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Old 10-24-2014, 12:49 PM
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I've lived in Dallas, NYC, and Connecticut and after contemplating several other options I am heavily considering moving to Los Angeles. I aim to move in April. I've booked a trip to visit Los Angeles in three weeks, which will ultimately decide my decision.

My goal is to rent a studio, preferably an "artist loft" style apartment if possible, in an area that's artsy/bohemian whose public transit is decent. From the research I've done the neighborhoods I am most likely going to consider are Downtown, Silver Lake, Echo Park, West Hollywood, and possibly Loz Feliz. I already have a job which I will be working from home with a salary of 65k possibly 70k. That gives me a $1,600 budget for rent and the freedom to live in any area without commute in mind. My biggest obstacle will be finding a place that allows pit bulls. That's another reason I am hoping to find an "artist loft", because it's hard for dogs to **** up cement floors, keep in mind my dogs are well trained but I still have to keep the mentality since others will be prejudice towards the breed. Since I work from home I'd prefer not to be in suburbia or in a quiet area. After being home during work all day, once I'm done, I'd like to be able to go out and immediately be in the midst of everything. That's probably my NYC mentality talking, and I'm not sure if LA is like that but that would be ideal.

A little bit about myself which may help with suggestions: I love to go hiking with my dogs, Staffordshire Bull Terrier and ****zu. I earn my living through computers as an analyst and BI developer. I've been heavily into music and art since middle school, Punk and Hip-hop mostly. I've played drums and skateboarded since I was 11. I like to go out drinking, both bars and coffee shops. I am open minded and love experiencing new things and really want to make the most of life.

So with that said, are those neighborhoods ideally what I should spend my time exploring? I am in town for 5 days, not including travel, and want to make the most of my trip to make the best decision.
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Old 10-24-2014, 01:17 PM
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because of your dog situation i'd suggest silverlake or eagle rock or echo park. $70k isn't a lot here in LA. Your best bet in the long run is to make friends and share a house so you have a backyard for your pets.
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Old 10-24-2014, 04:07 PM
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Very few landlords will lease to you with the pit bull IMO.
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Old 10-24-2014, 04:55 PM
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Given your description of what you’re looking for in terms of housing and surroundings, I’d vote for Downtown LA. Of course, I’m biased because I lived downtown with my German Shepherd and loved it, and had no trouble giving her long walks every day. Many of the buildings are big dog friendly with concrete floors, and there are so many restaurants and places to hang out within walking distance, plus easy access to public transit if you want to hop on the Metro to Koreatown, Hollywood, Boyle Heights (East LA) and Culver City (west LA-ish.) If you have a car, then there are lots of options for hiking, as close as Griffith Park (15 mins from DTLA), the San Gabriel Mountains (20-25 mins) or the Santa Monica Mountains (30-45 mins.) Note that you’ll likely have to budget a little extra for a downtown parking space.

Silver Lake and Echo Park are cool if you want a laid-back, indie, hipster vibe, but the restaurants/bars/shopping areas are clumped together in relatively small areas (not more than 3 or 4 blocks) with long swathes of strictly residential areas in between. Not as walkable or public transit friendly.

West Hollywood’s got a lot going on, and there are lot of great restaurants/bars/shops in Mid-City but IMO, the traffic is so bad that you often end up only hanging out in that area.
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