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Old 12-06-2011, 09:13 PM
 
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Hi All,

I got a job in Glendale and will be moving to Los Angeles shortly. I am 31 single male, and want to move to a place which has some groceries and decent bars/restaurants within walking distance.

I have problems driving, but LA is well connected through public transport(no idea about after midnight traffic though). However I dont want a huge commute(more than 45-50 mins).My budget constraints are 1200 for an apartment but I am looking for a studio or a small 1 br apartment with kitchen.

I searched the already existing threads and it seems
>Burbank and Glendale are suburban (eliminated)
>Santa Monica or Brentwood are great ,but the public commute is halfday (eliminated)
>West Hollywood isnt a good place for single straight men despite NOT a predominant gay population(doubtful)

The places which might be good for me are:
>Historic Downtown (a little distant but affordable apartments and decent nightlife)
>Sherman Oaks(no idea)
>Studio City(no idea)
>Hollywood east of 101 freeway(is it any different than West Hollywood ?)
>North Hollywood(nightlife isnt that good, its more of museums and art galleries)
>Los Feliz(very expensive even in LA standards)

I would appreciate some help on
>if I am missing or wrong about any one(I have been to LA only 5 days )
>which area do you think will fit my criteria

thanks,

PS: The area names I found consulting this map
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Old 12-06-2011, 09:50 PM
 
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Downtown is closer to Glendale than West Hollywood. People love living Downtown. You have all your stores, restaurants, and bars within walking distance. Gradually, block by block is being regentrified. The crowd is also in their 30s, which is good for you.

Studio City is a great choice and pretty close to Glendale. Some nightlife along Ventura Blvd., particularly around Ventura and Radford near CBS. The crowd tends to be late twenties thru late thirties. Sherman Oaks nightlife scene is a bit younger and a bit farther from Glendale. Studio City has more of the Hollywood vibe. Sherman Oaks is a bit cheaper.

Try for Studio City, but if you find more stuff within your price range in Sherman Oaks, that's decent too.
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Old 12-06-2011, 11:13 PM
 
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thanks a lot nowincal11

I did not want to do a search on every block of the map I showed, but wanted to filter a search set.
I will search for apartments, bars and pubs around Studio city. Sherman oaks sounds another good choice as well. I do mingle well with lil younger people

*I saw Los Feliz in a lots of discussions around here but it is strange that you didnt mention that. Anything you dont like about it?

*I liked historic downtown a lot because of a retro city look and feel, however after 9 it appeared a lots of blocks with closed shops and few bars here and there( a pizza bar I really liked). A night club appears to be closed. But I believe there is no less vibes in Studio City and Sherman Oaks.
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Old 12-06-2011, 11:14 PM
 
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You've made a good list and I agree with Nowinca11's comments.

For $1,200 I think Los Feliz is still a good possibility (for a studio at least). And it is a good fit for what you say you want.

I wouldn't rule out Pasadena, not as "hip" as Los Feliz or Studio City but very walkable and many nightife options.
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Old 12-06-2011, 11:38 PM
 
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thanks a lot SalParadise
so I get that Los Feliz was excluded by nowincal11 mainly for finance constraints which makes sense

Pasadena might be a tough public commute but will check it as a 4th option, OR after I get a car (then the criteria might change substantially )

please feel free to correct me on any wrong assumption I made ..... I think Los Angeles can be a tough place for a newcomer and I dont want to get into problems due to stupid choice , so any advise is welcome

so far on my list
1)Downtown / Studio City
2)Sherman Oaks/ Los Feliz
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Old 12-07-2011, 09:04 AM
 
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I forgot to mention Los Feliz. It's a good area. A lot of hipsters, but wealthier than Echo Park and Silverlake, which are the real hipster neighborhoods.

Pasadena is fairly close to Glendale. But you won't have the quintissential "LA Vibe" like you would in Studio City.

Oh also, Hollywood east of the 101 is East Hollywood and is very marginal. Some decent areas, some not so decent. North of Franklin is better than south of Franklin until you get to Los Feliz.
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Old 12-07-2011, 09:09 AM
 
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I dont think Los Feliz is really that expensive? Average for LA
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Old 12-07-2011, 09:22 AM
 
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Glendale (minimal commute) and Burbank are ruled out as being too suburban but you will consider suburban communities of North Hollywood, Sherman Oaks and Studio City? What about Universal City (with City Walk nearby), next to Burbank and North Hollywood? Subway access to Hollywood and downtown, though Glendale a bit indirect. Groceries are a factor? Anyplace in the area will have supermarkets. Have you looked at www.metro.net and www.metrolinktrains.com to see from which places you could get to work by public transportation, especially light rail (Metro) or commuter train (Metrolink)? You explored and found more bars, etc. open late in, say, North Hollywood and Sherman Oaks, than downtown (not sure what parts of downtown you consider "historic")? From downtown you could take Metrolink or perhaps light rail to get to work (or close to it). Light rail possible from some places in North Hollywood and Burbank, though not sure how directly.

It sounds like you are leaning towards downtown. You'll rent and see how you'll like it?

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Old 12-07-2011, 10:31 AM
 
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I forgot to mention Los Feliz. It's a good area. A lot of hipsters, but wealthier than Echo Park and Silverlake, which are the real hipster neighborhoods.

Pasadena is fairly close to Glendale. But you won't have the quintissential "LA Vibe" like you would in Studio City.
I have to disagree somewhat with the statement in bold. I think the OP should be aware that the communities of Studio City, No. Hollywood, and Sherman Oaks are located in the San Fernando Valley and have a more suburban flavor than Downtown LA, Hollywood, West Hollywood, or Los Feliz.

Yes, Studio City is near film studios and portions of Ventura Blvd are walkable with boutiques/restaurants but overall in my view, this is still a very suburban area.

Pasadena may not have an "LA vibe" but it is very walkable, distintive in character, and has plenty of nightlife options (though not as "hip" as Hollywood), etc.
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Old 12-07-2011, 10:33 AM
 
Location: Los Angeles, CA
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I dont think Los Feliz is really that expensive? Average for LA
For renting I think this statement is pretty accurate. Maybe a little above average.

Owning a home there is another story.
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