U.S. CitiesCity-Data Forum Index
Covid-19 Information Page
Go Back   City-Data Forum > U.S. Forums > California > Los Angeles
 [Register]
Please register to participate in our discussions with 2 million other members - it's free and quick! Some forums can only be seen by registered members. After you create your account, you'll be able to customize options and access all our 15,000 new posts/day with fewer ads.
View detailed profile (Advanced) or search
site with Google Custom Search

Search Forums  (Advanced)
 
Old 08-10-2009, 06:51 PM
 
1 posts, read 2,288 times
Reputation: 10

Advertisements

Hi, I'm 24 years old and currently live in a small town in VA. My boyfriend and I are thinking about moving to LA in the beginning of next year, 2010. I pretty much know nothing about LA. I was wondering if anyone could fill me in on which neighborhoods to check out when looking for an apartment. My biggest concern is SAFETY! I'm a total scaredy-cat and would rather spend a little extra money to live somewhere safe. However, neither of us have tons of money and he's a comedian so we will probably spend a long time living off of my salary- I'm a new RN. Can anyone recommend affordable neighborhoods to look into that are safer than most? Also, how much $ would you recommend saving up before moving out there? Thanks so much for any help you all can give me
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message

 
Old 08-10-2009, 06:56 PM
 
Location: Las Flores, Orange County, CA
26,345 posts, read 84,740,673 times
Reputation: 17581
Everything depends on where you find a job. Until we know that, it's pretty pointless to make suggestions on places to live.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 08-10-2009, 06:58 PM
 
10,630 posts, read 23,949,455 times
Reputation: 6716
It's going to depend on where you're working. LA is huge, and you will, if you have the choice, want to live near your job. There are many, many safe neighborhoods, so if you either have a rough idea of budget or a specific location (or at least part of the city) where you think you'd be working people could give you better suggestions. Really, though, the hard part is going to be getting the job. I don't know what the market is like for RNs, though. Sorry this is so vague, but LA is such a huge place and "affordable," in particular, can be pretty subjective. As far as money goes, get a job before you move. Save as much as you can before you move, but the important thing (more important than the savings, I think) is getting the job lined up first.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 08-10-2009, 06:59 PM
 
Location: Burbank
1,204 posts, read 4,063,795 times
Reputation: 434
What will your budget be?
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 08-11-2009, 07:19 AM
 
Location: Bella Vista, Ark
74,931 posts, read 87,358,761 times
Reputation: 45486
Quote:
Originally Posted by Emma24 View Post
Hi, I'm 24 years old and currently live in a small town in VA. My boyfriend and I are thinking about moving to LA in the beginning of next year, 2010. I pretty much know nothing about LA. I was wondering if anyone could fill me in on which neighborhoods to check out when looking for an apartment. My biggest concern is SAFETY! I'm a total scaredy-cat and would rather spend a little extra money to live somewhere safe. However, neither of us have tons of money and he's a comedian so we will probably spend a long time living off of my salary- I'm a new RN. Can anyone recommend affordable neighborhoods to look into that are safer than most? Also, how much $ would you recommend saving up before moving out there? Thanks so much for any help you all can give me
The first thing I would do is write to all the major hospitals and see what employment is like, then start making your plans. YOu will need several thousand $$s if you move with no jobs, less with one of you having a job waiting for you.

Safe neighborhoods, that depends on what you want and how close to Los Angeles you really want or need to be. The beach areas are pretty safe, as is OC, much of San Gabriel Valley and some of San Fernando Valley. Glendale and Burbank are pretty safe as well as Eagle Rock and parts of Pasadena. These are just a few suggestions, there are many safe areas, some spotty and some down right scary. Decide on what you can afford for housing, then more can give you ideas.

Nita
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 11-01-2009, 12:41 PM
 
41 posts, read 95,581 times
Reputation: 39
Quote:
Originally Posted by Emma24 View Post
Hi, I'm 24 years old and currently live in a small town in VA. My boyfriend and I are thinking about moving to LA in the beginning of next year, 2010. I pretty much know nothing about LA. I was wondering if anyone could fill me in on which neighborhoods to check out when looking for an apartment. My biggest concern is SAFETY! I'm a total scaredy-cat and would rather spend a little extra money to live somewhere safe. However, neither of us have tons of money and he's a comedian so we will probably spend a long time living off of my salary- I'm a new RN. Can anyone recommend affordable neighborhoods to look into that are safer than most? Also, how much $ would you recommend saving up before moving out there? Thanks so much for any help you all can give me








Safe and best for what? What lifestyle do you want to live? What things do you like to do? More details!
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 11-01-2009, 09:14 PM
 
Location: SoCal, Idaho
3,162 posts, read 8,856,081 times
Reputation: 1637
Agreed with more information needed. I would recommend getting hired somewhere, then finding a safe area in commuting distance to your job.

As far as savings, several thousands will be needed. Just to move in to an apartment, you'll need first and last month's rents (figure, $3k depending on where you're living), moving expenses (also, dependent on how much stuff you're bringing), money for increases in car insurance, new drivers licenses, etc etc etc.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 11-02-2009, 11:35 AM
 
Location: Los Angeles
6,187 posts, read 8,008,150 times
Reputation: 7946
You stated you would be writing hospitals in the area to inquire about openings.
I would suggest you go online to the hospital's web site, and file an online application first.
Don't bother with letters, it would be a waste of time.
As for an area to live, that would depend on where you finally land employment.
Were it USC medical center, I have rental property (one bedroom houses) ten minutes (in traffic) just north of the medical center.
The area is made up mostly of single family homes, with a couple of apartment and condo buildings, but mostly single family homes.
Bob.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Please register to post and access all features of our very popular forum. It is free and quick. Over $68,000 in prizes has already been given out to active posters on our forum. Additional giveaways are planned.

Detailed information about all U.S. cities, counties, and zip codes on our site: City-data.com.


Reply
Please update this thread with any new information or opinions. This open thread is still read by thousands of people, so we encourage all additional points of view.

Quick Reply
Message:


Options
X
Data:
Loading data...
Based on 2000-2016 data
Loading data...

123
Hide US histogram

Over $104,000 in prizes was already given out to active posters on our forum and additional giveaways are planned!

Go Back   City-Data Forum > U.S. Forums > California > Los Angeles
Follow City-Data.com founder on our Forum or

All times are GMT -6.

¬© 2005-2020, Advameg, Inc. · Please obey Forum Rules · Terms of Use and Privacy Policy · Bug Bounty

City-Data.com - Archive 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35 - Top