Local services in California
Home to Hollywood, or “Tinsel Town”, and the better half of the world’s celebrities, the cosmopolitan city of Los Angeles is a friendly and exciting center for expats to relocate to.
With emphasis on a high energy, healthy and clean-living lifestyle, expats moving to LA may feel the need to give themselves a much deserved makeover, but be prepared to splash out, as LA’s high profile sun and fun comes at no low cost.
Home of the health and the image conscious, the focus on this West Coast metropolis is on fitness and overall well-being. Boasting a great variety of attractions, California is renowned for its shopping, nightlife and restaurants, but it also features an impressive variety of entertainment venues, world-class sports facilities and spas.
For all the big designer names like Versace and Louis Vuitton, hit the iconic Rodeo Drive, where it's possible to brush shoulders with a celebrity or two. Venice Boardwalk, on the other hand, is a good place to pick up arty items and anything unusual. Beverley Center shopping mall is a one-stop shop where pretty much everything can be found under one roof, while the three-storey Barnes and Noble bookstore at Westside Pavilion beckons bookworms from far and wide.
For great bargains, head to Ontario Mills; for big name brands at substantial discounts have a look at Desert Hills Premium Outlets; or mingle, browse and pick through white elephants at vibrant flea markets like Rose Bowl Flea Market and Swap Meet.