Is it better to stay in Santa Monica or Hollywood?
Santa Monica is better for night life at a beach location and traffic gridlock, Its the place of bars, shopping, scenic ocean views, Getty Museum, Santa Monica Pier, etc. The drive between the two is easiest mid day. Work commutes can be difficult. Its also difficult if its a major beach day going to Santa Monica.
How Safe Is Echo Park LA?
Echo Park has an above average violent crime rate and an average property crime rate for Los Angeles.
Is Westchester La safe?
Westchester is a lovely mostly family and college neighborhood in West Los Angeles. There is very little crime, trails to exercise on, school security nearby, and a lot of families who live among the college students who attend LMU. Westchester is a very safe suburban neighborhood to the west of downtown Los Angeles.