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Old 10-16-2015, 10:56 AM
 
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Again, it comes down to WHY you are making the move.

If you are in your 20s, like to party, go to clubs, surf, hike, yoga, etc., then paying the high costs of living in SM might make sense. For a married couple with a kid, to me it seems like wasted money. You aren't going to have the time or money to do the things that make living in SM worthwhile. So why live in a shoebox?
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Old 10-16-2015, 01:35 PM
 
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OMG, are you for real? How big is your condo? 1200, 1400, 1500 sq ft? how old? Sorry for my sudden burst of questions as zillow returns zero results even with 600k max limit, plz inbox your realtor info
You must've not looked very hard, since here is one near me in santa monica for $515k.

1950 Cloverfield Blvd APT 10, Santa Monica, CA 90404 | Zillow
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Old 10-16-2015, 01:57 PM
 
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I've see reccos for WestSideRentals, are there any other good sites to find rental listings in/near Santa Monica? I've used Zillow already.

GG
Padmapper.com - just plug-in your desired zip code and it will pull up available rentals.

You might also do a Yelp.com search for "Property Management Companies." Quite a few of them have websites with rental listings.

If you're ever in town for a househunting trip, drive around your target neighborhoods and look for "For Rent" signs. This is the best strategy (if you have the time for it), IMO. These properties are seldom advertised, and often are managed by owner/landords.


Good luck!
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Old 10-16-2015, 03:39 PM
 
Location: Santa Monica, CA
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You must've not looked very hard, since here is one near me in santa monica for $515k.

1950 Cloverfield Blvd APT 10, Santa Monica, CA 90404 | Zillow
I've seen that ad (I'm currently starting to look at condos in Santa Monica) but it's only 800 square feet which is tiny for a 2 bedroom. Sold for $385k in 2013 but it looks like they put some money into it.
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Old 10-17-2015, 02:40 PM
 
Location: Earth
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Nicest cities first...
1. Santa Monica
2. Mar Vista
3. West LA
4. Culver City (kind of a dump in my opinion. Too close to the 'hood.)


Calabasas and Thousand Oaks are both really nice and clean! However you get the Valley heat up there. I think the long drive would drive you insane. Not exactly 100% safe to traverse Topanga Canyon or Malibu Canyon road twice a day either.
I don't know where you live. I live in Mar Vista and I'd clearly consider Culver City to be nicer than either MV or WLA. Not being part of the city of LA has its clear benefits. No LAUSD, no LAPD, no LA services. Much easier to have a business in than LA (or SM and BH, for that matter). In how CC deals with the homeless and how it preserves some of the old westside ambience I'd put it above SM. The negative aspect of CC for me is that it's turning into Beverly Hills.

Agreed about Calabasas and Thousand Oaks although both are a bit boring. They are safe and clean but not convenient for working in SM.
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Old 10-17-2015, 02:43 PM
 
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Again, it comes down to WHY you are making the move.

If you are in your 20s, like to party, go to clubs, surf, hike, yoga, etc., then paying the high costs of living in SM might make sense. For a married couple with a kid, to me it seems like wasted money. You aren't going to have the time or money to do the things that make living in SM worthwhile. So why live in a shoebox?
Part of the cost of living in SM is not being in LAUSD - that's a benefit that clearly applies for married couples with kids.
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Old 10-17-2015, 09:40 PM
 
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Again, it comes down to WHY you are making the move.

If you are in your 20s, like to party, go to clubs, surf, hike, yoga, etc., then paying the high costs of living in SM might make sense. For a married couple with a kid, to me it seems like wasted money. You aren't going to have the time or money to do the things that make living in SM worthwhile. So why live in a shoebox?


I actually think that it doesn't really make sense to pay the high cost of living in SM when you are in your twenties and single, because, except for surfing, you can get all of those things you cite in areas that are less expensive. And once the metro gets up and going, surfing is in reach too, even if you don't have a car.

One of, and probably the main, reason that Santa Monica is more expensive than it's immediate neighbors such as Venice and Mar Vista, which offer the same types of amenities, is the school district. The average price per square foot in Mar Vista is $712, in Venice it's $821, and in Santa Monica it's $1096. There is an immediate and significant price difference literally as soon as you cross the street out of the school district. That difference in price is the premium for living in SMMUSD.

And by the way, it may surprise you but married people with kids frequently do find the time and the money to surf, hike, do yoga, and yep, even occasionally party and go to clubs.
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Old 10-17-2015, 10:04 PM
 
Location: Boca Raton, FL
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Smile Pacific Palisades

Just found a few 3 bedrooms (they look like townhomes) from 640K to 885K in Pacific Palisades.

I know someone who has lived there for 40 years and loves it (one block away).

Nice size also.

(1756 Palisades Drive - that one is the most expensive)
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Old 10-18-2015, 12:40 AM
 
Location: Santa Monica, CA
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The average price per square foot in Mar Vista is $712, in Venice it's $821, and in Santa Monica it's $1096. There is an immediate and significant price difference literally as soon as you cross the street out of the school district.
I think what skews that number in Santa Monica is the single family homes north of Montana and, to a lesser extent, the buildings with an ocean view. If I could live anywhere in LA that's where I'd want to live in one of those homes (between Montana and San Vicente.) It has that suburban feel like where I grew up in Chicago but it's a mile from beach and those blocks look amazing. The price per square foot for condos in Santa Monica aren't that high.

The Pacific Palisades is very nice but you aren't as close to the 'amenities' of Santa Monica.
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Old 10-18-2015, 01:51 AM
 
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I think what skews that number in Santa Monica is the single family homes north of Montana and, to a lesser extent, the buildings with an ocean view. If I could live anywhere in LA that's where I'd want to live in one of those homes (between Montana and San Vicente.) It has that suburban feel like where I grew up in Chicago but it's a mile from beach and those blocks look amazing. The price per square foot for condos in Santa Monica aren't that high.

I originally thought that might be the case too, but it's not just north of Montana. If you separate the stats out into the SM zipcodes, the average price in 90405, which is Sunset Park and Ocean Park, is $1,062 and the average price in 90402 (north of Montana) is $1,171. These are the two areas where single family homes predominate.

You can break it out even further, so for example the average price psqf in Sunset Park is $803 while for Ocean Park it's $1230 psqft. Sunset Park is still almost $100 psqf more than it's immediate neighboring area. As soon as you cross Centinela from the 90405 side of the street to the 90064 (West LA) side of the street or cross Dewey from 90405 to 90066 (Mar Vista) or 90291 (Venice), the price drops significantly - because suddenly it's LAUSD.

90403 and 90404 are $796 and $746 per square foot respectively, reflecting the type of housing stock in that area, mostly condos and apartments, and supporting the point you make that the price psqf for condos isn't "that high". If it weren't for the condos/apartments, the average price in SM would be even higher.

I agree that the Palisades is pretty nice, and it also has Paul Revere Middle School, a magnet and charter school that is one of LAUSD's better middle school options, although it is very big (2000 kids). It also has Pali Charter High School. Some people like it, some people not so much, but I know some kids that have attended and I'd be really happy if my kids were in zone for that school.
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