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Old 11-30-2007, 07:32 PM
 
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The building I plan to live at has an underground garage, so the first floor is actually 1.5 floor. There is another choice which is a third floor apartment. I heard that LA is not very safe, but the first floor one has a better view from the patio.There are glass slide doors to both living room and bed room from the patio. I'm afraid that somebody can easily climb onto the patio and enter the room, but I'm not sure how often this situation happens in LA.

Could anybody give me some suggestions on which one I should rent, first or the third floor? The apartment is located west of Korea town, at the corner of 3rd and S. Kingsley street.

Many thanks!

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Old 11-30-2007, 08:10 PM
 
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I personally would take the unit with the patio and best view. Renters insurance is very reasonable. Do not hope that the owners insurance will protect your belongings.
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Old 11-30-2007, 10:24 PM
 
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if the "patio" is off the ground (i.e., a balcony, rather than a patio), i'd go with that one if the view is substantially more attractive or you would get better natural light. just make sure you close and lock the sliding doors when you are out and at bedtime. they should have locks per the housing code, but placing an obstacle in the track so that it can't be opened wide enough for unwanted entry is an extra precaution you can take. a broomstick will work.
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Old 11-30-2007, 10:31 PM
 
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No, do not rent the first floor unit. I know that neighborhood very well and this would be a foolish choice. Rent the thrid floor unit and be glad you did. Seriously, a better view will be the last of your concerns.
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Old 11-30-2007, 10:48 PM
 
Location: Salt Lake City, Utah
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The building I plan to live at has an underground garage, so the first floor is actually 1.5 floor. There is another choice which is a third floor apartment. I heard that LA is not very safe, but the first floor one has a better view from the patio.There are glass slide doors to both living room and bed room from the patio. I'm afraid that somebody can easily climb onto the patio and enter the room, but I'm not sure how often this situation happens in LA.

Could anybody give me some suggestions on which one I should rent, first or the third floor? The apartment is located west of Korea town, at the corner of 3rd and S. Kingsley street.

Many thanks!
Take the apartment on the third floor. Much safer.
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Old 12-01-2007, 01:08 AM
 
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No, do not rent the first floor unit. I know that neighborhood very well and this would be a foolish choice. Rent the thrid floor unit and be glad you did. Seriously, a better view will be the last of your concerns.
if the neighborhood is so bad that it would make a difference, perhaps the OP shouldn't rent there at all, no?
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Old 12-01-2007, 12:32 PM
 
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The building I plan to live at has an underground garage, so the first floor is actually 1.5 floor. There is another choice which is a third floor apartment. I heard that LA is not very safe, but the first floor one has a better view from the patio.There are glass slide doors to both living room and bed room from the patio. I'm afraid that somebody can easily climb onto the patio and enter the room, but I'm not sure how often this situation happens in LA.

Could anybody give me some suggestions on which one I should rent, first or the third floor? The apartment is located west of Korea town, at the corner of 3rd and S. Kingsley street.

Many thanks!
Living on the 1st floor, in any neighborhood, requires more attention to burglary prevention.

You can buy a lock that attaches to the slider and has a rod that extends into the door frame/slider track. It will enable you to keep the door open a few inches but eliminate entry to the unit.

The landlord is not responsible for your personal belongings.
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Old 12-01-2007, 12:42 PM
 
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I would suggest the third floor for several reasons...safety, less noise and earthquakes.
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Old 12-01-2007, 12:49 PM
 
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No,i would never rent an apartment on the first floor due to safety reasons.
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Old 12-01-2007, 01:47 PM
 
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Well lots of houses in LA have bars on the windows, therefore that may give you an idea of the safety of the city. If one is a female, I don't think burglary would be my main concern. Things can be insured.
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