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Old 08-25-2009, 10:28 PM
 
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Just graduated college and looking for a place near LA. After talking with the company i'll be working for they said most people tend to gravitate towards the coast. My work area can go as far south as San Diego if they so choose. Some suggestions given were Culver City, Santa Monica and Brentwood. Some friends have told me that Santa Monica is ideal for my age (22). After looking its obviously pretty expensive. So i'm looking for some advice for areas similar to and near Santa Monica.
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Old 08-25-2009, 10:32 PM
 
Location: South Bay
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i actually think brentwood would be a better location for you. brentwood is slightly cheaper than santa monica and is filled with ridiculous amounts of ucla students/grads. you may also look into the west la neighborhood, which is directly south of brentwood.
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Old 08-25-2009, 11:15 PM
 
Location: RSM
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If you want something cheaper and still for your age, your best bet is to look south imho. From Malibu to Rolling Hills, the coast is pretty damn expensive. Coastal Long Beach and Huntington Beach are popular choices for people your age. And, of course, you mentioned as far south as San Diego, and San Diego itself is a really nice place. Of course, it all depends on your work area, assuming you'll be traveling based on what you've stated.
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Old 08-25-2009, 11:18 PM
 
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A good portion of my work will be in and around the greater LA area so i'd like to stay as near as possible. Do either of you know anything about Rancho Park. I'm really open to just about anything. I'm from the midwest so when I see some of the prices it blows my mind and i'm not sure what is good and whats not
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Old 08-25-2009, 11:59 PM
 
Location: RSM
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Don't know anything about Rancho Park

What's your budget? What type of area are you looking for? We've got beach towns, urban hipster areas, suburbs, etc etc etc
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Old 08-26-2009, 09:40 AM
 
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I'd prefer to stay under 1k/month, but i'm starting to think that may be unrealistic. I guess I don't really have a specific desired location. I'd like to find some where that has some what of a night life as well as other attractions (museums, historical sites...)
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Old 08-26-2009, 01:01 PM
 
Location: RSM
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Well, I'm not sure about West LA, but you can find some studio apts under 1k/mo in the coastal Long Beach area.. don't expect parking or amenities though.

Where I live in a good area next to long beach, a 2bd apt goes for 1400, and a 1bd for around 900-1200, but they are in limited supply. Downtown Long Beach will have a bigger selection of lofts and 1bd apts, as well the other coastal regions of the city
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Old 08-26-2009, 03:45 PM
 
Location: where the moss is taking over the villages
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There are a lot of Long Beach & San Pedro Posts on city data for affordability, the younger set & safety. But the south bay will be very tough for a safe street under $1k.

Safety as well as fashionableness is determined by neighborhood in LA. It's a broad subject & the forums abound with redundant answers.

Good luck.
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