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Old 05-07-2011, 12:39 AM
 
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I've been offered a job opportunity to live in LA. This would pay around $40,000 per year plus gas for my daily travels. It's just myself and my girl, she plans on getting a job down there once we move. Is this an ok amount for two people with no kids?

Also, any suggestions on a decent part of town to move to? Somewhere not to expensive but still in a decent area? Thanks in advance!
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Old 05-07-2011, 01:01 AM
 
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Oh, I also don't have to live "in" LA, any of the surrounding area is fine too.
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Old 05-07-2011, 01:13 AM
 
Location: Los Angeles
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Where is your job located?
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Old 05-07-2011, 01:14 AM
 
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40k is alright if you've got no kids, but things will still be a bit tight. Your girl should definitely get employed.

Encino is nice, it's got parks and enjoys the closeness to downtown L.A. (just over the hill & down Mulholland) without the gridlock overload. You're also 5 minutes from Topanga Canyon, which runs along a myriad of back roads through the Malibu canyons. Very beautiful - not at all like the rest of L.A.

The downside is that you're going to be paying comparably *insane* prices, no matter where you go. There's also some culture clash, but you're going to find that anywhere in this city.
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Old 05-07-2011, 01:27 AM
 
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Right that makes sense, I appreciate the location idea. I'm totally new to the thought of living in LA.

Pwright1 - I would be doing field tech work, so it would vary from day to day, but I get paid per mile.
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Old 05-09-2011, 06:26 PM
 
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Any other opinions? And is about $1,300 a month in rent standard for a decent place in LA?
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Old 05-09-2011, 06:46 PM
 
Location: Santa Monica, CA
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Yes, but you can't really afford to spend that much on rent grossing $40k (for one person, much less two.) Most landlords want you to gross 3X your monthly rent in income (which you aren't) and even then you'd be spending almost every penny on living expenses. If your girlfriend can find a job making at least $2k a month you should be able to get by. Otherwise your options are get a roommate or live in the hood.
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Old 05-09-2011, 07:07 PM
 
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Not everyone is grossing 3x their monthly rent though. But unless your girlfriend gets a job you're looking at living in areas like Hollywood (not the great part), Koreatown, Palms.
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Old 05-10-2011, 12:04 AM
 
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She's less experienced then I am, she'd probably just get a quick job to get by. So then, a $1,300 a month apartment isn't a good one, or your saying an apartment complex wouldn't be willing to go that high. In which case, I do have a co signer.
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Old 05-10-2011, 01:10 AM
 
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Also, what about "guest house" living, I've heard that is a good alternative to save some money as well.
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