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Old 08-13-2009, 09:46 AM
 
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One nod to Downtown would be the ability of your fiancee to take the Metrolink (heavy rail) to Pomona from Union Station. She could also get to Union Station from South Pasadena via the Gold Line but that's a pretty crummy commute to Culver City.

If the Metrolink is a workable option, you could base yourselves between Culver City & Downtown--a much more reasonable commute for you and possibly reducing your need for two cars. Plus, your fiancee can read/study on the train instead of getting steamed in a distant commute.

Check <www.metrolinktrains.com>

doka---
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Old 08-13-2009, 10:22 AM
 
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The Metrolink option, if it works, is an excellent suggestion. A commute by train would make life a lot more enjoyable. There are some apartments right next to Union Station, although I think they're higher than your $1400 budget. There are some nice places in Little Tokyo, too, which wouldn't be far from the station. (really, anywhere downtown would be convenient to Union Station, as there are lots of buses and circulators, in addition to the Red Line)
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Old 08-13-2009, 04:05 PM
 
Location: LA
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I posted before and got some incredibly useful help narrowing down places to live for me and my fiance..I will be working in culver city (in 2 weeks) and she will be studying in pomona.

I asked for areas in the middle of LA that were equal distance (more driving for me is OK) and that were safe..We narrowed it down to Alhambra and South Pasadena.

My budget has changed and is now $1400 or so for a 1 or 2 bed..large 1 bed with a place for her to study would be fine, 2 bed would be awesome.

I love the South Pasadena area but the apartments are generally older and not gated..the other area I was thinking of was downtown where there are newer, gated apartments, but much more expensive..on the good side the commute will probably be less, in terms of distance anway.

Any insight on where I should chose? Are there other areas to look for? What type of commute do you think each place will have?

Thanks so much, I am extremely confused and need to make a decision ASAP.
Alhambra ought to have apts for under $1400. Security will vary, of course, from place to place.
South Pas is a fantastic location. I used to rent there. But they have been focusing on single family homes there rather than apts. Although there are some big bdgs along Monterey Rd and just south of SP on Ave 42 I think.
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Old 08-13-2009, 07:17 PM
 
Location: Bella Vista, Ark
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The Metrolink option, if it works, is an excellent suggestion. A commute by train would make life a lot more enjoyable. There are some apartments right next to Union Station, although I think they're higher than your $1400 budget. There are some nice places in Little Tokyo, too, which wouldn't be far from the station. (really, anywhere downtown would be convenient to Union Station, as there are lots of buses and circulators, in addition to the Red Line)
I am not sure if safety is the big issue living near union station would be my first choice. I am not saying it isn't a good place to live, I just think, if they are thinking gated community (which I do not think is in the price range) they would feel great about living near union station. Maybe I am totally off base here.

Nita
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Old 08-13-2009, 08:32 PM
 
Location: LA
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If your fiance wouldnt feel safe in South Pas she definitely wont feel safe in Echo Park.
Silver Lake would be better but I have seen anything under 2000 for awhile.

Glendale, Burbank, are freeway close so getting to your opposite ends of the LA earth could work.
I have a pal who lives in a bldg on Via Marisol near the South Pas line and he likes it a lot. Close to downtown and therefore easy to go east of west for Pomona and Culver City respectively
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Old 08-13-2009, 08:40 PM
 
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There are some nice-looking apartments in Chinatown, west of Broadway on Cesar E. Chavez, currently having vacancies. I do not know whether they are gated, or what their rates are. However, they are nice, new, and close to Union Station.

It should be possible to get a 1 or 2 bedroom apartment in Alhambra or South Pasadena for the $1400. You just have to look. It will be safe, don't worry... although if you look at Alhambra, I would probably encourage you to stay north of Mission. It gets a little more blue-collar as you go south (although there are exceptions, and the whole city is very nice and safe).

I would seriously, SERIOUSLY encourage you to look at Metrolink for the Pomona commute. There is a station at El Monte and another one at CSULA.
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