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Old 04-16-2007, 09:07 AM
 
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I'll be relocating from NYC to LA in just a few weeks. My office is located in Beverly Hills. I have a temporary housing arrangement in Silver Lake but i plan on purchasing a home in the next 6-9 months.

my basic search criteria:
detached home, 30 minute commute and housing under 700k

would love to live in VENICE although i'm not sure even i could afford a home on what will be a good salary. SILVER LAKE and ECHO PARK area are cool but i'm looking for the NEXT neighborhood. Friends have mentioned: BEVERLYWIL, CULVER CITY, HIGHLAND PARK (too far for me)....

Any thoughts from the highly informed people on this forum would be tremendously appreciated!
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Old 04-16-2007, 08:32 PM
 
Location: Santa Monica
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Welcome to LA. Culver City is often touted as an up and coming "cool" place, but be careful about where you choose to live in Culver City. Anything near the older downtown section is okay, but south of there is a suburban hell (strip malls galore). If your not so attached to owning a detached home, downtown is an up and coming place to live. There has been a lot of recent investment in building lofts but there are still no good supermarkets there. Venice and south Santa Monica are in your price range if you want a condo or a fixer-upper townhouse. When searching you should remember that generally it is a little bit easier to travel east rather than west in the morning, and you want to avoid the 405, always. Living in a less hip community is much better than dealing the 405 (really just a big parking lot that people mistakenly think of as a freeway). Good luck with the move.
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Old 04-16-2007, 10:04 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles
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I'll be relocating from NYC to LA in just a few weeks. My office is located in Beverly Hills. I have a temporary housing arrangement in Silver Lake but i plan on purchasing a home in the next 6-9 months.

my basic search criteria:
detached home, 30 minute commute and housing under 700k

would love to live in VENICE although i'm not sure even i could afford a home on what will be a good salary. SILVER LAKE and ECHO PARK area are cool but i'm looking for the NEXT neighborhood. Friends have mentioned: BEVERLYWIL, CULVER CITY, HIGHLAND PARK (too far for me)....

Any thoughts from the highly informed people on this forum would be tremendously appreciated!
Why don't you rent a nice home instead? Why do you want to buy? My friend just found a gorgeous 3-bedroom apartment in Beverly Hills for $3600 a month.
Beverly Hills is a nice area. Safe. Good schools. You can walk everywhere. I live in Beverly Hills and I love my neighborhood. I'm just tired of L.A. and the high cost of living.

Artie
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Old 04-16-2007, 10:08 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles
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I'll be relocating from NYC to LA in just a few weeks. My office is located in Beverly Hills. I have a temporary housing arrangement in Silver Lake but i plan on purchasing a home in the next 6-9 months.

my basic search criteria:
detached home, 30 minute commute and housing under 700k

would love to live in VENICE although i'm not sure even i could afford a home on what will be a good salary. SILVER LAKE and ECHO PARK area are cool but i'm looking for the NEXT neighborhood. Friends have mentioned: BEVERLYWIL, CULVER CITY, HIGHLAND PARK (too far for me)....

Any thoughts from the highly informed people on this forum would be tremendously appreciated!
I really don't know if you're ever going to find the "next" neighborhood. I think it's good to rent for a while before you get into home ownership. you need to experience life around here before you strap yourself to a house. Plus, you'll get a better deal if you wait another year. Culver City is a nice town, not too far from Beverly Hills.
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