Chinatown is located in Central Los Angeles on the Southern coast of California. The neighborhood has an aging population of about 10,000 residents, but it is better known for being a commercial center for, not only Chinese, but other Asian businesses as well. Chinatown Los Angeles has many shops, restaurants and art galleries to enjoy, as well as festivals and parades and walking tours. There is no shortage of fun to be had while living in Chinatown Los Angeles. One monthly event that takes place throughout the summer months is called "Summer Nights". The event is located in the Central Plaza and admission is free. Enjoy free concerts and gallery showings and feast on authentic Chinese cuisine.
The median rent in and around Chinatown is approximately $2,500 per month. Just like any other neighborhood in Los Angeles, there are available properties over and under that medium. If you want an affordable apartment, Chinatown Los Angeles has those. If you want to spend $6000 a month in rent, you can do that, too. Apartments in Chinatown Los Angeles that are near the Gateway area may come with certain amenities, for instance, security may be in the form of gated access and/or alarms. Outside amenities often include a recreation room, clubhouse, fitness center, and a swimming pool with a hot tub.
In addition to authentic Asian cuisine, there are many other types of restaurants around the area, including seafood and Italian cuisine. Two of the popular restaurants in the area are Phillipe's, known as a co-creator of the French Dip, and Little Joe's Italian American restaurant, which speaks for itself. For fun in the daytime, take one of the neighborhood's historic walking tours and stick around to enjoy the nightlife. Dance clubs, jazz clubs, local dive bars, and a French music bar. Be sure to duck into the Grand Star Jazz Club where musicians gather to jam together.
There are several animal hospitals close by, as well as pet groomers and doggy day care services. In addition, dog walkers and mobile pet services are not difficult to find. In fact, there is an abundance of pet facilities, too numerous to list. TLC Pet and Home Care Services offer pet sitting, dog training and other pet services in the convenience of your home.
There are several options to commuting in and around Chinatown. The Pasadena Freeway, the Santa Monica Freeway, and the Santa Ana Freeway all lead into downtown, but expect very heavy traffic. The Metro Bus line is very extensive and it can be used to get from point A to point B very comfortably, as well as Metro Rail and the subway.
There are only three schools in this area, Endeavor College Prep for middle school, the Castelar Street Elementary School, and Cathedral High School, a private Catholic school for boys. In addition, the Evans Community Adult School provides classes in ESL (English as a second language) for the area's residents.