Formerly called South Central Los Angeles, the Los Angeles City Council renamed it “South Los Angeles” in 2003. South Los Angeles is a region in Los Angeles County, California, just south of Downtown Los Angeles. South Los Angeles includes University Park, a smaller sub-neighborhood containing colleges and universities. “South Los Angeles” can also refer to a 51 square mile region that encompasses not only parts of LA but also unincorporated areas.
Downtown LA is the central business district in Los Angeles and provides more than a half-million people with jobs. Technology and finance are two of the most important industries here. Downtown LA houses the headquarters for Anschutz Entertainment Group, BYD Company, and Cathay Bank. It also serves as the hub for the city’s urban rail transit system and the Metrolink commuter rail system for Southern California. If you’re looking to set up your business here, SquareFoot can help you find South Los Angeles office space for rent.
What Our Brokers Say about South Los Angeles Office Space
South L.A., which is a 16-square-mile rectangle, could be a smart location for your business. The neighborhood offers an opportunity to snatch up office space close to—but not in—Downtown LA for a fraction of the price. If you want to specifically look into coworking spaces in South Los Angeles, look up WeWork and The Collection. Landmarks in the neighborhood include the Coca-Cola Building, the Banc of California Stadium, Lincoln Theater, and Dunbar Hotel.
Top Commercial Buildings in South Los Angeles
Our brokers recommend checking the following office buildings in South Los Angeles for availability. Contact us for more information or recommendations.
- 8529 Vermont Avenue: 8529 Vermont Avenue offers retail space in South Los Angeles. The area enjoys excellent visibility and plenty of pedestrian traffic. At the moment, one suite with 3,300 square feet of space is available for lease. Contact us for more information.
- 1967 West Slauson Avenue: 1967 West Slauson Avenue is located in the Inglewood/South LA submarket. Right now, one unit is available for lease. It is 1,350 square feet in size. The area around the building has a walk score of 79 and is close to the Union Station Commuter Rail.
- 1720 West Slauson Avenue: 1720 West Slauson Avenue is a Class C office building located along West Slauson and South Western Avenues. Nearby tenants include Wingstop, Walgreens, Gamestop, Food 4 Less, Family Dollar, and more. This building has one 1st-floor office space available for rent. It’s 6,500 square feet in size. Contact SquareFoot for pricing and further details.
Get to Know South Los Angeles
According to AirBnb, South Los Angeles is quiet, industrial, and historic. Residents and visitors can use the Metro’s J Line (silver), which runs from San Pedro to El Monte, or the A Line (blue), which runs from Downtown LA to Long Beach, to navigate South Los Angeles. Parts of the South LA neighborhood are quite walkable, but some corners really require a car to get around. Buses, Uber, Lyft, and taxis are also common ways to get from point A to point B in this neighborhood.
Why rent office space in South Los Angeles?
South Los Angeles is home to the University of Southern California, the state’s oldest private research university, as well as Mount Mary’s College and Hebrew Union College. The proximity to institutions of higher education may make it easier for businesses to recruit interns and new hires. The real estate market in South Los Angeles has made a great comeback since 2008 and is only going to get better as the 2028 Summer Olympics—which will be hosted in Los Angeles—approaches. If you venture out of the office for lunch, be sure to check out the LA Eater-recommended Belizean Paradise Cuisine, Alta, Harold & Belle’s or CJ’s Cafe.
Nearby neighborhoods to set up office space
Maybe South Los Angeles looks like a great location for your business, but you want to check out all of the LA neighborhoods before making a decision. Here are a few neighborhoods close to South L.A. where you might want to set up an office:
West Adams: West Adams is a historic neighborhood best known for its historic buildings and notable mansions. It has three metro stations: La Cienega/Jefferson, Expo/La Brea, and Farmdale.
Hyde Park: Hyde Park used to be a city but became part of Los Angeles in 1923. It includes Crenshaw Boulevard, which is known as the heart of African American commerce in Los Angeles,” according to the LA Times. Hyde Park is one of the oldest neighborhoods in LA.
Jefferson Park: Jefferson Park lies just west of the University of Southern California between Crenshaw and Western Avenue. Some refer to it as the “soul of the city.” The neighborhood offers a variety of “unique businesses, great food and a mix of cultures.”