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Old 12-14-2007, 05:35 AM
 
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Hi,
I see from previous posts that this is a pretty popular subject. I'm moving to LA for work, but i've absolutely no idea where to look for a place to live. I've never been to LA before and so I was hoping that somebody could point me in the right direction. I have to work in the hollywood area, but i don't mind a drive (even in the apparently delightful LA traffic ).
I've lived in several dangerous places, but I'd like to live somewhere safer for a change. I was wondering about maybe Venice or Santa Monica. I called a realtor the other day who sent me a whole bunch of pictures of places on the other side of town (industrial st, 90021 i think). I'm pretty lost, paticularily as I have to do most of this online. Are there any areas I should paticularily avoid?
Any help very much appreciated.
Many thanks,
Cam
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Old 12-14-2007, 07:00 AM
 
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I think the Westwood area is nice and relatively safe too. Also in the heart of everything. I'd love to live in Westwood but it's pricey. L.A. is a hit & miss city, there's good areas then in the matter of a city block or so it can get kinda shady. Santa Monica is nice from what I have seen. I would HIGHLY suggest you go visit any apartments BEFORE you move in. I know it's rough taking the time and $ to go out there but you may wish you did later. Even if you only go for a couple days it will give you an idea of what to watch out for. We are moving to Hollywood (cherokee st. 90038) in March and we visited first and I can tell you we are in a nice area, but it can change from block to block. Good Luck and welcome to the forum!
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Old 12-14-2007, 09:39 AM
 
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Hi, thanks for replying so quickly.
I'll definitely check out westwood and surrounding areas. very helpful thanks.
I know I need to go out to LA before commiting to anything, but i just really need an idea before arriving as its a 12 hr flight for me. I'm open to any suggestions really, I just plucked santa monica and venice out of a travel guide.
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Old 12-14-2007, 09:47 AM
 
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How much money do you have to spend on housing? Are you planning to rent or buy?
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Old 12-14-2007, 10:35 AM
 
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I want to buy really, but I'm open to renting as well.
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Old 12-14-2007, 10:42 AM
 
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Please know that none of us is being rude or invasive asking what you can afford, since in Los Angeles this is crucial, and the only way to give you practical information. For instance, anyplace near the beaches (you picked out two) is safe, but expensive.
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Old 12-14-2007, 11:30 AM
 
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I'm sorry, I should have put it at the begining of the thread really, but to be honest I'm not entirely sure. I would think in the 800-900k range.
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Old 12-14-2007, 12:18 PM
 
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You can purchase a large townhome or a very small house in the beach communities for that amount. This is a good, realistic sum with which to move here. Again, expensive equals safe here. Avoid Oakwood in Venice, and you'll find the rest of it an amusing place. Santa Monica is great all over, and pricier.
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Old 12-14-2007, 01:05 PM
 
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thanks, good advice
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Old 12-14-2007, 01:07 PM
 
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Even $800-900K won't buy much of a house on the west side, but a condo or townhouse could be within reach with a reasonable commute. Try taking a look at a ReMax website to get an idea of what you could get for that money in Santa Monica, Venice, Marina del Rey or Culver City. If you go too much further south, you'll add a lot of drive time, but also have more options.
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