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Old 03-09-2012, 09:49 PM
 
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Hi there,
In late summer my husband, a screenwriter, and I, a learning specialist, will
be moving to LA. We would really like to be in a place where we could live in a small house with a yard that has a decent community life, but coming from Bushwick we are used to roughing it a bit. Commute's not so much of an issue because he writes at home and I am at home with our daughter/telecommuting. Our budget is pretty dismal, though; less than $2000 is the goal. We'd be looking to rent. I'd love any tips you might have!
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Old 03-09-2012, 10:00 PM
 
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for a house with a yard you'll have to look in the valley. sherman oaks near the van nuys border is probably a good starting point. don't expect anything fancy with that budget though, probably an older home that has minimal updates and probably only 2 bedrooms.
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Old 04-15-2012, 10:07 AM
 
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In that price range, the areas are not so pretty. Van nuys Sherman oaks can be sketchy. Sherman oaks borders Brentwood and its very pricey but if it's adjacent to van nuys, not pretty. LA is not like NYC, it's more suburban like. Think mega strip malls with traffic jams. Try Burbank and Glendale to the east. Woodland hills, Encino to the west. 2000 is tough to find in decent areas. Maybe north hollywood or van nuys but its little rough.
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Old 04-15-2012, 02:40 PM
 
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We have a beautiful 3 bed home with amazing views- 2020 a month.Yes teh bathrooms are 60 s but they work fine and we love it-not in the valley either, so the homes are out there if you just look.We have a yard and double garage too.
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Old 04-15-2012, 02:42 PM
 
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We are also in a lovely neighbourhood with a decent elementary within walking distance.
It can be done- you just have to be presistent on craigs list or westside and not settle for a mediocre rental- there are lots of them We refused to compromise and kept looking until we found a place that we loved within budget.Good luck- our place was on westside rentals- the identical home next door was up for 1950 a year ago- 1200 sq feet- new carpets, newly painted....we love it and know we will not nuy a place we love as much.
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Old 04-16-2012, 08:24 AM
 
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LondonTeacher, what area did you find your place in?
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Old 04-16-2012, 09:57 AM
 
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I agree it's gonna be tough to find a 2br house for under $2000. Houses tend to start right at $2000 and go up. You might find a few exceptions, but they're likely to be less nice, or in bad neighborhoods, etc.

You should look up in Santa Clarita, since location is less important to you. It's a beautiful place to live and less expensive than the rest of Los Angeles. It's not far at all. It's just a bear if you have to commute into L.A. at peak times, which it doesn't sound like you do.
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Old 04-30-2012, 09:08 AM
 
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I will message you with area. I maintain you cann find houses under 2k with two bed......friend just got two bed cottage in highland park for 1800 inc all utilities....lt is lovely. You just have to look every day on the websites and be on it and negotiate with land lords. I do not know Santa clarity bit think it is a bot out in the suburbs.......you could also look at Pasadena but Hp will give best value.
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Old 04-30-2012, 09:27 AM
 
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Ugh most of those neighborhoods are going to be HUGE disappointments compared to Brooklyn. There are places in the LA Basin that are much more accessible to transit and the urban amenities one would be used to in Bushwick that also have yards and won't break the bank. Since you are coming from Bushwick I would assume you don't mind mildly seedy/ungentrified neighborhoods.

Check out East Hollywood (near the Hollywood/Western, Santa Monica/Vermont, Beverly/Vermont Metro Stations). Another great place to get a house and a yard that is actually in an interesting part of the city is Mid-City (near Pico/Venice/San Vicente). I really like LondonTeachers suggestions of Highland Park. Eagle Rock and the rest of North East LA are great places to get a small single family home with a yard in a decent neighborhood for a low price. There might be some places near the brand-new Expo Light Rail Line worth checking out as well.

Trust me if you move from Bushwick, Brooklyn to Santa Clarita, you will think LA is the most sterile, suburban hell-hole you've ever seen.
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Old 05-04-2012, 01:24 AM
 
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Echo Park/ SilverLake/ Highland Park are all places to look.
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