I live slap bang in the middle of Los Feliz - The 5 is generally a nightmare during the usual rush hours etc - I tend to use Hollywood Blvd all the way into Hollywood itself or Franklin - Both are normally pretty good all the time. You tend to find little short cuts once you live the in the area for a while - Los Feliz Blvd is now my biggest problem - It really is a nightmare now - Again though there are a few ways round it. I have lived here for 10 years now and have notice traffic ALL OVER LA having gotten much worse. So look for a travel time of anywhere between 35-40 mins to the westside on a good day and anything up to 90 mins at peak times. I travel all the time though and have to say Burbank airport is one of the best things about being over this side - It's such a joy to use over LAX. Morning trips to Pasadena have never been a problem for me - Freeway always seems to be flowing.
Hope this helps a little - Cannot recommend Los Feliz enough!
I live in Silver Lake and know Silver Lake, Los Feliz, very well. Great areas to live in.It's very easy to get to Pasadena from either of those areas. In none rush hours it's 20min. in rush house maybe 40mins. West La takes longer could be an hour or so but I prefer to stay off freeways and take streets on that commute.Check out my website to learn about neighborhoods. http://www.karennumme.com Don't hesitate to call me if you want more info. 323.804.2008
Silver Lake and Eagle Rock are great areas to live in. Close to all the major freeways (2,134,5,101) and sidestreets. Eagle Rock is a great area, will all new shops and resturants opening on Colorado Blvd and Eagle Rock Blvd. It's a trendy area comparaison to Silver Lake and Los Feliz.. Blue ribbon school systems. I moved alot of my friends in the area and they all love it. Some have even started their own businesses.
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the best way to head into the city from the valley during rush hours is by "going over the hill" - ie, by taking the streets. there are some pretty quick short cuts through the mountains.