Two Los Angeles neighborhoods known for their welcoming communities

Choosing to uproot your life and start anew in a brand new city is a big decision, but it can be a little less intimidating when you know you're moving to a neighborhood with friendly residents, a vibrant community and plenty of easy ways to meet new people and make new friends.

When searching for friendly real estate in Los Angeles, here are three neighborhoods to keep in mind.

Laguna Niguel
This beachside community is located about one hour south of downtown Los Angeles, in neighboring Orange County. Don't let its stately mansions and gorgeous beach views fool you - Laguna Niguel is a relaxed, down-to-earth place to put down roots.

Laguna Niguel is an art town, so its winding beachside avenues are dotted with craft furniture stores, art galleries, old bookstores and plenty of unique places to find antiques and other collectibles. Each year, the city hosts the Festival of Arts and Pageant of the Masters, a one-of-a-kind show where live actors recreate famous still paintings with the help of some ingenious makeup and lighting tricks. It's a spectacle that has to be seen to be believed!

Meet your new Laguna Niguel neighbors by grabbing ice cream, coffee or a delicious lunch down at any of the open-air restaurants by the city's pristine beaches.

La Canada Flintridge
Located just 20 minutes north of the city of Los Angeles and a quick jaunt from all the shopping and dining of Old Pasadena, La Canada Flintridge offers all the excitement of big city living in a small, cozy package.

This affluent neighborhood is composed mainly of families - probably because it boasts one of the very best public school districts in the nation. In addition to its award-winning public high school, La Canada also has private and parochial schooling options to please families of all kinds. It's also home to some gorgeous parks, including the Hahamongna Watershed Park, which separates it from nearby Pasadena.

With a population of just over 20,000, La Canada is an intimate community of families and young adults ready to welcome new homeowners with open arms.