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Old 11-19-2008, 05:24 PM
 
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Default Best Place In California?

For two straight males, 22 years old, no restrictions/obligations?

We are going to be leaving Indiana, just picking up and moving, and at this point thinking either in or around L.A. or in or around SD, because SF seems too tough to get around by car and we both would like to bring our manual vehicles along with us. We are not worried about the price, we have the mindset and mentality that we will make it wherever we end up.

We do not have degrees yet, but have a few years of school completed, and after we establish residency out there we will finish school at the very reasonable in state rates offered.

We are both over 6 feet (I'm 6'1, my buddy is 6'3), good looking Caucasian guys, and I say this because it's really an unspoken truth about getting jobs/moving up anywhere--which is why we are confident.

Once we decide on a place we will make sure we have jobs/place to stay lined up through Craigslist, even if it's only temporary so we will already have a source of income and residence when we arrive (and the peace of mind).

Main factors we care about:
- Nightlife
- Beautiful women (good dating scene)
- Nice weather (fits most of CA)
- Good places to surf
- Lots to do
- Lots of people our age
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Old 11-19-2008, 06:41 PM
 
Location: Las Flores, Orange County, CA
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This

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We are not worried about the price,
and this

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- Nightlife
- Beautiful women (good dating scene)
- Nice weather (fits most of CA)
- Good places to surf
- Lots to do
- Lots of people our age
are mutually exclusive.
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Old 11-19-2008, 08:41 PM
 
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This



and this



are mutually exclusive.
How so? You're statement would be true if I said "We DO care about the price." We've both visited Southern California before and love it all, but we need an area to start looking at specifically, since it is so large. We could rent a shared home/apartment in Beverly Hills for instance for under $1000 a month, so when I say money is no factor, it really isn't.

We're both extremely frugal, and rarely purchase anything other than the necessities to live. When we move to CA, this will still be true, but we are looking forward to actually have a diverse and exciting nightlife, and we don't plan on buying ten drinks every time we go out.
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Old 11-19-2008, 08:57 PM
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Only one place in CA (or anywhere in US) is really relevant for those criteria: LA's Westside, esp BevHills...epicenter of LA region's economy, for job opportunities...and area attracts lots of talented, cash-poor chicks, who frequent nearby bars to meet affluent elder statesmen...capitalism at its best...
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Old 11-19-2008, 11:34 PM
 
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Only one place in CA (or anywhere in US) is really relevant for those criteria: LA's Westside, esp BevHills...epicenter of LA region's economy, for job opportunities...and area attracts lots of talented, cash-poor chicks, who frequent nearby bars to meet affluent elder statesmen...capitalism at its best...
Honestly, just what I needed. Thank you. I just searched Craigslist for shared housing on LA's Westside, and I'm practically salivating on my laptop . I visited California for the first time last year, and Beverly Hills and the area around UCLA stood out to me the most, almost like a getaway in the middle of the amazing city. I just didn't know those parts were referred to as the "west" of LA, but I guess my search is over. There are numerous options for housing available for incredible prices, lots of Westwood, Beverly Hills, Santa Monica, Playa del Ray, Manhattan Beach etc.
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Old 11-20-2008, 09:44 AM
 
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LA sounds like your best bet, but be forewarned of a few things. Tall, good-looking, young Caucasian men are pretty much a dime a dozen in the LA area and many of them will already have their degrees (not to mention local connections), making them more desirable than you. Community colleges in large cities, like LA, are popular and have classes that fill up very quickly. The Cal State system turned away thousands of applicants this year and are harder to get into than they have ever been. The UC system is also reducing admissions. All schools are also raising their fees considerably.

In other words, if a degree is important to you and if you are already matriculated in a degree program where you are, your best bet is to finish before you come. If you're content working minimum wage jobs and putting off your degree completion, then I guess it doesn't matter when you come. Good luck to you. I don't meant to rain on your parade--just injecting a dose of reality.
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Old 11-20-2008, 12:04 PM
 
Location: SF Bay Area
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I really would compare prices of West LA vs San Diego first and make sure its worth. West LA is VERY expensive and SD is significantly cheaper for what you get. Both are great though, if your heart is set on West LA just have plenty of money saved and find a good paying job ASAP.
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Old 11-20-2008, 04:12 PM
 
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I really would compare prices of West LA vs San Diego first and make sure its worth. West LA is VERY expensive and SD is significantly cheaper for what you get. Both are great though, if your heart is set on West LA just have plenty of money saved and find a good paying job ASAP.
In terms of residence? I've found several places in Wetwood/Beverly Hills area for under $1500 (high end apts & condos) for a master bedroom and utilities, so that'd be $750 split b/t my friend and myself. I would never have thought places there would be so reasonable.
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Old 11-20-2008, 04:27 PM
 
Location: SF Bay Area
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In terms of residence? I've found several places in Wetwood/Beverly Hills area for under $1500 (high end apts & condos) for a master bedroom and utilities, so that'd be $750 split b/t my friend and myself. I would never have thought places there would be so reasonable.
If you're sharing a room in a shared apt/house then it definitely will make it more reasonable. That is what some people do here to make living costs more reasonable. You could get a 2 bedroom for the price of that in the good, happening parts of San Diego but it most likely won't be a "luxury" or "high end" place, just average. But of course its not West LA or BH, which is very nice and kind of in the center of it all.

But if you're willing to share a room in a shared apt/house then I think you can definitely make West LA/BH work. Even one of my friends had his own bedroom in a shared 3 bed apt in Beverly Hills for around $775/month, that was a pretty goo deal though but still its possible obviously.
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Old 11-21-2008, 04:38 AM
 
Location: Los Angeles Area
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I really would compare prices of West LA vs San Diego first and make sure its worth. West LA is VERY expensive and SD is significantly cheaper for what you get. Both are great though, if your heart is set on West LA just have plenty of money saved and find a good paying job ASAP.
This is accurate, but based on this comment:

"We are both over 6 feet (I'm 6'1, my buddy is 6'3), good looking Caucasian guys, and I say this because it's really an unspoken truth about getting jobs/moving up anywhere--which is why we are confident."

I'm thinking you'll be better off in West LA. The people there are less likely to think this is completely absurd.
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