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Old 07-25-2011, 09:09 AM
 
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Currently I live in NJ and have been to California once. I stayed in West Hollywood I believe. Here's what I'm looking for in a town in Southern California:

1. reasonable housing prices- a nice, newer 1 bed, maybe in a building with a pool. I would also do a new construction high rise condo..looking to spend $1300-$1450.

2. I want to live in a town with a walkable downtown..I'd like to be able to get a coffee, and be close to shopping/restaurants, nightlife. I'd like to use a car as little as possible..or even have no car. Walking to the beach-or a 10 min drive to the beach would be a huge plus! I have a dog so being close to parks would be great.

3. A lively town with single professionals ages 27-40's. I don't want to live in a college town where everyone is 22-25. I'm in my early 30's.

4. Maybe Santa Monica? West Hollywood?

5. I'm want to live in a town where I can be pretty casual..I'll get dressed up for a club/cocktail party but a place with a casual, beachy vibe would be ideal. I'm happy in a jean skirt, cute top, and flip flops on most days.

I'm planninga trip to California to check out different areas so I need any advice you have! Thanks!!!
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Old 07-25-2011, 07:32 PM
 
Location: Las Flores, Orange County, CA
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Is it OK if the town has lots of rich eligible bachelors?
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Old 07-25-2011, 07:40 PM
 
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San Diego comes to mind; and BTW for what it's worth, if you are looking to date straight men WH has a lot of gays, so that might not be conducive to your goals.

Be prepared to get a room-mate to get a nicer place than what $1500 would buy (not much in California any more, excluding places you don't want to live, like San Bernardino or Sacramento)
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Old 07-25-2011, 07:50 PM
 
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It may be difficult to find a condo at a reasonable rate in the towns you listed as a preference. Both Sa.Mo. and West Hollywood are nice locations but you may have better luck in the west L.A. area when choosing to live on the west side at the cost you are willing to spend. One bedroom apt.: $12-$1600 a month. Condo? Ventura County beach community's are far more reasonable and more layed back, much different from the L.A. vibe.
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Old 07-25-2011, 08:02 PM
 
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It may be difficult to find a condo at a reasonable rate in the towns you listed as a preference. Both Sa.Mo. and West Hollywood are nice locations but you may have better luck in the west L.A. area when choosing to live on the west side at the cost you are willing to spend. One bedroom apt.: $12-$1600 a month. Condo? Ventura County beach community's are far more reasonable and more layed back, much different from the L.A. vibe.
Yes, and so would San Luis Obispo (further north).
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Old 07-26-2011, 12:40 AM
 
Location: California
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Harder to get a nice apt with a dog. I know people don't care but most apartments were not built with dogs in mind..
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