Moving to LA

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    Oct 16, 2012 2:48 AM GMT
    Looks like I'll be moving to LA come April Next year. I don't really have a lot of time to look around at apartments before then, so I'm hoping I'll be able to get a little help from anyone who lives there or knows the area.

    I'll be going to school on the north side of the city off of hollywood fwy and victory blvd. So if there is anything close that isn't too expensive that would be great. Looking to spend about 1,000-1,200 a month on rent while in school, and I don't know how feasible that is.

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    Oct 16, 2012 5:48 AM GMT
    texasrunner2247 saidLooks like I'll be moving to LA come April Next year. I don't really have a lot of time to look around at apartments before then, so I'm hoping I'll be able to get a little help from anyone who lives there or knows the area.

    I'll be going to school on the north side of the city off of hollywood fwy and victory blvd. So if there is anything close that isn't too expensive that would be great. Looking to spend about 1,000-1,200 a month on rent while in school, and I don't know how feasible that is.

    Any help is appreciated! icon_biggrin.gif


    Where you mentioned (off the 101 near Victory) is probably the most affordable area where you can get a single bedroom place for around those figures. Almost all other directions (N, S, E, W,) of there it gets expensive. However, farther East in Eagle Rock (property values are likely to go up here as people buy and flip), Atwater, and Silverlake (hipster/alternative crowd) can be affordable but you'd have a drive (not a bad one for LA; the toughest is going into and out of West LA). Hollywood also has older multi-units that should be affordable, short drive from North Hollywood.

    This is all anecdotal, but hope it gives you some sense of the area. Good luck!
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    Oct 16, 2012 6:14 AM GMT
    So basically, you'll want to live somewhere in Burbank, North Hollywood, or maybe Toluca Lake. Those three cities are full of du/tri/fourplex apartments as well as mega apartments. You won't have any problems finding a 1 bedroom for less than $1200.

    The Valley is kinda mellow. North Hollywood (NoHo) is kind of an arts district, so you'll find random hip bars and restaurants. Plus, a lot of celebrities live in Burbank since all the major studios are there. Also, there's a Metro station in NoHo, that will take you down to Hollywood, downtown LA, Culver City, and so on. So you'll definitely have some options for dining and entertainment.

    A few things that kinda suck about the Valley..

    - Traffic. Pretty much the 405 and 101 freeways are the main freeways that will take you in/out of there. So traffic is a nightmare all the fuckin time. It's best if you use the Metro to your advantage, and leave the car parked in your garage as much as possible. icon_biggrin.gif

    - Weather. Freakin oven in the summer, and icy tundra in the winter. Try to find an apartment with a/c at least.

    - Atmosphere. Like I said, things can be kinda boring depending on what city/neighborhood you pick. But if you're going to school, you might appreciate the quietness. If you're looking for faster pace of life and constant stimulation, maybe look into West Hollywood. There are some pocket neighborhoods that are quite affordable. And there are just as many straight people living in WeHo as there are gay people. So it's not a total gay cesspool as some might suggest.

    Any other questions, please post them. I'm sure others will chime in.
  • calibro

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    Oct 16, 2012 12:42 PM GMT
    if you're in burbank it's feasible... it's la's cousin
  • TroyAthlete

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    Oct 16, 2012 5:44 PM GMT
    Live in Hollywood and drive over the hill. The Valley blows.