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Old 04-27-2009, 03:00 PM
 
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Hi everyone,

My roommate and I have been scouting out apartments in the Ocean Park area of Santa Monica lately, 4 or 5 blocks from the beach - Raymond Ave., Marine St., etc. At one of the apartments we visited recently, a tenant said parking was "creepy" at night. I should have asked her to elaborate, but this comment threw me off a little. It seems like a nice residential area, but how is crime and safety for a young, female professional? Should we seek a place with subterranean parking, or is open parking in the back of a complex safe?

I'm probably making too much of this little offhand comment, but I just wanted to hear an opinion from some others in the area!

Many thanks,

-Zacchaeus86
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Old 04-27-2009, 05:48 PM
 
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Very safe area. A little over the top with police though
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Old 04-27-2009, 07:18 PM
 
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It's a nice area, but as in any densely populated area, you need to be careful at night.
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Old 04-27-2009, 08:24 PM
 
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Thanks for your responses!
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Old 04-27-2009, 11:24 PM
 
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i have lived in the area you mentioned for 3 years and have never had any safety issues. the only problems with this neighborhood are finding parking and street sweeping if you don't have off street parking. otherwise, it is easily the best place i've ever lived. main st is lots of fun both during the day and at night. venice is just down the street. everything you ever need could be reached via bicycle or foot if you aren't a fan of the car. and then there is the beach just down the hill. have a blast while you're here, i know that i will miss it whenever i leave.
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Old 04-28-2009, 12:15 AM
 
Location: la socal
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It's a nice area, but as in any densely populated area, you need to be careful at night.
don't think densely populated because it is on the coast and is a beach like all other beach cities west of everything in california.
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Old 04-28-2009, 02:12 AM
 
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Hi everyone,

My roommate and I have been scouting out apartments in the Ocean Park area of Santa Monica lately, 4 or 5 blocks from the beach - Raymond Ave., Marine St., etc. At one of the apartments we visited recently, a tenant said parking was "creepy" at night. I should have asked her to elaborate, but this comment threw me off a little. It seems like a nice residential area, but how is crime and safety for a young, female professional? Should we seek a place with subterranean parking, or is open parking in the back of a complex safe?
That is one of the nicest, most pleasant, most desirable neighborhoods in all of L.A. County. It may not be overloaded with movie stars like Northern SM (although there are a few) but has a great character and neighborhood feeling one will not find in Northern SM. The "creepiness" probably referred to the lack of parking.

That area is loaded with young female (and male) professionals. You'll be right at home, and perfectly fine.
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Old 04-30-2009, 01:46 PM
 
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North of Wilshire in SM is generally the safest in the city. It is also predominantly female. Very few single men under the age of 50.
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Old 04-30-2009, 03:40 PM
 
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North of Wilshire in SM is generally the safest in the city.
It's wealthy, and has always been wealthy, long before SM was almost all affluent (with the exception of the Pico Neighborhood). Wilshire isn't even the southern boundary of the VERY affluent anymore ; that's moved south to Santa Monica Blvd. or Broadway (traditionally middle class)

But the safety level of the north is not that different from other parts of SM. Safer than the Pico Neighborhood but on a par with the rest, more or less.

The main difference between North of Wilshire and Ocean Park (other than the north being very sterile) is that the north is dominated by families, while OP is dominated by singles.
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Old 05-04-2009, 01:22 PM
 
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Santa Monica is great for walking and it is safe. Just use common sense.
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