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Old 06-04-2010, 08:02 PM
 
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Hi there--glad I found such an active forum for this sort of thing. My husband, toddler, pomeranian and I are moving west this summer. We currently own a condo in Cobble Hill----very excited to have space, a yard, that sort of thing...bummed out to not be able to walk everywhere and will miss our storybook neighborhood.

Anyway, husband and I work together and will be commuting to Melrose Ave in Hollywood every day. We're looking to rent first and get a feel for where we want to be longer term. Want a grassy yard, no pool (too neurotic about our toddler), 3 BR or more, and as short a commute as possible so we can spend as much time with our son as we can. Looking in the $4-5500ish range (flexible). We've mainly looked very close to work in Hancock Park / Larchmont area (deluding ourselves into thinking we might actually walk to work or be able to walk to a cafe on the weekend). Have also started to look up in the Hollywood Hills (though it seems hard to find a yard when you're on a hill.......balconies not what we want).

What other areas do people suggest? Any thoughts on air quality? We're very into cooking and restaurants, so would be great if there were related options close by.

I saw a pretty stunning place online in northern Glendale, but that would be insanity right? Esp if we want a tolerable commute....


Thanks for any insight!
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Old 06-04-2010, 08:13 PM
 
Location: Mt Washington: NELA
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Larchmont is great- well within walking distance of restaurants. I don't know why you wouldn't walk to the Boulevard, unless you're alot farther away, i.e. Hancock Park (which actually isn't very far away at all). Not sure where on Melrose you will be working, but its awfully close to the little commercial strip on Larchmont. On the other hand, the Hollywood Hills is far more isolated from cafes, etc.

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Hi there--glad I found such an active forum for this sort of thing. My husband, toddler, pomeranian and I are moving west this summer. We currently own a condo in Cobble Hill----very excited to have space, a yard, that sort of thing...bummed out to not be able to walk everywhere and will miss our storybook neighborhood.

Anyway, husband and I work together and will be commuting to Melrose Ave in Hollywood every day. We're looking to rent first and get a feel for where we want to be longer term. Want a grassy yard, no pool (too neurotic about our toddler), 3 BR or more, and as short a commute as possible so we can spend as much time with our son as we can. Looking in the $4-5500ish range (flexible). We've mainly looked very close to work in Hancock Park / Larchmont area (deluding ourselves into thinking we might actually walk to work or be able to walk to a cafe on the weekend). Have also started to look up in the Hollywood Hills (though it seems hard to find a yard when you're on a hill.......balconies not what we want).

What other areas do people suggest? Any thoughts on air quality? We're very into cooking and restaurants, so would be great if there were related options close by.

I saw a pretty stunning place online in northern Glendale, but that would be insanity right? Esp if we want a tolerable commute....


Thanks for any insight!
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Old 06-04-2010, 08:14 PM
 
Location: South Bay
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glendale wouldn't be that bad, especially since you could use the 2 freeway to get into the city. considering your budget, you could live just about anywhere in the city. as for eating, great restaurants are spread out all over the city from the coast, to downtown, to the valley and every in between. i wouldn't count on doing nearly as much walking as you did in brooklyn, but there are plenty of walkable neighborhoods where you can do basic shopping and dining all within a few steps of your home. i would also look at west hollywood and the neighborhoods near beverly blvd and 3rd st between la brea and la cienega, maybe even the southern part of beverly hills or westwood. if you're looking for family friendly and possibly even schools, silver lake and hancock park will be the best options in the city.
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Old 06-05-2010, 08:10 AM
 
Location: Bella Vista, Ark
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Well all the suggestions I would have had have been given. I was going to say the Silverlake or Handcock Park. I personally love both areas, especially Hancock Park. Yes, Glendale might be a bit further than you would want to commute but it's a great city..

The whole experience will be very different than living on the east coast. This isn't good or bad, just different.

Nita
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Old 06-05-2010, 09:25 AM
 
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If you want to walk to things (although I'm not entirely clear whether or not you want to be able to do so, or just think it's impossible? It's definitely not), Hollywood Hills locations are going to be more inconvenient, and pushing a stroller up or down a hill will be a major hassle. If you do want a walkable area then the ones listed would all be good fits, with Larchmont and Hancock Park being particularly convenient.

Los Feliz is also very nice (and not far), with great eating options.
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Old 06-09-2010, 11:18 AM
 
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Thanks for the great advice.

Another question -- if we were to find a place up in the Beverly Hills, how god awful would either Mulholland or Cold Water Canyon Dr be to get to and from downtown hollywood on melrose (Paramount lot, btw, to be specific)?
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Old 06-09-2010, 11:25 AM
 
Location: South Bay
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i'm not sure how many people use extended lengths of mulholland as part of their commute, but all of the canyon roads are horrible for commuting, especially coldwater. living up in the hills is also going to stretch your housing budget to the max, especially if you want something with a decent amount of space for your family.
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Old 06-09-2010, 11:32 AM
 
Location: GLAMA
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We've mainly looked very close to work in Hancock Park / Larchmont area (deluding ourselves into thinking we might actually walk to work or be able to walk to a cafe on the weekend).

??? Deluding yourselves? Larchmont is very walkable, and the Village has plenty of eateries and shopping. Have you actually been there?

I'd live in one of those big old 1920s-era houses with the huge yards without a second thought. I love that part of town.
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Old 06-09-2010, 05:02 PM
 
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Tiny, if it were me, I would start on the flatlands near Paramount. Larchmont Village and Hancock Park are quite nice and you can easily walk or bicycle to a lot of places, including work. Give yourself as year or so to explore other areas before seeing where you want to settle.

Welcome to California.
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Old 06-10-2010, 08:59 AM
 
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Thanks again guys for all the advice.
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