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Old 01-20-2008, 05:14 PM
 
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Hey everyone,

This question is asked over and over, but i can't seem to find any with close to my situation on this board.

I'm moving sometime this summer, between may and august to LA to start working at as a trainee at a major talent agency. This being said i won't be making a fabulous cash, something like 20-25k/year. Furthermore i would love to not be commuting all the time and hear LA is awful for that.

i'm looking for something under $800 that is relatively close to where i work and decent nightlife.

i've looked into craigslist, and west side rentals, etc. but am still unsure as to how fa everything is and how long my commute will be. i'de like to be able to get to work as fast as i can and not longer than 20-30mins.

it's a lot to ask but any recommendations on where to start would e great.


thanks

pete
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Old 01-21-2008, 05:35 PM
 
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unless you are supplementing your salary with another source of income, you will need a roommate. there is no way to live here on your own on $25K a year or less. fifteen years ago, when one could rent an apartment in a decent area for $600/month, it was a challenge. today, it would be impossible.
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Old 01-22-2008, 03:35 PM
 
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Yeah, Pete you will definitely need to find a roommate. I think roommates.com is a site. I am sure there are other services too that would help you find something. There are plenty of people in LA that have and want roommates.

As far as the commute goes, you need to find out where your job will be first. Until you do that there is no way to help you on the commute. It is very area dependent. I know a guy that lives and works in Beverly Hills. He's 4 miles from his office and sometimes it takes him 30 minutes. And then sometimes you can make it to downtown LA from Santa Monica in 30 minutes, assuming you leave early/late enough. It's 15 miles or so.

If you know where you are going to be working, then you can start looking for a place to live around there. As good rule of thumb is to assume that any surface streets you take during rush hour you will average no more than 10-15 miles per hour. On the freeways no more than 25 mph. Sometimes it can be significantly less than that.

So if you want a commute no longer than 30 minutes, let's say, and you had to travel all surface streets, then you need to live no more than about 8 miles from work. You can use that as a starting point to determine the area where you need to look.
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Old 06-24-2008, 03:12 PM
 
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hey pete was wondering how you got your job in LA? are you from Canada? I want to do the same thing: move from Canada to work in the entertainment biz in LA. How did you get a Visa?
FYI: I have heard that west side rentals is worth the price...
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Old 06-24-2008, 06:54 PM
 
Location: Las Flores, Orange County, CA
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I'm moving...to LA

.....relatively close to where i work ....

...fa everything is and how long my commute will be. i'de like to be able to get to work as fast as i can and not longer than 20-30mins.

any recommendations on where to start would e great.
A better start would be to mention where in LA you will be working.
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Old 06-24-2008, 06:57 PM
 
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The thread starter has one post from January. I don't think he's coming back.
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Old 07-07-2008, 01:31 AM
 
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25000 a year is not a lot for LA, be careful if you are getting into a cash situation for salary as a PA or trainee. It is not easy to move from Canada to here. The business is certainly here though. I can offer some advice from one Canadian to another who has done the move...
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