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Old 04-02-2011, 04:51 PM
 
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Hello all,

A few friends and I are planning to move out to LA near the end of the summer to start pursuing our careers. We have been in touch with alumni from our school who are out in LA working in the fields we're interested in, so we feel semi-confident about plans for finding work when we get there, and we're all realistic about how bad the prospects currently are. Unfortunately, the specific types of jobs we're looking for in tv/film don't exist in many other cities or in the same magnitude as LA, so we've made up our mind that we'll at least have to try LA out so we can know we tried to pursue our dreams.

Although we've been to LA before we're not too familiar with the various neighborhoods. We're planning on living together to make our rent costs as low as possible. What I'm looking for is advice on neighborhoods that would be affordable for a group of cost-conscious recent grads, but also won't put us in the middle of gangland. The first place where cheap and safe overlap is good for us. And no worries, we aren't expecting anything ritzy, we're being realistic about what we can pay will get us. Also any helpful links to sites that help you find rentals would be great, we've already checked out craigslist, but some more legitimate sites would be a nice companion. Also I already have rent money saved up for the first few months when we may still be job-hunting and not making much profit.

Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.

PS And we know to bring cars, this isn't nyc
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Old 04-02-2011, 05:18 PM
 
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westsiderentals.com is good but you have to pay for it. I'd recommend living close to your work. Since you guys don't have your jobs lined up yet, I'd pick a central neighborhood. Maybe Sherman Oaks or Studio City. A lot of young people there and good access to freeways and the other parts of Los Angeles.
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Old 04-02-2011, 05:19 PM
 
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Studio City or Hollywood are best options.

Maybe West Hollywood or Miracle Mile if you can afford it, also Downtown is a consideration.
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Old 04-02-2011, 11:02 PM
 
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My daughter and her bf did the same thing and rented in West Hollywood to be centrally located. It worked great when D was working in Hollywood but then they both found jobs in Santa Monica and have to suffer through that commute. A 6 month lease would be my suggestion if you can swing it.
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Old 04-03-2011, 12:56 AM
 
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I think in order for someone tell you what areas you can live in where cheap and safe overlap they would have to know what the maximum amount is that you can pay for rent. You say you have rent money saved up for the first few months. So, you must know what the maximum is that you can spend on rent per month, at least for now.

There have been some people who have posted here who have gone on and on about what they want in a place to live and then mention, almost casually, that they can't spend more than $1000 a month. Some have even thought they could spend less and find something nice and safe. Even what someone considers safe may not be what another person condiders safe.

I also don't think having only 3 months rent saved up isn't enough. What if no one gets a job in 3 months? And as far as bringing cars I hope you like sitting in a parking lot called a freeway. Oh yeah, and thanks for adding to the air pollution. We do have public transportation that thousands and thousands of people take to work everyday.

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Hello all,

A few friends and I are planning to move out to LA near the end of the summer to start pursuing our careers. We have been in touch with alumni from our school who are out in LA working in the fields we're interested in, so we feel semi-confident about plans for finding work when we get there, and we're all realistic about how bad the prospects currently are. Unfortunately, the specific types of jobs we're looking for in tv/film don't exist in many other cities or in the same magnitude as LA, so we've made up our mind that we'll at least have to try LA out so we can know we tried to pursue our dreams.

Although we've been to LA before we're not too familiar with the various neighborhoods. We're planning on living together to make our rent costs as low as possible. What I'm looking for is advice on neighborhoods that would be affordable for a group of cost-conscious recent grads, but also won't put us in the middle of gangland. The first place where cheap and safe overlap is good for us. And no worries, we aren't expecting anything ritzy, we're being realistic about what we can pay will get us. Also any helpful links to sites that help you find rentals would be great, we've already checked out craigslist, but some more legitimate sites would be a nice companion. Also I already have rent money saved up for the first few months when we may still be job-hunting and not making much profit.

Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.

PS And we know to bring cars, this isn't nyc
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Old 04-03-2011, 04:22 AM
 
Location: Charlotte, NC
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The LA Times has a great site for looking into crime in the area : L.A. Crime Maps - Mapping L.A. - Los Angeles Times

I'm planning to move to LA this summer, too, and it looks like Sherman Oaks and that area are pretty safe and not insanely expensive for apartments (According to Craigslist at least).
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