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Old 01-27-2010, 02:58 PM
 
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Myself and two roommates have been looking into moving around the Los Angeles area.

Seeing as we're from smalltown AK, we'd like it to be a somewhat smaller and calmer area that isn't too far away from the more populated LA.
The shops, attractions and diversity are something we don't want to have to drive three hours to get. We have to do that here and we're only ever to make it up once or twice every six months.

Definitely interested in a lower crime area, we're all 20-23 years of age and two of us are women. Not looking for the 'perfect family town', we're fine with being able to walk around our own neighborhood at night.

So, basically, we'd like to know of any good areas for young adults to live in, not too bad on crime and definitely laid back but also relatively close to the bigger parts of LA.

We're not extremely wealthy, all three of us are in the CNA and licensed care giving profession. Sorry for all the criteria here..

Any opinons/ideas/helpful info?
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Old 01-27-2010, 06:52 PM
 
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Myself and two roommates have been looking into moving around the Los Angeles area.

Seeing as we're from smalltown AK, we'd like it to be a somewhat smaller and calmer area that isn't too far away from the more populated LA.

Definitely interested in a lower crime area, we're all 20-23 years of age and two of us are women. Not looking for the 'perfect family town', we're fine with being able to walk around our own neighborhood at night.

So, basically, we'd like to know of any good areas for young adults to live in, not too bad on crime and definitely laid back but also relatively close to the bigger parts of LA.

We're not extremely wealthy
, all three of us are in the CNA and licensed care giving profession. Sorry for all the criteria here..

Any opinons/ideas/helpful info?
Too bad that you aren't extremely wealthy, because if it existed, you'd be able to afford it.
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Old 01-28-2010, 06:00 AM
 
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If possible, visit and drive around.

If that's not possible, study a map. Los Angeles is not like cities you have been to. The cities are not separate - they all run together into one big concrete mess. By the time you get to something small and quiet, you are no longer near Los Angeles itself.

However, there are areas that are relatively small and calm - that is, relative to Los Angeles, not relative to a small town.

Sierra Madre (in the San Gabriel Valley) is one. It is not cheap, but with three working adults you might be able to find something.

You may find small pockets in other towns that are calm (and where you'd feel safe), but other than Sierra Madre, I don't know of an entire town to recommend. Glendora, maybe.

So study an online map (so you can zoom in and see how crowded it is). Look at both the road view and the aerial view. Check city-data's pages on cities in the area. Go to a real estate website (dm me if you need a recommendation) and get an idea of prices.

Also consider: why do you want to be near Los Angeles? Is there another city that might do instead?
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