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Old 06-25-2018, 12:12 AM
 
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I'm just looking for some opinions on living downtown. My workplace will be in Hollywood near Sunset and Vine. I'd be renting at first but have already started pricing downtown lofts. I like the energy of the area and being able to walk to places in Little Tokyo and Grand Central Market. I'm not into the nightlife so the majority of my exploring would be during the day. Is safety still a concern?

Silver Lake, EP, Hollywood, and West Hollywood would make for a much easier commute, but it seems like my $ would go further downtown. I love the loft style apartments with the twenty foot ceilings, industrial features, and open floor plans. They don't seem to exist in the aforementioned neighborhoods.

Thanks for your time!
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Old 06-25-2018, 08:22 AM
 
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Downtown LA is cool. You should keep in mind, that your morning commute to Sunset and Vine will be terrible. LA is the only city that I know about that traffic leaves downtown in the morning; similarly you'll run into issues going east, back into downtown, during rush hour in the afternoon.

Regarding safety, if you mind to your business you should be fine. There are lots of homeless/crazy people downtown, but if you leave them alone, they will leave you alone, too.

Silver Lake, EP and West Hollywood are all probably similar pricing as downtown. Hollywood is probably the least desirable and I would guess (no research to back me up) that it would be the most affordable place to live out of all the places you are looking it.

Lastly, we were looking at buying one of those exact lofts you are describing. Be sure you research the HOA fees before you get your heart set on them. We found in addition to principal, interest, taxes and interest, it's not uncommon for those downtown lofts to have $500 - $800 extra/month in HOA fees.
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Old 06-25-2018, 10:19 AM
 
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I would take the Metro to Sunset and Vine from downtown. No reason to drive and the Metro is much faster.
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Old 06-25-2018, 10:30 AM
 
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Downtown LA is cool. You should keep in mind, that your morning commute to Sunset and Vine will be terrible. LA is the only city that I know about that traffic leaves downtown in the morning; similarly you'll run into issues going east, back into downtown, during rush hour in the afternoon.

Regarding safety, if you mind to your business you should be fine. There are lots of homeless/crazy people downtown, but if you leave them alone, they will leave you alone, too.

Silver Lake, EP and West Hollywood are all probably similar pricing as downtown. Hollywood is probably the least desirable and I would guess (no research to back me up) that it would be the most affordable place to live out of all the places you are looking it.

Lastly, we were looking at buying one of those exact lofts you are describing. Be sure you research the HOA fees before you get your heart set on them. We found in addition to principal, interest, taxes and interest, it's not uncommon for those downtown lofts to have $500 - $800 extra/month in HOA fees.
Very true. Zillow lists the HOA fees which is helpful. I suppose the attraction to DT is being able to possibly purchase a cool loft where that isn't going to be an option in Silver Lake or EP.
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Old 06-25-2018, 07:13 PM
 
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Very true. Zillow lists the HOA fees which is helpful. I suppose the attraction to DT is being able to possibly purchase a cool loft where that isn't going to be an option in Silver Lake or EP.
This is true. EP and Silver Lake have awesome bungalows though. Not sure what your price point is, but we looked at those too.
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Old 06-25-2018, 08:31 PM
 
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I'm just looking for some opinions on living downtown. My workplace will be in Hollywood near Sunset and Vine. I'd be renting at first but have already started pricing downtown lofts. I like the energy of the area and being able to walk to places in Little Tokyo and Grand Central Market. I'm not into the nightlife so the majority of my exploring would be during the day. Is safety still a concern?

Silver Lake, EP, Hollywood, and West Hollywood would make for a much easier commute, but it seems like my $ would go further downtown. I love the loft style apartments with the twenty foot ceilings, industrial features, and open floor plans. They don't seem to exist in the aforementioned neighborhoods.

Thanks for your time!
Safety is not much of a concern.

You should live near the Red Line Station at 1st/Hill or Pershing Square or Fig/7th.

You will not have any commute issues. The Red Line runs every 3-7 minutes during rush hour and is about a 20 minute ride to Hollywood/Vine. Its a long 2 block walk to Sunset/Vine.
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Old 06-25-2018, 10:19 PM
 
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Safety is not much of a concern.

You should live near the Red Line Station at 1st/Hill or Pershing Square or Fig/7th.

You will not have any commute issues. The Red Line runs every 3-7 minutes during rush hour and is about a 20 minute ride to Hollywood/Vine. Its a long 2 block walk to Sunset/Vine.
Good call. Something like this:

https://www.zillow.com/homes/for_sal...56_rect/15_zm/

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Old 06-26-2018, 12:04 AM
 
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Los Angeles is the best US's second-largest city, and its extensive neighborhoods have something for everyone.
These are the best neighborhoods to live in in LA, according to someone who lived nearby for 12 years.
Manhattan Beach, Glendale, Downtown LA, Silver Lake, and Monrovia top the list for different reasons.
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Old 06-28-2018, 09:44 AM
 
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Safety is not much of a concern.

You should live near the Red Line Station at 1st/Hill or Pershing Square or Fig/7th.

You will not have any commute issues. The Red Line runs every 3-7 minutes during rush hour and is about a 20 minute ride to Hollywood/Vine. Its a long 2 block walk to Sunset/Vine.



^^This. And if the walk from Hollywood Blvd to Sunset is too long, load a transfer onto the TAP card and take the 210 bus.
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Old 06-28-2018, 02:41 PM
 
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Hollywood & Vine has a metro train stop. No need to drive from DTLA to Hollywood
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