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Old 03-26-2016, 12:20 PM
 
Location: Santa Monica, CA
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Do you want a 1BR or 2BR apartment? A 1BR won't be a problem for $2k but a 2BR will be nearly impossible to find on the west side.
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Old 03-26-2016, 12:55 PM
 
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The way i see it, LA and NYC have the same DNA, but raised by different parents. Even a friend from New Jersey told me that L.A. feels like the most East Coast west coast city.

Basically, it's got a great grid layout, and it was once home to huge rail system. So hence, the whole DNA part. So both cities are different, yet the same.
Your friend doesn't know what they're talking about.
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Old 03-26-2016, 01:20 PM
 
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Thank you everyone for your responses! Really helpful. We will definitely check out the areas mentioned.

When I said grown up city, I mean quality of life. In NYC once you hit the age where you may want kids or don't want to be paying 3k in rent a month you need to move to the suburbs and commute 2 hours each way to find something somewhat affordable. Not the life we want, we would rather be in a more livable city which is why we are considering LA. We don't need it to feel like New York or the East Coast just would rather in not be like the suburbia outside of NYC (NJ, LI and CT) where it's 1990s neighborhoods and strip malls.

Good to know about finding a job before we move. I often hear you won't be able to find a job until you have that city on your resume but my feeling was it is smarter to find something before we take the leap.

We are currently paying 3k a month in rent so our goal was to find an apartment with cheaper rent for a few years (2k a month?) and perhaps save up to buy. Our income fluctuates because of my husband's job but our combined income is anywhere from 200k to 300k.

Would be open to any additional suggestions, really appreciate it!
With an annual income of 200-300k you're worried about saving a thousand a month in rent?! Sounds like you some financial planning advice.
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Old 03-26-2016, 04:02 PM
 
Location: In the heights
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With an annual income of 200-300k you're worried about saving a thousand a month in rent?! Sounds like you some financial planning advice.
Maybe they're actually very good at financial planning so that's why they try to save on rent so that extra 12K a year over a few years will mean several tens of thousands more freed up for a down payment?

OP, maybe more details on what you're looking for in a neighborhood/lifestyle would go a long way in getting better suggestions.
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Old 03-26-2016, 06:22 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles
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Your friend doesn't know what they're talking about.
Agreed.
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Old 03-26-2016, 11:11 PM
 
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Even a friend from New Jersey told me that L.A. feels like the most East Coast west coast city.

Basically, it's got a great grid layout, and it was once home to huge rail system. So hence, the whole DNA part. So both cities are different, yet the same.
Is your friend Dave Chappelle?

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Old 03-27-2016, 03:05 AM
 
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Maybe they're actually very good at financial planning so that's why they try to save on rent so that extra 12K a year over a few years will mean several tens of thousands more freed up for a down payment?

OP, maybe more details on what you're looking for in a neighborhood/lifestyle would go a long way in getting better suggestions.
It looks like the 2 post OP is trolling and not really telling the whole story. A thousand dollars a month for a couple making 200-300k per year is chump change! Not worth another post here. I call BS.
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Old 03-27-2016, 08:53 AM
 
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Thank you everyone for your responses! Really helpful. We will definitely check out the areas mentioned.

When I said grown up city, I mean quality of life. In NYC once you hit the age where you may want kids or don't want to be paying 3k in rent a month you need to move to the suburbs and commute 2 hours each way to find something somewhat affordable. Not the life we want, we would rather be in a more livable city which is why we are considering LA. We don't need it to feel like New York or the East Coast just would rather in not be like the suburbia outside of NYC (NJ, LI and CT) where it's 1990s neighborhoods and strip malls
Well hate to burst your bubble but the majority of la area is unimpressive suburbia. And people are driving long ways through la to find affordable places, and many of the commutes are nightmarish.
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Old 03-27-2016, 09:44 AM
 
Location: Los Angeles (Native)
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Well hate to burst your bubble but the majority of la area is unimpressive suburbia. And people are driving long ways through la to find affordable places, and many of the commutes are nightmarish.
What do you consider the L.A area?
Yes, most of L.A doesn't look like Manhattan...but that's also why a lot of people like L.A
Just because a place isn't packed with skyscrapers makes it an unimpressive suburbia?
I agree with your second sentence that people are commuting far to find affordable housing..but I feel the first line isn't accurate and is a common misconception by those that haven't lived in L.A or don't know the city that well.
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Old 03-27-2016, 09:51 AM
 
Location: Los Angeles
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Well hate to burst your bubble but the majority of la area is unimpressive suburbia. And people are driving long ways through la to find affordable places, and many of the commutes are nightmarish.
I'm assuming you live in Boulder, Colorado, and not Los Angeles, based on this post. Am I correct?
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