Beyond the mostly sunny, rainless skies, L.A. is blessed with some amazing outdoor spaces, including sprawling parks that you can comfortably enjoy year-round. If you’re planning to set down some roots in these parts, take advantage of one of the city’s biggest selling points by posting up close to a park.
On that front, we’ve done your homework for you. We combed through hundreds of apartment listings on Rent.com to find the 10 spots in Los Angeles that are closest to the most parks.
10. Fleur De Lis
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Dating back to 1930, this L.A. classic puts you right in the heart of the Hollywood action. Fleur De Lis also edges up to the Hollywood Hills, where you’ll find scenic parks and hikes galore. You’re located less than a mile from iconic Hollywood classics like the Magic Castle, the Hollywood Bowl and Musso and Frank Grill, which turned 100 in 2019.
Inside, the stately entrance harkens back to the 30s, with high ceilings, arched entryways and plenty of character. The apartments feature hardwood floors and period touches, including built-in custom cabinetry. If you don’t need much space, you can score a 300-square-foot efficiency here for just $1,200 per month (all bills included).
Downtown LA’s (DTLA) hopping South Park neighborhood is best known for being home to STAPLES Center, L.A. Live and the Grammy Museum … but parks? Why yes, glad you asked.
Beyond some of LA’s best restaurants and ample entertainment options, AXIS gives you easy access to green space. Find your favorite urban oasis among nearby Grand Hope Park with its iconic clock tower, sprawling Grand Park, Pershing Square or Arts District Park, among many others.
These stylish new apartments are housed in two mid-rise buildings. Choose from features like keyless entry, oversized walk-in closets with built-in organizers, stacked Bosch washer/dryers, illuminated vanity mirrors and chef-inspired kitchens. Shared amenities for both buildings include lots of social spaces, a pool, rooftop spa and courtyards decked out with fire pits and grilling stations.
8. The Fontenoy
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The great thing about Los Angeles is that you can live in the heart of Hollywood and still have easy access to some of the city’s most beloved parks. Located a few blocks from the Hollywood Walk of Fame and the site of the Academy Awards, The Fontenoy is also close to the scenic Hollywood Reservoir and celeb-studded hikes at popular Runyan Canyon.
An L.A. classic that dates back to the Roaring 20s, the historic Fontenoy sets the scene with an ivy-covered exterior and grand lobby complete with a sparkling chandelier. Apartments feature hardwoods, classic tiled bathrooms and unbeatable views of the Hollywood Hills. You also have access to a pool and grassy courtyard.
7. Boulevard on Wilshire
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Situated on L.A.’s Miracle Mile, Boulevard on Wilshire is just a few short blocks from a slew of recreation areas including high-profile Hancock Park. These artsy, unique grounds are home to Rodin sculptures, giant mammoths and bubbling black tar, thanks to the presence of LACMA and The La Brea Tar Pits.
Inside your primely located pad, expect granite countertops, an in-home washer/dryer and a private patio — plus a fireplace, depending on the unit you choose. Social spaces in your new community abound, from the pool courtyard and rooftop lounge to grilling stations for your cookout needs. Hard-pressed to leave the premises? You won’t have to go far with on-site retailers that include sandwiches, smoothies, a nail salon and Starbucks.
6. The DuBarry
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The DuBarry‘s Eastside location grants you an eclectic mix of nearby parks that reflect L.A.’s diversity. Whether you want to play a pickup game, plan a barbecue or hit a playground, you’ll find plenty of neighborhood parks to choose from. Proximity to Koreatown gives you access to spots like Seoul International Park and Shatto Recreation Center & Park. You’re also close to L.A.’s iconic MacArthur Park and Echo Park Lake.
Erected in the same era as Fleur De Lis and the Fontenoy, these apartments were built in 1929. Period touches include black-and-white checkered floors and the classic bathroom tiles found in so many L.A. apartments. The real draw, however, is the price tag. On a budget? You can’t do much better than an efficiency this central for $1,035.
