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Old 01-13-2012, 02:32 AM
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Hey going out next week to lock down a place to live...my budget is 1000-1200 a month, I would like to live in Santa monica, Venice beach or surrounding areas.

Can I find a nice 1BR?

Are there any newer/modern more complex's that anyone could recommend for that price range, if nothing on the west side fits my criteria, PLEASE give me suggestions.

Oh, and I know it will be asked regarding work/commute, it doesn't really matter where I live because I work out of the house with customer sites scattered everywhere around LA.
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Old 01-13-2012, 10:16 AM
Location: California
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I wish I knew what "everywhere around LA" actually meant because I can't figure it out.

Use Padmapper, put in your parameters, and see what pops up.
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Old 01-13-2012, 10:25 AM
Location: SoCal, Idaho
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$1200 for a 1 bedroom is do-able in west LA, but not "new/modern" like you're asking for. The newer complexes (playa vista for example) will cost $1600-1800 ish for a 1 bedroom.

For your budget, expect to have a standard 1 bedroom in a low rise somewhere in WLA.
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Old 01-13-2012, 05:31 PM
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I don't think you should have too much of a problem. I was apartment hunting in the westside area in November, and I found a number of places that were 1100-1200 and were decent. None were the super modern, fancy complexes (though honestly, in my experience most of those are pretty small, and may well not be rent control), but buildings from the 50s-70s (though i'm not sure if you meant "modern" as in "not from the 20s," because i saw some of those too, and yeah... even if cheaper and roomier, i didn't want to live there).

Most of the apartments I found in that price range were around Fairfax, Culver City, or West L.A. (between the 405 and Santa Monica, north of the 10), though there are for sure more expensive ones in those regions too.

As for me, I wound up getting an apartment for 1350 on the sorta-westside. A little more expensive than I originally planned, but I liked it better than the 1100-1200 apartments. Most of the cheaper apartments were on the smaller side - maybe 650-700 sq ft, and no garage or yard/courtyard. Maybe that's ok with you.

If you end up expanding your budget up to 1450, you'll find lots to choose from on the westside, and maybe you could talk a landlord down, especially if you have good credit.
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