It’s a big decision for any millennial: Where will you live? Well, you’ve already made the right choice by picking Silicon Beach. But that’s just the first step. Now you’ve got to think about the essentials: Space, who to live with, amenities, the neighborhood, decorations. Let’s break down the top five questions millennials need to ask when you’re looking for new digs:

1. How much space do you want? Sure, it seems obvious — always go for the most spacious pad your money can buy (or rent), right? But we’d argue that’s not really the case. For millennials looking to make their home in Silicon Beach, it’s important to take into consideration what kind of lifestyle you’re looking for as you consider what kind of space is worth shelling out for. If you want to be closer to the beach, you may just have to sacrifice that guest bedroom for your friends — or even go the studio route. Tiny living is all the rage these days, and if you’ll be spending most of your time at the office and out exploring the fabulous offerings from Abbott Kinney to Playa Vista and beyond, it may prove worthwhile to think about what space, and the cash it demands, really means to you. So prioritize it now: Do you want to try for a yard, a lovely, airy home, or are you more focused on location, location, location?

Your ideal space can be an ephemeral concept until you set down what really matters to you. Once you’ve figured that out, you’ll be able to focus your search for your ideal Silicon Beach digs.

2. Do you want a pool? A pool seems intrinsically part of the classic LA lifestyle. Just rolling out of your house or apartment onto your lounge chair is the perfect weekend ritual — lazy but luxurious, and you can even get some good reading in while you bake in the sun. But not everyone is sold on pool living, given the maintenance issues, upkeep and draught concerns. And living in Silicon Beach, so close to the ocean, makes a pool seem unnecessary to some.

So decide now if this is an essential on your checklist — it’ll help you cross off apartment buildings and homes if, for whatever reason, you decide a pool isn’t necessary. Just don’t blame us when a lazy, summery Sunday rolls around and you just want to lounge. Then again, there’s always the hotel pool or public pool route. The Venice Recreation Swimming Pool, Westchester Pool or the Mar Vista Pool could do the trick, or there’s The Resort and The CentrePointe Club at Playa Vista for residents.

3. Do you want roommates? Are you going to make like Fox’s New Girl and pile into a shared house or apartment? Do you want to live with friends or find someone on Craigslist? Maybe you’re looking to move in with your partner, or is it time to get a place of your own? Don’t just leap into your dream home without taking this into account. You might love the space, but if you don’t love — well, at least tolerate — who is in it, then your dream home might quickly become a nightmare. 4. What do you want nearby? Want to be in the heart of Venice Beach, within walking distance of some of the trendiest bars and restaurants in the city as well as the beach? Or maybe you’d prefer a bit more relaxed, suburban vibe in Playa Vista? Do you want to be able to walk to Whole Foods to shop for groceries, or even be able to walk to work? What once seemed like an impossibility in Los Angeles is now far from it, especially if you’re working in the burgeoning tech sector in the heart of Silicon Beach. Luckily, you’re never too far from nightlife, the beach, the mountains, and the stuff you need for everyday living like grocery stores, gas stations and In ‘n’ Out, so it’s just a matter of deciding what you care about having right outside your front door.

5. How will you decorate? Yes, this seems like a long way off — you haven’t even picked a place yet! But envisioning your personal style for your home before you’ve signed on the dotted line is the best bet, we promise. You’ll be able to see the potential in homes that look just meh once you’ve got a beautiful vision in your head. Do you want a modern, sleek feel? A beachy vibe to match the area? Maybe you’d prefer harkening back to the old California ranch style? Once you’ve got a design style, take a look at some of the local furniture stores in the area.

We’d suggest popping to Abbott Kinney in Venice Beach, where you can browse a ton of stores with different design styles, like Tumbleweed & Dandelion’s shabby chic or Huset’s Scandinavian minimalism. Visit Huset at 1316 1/2 Abbott Kinney Blvd and Tumbleweed & Dandelion at 1502 Abbot Kinney Blvd.


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