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Old 02-01-2010, 01:08 PM
 
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i currently live in miami FL, but i really want to move and get to know the west coast. i can transfer with my company so i have a couple of choices, i am mainly interested in being and close to the beach as possible, safe place to stay with a rent thats under $900 for a studio or 1 bedroom. my options are, torrance, costa mesa, and los angeles, where is my best option?? cheap rent but not bad neighborhoods, thanks in advance for the advice
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Old 02-01-2010, 01:15 PM
 
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Costa Mesa is your best bet, but at that rent, I wouldn't expect much. Torrance and LA will be priced out close to the beach
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Old 02-01-2010, 01:43 PM
 
Location: Planet Earth
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Beach + Safe + $900 = not easily done
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Old 02-01-2010, 03:44 PM
 
Location: Living on the Coast in Oxnard CA
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Even in Oxnard you would have a hard time finding something for less than $1,000 in a nice area. The closer to the beach the harder to do it. You could do it for around $1,100 though. (In oxnard anyway.)
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Old 02-01-2010, 04:21 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles......So. Calif. an Island on the Land
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dialectdamonsta: I am a So.Calif. native who has spent a lot of time in Miami/So.Fla. Also, my cousin has lived in Fla. for over 15 years. I really like Miami but I also believe LA/So.Calif. has much to offer. That said, the cost of living is much HIGHER in Calif. but salaries also tend to be higher.

Here's a quick take on the areas you mentioned:

1. Torrance: The "South Bay" area of Los Angeles County includes Redondo Beach, Hermosa Beach, Manhattan Beach, and Torrance. Generally, all very nice areas with some of the most "laid back" beach town atmospheres in LOS ANGELES COUNTY. In general, as you move closer to the ocean, neighborhoods get more expensive and at $900 per month it will be DIFFICULT to live within a MILE or TWO of the ocean. Check the local craigslist for the areas I noted. In general, if you stay WEST of the 405 (San Diego) Freeway you will be in a GOOD area.

2. Costa Mesa is in Orange County. The beach communities in the OC are more laid back than LA County. But still expensive and MORE suburban and dull than Los Angeles. But there are some nice beach towns near Costa Mesa: Newport Beach and Huntington Beach are very nice. Newport is MORE expensive but neither one is cheap. Again almost anything on or near the water in Orange or LA County will be nice and safe and EXPENSIVE.

3. Los Angeles: Can you be more specific what area your office would be. Los Angeles is a city of 4 million people so tell us where your office would be so we can help you nail down some neighborhoods.
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Old 02-01-2010, 04:31 PM
 
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1. Torrance: The "South Bay" area of Los Angeles County includes Redondo Beach, Hermosa Beach, Manhattan Beach, El Segundo and Torrance. Generally, all very nice areas with some of the most "laid back" beach town atmospheres in LOS ANGELES COUNTY.
Just a small edit for you Island_OnThe_Land
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Old 02-01-2010, 06:27 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles......So. Calif. an Island on the Land
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Just a small edit for you Island_OnThe_Land

Yes, did not mean to short change El Segundo......by all means.
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