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Old 09-10-2008, 12:56 AM
 
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Hi Mate,
No I am not an aussie but definitely have some advice for you. Culver City is great with great schools. You definitely want to find out where you and your wife are working first so that the commute will not be too hectic. Finding a lease out here for 3 to 4 years is almost impossible but you can surely find a 2 year lease. I would not really worry about that so much because once you get settled , you will will need time to explore and see where exactly in west La you will like. Mar Vista is nice too. As far as gangs, the west side from culver city up to Brentwood across to West Hollywood (these are the areas I know best) are far from being dangerous. I moved here from NC and checked out this forum before moving here and it scared me to death. No need to worry, you will be fine. The weather is awesome here all the time and especially near the coast. It is shockingly expensive but if you and your wife can make a combined income of atleast $150,000, you will be comfortable, not even upper-middle class but comfortable. Craigslist is great for looking for rentals as well. Good luck and do not let these pessimist scare you.

Cheers,
G
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Old 09-10-2008, 12:13 PM
 
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I always champion Culver City as a nice, safe area. It's very difficult to find a long term lease because landlords like to reserve the right to raise the rent. For a long-term lease your best bet would be a lease with option to buy. The gang problems in LA aren't really in Culver City. fyi, Culver City is a separate municipality from the city of Los Angeles.
Don't tell people there aren't gangs in Culver City.

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Old 11-11-2008, 03:11 PM
 
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Culver City is very nice, as is the South Bay (starts in Manhattan Beach and follows the coast to San Pedro). Obviously Culver City is closer to LA proper, so it depends on where you and your wife find your jobs. Craigslist is a great bet for finding housing. For additional info on moving to LA, check out [URL="http://www.survivethecity.com"]www.survivethecity.com[/URL].
Cheers!
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Old 11-12-2008, 08:41 AM
 
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flossieflower, South Bay begins in El Segundo and ends at PV.
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Old 11-12-2008, 09:01 PM
 
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Hey
my wife and I have been in LA for 4 months after moving from Sydney, we are both Aussies. I took a promotion with my work and am on an L1 visa, my wife is connected to my visa so it was easy for her to transfer to her LA office.
We live in Playa Vista, not far from Culver City and love it! PV is a new community, new, safe, green and due to the slightly higher rent bracket, have a alot of families, professionals living here. Its also not too far from everything you need for shopping and living.
One piece of advice I received over and over was, live near your work! and this was gold information! but it depends on where you will work because there are lots of dodgy areas here which we just dont go to.

Look on youtube for videos of areas, we found a lot of them. look on craigslist.com for everything, and I mean everything you need! from cars to houses to casual encounters, its all there.

Get an Amex before you move over and you can do a global account transfer when your here. I had an American account credit card in hand in my first week. Statefarm is about the only compnay to insure foreigners here. Also bring cash, it will be about 6 months after you arrive and have your social security number before you build a credit history and can get credit/finance. So you will need funds as back up.
Unless you have a co-signer who is a US citizen, you can get finance for a car or what ever, but not everyone has that available (i was lucky as I did)

I got a lot of info from this site from reading postings/questions etc, I still use it (as you can see)

by a GPS ASAP, mine paid for itself in the first day and without would have died of frustration of not knowing how to get around from looking at map. Believe me you will thank me for that advise!

People are OK, and any americans who read this, its just a general comment and we know not all of you are like this, but. People here are very courteous and polite but arent too interested in forming any great lasting friendships, we struggle with this as we are quite friendly people. Once they feed their curiousity about your accent (english or sth african they usually think) they are done with you, wish you luck and go on their way.

Overall this is a great experience here and we are having a great time and have atleast another 3 years to go (minimum).

Good luck with your decision and I hope I have helped alittle with the above.


all the best!
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