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Old 02-09-2010, 07:48 AM
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I'm graduating from undergraduate school at Rutgers in NJ in May, and am hoping to move to Southern CA with my boyfriend at the start of September. We are planning to live in/around LA and are looking for cheap, safe-ish areas to find an apartment or room for rent, preferably ones where we may be able to find temporary work (retail, food service, etc.) while we look for better (ie: real) jobs.

Are there any areas where new grads or the 20-25 crowd tends to live? Preferably it would be a trendy hipster area (cheap Greenwich Village? Being from Jersey, we'll be comparing everything to New York, heh) with live music to see, and opportunities to become involved with theaters (employment, volunteering, viewing). I have pretty much determined that Downtown, Echo Park, Silver Lake, and Los Feliz may be our best bets. Any thoughts on that? Are there any other recommendations of areas other than LA that might work for us? Money and safety are the biggest issues we're concerned with... we're moving from New Brunswick, which isn't the safest city to be in as is, and would like a change from that.

Any help or advice would be greatly appreciated!

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Old 02-09-2010, 08:54 AM
Location: Northridge, Los Angeles, CA
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Welcome to Los Angeles! I just graduated college as well, and am in the really 'fun' (as in excruciating) process of looking for work down in LA. However, its different because I grew up here, so there's no 'exciting adventure' unless hanging out with old friends and being screamed at by parents to help them suddenly became really exciting

As in all threads in this forum, here are the standard you need to be thinking about before we can get back to you:

1) How much money do you have saved up for a security deposit and rent? This could mean either actually renting out an apartment, or renting out a garage from someone's house (which is fine, because I had plenty of friends who did that)
2) How much money are you willing to spend on rent? If the number is too low, this could mean living in a marginal neighborhood or bringing in more roommates to help fill the gap
3) Will you be bringing a car? (The answer to this question will really either improve your quality of life significantly, or add another hurdle)
4) Have you visited Los Angeles before? Have you gotten a feel for the area yet?
5) How far are you willing to work from your home? In LA, anything walking distance is nearly impossible.

I'll be really frank with you, and most of my friends who are around the same age as me (18-25 year olds) will agree; the music scene in LA isn't what it used to be nowadays. You will be looking at acts that would be considered Tuesday nights at other cities as the main show on a Saturday night in LA.

The job market in LA isn't that good either. However, you're young and probably easily adaptable, so that helps a lot. Just have an open mind to what you need to do for money, making the possibilities endless!

As for the neighborhoods in question, understand that LA is really spread out unlike Manhattan, so these neighborhoods may look extremely close to each other but are actually not within walking distance.

Downtown: It's gentrifying and improving, but not the cheapest place to rent out of. After 5 PM, unless there's a game at Staples, is actually surprisingly quiet.

Echo Park and Silver Lake: Surprisingly, I'm not hipster enough to have hung out in this area too much.

Los Feliz: Love this area. Hang out here way too much. Prime access to Griffith Park (and the LA Observatory for some sick views of the LA Basin) and Hollywood and the Hollywood Bowl (but far enough away from the grit).

Come out and visit these areas first before making a decision. You'll thank me later.
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Old 02-10-2010, 10:51 AM
Location: Sawtelle District
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Silverlake and Echo Park are def. going up in price. I'm pretty sure the same thing is true with Los Feliz. Best bet would be to try something adjacent. My sister lives in a really beautiful apt. in East. Hollywood right next to the Scientology Ctr. and her rent is very reasonable. Her street is pretty safe and she is walking distance to places like Barnsdall Art Park and the main drag on Vermont.
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Old 02-10-2010, 11:08 AM
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Los Feliz is definitely not cheap. I agree that East Hollywood is a good option. There are some safety issues in parts, but realistically that's going to be part of life for any neighborhood that even remotely approaches being affordable and trendy.
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Old 02-22-2010, 02:14 PM
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you should look into the north east la area of mount washington.
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