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Old 01-18-2010, 11:13 PM
 
Location: Malibu/Miami Beach
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The child is the problem.
What you need if you want to have any credibility around $3-4k/month.
On your own around $2000.
Children have been my greatest single expense for the last 20 years and the solution is to make more money!!
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Old 01-19-2010, 06:54 AM
 
Location: Bella Vista, Ark
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house or apartment? assuming house, reliably(as there are always old ladies that rent below market value) probably like the above mentioned and I'd add some parts of IE as well.

the problem with renting in these areas is that many of the homes are investment properties and falling into foreclosure because they were purchased for far far more than they'll rent for, and the landlords will just take your money until the bank forecloses and the bank will put you out on your butt without qualms, leaving you out of your rent and security deposit
I doubt they would be able to have a recording studio in an apartment building.
actually as for the old ladies renting below market value, my experience has been quite different. the older landlords and landladies think their property is worth than anyone else thinks it is worth.

Nita
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Old 01-19-2010, 06:57 AM
 
Location: Bella Vista, Ark
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Thanks to those who gave me neighborhoods and facts to work with. Please don't question why we're moving or our lifestyle...I'm not here to have those things questioned. I am here to figure out the market value of 3 bedroom houses in and around the LA area. No worries on the recording studio, we pad the place out and we've never had a problem with it (even in an apartment). I'm seeing we'd have to bump up our rent by a few hundred dollars a month, thanks for letting us know.
It is not a matter of how much you pad, it is a matter as to whether it would be allowed or not, cut and dry. As for advise, I understand what you are saying but you have to understand anyone questioning your move is just trying to be helpful. AS for bumping up the rent, I think you will need to bump it up about $500 to a thousand or live with living 50 or more miles from Los Angeles and of course nowhere near the ocean..

Nita
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Old 01-19-2010, 01:11 PM
 
Location: So Ca
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Try Burbank, or Glendale... if you don't mind regular suburbia...
Years ago our daughter took voice lessons from a couple who wrote, sang and performed all over L.A. They lived in Burbank (no kids, though). They taught instrument and voice at a couple of music stores during the week.
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Old 01-19-2010, 09:36 PM
 
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Thanks for the help everyone. I'm gathering a good list of neighborhoods to start with.
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Old 01-21-2010, 01:34 PM
 
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I saw a 3BR SFR the other day in Silver Lake, which was zoned for home/business. It had 1.5 bath, and was going for $1900, with 2 parking spaces. I thought this was unbelievably cheap, and might be perfect for you. It was on Griffith Park Blvd, if you want to hunt around for it (I didn't need it so didn't write it down myself). That area has an excellent elementary school (Ivanhoe), and is perfect for music scene/ hip/ etc. I didn't catch the age of your son, but make sure about the schools in that area. Some are GREAT - others terrible.

Good luck...
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