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Old 02-07-2011, 11:54 AM
 
Location: SoCal
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I'm thinking about buying in North Hollywood.

What do you think of the area? I've read some opinions that it's really come up and others that day it's gone down hill.

I know the schools are crap, which is a bummer (I have a 1 year old, so I don't have to worry about school for another 4 years or so). I know that I should be looking south of Burbank Blvd, but I can't really afford something there, and I've seen some nice pockets north of there.

I'm hoping that it's up-and-coming due to the metro and other factors. What do you think?
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Old 02-07-2011, 01:34 PM
 
Location: NoHo (North Hollywood)
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Are you looking to buy a single family home or are you ok with condo-living? Can you give us an idea of your total budget?

I was in the same position as you were a little over a year ago. I knew I wanted to live near the arts district, I wanted a single family home (detached and sick of apartment living), but I needed something affordable. It's very hard to find a single family home that is cheap and south of Burbank Blvd. Most houses south of Burbank Blvd start in the $450K range and the further south you go, the more expensive it gets (closer to Toluca Lake). I had to settle on a house one block north of Burbank blvd. One thing I've learned very quickly is if you take care of your property, people begin to notice and start cleaning up their properties.

If you are thinking of going north of Burbank Blvd, the rule of thumb is not to go too far north, definitely NOT north of Oxnard St. I recommend either staying East of Vineland Ave (close to Cahuenga) or staying West of Lankershim.
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Old 02-07-2011, 02:08 PM
 
Location: SoCal
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Why not north of Oxnard St?

I've seen a few houses on some decent-looking streets north of Oxnard. I need to keep the house price under $350k.

What about the area near Oxnard & Cahuenga?
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Old 02-07-2011, 05:01 PM
 
Location: Miracle Mile, CA
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I agree with the previous poster. Some areas north of Burbank Blvd are ok. As you go north of Burbank Blvd, the communities vary by block. You can have one really well kept street and go one block over and it's not so much.

The area you're referring to is very close to the Burbank Border. When you get that close to the city of Burbank and that high north, you will have more airplane noise to put up with. On the positive side, the odds are the airport has already retrofitted those houses with double paned windows and other noise-reducing upgrades.
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Old 02-07-2011, 05:18 PM
 
Location: SoCal
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Thanks guys!

Here's a question. Say I'm in North Hollywood. I'm (for example) far north of Oxnard & Burbank Blvd. I'm in the area that everyone says to stay away from. BUT... I'm on a cute tree-lined street. All the houses appear to be taken care of. Nothing creepy is going on. No cars on blocks, etc...

Am I on a safe street? Are streets secretly dangerous even though they don't look to be? What if one street over is crappy looking? Just curious and looking for opinions. I don't know a whole lot about North Hollywood. I'm not going to be able to afford anything around the arts district.

I'm in Burbank now, pretty near the airport, and haven't had any issues with planes. I notice them once in a while, but hardly at all, which is interesting. I used to live near the Santa Monica airport, and it was AWFUL! So loud you'd have to pause your TV or stop talking. Here, it's been fine.
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Old 02-07-2011, 09:19 PM
 
Location: NoHo (North Hollywood)
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If you really like the street you're eyeing, I recommend hanging out for day. There's a park nearby on the Burbank side, so you can get an idea of the plane noise. I actually almost considered a house up near Califa Street and Cahuenga (next to Valley Park in Burbank), but the airplane noise was just a bit too much. And yes, the house was significantly cheaper...I think it was $290K at the time.

I just did a search on redfin and found a house that's right where you were talking about that's in your price range: 5906 WILLOWCREST Ave, North Hollywood, CA 91601 | MLS# S647060

Don't rush it though. I've seen some houses in your price range come on the market closer to the arts district. Just check the site daily and type in the zip code: 91601. I'm sure you'll find what you're looking for.
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Old 02-09-2011, 12:10 PM
 
Location: SoCal
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Thanks! I'll definitely do that.
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Old 03-20-2011, 11:29 AM
 
Location: NoHo (North Hollywood)
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Readymade,

FYI. 2 really cute houses just landed on the market in the NoHo Arts area and they are a STEAL. I wish I had waited now. But I wanted to share with you because I knew you were frustrated with the high prices in the area. These 2 are well within budget. I definitely like the first one more, but they're both definitely a bargan. Jump on them before someone else does. Seriously....

5643 IRVINE Ave, North Hollywood, CA 91601 | MLS# F11035126


5748 CRANER Ave, North Hollywood, CA 91601 | MLS# F11035118

Spanish revival houses are in high demand anywhere you go, so again, jump now.
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Old 03-20-2011, 12:32 PM
 
Location: SoCal
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Wow, those look great! Thanks!
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