Assumptions vs Reality.
I live outside the center of LA in a really nice community. It is on on the east side of the santa monica mountain range. We live here because its beautiful, people are much nicer than in LA proper, and most importantly its our home, we have been here for 16 years, in the same house!
My office is on 3rd Street Promenade in Santa Monica (more on that in a future blog). My commute is about 40-45 minutes. Often in meetings with people in LA they ask where I live and when I tell them their response is "wow that must be a horrible commute". Then I tell them 40-45 minutes and they say "wow that's a long commute";they assume thats a long commute. Here is the reality
The first 15-20 minutes of my drive is through Malibu Canyon. For those of you not familiar with Malibu Canyon it is beautiful. A road that winds around the mountain and sits high above the base of the canyon which provides brilliant views. Half way through Malibu canyon you crest at Mulholland Drive from which point forward to PCH you have an incredible view of the Pacific Ocean.
The second 25 minutes is driving south down Pacific Coast Highway with the Ocean directly on my right. I view surfers in a few spots, often see dolphins playing, on windy days there are kite surfers, and out west as far as I can see, the pacific ocean expands infinitely into the horizon. And all in all that beautiful drive takes me about 40-45 minutes. Some people who are visiting LA do this drive purely for the beauty
So here's the crazy part about peoples assumptions. People assume 40-45 minutes is a long commute. They aren't doing the math. In LA it would take you 25 minutes to get to work if you lived 5 miles from where you lived. If you lived in Hollywood and worked in Santa Monica it would take you 45-60 minutes to get to work and it would be an ugly ass drive.
For me,... I'll take the coast