So tell me about LA..

  • Amira

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    Oct 05, 2012 9:25 PM GMT
    I have a trip in November for a few days to get an idea about the area since I am moving next year to LA.

    The most thing that concerns me is my safety.. I don't see myself living in the heart of Los Angeles city since I am more comfortable in a more relaxed setting.

    So some areas I was looking at were:

    Santa Monica/West Hollywood
    Glendale/Pasadena

    And I'm hoping that some of you gentlemen on here could also lend any suggestions. I really want to hear from people who currently live and know LA like the back of their head to shed some light on what it is like to live there? Of course I'll find out a little first hand on my trip.

    Thanks!
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    Oct 05, 2012 10:46 PM GMT
    To paraphrase an old Chris Rock line: You got some "Santa Monica/West Hollywood" money? ;)

    Expensive areas in which to live, young man. High rents for small apartments, not that I pretend to know what your financial situation might be.

    Glendale/Pasadena I'm no so familiar with.

    If by "heart of Los Angeles city" you mean downtown, downtown is mostly businesses and the theater district - not many people actually live downtown, though many people work there.

    I haven't checked your profile, so I don't know if you're coming to work or go to school or what - clearly, you'll hope to live as close to that job/school as you can, and that will, of course, dictate your decisions.

    Much good luck. Feel free to ask questions.
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    Oct 06, 2012 1:35 AM GMT
    ^^^ That reminds me...I got a picture of your neighborhood when I was working/flying out there a couple months ago. icon_wink.gif

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  • Amira

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    Oct 06, 2012 1:59 PM GMT
    ChoklitDaddy saidTo paraphrase an old Chris Rock line: You got some "Santa Monica/West Hollywood" money? ;)

    Expensive areas in which to live, young man. High rents for small apartments, not that I pretend to know what your financial situation might be.

    Glendale/Pasadena I'm no so familiar with.

    If by "heart of Los Angeles city" you mean downtown, downtown is mostly businesses and the theater district - not many people actually live downtown, though many people work there.

    I haven't checked your profile, so I don't know if you're coming to work or go to school or what - clearly, you'll hope to live as close to that job/school as you can, and that will, of course, dictate your decisions.

    Much good luck. Feel free to ask questions.


    Yes I hear from everyone how expensive it is.. And me and my best friend will be rooming together so we don't mind paying 1500-1600 for a place as long as it is in a great area and comes with nice benefits such as laundry on site, etc. And I think 1500-1600 is a reasonable price that could get us something nice.. Right?

    I'm mostly coming for work, I do plan to do schooling as well just have to decide on a school first. And thanks so much for the insight.
  • camfer

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    Oct 06, 2012 2:15 PM GMT
    You might also want to check out Silver Lake and Echo Park. The one best way to improve your life in LA is to have a short commute to work / school. So consider where you'll be working when looking for a place.
  • CuriousJockAZ

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    Oct 06, 2012 2:21 PM GMT
    Amira said
    The most thing that concerns me is my safety.. I don't see myself living in the heart of Los Angeles city since I am more comfortable in a more relaxed setting.


    It's a crap shoot regardless of where you live in Los Angeles. People get robbed and murdered in Beverly Hills just like anywhere else icon_eek.gif The key is trying to live as close to your work as possible to cut the commute to a minimum. Traffic in L.A. is astounding but just a way of life in that city. However, with the cost of gas inching towards $5 per gallon, and that probably will eventually become "The New Normal", that is, until it increases to $6, figuring your commute time should be the #1 criteria.
  • Amira

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    Oct 06, 2012 2:28 PM GMT
    camfer saidYou might also want to check out Silver Lake and Echo Park. The one best way to improve your life in LA is to have a short commute to work / school. So consider where you'll be working when looking for a place.


    Okay thank you, definitely. I'll also check out the two places you just named.
  • Amira

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    Oct 06, 2012 2:32 PM GMT
    CuriousJockAZ said
    Amira said
    The most thing that concerns me is my safety.. I don't see myself living in the heart of Los Angeles city since I am more comfortable in a more relaxed setting.


    It's a crap shoot regardless of where you live in Los Angeles. People get robbed and murdered in Beverly Hills just like anywhere else icon_eek.gif The key is trying to live as close to your work as possible to cut the commute to a minimum. Traffic in L.A. is astounding but just a way of life in that city. However, with the cost of gas inching towards $5 per gallon, and that probably will eventually become "The New Normal", that is, until it increases to $6, figuring your commute time should be the #1 criteria.


    Hmm... More and more LA is sounding less appealing to my tastes, but it's fine which is why I'm taking this trip to actually see for myself. It's funny that I sometimes complain about gas here which is about 3.70.. So I see having a small commute time really is important.