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Old 12-17-2008, 01:28 PM
 
Location: washington dc
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i am looking to move from VA next fall and would really appreciate some help in finding a good location to live and rent a nice apartment, maybe close to the beach , but no too expensive....im looking for around $1k/month, also i will be looking for a new job.....just time to pick up and try somethign new!!!
Thanks!
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Old 12-17-2008, 01:31 PM
 
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How close is "close to the beach"? $1000/mo gets you a studio apartment in most of OC. Maybe a small, old 1 bedroom if you don't mind 3 families living in the 2 bedroom unit next to you. No one is hiring now so you'd better have a job waiting for you.
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Old 12-17-2008, 02:55 PM
tew
 
Location: The Ranch, CO
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I would say dont do it.

For 1k your going to get a small apartment, not walking distance to the beach. I have a friend that lived a apartment in Newport Beach, close to the beach and the studios go for now $1150. Not worth it. It was so small that it had a Murphy bed in the living room. Not even a place for a bed.

Check out rent.com

You can search different apartments and prices. Plus pictures.
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Old 12-17-2008, 03:35 PM
 
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I just moved down to Huntington Beach. I would suggest checking craigslist for roomates. For 1K you can get about 200 sqft closet 15 miles from the beach. I found a room for rent for $760 in a decent house about 3 miles to the beach. Not a walk...but takes about 15 minutes on a bike, and much better than living in a little hole in the wall. Only way to go is with roomates. You are looking at 2-3K for a one bedroom within walking distance to the beach.
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Old 12-17-2008, 03:36 PM
 
Location: Orange County, California
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$1000/mo will buy about 500 square feet in a beach community. Likely not within walking distance to the beach though.

Studio!!! DONT PAY RENT UNTIL JANUARY 1ST $400 GETS YOU IN!! (http://orangecounty.craigslist.org/apa/961456682.html - broken link)
http://orangecounty.craigslist.org/apa/960412559.html (broken link)
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Old 12-17-2008, 04:12 PM
 
Location: South Bay
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california is not the place to be starting over right now. jobs are very, very difficult to come by, even for those with above average resumes. unless you have 6 months worth of living expenses in cash and don't mind burning through all of it, you are better off staying where you are currently.
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Old 12-17-2008, 04:18 PM
 
Location: Orange County, California
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california is not the place to be starting over right now. jobs are very, very difficult to come by, even for those with above average resumes. unless you have 6 months worth of living expenses in cash and don't mind burning through all of it, you are better off staying where you are currently.

Yep, many of us are trying to get out!
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Old 12-17-2008, 04:32 PM
 
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Yep, many of us are trying to get out!
Or have left!
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Old 12-17-2008, 06:43 PM
 
Location: Oakland, CA
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Have you also considered San Diego?
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Old 12-17-2008, 06:50 PM
 
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i am looking to move from VA next fall and would really appreciate some help in finding a good location to live and rent a nice apartment, maybe close to the beach , but no too expensive....im looking for around $1k/month, also i will be looking for a new job.....just time to pick up and try somethign new!!!
Thanks!
OK, first rule living in LA/OC area. Find a place to live near, or within easy commute distance, to work. This mean avoid freeway traffics if at all possible. For example, when I lived in HB and worked in Anaheim, the 25 mile drive takes 50~60 minutes in the morning and upto 1.5 hours on Friday afternoon.

Second, like others have said. $1,000/mo get you a 500 sq. ft. 1-bed room OLD apartment. You can live further away, like Riverside county, and spent the rest of your life stucked in traffic wasting away.

My suggestion? If you have to come to OC without a job, leave your worldly possessions in storage in VA, and stay with friends here in OC, get to know a friend of a friend who will take you in as roommate. It's not just money, but also security (esp. if you're a girl) and someone to act as your tour-guide to break you in. Be flexible on the job, once you get one you can pick a nice apartment nearby. It's hard to get into a nice apartment when you don't have a job. They do credit & income check.
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