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Old 01-21-2008, 07:23 PM
 
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If you had a choice which place would you live in? West Hollywood or Santa Monica? I know they are two different places but I was just wondering which people would choose? Why did you choose what you did and why didn't you choose the other?
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Old 01-21-2008, 07:28 PM
 
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Santa Monica because I like women.
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Old 01-22-2008, 12:55 AM
 
Location: Durham, NC
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I like both areas. Both have great places to hang out, shop, eat, meet people and great places/housing to live (both have questionable areas as well). But, since I enjoy the beach areas a lot, I would choose Santa Monica for the quick access to beach activity, sunsets, and the Malibu Hills (as I like to bike, blade, and people watch).
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Old 01-22-2008, 12:59 AM
 
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If you have kids: Santa Monica, definitely, it has a good public school system and thus seems to be less affected by "family flight". West Hollywood is in LAUSD, and thus to be avoided by anyone with children.

Otherwise: West Hollywood, much more centrally located and there's more going on, regardless of one's sexual orientation. The traffic to get out of Santa Monica (or neighboring Brentwood, or most places east of the 405) is horrendous.
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Old 01-22-2008, 01:17 AM
 
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The traffic to get out of Santa Monica (or neighboring Brentwood, or most places east of the 405) is horrendous.
That's a fact, especially late in the day (I spent nearly an hour some days on the 10 east just getting from PCH to Culver City at 4pm). I didn't want to mention it myself since I've ripped on traffic so much, it's really a way of life these days in L.A.
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Old 01-22-2008, 01:28 AM
 
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That's a fact, especially late in the day (I spent nearly an hour some days on the 10 east just getting from PCH to Culver City at 4pm). I didn't want to mention it myself since I've ripped on traffic so much, it's really a way of life these days in L.A.
I meant "most places west of the 405", as SM and Brentwood are west of the 405. I'm glad I'm just east of the 405 myself in Culver City.

I personally think Santa Monica's overrated unless you have a family - it's become too sterile and plastic. Even Ocean Park (my favorite part of SM, and alas now one of the most expensive parts of SM) suffers from this, just to a lesser degree than the northern part of SM.
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Old 01-22-2008, 07:44 AM
 
Location: Oakland, CA
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I personally think Santa Monica's overrated unless you have a family - it's become too sterile and plastic. Even Ocean Park (my favorite part of SM, and alas now one of the most expensive parts of SM) suffers from this, just to a lesser degree than the northern part of SM.
And this is why you can't judge LA based on the opinions stated on this forum. I'm not specifically talking about you, majoun, but rather using your post as a reference. There are people on this board who feel that the only parts of the Los Angeles area that are worth living in are places like Thousands Oaks, Santa Clarita, and Simi Valley; all of which are arguably even more sterile than Santa Monica. And then there are others who would never live in any of those places and feel that everything west of Hollywood is a bland, boring theme park.
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Old 01-22-2008, 06:28 PM
 
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I'd say Santa Monica, since there's more women there. West Hollywood, you never know what who is who, weather they're real women or not.
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Old 01-23-2008, 04:23 AM
 
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Santa Monica. It just more laidback.
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