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Old 01-20-2011, 11:47 AM
 
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Is it worth paying the extra $300/$400 month in rent to live in home in Santa Monica or Culver City if I work just west of downtown? I see that I can find a decent 3/4 bedroom home in Torrance for around $2700/month, whereas in Santa Monica it is more like $3k/month.

Is the commute that much better from the westside?

Thanks!
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Old 01-20-2011, 11:53 AM
 
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if i worked downtown i wouldn't live in either of those locations.
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Old 01-20-2011, 01:22 PM
 
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So what are you asking. Culver City is not too far from downtown. Santa Monica is far, but if you live near the 10 freeway and are going eastbound in the mornings and westbound in the afternoons/early evenings, it's actually not that bad (still expect at least a 30 minute commute).

I think you are undervaluing rent in Santa monica it will be much more expensive for that kind of home unless you're looking at a wreck.
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Old 01-20-2011, 03:48 PM
 
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I am not an LA expert, but I did some apartment searching in those areas. At 5pm, I went from downtown to Culver City in 30 minutes using Pico to Western to Venice. Apparently the estimated time on the freeway was 65 minutes. So it can be done in 30- 35 minutes during rush hour.

I also did Culver City to Santa Monica one morning at around 8am. 45 minutes on the freeway, 25 on surface streets. Not sure about in the afternoon though.

This means that if it is a similar commute, you are looking at at least an hour from downtown to Santa Monica on surface streets. To be honest, that probably isn't that bad of an LA commute. I did that in Chicago for a while. It honestly sucks, but its worth it if you are set on Santa Monica.

I have not gone from the South Bay to downtown and back, but to me it looks far worse than downtown to westside.
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Old 01-20-2011, 05:05 PM
 
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SM is nice, but unless you need to be on the Westside to network & connect with industry ppl, I'd rather choose Hollywood, W. Hollywood, Los Feliz or Larchmont Village.
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Old 01-20-2011, 05:54 PM
 
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SM sucks. move to venice. completely different vibe there.
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Old 01-21-2011, 11:12 AM
 
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SM sucks. move to venice. completely different vibe there.
I haven't seen any homes for rent in Venice... I would rather live closer to Culver City, but again, not a lot available in that area. But from what I understand, the commute North from Torrance is so bad that it is worth paying an extra few hundred/month to live closer to city center.
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Old 01-21-2011, 01:03 PM
 
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If your main concern is the commute to downtown LA, then forget santa monica and live in culver city. Culver city will be cheaper and closer to downtown LA. you would only consider santa monica if you wanted to live by the beach
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Old 01-21-2011, 01:34 PM
 
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If your main concern is the commute to downtown LA, then forget santa monica and live in culver city. Culver city will be cheaper and closer to downtown LA. you would only consider santa monica if you wanted to live by the beach
I appreciate the info. But do you know of the best source for finding rental homes in Culver? I have been scouring Padmapper and Craig's List, but there really are not that many single-family homes available...
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Old 01-21-2011, 02:33 PM
 
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Oh homes? Have you tried westside rentals?

Even in the electronic era the best way to find a place to rent is to physically drive and look at signs. Most apartment complexes (and homes) don't advertise online at all
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