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Old 06-26-2020, 07:56 AM
 
Location: Los Angeles
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To be honest, my husband is tired of Seattle, for a myriad of reasons. I like it here pretty much, but, am open to a new adventure. I chose Seattle, so it is his turn to pick. He was pushing for Los Angeles before we decided on Seattle. Either that or NYC. He likes a big city.

So, after some google maps searches, I'm wondering if there are any L.A. neighborhoods that are historically charming, as well as a walkable downtown area. No one mentioned Alhambra. What is the general vibe of that area?

Thanks to everyone giving their input! It's all good information to consider!
For historical charm try: Pasadena and South Pasadena. Both independent cities but located in LA County and both have very charming historical character.

Neighborhoods in LA city limits that have historical character:

-Los Feliz: There isn't really a downtown but the area along Vermont Ave between Franklin and Hollywood Blvd is like the "main street" of the neighborhood. Or Hillhurst a few blocks east.

-Larchmont Village: Same as above but Larchmont Blvd. serves as the "main street" of the neighborhood. This is primarily a single-family residential area.

-Mid-Wilshire: Wilshire Blvd and La Brea Ave are the main commercial strips in the area. Residential portions of the neighborhood have numerous buildings dating between the 1920's to the 1940's.
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Old 06-26-2020, 05:41 PM
 
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To be honest, my husband is tired of Seattle, for a myriad of reasons. I like it here pretty much, but, am open to a new adventure. I chose Seattle, so it is his turn to pick. He was pushing for Los Angeles before we decided on Seattle. Either that or NYC. He likes a big city.

So, after some google maps searches, I'm wondering if there are any L.A. neighborhoods that are historically charming, as well as a walkable downtown area. No one mentioned Alhambra. What is the general vibe of that area?

Thanks to everyone giving their input! It's all good information to consider!
I would just warn you that LA in general is not walkable compared to Seattle. I would visit these neighborhoods before you make the decision to move. It is a very car-centric culture
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Old 06-27-2020, 01:35 AM
 
Location: Los Angeles
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That is a great idea but doing a few day recon as a visitor is, in some ways, a lot like watching the trailer of a movie to determine if it is good or not.

Curious, people getting closer to retirement age often try to move out of LA, and even CA but you are doing the opposite. Not judging or anything but just wanted to find out why you picked LA as your next -possible- destination?

You may have very valid or at least, understandable reasons to leave Seattle but I would like to know your reasons for picking LA. I think, with that info, people can offer you more helpful guidance.
I too picked LA to retire in. Believe it or not LA is a great city with lots to enjoy. Not the perfect city but after living in DC, NY, Newark NJ, Dallas, Seattle and a few others LA is my favorite. The weather alone is glorious. No more shoveling snow. No more oppressive hot and humid summers. Flowers and beautiful vegetation year around. I went to Austin recently to check it out. No thanks.
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Old 06-27-2020, 04:30 AM
 
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I too picked LA to retire in. Believe it or not LA is a great city with lots to enjoy. Not the perfect city but after living in DC, NY, Newark NJ, Dallas, Seattle and a few others LA is my favorite. The weather alone is glorious. No more shoveling snow. No more oppressive hot and humid summers. Flowers and beautiful vegetation year around. I went to Austin recently to check it out. No thanks.

what didn't you like about Austin in comparison to living in LA? Thanks!
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Old 06-28-2020, 02:29 PM
 
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From one sheet hole right into another sheethole huh?
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Old 06-29-2020, 02:26 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles
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what didn't you like about Austin in comparison to living in LA? Thanks!
Compared to LA, the heat and humidity was awful. Infrastructure seems to be decades old. Needs major public transportation expansion asap with all the transplants. Housing prices are now the most expensive in Texas and soaring. Still much cheaper than LA. The Colorado River in Austin is no Pacific Ocean. Being in the 2nd largest cities in the country has me spoiled in international food scene, cultural amenities, great year around weather which to me makes it a much more enjoyable city. Could I live in Austin? No but a fun city to visit .
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Old 06-30-2020, 12:00 PM
 
Location: C.R. K-T
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I went to Austin recently to check it out. No thanks.
Among the Filipino community, Seattle is currently under an Austin-like buzz of publicity. Vegas has long been the relocation destination for Californian Fil-Ams fleeing high COL and house prices. Houston is pretty much the only option in the South, especially for Chicagoans and New Yorkers fleeing the winters. Seattle's wildcard status was unexpected since a study a few years earlier awarded the city as the "suicide capital" due to the year-round cool, gloomy climate.

Although the border location might have something to do with the proximity to relatives in rapidly popular Western Canada--Vancouver is a short hop away and Calgary can be reached comfortably through the Rockies within a day's drive.
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Old 07-01-2020, 11:09 AM
 
Location: Seattle,WA
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Back in july 2015 I moved from LA to seattle. Honestly I like Seattle much much better than LA. I live in northgate seattle.

Here in seattle I have a girlfriend and 30 friends.

In LA I couldn't get a girlfriend and hardly had any friends.

Im a white male in my late 30s.

In LA I owned a car for 16 years. Here in seattle I walk ot is king county metro.

If you move to LA and don't like it you can always move back to seattle.
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Old 07-01-2020, 11:10 AM
 
Location: Seattle,WA
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In terms of restuarants LA has better restaurants than Seattle. LA also has better shopping and shopping malls than the seattle area.

Each place has pros and cons.
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Old 07-01-2020, 03:36 PM
 
Location: San Fernando Valley
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Note that Santa Monica is quite liberal and Glendale is conservative.

I lived at the border of Los Feliz and Silverlake for many years. The Hyperion Boulevard area south of Atwater Village has really improved. The main problem with Los Feliz and Silverlake is traffic. Hyperion Boulevard gets layers of Black smoke. Atwater Village I think has less traffic.

My mother grew up in the La Crescenta area and I grew up in Sun Valley South of there. The Sunland-Tujunga and La Crescenta-Montrose areas are nice if you want a country style. That area is close to the Angeles National Forest.

About a million people live in the San Fernando Valley and there is a wide variety of possibilities here.

Did anyone mention Highland Park? It has a reputation for history. And maybe Eagle Rock too.
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