As you are planning your relocation to the beautiful Beverly Hills in the Golden state, we are glad that you’ve stumbled upon our article. Moving to a different city, or a different state, can often be a stressful process full of new experiences and small mishaps. So, we have decided to write you a quick manual, as to what you ought to expect your move to Beverly Hills to be like.
You should know that living in Beverly Hills will be pretty pricey before you move there
If you’ve decided to change your address, you’ve probably done a bit of research already. And, whether you have relocated in the past or not, you’ve likely become aware of one simple fact: moving costs. And, in Beverly Hills, moving costs more. Even if you calculate your budget well, it is possible that you will underestimate the prices in LA. Well, let us warn you that sales tax alone is 9% here. And yes, we do mean on everything. So, any groceries which you will buy or even cars. As a matter of fact, if you’ve bought a car out of state, it still may be subject to LA tax, depending on when it was bought in relation to your change of address. So, we definitely suggest that you research Beverly Hills fees before your move.
You ought to be aware that apartment hunting will actually be hunting
If you haven’t already chosen your new home in Beverly Hills, we suggest that you slowly start apartment hunting. There are numerous tools which you will be able to use while looking for the perfect residence, such as Reddit or Yelp. We also suggest consulting Google maps and apartment listings. If you have friends or relatives in the area, be sure to ask them if they know of someone who is renting or selling their apartment. There are numerous things to consider before moving to Beverly Hills, and one of them is definitely appropriate parking. LA, in general, is what is known as a crowded city, so you will never be able to find empty parking spaces. You will often find yourself coming back from work and having to look for a place to leave your car for much longer than 10 minutes. So, we would suggest finding an apartment or house with a designated parking space or garage right away. Another thing which you should know before moving to Beverly Hills is that LA rentals will often come without what one might consider standard equipment. So, be ready to get better acquainted with craigslist as you look for your new fridge.
You ought to be aware of the struggle of transportation
There is a rather popular myth, which says that everyone needs a car to get around in Beverly Hills and the rest of LA. Well, here we are to tell you that this is just a myth. In fact, you should know that Beverly Hills has a rather good and efficient public transportation system, including metro and busses. There are also taxis, which can get a bit expensive, though. However, we aren’t saying that you shouldn’t use your own car to get around the city. If you are going with the latter option, we would advise you to read up on the DMV rules and regulations, as you will definitely need at least two trips there before you are on your way to driving around the city. And after you’ve been cleared to drive once more, be sure to pay attention to the color of the rainbow parking spaces in the area. If you park in the area that is being scheduled to be cleaned, your wallet will suffer for your mistakes.
If you’ve always loved the outdoors, you should know that Beverly Hills is for you
Don’t let your friends fool you by telling you that Runyon Canyon is the only place to go for a hike. Los Angeles is surrounded by mountain ranges and you should be aware that there are thousands of hiking trails to check out in the National Forest, San Bernardino Mountains and San Gabriel Mountains. If you’re interested in some more challenging hikes, feel free to take a two hour drive to the high elevation peaks outside the city borders. These activities are also great for meeting friends, as there are loads of adventurers into rock climbing, camping and cycling living in Beverly Hills and the surrounding area. Also, there are plenty of weekend getaways that you can reach with a 4-6 hour drive such as Joshua Tree, Big Sur, the Sierras, and even perhaps the Grand Canyon. Regardless of what you decide to do, you’re in for an adventure after your move to Beverly Hills.
Another thing to be aware of is that dogs are welcome
There are dogs everywhere in Beverly Hills and LA. Yes, we do mean everywhere. There are apartment dogs, house dogs, yard dogs, small dogs, big dogs, fluffy dogs, short haired dogs, loud dogs, quiet dogs. But yes, they are everywhere. So, if you are planning to relocate with your man’s best friends, you are both in for a treat. There are a lot of restaurants with outdoor patios which will allow your pet to sit with you outside as you eat, as well as shopping centers where you will be able to take your puppy inside. Though, be careful of beaches, as they are only allowed on designated dog beaches like Rosie’s Dog Beach, Huntington Beach and Leo Carrillo State Beach in LA. Also, you should know that your dog is allowed on the beach boardwalk, as well as on Santa Monica Pier.
And in the end, let us give you some tips as you’re moving to Beverly Hills
- Sunscreen and hats – yes, even if you’re planning on going by car, we suggest them
- People from other countries are welcome – as there are 140 cultures and 224 languages spoken in LA and the surrounding area
- Go out and meet as many people as you can – people in Beverly Hills and LA are quite fond of facebook events, so feel free to attend some
- Go outside – Beverly Hills is a great place for a hike, as we’ve mentioned before, as well as surfing and any other number of activities, like yoga or CrossFit