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Old 12-26-2011, 09:32 AM
 
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My friends and I are moving out to LA once we graduate, around late April/early May. Our max we can pay for rent is around $1,500. We're thinking of stuffing all of us into a 2bed, preferably 2 bath. (Also looking for a 3bed, 2bath for a little more, incase our other friend moves in with us) It can either be an apartment, townhome, or house. One of our roomates has a beagle, so it'd have to be pet friendly. We're willing to drive up to 40 minutes to get to LA for work. So, my main question is, what are the best, safest places to live just outside of LA, that won't break our bank? Thanks for reading!
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Old 12-26-2011, 02:10 PM
 
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No one thats not in the ghetto is going to rent to that situation. $300/mo per person just is not happening anywhere in LA not even with roommates, except in the worst areas.

Step it up to $500 each($2500 total), and you can pretty easily get a 4 bd/3ba home in LA suburbs.

And a 40 minute commute in LA is also nothing. That gets you a 15 mile radius from Downtown LA. So none of the cheap outlying areas.
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Old 12-26-2011, 02:15 PM
 
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It depends on where in Los Angeles you are working. Will any of you have jobs lined up before you arrive? Do you plan to use public transportation? Have you ruled out Los Angeles itself? All of it, or just downtown?

Start by looking at a map to get an idea of what Los Angeles looks like.

It is possible to find a 2 or 3 bedroom in your price range, and not in a ghetto, but it may not be in a convenient location, or the landlord might not want to rent to 5-6 young people and a dog. Raising your limit to 2500 won't necessarily help, because in a nicer place the landlord will be even less likely to rent to 5-6 unrelated people. (Hopefully at least a few of you have good credit histories.)

Are you currently film students, or are you also going to be in school after you arrive?

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Old 12-26-2011, 02:24 PM
 
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Forget what John typed.

You can definitely find something. Long Beach (downtown area), Los Feliz, Koreatown, Pasadena, some parts of the downtown area, there's this area that has some awesome raw lofts, I have no idea exactly where it is, all I know is that it use to be a fish-packing district though it's in a grungy area but other kinds of artists live/work there.

Another problem is bypassing the amount of tenants allowed to occupy the place. Don't think any lanlord is willing to sign on 5 people for a 2bdm, it's possible.
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Old 12-26-2011, 02:32 PM
 
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I recommend Los Feliz, it's beautiful and I didn't notice anything ghetto about it.
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Old 12-26-2011, 05:32 PM
 
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Really the biggest problem is a landlord allowing 5 people in a 2 br. Four people, maybe, in a youth friendly area. Maybe you can do 4 people and have a 5th discreetly crash on the couch.
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Old 12-26-2011, 05:35 PM
 
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I'd hate to be that landlord.
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Old 12-26-2011, 05:48 PM
 
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Forget what John typed.

You can definitely find something. Long Beach (downtown area), Los Feliz, Koreatown, Pasadena, some parts of the downtown area, there's this area that has some awesome raw lofts, I have no idea exactly where it is, all I know is that it use to be a fish-packing district though it's in a grungy area but other kinds of artists live/work there.

Another problem is bypassing the amount of tenants allowed to occupy the place. Don't think any lanlord is willing to sign on 5 people for a 2bdm, it's possible.

forget what BV just typed (sorry BV). Revert back to John's post. He was actually much more accurate than BV. under your conditions, might have to lower your location bar.
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Old 12-26-2011, 05:56 PM
 
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Old 12-27-2011, 12:30 PM
 
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What I meant is that no land lord is going to rent a two bedroom place to five people.

Otoh, you might find a three or four bedroom place where a landlord is willing to accommodate that many people
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