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Old 05-10-2009, 02:33 PM
 
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My wife and I are moving out of Downtown at the end of August and want to move west (she works in Westwood, I go to USC). I'd prefer to drive a longer distance two days a week rather than have her drive a long distance every day.

$1,800 is what we're paying now, and is too much. We'd prefer something closer to $1,300-$1,500. We liked the Marina Del Rey area, but finding apartments for us and our two dogs for less than $2,000 is a bit difficult.

Can anyone give us some pointers on good areas vs. bad areas in the Culver/Palms/Mar Vista areas? What are the safer spots, what are the shadier spots?

We were pretty keen on WeHo as well. Any chance we'll find apartments in that price range up there? Same info with them - Good/shady areas?
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Old 05-10-2009, 09:15 PM
 
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With those areas you chose I wouldn't be so worried about "bad areas" since you've been living downtown. Palms area and the Culver City area closer to Venice is rather nice and you can get a 2 bedroom in your range. The only area I would probably avoid would be the more eastern side of Culver City / Palms, although that is debatable, and there is an area where there are a bunch of projects around Mar Vista Gardens? I can't remember the exact name.
I live in Palms, work near Crenshaw & Jefferson. That takes me about 12 minutes to commute. Its probably another 10-15 to USC. During rush hour it can take me about 30 minutes to get to UCLA because traffic is slow. You can easily catch a bus from Culver City / Palms to Westwood. In 2010 they are supposed to finish the rail line that goes from Culver City, follows Jefferson, then down Exposition into downtown. That would mean in a year or so you can just take the train to USC from Culver City.
There is a nice bike trail along the river that dumps you into Marina Del Ray and the beach (no traffic and dog friendly). Palms is only about 41/2 miles from the beach so its easily bikeable. The downtown part of Culver City is nice. Kind of yuppie but very safe. I really don't see you having any problems with any of these areas unless you just don't like living there.
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Old 05-11-2009, 10:00 AM
 
Location: Sawtelle District
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My personal preference would be for Culver City, it has a great bus system. Your wife can take the #1 directly to UCLA, and usually the commute to USC isn't that bad. I've known people who worked at USC and would take Adams for most of their commute (coming from central Culver City).
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Old 05-11-2009, 01:34 PM
 
Location: Sawtelle District
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I'm sorry, with regard to my last post, it's actually the #6 on the Culver City Greenline that goes directly to UCLA. Also, with regard to the Adams comment, it always seemed to me when pulling out on Adams (when I lived near the Fairfax/Adams intersection) that Eastbound traffic on Adams was pretty light (though I was always going the opposite direction). I would consider Culver City's location to be ideal.
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Old 05-21-2009, 06:48 PM
 
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Have spent a lot of time in the Palms area, whenever my lady friend is out of town I go live in her apt to care for the cat.
It's a great area, but I think the rent is going up there. Nice people, very upscale and the Santa Monica Bus is one of the best in the country. The buses are always clean and the drivers are friendly.
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Old 05-22-2009, 01:23 AM
 
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I'm sorry, with regard to my last post, it's actually the #6 on the Culver City Greenline that goes directly to UCLA. Also, with regard to the Adams comment, it always seemed to me when pulling out on Adams (when I lived near the Fairfax/Adams intersection) that Eastbound traffic on Adams was pretty light (though I was always going the opposite direction). I would consider Culver City's location to be ideal.
CC was actually built in its location because it was so great.

So yeah I say CC all the way
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