Its great to welcome someone from out of state into Los Angeles. Los Angeles is a very big county/city with many suburban and urban choices. The key word I'm drawn to in your message is "want". Im guessing your move is not due to employment or a have to? I've lived in all parts of the greater Los Angeles and some key things to keep in mind are:
Do you have a family? What or where is your employment? How would you like to commute? do you like beaches, mountains or desert (either way, California has them all within driving distance)? Do you have a citylife preference, or a suburban feel? Home or condo? and of course purchase price will ultimately affect size and quality of your home options. Beware, that homes in Los Angeles are far more expensive with less square footage than the amazing antebellum homes you can get in Louisiana. For more conversation, feel free to email me firstname.lastname@example.org.