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So, due to many signs and circumstances, we are finally moving to LA from NYC. We have been talking about it for a few years, but just haven't had enough reason to go and now we do. DH and I are both in the entertainment industry, so it makes sense to be there. We were just trying to make it work in NYC, which we prefer as a city, and as a lifestyle.<br><br>
That's not to say we won't find things we like and even love about LA. We are thinking positive and determined to find a great area and home that feels like us.<br><br>
First and foremost, what areas should we look in? We are young, creative, and will be renting...don't want to pay more than $1800, and are even willing to have a one bedroom, since our 16 month old son sleeps with us.<br><br>
We are AP, and into natural family living, and would love to find an area where it's easy to meet other like-minded folks.<br><br>
We wouldn't mind a bit of a commute,<br>
though we also might like an area where one can feasibly walk around some.<br><br>
What areas should we look in?<br>
Are there any resources for apartment searching besides craigslist that you know of for the area?<br><br>
THANKS SO MUCH for any help!!!<br><br>
Hillary<br><br>
ps--and I hope to meet some LA MDC mamas soon IRL too <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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Affordable areas -- well, fewer all the time, but take a look at Echo Park (rents are skyrocketing, though), Eagle Rock, Glassell Park. Of all those, I think Eagle Rock would be perfect for you. Silver Lake is a hotbed of young creative people, but it's no longer affordable, and they keep getting pushed east -- first to Echo Park, now to Eagle Rock. It's also got a real small-town walkable downtown area. In any of those areas, you are going to be looking at renting an apartment or townhouse in your price range, not a house. There's also Burbank; North Hollywood is cheaper, but there are real safety concerns there. Pasadena's good too, but I don't know how affordable it is.<br><br>
I've always done my apartment hunting by just driving around the area I'm interested in looking for "for rent" signs, combined with the real estate section of the L.A. Times. Here's their apartment search function: <a href="http://www.latimes.com/classified/realestate/rentals/?track=topnav-rentals" target="_blank">http://www.latimes.com/classified/re...topnav-rentals</a><br><br>
Good luck! I live in Glendale, and our prior house was in Echo Park (which was a lot cheaper when we bought there ... a LOT cheaper!). I think Los Angeles is a great place to live in many ways, especially if you are comfortable driving. There are plenty of downsides -- traffic, smog, the weird plastic-surgery designer brand subculture -- but the cultural opportunies are abundant and varied; the beaches and mountains are beautiful; it's a gardener's paradise; and you can find every imaginable cheap delicious ethnic restaurant, specialty music store, etc., you can imagine. I know you're used to some of that from New York, but at least you know that you won't have to give it up ...
 

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This place looks pretty good, on the Glendale/Burbank border. It's not the prettiest building, but you get two bedrooms: <a href="http://www.apartments.com/partner/summarybz.aspx?property=193248.1&srank=5&stype=city&city=glendale&state=ca&partner=latimes&rent_minimum=0&rent_maximum=1800&onebdrm=0&am28=0&mode=6144&page=summarybz&prvpg=7&qsearchtype=1&srt1=0.05&srt2=0.48&srt3=0.05#" target="_blank">http://www.apartments.com/partner/su....48&srt3=0.05#</a> That particular area might be iffy, though; parts of Burbank are not that safe. Others are beautiful, and still others are not fancy or "upscale," but nice family neighborhoods with a broad ethnic mix, low-crime and not gang-ridden.<br><br>
One thing about the L.A. area is that neighborhoods differ enormously, sometimes within a few blocks of each other, and bad neighborhoods can be extremely unpleasant.
 

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Thanks so much for your help, Thalia! I appreciate it.<br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> I may be hitting you up for some more advice later. For now, on to focus on the apartment hunt.
 

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No problem, and good luck! BTW, there are TONS more apartments for rent in the area than are coming up on the site, so don't be discouraged when they only show 8 or something ...
 

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A good place to search apartment listings is Craigslist -<br><a href="http://losangeles.craigslist.org/" target="_blank">http://losangeles.craigslist.org/</a>
 

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Silver Lake/Los Feliz is a great area, but like PP said.. not very affordable anymore *sigh*<br><br>
We used to live in West Hollywood (another great but too expensive area) until I got pg & we wanted more room. I live in Glendale now on the Burbank border. It's actually very nice as we are super convenient to the LA zoo, Griffith Park, botanical gardens, all sorts of really nice activities.<br><br>
Let us know when you get here. Would love to meet up!
 

