretty much anything east of the 405.... I once saw Kurt Fuller outside a ramen joint here, and he saw how crowded it was and just said, "wow," and walked away into the night
    Suggested by   @Salomon