Considering A Move to Los Angeles -- West Hollywood -- Any Advice?

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    Feb 13, 2011 2:09 AM GMT
    A business opportunity may open up for me in Los Angeles later this year. . . if so, I'm thinking of moving to West Hollywood. I've lived in L.A. before but not in WeHo. . . any thoughts or advice?
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    Feb 13, 2011 7:13 AM GMT
    Not meaning to threadjack here, but if anyone has input on Sacramento, I'm in the same boat. So, any advice or thoughts would be appreciated.
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    Feb 13, 2011 7:20 AM GMT
    I seriously would much rather live in Santa Monica than West Hollywood...as places in Los Angeles goes, this is my ranking!!!


    1. Santa Monica - Hands down
    2. Brentwood
    3. Beverly Hills
    4. Manhattan Beach
    5. Marina Del Ray
    6. Pasadena
    7. Thousand Oaks/Calabasas
    8. Malibu/Palisades
    9. Mar Vista
    10. West Hollywood

    Best of luck- you'll love it in Los Angeles icon_cool.gif
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    Feb 13, 2011 8:21 AM GMT
    If you're into the nightlife, then WeHo might be a good fit. But I personally can't stand the traffic and crowds. WeHo has sorta become a hotspot for young straight hipsters. But the city is well funded and city services are decent.

    As someone else mentioned Santa Monica is another spot to consider. My only gripes are: too expensive, snooty people that hide in their million dollar shacks, trophy wives that think their Range Rovers are urban assault vehicles, and non-compassionate police.

    I think the real question is, what attributes are you looking for in your new home city?
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    Feb 13, 2011 10:49 PM GMT
    Thanks much for the responses, guys

    Yes, Santa Monica is nice

    But W. Hollywood is close to studios, production houses, etc, places where I'll be working

    Also would be nice to live in a predominantly gay area (for once)!!
  • tseca66

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    Feb 13, 2011 11:13 PM GMT
    Don't forget "the other side". Studio City, North Hollywood, and Burbank in the valley are great areas, will be easier on the pocketbook and are less congested. All of LA is plenty gay and sometimes WeHo can be too much.
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    Feb 13, 2011 11:47 PM GMT
    LittleDudeWithMuscles said...But W. Hollywood is close to studios, production houses, etc, places where I'll be working...
    Living close to work and minimizing your commute is probably the biggest factor determining how happy you are living in the LA area. My commute is 1.5 miles/3 traffic lights. Can walk, ride a bike, or a short 10 min drive. Love it.
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    Feb 13, 2011 11:54 PM GMT
    I prefer san diego its way more laid back and more sense of community and friendship. Not a big fan of LA here. I grew up in OC and while the surfing is great, the people were creeps. LA is a great place to visit, but i sure wouldn't want to live there.

    Men seem to be cookie cutter there, they all have the same look and while its hot, there didn't seem to be much diversity.
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    Feb 14, 2011 12:01 AM GMT
    CaliBoySwag saidI prefer san diego its way more laid back and more sense of community and friendship. Not a big fan of LA here. I grew up in OC and while the surfing is great, the people were creeps. LA is a great place to visit, but i sure wouldn't want to live there.

    Men seem to be cookie cutter there, they all have the same look and while its hot, there didn't seem to be much diversity.
    I don't see how this is relevant and I also don't agree that you can make a blanket statement about the people, unless you focusing on a specific neighborhood. OP is looking to work in the LA area and whether or not San Diego is "better" is not the point. BTW I'm quite familiar with both cities. You can't make a blanket statement because it depends on the specific neighborhood as well as career opportunity. IMO, while there are some areas in San Diego that are quite nice, there are as well in LA. The one difference is LA provides some things a big city offers that San Diego does not. Whether that is important is an individual opinion.
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    Feb 14, 2011 2:32 AM GMT
    Thanks much for the responses, guys

    And yes, Studio City is certainly a possibility. . . it too is close to everything, it's pretty nice there too

    I would prefer to be close to work, I know all about L.A. commutes. . . the closer, the better icon_smile.gif

  • rnch

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    Feb 14, 2011 2:36 AM GMT
    i spent 3 months in marina del rey, paid for by my employer.

    i was in a condo, 3 blocks from the ocean, 10 minutes from my job.

    pretty, clean, sterile and dull! a very expensive suburb that, other than the ocean, could had been situated in the upscale section of any American city.

    (temporarily) leaving New Orleans makes me realize why i love it here so much!

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  • SactownItalia...

