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Old 10-16-2011, 09:03 PM
 
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Hiya folks,

I'm moving from out of state with a friend, and we are looking for a place to rent together. However, it's been tough, as whenever we find a place within our price range, it turns out to be in a bad neighborhood (based on what I've seen on this forum) or too far away from where I will be going to school. My school is located around Toluca Lake/Studio City area. A friend told me to start looking there, but I'd really like to get the best bang for my buck. My friend, a professional, has a car, but I don't. Because of her hours, she probably won't be able to drive me to and from school, but I don't mind taking public transit, just as long as it's not a couple hours round-trip. (Thank you, Google Maps.)

Together, we have two cats. Our budget is roughly $1000/month (utilities included) but if we really really need to we could probably stretch to $1300. We would really prefer getting our own place rather than sharing a house or apartment. I know that for $1000 a two bedroom is probably pushing it, but at least one bedroom will be necessary, as we keep different hours.

We don't mind ''ethnic'' neighborhoods as long as crime rate is pretty decent. (A side question: a friend told me that if I wore red or blue in ANY part of LA, including the real ritzy places, I'd automatically get shot by a gang member. Somebody please tell me this friend was yanking my chain. I don't want to get rid of my entire wardrobe!) In hand-to-hand combat I can take care of myself, but my future roommie friend is a whole different story.

Okay, to sum it up: a one(-plus) bedroom, that allows cats, within an easy distance of Studio City/Toluca Lake, relatively safe, easy on the wallet. Really appreciate any comments! Thanks a lot!

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Old 10-16-2011, 09:10 PM
 
Location: Sometimes Portland, other times LA
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Rule of thumb when living in LA: cheap and safe do not go hand in hand and the farther out from city limits the cheaper it is. You will have to choose whether to max out your budget or settle with a long commute but you simply cannot have it all, especially for $1000/ mo
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Old 10-16-2011, 09:41 PM
 
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Hiya folks,

Together, we have two cats. Our budget is roughly $1000/month (utilities included) but if we really really need to we could probably stretch to $1300. We would really prefer getting our own place rather than sharing a house or apartment. I know that for $1000 a two bedroom is probably pushing it, but at least one bedroom will be necessary, as we keep different hours.
2 bedroom isn't happening under any circumstances in a safe neighborhood for 1300 or less within hour bus ride of Studio City or Toluca Lake. 1 bedroom with utilites can be had in Burbank, Valley Village, or safe ares of North Hollywood though not for under $1,000. Not even the older places. You might be able to find a 1 bedroom guest house for that much.

Something like this:
Beautiful one bedroom guest house (http://losangeles.craigslist.org/sfv/apa/2651152929.html - broken link)

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We don't mind ''ethnic'' neighborhoods as long as crime rate is pretty decent. (A side question: a friend told me that if I wore red or blue in ANY part of LA, including the real ritzy places, I'd automatically get shot by a gang member. Somebody please tell me this friend was yanking my chain. I don't want to get rid of my entire wardrobe!) In hand-to-hand combat I can take care of myself, but my future roommie friend is a whole different story.
You're friend is yanking your chain.
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Old 10-17-2011, 12:30 AM
 
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Hiya folks,

I'm moving from out of state with a friend, and we are looking for a place to rent together. However, it's been tough, as whenever we find a place within our price range, it turns out to be in a bad neighborhood (based on what I've seen on this forum) or too far away from where I will be going to school. My school is located around Toluca Lake/Studio City area. A friend told me to start looking there, but I'd really like to get the best bang for my buck. My friend, a professional, has a car, but I don't. Because of her hours, she probably won't be able to drive me to and from school, but I don't mind taking public transit, just as long as it's not a couple hours round-trip. (Thank you, Google Maps.)

Together, we have two cats. Our budget is roughly $1000/month (utilities included) but if we really really need to we could probably stretch to $1300. We would really prefer getting our own place rather than sharing a house or apartment. I know that for $1000 a two bedroom is probably pushing it, but at least one bedroom will be necessary, as we keep different hours.

We don't mind ''ethnic'' neighborhoods as long as crime rate is pretty decent. (A side question: a friend told me that if I wore red or blue in ANY part of LA, including the real ritzy places, I'd automatically get shot by a gang member. Somebody please tell me this friend was yanking my chain. I don't want to get rid of my entire wardrobe!) In hand-to-hand combat I can take care of myself, but my future roommie friend is a whole different story.

Okay, to sum it up: a one(-plus) bedroom, that allows cats, within an easy distance of Studio City/Toluca Lake, relatively safe, easy on the wallet. Really appreciate any comments! Thanks a lot!
My wife and I live in a studio in Toluca Lake (borderline) and pay $825, internet and cable included. We lucked out and so will you. It took us almost two months to find it, and it is large but still a studio, yet I'm sure you two can find something if you have the time to be choosy.
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Old 10-17-2011, 01:03 AM
 
Location: The OC
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You can find a studio for around $1k in both West Hollywood and Studio City... I've found studios for both places and they are safe. However they are studios; you would need to share a studio.
You could also share a 1 BR; have one person sleep in Br and other in the living room.

Here is a complex in Studio City where you can get a 1 br starting at 1175.

Fruitland Villa Apartments | Studio, 1 & 2 Bedroom Apartment Homes in Studio City, CA
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Old 10-17-2011, 01:11 AM
 
Location: Arvada, CO
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Looks like where the Karate Kid landed when he came with his mom from Jersey.
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Old 10-17-2011, 06:02 PM
 
Location: Sometimes Portland, other times LA
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Looks like where the Karate Kid landed when he came with his mom from Jersey.
Yeah it does. Yikes!
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Old 10-17-2011, 06:44 PM
 
Location: Columbia, California
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Looks like where the Karate Kid landed when he came with his mom from Jersey.
Might even be the site from the filming as it was shot in CA.
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Old 10-18-2011, 12:20 AM
 
Location: Hollywood, CA
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Might even be the site from the filming as it was shot in CA.
No

19223 Saticoy St., Reseda, LA, CA 91335-2503 is the Karate Kid apartment complex.


Welcome To The Karate Kid Movie WebSite
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Old 10-18-2011, 02:25 PM
 
Location: SF Bay Area
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A side question: a friend told me that if I wore red or blue in ANY part of LA, including the real ritzy places, I'd automatically get shot by a gang member. Somebody please tell me this friend was yanking my chain. I don't want to get rid of my entire wardrobe
Lol, there'd be bodies littering the streets if this were true, don't you think? I'd leave the red/blue bandana at home but that is all.
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