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Old 09-07-2008, 07:55 AM
 
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Hi All,

It looks like I'll be moving to LA early next year and despite quite a bit of research I'm still very undecided on where to base myself for the first 6 or so months while I explore the city.

Ideally I'd like to rent a modern style apartment (1,200 -1,500sq ft) in an area accessible to some fun places to go out of an evenning with a bit of life around the area. I'll be moving on my own so it would be nice to live in an area where meeting other people isnt a particular chore. I've taken a look around West Hollywood and, although it ticks a lot of boxes as far as the area goes, the apartments seem to be predominantly in older-style buildings, with older fittings and you don't seem to get a lot of sq ft for your $$$ (I guess that comes with the area). I've thought about somewhere like Westwood where the apartments appear newer and you get more sq ft for your $$$ but then the area doen't seem to have much life to it which detracts from its appeal.

Any comments or ideas would be very welcome as I'd really like to narrow down my 'area' searches sooner rather than later so I can get on with finding a nice place to live :-)

Thanks in advance!
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Old 09-07-2008, 08:07 AM
 
Location: Las Flores, Orange County, CA
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What is your budget?
Where will you work?
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Old 09-07-2008, 08:09 AM
 
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I'll be working from home so will be looking for a 2 bed or 1bed + den with a budget of $3,000-$3,500.

I should probably add that I'm 35 in case that has a bearing on suggestions :-)

Thanks again.

Last edited by LiveUSA; 09-07-2008 at 08:16 AM.. Reason: more info
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Old 09-07-2008, 08:51 AM
 
Location: Hot Springs, AR
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If you want bigger apartments, you will want Koreatown and Miracle Mile. Unfortunately, they are also going to be older buildings. I think that Miracle Mile/Fairfax District will fit your needs well.
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Old 09-07-2008, 09:46 AM
 
Location: California
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As someone who recently moved to LA, I found that although we could narrow down to the area we wanted to live in a couple months before we moved, we couldn't actually find somewhere to live until a couple weeks before we wanted to move, and even then we had to pay rent for the half month before we were planning on moving down. Then again, our budget was significantly less than yours, so maybe the expensive, nicer buildings are more willing to save a unit for you for a few months.

We found a really nice building on Doheny Dr (right where N. Doheny turns to South.) Matches your budget, has a huge pool, building is secure, I don't remember the sq footage but the unit we looked at was very nice.
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