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Old 10-08-2014, 11:43 AM
 
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Hey all. I got a new job in Calabasas and will be making the move from Chicago shortly. I was wondering what neighborhoods you'd recommend for a single guy? I'll be making 65 - 68k

From quick research and friend recommendations, I was thinking Santa Monica, Silver Lake, or Burbank. Commutes on all those look like they'd be about 45 minutes (according to the internet at least) which is doable, if that includes traffic. (Any insight on this?)

I'm not too into drinking and clubbing, but I get that those types of environments might be where I'll meet people. I'm a gym rat and super into health, so I'll be lifting weights or hitting cardio frequently. Don't have a car, but I get that if I'm living in LA, I'll need to buy one, so that's expected.

Also, I have a (small) dog.

Any advice from natives would be great! I like to stay in, but meeting people will be critical, at the same time I don't want to meet people who's only interest is binge drinking and partying. A nice spot with restaurants and good gym options is key.
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Old 10-08-2014, 11:57 AM
 
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Gyms of all sorts are pretty much everywhere so you're covered with that.

Some of the options you listed will have far more than a 45 minute commute. I'd suggest adding Studio City/Sherman Oaks to your list.

If you prefer an even better commute, you could add Woodland Hills to the mix, although that's a more family oriented area but is starting to get more single life amenities.
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Old 10-08-2014, 12:47 PM
 
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If you want to save some money, I suggest Reseda.
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Old 10-08-2014, 12:49 PM
 
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You might like this place. In Calabasas, 2 fitness centers, pool, pet-friendly, and many other amenities. Drive to the East Valley or the Westside on your days off. Why commute to work if you don't have to?

Calabasas Apartments in Los Angeles County | Avalon Calabasas - Avalon Bay
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Old 10-08-2014, 03:08 PM
 
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I wouldn't live any further than Sherman oaks, the 101 can be a beast for commuting. There's also a very popular gym at ventura/sepulveda that you may consider joining.
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Old 10-08-2014, 03:20 PM
 
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I'd live in Agoura Hills. You will hate your commute in the afternoon if you live east of Calabasas.
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Old 10-08-2014, 04:22 PM
 
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I would not live in Agoura - it's all families. Very, very, very few young, single people live anywhere near Calabasas. Encino or Sherman Oaks would make sense, but there are a lot more people from out of town living in Santa Monica. And you wouldn't have to take the 101 in the afternoon, you'd take Topanga. In any case, whoever told you to move to Calabasas must not live anywhere near there, know people there, or is really old. I'm 25 and I live in Santa Monica. I have several good friends from Calabasas, Agoura, and Thousand Oaks so I'm very familiar with your situation - don't move to those places. If you do, you'll just end up moving to Santa Monica or Sherman Oaks once your lease is up.

Silverlake and Burbank are just too far in my opinion. For a 26 year old from Chicago, there's no question you should move to Santa Monica. There seem to be a lot of people from Chicago there, it's the first place anyone from out of state moves to in LA for whatever reason, and you're more likely to become friends with people in a similar situation as you.
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Old 10-08-2014, 05:15 PM
 
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I would not live in Agoura - it's all families. Very, very, very few young, single people live anywhere near Calabasas. Encino or Sherman Oaks would make sense, but there are a lot more people from out of town living in Santa Monica. And you wouldn't have to take the 101 in the afternoon, you'd take Topanga. In any case, whoever told you to move to Calabasas must not live anywhere near there, know people there, or is really old. I'm 25 and I live in Santa Monica. I have several good friends from Calabasas, Agoura, and Thousand Oaks so I'm very familiar with your situation - don't move to those places. If you do, you'll just end up moving to Santa Monica or Sherman Oaks once your lease is up.

Silverlake and Burbank are just too far in my opinion. For a 26 year old from Chicago, there's no question you should move to Santa Monica. There seem to be a lot of people from Chicago there, it's the first place anyone from out of state moves to in LA for whatever reason, and you're more likely to become friends with people in a similar situation as you.
I agree with your sentiment but not your conclusion.

Sherman Oaks or STudio City are the best options, IMHO. Even with the option of Topanga Cyn, a commute to SaMo is usually horrendous (did it for years from the 818) thus you lose a good portion of your after/before work time to achieve what you wanted...time to meet people, do things, and be at the gym.
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Old 10-08-2014, 07:42 PM
 
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I agree with your sentiment but not your conclusion.

Sherman Oaks or STudio City are the best options, IMHO. Even with the option of Topanga Cyn, a commute to SaMo is usually horrendous (did it for years from the 818) thus you lose a good portion of your after/before work time to achieve what you wanted...time to meet people, do things, and be at the gym.
What is the commute like in terms of time from Santa Monica, do you know?
I do think living in Calabasas would be bad, I gotta be around young people and a live area, you know?
When I was there I googled it w/ traffic at about 9am and it said like an hour.
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Old 10-08-2014, 10:31 PM
 
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Hey all. I got a new job in Calabasas and will be making the move from Chicago shortly. I was wondering what neighborhoods you'd recommend for a single guy? I'll be making 65 - 68k
I'd live in Calabasas. During my single days I lived there and was very happy because I had no commute and I could make it to either Hollywood or the Westside in exactly 30 minutes off traffic. The only pains is weekends...I had to plan accordingly since I don't drive back and forth if I was to hang out in greater LA...ie if I am going in, I am going in for the whole day.

My other pick would be Santa Monica or Malibu, reverse commute on the PCH. You only live once,might as well live near the beach. More driving but worth it since you are in the westside for weekends.
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