LA Rents: The Valley Really Is Cheap, But is it the Cheapest?

LA Rents: The Valley Really Is Cheap, But is it the Cheapest?

Laure Joliet
May 14, 2008

Wow, having been a Westsider for most of my adult apartment-renting life, I was shocked to find recently how much cheaper the Valley really is. Long story, but a 3 bedroom house with hardwood floors, yard, central air, and fireplace is the same price as my 500 square foot 1 bedroom in Venice. Could the valley really be a renter's paradise?

[Photo by Yves Rubin]

It was always clear to me, in theory, that the Valley was a lot cheaper (and of course, the Valley is a huge place so some areas, like Tarzana, are going to be way more expensive than, say parts of Van Nuys or Panorama City or Agoura) but I had never considered how much cheaper.

It made me wonder: is it the cheapest area of Los Angeles for renters? Does Glassell Park beat it out (on a side note, do you consider Gassell Park a part of the Valley?). What about Westchester?

Help us get to the bottom of this, If you dare, tell us how much rent you pay for where you live. Do you live in an apartment? A house?:

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