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Old 02-26-2009, 06:45 PM
 
Location: Playa Del Rey, California
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I am looking for places to live, and where I was originally going to consider renting a bedroom to be close to the beach I came across this ad for an apartment. It's a studio and it looks like it is right on the beach. But it's only $1425/month and that seems way too cheap? Is there a catch to this, or is this the real deal?


Take the Elevator down to the Beach (http://losangeles.craigslist.org/wst/apa/1052107963.html - broken link)

What questions could I ask these people to see if there is a catch?
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Old 02-26-2009, 07:07 PM
 
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Well, it's 325 SF and it's in Redondo Beach -- so size and (perhaps) distance would be things to consider ...
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Old 02-26-2009, 07:21 PM
 
Location: Planet Earth
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325 sf for 1425? wowza
doesn't seem that cheap anymore
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Old 02-26-2009, 07:37 PM
 
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From the looks of the complex you will almost certainly not have any kind of ocean view. The cheaper places are probably facing back, or on the courtyard level with the front window facing the opposite side of, well, the courtyard. So your apartment itself could feel kind of stifling, unpleasant, exposed and impermanent. It would to me anyway, kind of like a motel. You can ask where all the other units of the same price, even if occupied, are located; and if one, in a better location, opens up whether you can transfer to it without paying extra. Seems to me that kind of complex would have a high turnover. In fact, you can ask residents about the turnover rate. That should tell you something.
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Old 02-27-2009, 11:45 AM
 
Location: Playa Del Rey, California
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From the looks of the complex you will almost certainly not have any kind of ocean view. The cheaper places are probably facing back, or on the courtyard level with the front window facing the opposite side of, well, the courtyard. So your apartment itself could feel kind of stifling, unpleasant, exposed and impermanent. It would to me anyway, kind of like a motel. You can ask where all the other units of the same price, even if occupied, are located; and if one, in a better location, opens up whether you can transfer to it without paying extra. Seems to me that kind of complex would have a high turnover. In fact, you can ask residents about the turnover rate. That should tell you something.

It showed the picture of the ocean from 'a' balcony, and that's where I got excited. However, I realized that nowhere in writing it mentioned that it actually faced the beach, and that could be a picture from another room...you're right, I am much less excited about the place since it doesn't face the beach. For all I know it could face a parking lot.
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Old 02-27-2009, 11:58 AM
 
Location: South Bay Native
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It showed the picture of the ocean from 'a' balcony, and that's where I got excited. However, I realized that nowhere in writing it mentioned that it actually faced the beach, and that could be a picture from another room...you're right, I am much less excited about the place since it doesn't face the beach. For all I know it could face a parking lot.
Rest assured - the view you saw from the balcony goes with the $2695 price tag, and is probably never going to be available. I wouldn't pay any money to live in a 325 sq ft apt - you might as well just move in to the public restroom on the beach at the Hermosa Strand - same feeling. Good luck on your search, though - watch out for ridiculously cheap deals on craigslist - more often than not they are phony check scammers, Nigerian scammers, or email address collectors. The one you posted seems legit, though.
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Old 02-27-2009, 12:35 PM
 
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The area of the building that is towards the water on piers is a restaurant I go to pretty regularly. I've wondered how parking is for the apartments since it can be tight for the restaurant and it often over flows into side lots. Of course parking near the beach is always a PITA so might be the same anywhere.
I've often noticed some sort of sewage/plumbing problem in the parking area (below the apartments) not sure it effects the tenants above.
Units on the south side should overlook the marina, the north the beach. I would think East is bad since there is some sort of big utility building there. I don't know what it is but it isn't attractive.
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