I'm an ex-high school teacher turned freelance writer living in Atwater Village. There's so much to do in my dog-friendly neighborhood (coffee shops, horseback riding, Vietnamese food, cool workouts, biking/running clubs, fun bars, etc.).
I grew up in the Florida Keys and have lived in Miami, Savannah, Brooklyn and now LA.
I try to get away at least once a month and take budget trips to new (and old) cities. My family is in Florida and I try to visit every few months.