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Old 01-17-2010, 11:48 PM
 
Location: New Orleans, LA
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I lived in Costa Mesa in Orange County for a few years and am now living in Chicago. I'd love to move back, and I'm aiming towards Long Beach. So, I've been curious and have been looking at studios on Craigslist, just to get an idea of whats out there and what to expect. I'm seeing a ton of them under $800 with a lot of specials (like first month free, etc). I was expecting to see higher prices, but is this about the price range a studio would go for right now? Lots of them say they are very close to the water.
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Old 02-20-2010, 07:26 PM
 
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Yes, that is right. They will be close to the water but the studios are TINY!!!!
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Old 02-21-2010, 02:28 AM
 
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$800 might be too low for a Studio in Long Beach. Not that they wouldn't be decent looking, but I would be careful of the type of neighbors you might have.

Still I would say look around because there are deals, and you can find them. Just make sure you check out the area both day and night before you make that commitment. In the area near the beach, stick with these neighborhoods, Belmont Shores, Belmont Heights, Naples, Alamitos Beach, and downtown, but no further than 4 street to the north. There are areas past 4th that aren't bad either as I live downtown north of 4th Street myself and I like my neighborhood. But for someone who isn't already living in the area, plus I don't know what your comfort level is, neighborhoods such as Belmont Shores, etc. would be my best suggestions.

One thing for sure Long Beach is a great city, and it has a lot of good things going on. Downtown Long Beach is certainly on the up swing in many ways. But if your budget is $800, you can find a decent downtown studio, but personally I would feel more comfortable telling you to look for an $800 Studio in (you could be fortunate) Belmont Shores/Heights, and or Naples, and Alamitos Beach. Should you pick downtown Long Beach, go for one thats at least $1000-1300 and you'll get a very nice place in most probably one of the highrise buildings, and or an ocean view in a swanky part of downtown.

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Old 02-21-2010, 02:55 AM
 
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I agree with LA Fan. I used to live in a studio apt in downtown Long Beach but the area has since been razed over for development. Which is a shame as it was close to the (then) mall and to the Blue Line station. And it held up nicely as I was living there during the Northridge quake.

But back on point - try to spend that $800 in a roommate situation if you can. Otherwise, I echo LA Fan's advice to spend a tad more.
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Old 02-22-2010, 08:43 AM
 
Location: Chicago, IL
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I would probably be leary of ads that say "close to the water" if they don't give you an exact address that you can googlemap. $800 for a studio might a) be a really tiny studio in a better area or b) a decently sized studio in a bad area.

Parking in Long Beach is as big of a problem as it is in Chicago.
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