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Old 08-06-2009, 08:38 PM
 
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My wife and I are looking at places to rent in LA. We noticed that guesthouses are generally very cheap, albeit very small, and were wondering how that setup would be. Has anyone had any experience with this before? Most of them were in the more affluent areas of the city. Should this be a consideration for us? We wouldn't mind being too cramped if it means saving money.
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Old 08-06-2009, 08:44 PM
 
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The building next to mine was a duplex with a guesthouse in the back yard. In between the two it was all concrete and had a basketball hoop set up. Residents would play until well after midnight sometimes, and there was just always a lot of noise coming from the house. Later tenants moved in a large, loud dog.

The guesthouse, itself, looked nice from the outside, but unless the renter participated in shooting hoops, or was hanging out with the people from the main house, it would have been -- IMHO -- an extremely undesirable location.

As always, the best advice is to check it out in person, at different hours of the day.

Best of luck to you!
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Old 08-07-2009, 08:44 AM
 
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It can be really good or really uncomfortable, depending on the relationship you have with the neighbors in the front house. Since you will be sharing a driveway and a back yard with the front house people, you want to meet them if possible and work out an agreement as to parking and yard use. Or ask the rental agent what you should expect in that regard. Make sure you understand who is paying the electric bill, as well.
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