I live in California, in the Hollywood Hills area. Yes, it is very expensive here, but I wouldn’t want to live anyplace else.
Almost every day is bright and sunny, which is nice. However, on the downside, we are usually in a drought situation. I love the fact that our temperatures are not so hot or so cold as other areas (except when the Santa Ana winds are blowing). Our humidity is low, too, which keeps it comfortable even without air conditioning, though almost everyone has it.
I can choose to go to the beach or drive a little and be in the mountains. California has much diversity.
Because of our climate, we have fresh, organic produce available year round.
Driving in LA is a nightmare. It is the most congested city in the world.
Despite the few downsides, I love it here. The view from my house, which is near the top of the mountain, takes in the famous Hollywood sign all the way to Catalina Island.