MOVING TO LA

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    Aug 07, 2010 4:57 PM GMT
    Okay guys.... it's official. Starting a job at USC in September!
    So I'm heading out to LA to find a place to live that's reasonably affordable, dog friendly, and will accept dogs. Trying to stay under a G-note, which may be impossible. Any suggestions about neighborhoods to look in/at?
  • HndsmKansan

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    Aug 07, 2010 5:34 PM GMT
    You just went over 5,000 posts, Adam. Congrats.

    Sorry, not the subject you wanted to have addressed.....LOL
    Congrats on the new job!
  • shag91607

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    Aug 08, 2010 5:58 AM GMT
    SAHEM62896 saidOkay guys.... it's official. Starting a job at USC in September!
    So I'm heading out to LA to find a place to live that's reasonably affordable, dog friendly, and will accept dogs. Trying to stay under a G-note, which may be impossible. Any suggestions about neighborhoods to look in/at?


    Couple of limiting factors...

    1) What kind of dogs and how big are they, weight wise? Some restricted breeds won't even be considered in certain cities and size matters. Ex: I saved $100 on my rent by moving 5 miles because one of my dogs weighs over 25 lbs.
    2) How long of a commute do you want? USC is fairly central, but it's also over heavily congested freeways. And with that, are you actually at the campus itself or at an annex or the hospital?
    3) Do you mind living with bars on your windows? Pretty much everything south of USC and under an hour commute isn't an area I'd be the most comfortable living in, or walking my dogs at night. (Crenshaw, Ingelwood, South Gate)

    Staying under a grand for a one-bedroom and finding something in a decent area is going to be a challenge, but doable.
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    Aug 08, 2010 6:12 AM GMT
    shag91607 said(Crenshaw, Ingelwood, South Gate)


    Um- I'd stay out of those neighborhoods if I were you. icon_eek.gif
    I'm scared to walk around those places at night...
    Do you mind living with a roommate? If not, you can try craigslist- you can probably also find single sublets there as well and you can also gauge the prices from there.

    ...but traffic is going be a huge pain- congestion- and the buses that go by USC are usually over-crowed- even the super-sized ones!
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  • calibro

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    Aug 08, 2010 6:17 AM GMT
    depends... are you looking to live alone?
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    Aug 08, 2010 6:26 AM GMT
    The area around USC is kinda sketchy. So yeah, don't live there. icon_lol.gif

    Generally speaking, LA traffic is like driving hot rail road spikes in your eyes. But it really depends on the freeways you take and the time of day when you commute. USC is right next to the 110 freeway. From my experience, the 110 is pretty tolerable. The 10, 405, and 101 are pretty bad. I'm not sure what your tolerance level is for traffic. So I'm just gonna suggest some cities/areas that might be of interest:

    Silver Lake
    Pasadena
    South Pasadena
    Eagle Rock
    Culver City
    Marina Del Rey
    Venice
    Miracle Mile area

    Check craigslist to get a general idea of rent prices.
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    Aug 08, 2010 3:59 PM GMT
    Thanks guys... I've been looking in a lot of the areas you mentioned. It's just overwhelming, but still I'm grateful for all your input. Hope to meet some of ya face to face when I get my hiney out there!

    --Adam
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    Aug 08, 2010 4:47 PM GMT
    Parts of Torrance, North Redondo, and Carson are close to freeways and have neighborhoods with rentals that might be a good fit. Also West LA, Santa Monica, Culver City, and Palms. Would probably be a good idea to get a detailed street map. For example, some parts of Torrance are close to the freeway, other parts are quite a distance away.

    Most likely wherever you first land is not where you will ultimately stay. One idea is to take a week to visit before moving. If not possible, you might plan to spend a week in a hotel and board your dog. http://www.kennelclublax.com/ is excellent.
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    Aug 08, 2010 4:57 PM GMT
    SAHEM62896 saidOkay guys.... it's official. Starting a job at USC in September!
    So I'm heading out to LA to find a place to live that's reasonably affordable, dog friendly, and will accept dogs. Trying to stay under a G-note, which may be impossible. Any suggestions about neighborhoods to look in/at?


    I realize that this is way off what you were asking, but I was just on the USC campus. It's nice.

    Also, the IMAX movie on the Hubble Space Telescope at the museum in Exposition Park right next door was superb. It was one of the most stunning IMAX movies I've seen.

    We stayed in Santa Monica...I really liked that town because it felt like neighborhoods in San Francisco but it was definitely "Southern California" too.

    Good luck in your move.