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Old 01-16-2010, 03:23 PM
 
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My husband and I are planning to move to LA from Florida. We are both in the music business: own a studio, record, write, produce and perform. We've had great success in Miami and Atlanta and want to take our business to LA. Can you suggest neighborhoods for a young, hip couple that want to perform out but are also are raising a young boy?

Some details:
Our max rent would be $1600/month (renting not buying)
Need to be some-what close to music venues to play out
We like to go out to eat, movies, concerts, museums, shopping etc.
Plan on home schooling our child
Both work from home and do not need to commute anywhere (yay!)
We both have cars
Would love to be near parks or some place you could go hiking
We are looking forward to exploring the city and love adventure/change.
Need a 3 bedroom and enough square feet to put in a recording studio.
We love the beach, of course.

Willing to sacrifice being close to the beach for greenery. And willing to sacrifice greenery to be closer to the city, so we are flexible. We'd like to live some place that's been renovated and not old and falling apart.

Suggestions on neighborhoods would be awesome, thanks!
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Old 01-16-2010, 04:06 PM
 
Location: Las Flores, Orange County, CA
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My husband and I are planning to move to LA from Florida. We are both in the music business: own a studio, record, write, produce and perform. We've had great success in Miami and Atlanta and want to take our business to LA. Can you suggest neighborhoods for a young, hip couple that want to perform out but are also are raising a young boy?

Some details:
Our max rent would be $1600/month (renting not buying)
Need to be some-what close to music venues to play out
We like to go out to eat, movies, concerts, museums, shopping etc.
Plan on home schooling our child
Both work from home and do not need to commute anywhere (yay!)
We both have cars
Would love to be near parks or some place you could go hiking
We are looking forward to exploring the city and love adventure/change.
Need a 3 bedroom and enough square feet to put in a recording studio.
We love the beach, of course.

Willing to sacrifice being close to the beach for greenery. And willing to sacrifice greenery to be closer to the city, so we are flexible. We'd like to live some place that's been renovated and not old and falling apart.

Suggestions on neighborhoods would be awesome, thanks!
I doubt $1600 will get you everything you want, especially three bedrooms close to places you'd be able to work.

Check this out though:

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"We like to go out to eat, movies, concerts, museums, shopping " sounds expensive. Maybe with some adjustments you can kick your rent up to $2000/month?
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Old 01-16-2010, 04:07 PM
 
Location: RSM
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You're not going to find a 3bd for 1600 in any decent area close to a music scene, and apartment buildings probably wouldn't appreciate you having a music studio there anyways
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Old 01-16-2010, 05:17 PM
 
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Ok, how far from LA do you think we have to go to be able to afford a 3 bedroom?
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Old 01-17-2010, 02:13 AM
 
Location: Living on the Coast in Oxnard CA
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Ok, how far from LA do you think we have to go to be able to afford a 3 bedroom?
Palmdale? Lancaster? Maybe Bakersfield. You can get a 3 bedroom 2 bath place in Oxnard for $1,800 in the new Riverpark Development but not sure on the recording studio.
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Old 01-17-2010, 03:32 AM
 
Location: RSM
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Ok, how far from LA do you think we have to go to be able to afford a 3 bedroom?
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
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Old 01-17-2010, 07:32 AM
 
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Are you sure you want to move? If you're having great success where you are, why not stay?
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Old 01-17-2010, 09:52 AM
 
Location: Oxnard, CA
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$1600 is not realistic....plus having the lifestyle you want is not realistic.
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Old 01-17-2010, 02:14 PM
 
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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.
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Old 01-17-2010, 07:37 PM
 
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About 2500-3500 will probably do it for rent, for what you are describing. This would include utilities, unless you have outragious usage. This is a basic house, Safe area, nothing fancy.

Try Burbank, or Glendale, maybe Simi Valley if you don't mind regular suburbia(nice, but not the hippest area ever)

Good Luck

Your right, If you use acoustical foam, no one will hear a thing.
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