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Old 07-12-2011, 05:54 PM
 
Location: Atlanta
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I want to move to LA & I want to know what are the good areas... I live in Buckhead in Atlanta which is like the "good part" or some call it "The Beverly Hills of Atlanta". I don't want to be in a really expensive area nor do I want to be in the hood! The highest I am willing to pay for rent is $1,500. Could I get something nice for that?? Maybe hardwood floors, or stainless steel appliances? Also if I could be near a beach that would be awesome!
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Old 07-12-2011, 05:56 PM
 
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Think you might want to look into roommate options for what you are looking for and how much you want to spend.
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Old 07-12-2011, 06:03 PM
 
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I don't mind down-grading a little.. I've never had a roommate so dont think that'll work out for me too well. Plus I have a online shoe business so shoes would be all over the place ! I heard the downtown area is ok in some spots but then I've heard to NOT move there.
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Old 07-12-2011, 06:03 PM
 
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I want to move to LA & I want to know what are the good areas... I live in Buckhead in Atlanta which is like the "good part" or some call it "The Beverly Hills of Atlanta". I don't want to be in a really expensive area nor do I want to be in the hood! The highest I am willing to pay for rent is $1,500. Could I get something nice for that?? Maybe hardwood floors, or stainless steel appliances? Also if I could be near a beach that would be awesome!
There are plenty of areas for you to live in a decent one bedroom. Unless you can pay top dollar for a great area, you have to make some tradeoffs.

$1,500 will get you a nice one bedroom in West Hollywood, Hollywood, Culver City, West LA. It will get you a pretty decent 1 bedroom in Brentwood. You will be able to get a one bedroom in Santa Monica, but not walking distance to the beach.

A lot of the apartments in WeHo and West LA are a bit older. Less than half of apartments come with refrigerators, you have to buy one yourself unless you get lucky (that's for all of LA). You may have to compromise on central ac and hardwood floors.

Culver City is the place for you to go to get a new apartment with all your specifications because it is a bit less desirable (still pretty fun and safe), but farther from the Beach and the "Hollywood scene."

West LA and Brentwood apartments tend to be from the 1970s so they are spacious and some have been renovated, but generally not with hardwood floors and stainless steel appliances.

Beverly Hills is a bit out of your price range for a one bedroom. You can get a studio, but Beverly Hills actually doesn't have much going on in the way of nightlife.
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Old 07-12-2011, 06:04 PM
 
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I don't mind down-grading a little.. I've never had a roommate so dont think that'll work out for me too well. Plus I have a online shoe business so shoes would be all over the place ! I heard the downtown area is ok in some spots but then I've heard to NOT move there.
Downtown LA has places in your price range. Downtown is up and coming. It's nice to live there though because you have EVERYTHING within walking distance. Downtown LA is also a huge neighborhood, so choose wisely (near all the bars, restaurants).
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Old 07-12-2011, 06:11 PM
 
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Good areas of LA? anywere with a decent commute to the office.
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Old 07-12-2011, 07:06 PM
 
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If you want to live near the beach, you can get a small one bedroom for less than that within 3 block walk of the beach. As low as $1050-1250/mo. But it will be an older apartment that is not upgraded.

There are lots of nice places you can get an upgraded studio or 1bedroom with all the upgrades for under $1500....As others said, Culver City and Downtown. Also Long Beach(where the beaches aren't so great...its a harbor), Pasadena, Burbank, Sherman Oaks/Studio City,etc.

$1500/mo gets you just about everywhere, but some of the really high end neighborhoods you will be in an older non upgraded place.
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Old 07-12-2011, 09:08 PM
 
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Isn't Pasadena far from LA?? I have a friend that lives in the West Hollywood area but she pays about $1700/mth which is out of my price range! I don't want to be too far from her though. Is LA an expensive place to live?
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Old 07-12-2011, 09:44 PM
 
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Pasadena is in LA County. It's a pretty urban suburb NE of downtown LA. It has a pretty decent downtown with a lot of restaurants/bars. However, it is not in the "Hollywood scene" so you won't be in thick of it or see a lot of celebrities.

I've seen plenty of one bedrooms in West Hollywood for $1200 or $1300. Use padmapper.com and rent.com.

She must live in a newer building or in a luxury place that has everything from a doorman to in unit washer/dryer.

Given your criteria as a 23 year old female, I would stick to Santa Monica, West Hollywood, Westwood, Brentwood, West LA, or Studio City (in the Valley, but pretty happening and close to Hollywood).
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Old 07-12-2011, 09:52 PM
 
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Pasadena is in LA County. It's a pretty urban suburb NE of downtown LA. It has a pretty decent downtown with a lot of restaurants/bars. However, it is not in the "Hollywood scene" so you won't be in thick of it or see a lot of celebrities.

I've seen plenty of one bedrooms in West Hollywood for $1200 or $1300. Use padmapper.com and rent.com.

She must live in a newer building or in a luxury place that has everything from a doorman to in unit washer/dryer.

Given your criteria as a 23 year old female, I would stick to Santa Monica, West Hollywood, Westwood, Brentwood, West LA, or Studio City (in the Valley, but pretty happening and close to Hollywood).
When you refer to "The Valley".. What region of LA is that? She lives in a luxury community. I've also heard thats the "gay" area of town. I'm just gonna have to come out and drive around areas to see whats best.
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