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Old 12-11-2007, 10:27 PM
 
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Hi, I am a single female moving to LA who needs to find a place before she moves (I do not have the luxury of time to spend looking for a place once I get there, just need to get there and unpack and go to work).

Does anyone know of these particular apartment complexes or the cross streets? Are they safe, how many blocks around them are they safe?

"Whitsett Vilage" At Whitsett Ave between Burbank and Oxnard in Valley Village
"Sherman Oaks Riviera" South of Ventura Blvd/Dicken's Street
"The Renaissance" at Burbank Between Van Ny Blvd, Sepulveda Blvd.
and 5457 Laurel Canyon Blvd. at Chandler Blvd. in Valley Village.

People keep telling me there are good and bad pockets in these areas. Are these okay, or are they bad?
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Old 12-11-2007, 10:37 PM
 
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Sorry, I am not familiar with any of those locations but you can obtain the information that you seek by contacting the Los Angeles Police Department: 1-800-ASK-LAPD and asking them for the crime statistics for each of the locations that you mention. Also, if you haven't already done so, it is a good idea to visit each location and look around, especially during the times that you will be leaving for work and coming home.

Good luck on your move.
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Old 12-11-2007, 10:41 PM
 
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Thank You! That is the best advice I have received (the LAPD, just hope they do get back to me, they're probably bombarded with people asking such questions)....as far as "looking around" I am going to most likely taking the long (as in least amount of snow) route from NYC to LA. That is as much time as I can afford to not be working. And the last thing I want to do after a five day drive is go apartment hunting, that's why I"m searching all over the internet for people's advice on these locations. It doens't have to be the ritz, just in a relatively safe area.
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Old 12-12-2007, 12:37 AM
 
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Hi, I am a single female moving to LA who needs to find a place before she moves (I do not have the luxury of time to spend looking for a place once I get there, just need to get there and unpack and go to work).

Does anyone know of these particular apartment complexes or the cross streets? Are they safe, how many blocks around them are they safe?

"Whitsett Vilage" At Whitsett Ave between Burbank and Oxnard in Valley VillageNO
"Sherman Oaks Riviera" South of Ventura Blvd/Dicken's StreetYES-ANYTHING SOUTH OF VENTURA BLVD IS THE BEST AREA IN THE CITIES YOU ARE SEARCHING THROUGH
"The Renaissance" at Burbank Between Van Ny Blvd, Sepulveda Blvd.
and 5457 Laurel Canyon Blvd. at Chandler Blvd. in Valley Village.OKAY

People keep telling me there are good and bad pockets in these areas. Are these okay, or are they bad?
You need to stay as close to or south of Ventura Blvd to be in a good area in the city you are searching. There are exceptions though. Why are you looking in this area? Is your job nearby? Where is it? What is your price range?
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Old 12-12-2007, 08:41 AM
 
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actually, I will be working at a bar in Santa Monica, and most likely will get a bartending job at Universal Citiwalk. Also, I am an actor so will need to be around the studios as well, so I figured Valley Village, Sherman Oaks, Burbank is about halfway between both those jobs. I'm trying to stay between $1000-$1200. I don't need to live in the best neighborhood, but I want it to be safe. I dont' need a pool, fitness center. I do want an assigned parking spot though, and I want to be in a primarily English speaking neighborhood with no known gang activity. PS. if anyone knows of anyone needing a bartender (NYC and Las Vegas casino bartending experience) let me know! I never only work one job.
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Old 12-12-2007, 09:10 AM
 
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Between the 405 freeway and the Hollywood freeway (101 or 110? Can't remember in that area), anything south of Magnolia is a safe area.

On the other side of the Hollywood freeway (between it and I-5) there are pockets that are unsafe, particularly near where Lankershim & Vineland meet.

Anything close to Ventura Blvd. is good (south of the 134 freeway)
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Old 12-12-2007, 09:18 AM
 
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Where in Santa Monica? Take into consideration your commute times. From Valley Village to Santa Monica, during rush hour, it can take 45 minutes to an hour. The same going back to City Walk. But it will depend on the time of day you are commuting. Just take it into consideration.
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Old 12-12-2007, 11:04 AM
 
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I will be working at the 300 (currently AMF bowling) on Pico Blvd. in Santa Monica. I bartend, so I figured I should have the 45 min-1 hour commute on the way into work, but coming home at 2am should be 20-30 minutes, according to Mapquest. that's about what I'm dealing with driving to work at chelsea Piers from Brooklyn. It sucks on the way into work, but on the way home it's not bad. I would rather inch closer to Universal anyway, as they're a better company to work for (worked for them for 6 years in Orlando).
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Old 12-12-2007, 02:15 PM
 
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I will be working at the 300 (currently AMF bowling) on Pico Blvd. in Santa Monica. I bartend, so I figured I should have the 45 min-1 hour commute on the way into work, but coming home at 2am should be 20-30 minutes, according to Mapquest. that's about what I'm dealing with driving to work at chelsea Piers from Brooklyn. It sucks on the way into work, but on the way home it's not bad. I would rather inch closer to Universal anyway, as they're a better company to work for (worked for them for 6 years in Orlando).
Unfortunately, most of the places that would be halfway between SM and Universal City are expensive (i.e. Beverly Hills and Westwood).Might want to try Culver City, Mar Vista or even Palms (it's ugly, but most of it's not unsafe, and it is the cheapest area of the west side). Or the better parts of South Robertson (i.e. closer to the BH border and Pico). There are still a few bargains in West L.A. if you look hard enough although the run down older buildings are being torn down fast (the same applies in Mar Vista).
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Old 12-14-2007, 10:18 AM
 
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How about Burbank Village apartments (12244 Burbank Bouldvard in Valley Village)? thek building looks upscale. Is it in an okay area?
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