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Old 06-13-2012, 03:50 PM
 
Location: France
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Hi, guys!

I am writing a book and its action takes part mostly in LA. Since I have never been there but I can't change the setting for storyline purposes, I was wondering if some of you, LA inhabitants, wouldn't mind answering me some trivia stuff about your city.
It has to do with my story and although I can find some of these things online already, I am interested in a more subjective answer, one that an LA person would give.

So far, I would like to know how long does it take to get from LAX to Santa Monica at night (let's say around 1 a.m) and at noon.
When winter comes, do you guys need some kind of heating in your apartments or the outside temperature doesn't require any extra heating?
Also, how much rent would one pay for a 2 bedroom apartment in Santa Monica? Not near the beach, but within walking distance.

I hope this is the right place for this thread.

Thank you!
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Old 06-13-2012, 03:57 PM
 
Location: SF Bay Area
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Hi, guys!

I

So far, I would like to know how long does it take to get from LAX to Santa Monica at night (let's say around 1 a.m) and at noon.
When winter comes, do you guys need some kind of heating in your apartments or the outside temperature doesn't require any extra heating?
Also, how much rent would one pay for a 2 bedroom apartment in Santa Monica? Not near the beach, but within walking distance.
30 minutes.
The farther away from the coast, the colder it gets in winter. I'm sure people run for the heater when it hits 55-F.
$3200.
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Old 06-13-2012, 04:05 PM
 
Location: South Bay
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at midnight the drive to the airport could be less than 30 minutes, but not much (maybe 20-25 minutes if you hit all the lights.

as for heating, it's not absolutely necessary, but everyone i know uses their heater in the winter time.

$3200 would get you a very nice 2br near the beach, you should be able to find cheaper options in the $2500 range.
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Old 06-13-2012, 09:48 PM
 
Location: South Korea
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I would really recommend you take a visit to LA, at least a week, preferably two. It almost always REALLY shows when someone is writing a book about a place they've never been to. If you really think you have a chance at getting it published and making some money off it, invest in a plane ticket and a hotel stay.
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Old 06-14-2012, 02:11 AM
 
Location: France
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I would really recommend you take a visit to LA, at least a week, preferably two. It almost always REALLY shows when someone is writing a book about a place they've never been to. If you really think you have a chance at getting it published and making some money off it, invest in a plane ticket and a hotel stay.
A trip to LA would be a very long and expensive one right now, but I know that is always the best way to know a city. I had a lot of doubts about placing the story here, but there is no other way.

If I ever finish it, when it's time to over go the little details I will check for plane tickets

Thank you for all your answers.
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Old 06-14-2012, 06:58 AM
 
Location: Sherman Oaks, CA
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I agree! To the OP, you have NO idea how many books are set in L.A., and the author has obviously never been here. I'll admit that it offends me when they get it wrong, so please visit and get all of the details correct before your book is published! Besides, it can be a much needed reward (and vacation) for finishing the book!

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I would really recommend you take a visit to LA, at least a week, preferably two. It almost always REALLY shows when someone is writing a book about a place they've never been to. If you really think you have a chance at getting it published and making some money off it, invest in a plane ticket and a hotel stay.
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Old 06-14-2012, 10:26 AM
 
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The first rule for writing a book: WRITE ABOUT WHAT YOU KNOW
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Old 06-14-2012, 10:36 AM
 
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it looks like your questions have been answered. so, i'll go ahead and agree w/ everyone who said you really do need to come to LA before you write about it.

there are many more factors that you're going to need to know, aside from questions about commute times and rents (those are questions, by the way, that even someone who lives here might not know the answer to -- the point being, those aren't really the important things to know when writing about a city).

anyway, good luck w/ your book. go visit LA!
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Old 06-14-2012, 12:28 PM
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As for the LAX to Santa Monica drive, I am not that far south often but I will give my feedback, certainly can be overridden by the more knowledgeable posters here.

Everyone I know takes Lincoln from LAX to Santa Monica, not the freeway. Even after hours.. Even thought the maps may call that section PCH as well, no one around here calls it PCH until it is actually on the ocean. At noon, it is slow going along Lincoln once you cross, say Manchester. 30 minutes sounds about right, At 1:00am, there will be far less traffic and you might be able to do the same commute in 20-25 minutes

You can use Apartments for Rent - PadMapper Apartment Search for Oodle, Apartments.com, Rent.com, Kijiji, and Craigslist Apartments to get an idea what the rents are for each area. Be careful for the fake ads though.

You can use google streeview to get a feel for the streets
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Old 06-14-2012, 12:31 PM
 
Location: SoCal, Idaho
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As for the LAX to Santa Monica drive, I am not that far south often but I will give my feedback, certainly can be overridden by the more knowledgeable posters here.

Everyone I know takes Lincoln from LAX to Santa Monica, not the freeway. Even after hours.. Even thought the maps may call that section PCH as well, no one around here calls it PCH until it is actually on the ocean. At noon, it is slow going along Lincoln once you cross, say Manchester. 30 minutes sounds about right, At 1:00am, there will be far less traffic and you might be able to do the same commute in 20-25 minutes

You can use Apartments for Rent - PadMapper Apartment Search for Oodle, Apartments.com, Rent.com, Kijiji, and Craigslist Apartments to get an idea what the rents are for each area. Be careful for the fake ads though.

You can use google streeview to get a feel for the streets
Lincoln is possibly the worst north/south street on the west side. While I agree the 405 isn't ideal, neither is Lincoln.
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