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Old 03-20-2012, 12:29 PM
 
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If you end up on the westside, I'd recommend avoiding the 405 all together and taking the fun scenic rally-like Sepulveda route past the Getty to Ventura Blvd... You'll still probably hate life during those days that you do have to commute though ;p

(and as others have pointed out, the $1200 rent will be a challenge unless you are copacetic with finding a roommate situation)
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Old 03-20-2012, 12:37 PM
 
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the 405 is not good, but once you get north of santa monica blvd it moves just fine (60mph+), which is why i recommended west LA. i used to commute from marina del rey to sherman oaks and it was a pretty easy commute, the hardest part was getting past the 10 freeway. you may also hit some congestion along the 101 as you get close to woodland hills, but there are non-freeway options once you are the valley.

if you choose to live in the valley, i would choose sherman oaks over studio city purely because of proximity to woodland hills. sherman oaks around ventura/van nuys is a very walkable neighborhood with plenty of bars to choose from and is only about 1.5 miles east of the dreaded 405/101 interchange.
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Old 03-20-2012, 02:13 PM
 
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I'm noting that many of you are saying the 405/101 interchange is the worst to get by. Are there any viable routes to avoid this area? That's assuming, of course, that I end up in Studio City - which is where I'm leaning, as I'd like to be able to go to West Hollywood a night or two a week.

Also, since I'm flexible, would commuting at 7am or 10am make any difference? (i.e., are there times when traffic is at it's worst?)
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Old 03-20-2012, 03:24 PM
 
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I'm noting that many of you are saying the 405/101 interchange is the worst to get by. Are there any viable routes to avoid this area? That's assuming, of course, that I end up in Studio City - which is where I'm leaning, as I'd like to be able to go to West Hollywood a night or two a week.

Also, since I'm flexible, would commuting at 7am or 10am make any difference? (i.e., are there times when traffic is at it's worst?)
No way around it. No the times won't make a difference. It's reapply not that horrible...about a 35 min morning commute
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Old 03-20-2012, 03:35 PM
 
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Great information!

One other questions, what if I were to choose to live in Brentwood, the area just north of Santa Montica off of the 405. Would this commute be better, worse, or just the same?
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Old 03-20-2012, 08:04 PM
 
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woodland hills or vicinity is doable on that salary
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Old 03-21-2012, 12:43 AM
 
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Great information!

One other questions, what if I were to choose to live in Brentwood, the area just north of Santa Montica off of the 405. Would this commute be better, worse, or just the same?
I'd think it'd be about the same. The problem with living on the Westside and working in Woodland Hills, is that you have a mountain to go over and the 405 is really the only main path to get there. Yes, you could take side roads, but I don't think they'd be much faster.

The key to LA: Live close to where you work.
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Old 03-21-2012, 01:55 AM
 
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Great information!

One other questions, what if I were to choose to live in Brentwood, the area just north of Santa Montica off of the 405. Would this commute be better, worse, or just the same?
Don't do it! Stay in the valley if you work in woodland hills. The traffic will kill you literally. It might be ok if this is a short term job, but you will burn out quickly.
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Old 03-26-2012, 12:21 PM
 
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Thank you all very much for your responses.

I returned last night from visiting Los Angeles exploring where I would live, work, and play. While there, I stayed in West Hollywood and attempted the commute to Woodland Hills. It took about 40 minutes the route I took, but I know that there are several possible routes to take.

Since I'm young, single, with minimal responsibilities, a decent paying job (60K), I feel living in West Hollywood would be best suited for me at first. Let me first mention, I do have the ability to work from home 2-3 days per week, so I plan to commute to the office 2-3 days per week.

Thoughts on a commute from West Hollywood to Woodland Hills (near the Warner Center)? I.e., best routes to take, time of day to travel, days to travel?

Thank you all SO much for your replies. You're truly life-savers!
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Old 03-26-2012, 12:39 PM
 
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laurel canyon to the 101 is by far the best way to get from weho to woodland hills. without traffic, it takes me under 30 minutes to get from encino to the sunset strip using these roads, so your 40 minute observation seems about right on a normal day. in the mornings just make sure to stay in the left lanes of the 101 as you approach the 405 since the transition lanes cause quite the bottleneck.
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