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Old 12-11-2007, 07:18 PM
 
Location: Hollywood, CA
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I'm in my mid 20s and looking to move out to the la area around the first of the year or spring. The areas that I've looked into are Hermosa and Manhattan Beach. Is it possible to live in or near these areas without paying a ton of money? I will be looking to start a career so money is definitely tight. Are there any other areas by the beach or inland that would be a nice place to live thats pretty close to la? I've thought of Santa Monica but know prices are through the roof. Please don't tell me west hollywood.
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Old 12-12-2007, 12:41 AM
 
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Well it really depends on your price range and where you will be working.

Hermosa and Manhattan are not at all a possibility for someone tight on money. If you must live near the beach, try Culver City or Long Beach, specifically the areas of Downtown Long Beach and Belmont Shores. If you don't have to be at the beach, Glendale, Burbank, Sherman Oaks, Encino, Tarzana, Studio City, and Pasadena are nice areas. If your price range is right, try Venice Beach, Marina Del Rey, or Playa Del Rey. The other beach cities (Santa Monica, Manhattan, Hermosa, and Torrance) will be too expensive for you, but the others most likely will also.

Just remember, live where you work because having a long commute in LA can hinder your whole experience living here and will make you want to return home.
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Old 12-12-2007, 02:33 PM
 
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If you're single, white and conservative, Hermosa and Manhattan are the places for you. Try to find a roommate situation. If you can share a place with two or three people you'll be fine.

Culver City is BORING. Santa Monica is for 30 somethings. Long Beach is too far from LA. Only move to the Valley if you work there or MUST have a more affordable place.
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Old 12-12-2007, 02:39 PM
 
Location: Home is where the heart is
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A huge number of people share houses or apartments with roommates. It's actually a good way to meet other singles and hook into the subcultures at the beach cities. I don't agree that you have to be white or conservative. All kinds of people live at the beach.

Good places to find roommates include the Daily Breeze and the Easy Reader. Or, if you belong to a church there are quite a few large churches that have notice boards with roommate situations. American Martyrs for catholics and Hope Chapel for general christian are two that come to mind. There's a large church of religious science on knob hill that also has a service for roommates (or at least used to when I lived there).
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Old 12-12-2007, 02:43 PM
 
Location: Home is where the heart is
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Oh, and add Redondo Beach and Torrance to your list of places to consider. You can start off renting there and then move closer to the beach when you get more money. Seriously, I would suggest going the roommate route. Roommates are very mucha way of life there, not something that will be looked down upon.
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