Thanks to its warm climate, desirable beaches and rolling mountains, Los Angeles is one of the most expensive places to live in the United States. Los Angeles is actually known as "88 cities within a city," where many smaller suburbs have grown together to create the greater Los Angeles area. Thanks to these suburbs and cities, there are many unique places to live in Los Angeles for various prices. However, prices might be high wherever a person decides to live. The following are the top eight most expensive neighborhoods in Los Angeles based on average home sale price as of September 2015.

1. North of Montana, Santa Monica

The city of Santa Monica is one of the most desirable places to live in Los Angeles. With pristine living conditions and easy access to the beach, the Santa Monica neighborhood of North of Montana is the most expensive place to live in the greater Los Angeles area. The median sale price for homes in this neighborhood is $3.1 million.

2. Hidden Hills

Hidden Hills is a luxury city within the greater Los Angeles Area. This gated community is known for a simple and romantic way of life, and many of the homes resemble a Texas-ranch style. This city attracts a very affluent type of resident due to its secluded nature. The median sale price for homes in this neighborhood is $2.75 million.

3. Bel Air, Los Angeles

The third most expensive neighborhood in Los Angeles is actually the first neighborhood on this list within the city limits of Los Angeles itself. However, the neighborhood of Bel Air is arguably the most well-known neighborhood in the entire Los Angeles area and attracts many celebrities. The city is famous for its seclusion up in the Los Angeles mountains, and it is an excellent choice for luxury homes. The median sale price for homes in this neighborhood is $2.43 million.

4. Hill Section, Manhattan Beach

Hill Section is a neighborhood in Manhattan Beach with arguably the best ocean views in the city. When Manhattan Beach has arguably the best ocean views in the greater Los Angeles area, this is saying something special about Hill Section. With direct access to surf spots and entertaining nightlife, Hill Section is attracting a younger generation of wealth and affluence. The median sale price for homes in this neighborhood is $2.35 million.

5. Sand Section, Manhattan Beach

With the rise in popularity of Manhattan Beach over the last five years, it comes as no surprise the neighborhood of Sand Section is right behind Hill Section in terms of median sale price. Sand Section is most notable for its unique walk streets and desirable oceanfront homes. The median sale price for homes in this neighborhood comes in at just below Hill Section, at $2.266 million.

6. Pacific Palisades, Los Angeles

Pacific Palisades has been the neighborhood in the greater Los Angeles area with the highest sales volume throughout 2013 and 2014. This neighborhood is located north of Manhattan Beach and is known for its family-friendly environment and picturesque nature views. Pacific Palisades is the second neighborhood on this list that resides within the city of Los Angeles proper, and the median sale price for homes is $2.15 million.

7. Malibu

Malibu is arguably the second most well-known place to live in the greater Los Angeles area after Bel Air. Malibu is known for its expansive beachfront lots that provide homeowners with both ocean views and mountain views. The median sale price for homes in this neighborhood is also $2.15 million.

8. El Porto, Manhattan Beach

This neighborhood in Manhattan Beach is an attractive place to live for surfers and outdoor enthusiasts. The beach community offers quaint homes with great ocean views, as well as a variety of shopping and dining options. The median sale price for homes in this neighborhood is $2.1 million.

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