Los Angeles! Travel and possible relocation

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    May 28, 2013 5:29 AM GMT
    Hey guys, I'm headed down to LA for a job interview over June 8th-10th. This is a final interview, and I sense from their preliminary interviews that I'm one of their strongest candidates.

    First, who wants to hang out? icon_biggrin.gif

    Second, who has advice about where to live? I'm an outdoors kind of guy, not a huge clubber but do like the occasional (like every couple of months) wild night out. Proximity to grocery stores, coffee shops, trails, etc is more important to me. Walkable, bike-friendly is good, though I'm pretty comfortable riding in traffic. I would also like to be somewhere relatively close where all of my hypothetical friends would want to come visit me icon_neutral.gif

    Need good places to run - not necessarily trails, but quiet streets. Don't want to spend more than $1,400/month for a 1 BR. Proximity to one of the climbing gyms would also be nice (there's a new one opening up in Lincoln Heights. Others are in Santa Monica and Long Beach). I would be working pretty much right at Union Station.

    I'm still sort of wrapping my head around the possible neighborhoods, but I have a couple of ideas:

    Los Feliz - I like hipster enclaves (even if I don't like hipsters), and Los Feliz seems to have the advantage over Silverlake because of its proximity to Griffith Park. The apartments in that price range don't look great there.

    Pasadena - someone suggested it to me, and I was sort of surprised to see that it would be a pretty easy commute on the Metro. Super close to Angeles National Forest, and it looks like some trails in town. My concern is mainly that I'd feel far from the action. Those of you living on the West Side, would it seem like a friend in Pasadena was living on the moon?

    There's a part of me that thinks it would be fun to live in a gay enclave, but I don't see a way to make the WeHo to Union Station commute work.

    What do you all think?
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    May 28, 2013 6:10 AM GMT
    Los Feliz and Silverlake are ok places to visit, but I wouldn't want to live there. Los Feliz is kinda sleepy. I don't know what it is. It feels a little isolated from the rest of LA. It's an ok area for gay couples to buy beat up houses and renovate them into million dollar mansions. Same with Silverlake. But I think Silverlake is a little sketchy. Unless you live at the top of the hill, I wouldn't go running/riding around that area at night.

    Pasadena is nice. But can be expensive. And it's very suburb-y. There's no gay nightlife there. And people drive like shit around there. And freeway access is kinda limited.

    WeHo is ok. These days, there are as many straight people living there as there are gay people. It has the night life, the shopping, etc. But traffic is murder. There are a few Metro stations in the general area more closer to Hollywood. So you can ride to the stations. And take the Metro to Union Station.

    Santa Monica.. beautiful city and nice beaches. But expensive. And not bike friendly. There have been several road rage incidents against cyclists on the westside over the years. And the cops don't like cyclists either.

    Long Beach is good. It's the more affordable beach living you'll find in the greater LA area. It's right in the middle of LA and OC. So your hypothetical friends from LA and OC can visit. The main negative would be the commute. From downtown LB to Union Station on the Metro would be about an hour. I guess that's not totally bad.. driving would take you longer.

    Guess it comes down to whether or not you want to live closer to the mountains or the beach. If you have other questions, post them here or PM me. icon_smile.gif
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    May 28, 2013 3:18 PM GMT
    xrichx saidLos Feliz and Silverlake are ok places to visit, but I wouldn't want to live there. Los Feliz is kinda sleepy. I don't know what it is. It feels a little isolated from the rest of LA. It's an ok area for gay couples to buy beat up houses and renovate them into million dollar mansions. Same with Silverlake. But I think Silverlake is a little sketchy. Unless you live at the top of the hill, I wouldn't go running/riding around that area at night.

    Pasadena is nice. But can be expensive. And it's very suburb-y. There's no gay nightlife there. And people drive like shit around there. And freeway access is kinda limited.

    WeHo is ok. These days, there are as many straight people living there as there are gay people. It has the night life, the shopping, etc. But traffic is murder. There are a few Metro stations in the general area more closer to Hollywood. So you can ride to the stations. And take the Metro to Union Station.

    Santa Monica.. beautiful city and nice beaches. But expensive. And not bike friendly. There have been several road rage incidents against cyclists on the westside over the years. And the cops don't like cyclists either.

    Long Beach is good. It's the more affordable beach living you'll find in the greater LA area. It's right in the middle of LA and OC. So your hypothetical friends from LA and OC can visit. The main negative would be the commute. From downtown LB to Union Station on the Metro would be about an hour. I guess that's not totally bad.. driving would take you longer.

    Guess it comes down to whether or not you want to live closer to the mountains or the beach. If you have other questions, post them here or PM me. icon_smile.gif


    +1 - Pretty much what Xrichx has noted...I lived in the OC a couple of years which is quite different than LA, but had friends in the LA Area. It boils down to close to the mountains or the beaches.

    Two other neighborhoods you want to consider that I had friends that loved it are: Redondo Beach and Manhattan Beach - best of luck in the interview.
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    May 28, 2013 7:40 PM GMT
    Thanks for the replies. I'm definitely more into mountains than beach, and to be honest, I just don't see myself being happy with a commute from the beach communities to Union Station. I currently walk 4 minutes to work icon_smile.gif

    I'd thought about Long Beach, because I heard it's like Oakland, which would be great, but I'm a bit worried I'd suffer from nature deficit disorder. Part of Oakland's charm is that it has Lake Merritt and easy access up to the the hills. Also heard that Santa Monica is amazing and have a friend there, but that commute...icon_neutral.gif
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    May 28, 2013 7:46 PM GMT
    You'll be in town during WeHo Pride -- that should be fun.

    If you're working downtown, just live downtown. It's a nice area. There are also nice places in Hollywood that wouldn't be too much of a hike. Hancock Park would be nice if you can find a place. I wouldn't go much farther east than that if I was working downtown, but also check out Miracle Mile/Wilshire Vista. Lots of gays in that area too.

    Pasadena/Los Feliz/Silverlake are all beautiful areas to live -- but yeah, living there is a bit like living on the moon if your friends are westsiders.
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    May 28, 2013 11:53 PM GMT
    Santa Monica - very crowded, no metro, but lots to do. Trendiest place.
    Pasadena - metro to LA, hot in summer, nice place, not so much to do
    Long Beach - metro to LA yes, nice suburbia, but some ghetto/barrios if you aren't into that, Quiet beach city and very gay friendly. Close to OC.