I agree. As much as I miss having space and I hate trying to fit the cruiser into tight parallel parking spots all over the city and I hate encountering traffic at every time of day...yeah in spite of all that I love West LA. Santa Monica to South Bay is the exact right spot to be. You might like Bellevue more than me though. Went out to Factoria all the time as a kid and I think there are many places in the LA area I'd rather be than Bellevue...
And I do think LA is better for wheeling. Death Valley and J Tree are ideal for off-roading 8 months of the year and there are some great trails in the Sierras when it's too hot for the desert. Back in Seattle you get that perfect two month window when there's no snow in the mountains and before the rain starts coming every day but it can be tough to get out there when it rains 100 days in a row
I was very specific with my LA locations dude. . Factoria sucks but Cougar Mountain, Lake Sammamish and dt Bellevue is far better living in my books than being stuck in Studio City or Glendale. Add Leschi, MI, it goes on and on.
I don’t like sand and desert. I love PNW scenery rain or shine. I also have zero interest in “wheeling” so whatever floats the boat man. Good thing is our 80s are on the West Coast the best coast.