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Old 03-01-2009, 01:57 PM
 
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Just got my psych internship in Tarzana and will be moving there from Chicago this August. (last step to complete before I will finish the doctorate!) I will need to survive (me and my 2 bunnies) on 30,000 salary. I found the list from last year of good and bad places in the valley to live in. I was told to look around Tarzana, Studio City, and Sherman Oaks for proximity. My main question is- are there no decent 1 bdrms for around 1000? Or am I just missing them all? I have been using westsiderentals.com, rent.com, apartmentguide.com, and apartments.com. Seems most are 1200-1500 a month, I don't think I can swing that on my salary!

Is flying out beg. of May too early to look for rentals beginning August 1st?

And well, what should a reasonable rent be for 1 bdrm is a nice SAFE area?


I've realized getting anything 700 sq ft or more is pretty much out! Although that would be nice! LOL. I also realize my dream of w/d in unit is unrealistic for a decent price !

I really appreciate everyone input, thanks for taking the time to read this.
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Old 03-01-2009, 05:09 PM
 
Location: Las Flores, Orange County, CA
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Just got my psych internship in Tarzana and will be moving there from Chicago this August. (last step to complete before I will finish the doctorate!) I will need to survive (me and my 2 bunnies) on 30,000 salary. I found the list from last year of good and bad places in the valley to live in. I was told to look around Tarzana, Studio City, and Sherman Oaks for proximity. My main question is- are there no decent 1 bdrms for around 1000? Or am I just missing them all? I have been using westsiderentals.com, rent.com, apartmentguide.com, and apartments.com. Seems most are 1200-1500 a month, I don't think I can swing that on my salary!

Is flying out beg. of May too early to look for rentals beginning August 1st?

And well, what should a reasonable rent be for 1 bdrm is a nice SAFE area?


I've realized getting anything 700 sq ft or more is pretty much out! Although that would be nice! LOL. I also realize my dream of w/d in unit is unrealistic for a decent price !

I really appreciate everyone input, thanks for taking the time to read this.

Try HousingMaps as it maps craigslist rentals on google maps.

My wife is PsyD too. She interned at Loma Linda; lucky her it was cheaper out there. Lucky you, the exams are easier now (no oral exam).

Also, having animals is only going to close doors to you. Recommend you find something to do with them before you move to CA.
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Old 03-01-2009, 05:11 PM
 
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^ I interviewed at LL! Thanks for the link!!
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Old 03-02-2009, 07:35 AM
 
Location: San Joaquin Valley, CA, USA
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I don't think you need to get rid of your bunnies to find a place to live. Landlords that accept cats often have no problems with rabbits, and I've even had the no pet policy flexed when I said I had rabbits. Shelters are already busting at the seams and are now facing new hardships because of the wave of people who are dumping their animals because of the economy.
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Old 03-02-2009, 11:18 AM
 
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^ don't worry, I would never get rid of my bunnies- they are like my children- they are definitely coming with!

phloxy- do you think I should broaden my apt search and look for places that say "no pets" as well?
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Old 03-02-2009, 11:47 AM
 
Location: San Joaquin Valley, CA, USA
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phloxy- do you think I should broaden my apt search and look for places that say "no pets" as well?
I'd say only as a last resort probably, because many landlords are firm about their policy even if you just have a goldfish. Your time is probably best spent chasing leads where pets are already under consideration. But if push comes to shove, it never hurts to ask, and if you have a good reference from your previous landlords, some may reconsider for bunnies.

Here's hoping you'll find something great and your bunnies can start enjoying that great CA produce. I know I'm looking forward to it for my guys. :-)
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Old 03-02-2009, 06:18 PM
 
Location: Sherman Oaks, CA
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To the OP, I'm assuming you've already looked at Craigs List? Here are some ads I just found - one bedroom apartments under $1,000 a month:

1 bedroom unit .....2 blocks from Sherman Oaks Galleria (http://losangeles.craigslist.org/sfv/apa/1057347760.html - broken link)

1 BATH, AIR, NEW CARPET, ONE BLOCK VENTURA BLVD!(1) (http://losangeles.craigslist.org/sfv/apa/1056674621.html - broken link)

Large 1 Bedroom - (http://losangeles.craigslist.org/sfv/apa/1056210557.html - broken link)

Generally, I think May is too soon to actually think of putting money down on a place that you won't be living in until August. You'd be better off making a trip out in early July.

I'm having trouble finding another apartment now, partly because I refuse to give notice to my current landlord before I find another place to live, which means I'd have to wait 30 days before moving. Even if I overlap on the rent, most landlords don't want those three weeks of lost income.
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Old 03-04-2009, 04:29 PM
 
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^I was thinking about that, but I was uncertain as I had heard that rent prices usually increase in May- thru the summer b/c people generally move then?
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