5. Playa Del Oro
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In case you haven’t heard, Silicon Beach is Silicon Valley’s SoCal sister, packed with tech companies that appreciate the close proximity to the beach. Located in Playa Del Rey, Playa Del Oro is blessed not only with easy access to the Pacific, but nearby parks bordering lagoons, marinas and yes, wide sandy beaches. Oh, did we mention LAX? The airport is an easy 10 minutes away.
With so many on-site amenities, it may be tough to get motivated for a beach day. Let’s start with the grounds. The lush California landscaping is dotted with courtyards, fountains and fire pits. You also have access to two swimming pools, a steam room and sauna. Eh, the beach isn’t going anywhere, right?
4. Broadcast Center Apartments
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Edging up to The Grove and the LA Farmer’s Market, Broadcast Center Apartments are central to everything L.A. has to offer. The beaches and DTLA are about equal distance in either direction. You’re also just a couple of blocks from sprawling Pan Pacific Park and less than a mile from Hancock Park and its renowned museums. Need more? Your new apartment is perched above LA’s beloved organic grocer, Erewhon.
These central digs feature all of the amenities you’d expect (pool, fitness center), plus L.A.-style bells and whistles (outdoor fireplace lounge, movie screening room). You’ll also be spoiled with smart technology that allows you to adjust your thermostat from your phone. Like what you see? Sign a long-term lease and you can lock in your rate so you don’t have to worry about rent hikes.
3. The Medici
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Located on the outskirts of DTLA next to the 110 freeway, The Medici is a hidden oasis on a full acre of park-like green space. In addition to downtown Los Angeles and its slew of diverse urban parks, you’re also close to Echo Park and the sprawling Los Angeles State Historic Park. Located in Chinatown, the State Historic Park boasts 13 acres of recreation space and frequently hosts concerts, festivals and other events.
Sure, you’ve got easy access to some amazing parks, but you may not want to venture far from The Medici’s lush, well-manicured grounds. Among resort-like amenities, you’ll find a volleyball court, jogging path, two tennis courts with lights, pools, a putting green, golf driving cages and even a play structure for the kids. And on those rare rainy L.A. days? You have free access to tanning beds.
2. Ten Ten Wilshire (All Inclusive)
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Looking for a furnished apartment in a downtown high rise? Ten Ten Wilshire makes the move easy, whether you stay for a single month or settle in for the long haul. Proximity to downtown and the 110 freeway makes it simple to explore all that L.A. has to offer, including an eclectic mix of green spaces.
Explore the Blue Ribbon Garden at Walt Disney Concert Hall, relax under the bougainvillea-covered pergolas at Grand Hope Park or go ice-skating in Pershing Square (in the winter).
All-inclusive living means that everything’s included in your rent: Utilities, valet parking, premium cable, high-speed internet and local calls. You also have access to ample community amenities. Sweat it out in the gym, take a dip in the pool or take advantage of the steam room and sauna. Outdoor courtyards and social spaces provide plenty of opportunities to hang with your neighbors.
1. 1111 Wilshire
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Would it surprise you to hear that L.A.’s best apartments near parks cozy up to high rises in the heart of DTLA? That’s the beauty of Los Angeles. Though it’s located in the urban center of the city, the auspiciously addressed 1111 Wilshire gives you proximity to more parks than any other location in Los Angeles. Don’t miss Vista Hermosa Natural Park, a hidden gem with rolling green hills and one of the city’s best photo-ops: The iconic park bench with an unbeatable view of the city skyline.
When you’re not exploring the many parks in close proximity, you’ll find plenty to keep you busy at home. Grill up some dinner for a poolside picnic, catch the game on the rooftop big screen or shoot pool in the community lounge. Whether you’re working out in the two-story fitness center or hanging out by an outdoor fireplace, 1111 Wilshire has ample indoor-outdoor living space to help you make the most of L.A.’s mild temperatures.
We looked at all apartments in Los Angeles and rated them on the number of parks within a half-mile radius. We used an exponentially decreasing scale based on distance from the apartment. For instance, parks located across the street from a specific property would carry more weight than those a quarter-mile away. Our park counts come from commercially available business listings and may not reflect recent openings and closings.
The rent information included in this article is based on May 2019 rental property inventory on Rent.com and is used for illustrative purposes only. The data contained herein do not constitute financial advice or a pricing guarantee for any apartment.