Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Los Angeles California Retirement

Los Angeles, California

From Hollywood to East LA, Los Angeles is one of America's iconic cities. Home to movie stars, movie moguls, billionaire industriasts and and millions of regular people, the City of Angels enjoys an incredibly diverse cultural heritage as well as a reputation that varies from glamourous to squalid to legendary.

Retirement Communities
(not inclusive!)
Keiro Retirement Home www.keiro.org (323) 263-9651
Grandview Retirement Residence (213) 380-7000
St John of God Retirement (323) 731-0641
Retirement Housing Foundation (323) 662-5043
Polish Retirement Foundation (323) 735-1381
Hollenbeck Palms www.hollenbeckpalms.com (323) 263-6195
Keiro Nursing Home 323-225-1393
Olympia Retirement Home 323-932-6519
Belmont Village of Hollywood www.belmontvillage.com

Population of Los Angeles: 3,849,000

Los Angeles Weather and Climate:

Very Moderate. Warm temperatures all year. Smog can be a problem here so check with your doctor is you suffer from any respiratory related illness.

Cost of Living:
Varies greatly depending on where you live in the massive metro area. Check Las Angeles retirement options very carefully to make sure your style is compatible with the neighborhood or community that you choose.

Housing Costs:
Los Angeles Real Estate is expensive, though neighborhood pricing varies. 759,000 is the median cost for homes in LA, and Zillow has more detail for home prices in the greater Los Angeles area.

Taxes: California taxes are generally high compared to other states.
California Tax details are here: www.ftb.ca.gov

Transportation: Los Angeles has a massive public transportation system. Details are at the LA Metro website: www.mta.net

Health care:

USC University Hospital www.uscuh.com 323-442-8500
California Medical Center Los Angeles www.strosehospitals.org 213-748-2411
St Vincent Medical Center www.stvincentmedicalcenter.com - (213) 484-7111
Good Samaritan Hospital www.goodsam.org (213) 977-2121
White Memorial Medical Center www.whitememorial.com - (323) 268-5000
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center www.cedars-sinai.edu 310-659-3732
Orthopaedic Hospital www.orthohospital.org 742-1000
County of King-Drew Hospital Los Angeles lacounty.info 310-668-5011
USC-Norris Cancer Hospital ccnt.hsc.usc.edu (323) 865-3000

Travel and tourism:
Here are just a handful of Los Angeles area items.
Disneyland: Disneyland.com Yes, you really need to go to Disneyland. Try for off season and early morning to avoid the massive crowds. Disney's California Adventure is right next door and is not nearly as charming as Disneyland but has some amazing rides like "Soaring over California", a massive full immersion hang glide simulation. Be sure to use the "fast pass" system at Disneyland and California Adventure to help alleviate the wait times.

Hollywood Website Walt Disney Concert Hall Disney Concert Hall website
Mann’s Chinese Theatre Mann’s Theatre Website
Universal Studios Hollywood
Musso & Frank Grill
Spago Beverly Hills
Hotel Bel Air Hotel Bel Air Website
Hollywood Bowl Hollywood Bowl
Mann’s Chinese Theatre (formerly Graumann’s Chinese Theatre) where you see all the star’s prints in the cement. Hey, here’s the webcam

Betsy at About.com has good Los Angeles and Hollywood travel advice.

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