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And then on the other side of the hill, there's Culver City and west LA (including Mar Vista, Palms, Inglewood, Westchester, Baldwin Hills, etc). Sony & Culver Studios are over here as well as many smaller studios. It's also a lot cooler (weather-wise). There's a 2 bdrm house accross the street from us that's renting for $1350. Those deals are hard to find but they do exist.
 

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Hi Hillary,<br>
I live in the Culver City/Palms area (westside) like Robin up above but am looking to buy a house in maybe Atwater area sometime in the next year--it is right next to Silverlake and Echo Park (eastside). Eastside is somewhat cheaper than westside. I would say that rents are cheaper on the eastside. I live in a 1 bedroom apartment with my husband and baby (we are co-sleepers too) and our rent is $1300 but it's a really nice neighborhood. That house Robin speaks of-2 bdrm for $1350 is a TOTAL deal.<br><br>
Anyway, would love for you to look me up when you move out here too. We are very much into attachment parenting and natural family living. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
Audrey
 

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Thanks for the help, and I'm excited to see that there are AP mamas out there...and I will definitely be looking you up when I get there. We do know people out there, but none of them have kids.<br><br>
Thanks so much again! We're getting more excited as we get more used to the idea of being West-Coasters, at least for a bit. The weather and the water will be nice.
 

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I should clarify that I'm in North Inglewood, a little bit south-east of Culver City. It's not as nice as Culver City, but I grew up in this neighborhood, so it's home to me <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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We're in Los Angeles, near Culver City...strangely enough the apartment next door to us is currently up for rent. I think it's around $1400, it's a two story two bedroom 1 1/2 bath. We're near the indoor playground and a few really great parks. Let me know if you need more info.
 

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rubelin, I grew up in Inglewood, too! Back then, it was still a middle-class neighborhood that was sliding (although by the time my parents moved, you would routinely hear gunfire at night). We lived south of Manchester.
 

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How about Santa Clarita?? I just left there (job transfer to San Francisco)...it's wonderful! There's a really great community of AP moms...very active and friendly. <a href="http://groups.yahoo.com/group/scvap/" target="_blank">http://groups.yahoo.com/group/scvap/</a><br><br>
Oh, and rent is more reasonable there. Our 1100 sq ft condo (2b/2b + den) was $1450.
 

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We live in Sylmar which is so NOT a nice neighborhood, but we live on a campus so it doesn't count. We're also in the entertainment industry. I would suggest Santa Clarita or Valencia. Montrose is near Glendale, but not so sure how expensive rent is. Santa Clarita is quite new, it's clean, and as a PP mentioned, lots of AP families.
 

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...Thanks mamas for the continuous help! All so great.<br><br>
Am curious...how much of a commute/how long of a drive is it from Santa Clarita into Los Angeles? Since DH and I both plan to be working in the entertainment industry, we'll hopefully have reason to go into town fairly frequently. Just wondering what the commute would be and if it'd be worth living that far away.<br><br>
Briannasmom, did you have experience with this?
 

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It really will depend on the time of day. Could be an hour or longer. Traffic here is really insane. I don't think you can appreciate how bad it is until you actually live here. Sometimes it can take me an hour just to get in to Hollywood or Beverly Hills.
 

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Santa Clarita is a bit of a commute - probably about 40 miles out or so (not sure exactly). If you are planning on renting, I think you can find something much closer for not that much more. Housing here is expensive, but rents have not skyrocketed at the same rate as home ownership. You can check out rental listings by neighborhood as a visitor for free on the website westsiderentals to get a better idea. You can preview the actual ads, but they don't show the exact address or phone unless you join. Here is the link:<br><br><a href="http://www.westsiderentals.com/" target="_blank">http://www.westsiderentals.com/</a><br><br>
Craigslist is another great place to look. We found our last rental on Westside and were happy with it. We rented a 2 bed/2 bath in Glendale for $1450 a month. Good luck!
 

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I live in Santa Clarita and I love it, but way too far for you to commute if you wind up working at one of the Hollywood, LA or Culver City studios. Not bad if you wind up in Burbank at NBC, Warner Brothers or Disney though. We have paseos which are paved walk ways and make the whole city of Valencia walkable to me. I don't need a car to get to the library, a bunch a great parks, shopping, etc.<br><br>
Biggest drawback, this area is more politically conservative than the rest of LA, a lot of republicans. And the area is not ethnically diverse either, which worries me a bit raising my son here. But I do love it and it has great public schools if you are going to send your kids to school, you don't need to even worry about paying for private. Santa Clarita won something like 4th safest city in USA with population over 100K last year.
 
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