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Old 04-20-2010, 12:45 AM
 
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Hey Everyone,

I would like to hear from some of you who have lived in Cali for a long time and know the L.A. area and other areas surrounding L.A. as well. Here's the deal.
I'm actually from Texas and have lived in Hollywood, the Southbay and currently Long Beach for 10 years. Moved here to be with my sister, but she has moved back to Canada. Have had ok luck with jobs but seem to be struggling still after I was laid off from my other job. I find it difficult to meet friends and maintain them-but have not been completely content with my living situation. I really like Long Beach but I am going to have to leave this area.

I like San Diego.

Looking for an area that is more suburban, family oriented, good for singles, away from L.A. but maybe not too far. I'm thinking about 1 hour and half away--no more. I don't want to feel like I live in a city. Looking for lots of nature, hiking trails, etc. The total opposite of Hollywood blvd with less people, less congestion, less traffic and a lower rent.

Mainly:

1. Don't want to pay anymore than 800 for a 1 bedroom apartment.
2. Would like to step outside and walk my dog (when I get a dog) and feel safe and possibly know my neighbors.
3. Location can be North of L.A. or South.
4. Have a BBA so anything in Business would suit me once I change jobs.
5. Somewhere like Long Beach, Newport Beach, etc.
6. A slower pace with more down to earth people.
7. Great for singles.
8. ..more jobs..
9. Close to malls, shopping, parks,etc.


I would appreciate any input you guys have. This next move is crucial and I want it to be the right one.

Thanks everyone.
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Old 04-20-2010, 07:57 AM
 
Location: Las Flores, Orange County, CA
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I think one bedroom at $800/month and the aggregate of ("lots of jobs" and "Close to malls, shopping, parks" and "feel safe" and "[anything] Beach") are mutually exclusive.

Think twice of getting a dog - very restricting when looking for housing.

It's easier for the forum to make recommendations for housing once you have a job [location] than it is for the forum to suggest a housing location without a job location.
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Old 04-20-2010, 09:20 AM
 
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You're going to have to get in on a multiple bedroom place with roommates if $800 is your max.
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Old 04-20-2010, 10:27 AM
 
Location: Mission Viejo, CA / San Rafael, CA
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For $800 a month, you're going to have to move to Lancaster, Victorville, Temecula or Hemet.
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Old 04-20-2010, 12:43 PM
 
Location: The High Seas
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For $800 a month, you're going to have to move to Lancaster, Victorville, Temecula or Hemet.
I think that falls under the category of "cruelty to animals".
Maybe not Temecula, which is passable, but hotter than hell in the summer.
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Old 04-20-2010, 02:18 PM
 
Location: Mission Viejo, CA / San Rafael, CA
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Yeah $800 a month for a single bedroom apartment and "like Newport Beach" makes me think this thread isn't serious.
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Old 04-20-2010, 07:31 PM
 
Location: California
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Dogs in apartments. I don't get that.
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Old 04-20-2010, 08:39 PM
 
Location: GLAMA
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I think that falls under the category of "cruelty to animals".
Maybe not Temecula, which is passable, but hotter than hell in the summer.
You get used to it.
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Old 04-20-2010, 10:50 PM
 
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Default Charles.. Ok..

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I think one bedroom at $800/month and the aggregate of ("lots of jobs" and "Close to malls, shopping, parks" and "feel safe" and "[anything] Beach") are mutually exclusive.

Think twice of getting a dog - very restricting when looking for housing.

It's easier for the forum to make recommendations for housing once you have a job [location] than it is for the forum to suggest a housing location without a job location.
Hey Charles, that clears that up. Yes, getting the job part is first thing. I'm researching other areas to my preference. Your input helps a lot. Everyone is pretty much saying the same thing. Thank you for replying back. Very cool.
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Old 04-20-2010, 10:52 PM
 
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Default Hey skyway31...That's not what I wanted to hear... : (

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You're going to have to get in on a multiple bedroom place with roommates if $800 is your max.
But, that seems to be the reality around here. I'm from Texas, a place where you get a big bang for your southern buck. Might have to take my southern Bhind back to the Southern Draw ing Board. lol.
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