The shopaholic's guide to LA real estate

From The Grove to Rodeo Drive, Los Angeles is a shopper's paradise. Famous designers, up-and-coming innovators and trusted brands all make their homes in Southern California, offering upscale shopping in some ritzy neighborhoods and trendy boutique destinations in quieter areas. No matter what you're into, if you like to shop - be it just glancing in the window or hitting up the town with credit card in hand - Los Angeles is the place for you.

If you're considering buying real estate in Los Angeles, you may be wondering which neighborhoods have the most access to trendy shopping, dining and nightlife opportunities. Here's our guide to living in LA when you live to shop.

Pasadena
Old Pasadena offers some surprisingly upscale shopping, including an Apple store, Sur La Table, Sephora and Victoria's Secret. Nearby Paseo offers some additional destinations, like BCBG Max Azria, Coach and Macy's. All of that great shopping is interspersed with some beautiful outdoor dining, fashionable late-night destinations and a couple of movie theatres for a quieter night out. There's also plenty to do for the quirky set, including plenty of fro-yo joints and a tea parlor.

Beverly Hills
No list of shopaholic destinations would be complete with Rodeo Drive. This famous collection of designer shops is located just off of Wilshire Boulevard, and features some of the world's most posh names, including Harry Winston, Cartier and Chanel.

Don't have the budget for big-time shopping? Rodeo Drive is a great place to people-watch and window-shop, too. You don't have to walk away with a bag full of Tiffany diamonds to enjoy an afternoon spent in the one of the ritziest shopping districts in the world.

Hancock Park
Hancock Park is an affluent collection of gorgeous homes located right in the middle of the action of downtown Los Angeles. Minutes from trendy West Hollywood and situated between Beverly Boulevard and Wilshire Drive, Hancock Park is perfect for potential homebuyers who don't want to be far from the city center.

A nearby outdoor mall called The Grove is a prime location for celebrity sightings, and hosts a local farmers market with organic goodies you won't find in any run-of-the-mill grocery store. It's also full of great shopping and dining opportunities and hosts a yearly Christmas festival complete with fake snow, in case you're missing the seasons.

There's no better retail mecca in the United States than Los Angeles. If you're seeking a home in Southern California, it never hurts to know where the best shopping is located - so you can be sure to be close to your favorite boutiques.