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Old 06-21-2011, 11:52 AM
 
Location: California {via New England}
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Does 'charming' exist in LA?! I work from home and am relocating to either Orange County or LA County in September. I'm completely unfamiliar with LA neighborhoods. I've done a lot of reading on these forums and was hoping I could get some suggestions based on my criteria. It will really help me on my apartment hunting trip so I'm not aimlessly driving around

Rental budget is $1200-1400 a month (looking for a 1 Bedroom)

My ideal neighborhood is:

- Very walkable (I can walk to local bars and restaurants)
- Lively community feel (Lots of local events, festivals, and networking opportunities)
- Close to the beaches a plus
- Young area with lots of 20 and 30-somethings

Places I find 'charming':

- Downtown San Diego
- for anyone familiar with New England - places like Newburyport, MA and Portsmouth, NH

Side question - If you worked from home and had the option of living in LA or OC, would you stay in LA?

Thanks for your tips!
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Old 06-21-2011, 12:10 PM
 
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I would consider looking in the Los Feliz or Silverlake areas. But that's pretty far east.

Do you know where in LA county you'd be working in? I also really like Venice, but that's on the west side.

These are all somewhat "hip" neighborhoods big into biking and walking. It's as close as we get in LA to a pedestrian life.

In the OC, downtown Long Beach is pretty happening for younger folk and it's got a lot of art and culture. It's technically actually in LA county, but close enough that people live there if they work in OC. OC tends to be super commercial/strip mall-ish IMHO. But there are pockets of neat things like that.

Hope this helps!
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Old 06-21-2011, 12:20 PM
 
Location: South Bay
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belmont shore in long beach would be a perfect fit. it's a bit of a drive to LA proper but fairly close to much of OC.
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Old 06-21-2011, 12:24 PM
 
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If you want a walkable neighborhood, you basically have to look at the neighborhoods that were built before the freeway system. I'd probably start with Downtown, Hollywood, and Echo Park. But those neighborhoods are quite far from the beach.
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Old 06-21-2011, 12:32 PM
 
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Hermosa Beach, Manhattan Beach in the South Bay section of LA. Santa Monica is a bit too pricy and Venice--well I'm not sure of your definition of charming. If you prefer further inland, West Hollywood is pretty walkable with lots of nightlife.

Hollywood has tons of nightlife and is walkable, but I would stay north of Hollywood Blvd. Only thing is it is far from the beaches (opposite end of the city).

This all presumes commuting is no issue, and you mentioned working from home, so hopefully it isn't for you.

I like LA a lot. I also like OC. OC lifestyle is a bit different. Like another poster said, very middle density suburban. Lots of tract housing and shopping centers. But Newport Beach and Huntington Beach are really nice, walkable in many areas, and lots of nightlife.
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Old 06-21-2011, 12:40 PM
 
Location: West LA
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Ocean Park neighborhood of Santa Monica. Manhattan Beach. Hermosa Beach. Westwood. Southern portion of Brentwood. Belmont Shore.

Don't be afraid of living a little ways from the ocean. You may like Old Town Pasadena, Los Feliz, Orange, or portions of the San Fernando Valley along Ventura Blvd.
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Old 06-21-2011, 01:01 PM
 
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These are all great suggestions, thank you! I've been told Belmont Shore would be a good fit, but I'm afraid I might be priced out of that area. I'm interested in checking it out though!
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Old 06-21-2011, 01:08 PM
 
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Ohh Old Town Pasadena!

Unless you surf or something you can make trips to the beach when the mood strikes.
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Old 06-21-2011, 01:28 PM
 
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These are all great suggestions, thank you! I've been told Belmont Shore would be a good fit, but I'm afraid I might be priced out of that area. I'm interested in checking it out though!
belmont shore (and long beach in general) is one of the lowest cost coastal areas in all of so cal. my wife lived there 5 or so years ago and rented a decent sized 1br (700sf or so) for under $900 month. i'm sure prices have gone up some, but you should be able to find something in your budget. you'll be hard pressed to find anything near that price in newport, hermosa, or santa monica.
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Old 06-21-2011, 04:02 PM
 
Location: California {via New England}
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Ohh Old Town Pasadena!

Unless you surf or something you can make trips to the beach when the mood strikes.
Nope, I'm not a surfer! I guess I just like the beach lifestyle, and I've never lived in a beach town before. As long as I'm fairly close to the beach I'll be happy!
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