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Old 03-08-2012, 12:03 AM
 
Location: London, UK
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Currently house hunting (rental) within decent Commute of Santa Monica, hoping to get a 3bed singl storey house for under $3500

Found one on Appleton way in mar vista which we love but the area seems very suburban and residential, nothing of interest in walk able distance. Viewing a few places in Venice too and keep hearing you have to be careful which parts of Venice - any advice on Venice pockets to avoid to go for?

Young family with two very small children
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Old 03-08-2012, 11:08 AM
 
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if i had kids and chose to live in venice i'd live east of lincoln or south of venice blvd. venice can be a bit seedy, but it's generally pretty safe from my experiences. i think property theft would be your biggest concern. don't leave anything out in the open that isn't locked down (especially bicycles). otherwise, the gangs and drug dealers are easy to avoid.
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Old 03-08-2012, 11:09 AM
 
Location: Santa Monica, CA
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Found one on Appleton way in mar vista which we love but the area seems very suburban and residential, nothing of interest in walk able distance.
My parents are currently visiting me and renting a house about 3-4 blocks south of that area. I don't really understand your complaint. Maybe it's not a 5 minute walk to shops and restaurants but certainly a walkable area and a 5 minute bike ride to the beach. There are some houses walking distance to Abbot Kinney, Main St in Santa Monica, and the beach but I imagine they are quite a bit more expensive.

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if i had kids and chose to live in venice i'd live east of lincoln or south of venice blvd.
There seem to be some pretty nice houses between Abbot Kinney blvd and Lincoln and the area feels safe.

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Old 03-08-2012, 12:17 PM
 
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if i had kids and chose to live in venice i'd live east of lincoln or south of venice blvd.
I grew up in the area ... north of Venice Blvd IMHO is better than south of Venice.
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Old 03-08-2012, 12:23 PM
 
Location: SF Bay Area
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Currently house hunting (rental) within decent Commute of Santa Monica, hoping to get a 3bed singl storey house for under $3500

Found one on Appleton way in mar vista which we love but the area seems very suburban and residential, nothing of interest in walk able distance.
Appleton Way is in a nice quiet residential area behind the elementary school I went to. You'll learn to appreciate quietness in LA. You are within a 5-min drive to shopping areas and the beach (straight down Rose Ave).
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Old 03-08-2012, 12:40 PM
 
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I grew up in the area ... north of Venice Blvd IMHO is better than south of Venice.
i moved from the area last summer, but i saw lots of families (at least for LA standards) in the area around washington blvd and the canals. north of venice blvd and abbot kinney is the oakwood rec center, all the section 8 buildings, and Brooks and Broadway where the drug dealers sell from street corners. south of venice also houses coeur d'alene elemenary school, which is one of the better rated public schools on the westside.

the northern part of venice may be more happenning, but i wouldn't say it's more family friendly.
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Old 03-08-2012, 12:51 PM
 
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i moved from the area last summer, but i saw lots of families (at least for LA standards) in the area around washington blvd and the canals. north of venice blvd and abbot kinney is the oakwood rec center, all the section 8 buildings, and Brooks and Broadway where the drug dealers sell from street corners. south of venice also houses coeur d'alene elemenary school, which is one of the better rated public schools on the westside.

the northern part of venice may be more happenning, but i wouldn't say it's more family friendly.
I meant east of Lincoln and north of Venice -- not just north venice.
I played ball against the kids at the Oakwood Rec Center when I was growing up -- the Shoreline Crips were out in full force then.
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Old 03-08-2012, 01:25 PM
 
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I meant east of Lincoln and north of Venice -- not just north venice.
i think we're on the same page then. the neighborhood between penmar and walgrove from venice blvd to the SM border is a great area with lots of great homes that are well taken care of.
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Old 03-08-2012, 03:28 PM
 
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Really useful, thanks.

Saw a place today on San miguel (well its officially broadway street) just west of Lincoln, it was huge but the area I just couldn't tell what it was like in the middle of the day, anyone know it?
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Old 03-08-2012, 04:05 PM
 
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i wouldn't live there with a family. the ralph's grocery store across the street is probably the only market i've ever been to that has security 24 hours a day. needless to say, it's pretty crummy. a lot of homeless hang around there as well. just down the street is the oakwood rec center, which has apparently improved greatly in recent years, but has quite a history. i'm sure you can read about it on these boards. also, down on 7th ave. is the main spot where crack dealers sell their goods. i'm not making this up either, i've been offered crack there before.
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