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Old 06-19-2012, 07:52 AM
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My husband and I are originally from San Diego but currently stuck in South Florida which was a big mistake. We want to move back to CA, not sure if San Diego or L.A. We know we will like living in SD but are looking for more culture. We have been to L.A. to visit of course and actually fell in love in L.A. and got engaged in Torrence, so L.A will always be a special place for us.

Anyway, our main issue is finding a rental home that would allow 2 small dogs We would really prefer a house, but I have found some Villas and apartments in Santa Clarita that allowdogs. If we have to move into an apartment again, so be it. When living in San Diego, you could always find rentals posted in the San Diego Reader and on Craigslist, however Craigslist seems to have fake listings/scams on it, especially in L.A. Where is the best place to find legitimate Rentals houses in L.A?

I can't decide where in L.A to live, originally I was thinking of Santa Clarita but have never been there. We love nature and would love to be close to hiking. Although I think Santa Clarita might be too boring and too far away but I will be self employed and working from home. We love artsy communities and have heard of Silver Lake and Las Feliz, but don't know if they are safe and don't seem small dog friendly. We are confused with all the options as far as neighborhoods go. As far as safety, I would be comfortable in neighborhoods that are up and coming but without gang violence. I have heard Long Beach is getting better, but don't know if it is true or not. If anyone is familiar with the North Park area in San Diego that is where we used to live and it isn't the best area but wasn't violent either. Areas similar to North Park would be great, however I don't know if any communities in L.A compare to SD communities. We are also considering La Habra, La Mirada, Alhambra, Whittier, Pasadena, Burbank or possibly norther Orange County such as Garden Grove, Lakewood, Buena Park or Anaheim. Any suggestions? BTW we have no kids.
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Old 06-19-2012, 05:09 PM
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Hah you guys made the same mistake I did and moved out of California. I plan on returning in the nest few months.

To answer your question,

Yes Los Feliz, Echo Park, Silver Lake are all safe areas but are predominately Mexican Hispanic areas so be sure to brush up on your Spanish.

Pasadena and Burbank are much wealthier areas and even more safe than those above areas. Burbank has a plethora of more job opportunities with all the studios around it.
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Old 06-19-2012, 07:25 PM
Location: Los Angeles, CA
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I live in Los Feliz and work near Silver Lake and I rarely ever hear anyone speak spanish in public within the neighborhood. I am sure it happens, but they are more hipster neighborhoods than anything.
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Old 06-19-2012, 07:27 PM
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The hipster community is big there, but I would say at least 50% is Hispanic.
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