Best for on-trend foodies
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Gourmands know that the smartest new venues for drinking and dining can be found in the Arts District, and this open and airy industrial-style loft for two is right in the thick of it all. The apartment’s tall ceilings and converted-warehouse layout heightens the experience of being in the heart of all the downtown action. Guests won’t have to walk far to come across some of the hottest bars, clubs and restaurants in town.
Best for glam groups of friends
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If you and your friends are after a bit of over-the-top Beverly Hills glamour, this is the mansion for you. There’s an impressive grand staircase in the foyer and the house is replete with sparkling chandeliers, rich upholstery and marble finishes. Want to have a party? Go ahead – the property has a gaming area, formal bar, a massive dining room and a pool set in perfectly landscaped grounds complete with entertaining area. When you’re done partying, live it up in the Hills – eat at posh restaurants, shop the boutiques on Rodeo Drive and spot celebs along the way.
Best for easy-going vacationers
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This sweet three-bedder in Venice is right on Abbot Kinney Boulevard, so you can’t get closer to the action. You can smell the ocean breeze and, although it’s on arguably one of the trendiest streets in the country, there’s nothing pretentious about the house. A backdrop of white keeps things light and bright and the simple decor gives the house a suitably laid-back vibe. There’s a little courtyard out back if you want to dine outside and a barbecue out on the front porch if you prefer to cook out. A great spot to chill out and take in the super-cool feel of Venice. See listing: https://www.airbnb.com.au/rooms/1365536
Best for movie buffs
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Right in the middle of Hollywood, just a couple of blocks from the Walk of Fame, this historic penthouse (the building is on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places) has impressive views of iconic LA sights including Griffith Observatory, Capitol Records and the Hollywood sign. Step off the elevator and straight into the private foyer of this two-bedroom residence. It’s decked out with an elegant, well-appointed kitchen, life-sized images of Audrey Hepburn and Marilyn Monroe and even a piano. There’s access to a gym, communal rooftop areas with life-sized chessboard, undercover parking and private lift and you’re only a hop, skip and a jump away from famous sights and the Hollywood Hills. Image CC BY ND 2.0/Loren Javier
Best for city-dwellers
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For luxurious apartment living in the centre of downtown look no further than this spacious penthouse on the 36th floor. There’s room for six and designer furnishings, patio lounge, 24-hour reception and valet parking, plus access to communal facilities including a gym, entertaining area and rooftop infinity pool with poolside cabanas. In terms of location, you’ll be right by the Staples Centre and Nokia Theatre and public transport, convenience stores, bars and restaurants are within walking distance.
Best for bird’s-eye views
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With views over the city, out to the ocean and even down into the San Fernando Valley, this home perched above the treetops in Laurel Canyon is where you need to be if you’re after an incredible panoramic vista over the City of Angels. Take in breathtaking sunsets; spot owls, coyotes and deer; and enjoy a leafy peaceful location that’s less than 10 minutes’ drive from Sunset Boulevard in West Hollywood and Studio City on the other side of the hills over the famed Mulholland Drive. It sleeps up to six people in three bedrooms so it’s ideal for groups of family or friends.
Best for nightlife
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Uber-cool and impeccably finished yet warm and welcoming, this super stylish contemporary pad is pleasing to the eye and a haven for night owls looking to get in on the Sunset Strip scene. Sandwiched between West Hollywood and Beverly Hills, it’s right in the middle of the area’s best bars, music venues, clubs and restaurants. Spread out: there are two bedrooms, your own private roof deck, separate office and even a fireplace.
Best for quality beach time
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Need to get some proper Cali sun and surf (and celebrity sightings) while you’re in LA? This cool beach hideaway, with private terraces, a rustic-meets-modern interior and spectacular ocean views, could be just the ticket. It caters for four, is located 20 minutes from Santa Monica and less than 10 minutes to mansion-lined Malibu beaches, including the strip known as “Billionaire’s Beach” (accessible to the public). Within striking distance of the area’s most popular restaurants (Duke’s Malibu, Malibu Farm Pier Cafe and Nobu Malibu, to name a few), it’s still secluded enough to be surrounded by three acres of orchards.
Best for living like a local
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When the locals want to holiday at home, they head to Santa Monica. Pared back and contemporary, this detached studio has plenty of natural light and the feel of a new apartment hotel, with two double queen beds, a 42-inch television, well-equipped kitchen and walk-in wardrobe within the open-plan space. There’s a separate secure entrance, garage parking and access to a private courtyard. From here, you can experience the fun of Santa Monica Pier or explore other places of interest close by such as Marina del Rey, Culver City and Beverly Hills.
Best for hip young things
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For a touch of boho-chic and lots of hipster cool, you can’t go wrong staying at this property in Silver Lake. It may appear quaint, but freshly decorated interiors, thoughtful landscaping and the outdoor hot tub (set in its own gazebo!) take this guesthouse, located behind the main house, to another level. There’s parking and private access so it’s almost like its own property, with a smaller price tag. Inside there’s a loft bed and a kitchenette, which accommodates all the necessities including a convection oven and a coffee maker. Outside, there’s an inviting table for two in the shade right by the hot tub.