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Old 03-13-2012, 02:45 PM
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Hope some of you folks could help...

My girlfriend and I are considering moving out to LA, where I have a new job offer in Newport Beach. The catch is my girlfriend's job would most likely be in Vernon or West LA. We are looking for an area to concentrate our apartment search on that is both a good place to live and not a hellish commute for either of us.

We are in our late 20's and currently living in NYC. While nothing is walkable in LA like it is in NY, we would like a lively neighborhood that has shops / cafes / restaurants / character / ideally near the beach (I know, its is a lot to ask for). Rental cost is not a huge issue (everything is cheap compared to Manhattan), but commute time is.

The areas we are thinking about are:

- West LA beach communities (Redondo, Hermosa, Manhattan)
- Belmont Hights / Naples section of Long Beach
- Alamitos Section of Long Beach

What would you guys suggest for people in our situation? What would be the commute time from the beach communities vs. belmont for Newport and Vernon. I would have to be in Newport from 8-7.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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Old 03-13-2012, 03:07 PM
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I think you should just rule out the idea of living in Redondo or Manhattan Beach. From there to Newport is just too brutal: 40 minutes when the freeways are clear, but, probably double that during rush hour. (Not including the time to get to and from the freeway.)

Long Beach is a pretty good compromise. Twenty minutes to Vernon or Newport when the freeways are clear, and probably 40 minutes to Newport and 45 minutes to Vernon during rush hour. (Not including the time to get to and from the freeway.)

There aren't many other good walkable communities between those two cities.
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Old 03-13-2012, 03:15 PM
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hands down long beach unless the gf's job moves from vernon to west LA. there is no central location that would make for bearable commutes to both newport and the westside.

also, redondo, manhattan and hermosa are the south bay beaches. west LA is a neighborhood near to UCLA, no direct beach access.
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Old 03-13-2012, 07:40 PM
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Thanks, that was really helpful. Any suggestion of neighborhoods within Long Beach?
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Old 03-13-2012, 09:37 PM
Location: South Korea
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Downtown LB: pretty quiet but a good mix of restaurants and bars. Close to the 710.
Alamitos Beach: quieter, not many as eating/drinking options. Lots of cute houses and apartment buildings.
Belmont Shores: nice housing and 2nd St. has a ton of restaurants, shops and bars. Will be more expensive probably.

Belmont Shores does have kind of a college bar kind of atmosphere, during the day it feels normal but feels a bit rowdy at night. Downtown feels more up and coming but there are a lot of kinda ghetto people and homeless people too.
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Old 03-14-2012, 08:18 AM
Location: Glendale, CA
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Belmont Shore all the way...
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Old 03-22-2012, 11:05 PM
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Would recommend Long Beach for sure in your situation as it is central to Newport and West LA or Vernon. Not sure but she may even be able to take the blue line train to Vernon from Downtown LB. Also, pretty much all the neighborhoods in Long Beach below 4th St. are walkable, not as much as NYC, but still walkable.

Belmont Heights/Shore, Naples:
Very good neighborhoods, more expensive, closer access to 605 and Orange County, solid restaurants, bars are meh IMO especially if you enjoy craft beer or wine. If you have kids, this is the best choice.

Alamitos Beach/Rose Park/Bluff Heights/Park:
Mostly good, but some bad, up and coming, but recently really coming into its own, 4th Street ("Retro Row") is awesome. Throughout these neighborhoods new stores are opening left and right it seems. Central location between both Downtown and Belmont areas, from this area can pretty much walk or bike to any part of LB that is worthwhile. Bluff Park IMO is the best neighborhood in LB. Super nice restored houses + central location. If you're looking to explore, see a little bit of everything LB has to offer, these areas are a good choice.

Downtown LB:
Also up and coming. If you want a short walk to the some of the best places to eat and drink this is the best choice (though from Alamitos Beach the walk isn't bad). Beachwood, Congregation, District, and Greenhouse (for coffee) are easily the some of the best places for craft beer, wine, or coffee in the city. Close to 710, bridges to 110.

FYI, Manhattan and Redondo are considered the "South Bay". "West LA" beaches would be Santa Monica, Venice, Palisades

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