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Old 09-15-2014, 06:16 PM
 
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Yes I'm thinking about moving to L.A. next year and I'm wondering where the cheapest places to live are. I plan on having 2-3 housemates for budget purposes and a job in the entertainment industry (I currently work in film/tv in ATL). I would not move without securing a job first. I have heard that certain smaller artistic communities are affordable and safe. I'm wondering if this is valid. Do such places exist? Where do the poor musicians/artists in their 30's live?
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Old 09-15-2014, 06:21 PM
 
Location: New Orleans
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Whats wrong with ATL?
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Old 09-15-2014, 06:51 PM
 
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My husband says: Silver Lake.

Actually, at first he said, "A successful musician?" and I said, "No, a musician starting out, without a job" and he said "Watts." Do not take that advice.
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Old 09-15-2014, 07:09 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles (Native)
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Smaller artistic communities that are affordable and safe don't really exist. There were places like that, but they got "discovered" by everyone and rents and property prices skyrocketed.

Patti Smith said this about NYC in 2010

Patti Smith To Artists: Don't Come To New York



Smith was asked if it was possible for young artists to come to the city and find the path to stardom that she did.

In response, Smith told the crowd, "New York has closed itself off to the young and the struggling. But there are other cities. Detroit. Poughkeepsie. New York City has been taken away from you. So my advice is: Find a new city."

The same could be said about L.A as well to some degree.

The cheapest places are usually not what most people consider nice places to live. It's the same like pretty much every city.

I would probably suggest North Hollywood, but not one of the fancy places right in NoHo arts district.
This is noho arts for reference.
NoHo, Arts District.com North Hollywood Restaurants in North Hollywood News, Art Galleries, Dance Classes, Theatres in North Hollywood - NoHoArtsDistrict.com

There is also the subway (redline) in NoHo arts which can get you to hollywood , downtown L.A and other areas quickly

Since you are going to have roommates your options will open up a bit versus just looking for yourself.
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Old 09-15-2014, 07:23 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles (Native)
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My husband says: Silver Lake.

Actually, at first he said, "A successful musician?" and I said, "No, a musician starting out, without a job" and he said "Watts." Do not take that advice.
LOL...well a successful musicians could live anywhere right?

I guess it depends on the definition of success too though...

Here is a 3bedroom in watts at $1150 ...not too bad..
FRESH PAINT! 3 bed, 1 bath unit.

Would only be like $383 a month per bedroom.

I would definitely do North Hollywood before Watts though...

Of course they do have the Watts Towers...
http://www.wattstowers.us/

Also nearby Compton is said to be the next Hipster hotspot like Brooklyn...not sure what the progress has been on that...I wouldn't hold my breath ..
Is This City The New Brooklyn? Mayor Aja Brown Makes The Case For Compton
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Old 09-15-2014, 07:24 PM
 
Location: Nashville TN
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South LA is really nice this time of year I hear especially Watts and Crenshaw.
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Old 09-15-2014, 07:27 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles (Native)
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It used to be a nice place to live....

Look how nice it was in the 60s...
Watts, 1966: Photos From the Streets a Year After the 1965 Riots | LIFE.com
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Old 09-15-2014, 09:39 PM
 
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Whats wrong with ATL?
Well I can think of many ubiquitous flaws (traffic, sprawl, ghetto, property crime, racial dissolution, yeah it's the south) but none of them bother me more than the distinct lack of history and creative culture. This city is doing quite well commercially, and there's a lot of industry, but the people here are heartless and ignorant.

Atlanta is great for soulless people who just want to make a lot of money. Me, I'd rather live modestly in a place with a nice climate and a good mix of people and cultures.
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Old 09-15-2014, 11:59 PM
 
Location: California
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Honestly, wherever they can find a place they can afford. Figure out where you would want to be if money were no object, then work your way out until you find what you can afford. You probably won't be alone! Are you brining your housemates with you or looking to find some in LA? If you're coming alone check CL and see who has a room for rent!
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