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Old 05-14-2008, 07:35 PM
 
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Our month-to-month arrangement fell through so we are back to square one in looking for an apartment. I found a bungalow that would be perfect -- except for the fact that the location seems somewhat...less than desirable. The lady renting the house stressed repeatedly that she felt it was an "up and coming" neighborhood, but that she had never had any problems living there. From the looks of our map it also looks like we'd be driving to absolutely everything as there's not a lot there, unless I'm missing something, and if it's not that safe to walk around there...well, where does that leave us?

So, thoughts on the Mid-City area? Crime? Convenience? It's a block south of Venice and east of La Brea, if that helps.

Thanks!
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Old 05-14-2008, 07:45 PM
 
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Our month-to-month arrangement fell through so we are back to square one in looking for an apartment. I found a bungalow that would be perfect -- except for the fact that the location seems somewhat...less than desirable. The lady renting the house stressed repeatedly that she felt it was an "up and coming" neighborhood, but that she had never had any problems living there. From the looks of our map it also looks like we'd be driving to absolutely everything as there's not a lot there, unless I'm missing something, and if it's not that safe to walk around there...well, where does that leave us?

So, thoughts on the Mid-City area? Crime? Convenience? It's a block south of Venice and east of La Brea, if that helps.

Thanks!
that's one of those areas with absolutely nothing to recommend it besides the venice blvd bus, which runs regularly. if you have no need of public transportation, and can afford better, look elsewhere.
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Old 05-14-2008, 10:16 PM
 
Location: South Bay
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Venice/La Brea

Isn't that pretty close to where that high school football player got shot a couple of months ago?
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Old 05-14-2008, 10:25 PM
 
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Venice/La Brea

Isn't that pretty close to where that high school football player got shot a couple of months ago?
pretty close. jamiel shaw lived near washington and arlington.
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Old 05-15-2008, 12:39 AM
 
Location: CITY OF ANGELS AND CONSTANT DANGER
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i have a couple of friends who live in the area. long time residents who grew up there and people who moved around the area. i will talk mostly about themore recent residents.

they are north of wash and east of la brea. the lady who "sold" them the place kept going on and on about the neighborhood.
close to the police station (on venice)
close to museums (wilshire)
close to commerce (ralphs, bowling etc)
along with a whole bunch of other stuff.
she even talked about the st elmo arts community.

she really "sold" it. the location worked for my firends and they dont mind the roosters morning wake up call.

the lady also called this area "up and coming", but the only thing up is the rent and the only thing coming is the thugs.

this area is not very desirable but there are some nice blocks in the mid city area.
but the majority is not nice. it is brown and black. run down houses. mostly renter occupied. 10 unit apts next to duplexes next to Single Fam Homes. not too dense but dense enough to make parking a hassle.

some areas are ok others are not. check out your prospective block and see if it fits.

its worked out for my friends for the last 7 years. they like:

proximity to west side
proximity to h.wood
produce market on wheels
families
MID way between the City(dwntwn) and the beach
and they have a yard.

good luck.
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Old 05-15-2008, 12:29 PM
 
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Wow. I'm really glad I asked now. Thanks for sharing, everybody. It sounds like something we'd want to see first rather than take a chance from afar.
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