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    Feb 14, 2011 5:49 AM GMT
    I lived in LA for 4 years. I hated it. I am not a fan of summer 365 days a year, but thats just me. If you can handle that, then I say do it!
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    Feb 14, 2011 6:07 AM GMT
    sxydrkhair saidI know this sound strange. I have a friend used to lived in Parker, Arizona and it took him three hours to get to Los Angeles for work everyday. It is hard to find a nice house or apartment in Los Angeles close to work?

    Parker to LA is 4.5 hours by car. Generally possible to live close but there are many variables involved.

    To the other guy who commented about the seasons - If you live by the coast, there is some variation from season to season, but it is moderate. The inland valleys can be hot much of the year. During the winter, if you want snow you can go to the nearby mountains in the morning, and drive to the beach and surf in the afternoon. How's that for variety? You don't have to drive through snow and ice to get to work. If you hate that, more power to ya.
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    Feb 14, 2011 6:33 AM GMT
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    sxydrkhair saidI know this sound strange. I have a friend used to lived in Parker, Arizona and it took him three hours to get to Los Angeles for work everyday. It is hard to find a nice house or apartment in Los Angeles close to work?

    Parker to LA is 4.5 hours by car. Generally possible to live close but there are many variables involved.

    To the other guy who commented about the seasons - If you live by the coast, there is some variation from season to season, but it is moderate. The inland valleys can be hot much of the year. During the winter, if you want snow you can go to the nearby mountains in the morning, and drive to the beach and surf in the afternoon. How's that for variety? You don't have to drive through snow and ice to get to work. If you hate that, more power to ya.



    And your key word should not be some, it should be slight!
    I shouldn't have to drive anywhere to have seasons...so your point is not valid. I like living in a place where all four seasons are distinguished and noticeable, and LA is not that place. Sorry buddy. I know you love LA, but it is not for everyone!
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    Feb 14, 2011 6:34 AM GMT
    SactownItalian said
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    sxydrkhair saidI know this sound strange. I have a friend used to lived in Parker, Arizona and it took him three hours to get to Los Angeles for work everyday. It is hard to find a nice house or apartment in Los Angeles close to work?

    Parker to LA is 4.5 hours by car. Generally possible to live close but there are many variables involved.

    To the other guy who commented about the seasons - If you live by the coast, there is some variation from season to season, but it is moderate. The inland valleys can be hot much of the year. During the winter, if you want snow you can go to the nearby mountains in the morning, and drive to the beach and surf in the afternoon. How's that for variety? You don't have to drive through snow and ice to get to work. If you hate that, more power to ya.


    And your key word should not be some, it should be slight!
    I shouldn't have to drive anywhere to have seasons...so your point is not valid. I like living in a place where all four seasons are distinguished and noticeable, and LA is not that place. Sorry buddy. I know you love LA, but it is not for everyone!

    I completely agree with you.
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    Feb 14, 2011 7:08 AM GMT
    CaliBoySwag saidI prefer san diego its way more laid back and more sense of community and friendship. Not a big fan of LA here. I grew up in OC and while the surfing is great, the people were creeps. LA is a great place to visit, but i sure wouldn't want to live there.

    Men seem to be cookie cutter there, they all have the same look and while its hot, there didn't seem to be much diversity.





    What do you mean by 'they all have the same look'? What look is that? For instance?
  • shag91607

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    Feb 14, 2011 7:18 AM GMT
    socalfitness said
    LittleDudeWithMuscles said...But W. Hollywood is close to studios, production houses, etc, places where I'll be working...
    Living close to work and minimizing your commute is probably the biggest factor determining how happy you are living in the LA area. My commute is 1.5 miles/3 traffic lights. Can walk, ride a bike, or a short 10 min drive. Love it.


    Can't agree with this enough. Living on this side of the hill (Studio City) takes about 20-30 minutes off my commute, one way, and if I ever want to go to Hollywood/WeHo it's a quick romp down Laurel Canyon. That said, it would be nice to have some places in walking distance - but saving hours in my car a week is far greater than living in the gay area. Plus, having my friends not have to worry about the residential parking shit when the come over to my place is pretty nice. My suggestion is don't limit yourself to one city/area when looking for a place. I stumbled on this place when I was dead set for something from WeHo to Los Felix and couldn't be happier with the shortened commute, cheaper rent, and I still have the convenience to get where I want to.

    I do terribly miss the beach cities. Weather was far milder in the summer and never had to use my AC.
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    Apr 28, 2011 4:48 AM GMT
    I live in West Hollywood..it's great..close to shops, malls and grocers...the people are friendly and always polite...It is close to almost everything!!! and the neighborhood other than a handfull of lesbians is pretty safe...haha...But I love it..and I have moved over 8 times in the last 3 years because of my job and I find this last move the best!!
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    Apr 28, 2011 4:54 AM GMT
    TAKE ME WITH YOU MAN!!!!!! icon_biggrin.gif