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Old 06-12-2011, 02:20 PM
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We're moving to LA for work this Aug. My spouse will be teaching at LMU (north of LAX/east of Marina del Rey), while I'll most likely be working in Burbank. Any recommendations on cool neighborhoods (i.e., local farmer's markets, restaurants, cinemas, etc.). We moved from downtown SF, so walked everywhere. We're looking at rentals for the next year.

I've finalized the areas of Silverlake/Echo Park/Los Feliz/Eagle Rock, Toluca Lake/NoHo, and Koreatown/Mid Wilshire. Any thoughts on these or anywhere else in terms of neighborhood amenities or commute to both places?

Thanks in advance for your input, Albert
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Old 06-12-2011, 03:55 PM
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Silverlake, Echo Park, Los Feliz are the hipster neighborhoods. Los Feliz is the wealthiest, followed by Silverlake, then Echo Park. Lots of people live like hipsters, but in reality have plenty of money. The arts lifestyle is a hybrid with Socal materialism. All are cool areas. Only thing is they are a bit more suburban than urban. Walking everywhere might be a challenge.Echo Park is still a bit riff raffy. I would avoid Eagle Rock. Not so nice. Commute to Burbank from those areas is minimal. Commute to LMU will be close to an hour each way, though traffic goes opposite direction for whatever that's worth, but it clogs by the airport both ways.

Toluca Lake is not walkable, but very nice. Extremely close to Burbank. Commute to LMU will be about 75 minutes and worse at night, I would guess at least 2 hours. NoHo Arts District is really cool. Very urban and walkable to everything. Kind of like a self contained community. But you have the same traffic nightmare.

Koreatown is up and coming, but take that with a grain of salt. It is still not very pleasant in many parts. I would advise staying west of Western and north of 6th. Commute to Burbank will be 30 min and LMU about an hour give or take a few.

Problem you guys will have is you are working at opposite ends of the city. One of will you have a great commute the other a terrible commute or split the difference. Splitting the difference would be Beverly Hills, West Hollywood or Miracle Mile. All 3 of those are very walkable to everything in neighborhood (restaurants, shopping, stores, nightlife).
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Old 06-12-2011, 04:18 PM
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West Hollywood or Miracle Mile. You can avoid freeway traffic.

West Hollywood to Burbank: take Cahuenga to Barham which turns into Olive. Pretty predictable traffic (30 minutes normally, 45 mins early evenings).

West Hollywood to LMU: take La Cienega towards LAX; the crappiest part for traffic is La Cienega between Wilshire and Pico, but otherwise it's pretty predictable and flowing (around 35-45 minutes depending on where in WeHo).
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Old 06-13-2011, 10:18 AM
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Thanks nowincal11 and redturtle for your advice. I'll look into the other neighborhoods as well.
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