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Your Questions About Apartments For Cheap In Los Angeles

November 20, 2012

Maria asks…

Moving to Los Angeles soon need some advice?

I’m going to school in LA and seriously have only been there once. I know nothing about this place. I’ve been reading books and stuff off the internet for a while, but it’s getting closer and I’m still a little lost.

Where are some safe places that are considerable cheap? (I’m going alone)
How hard is it to find a job right now?
Is it hard to make friends?
Is there someone I can hire to help me find an apartment? I live in OK and need help desperately!
Are there any books or materials out there that I can read that will help me?
Anything I need to know before I move?

thank you so much!
I’ve been saving for 3yrs I got enough money to last 6months, I have a job lined up, and I have a roommate to half rent with me. I just need some safe areas and stuff please. =D Thanks for all the input!

Administrator answers:

Everyone wants to move here, and is looking for “cheap/affordable and safe”. However, such a place just doesn’t exist; the two terms are mutually exclusive. It’s all about supply and demand: If it’s in SoCal, then it’s not going to be cheap to begin with. If it’s a safe area, then it’s more expensive. If you need good schools, add a couple hundred bucks a month on top of it. If you want to live here and enjoy the weather, then you have to pay for it. You put up with the smog and the traffic, enjoy the weather and pay your rent or mortgage. My advice is to start checking out craigslist, rent.com, and apartments.com if you are looking to rent. You’ll quickly see that the minimum rent for a non-war zone is about $1,000-$1,200 per month for a studio or 1BR. Really nice areas (like the West LA area) easily run $3,000 or more. Want to live near the beach? Expect to pay a premium.

-How hard to find a job? VERY hard. Nearly impossible.

-Hard to make friends? This isn’t really Mayberry, but you can make friends here with a little effort. But it’s not going to be like Oklahoma.

-There are rental agents here, but most make you pay up front and don’t gaurantee results. Many people get taken.

-Books? Like “How to run away to LA and succeed”? Not yet.

-Anything you need to know? How about this: Too many people come here without job skills, experience, seed money, or a plan. Too many people fail, and wind up in very desperate circumstances, out on the streets, strung out on drugs, or just plain dead.

My advice is to contact the school that you are attending, and contact their student housing office. They will do their best to assist you.

John asks…

Where is a good place to live in west Los Angeles?

I’m moving to LA in 5 months for grad school (Mount St Mary’s College, near USC). I need advice on what parts of town to look at when searching for an apartment. I’d like to be as close as possible to the school, but of course somewhere safe with conveniences such as: a park, dog park, grocery store, restaurants, walking access to places. I want to feel safe going for a run at 10pm! I know LA isn’t cheap, I’m expecting to pay at least 1k for a studio apartment.

Any help? I’m from Ohio, so this will be a huge move for me!!

Administrator answers:

There really isn’t anywhere in LA or surrounding areas that you should feel very safe running at 10pm.

Your budget is low for something nice on the Westside, you might try Culver City. It has some cute neighborhoods, it’s near the freeway to your school, reasonable cost for the Westside (but still expensive). It will be tough to find a nice studio at around $1000 in a good safe neighborhood of Santa Monica, and in Marina del Rey, Beverly Hills, Westwood, or Brentwood. Look, but don’t hold your breath. You might look over near The Grove (Fairfax & 3rd), it’s not the safest area, but if you’re careful, you should be fine.

If you have a dog, it will be even harder to rent an apartment, you will be greatly limiting yourself. If your dog isn’t small, it may be impossible.

You might also look at the Los Feliz neighborhood, Glendale, and South Pasadena, all north to northeast of Mount St Mary’s. Rents will generally be lower than the Westside. 

Neighborhood Safety Info:

http://www.lalife.com/

http://projects.latimes.com/mapping-la/neighborhoods/

Walkability: http://www.walkscore.com

Good luck!

Nancy asks…

which one is better new york or los angeles?

okay so been living in chicago for about 9 years and i really want to move to another place that well amuse me and everyday well have something new not the same old boring stuff am 22 so i just need like a apartment with 1 bedroom and its kitchen and everything you know make it look cute
but i have two choices new york or L.A i heard L.A is cheap but if i do go to L.A am not going to a bad neighborhood and if i do go to new york which city well be best i heard bronx is pretty soo yeah thank you guys for your help

Administrator answers:

== New York City

It’s pretty much the center of the world. You can find everything you can imagine in the city. And I wouldn’t worry about being able to afford living there. If you get a good job in the city, you will get paid a lot in return to adjust for the high prices in NYC.

Lisa asks…

CHEAPEST APARTMENTS IN LOS ANGELES?

I am looking for the cheapest places to rent in los angeles, I dont mind if it is an extremely bad area, I am used to that, also crime is not a problem for me. I know how to defend myself, do please no warnings about safety. I am looking for a predominately latino neighborhood, since I am latino myself. What are some of the prices of the cheapest apartments? And I also do not care if they are clean or well taken care of.

Administrator answers:

East Los Angeles is cheap and Latino

Click on a city in the Census report and it will give you all the facts you want

http://quickfacts.census.gov/qfd/states/06/06037.html

Sharon asks…

Why is everyone in Los Angeles so short?

I moved to Los Angeles from Minnesota, looking for work. I got a cheap apartment in Boyle Heights. Back home, I’m average height. Here in L.A., I tower over everyone else. People stare at me on the streets.

I thought Los Angeles is full of tall, blonde surfer types. Where are they?

Administrator answers:

Expecting Los Angeles to be full of tall, blonde surfer types, is the equivalence of us assuming that Minnesota is really what The Golden Girls portrays it to be. Norwegian filled and Rose Nylund mentality individuals everywhere.

It’s a stereotype. Not fact.

I hope you’re over 6 feet tall then, because my uncle in Long Beach is a freaking giant.

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